Tuesday, April 29, 2014

4/28/14 Elder Peterson - Member Missionaries are Awesome!

Hello everyone how's it going? This past week was really awesome!
I'll have to tell you all about it right now. I think the first thing that I want to start off with is this past week I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Fisher. He is one of the elders in the Patuxent Ward and he is on his second transfer here out on the mission. So he's pretty young but we had a really fun time. There's a few miracles that happened while we were together. The first thing was that before we had an actual exchange, we got a referral from one of the members of the Patuxent Ward, the Krugman family. Andrea W. is her name and she actually lives in our ward boundaries, that's why they called us. They invited us over to dinner at their home and we had a really wonderful time. Because of the crazy things that were happening down here we decided to go on a temporary exchange to go and visit her. The reason being is that we didn't know if she was going to end up in the Patuxent Ward or the Lexington Park Ward. So the sad thing was it didn't work out on the day that we planned to go over which was this past Monday, but we decided to stay on an exchange anyway because of what else was going on in the other area. So we were able to still go over and have dinner with the Krugman family without Andrea and we had a wonderful time there.
After we got done at the Krugman's home we were able to go out and we had about 10 minutes left until it was time to go home. We decided that we are going to go and try to knock on a few doors before it was 8:30 and we were both pretty nervous about it because we really didn't know where we were actually. I was driving and I decided that we should just go down this random street because we didn't really know where to go but it was definitely inspired by the Spirit. We turned down this random dirt path and started heading into the woods a little bit and we are kind of really nervous at this point because it didn't look like there was going to be any homes at the end of road (even though it would have been fun to try to talk to some deer). Just when I was starting to debate about turning around the house appeared on the right side. Elder Fisher and I decided to go and knock on the door and we are so glad that we did. It was a little awkward at first because there was somebody peeking out the window when we started to walk up and as we went up to the door she opened up and said that the door we went to wouldn't open up all the way and so we need to go around the back. We were a little bit nervous/skeptical but we decided to go around and try to share a message with them. We decided to share the video "Because of Him". It was amazing to watch their countenance change as we shared the video with them. The mother's name was Racquel and she had three children. They were all pretty excited to have us there after we introduced ourselves and shared the video. We were able to talk with them a little bit about the Book of Mormon and we weren't able to set up an appointment with them but we were able to get her phone number and we are going to call and set something up when she is able to get off of work. It was truly a miracle and we were so excited to be able to meet with them. I know that as we meet with them they will except the gospel. They are super prepared!
Alright, so that was just the start of this week I'm excited to share the rest of it with you. The last miracle that I want to share was when we were able to meet with Andrea at the Krugman's home. We were able to go by on Thursday and we had delicious food and wonderful company. After we were done with dinner, we went into the other room and we started to talk with Andrea about the restoration. It was amazing the questions that she had and how she was able to feel the spirit as we talked with her. I have truly gained a better understanding and a stronger testimony of the power of member's testimonies. Brother and Sister Krugman were able to share very powerful testimonies. Also, their son Chris,who actually served a mission here in the Washington DC North Mission, shared his testimony as well. We were all able to answer her questions and help her to understand how much this church can bless her life. I am so grateful for the simplicity of the gospel. As we shared with her, it was amazing to see that it was making sense in her mind. She now understands that all she needs to do is read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT! Anyone who reads the Book of Mormon and prays with a sincere heart, with faith, and are willing to act on the answer that they receive, will receive a confirmation from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon IS the word of God. Andrea accepted the baptismal invitation. She told us that when she comes to know that the Book of Mormon is true she will be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I cannot wait for that day.
I guess lastly, the boundaries for our ward changed this Sunday and we got new bishopric. The work is truly hastening down here! We were able to receive some of the Patuxent Ward and its members and we are really excited to be able to work with them and to help the missionary work here to accelerate.
That's it from me for this past week! I hope that you all have a wonderful week and I can't wait to write you about this week.
I love you all!
Elder Peterson

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