Subject: Conference, what a joy to experience!
I am hoping that you are well. I was reading your notes and YES I have grown quite a bit and that is not a joke!
I loved conference! I know I said that last time, but I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jeffery R. Holland, I think had the best talk in Priesthood session. I loved that talk. It hit home and I thought that the way he presented the talk made it mean more! I really do love Elder Holland's talks. My favorite of all time is "Safety for the Soul." Every time I hear it and read that talk I feel the spirit. There is no denying the power in his voice when he is giving at talk! SOOOOOO GOOOD! Really I have to say that I am trying to do all that I can to have the spirit present in studies and in meetings.
(The last few weeks to make the most of his email time Christian has begun copying and pasting parts of his weekly email to his mission president. I've been worried about including them, that is why his letters have been shorter. However, today I think I will insert a couple thoughts because they talk about what he actually doing each day. Enjoy!)
"This week was a slow week. We are doing all we can to work with the members and gain their trust. We were unable to meet with the referrals we were given because of their schedules, we hope to meet with them this coming week. For less-actives members, it is really hard to get appointments with them because they are so busy. We are finding it is easier to just pop in. I am not kidding, we have more success running into them."
Elder Christian James Delis
Hermana Kate Delis
Subject: CONFERENCE IS SO AWESOME!
Hi, Fam! Happy today to all of you. :)
Okay conference...guess who came and listened--M---- P---!!! YEAH!!! I am so happy about that. That day was so so awesome. The branch has a little fiesta in between sessions on Sunday and it was SO GOOD. Love was everywhere, and M---- had a blast, and I just felt like I was amidst all my best friends. AH, it ROCKED.
Speaking of conference, thanks for telling me what you loved about it!! It was so so good. I think it so fun to hear what everyone loved--EVERY time it is something different. Ha, I got such different things out of it. I went into conference with a few specific questions, themes I wanted to understand better. Right when it started, I kid you not, the first sentence was exactly the thing I needed to hear. And that first session just poured out more answers and ways to help me find answers. It was awesome. It was kind of funny, ha. I loved Elder Scott's talk about it. I want to develop my love for the scriptures, too. I decided to start memorizing scriptures in Spanish! I am really excited about it. This week I am memorizing 1 Nefi 1:3. I love that scripture. Also, I LOVED Elder Hales' talk. I love to the concept of learning to wait on the Lord. I wish I was good at it. But I'm grateful to learn how to become better. Sometimes when I look back on little experiences I have, it is just so tender to see how the Lord let me struggle. A lot of the time when I struggle, at the time I was so so mad about it, and I just hurt bad. But I look back and I see tht I became something good. I became just a little better. It just turns out that all the time the Lord just wanted to make a miracle out of ME. He wanted to help ME. I can hardly believe that sometimes--He cares that much about me. I know that He does care about us. And if we just take a minute to look at who we have become, we see that the Lord was so involved in all of it. He just loves us so much, and it blows me away. I think it blows me away because I feel like I don't deserve it. I just can't believe that I matter so much to Him. But it's true. Elder Uctdorf talked about that concept so beautifully.
Okay, I have to go big time, ha. I love you lots and I am so grateful for your examples, family. They mean everything to me--not a joke. :) I will talk to you soon!!
Oh--below are two photos from a mission council I attended this week.