Sister Emily Mangum is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission.

April 9, 2014

General Conference

Hi Mom and Dad!

Yes, General Conference was absolutely amazing! I really loved it and I got so much out of it!
I wish that they were up and available to read, Hopefully they will be up by the end of this week, especially because we are teaching several classes on it :/

I absolutely loved Elder Holland’s talk and the one by Elder Ballard.  Really there wasn’t one that I didn’t like.  Especially as a missionary.  I have found that as a missionary things like conference have so much more meaning.  Not only are you listening for yourself (Which is hugely important as a missionary) but you are also listening for all of your investigators and less-actives and you are listening for all of the classes you will be teaching in the next forever.

It seemed like everything that we needed to hear happened. It was so great. We had been joking that we just needed someone to do a Joseph smith throw-down in one of the talks.  I don’t remember who it was, but we definitely got it. :) And so many other great things!  

Then later that night we had an amazing miracle.
It has been interesting being in Los Alamos County.  
We have been teaching several classes and just recently they have started to pick up like crazy!!!! At bible study last week we had 16 youth! More than they get to come to mutual! Plus Paz!
Then we are teaching a Member Training Class (MTC haha) where we teach concepts of sharing the gospel.(we had been getting on average 6 people to those, combined with all 3 wards) 
On Sunday we held a movie night that they could bring their non-member friends to for the MTC and we had 26 people and 10 non-members!!! AHHH! It was sooo great!
All 4 missionaries were running around in circles because we were so excited!
We may have a couple new investigators! Which is so awesome!

Not really hot here. We are at one of the highest altitudes in the US.  It actually feels really good. Although they didn’t get any snow this year, which means the forest fires could be really bad. :/ 
So we will see how things are going in a couple months.

Tonight we are studying Kindness in bible study.  We are going to play murderer in the Dark and have doughnuts :) It should be fun, hopefully we will get through to them about something...

That’s so exciting about the Fort Lauderdale Temple! The Gilbert Arizona temple dedication just happened here, and tons of people went to it... wish we could.  Although temple day is coming up in a few weeks! YAY!

You are right just going through the motions is the way we feel as missionaries a lot :( 
But it’s alright. The good things are really good.  Seminary is a really really good use of time :)

Warnie told me you only have 9 weeks of school left until summer... That’s crazy, time flies so fast!
It sounds like Jess is doing really really well!  Warnie and mina sound about the same :)

Did you know there are giant Volcanoes up and down New Mexico?
This is the side of one.  We want to go hike it one p-day :)

Love you!

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