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After some serious effort on the part of the Mission Office and President Quinn, arrangements were made for the entire mission to be in Adelaide for a Mission Conference with the Apostle, Elder David H. Bednar. It was a glorious experience to sit in his presence, listen to his magnificent admonitions and wisdom, and let the spirit teach us. Later that evening, we attended a fireside where he and his wife spoke again. Both times those attending were given the privilege of asking questions and receiving answers from him and sometimes, his wife.
One of the subjects that struck me powerfully was his explanation of faith and how we use and strengthen it. Faith is action, and fear is inaction. He used the analogy of being directed by the Lord to step out of a beam of light. We want the light to move first, but it is after the trial that our faith comes. Since the light moves with us, we must first take the step. Hence, first it is hoped for, then it is seen. Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When we take the steps and have the light move with us, our faith is strengthened. He ended both meetings with great apostolic blessings for this mission and we are already seeing some effects. We will be forever thankful to those who made it possible for all the Adelaide Australia Mission (including outlying areas) to have this once in a lifetime spiritual experience.