Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 91: General Conference! 総大会!

Wasn`t General Conference great?  I may be a little late, but I just watched it all yesterday and the day before. My favorite talk was Saturday Afternoon, first talk. Elder Nelson. He states that as long as we have a distinction for our `best behavior` or our `Personal Life` that we will never reach our fullest potential! How true that is. We have one investigator with which this is seen clearly.  He tells us all he wants to do is sit and read his books and he doesn`t want to come to church dressed up or stay all 3 hours. He is so focused on his `personal life` that he is missing the big picture!!

With the work we have been doing with less actives, it is clear that by small and simple things, great things are brought to pass.

Scripture study, prayer, meaningful Sabbath day worship, HOME TEACHING, is SOOOOOOOOOO important! This isn`t just to help us get through the next day, or a struggle we are going through. These things are designed to help us to gain Eternal blessings. How cunning is the Devil to convince the children of God that skipping these things once in a while is not a big deal? Didn`t we come to this Earth to prepare to meet God? Is not all else merely distractions to make us stumble on the path?

We had interviews with President this week as well. My interview was way short. `ready to go home?` haha. oh gosh, its not that close, is it? Actually, I am the most experienced missionary in the field, along with the missionaries that came to Japan with me. (6 missionaries total, and 3 go home in 3 weeks)

President gave us training  before interviews, and we talked a lot about `Sweet Boldness`. This is very important for helping those in need, the less actives. When you start to hear them give excuses, rather than folding to those excuses, answering them with passionate Boldness. It reminded me of the time in Matsuyama when our recent convert began to list off reasons he couldn`t come to church anymore. If I hadn`t listened to the spirit and acted with boldness, he could have become lost like the hundreds of other less actives. We really have the power to make real, lasting differences in people when we listen to the spirit and act in the power of the Lord! It is incredible that the Lord gives us opportunities to do that.

Well today was kind of a ramble... haha sorry about that. Today for Preparation day we are going to katurahama (beach). There is an aquarium and stuff, should be fun.

Love you all!
Elder O`Reilly

We had a lesson early morning Friday. We are usually studying at this time, so it was kind of fun to see the school rush. SOOO MANY BIKES!!! haha. all going through the shopping district.

Kouchi sure is a beautiful place.

Hey its Elder Weir!

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