Monday, October 6, 2014

Letter #11

Dear Mum and Family,

It sounds like it has been another great week in the great Cache Valley.  I really enjoy the emails that I get from you guys every week.  I always look forward to Mondays so that I can see how things are going back home.  I am glad to hear that everything is going well.

This last week we taught I**** about tithing and fasting. The lesson went really well and because he is a less active member he pretty much knew all about those subjects. There were a few things that he didn't know though so it was good to teach him some new things.  He lives with his parents at the moment and he works at a glasses store.   We don't know when we will be able to teach him this week, but I’m sure we will find out soon.  

We have been keeping in contact with L***** we just haven't had the opportunity to teach her yet.  She has been really busy with work lately, but we are going to try and set up an appointment this next week with her.  She actually texted us while we were watching conference and said that she had looked it up on the internet and she actually watched a session.  That was probably the best thing that I heard from her and that just shows how much she is interested in the gospel.  She said she really enjoyed the talks which was also really good to hear. Hopefully we can talk with her this next week. 

Things are going really well out here on the mission.  I really enjoyed listening to conference this last weekend.  We went to the stake center on Saturday and we watched the Saturday morning session live at 5 pm over here.  We then went back to our flat and came back on Sunday and watched the priesthood session at 10 am and then the Saturday afternoon session at 1pm.  We then watched the Sunday morning session live at 5 pm. We will be getting the Ensign when it comes out so I can read the last session and the talks from it when we get it.  We had a break between each session and because it was Sunday we didn't go out to buy anything.  I brought some bread and made some peanut butter and jelly of course for lunch and I bought a small pizza on Saturday and cooked that for dinner on Sunday.  It was mostly missionaries there, but there were some members also.  Most of the members look it up on the internet and watch it so there wasn't too many.   It was a really great conference and I learned a lot of great things. I'm glad that you guys enjoyed it too.

Thank you for the package that you sent. I have not yet received it, but I should be going to the mission home either this week or the week to come.  I have really enjoyed the letters that I have been getting from you in the mail.  I have sent a letter to you and it should get there in about a week.  You don't need to worry about putting money in my account to send letters though.  It might be hard to believe, but I have actually been doing really well with managing my money that I get every month.  I have always had extra money at the end of each month which is pretty nice because I don't have to worry about not having any for food.
I am glad that you enjoyed the picture of me holding a football. I didn't buy that football it was actually in our flat so we just pumped it up and went and passed it around for a little bit.  It was actually quite fun. You asked if I have to duck when I walk through the door frames….Well I don't have to duck when I walk under the door frames, but it is actually quite close.  The doors are a little smaller here so I don't have much room between the top of my head and the door.

You can let Grandma Crossley know that it's okay that she didn't teach me a whole lot about sewing.  I probably wouldn't have paid much attention because sewing is definitely not my thing and I don't think it ever will be. 

Chelsey that is really scary that you are going to be getting your driving permit.  I am kind of glad that I am in England right now because then I don't have to worry too much.  I am sure that you will be a better driver than Lyndsey is though.

It has really made my day to hear that all the sports in Utah went great.  It sounds like Caden is continuing to do a great job this year and that his team is having a great season.  I was really glad to hear that SV won Logan.  They really deserve that win and it sounds like it was a really great game.  I talked to Elder Andrus on Saturday and I found out early that USU beat BYU.  We had a great time talking about it and we were both super happy that they won.  It is also really good to hear that U of U is actually doing well against some really tough teams.  It sounds like the games were all fun to watch this week and that everything went great for the State of Utah.

In the ward we haven't really attended any meetings.  Because we have such a small ward here we haven't had a ward mission leader until just last week.  We will be having a meeting with him eventually, but for right now because he is new and he has been a convert for about 7 year we are teaching him what he is supposed to do as a ward mission leader. Once he starts getting used to it I am sure that we will be having more meeting which will really help the work. 

My favorite thing that happened this week is it finally rained so I really enjoyed going outside and walking in the rain and getting really wet.  It doesn't sound like much fun, but I actually really enjoyed it. 

 Thank you for the quote that you gave me I really enjoy it.  I have been doing lots of great studying on the Prophet Lorenzo Snow and I have learned a lot from his life and his teachings.  I have found a lot of great quotes from him and I am excited to share some of those with you guys.  I will share a couple with you this week.

The first one is probably one of my favorites. "As man now is; God once was: As God now is, man may be."
I really like this one because it shows that God has gone through the same things that we have and if we follow his commandments that he has given us on this earth we too can become like him.  That's such a great blessing that we have and also we have a great blessing of being able to live with our loved ones for eternity.  All we need to do is follow the commandments.

The second one I want to share is about becoming perfect. “Do not expect to become perfect at once.  If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today."

That quote is totally true that we can't expect to be perfect right now.  Being perfect like Christ is a really hard thing.  But we can be better each day and if we do this we can become more and more like our Heavenly Father.  We need to know that it is not going to be easy, but we can do our best each and every day to be just a little better than we were the day before. 

I hope that you guys have a really good week this next week. I am really thankful for the great email that you have sent me. I really enjoyed them all. Have a good week and I love you all.

Elder Peterson

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