Elder Betancourt seemed to thoroughly enjoy his conference weekend. He wrote, " It is so hard to believe it is October! What an incredible conference weekend!" In a letter Ryan shared some of what he gained for conference. He wrote, "Holy Cow Devy! My thoughts were so inspired. It was amazing... Their guidance is much needed in a world that grows progressively more wicked with each passing day! One of my favorite teachings of the Church is to live in the world, but not of the world. We need to be around to help out our brothers and sisters, but we can do so without partaking of things that are detrimental to our bodies, integrity, and our souls. President Dieter Uchtdorf (an Apostle in the First Presidency) shared a story about how we need to always focus on serving others! As men in the church we have received the Priesthood of God. The priesthood is a 100 percent service based tool. It is truly the power of Heaven. I have experienced the joy in serving others and giving blessings of comfort and blessings for the sick. They work! All according to faith. Faith in Jesus Christ is crucial to receiving any blessings! I promise as you have faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, you will blessed.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland talked about the Apostles and how after Christ died on the cross, the Apostles returned to their boats to work and continue life. When the Apostles attempted to catch fish, they did not catch any. When they saw the Savior on the shore, he told them to cast their nets to the other side. When they did this they caught an abundance of fish, such an abundance they couldn't pull the net in! After all this the Savior, asked Peter 3 times if he loved him. Each time he said, "Thou knowest Lord that I love thee." The scripture doesn't go too much into depth about what happens after so for the sake of the point Elder Holland was making, he took some liberty and said the Savior may have then said, "Then why are you here? I need you to labor for me, serve me, preach my gospel, defend our faith, bring people unto the truth, and you are here. I am asking you for the second time, will you leave all of this and labor for me? Did you think the cross and nails were the end of it all?" What is this supposed to tell us? If we love him, we will serve. A characteristic of love is always loyal. Our lives are a gift. Everything we have is a gift from God. If we love God, we need to be willing to drop our nets and follow him. Our time, our money given to us as a means to help us. We need to give back to Him that gave it. As we do, we will be blessed with and for everything that we give. Nothing can ever be as it was when Jesus asked us to drop our nets. By serving God, we are blessing our families and our posterity.
Our Beloved Prophet Thomas S. Monson taught two things this weekend that have truly inspired me. First, never look at someone for who they are, but who they can become. This can help us encourage others to fulfill their potential! Second, he asked us to take an inventory of all the blessings he has given us. We will see how blessed we are! Do you very best, have faith and God will take care of the rest. Another principle that I learned this weekend was no concern of ours is too small or insignificant for the Lord.
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. We can learn about these truths from reading it. We don't learn by the words of it, but by the power of the Holy Ghost, which testifies the truth of all things.
I hope that this gives you an idea of what I got out of conference.
I love you like the snow loves the cold!
Elder Ryan Anthony Betancourt"
Blue ties for devotional! Blue tie Tuesday"Guns up"
The MTC makes the Elders GOOFY. Elder Wightman eating Ryan's head.
I sent Elder Betancourt a six pack of Mountain Dew. He hadn't had one since he entered the MTC. Needless to say, he was very excited! His first Mountain Dew in six weeks!
Ryan wrote in a letter on October 07, 2012, "I have gained weight! I am at 167 (12 pounds heavier than he was before he left). I started running hardcore this week to try and get more fit! Its difficult not to gain weight at the MTC! We eat at 7:45, 12:20, and 5:20! Sometimes it feels like all we do is eat and sit around in class!"