Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009 - GENERAL CONFERENCE

Today is General Conference, what a great day for missionaries in the field, well… at least Senior Couples. Our mission president has a rule; Saturday is for proselyting, even general conference Saturday, so our missionaries are not allowed to watch the Saturday morning nor afternoon sessions. But for Hna. Johnson and I it was wonderful. We’ve been looking forward to General Conference for months now. The brethren and Sisters that spoke are truly inspired to give us the messages we need in our time and they do it so very well. Hna Johnson and I are so very blessed to be here, blessed to be serving now and blessed to listen to instruction from our church leaders.

This morning’s session of conference didn’t start until noon, Dominican Republic time. We watched conference at the home of the Temple President, Pres. Donald & Sister Diane Harris. They get the direct feed from SLC through the big dish on top of the MTC. So it’s the exact same as watching conference at a stake center. Pres. & Sis. Harris open their home to all Senior couples to watch conference. There are over a dozen Senior Couples that have apartments in the accommodation center at the temple. Many of them also have cable TV and watch conference on the BYU TV channel. So there were only about 6 or 7 other couples at the Harris’ home this morning.

Between sessions we pulled our ice chest out of the car and took it into the dining hall of the MTC to have our “picnic”. To our surprise all of the missionaries at the MTC came pouring in to eat lunch too. So guess what? Hna. Johnson and I got to dine with Pres. Tom & Sis. Susan Hendricks, President of the Santo Domingo Mission Training Center! What a special spirit there is in the MTC dining with 75 plus missionaries and their President. It was another very special moment for us on our mission.

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