...and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he? Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever. (Doctrine and Covenants 122: 7-9)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 3, 2011

Wow, what a conference! I really enjoyed the session I was able to get broadcasted. I was only able to watch Priesthood, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning because of the time difference, but I loved every minute of it. Everything seemed to apply to missionary work and the investigators I work with, even the talks that didn't explicity have anything to do with missionary work. I hope you all received some personal revelation during conference weekend. My favorite talk had to be Elder Holland's in the priesthood session. He basically called out the church to serve a mission, for those of you who couldn't see it. The church needs tens of thousands more missionaries than we already have and much of the world hasn't even been opened up for missionary work yet. I can tell it is coming very, very soon. The growth of the church is at a rate now where we are receiving world-wide recognition and the efforts of the members in spreading the gospel need to keep up with that expansion! President Monson said that the rift between the morals of the church and those of the world are growing increasingly further apart. This means the "middle ground" is quickly disapearing. Many more people are going to join the church, and many more people are going to be fighting against it. When Captain Moroni faced people on his own side in times of war that refused to fight, he considered them enemies and put them to death if they would not fight for their freedom. The time to prepare for the last days is thinning out. President Monson said that we have been born in this age because we have been "saved for the final inning". In a baseball game, those are the players who perform best in pressurized, clutch situations. My generation has a lot of responsibility on our shoulders, and it will increase with the next. Are we ready to act when the time to prepare is over? I would sincerely urge all of you to refocus your efforts on spreading the gospel and especially in nourishing, building, or maybe finding a testimony of its truthfulness. A major theme of this conference was preparation and spreading the gospel. General Conference is specific revelation for the whole of the church for the coming 6 months. Everything we heard, we were told because we need to apply it better in our lives. We heard things we heard many times before, but President Eyring said that if you're hearing something over an over again, it's not boredom, it's inspiration. These are inspired leaders who see where the church and the world is going in the very near future. Missionairy work has never been so important as it is now. If any of you who have member friends of mission age who are considering not going on a mission, tell them to think again. If any of you fall under that category, think again. The world now knows The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and every person in it will eventually have to decide for themselves whether they are for or against the work of God. Keep up the amazing work, all of you. 

I really do appreciate every letter you send and every prayer you say for the missionaries around the world. Encouragement is better than gold on a mission. I love you all and I will write again next week!
Elder Winder
P.s. I didn't get transferred thankfully! Neither did my companion. Leeds 5 for another 6 weeks (at least)!

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