** PREFACE: In the previous posting (from Kayla’s email on 8/25) she said that Zone Conference was really awesome and revelatory and that she had some great notes that she would send home in a written letter to the family. Here are the part of her notes that she shared with us. If any of you need a Sacrament meeting talk…she wrote it for you.
Let me tell you some of the things that were said at Zone Conference that I liked. Zone Conference was centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the focus of “Think – Do – Become”. What we think determines what we will do. What we do determines who we become.
Okay, here are some notes. It might be long, but enjoy.
Read Matthew 7:13:
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat
Why do they use that spelling of “strait”? Do you know what it means when it is spelled that way?
Strait = narrow, difficult, challenging.
Now read verse 14:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
After we are baptized, and when we are living righteously, we are on the strait path back to God. It’s not going to be roses and rainbows, though. It’s going to be difficult. Baptism isn’t a moment, it is a process. That is why we have the Sacrament each week. But, even though it is difficult, that’s not what it is about. It’s that we grow and become strong to withstand the difficulty. Don’t compare yourself to others because they seem farther along the path than you are. That’s not what matters. What matters is that we are on the path, and that we are taking a step each day to change (repentance), to become more like Christ. Are you taking a step each day?
The purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to help us apply the atonement so that we can become more like Him. Our diligence is an expression of our commitment to Him. What is the evidence that you are pleasing God? The fact that you are trying!!
Okay, so we have this thing called the “Power Triangle” that President Porter uses a lot.
When our obedience, diligence, and faith in Jesus Christ is equally yoked we receive God’s grace. Read Doctrine and Covenants 103:36…
All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith.
[We need to] lock our minds on what we can do with Christ, not what we can’t do on our own.
Last but not least, one of my favorite quotes from Zone Conference: “Missionaries come to love their missions not because it was easy, but because it was hard, and it was through the hard times that we recognize God’s hand in our lives.” – President Porter
That is so true! My mission has been so hard! The hardest thing I have ever done, but my testimony and trust in Heavenly Father has increased so much because I have been able to see His hand in my life constantly. This isn’t just for missionaries though. It can be for anyone. Take time to recognize God’s hand in your lives.
Hope you enjoyed! That’s about it…I can’t write more cuz I gotta go. Love ya!
Have a great week. J