Monday, April 5, 2010

Well, another fast week gone. It was also a short one. Monday we didn´t work cause it was the anniversary of some sort of battle that took place in Chile and could have been dangerous. On top of that, we didn´t do anything Saturday, and worked for 3hours Sunday, because of the conference. So with fewer hours, it went even faster than normal.

Oh man, last week of the transfer is already here! I feel like just a week ago I was getting here and meeting the members. Now we have transfers next week. Probably Elder Rasmussen and I will stay together one more transfer. But ya never know. Anything can and has happened with transfers. Last week, 3 nights, I had dreams about leaving to go to another sector. That means nothing, but I could. Elder Rasmussen once had a dream about being together with a missionary and then the next transfer he was with that missionary. So ya never know what´ll happen.

But what better way to end the transfer than with that wonderful General Conference that we had. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to listen to the voice of the Lord through way of his prophet, apostles, and other leaders of the church. What a Spirit we felt throughout the weekend. (Also a slight tremor during the Sunday morning session, which I didn´t feel. I was too busy taking notes of President Uchtdorf. He spoke so powerfully...) Seems like the conference was directed mainly to the families, parents, youth, etc. I was able to take advantage of it in two ways: 1) Take notes and save them for in the future when I´m a husband and father, and 2) apply it to the mission, with me as the father and the investigators as children. That really helped open my eyes to a lot of things, and it should help me to be a better missionary.

I was really grateful to be able to go to an upstairs room in the stake center and listen to the conference in English. It was a great experience to listen to the First Presidency and every one of the 12 apostles as well as the other leaders of the church.

Last night, shortly after climbing in bed a little early, I was starting to drift off to sleep. Weirdly, the walls starting creaking and the glass in the window rattled. After hearing, I then felt the shaking and sat up sharply. Elder Rasmussen was in the bathroom brushing his teeth, and he finished up and came in the room. We kinda sat there, waiting for it to get bigger. Then it settled down and slowly stopped. It was probably a 6.7ish. Nothing much. :)

Elder Rasmussen, with his old companion, knocked a building and found an inactive member. Cristian, about 40ish, got baptized at 8 but shortly after went inactive. We´ve started teaching him, and it´s basically like an investigator. He didn´t know very much but was really excited to share with us. Every time we go he learns more and more, and he´s told us that he feels better ever since we first passed. What´s more, his wife and 9-year-old son aren´t members. So we´re also going to start sharing with them, and see if we can baptize them. Or that is, see if HE can baptize them.

Well, that´s it for this week. I´d like to invite all to read the conference ensign when it comes, and really study it and see what you all can learn. Because there is always something that someone can take out of something somewhere. (um, what?!) I know that in everything that the prophet and apostles say, anyone, if really sincerely searching, can find something to apply to better their life.

Talk to ya next week!

Elder Murdoch

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