Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 5, 2017*

This week was highlighted by Zone Conferences.  3 days of 6 hour conferences was long, I can only imagine what it's like to be Dad now, at one point on the 2nd day I was getting so tired (we had to translate for the Бабсковы) that I stood up and I клевал носом (nodding off, lit. pecking by means of my nose).  I guess some things will never change.  Anyway, the conferences were really good, a lot of good participation and thoughts shared.  We have a really good mission, and we had some changes in missionary procedure this last week, and so we had to spend a lot of time this week just implementing those changes and spending time on the computer typing up new documents.  It's fun to see the more administrative side of missionary work, but I can't tell you how glad I am that this week we just have meetings lined up and the only things that are extra this week are our staff meeting, our meeting with President, and a little 30 minute meeting with геннадий, one of the office workers in charge of visa trips, and hopefully it'll be short because we have no visa trips this week.  Anyway, we have a lot of meetings set up and we're just really excited to get things moving forward.  

We also had our second to last visa trip this week, and that was really fun, we were able to see a lot of how we had changed, we talked about goals for the next few months as well as goals that we want to set for after our missions in order to really stay strong.  We used to spend all our time just talking on these trips, and we did a fair amount of that, but we also had a scripture study together.  It was just really fun to hear their thoughts, listen to what helps them, and thereby we all helped one another grow and become better.  

I've been talking with my companion and thinking about revelation this week.  I love the verses in 2 Nephi 28:30 and D&C 59:4.  They talk about receiving line upon line and precept upon precept, as well as receiving our own personal revelation.  Elder Jensen and I were talking a lot about this, because over these last several months we have learned A LOT.  And we still have a lot to learn, but every time we see something that isn't quite right, our first impulse is to correct it, because we've learned it.  The trick is also realizing that other people have to learn line upon line and precept upon precept.  All in all, it's really strengthened our testimonies that God is loving, and oh so patient in relationship to us.  He wants the best for us, but he'll give us as we're ready, line upon line.  

Have a great week!


Elder Belnap

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