Wednesday, June 17, 2015

week 98 - Elder Holland's visit

Hey everyone!!  This week was so intense, but I loved it!!  I've literally not been to my area for 5 days, and I'm still not back yet!  I'll go back to my area tomorrow though so that's cool haha.  I'll explain why though.  So last Thursday we drove down to Aberdeen cause early in the morning on Friday we had to go to Edinburgh for Scotland East conference.  That was such a great conference, and it was the last one I'll be at and also President Browns last conference with made it really special for me.  That night though I went back to Dundee to stay the night and so I got to proselyte in my old area and see some of the members that I got really close to there!  Then the next day we went and had Elder Holland speak to us, and that was such an amazing experience.  When he came in before the meeting started, he had us all take turns shaking his hand, and when he shook our hands he looked us straight in the eye, and we found out later he was having a quick interview with us all to see what he needed to say to our mission.  Basically he was finding out if he needed to go ballistic on all of us for being a disobedient mission or if we were okay and he could just spend time teaching us to be better missionaries.  Luckily he said we were a good mission with maybe one or two struggles and he complimented President Brown for that.  Then we had 6 people speak to us in by far the best meeting I've been to on my mission.  President and Sister Brown spoke together first bearing their testimonies too us which I won't lie actually brought me to tears since it made me realize just how much my mission has meant to me.  Then we heard from Elder Herbertson who is the Area Authority Seventy over our mission.  We then heard from Elder Teixera, the Europe Area President who is going to be moving over to be a president of one of the Area's in South America.  Then we heard from Elder Hollands son who was visiting and who served his mission in Scotland.  And then Elder Holland spoke to us, and that was amazing!!!  It was so cool to listen to all these great leaders of the church all in one setting!!  I loved it!!  Elder Holland expounded on John 3-4 for us and described how important it is for us to be speaking on the same level as the people we find and begin teaching.  We have to simplify things so they can get it and understand it, that way they can start progressing and feeling the Spirit.  It was definitely one of the highlights of my mission.  So that was all of the cool stuff that happened, but one of the bad things that happened was that our car got wrecked and is now in the garage for at least 3 weeks but probably more.  I wasn't in the car when it happened and I haven't even seen what it looked like, but all I know is it's gone for now, hence we haven't made it back to our area yet haha.  We got it all sorted though and we are borrowing a different set of missionaries car who don't really need it in their area until our car is fixed.  It's just been a total crazy weekend though with so much going on, but it's been really good:)  

It sounds like you guys had a really good stake conference week as well!  That's awesome!!  

I love you all and hope you have a good week!!

Elder Benesch