Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1/12/15 Elder Peterson- Isn't Life Great??

What a wonderful week I was able to be apart of! Seriously it was
super awesome. There were some miracles, some depressing moments, and moments that I will never forget. Life is great!

To start off, Elder Richmond and I are getting along well, he is a
super funny guy and really is comical relief when things are getting
crazy. I appreciate him and all that he does. He really was a big help
this past week in a few of our lessons that we taught. One of them was
to a man who's name is Tony. He is a less active member in the 
Ward and we usually meet with him once a week to just talk and lift
his spirits. Elder Richmond and I, prior to the lesson, were thinking
about what we needed to teach him and Elder Richmond had had on his mind that we just needed to tell him that he is needed in the Ward.
Bro. Norman is a very intelligent and understanding man and people, 
like him, are what this Ward needs to stand on its feet. Elder Richmond told him this during our lesson and I feel it is exactly what Bro. Norman needed to hear. I am grateful that Elder Richmond was willing to follow the spirit even if it was hard.

Another awesome lesson we had was with Nichole Jones. She is such an awesome person, but right now she is struggling  with her
testimony of the church. Because of that she hadn't been coming to
church regularly. We had a lesson with her at a cafe close to her
home. On a secular side note, the cafe had blueberry soda and I
definitely had one and it was super delicious. It was all natural too
which made it a little $$ but nothing too bad. Back to the "nitty
gritty", Nichole expressed to us some of her concerns and we were able to talk with her about a few of them. When it came down to it, she has a testimony of a couple doctrines in the church, but was missing some of the crucial doctrinal points to be truly grounded in the faith. She also has a strong testimony of the people in the church. Which in
current circumstances isn't a bad thing, but it is something she can't
rely on because people will fail her. People already are. That is why
it is so important to have a strong testimony of doctrine. People are
imperfect, but the doctrine is not, and never will be imperfect. Anyone
who wants to put that to the test, do it! You can see for yourself that
the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are
perfect, because they come from Christ himself.

Now, to a really fun part of this last week. We had the opportunity to
hear from President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of the
Church. What an opportunity that was! He is really smart. The reason
why he came was his brother Elder Harden Eyring and his wife are
serving here in my mission at the Temple Visitor's Center and he came to see them as they are ending their mission. In all reality, he was coming to see me, but I won't go too deep into that. He left us with some inspiring words. A couple of the things I took from what we said was that we have the power to know the hearts of the people that we associate with. All we have to do is ask Heavenly Father for the gift of discernment and have faith and we can say exactly what we need to say, through the Spirit, to touch their hearts. He gave us a few
examples of that in his life and I thought it was so cool. Another
thing that he said applied to the Atonement. He talked about how he
felt that some of us were struggling with receiving revelation because
we felt unworthy to get it (aka me). He then went on to say that the
Atonement is working within us as we sat there in the Visitor's Center
listening to him. We don't have to worry about unworthiness, as long
as we are obedient and are doing our very best. The Spirit will be
with us, we just have to have faith. I really appreciated what he
said.

Well, I heard from a little bird that Virginia is getting baptized
this week! Way to go Virginia! Wish I could be there to see it, but
you are making a wonderful decision.

Isn't life just wonderful? We have experiences in our lives to make us
better. That is the only reason why we have experiences. The only
reason why experiences sometimes don't make us better is because we aren't allowing them to. I am grateful for this knowledge that no
matter what happens on my life, I can grow in each and every moment.

Well, that is about it from me! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Love,
Elder Peterson 

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