Round 3

Dear Everyone:
Sister Jackman and I survived! So it'll be a third transfer in Saco and a third transfer with Sister Jackman!
This week wasn't too exciting teaching-wise. We aren't really teaching anyone at the moment. A couple people on our radar, but no one who is really progressing. The saying is that good things come in threes though, so hopefully Sister Jackman and I can use this third transfer to find some awesome people to teach!
So, now on to the most exciting thing that happened this week - General Conference!
I sure hope you all paid attention and took lots of notes. It was a good one!
And, to all you slackers (like me before the mission) who didn't watch Saturday's sessions, those were the best ones. Luckily, repentance is an option and you can watch them all online.
I loved Elder Holland's talk. That man is amazing. I loved Elder Andersen's talk. I loved Elder Bednar's talk. I loved President Packer's talk. I loved Elder W. Craig Zwick's talk. I loved Bishop Stevenson's talk.
Essentially, to sum it up, I loved all the talks.
This quote from Elder Andersen kind of sums up the biggest message I got from general conference though. That in today's world the best way to show our faith is by serving others and standing up for our beliefs. And just like Elder Perry said in his talk - it doesn't have to be hard. Humans are the ones who make things hard, who make things complicated. Sometimes the most complex problems require the simplest answers.
We just need to love God, love Christ, and love each other.
And we show that love through obedience.
That's the part that so many people don't understand today. If you say you love Christ, yet you don't follow any of His teachings, you don't really love Him. Love, just like faith, requires action.
And just like Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis spoke about, faith requires work. It requires effort. It doesn't just come.
But, going back to simplicity, that work is simple. Pray, read the scriptures, go to church, serve others. We aren't being asked to walk barefoot through hot coals here. We aren't being asked to sacrifice our first born - Abraham was, and he was still obedient! Luckily for him, he didn't actually have to sacrifice Isaac. He just had to show he was willing to follow - no matter what.
Yes, just prayer and scripture study isn't going to solve every problem. That's where more of the hard work comes in. But it definitely isn't going to hurt. And like Elder Bednar talked about, it's through that spiritual strength that we gain physical strength and help, because we're not going at this life and our problems on our own. We've got extra help - divine, omnipotent help.
Sounds like a good trade-off to me!
Moral of the story? Pray, read your scriptures, go to church, and be a good person.
That's all for this week folks. I'm off to go tap some maple trees. Seriously. I'm fully experiencing life in New England.
Love you all!
Sister Lindsey Berg

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