Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Letter #17

Hello family and friends!

This week has been MUCH better than last week was! We still haven't found a lot of new people to teach, and the ones we are teaching are kind of flaky and not ready to commit to anything. So we did spend a lot of time tracting. We actually spent the entire day Friday knocking on doors, from 10-4, only taking time for lunch. And you know what? We had a really good  time doing it. Elder Willard and I have had a complete paradigm shift. When we're out knocking doors, we aren't looking for people to teach the gospel to. We're looking to bless people's lives and help them feel the love of the Savior, and then offer the opportunity for them to learn more about how they can feel that stronger and more often in their lives. And it's such a wonderful experience and a great time! Even though we didn't find anyone that is a solid new investigator, I felt so fulfilled at the end of the day.

Thursday brought a big change to the Highlands A area! We have a third companion now, Elder Ellis. He was serving in Lake Wales, about an hour away, and his companion had to go home, so Elder Ellis got emergency-transferred to serve with Elder Willard and me. I was a little worried about serving in a trio again, but it's been really good so far, and we all get along great. Plus, it will only be until the end of this month when we will be in a new transfer and things will go back to normal.

I've been learning a lot in the scriptures this week! I'm loving my study of the New Testament and have been reading in Acts this past week. It's really neat to see how the apostles of old functioned in the ministry, and how much they stressed the proper authority and the right way of giving that authority to others. The Book of Mormon also talks about that, as Alma set up the Church in Zarahemla and ordained priests and elders by the laying on of hands. That's the biggest struggle with Ron and Darcy, because they're not really big into authority, but are willing to keep reading a meeting with us.

We're making a little progress with Colleen, just trying to help her read and understand the Book of Mormon. And Krystle is doing really well! We had a really good lesson with her about the Plan of Salvation. She said it doesn't make total sense yet, but she says she will take time to read and study what we give her because she really wants to understand for herself.

I love being a missionary, and am so grateful for this time I have in my life right now to help other people come unto Christ. Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support! Have a wonderful week!

Elder Petersen

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