Yesterday was my 3rd zone conference and they are definitely my spiritual feast. It's wonderful to join together with 50 other missionaries (8 of us senior) and to be taught by President and Sister Dance. They are gifted and inspiring teachers who teach from the scriptures and with love.
Sister Dance posed the question: If God is no respecter of persons and yet some people are chosen, how do we reconcile the two? She walked us through many scriptures that teach of the love God has for each of His children and how, through the gift of agency, we choose whether we are "chosen of the Lord." Our Father in Heaven and our Savior invite every one to come unto Christ and partake of His Atonement and Their love. Each of us choose whether we will be obedient to the Commandments of the Lord. Those who choose to do so, are chosen of the Lord. It truly is up to each of us.
President Dance then commented on the choices, most of which have been small, which he has made through his life. He said that there are very few "major" choices he's made in his life (serving a mission, marrying Sister Dance) but that each day of his life, he makes choices that, when put together, have brought him to this point in his life.
He spent most of his time teaching from Moses 1 wherein we learn how God taught Moses who he was and what God's plan for him was, applying those teachings to our lives.
It was wonderful to be taught by the Spirit of the Lord.
In the middle of the day, we had lunch--my first pizza in Riga. It may be my last. It had a kind of funny taste to it. I'm not being "wowed" by the food in Riga. That's, of course, a good thing for my waistline.