Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stake Conference and (non)Politics

This week has been great!  We have had the chance to meet with so many awesome people.  We also had stake conference [a “stake” is made up of multiple congregations in a specific geographic area] this last weekend.  For our conference we had a broadcast from our church leaders in Salt Lake City. Elder Quentin L. Cook was presiding.  We also had Sister Dibb speak and a few others. The main theme was missionary work. Elder Cook talked a lot about the new change in missionary age.  Since some missionaries will be leaving home earlier, more preparation for missionary service needs to happen before the MTC [Missionary Training Center].  Time at the MTC is also going to be shortened. Elder Cook said that just because the age was lowered, it didn't mean everyone ought to or should go out at that earlier age.  I think this was very wise counsel because being a missionary is hard. Some other topics covered during the conference were:  family mission plans, how to help your marriage, how to keep progressing, serving your neighbor, etc.  It was a really great conference.

My Dad asked if I would share what happens when someone brings up politics.  As you may or may not know, we can't discuss politics as missionaries. I have had quite a few times over my mission where we knock on doors and the person who answers says, "We're not interested, but we are voting for Romney." Sometimes they say "your guy" instead of Romney.  It is pretty funny.  I just try to respond that it is good they are voting.  I would say the same thing if they were voting for Obama too. I am not really interested much in politics right now so this isn't a hard mission rule for me to follow.  Sometimes it is non-members who ask and sometimes members who ask what we hear when we go out tracting.  Even though we don’t spend time talking about politics, it'll be interesting to see what happens with missionary work after the election.

I love you all so much! Thank you for all you do and your service. Keep up the great work!  Love, Sister Cluff.

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