It has been a good week, I am finally, like as of today starting to feel better and I am so thankful for that, the Lord has answered my prayers and a priesthood blessing really helped!
We had dinner with some members and they invited their daughter and her family. Her husband was there, Bro. Burris, he isn't a member of the church but at the dinner table we were able to talk with him and learn about him. We invited him to learn more and he accepted. I gave him my copy of the Book of Mormon and he said he would read it. He is a good guy, a father of 2 beautiful little girls. I love the fact that the Lord blesses us with opportunities and then we have to act. I feel I sometimes limit the Lord by not acting, or not acting maybe as bold as I should, but I have observed that as I have, that he always brings me out! We were able to teach him later this week we had a great lesson and were able to invite him to be baptised and he committed, for Mar 26th because he is leaving for training, we were so excited but then he wasn't able to make it to Church.
We had a conference call with the Stake leaders, he asked that we as missionaries be more bold with the members in inviting them to help us in all aspects and phases of the work! I thought that is was pretty cool. We are so lucky to serve among such great leaders it will be something that I will be blessed for, for the rest of my life to learn from these great men and women who lead in their units!
The new handbook is incredible, all focused on the Family and bringing them all HOME to Heavenly Father.
Had a neat experience this week, we went to go see a part-member family and we walked to the end of the street, contacting people along the way and just getting rejected and chewed up and spit out. But the miracle always comes after the trial of your faith.........or at least I hoped so. We kept on going and this address wasn't there! It didn't exist! I was so upset we walked a long way. But then we sat and thought why would the Lord want us here, we pondered it in our hearts and looked around and went to this house because it had a cool truck and it ended up being a part member family, they are Tongan, they are so cool and her and her husband are feeding us and we are have a lesson this Sunday. Then while walking back a car pulled up on us and asked if we needed a ride. I know my mom taught me not to accept rides from strangers but for some odd reason we accepted with no hesitation. We got in and he took us to our bikes, we told him who we were, asked why he would pick us up, and he was super religious. We are meeting with him this Wednesday! Crazy huh! We have alot of potential in the Part-Member family section of things! This is the last week of this transfer!
It has been a tough week with Elder Johnson, I love him as a person and like he is one of my best friends I feel like, but we see differently in missionary work, and I am so grateful for that because I have learned so much from him it has been such a humbling experience.
We had a great trainers meeting this Thursday we learned the importance of the Book of Mormon. We have all these trainings on certain topics and missionary's get all fired up about them and kind of put on blinders but the training on the Book of Mormon is vital, like if someone converts and endures it is because of their love for the scriptures, I think that is how Sis Cameron is! She had such an amazing experience with the Book of Mormon! That is how you find the ELECT is if they love the Book of Mormon!
Happy Valentines day, I love you all so much, I love my Savior, I need his help so much! I can't do it alone! I am grateful for my talents but especially my weaknesses, that if I rely on him, that his grace is sufficient for little PETE! I love that fact that his atoning sacrifice can be so personalized and just so direct to one person! I love this Gospel every aspect of it!
Some of the leaders were talking of the training they had to attend and how the church is changing to adapt to the needs of our Fathers children, how there is more Focus on the family, I can't wait in the far future to have my own family to build my own refuge from the world where the Gospel will be taught. Thanks Mom and Dad for all you did. I have had some hard days over the span of a year! But I just think of all the prayers that our offered in my behalf! I have all the help in the world. I love you all and hope you have a great week!
With Love and Respect,
Elder Taylor Petersen