Yesterday we had our zone conference up in Helena with all of the other missionaries. The theme of the conference was having a Christ Centered Christmas and some other topics. One of the topics we discussed as missionaries was the winter blues and how to overcome them. It seems that the holiday season is a time for a lot of happiness with some and severe depression with others. As we discussed it we talked about different ways to overcome these feelings, not only during this time of the year, but year round. The first solution we talked about was being exactly obedient. As missionaries, we have a lot of rules that help us to be better in tune with the spirit. The same applies to everyone that follows the commandments that God has given us. Elder Mervyn B. Arnold relates the following story about his wife when she was younger and how she learned a valuable lesson about keeping the rules:
“When I was 15 years old, I often felt that there were too many rules and commandments. I wasn’t sure that a normal, fun-loving teenager could enjoy life with so many restrictions. Furthermore, the many hours spent working on my father’s ranch were seriously dipping into my time with my friends.