We have officially made it to October, and there's no better way to kick it off than with a conference weekend. Listening to the last few sessions has been amazing. There is no doubt in my mind that the leadership of our church has been called of God. The divine revelation they receive is pertinent to what we need and the challenges facing us. Now the key to all of this is going to be applying the messages that I hear instead of just listening, taking a few notes and then thinking "wow, that was really good!". Ha I'm really good at doing that last part, but I'm still working on the applying part of it.
This week has been pretty good. The institue building is located right across the street from campus. Its location is ideal for holding activities there and then invite people to come over and check out the church. The YSA is great at holding socials, and there's a monthly bbq that is great for inviting people there. Well, Elder Cook and another mission took to the corner with signs, enticing people to come and have some free dinner, and then some other missionaries and I ate food with the people who came and then invited them on a tour of the church. The members of the YSA are really friendly, and so it's easy for us to find people to talk to them. It worked out nicely, and we had a couple of people come that were really positive. There were two girls at the end that Elder Cook and I took on a tour of the church, and they seemed to really like everything that we shared with them. They especially liked the idea of a strictly college aged congregation for them to come and connect with.
Besides that we have quite a few less actives and recent converts that we're working with. One of which is Crystal Corona. I had to include her last name because it cracks me up. Ha but she is really great. She got baptized earlier this year, and is really solid. We taught her about the importance of patriarchal blessings, and a few weeks later she was able to go and receive it. She also just got called as the secretary in the relief society. They get put right to work in this ward, which is great for building a testimony and not getting lost in the background.
Well I'm sorry this is so short! We haven't had much time this week to get something written, but we're going to go watch the last session of conference!
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Elder Kade Bartschi