Monday, October 13, 2014

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Ok so I got transferred! I will find out my new companion and area tomorrow at the transfer meeting... sad to leave Parelheiros but I´m sure my new area will be awesome too.

This week, we didn´t do much because Sister Mota was still contagious, so we did a lot of reading--apparently the book is Drawing on the Powers of Heaven (not evoking...I tried to translate the title directly...). Also since we weren´t allowed to leave the house to watch General Conference last weekend, the elders brought us a pendrive with conference downloaded onto it, and we watched the sessions on a portable DVD player. It was kind of cool being able to watch conference at home...I haven´t done that for a year. But Conference was soooo goood! I can´t wait for the November Ensign to get here! 

Also here are President Dalton´s rules for goal setting (they are like SMART goals but better): His acronym is DREAMS

 D = Deadline
R = Realistic
E = Etched in Stone ( written down)
A = Always Reviewing (review daily)
M = Measurable (smaller plans and goals)
S = Supreme Being (share your goals with God--prayer). He has done a bunch of professional conferences teaching people about goal setting and he always includes this step and says something like, ``Some of you might not like this step and will not do it, but I will do it and I know I will be more successful.´` This step is heavily tied to the book Drawing on the Powers of Heaven.
He talked about how reviewing them daily makes them a part of who we are because it becomes a part of our subconscious. He talked about his professional experience a lot and his schooling to teach a lot of principles about setting goals. He told us about his dream to go to Harvard when he was a student at a junior college. He said he only told his wife and parents about that goal because no one would have believed that he could get in because he was starting off at a JR college. (one of his rules for goals is that if it is a goal to stop doing something like stop smoking or losing weight, you should share them with everyone because you want their help, but when it is a goal to grow, you should only share those goals with special people and God). He ended up going to Harvard and has been super successful in his professional life (as well as in the church, with his family, etc.), as the president of many companies and turning them into successes. 
Also we had a really good fireside for our ward last night. A brother taught the Plan of Salvation to really emphasize the basic doctrines because of the wuote by President Packer :``The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quickerthan study of behavior will improve behavior.`´
He first talked about the Lion King. He explained the story--Simba is the rightful heir to be king, but after his father dies and he meets Timon and Pumba, whose motto is ``Hakuna Matata``/no worries about anything, Simba grows up and forgets who he really is. We watched a clip of the movie where when he grows a little older Rafinki brings him to a pond where he looks at his reflection and sees the face of his father. Rafinki says, ``He lives in you.`` Then the clouds turn into the figure of Mufasa and Mufasa talks to Simba and reminds him who he is and what his potential is--he can be king/he is an heir. It was a really spiritual experience watching that part of the film because it teaches a really important gospel principle--do we know who we are and what we can inherit? He talked about Romans 8: 16-17
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spiritthat we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
And then Revelations 21:7 
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and will be his God,and he shall be my son.
Anyway, I just thought it was really cool that he tied the Plan of Salvation to the Lion King. He also talked about the degrees of glory in a powerful way .He talked about what kinds of Mormons will be in the 3 degrees(these are just possibilities to make his point that our decisions in this life really do matter): those who do not magnify their callings here will go to the terrestrial kingdom, and those who leave the church/reject the gospel/break their covenants will go to the telestial kingdom. He talked about how not magnifying our callings is not living our covenants. He talked about the law of consecration and how we should consecrate our whole lives to this work. He showed the film about John Tanner--watch it if you haven´t seen it yet--Treasure in Heaven, the John Tanner story:
Anyway, I am grateful for good teachers and good firesides--how blessed we are to be a part of such a great church. Love you all! 
--Sister Sadie Bledsoe

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