So this week was super incredible, mostly because of Elder Bednar. Elder Bednar came and spoke to three missions here in the Visitor's Center and luckily I was in like the 5th row Man, it was truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The way he taught was extremely different from anything I would've expected. He started out with kind of a Question and Answer section, except he was asking us the questions. Then we moved on and were able to ask him some questions. Man, it was just an incredible experience to have an apostle of the Lord so close and speaking on things that were so important to us as missionaries. It was also interesting because we got to see his "normal" side, he says words like "dopey, or stupid" and he's a very very humble man, but also very aware of his position and responsibility. It was a power lesson on leadership to even be around him. A lot of what he talked about was helping us learn how to teach and how to learn. He spoke on learning and teaching by the spirit, rather than playing the "guess what's in my head game" which we so often do as missionaries or as teachers in general. It was a very inspiring and humbling conference as I realized how poor of a teacher I really am, in the sense of helping my investigators truly seek learning by faith. He further focused on how we are not the light, just the conduits. He rebuked us pretty hard by saying that if in our teaching we do anything to draw attention to ourselves, whether that's in our personality or teaching methods, if it draws attention towards us and away from the spirit it is a form of priestcraft... A pretty intense statement but a needed one. It was a theme that we'd felt the mission needed to hear as well. It was also incredible to just hear his testimony. The testimonies of the apostles have always just amazed me. There words are not eloquent, they are clear and to the point, and they're full of power. It demonstrates the true reality that testimony is really the best way to teach, and if we could all have testimonies like the apostles the world would know, if not accept, that the gospel is true. It was just an extremely powerful experience. And as usual the most powerful lessons were not the ones that were learned by the words he spoke but rather by what the spirit was telling me throughout the meeting. Oh, one of the new presiding bishopric and a former seventy presidency member also spoke, it was an extremely spirit packed meeting. So of course that made this week yet another week of extreme self-evaluation and a week of personal revelation. It's incredible how we can increase so much in our ability to listen to and recognize the spirit. Oh, another thing he mentioned was that if we ever feel comfortable in any calling that we receive we are doing it wrong, because the longer we go the more we should realize the true significance of what we're doing and how incredibly inadequate we are. Someone asked him how he felt as an apostle, and he said simply "Crushingly overwhelmed..." It was just an incredible experience. Other cool things that are happening is that our zone is doing incredibly well, though there are always little problems, as well as our area continues to do well! Miracles still happen daily, even on those days where we maybe have to spend a little more time planning than we would like for meetings and such. Haha this week has been crazy, there's been piano performances and like three meetings to plan for as well as another workshop and role-play... So much to do and so little time, still the Lord seems to make the time stretch to fit everything in! Still it's been a good week!