I love this time year. I love the flowers, warmer weather, and General Conference. I love listening to the inspiring messages from the prophet and leaders of the LDS church. General conference lasts two days, Saturday and Sunday and is twice a year. For the Saturday sessions, we spent the afternoon with Josh’s family and visited with his newlywed cousin Kelsey and her husband Keagan visiting from Colorado. Cute couple and good visit. The next day we spent the afternoon with my family. We watched conference and played games.
One of my favorite talks from General Conference was from Elder Renlund, one of the apostles. He spoke about our relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I really liked this quote from the message, “The sacrament truly helps us know our Savior. It also reminds us of His innocent suffering. If life were truly fair, you and I would never be resurrected; you and I would never be able to stand clean before God. In this respect, I am grateful that life is not fair. At the same time, I can emphatically state that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, ultimately, in the eternal scheme of things, there will be no unfairness. “All that is unfair about life can be made right.” Our present circumstances may not change, but through God’s compassion, kindness, and love, we will all receive more than we deserve, more than we can ever earn, and more than we can ever hope for. We are promised that “God shall wipe away all tears from [our] eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” I think this is beautiful and important to remember. Here is the link to the talk.
Earlier that week, I received a phone call from my old mission companion, Hermana Vera. It had been a while since we had connected and I was very surprised and happy to hear from her. She told me about how she filled out an email survey from BYU about her learning English on her mission. She is originally from Chile. We served in Uruguay and were companions for 3 months. Because of the survey, the missionary department from the church headquarters wanted to interview her for a educational training film. They asked her if they could interview a few of her companions as well. She referred me to them. They called me asked to interview me to talk about her process of learning English when we were companions and about my experience in helping her learn English. On Sunday morning between conference sessions, they interviewed us both outside on the balcony of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The interview went fine. She has an amazing story about learning English and how it has blessed her life. The most funny and awkward part was having to laugh and walk out of a door with Hermana Vera 4 or 5 times so they could get an introduction shot. Haha.
On a random note, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament ended on Monday and my little sister Stefi gloated and gloated about winning the family bracket. This was me gloating because I was eating her ice cream. It didn’t phase her. Such a little sister!
My mom and Aunt Charlene are going to Denmark to visit relatives they found doing family history work. Super cool! My mom asked Josh and me to make mounted 4 generation charts for them as a gift. Josh and I have never done this before so after a few months and some trial and error we finished them and they turned out really nice. Yay!
On a final note, my birthday is this month. Since my mom is going to be out of town for my birthday, my parents took us out to eat early to celebrate. So nice of them! We went to Nicolitalia’s in Provo. It is GREAT pizza, but very slow service. Dinner did turn out well, the food was delicious and visiting was so fun!