Monday, June 15, 2015

Farewell Zone Conference

This week's Zone Conference was amazing.  It was defineitly the zone conference that I've gotten the most out of during my entire mission and I know that's due to the preparation that was put into by President and Sister Weston and the AP's.  It was the Weston's last Zone Conference and the last time that we'd be able to see them before they leave on the 30th.  
President first gave an amazing training on the Atonement.  We talked a lot about how important it really is for not only our investigators to use the Atonement, but for us as missionaries as well.  We talked about how much diligence plays a key part in applying the Atonement, how we have to be diligent to be able to find those who are ready.  We've been seeing that bring blessings already.
Sister Weston gave a training on change and why change is a good thing.  She talked all about President and Sister Gardner who will be replacing them and about how great they are.   She talked all about how important it is to let the Savior change you and allow him to be a bigger part of your life.  Don't be afraid of change.  Embrace it!
One of the coolest things though was right at the end when President gave all of us an "Exit Interview" just like he would normally give a missionary who was finishing their mission and going home.  He gave us tons of advice on what to look for in an eternal companion.  He was constantly saying "Go find your Sister Weston!"  He gave us lots of good counsel on that but I think that besides that he gave some very important counsel on a few very important things.  President commited all of us to do  three things for the rest of our lives.
#1 Read the Book of Mormon 30 minutes every day.  "If you can do that, I have no reason to worry about you," he said.
#2 Listen to, or read a conference talk every day.  Learn from the Living Prophets.
#3 Attend all church meetings.  Make the Sabbath a delight.  
I know that by doing those things that we'll always have the Spirit to be with us.  

Although I'm excited to meet and serve with President and Sister Gardner at the end of the month, I'll miss the Weston's like crazy.  They've been the best Mission Parents I could have ever asked for and I've learned so much from them. I'm happy that a few of us have a BBQ planned with them after we get back in October :)

I hope all is well with you!  Have a great week!
Elder Zack Paddock

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