We had zone conference, and I learned a lot...as usual! Especially about the sacrament and prayer. Here is one of the favorite things that was shared: (it is from the BD about "Prayer")
"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part."
Prayer should be instinctive!
I actually sang a song with the other three Russian sisters in front of everyone! It went really well, and part of it was a duet of me and Sister Christensen which also went well. The spirit was definitely there. I don't know how it wouldn't be with there being so many missionaries in one place!
Something profound that I read in an amazing talk...
The most common counsel is to be patient. Patience is a virtue, yes, but not always. Any virtue taken to the extreme can become a vice. Patience allows us to never begin. Patience allows us to mindlessly wait our turn, believing that this is the hand we have been dealt, that this is the cross we must bear, and that there is nothing we can do about it—it is meant to be!
No, no, no! When life gets tough—and it surely will, because if you are not failing a few times, that means you are not pushing yourself hard enough—what you need is an unshakable commitment to persevere. Perseverance is patience with a purpose, when you willingly and proactively take your turn because you know why you should.
Sorry that this email is mostly quotes...ran out of time!
However, I love you all! have a wonderful week, and I'll do better next time. Repentance is real ;)