First Affirmation Venezuala Conference, “Challenges of Freedom”
A challenge implies difficulty. There may be uncertainty. Doubt. Fear. Sometimes these things are felt deeply. While we may seek to avoid challenges. The truth is that challenges are a natural part of life from which we can grow and, through the love and grace of our Heavenly Father and His Son, we can perfect ourselves.
Challenges can be extraordinary opportunities for us to expand our potentials, abilities, gifts, and talents with which we have been blessed. This was the theme of the first Affirmation Venezuela Conference, where attendees had the unique opportunity to experience the transforming power of Heavenly Father’s love in their lives to heal old wounds and restore their faith in themselves.
We heard extraordinary and inspiring messages during this conference, held July 24th through the 26th in Choroni, Venezuela. Workshop titles included “Gratitude for the Body God has Given Me,” “Drawing Experiences to Heal My Soul,” and “Marry Yourself.” Affirmation Community Leaders also participated in leadership training. These are just a few of the beautiful experiences included in this conference. Our focus throughout was to affirm the personal freedom of each attendee.
Carrying out this conference was not without its own challenges. The conference was rescheduled three times. There were health and financial problems. We were even delayed due to a tropical cyclone! In spite of all this, we continually felt the love of our Heavenly Father as we worked to make this conference a success and the commitment of our Savior never to abandon us in our challenges.