March 30, 2015
So, my first week of being a Zone Leader and being in my new area was awesome! We were super busy. There wasn't one day that we were lost as to what to do. We were out every night till 9, and we would plan till 10. It was crazy.
Then, we had an MLC (Mission Leader Conference) which is when the Zone Leaders and the Sister Training Leaders go to the mission office and get trained on things by the Mission President and the Assistants to the President. But, this time we got trained by Elder Nielson who is a member of the 70. He talked to us about the Atonement and talked to us about what's going on at the Mission headquarters for the church. We talked about what we learned from two talks he had us read that were given by Elder David A. Bednar on the Atonement. From those two talks we learned that it is necessary for us to have trials. Without them we would have no spiritual traction, and we learned that the Atonement is for more than just for the mistakes we make. We learned that it's also for helping us change who we are. We know from a quote from President David O. Mckay that "The gospel is for making bad men good...and making good men better." Elder Nielson asked me, "How do we use the Atonement to change who we are?" I told him that, "We just live the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we do that everything else just falls into place. We will naturally start changing who we are."
He also told us how they chose where missionaries are called to serve. He said it usually happens on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and what happens is, one of the Twelve Apostles or member of the First Presidency and a member of the Seventy go into the room that is set apart for calling missionaries, they will have a picture of the missionary and what he/she wrote on one tv screen and all the missions on another tv screen. They will read what the missionary wrote, what the Bishop said, and what the Stake President said. They will then pray and choose a mission and then they will pray again and see if it feels right for that missionary to go to that mission. They will do that until they have chosen the one they feel is right. That will then be sent to President Thomas S. Monson. He will then look at it and either approve it or have it sent back if he thinks that it's not the right mission. If he approves it he then signs it and it is sent to the boy or girl.
Elder Nielson talked to us a ton about the fact that we need to ask for trials. Trials are given to us for us to be able to stretch and grow. He told us about the talk Spencer W. Kimball gave right after he came back from being away for awhile. He told us that everyone was shocked with what he said. President Kimball said: "Give me this mountain." We all need to have this attitude with receiving trials. If we have this attitude we will receive trials, but the Lord will be there to help us through the trials. He won't take it all away from us, but, He will lighten our burden.
My testimony: "I'm so grateful that I have the knowledge that Jesus Christ lives, and that He died for us. I know, as I know that all of you know, that He lives. Because He lives, we too will all live with Him again one day. Because of Him, we can be changed, we can become like Him. When the Savior beckoned Peter and His disciples and said, "Come follow me," He was telling them to follow Him as well as to become like Him. I know that He lives and loves each and everyone of us. He knows exactly how we all feel. I love and pray for all of you everyday. In the name of our brother, Jesus Christ, Amen."
I love all of you so much, keep up the good work you are all doing.
Elder Peter H. Niceler
To give you an idea of what my planner looks like on the inside . . .
here's a picture of one of our days last week and what we had planned.