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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stake Conference

Guess who came to Stake Conference?




Elder Hallstrom and President Russell M. Nelson.  It was such a great conference.  Our stake presidency will be replaced tomorrow.  They had our mission president and his wife Sister Cooke talk.  President Colton and his wife talked, the temple president. The counselors to President Harrison, President Folger and Holmstead talked.  It was great.    This was also the 75 anniversary of our stake.  When President Nelson got up and said that he was asked to accompany Hugh B Brown to the dedication of the Washington DC temple in 1974 before he was a general authority he had the following experience. The next morning he woke Elder Brown up and he said I needed to find Joan Lee the widow of Herald B. Lee.  He said I have been with President Lee who had passed away most of the night and he wanted me to tell his wife that he was well.  President Nelson then said I have felt the presence of those that have played a pioneering part in our stake there tonight.  He said the gathering is going on in great haste on both sides of the veil.  He said that is why so many great men have left to do the work of gathering.  He said the Lord took L. Tom Perry to get them into action. He then said that Thanksgiving helped to user in Christmas.  He then read some of the Christmas story to us from Luke and defined words and customs for us.  It was great.

Elder Hallstrom told us to focus on what was most important even if we had to sacrifice some things that were good.  We must continue to refine our lives.  Hastening the work of salvation includes member missionary work, activation, temple work, teaching the gospel.   They aren't in competition.  It isn't running faster it is focusing on the what is most important.  Hasten the work is happening we have gone from 57,00 missionaries to 88,000 after the announcement of younger missionaries and is settling in at about 75,000.  One fourth of the missionaries are sister.  The work is hastening in temple work.  When he was born there were 8 temples now there is 148.  Family history work has gone from writing letters to billions of records available to us.  In a world of busyness we must not lose sight of want is most important.  Those things that are most important involve covenants. We were hoping to talk to Elder Hallstrum but no way.  We have several tie to him.  He was in the stake presidency in Hawaii when I was on my mission there. His father was the branch president of the branch I served in for 13 months.  Our good friends Art and Kathy Jo McKinley, Elder Hallstrom is Kathy Jo's brother.

We worked all day on our lessons for next week.  We have got to get two lessons so we can play with Justin's family this coming week.    

2 comments:

  1. Whoa...I think you were lucky to have Elder Halstrom come. There must have been a great spiritual outpouring with Elder Nelson there as well. Enjoy these great miracles!

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  2. Those are some neat stories. What a cool experience to see and hear both of them speak!

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