HeyTip of the week: If any of you ever have the chance to send your missionary companion home, don't do it.
With Elder Jarvis finishing his mission and going home early in the week, I was put in a tripanionship Wednesday from Moses Lake. We had an awesome time together covering 3 areas at once, and topped it all off with a bonfire out in Cottonwood Canyon for the YSA's FHE. We had s'mores and hot dogs, and President Finch asked me to lead the group in some sing-along hymns with the guitar. Afterwards, he gave an awesome spiritual thought. He had a big poster hanging up on a tree with a guy showing an iPhone to the crowd. He then explained how we have to be careful when people are trying to chow us things that are "cool" because they could be damaging to our spirits. He then told us that we shouldn't even touch pornography with a ten-foot pole. Then he actually grabbed a literal 10-foot pole from behind another tree and stabbed it through the iPhone. There was a loud crashing sound, and when he ripped the poster away, the pole had been crushed by a bear trap that was hiding behind the poster! He definitely got our attention! Things aren't always as they seem.
So now I'm with Elder Bird from Mapleton, Utah. He is incredible.
I love conference. I especially love the simplicity of the messages they shared with us. What stuck out to me were the several talks about how repentance is something to look forward to and something to be grateful for. It isn't always easy, but the pain and regret that comes with it is always swallowed up in the joy that comes by it. The plan of salvation is based around the savior. We need Him. It's part of the plan. If we were sinless, we wouldn't need him. But I know that our weaknesses are made perfect through Christ. So don't be scared of repentance. Instead, let it make you the happiest you have ever been:)
Love you all!
Mission Leadership Conference October