Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Visit from an Apostle of Jesus Christ
Elder Russell M Nelson came to our Stake Conference this past weekend. Here is a picture of him:
This is the second apostle of The Lord Jesus Christ that I have seen in person. When Elder Nelson walked into the room, I felt the Holy Spirit touch me and tell me that he was, indeed, a special witness of Jesus Christ. What a blessing to have been there. Because I was singing in the choir, I was able to be up on the stand near him. He said many things and I felt uplifted by his words. I found this video that I would encourage you to watch. It isn't long:
Elder Nelson spoke on Saturday night for the adult session of Stake Conference and then again Sunday morning. Silas and Calvin were sick, so Tyler stayed home with the children. I had thought to go alone, as I would be up on the stand and couldn't watch any of the kids in the congregation, but when I woke up I was inspired to take Anna with me. She has also seen an apostle, Elder Henry B Eyring, but she was only 4 years old at the time. I wanted for her to have another opportunity to see an apostle in person. After the conference, she was able to go up and shake Elder Nelson's hand. I hope she will never forget that special moment.
Throughout the Stake Conference, I felt the Holy Spirit many times - more times that I can remember in such a short time - and it has had a great effect upon me. Whereas I have been feeling depressed (weight/dieting issues/adoption adjustment) I had thought that if I would just diet that I would be happy...that that alone would bring me peace. After feeling the Holy Spirit so many times, I found myself smiling and cheerful. I heard my tone of voice and it was that of a very happy, confident woman. I then recognized that my spirit was hungering to be fed and that I was more prone to depression when I wasn't feeling of the Holy Spirit on a very regular basis. It caused me to stop and ponder where my priorities were and to realize that a diet and weight loss will not bring my soul peace. Only God's spirit can and will do that. I have not found any good reasons for Calvin's surgery to have been postponed, until now. I am grateful to my God in heaven for this inspiration and I hope by my sharing it here that it will help someone.
Articulations by Jill Pierce at 10:20 PM