Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another amazing zone conference

Zone Conferences for me are truly spiritual feasts. President Dance, at the beginning, taught us that whatever we were taught that day, we should listen for the promptings of the Spirit and then act upon and do what we were taught. That it was not just to hear and enjoy, but that the Spirit would teach us, individually, what was needed.

Any, boy did I have needs. At the end we each had 60 seconds in which to bear our testimonies and my cup was running over with feelings and thoughts.

The evening before, Sister Dance had called and invited Sister Humphrey and me to dinner at the mission home, following the zone conference. She had earlier asked me to make cookies for the missionaries who have March birthdays. I had offered to make cinnamon rolls instead and so I was in the process of making the rolls when she called. I made dinner rolls, too, for the dinner.

She had put dinner in the crockpot (she had it shipped from the US - privilege of mission presidents to have some home comforts) and it was a simple meal but so enjoyable to have time alone with the two of them. A real treat!

Mission presidents make great sacrifices to serve for 3 years. President and Sister Dance's only son returned from his mission just before they arrived here and is being married next month in the Bountiful Temple. Sister Dance is allowed to make the trip home for the wedding, but President Dance is not allowed to leave the mission (except for mission president conferences once or twice a year). They have two unmarried daughters who could certainly be married before their time here is up. Their children visited them here over the Christmas holiday and the son brought his fiancee', whom they knew from before their son's mission.

I have such admiration for President and Sister Dance, and for all the mission presidents and their families.

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