Zone conference! It was set up a little differently this time. We were seated at tables so we could write and do things better and it was also more comfortable to be at a table. I hope we do this again. The theme was to have the Book of Mormon be a more open book while on the square and in the teaching center.
We watched a bit of the training for the new mission presidents and their wives by D. Todd Christofferson. Something that was really eye opening was when he said that this dispensation, a period of time where prophets are brought back after a time with none, was the only dispensation to start off with new scriptures. In the past the prophets have written scripture, and so that time ended with what ever was revealed to the prophets of those times. Our day was started with scripture because we needed a witness of Christ that hadn't been translated many different times. As we read the Book of Mormon with the Bible, we cannot mistake who Christ is, and what His purpose is. Same with God as well. Pretty neat, right? I never questioned why the Book of Mormon had to be done before the church was officially organized in April 1830, but that makes so much sense!
A little less than half of Temple Square sisters are famous on KSL in SLC. KSL reserved the spot for the sisters to sit. We were in the background of almost everything they filmed in front of the Brigham Apts. Maybe they wanted a good cheering crowd. We cheered for everything that passed us. When other nation's flags came past we stood up and cheered hard! They had banners of which floats had won what award that year and people dressed as pioneers were the carriers for those. And some local wards (Mormon congregations) had these really neat floats in the parade! I was more focused on filming the bands though. I love marching bands. Only a few had uniforms, the rest wore t-shirts and similar shorts. ;)
For those of you not familiar with the 24th of July, it is a Utah State holiday, that is celebrated by various other Mormon communities in the US mostly (Sis. Herr from German didn't know what it was, which is understandable) It commemorates a) The first Mormon Pioneers coming to the Salt Lake Valley, and b) to honor all Mormon handcart pioneers. I did not know the first one! But the first year they had been in the valley they did celebrate by showing patriotism to the US. The very government that rejected them, but they knew without the freedom of religion, the Gospel of Jesus Christ wouldn't have been restored here. Members in other nations do not have to show patriotism to the US because they are part of the church, seeing as sisters from other countries didn't really know about it. They also fed us! Some ward fed us Sunday night, and the mission for Pioneer day.
Wrist Update: I got a less bulky, left-handed brace that doesn't do as much, but is more manageable. And my wrist is slightly less swollen.
District Update: I have never worked so much as a district leader companion (DLC) and I love it! If we are a family, the four sisters are the children, and Sis. Leavitt and I are the parents. She is more fathery in her role. She'll describe how she feels about something and how she just wishes they would use what she gives, and I tell her she is knowing just a little about what parents go through and what Heavenly Father must feel about us too! I am more mothery, so she says, making sure we have good district unity, being friends with them all. Look at us working hard for the district!
Good bye all! God be with you until next p-day!
|July 24th Pioneer Parade|
|Those girls shouted out to us, so we cheered really loud and hard back!|
|Every year there is an apostle and this year it was President Uchtdorf! His wife had to direct his attention to us. Thanks Harriet!|