Really busy week, had lots of meetings and mission conferences, but highlights!:
Crazy rain with El Nino coming to Riverside! Our parking lot flooded. Good thing I had my rain boots and umbrella!
During exchanges I got "elote" cut up in a cup (it's the Mexican corn with mayonnaise and cheese). Apparently it's called "ezquite" (sp?) but it wasn't very good. The smile in the pictures below doesn't show the stomach ache later.
[A visiting church general authority’s] presentations were amazing. It was great to listen to what he had to say.
The way he presented, I also took note of. He always said "may I share an observation..." then he would share it. It was a very non-threatening way to offer advice, suggestions, or just opinions and observations. He found the "bright spots" in our organization (the mission) and focused on that, then talked about how we could improve. It made it a lot easier to accept it.
He also discussed how we need to "let it go" and permit ourselves to change. We need to be willing to give up who we are for who we can become. You get more when you give away what you're holding on to.
He discussed being "sober" and having a quiet dignity among us. Being light hearted but not light minded. When we're sober, we are observant, we are not distracted by trivial things or noise that we or others create, and we can see what's going on around us.