This week was as killer week for Sister Mickelsen and I. Miracles to the max! Oh also a side note, today is my 8 month mark! Next month I will be half done with my mission! It has flown by so fast.
This week was zone conference. AMAZING. We talked a lot about repentance and the sacrament. What I loved most about the repentance part is that its not just saying sorry. We had to accept that we have offended God with what we have done. Doesn't that sound freaky?? Admitting that you OFFENDED God? Oh man. Thinking of teaching that to people freaked me right out. But when you think about missionary work... that is what we do all day everyday. Its perfect actually because a few days after we had an investigator who really needed to hear that she was offending God. Follow Priesthood counsel! That wasn't even the best part of the meeting... later we went back to the chapel and President Porter went off on his rant, which is always amazing, all about the sacrament. Then after hearing all this crazy and pretty deep doctrine, we took the sacrament right then and there. It was so amazing! Being able to take the sacrament with my fellow servants of the Lord. It was something that I will never forget. It just testified to me even more how important the sacrament is to us.
A fun part of zone conference was when we got to eat ice cream. The choices were strange... at one table you could have mint, at another you could have oreo, then at another you could have both. No one really thought anything of it, except Sister Mickelsen. She thought it was a test and was freaking out. After we all ate our ice cream, President stood up and said "Hear ye, hear ye, the parable of the ice cream!" I looked at Sister Mickelsen and she had the funniest look of "I knew it" on her face. President then went on to compare it to how we are getting a new mission president in July. He was saying that we need to take both of the things they have taught us and apply it to our work, and that we would be wise to do so. He wanted to remind us all that we are not "Porter missionaries", but we are both Porter and Welch missionaries. Then he told us a bit about President Welch, and we found out he is the one that makes all the accordion doors in the churches! Pretty cool.
Bobby was able to come to church this week! He is still preparing the be baptized on the 28th. He is very excited. It was so great to be able to get him out of the nursing home and to church. He loved it and everyone was very welcoming. At the end you could tell he was a little stressed and wanted to go home. Which made sense since he doesn't get out much and he doesn't talk to many people. He has a very sad life. No one in his family talks to him. He tells us about how his parents abused him and his past with drugs. Such a sad past life, and he has been able to find happiness, peace and joy within the gospel. Melts my heart.
This week we got a media referral for a woman named Regina. We went and contacted her with a member, and the member that was with us was inspired! They instantly clicked and Regina told us about how she wanted answers. We gave her a Book of Mormon and a Bible We went and saw her again yesterday, and we put her on date for baptism on June 4th! Miracles! We have been so blessed here in Marion.
Love you all!