Tuesday, April 22, 2014

4/21/14 Elder Peterson - Happy Easter Everyone!

Elder Hunt and Me

This photo was taken awhile back, and just sent to me. This lovely lady is a sister to one of our great friends here in Mesa. He stopped by not knowing the relation and had a great visit. Small world! Thanks, Lauren and Fawn!!
Well, this past week has been pretty good. So first off I got the
package that you sent and thank you so much for the ties and all the
Reese's candy. It's probably going to take me a few months to get done
with eating all of it!

So I really don't know where to start because there's just been a lot
of stuff that's been going down. Okay, I kind of lied cause I do know
where to start. We found out about a week ago that the boundaries of
our ward are going to be changing. It's kind of crazy. So the way that
the church is set up down here is there are two wards in our building.
The Patuxent Ward and the Lexington Park Ward. The Patuxent Ward has a
lot of members, and it is crazy to see the comparison with our ward.
The reason why the boundaries are going to be changing is to allow
the wards down here to have an even amount of members. We have no idea
what the boundaries are going to change to, but it is most likely that
we are going to be getting a huge chunk of the Patuxent Ward. We are
pretty excited to see what is going to happen. Also I have heard that
the members of the Patuxent Ward are pretty sweet and I'm excited to
be able to meet them. This coming up Sunday we are going to be having
a combined sacrament meeting at 1 o'clock to discuss the boundaries
and all the things that are going to be happening. We are pretty sure
that we are going to be getting a new bishop which is really crazy.
Bishop Lowe is super awesome and it is going to be sad to see him not
to be the bishop anymore. He and his family are going to be
transferring to another base because he is military. So it is almost
the perfect time for a change. I'm excited to see who the new bishop
is going to be though.

Second thing that's been going on is that we are having a blast with
the members! The members here are just super awesome and they are just
very willing to do anything for us. It has been great to have Elder
Hunt down here because the members already know him very well because
he has served here before. It definitely gives us an advantage in having
the members work with us more. The personal mission plans are still a
hit! We have been able to go over it with more of the members and they
are doing great. We also have been doing a lot of work with the less
active members and it has been very uplifting. What a wonderful time
it is to be serving a mission! The work is truly hastening and we are
lucky to have a lot of resources to help us in the work of salvation.
I have a lot of thoughts about this and I can't express them all over
email. I guess one thought that I do want to share is that of social
media. We live in a time where we can easily talk to people with just
the click of a button and with a few movements of our fingers. Having
computers is one of many blessings that Heavenly Father has given to
us in this day and age to share the gospel with our friends and our
family. I want to invite everybody to use social media as a resource
in sharing the gospel! It is super easy! You can do this by sharing a
quote from one of the general authorities. You can like a video that
was posted by the church. You can message your friends and asked them
to watch a video or go to the church website. These are just a few of
many ideas that are out there to sharing the gospel. Please everyone
take advantage of it! The Gospel is super important and everybody
needs to know about it!

Alright, Just a couple more thoughts about what. Today we had a
wonderful P-day! Brother Weitzner was able to take the day off and he
took us up to the mall to go to the Spy Museum. It was pretty sweet.
There's a lot of cool things and it was really interesting to see that
the gadgets that are on TV actually exist. We really had an enjoyable
time with Brother Weitzner. He is the man! He also took us out to a
fancy Italian restaurant and Elder Hunt and I talked about it and we
felt like we were in the 1800s. It was pretty sweet. The food was
super super good. He also took us out to ice cream and while we were
there, we were able to talk to this couple who is visiting their daughter
from Illinois and they are super sweet. We were trying to talk to them
about the gospel but they were just too talkative. They do have a few
friends who are members of the church and we hope that we left a great
impression on them of our religion. It's always fun to just be able to
talk with people and to get to know them. I think that's one of the
things that I've enjoyed so much about the mission is that I've been
able to get out of my shell and go talk to people. It's amazing what
one conversation can do in shaping someone's life.

Well, that's about it for me. This past week was awesome, this week is
going to be even better, and I'm just having a blast! I hope that you
all have a wonderful week and I love you all.

Elder Peterson

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