Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Conclusion of Mission President Seminar

Yesterday we attended the MTC devotional with all the missionaries here, L Tom Perry was the speaker. Jacob and his companion were able to sit with us during the devotional, it was nice to spend some time with him.
What a wonderful seminar we have just finished. Today was so spiritual and a very powerful day. This morning we had the opportunity to listen to President Boyd K Packer. Very seldom have I witnessed President Packer get emotional, yet today he did. Among other things, he taught us to "Never go against the witness of the Spirit and to not be afraid to promise as a servant of the Lord what the Lord inspires and reveals to you. He talked about Revelation and the Gift of the Holy Ghost, he did a wonderful job. After lunch we got to hear from Elder Dallin H Oaks, he spoke about the Keys of the Priesthood. We also heard from Elder M Russell Ballard, who is the great great grandson of Hyrum Smith, speak about Joseph Smith and Hyrum. Today is the day 168 years ago that they were martyred. What a wonderful job he did. He was very emotional and tender as he spoke of his great, great grandfather and uncle. He taught how they were great missionary companions. How we can learn from and teach our missionaries to love, support and protect each other as they proclaim the gospel to al the world. We also heard the testimonies of Elder Nelson, Elder Bednar, Elder Scott and Elder Anderson. We are on a spiritual high right now, hoping to remember most of the things we have been taught in the last 4 days. During these 4 days, we have met all 110 new mission presidents and their wives. We have sung, prayed, laughed and cried much with each of them. We have become friends, brothers and sisters in the cause of truth with them. We have been in the presence of prophets, seers and revelators teach and testify of God, the Eternal Father and of His love for us. They have taught us of the doctrine of Christ and of His living reality. They have testified through the Holy Ghost eternal truths that are deeply rooted in our souls. They have facilitated the opportunity for us to feel and see the finger of the Lord touch our very being and enlighten us with His will and the will of the Father.
What joy feels our hearts as we prepare to serve His children in the Denmark, Copenhagen mission. We can't wait to get started!!
With our neighboring German Mission President and wife
Jacob and his MTC companion
In the MTC together