I´ve learned a lot this week. First, I was reading the talk On Being Genuine, by Pres. Uchtdorf from the last conference. It´s really good. Especially the section, Potemkin Programs, and The Church is a place of Healing, Not Hiding.
I also learned how awesome my parents and scout leaders were to teach me how to manage my money. There were some problems with that this week in my district.
I also have learned more about love. I think I know my Savior better. There´s a good talk, also by Pres. Uchtdorf, from the last conference on that as well.
It is a tender mercy that we have conference this weekend. I¨m looking forward to it.
Today, in the morning we had a meeting with the zone, and the assistants, which was pretty much just abuse. And some false doctrine. It was about numbers. “The standards of excellence.” I always achieve them, and my district too. So I´m not going to let the assistants disturb my peace in Christ Jesus.
That was a lie.
What makes me sad is that they missed grace. They missed what love and charity really mean. Love for God doesn´t mean that I have 11 lessons with a nonmember and a member in the same room each week. It means I tried to love and nurture, and invite, and lift up the broken-hearted.
The Zone Leaders were in the district meeting, which I conducted afterwards. I departed from the theme I had prepared, and focused on Grace. Moroni 10:32, and those last verses as he says goodbye. Just like that awesome talk on Grace from that BYU devotional.
Because that´s the gospel. Trying to be better. But never being perfect, until through Him, after all we can do.
Love Elder Schafer