Monday, June 1, 2015

I-Pads to Hasten the Work

May 25, 2015

We had an amazing All Mission Conference the other day. We had Elder Nielson, the member of the Seventy who gave the Prodigal Son talk at conference, come and give us the training on how to use ipads in the work. I thought it was going to be merely a logistical meeting, but it actually turned out to be an amazing spiritual experience. I truly was taught by the spirit and my eyes were opened. Technology truly is the way that the Lord has always anticipated to hasten His work! We received training on how the Lord will truly use technology now and in the future to help… "the truth of God go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear."
We are also learning the principles now to govern us after our missions to continue to use media to further the work. We are also learning now, how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the dangers of media as well. We received multiple booklets on how to safeguard ourselves against the "dark side" of media. This truly is a training ground for life. 

So far it has been so amazing to have so many resources at our fingertips to share the gospel. We have videos to access in moments at doorsteps, we have interactive pamphlets, (Check out the app, LDS Pamphlets) we have LDS Tools, we have Gospel Library to study with and mark and use, we will in a few weeks, have the area book and our planners on a single app, we will be able to use facebook in about a month, to communicate with members, investigators, leaders, and to share the gospel, we can email our leaders and investigators on a daily basis to remind them of commitments we left them, share videos, we will be able to skype or facetime leaders to meet with them, or have "member present" lessons by having someone facetime into the lessons, the list keeps going on and on! It is truly amazing! I was in awe the whole time. My companion sadly did not get an ipad since she is going home at the end of this transfer, but I got to have a loaner one for now. I am good at sharing though:) haha. It took a while to convince her to use it though. She has never had an ipad/ipod so she was a bit hesitant. But I've helped her get excited for it. It has been a bit of a weird adjustment. Going from not being allowed to have technology like this for 16 months to being encouraged to use the iPads as tools in your work. I've had to force myself a bit. It's been weird, but I truly love the opportunity to use them to hasten the work.
 I am so excited to be able to use media to share the gospel when I go home too, this is really good preparation for me. I am grateful for this transition at this time in my mission. 
We are still struggling to find people to teach. This has been one of the lowest "number" areas on my whole mission. It is so weird. We really are trying everything. I know numbers don't matter, but it's just sad not to have individuals to teach.

This week we also had some miracles happen. We feel like there are good things to come. First, we received a referral from some other missionaries who called and told us that a member was moving into our ward and her husband is not a member but recently his heart has truly been softened and she feels like he would be ready to learn about the gospel! We have dinner set up with them this week!Another miracle that happened, we knocked on a door of a Part Member family that we were trying to find and we found out that they had moved but the man who answered said that he had had 3 encounters with missionaries in the past year and he felt like God was trying to tell him something. We asked if we could come back and he said he wanted us to but he was going to talk to his wife. He has been to church a couple times and says he is searching for truth right now. That was another great miracle. We will see where that goes. 

Well,I feel like there is more to say, but that must be it for now. Keep pushing forward! This is a great time in the world to be alive. Scary, yes, but a good time nonetheless. It is the time for us to stand firm for what we know to be true. In all else, stand firm for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is what will remain constant through every change in the world. I love you all!
Sister Young

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