Monday, July 1, 2013

Letter #36

Dear family and friends,
This was kind of a crazy week. Kind of rough, in that we weren't able to see any of our investigators this week. But since last Sunday and the missionary fireside, we've seen a huge turn-around in the members and their attitude. They're really excited about missionary work and are starting to realize their role and position in the work in their ward. We taught the combined 3rd hour yesterday, and reviewed the fireside and what we as missionaries expect from the ward members. It was a great meeting and we got a really positive feedback from them. The ward council has decided that, for the mean time, finding new investigators in not going to be our focus, and they're starting to implement plans to get us involved in home teaching and visiting teaching, to strengthen the active members and bring back those that are lost. The Venice ward is in a very similar situation that the ward in Oklahoma was in: a missionary drought. And the Lord isn't going to bless this area with new converts until they learn to take care of the ones they already have. And the members realize that and are excited to make a change. It makes me really, really happy to see this happening.
We went on splits on Thursday night, and we made contact with two less-active members that no one from the ward or missionaries had ever talked to before. And they both want Elder Barry and I to come back this week! So we're really excited about that :D It goes right along with what we want for the ward.
So, we were at a member's house for dinner the other night and they had us try something new and amazing. It's called cookie butter. It's the consistancy of peanut butter, but it tastes like gingersnap cookie dough. Oh. My. Goodness. It's amazing. And it doesn't just taste like cookies, they actually make it with ground-up cookies. It's so bad for you and so good. So, if you can find it anywhere, get it and try it. You won't regret it.
President and Sister Summerhays are now home in Utah, and President and Sister Cusick have arrived. We meet them this Friday. I'm really excited to meet them :) They're really young, I think he's 49, and it's going to be exciting all the changes that come to the mission in the next few months. Probably not much longer till we get our electronics update, which we're all excited for :)
Well, I think that's pretty much it for this week. Weather has been pretty crazy the past couple of weeks. Crazy thunderstorms and more rain than I think I've ever seen before. A lot of the time the lighting is so close that we hear it almost as soon as we see it. I like it. I like it a lot.
So, yeah, things are going great here. Love you guys so much! Have a great week :)
Elder Petersen

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