Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 20th 2011....... "nothing to do, but keep trying."


From the letter it sounds like everyone is doing well, and that you guys are relieved now that camp is over. It sounds like it went really well and that the spirit was present and that the girls had a good time.  I am not going to lie,  the slip and slide and boating sounds pretty nice, and the picture Dad sent of the goodies was cool.  Everything looked really good.

This week was good, just a normal week in the mish.  Ha.  On Wednesday we had a Fathers Day Activity and it was really good.  We had a huge cake and some hot chocolate.  There were a lot of members there and I think it really helped the friendship in the ward.  We are going to do a culture night next Wednesday and the missionaries are going to cook something from the states, and the Latin missionaries, something from Peru.  It should be a good activity and all the members are really excited about it.  We might make pancakes or spaghetti. I don't know yet, we will see.  

Since it was Fathers Day yesterday there were a lot of parties and more drunk people than usual, so we had a lot of good comments when we were walking in the streets.  It was tough to find anyone to teach yesterday though because everyone was having a party.  

As far as investigators go, there is this one guy named Victor Nuñez.  He didn't come to church yesterday, but we think it was because of Fathers Day.  We are teaching him a lot and he seems really interested in the Plan of Salvation.  We have been working really hard, just the results haven't been coming, but nothing to do but keep trying.

I have been reading a lot of the general conference messages and I really like the quote of Elder Dallin H. Oaks in his talk on Desires. He said,´´Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.  The desires we act on determine our changing, achieving, and becoming.´´   I thought it was a really cool quote and it is so true.  I think sometimes we need to think about what our desires are, and in what order we have our priorities.  Sometimes we worry way to much about things that should not be at such high priority.  If we desire and we put in the work and have faith, blessings will follow.

Basically, we talk to at least one drunk guy a day.  We went to an old investigator one day that we found in the area book.  We walked in and he was wasted.  We talked to him about church and all of a sudden he started crying, like balling.  A lot of times drunk guys cry when we talk to them, because they feel bad, but with him it was different. I could tell that he truly wanted to change. We set a goal with him to have a new life, to start over, and we told him that because of Jesus Christ he can do so.  We will see what happens with him. 

Basically that is the week. Nothing too crazy, but I love this gospel and I am so grateful to have the knowledge that I do of my life and of the life to come with my Heavenly Father.  I love you all so very much and God Bless.

Elder Pearson

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