This week was amazing! I'm just gonna start out with Wednesday, because that's when we went to the Raleigh temple and it was definitely the highlight of my week! We drove over in the morning and I was lucky enough to ride shotgun next to my Mission President on the way there! Haha I was nervous and excited! He is a very great man and I am grateful for all that he does for the Mission!
We got to the temple around noon and it was such a wonderful and spiritually uplifting experience! I'd go there every week if I could! But anyway, afterwards we had Zone Conference in the Raleigh meetinghouse and the whole meeting was centered on the temple. I was able to play the piano as the congregation sang "High On a Mountain Top" and "We Love Thy House, O Lord." And the speakers, including the Temple President, all spoke of the Lord's House. I loved it so much! The Spirit was abounding and I was refreshed.
The rest of the week was a miracle. We received 8 people who want to learn about the gospel this week! And we had some really powerful lessons, especially as we taught the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to them. I am excited for what the future holds for all of them.
On Saturday, Keith Buck was baptized! The senior couple here has been teaching him and we were all very excited for the steps that he is taking towards Christ. He was so happy and his testimony was so very powerful.
This week I would invite each of you to repent. Whether it is of a large misdeed or a little lie, each of us needs to repent so frequently. The Savior, Jesus Christ has provided us with a way to be forgiven of all things. His Atonement is infinite and so we should gratefully apply it often. Alma the younger describes his experience with repentance as follows. "And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!" True repentance brings true joy! I know that as each of us repent, our souls will be filled with rejoicing! The gospel of Jesus Christ is true and it is a gospel of happiness. I love you all and hope everyone has a fantastic week!
P.S. There are some really beautiful white trees here!