Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Zone Conference

This week has been great. Sorry I didn't get to you yesterday (Martin Luther King day so libraries were closed). Anyway that is great. 
The plan of salvation; there is a great chapter on either the spirit world or resurrection somewhere in Alma 40-50 you could find it if you read the chapter headings. That's funny that Happy spends most of her time in my room. Anyway, we had zone conference this week, which was so amazing. We were taught by the zone leaders, assistants to the president, and President Wirthlin. The coolest story told was the one that one of the assistants told me. He told us the story of how his dad and brother were flying a plane (this happened a few months ago right before I came out) He's from Alaska, so his dad was flying one of those little 2 passenger planes that can land on water, and he said that the side that crashed into the ground was the side his dad was on. The assistant said that that experience taught him a very important lesson. Pilots are trained how to crash, and his dad turned the plane so his side would take the impact of the crash. He purposefully turned the plane so his son wouldn't be harmed. He said that experience of his dad dying so his son could live taught him how important the atonement of Jesus Christ is to each and everyone one of us. Just as his dad died so his son could live and be set free, so did the Savior die for each of us so we could live and be set free. The spirit I felt as he told us that was unbelievable, and it's important to remember that the Savior suffered individually for every single one of us, so he could understand us and know how to help us. I also learned some other cool analogies that taught how the Savior helps us. One was made with weight lifting, and how Christ is everyone's spotter. As we grow and build muscle, the Savior is there to help us once the weight (sin, disappointments, etc) become too great for us to bear alone. The other one was an analogy of how sometimes with our sins and mistakes we dig ourselves into a pit. Other people that love us will see us in the pit, and will try to help us. But the Savior was willing to come down into each of our personal "pits". Glad to hear everything is going well. I love each of you so much. 
      Sincerely, Elder Tyler Richins
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