Monday, January 26, 2015

Letter # 28

Dear Mum and Family,

It sounds like you have all really enjoyed your week from the sound of your great letters.  I hope that it continues to go well for you all. I am glad that you liked the story of our bike accident last week.  Scarlet (my bike) is doing great.  She is not hurt at all and is still running great. 

This last week was an amazing week because S***** was baptized on Saturday and confirmed a member of the church on Sunday.  She was really happy after the baptism on Saturday and said that she is really happy to be a part of this church.  I had the opportunity to confirm her on Sunday and that was a great experience for me.  When she asked me I was super excited to do that and to be a part of it.  She is such a great lady and I have really enjoyed teaching her and getting to know her and her family more.  She has been doing some missionary work with  her family because they are not members and she brought them to her baptism.  They seemed to really enjoy it and hopefully we will be able to start teaching them.  The ward has been fantastic to her.  They have really welcomed her into the ward and have really friend shipped her. On Sundays we hardly see her because the ward is always helping her out with everything which is amazing.  It is such a relief as a missionary when the ward helps the investigators that we bring to church.  This ward is an amazing ward!

Not a whole lot more has been going on this last week.  We spent a lot of time preparing S**** for her baptism and we have been spending a lot of time finding people in the rain and cold weather.  We haven't found really anyone that is super solid and wants to hear our message, but we have knocked on a few doors and the people have invited us back so hopefully when we go back this next week they will want to hear more.  Finding is really hard but I have really come to enjoy it.  It's funny seeing the different ways that people reject us because sometimes they are so ridiculous I just have to laugh when we are done talking with them. There are a lot of interesting people here in England and Wales.  Most of the people are really friendly and they love talking with us they just don't want to hear our message.  We have met a few people that we see quite often when we are out and about and they like visiting for a little bit.  It's always fun to meet new people and to be that example to them even though they aren't interested in the Gospel.

Tonight we will be getting the call to see if any of us will be moving to a different area.  I am 99% sure that I will be staying her for a couple of more transfers, but I am not quite sure if Elder Shaw will be leaving.  I think and hope that he stays for another transfer and he hopes he does too, but there is that chance that he could leave.  I guess we will find out tonight.  You don't have to worry about me moving again though because I am sure that I will still be here in Llanelli.  At least I hope that I will still be here.

It sounds like you are going to have a great time when Anna Stilger comes over to our house.  I think that you have some great plans and I hope that you have a lot of fun with her.  They are such a cool family and really friendly towards everyone. I am glad that I helped you meet a new friend mum.  Sometimes I think you have too many friends because you can't keep track of them, but I hope that you guys have a fun time together when she comes.

I have a great companion and I didn't need to take my trousers to get them fixed.  He is very OCD and he likes everything to be perfect.  So we get along quite well together.  So he said that he could fix them and he did a fantastic job.  So you don't need to worry about the Kater shop and getting them to pay for them.

Caden- It sounds like you are always keeping busy with work.  Every week it sounds like all you do is work. I hope that you are really enjoying it and that you are making a lot of money for me for when I get home because you owe me a lot for letting you sleep in my bed. I can't believe that you almost fell asleep in sacrament.  Maybe you should go to bed a little earlier than you have been. Then you won't be so tired and you can listen to the talks.  Haha

Favorite Sister Chelsey-It sounds like you are really enjoying church basketball and that you guys have a great team this year.  I really miss playing church basketball maybe when I get home you can play against me and you will probably be able to beat me because I will be old and fat.  It sounds like you are getting a lot of practice on your driving.  I hope that you haven't gotten in a crash yet.  I am sure that you won't get in a crash because I know that you are a better driver than you weird sister Lullabell.  I haven't driven anything other than a bike while I have been on my mission.  I have gotten use to driving on the other side of the road though so when I get home you will have to teach me how to drive on the right side of the road.  It is kind of weird at first, but after a while you get used to it.  
The pie here is actually really good.  They have a lot of different pies that you can eat.  They have a lot of meat pies that a lot of people usually eat for dinner and the fruit pies that they have are also really good.  I don't think that they are really any different than back home.  They just eat a lot more pie then we do back home.  I really enjoy eating them at least, but then again I really enjoy food so I don't think that surprises you that much.
We go to church Sundays at 10:00.  We are the only ward that goes to our church and they don't have sacrament meeting first like they do back home.  All of the churches that I have been to have sacrament at the end of church.  It’s  kind of different, but I have gotten used to it now.  I don't really drink a lot of pop like I did back home.  But I have had a couple of drinks and they are pretty good.  Some of them are better than the ones back home but some of them are so great.  They don't sell Root Beer here so that was sad when I found that out. 
The thing that I miss most about you is probably calling you Debra and making you laugh. HAHAHAHA 

Stovetop- It sounds like you have had a great week at school and that you wish you could stay a lot longer.  I bet you are not excited at all to leave High School because it is the best thing that has ever happened in your life.  Oh wait I bet your elbow being hurt has been the best thing ever because then you can get out of work.  So going to school is the second best thing that has ever happened to you. I bet when you go to the doctor they will tell mom that you are just faking it and that you are perfectly fine. 
I hope that you are doing your homework on your own and that you are not cheating from my binder again.  It sounds like you are having fun though in Mrs. Falslev's class with project reality because you are with your boyfriend.  Yeah I might be pretty far away, but I can still give you a hard time about your boyfriend.  And the funny thing is you can't make fun of me because I am on a mission.  HAHA Sorry I win you lose.

Poshest Posher that ever poshed aka Dad--That's crazy that the weather is like that at this time of the year.  I am really missing out on the nice warm weather.  I am sure that mom isn't really complaining about it much.  We are still having our nice cold welsh weather at the moment.  We haven't had a lot of rain lately, but it has been pretty chilly and the wind doesn't help a whole lot.  We haven't had any snow though so that is kind of weird.  Everyone we speak to says that it is only going to get worse so I have something to look forward to.  Apparently it gets a little colder and eventually it will snow a little so I guess I will see sooner or later.

Well I don't have much more to say, but before I go I would like to share a spiritual thought with you guys like usual. 
“As a gem cannot be polished without friction, neither can a man be perfected without trials."
I had the opportunity to give a talk on Sunday and I was able to talk about trials and how we need to accept our trials and out setback as a part of our mortal experience.  Some things that I learn as I was preparing the talk is that in Matthew it talks about how we need to take upon us the yoke of Christ.  Well a yoke is what they use to hook oxen together to pull a load of something.  Well when we take upon the yoke of Christ during our trials we are pulling that "load" with Christ next to us pulling also.  Now Christ is pulling most of that load, but we need to still do our part and pull as much as we can.  I know that through our trials our temptations we are becoming more like Christ and we are coming closer to him as we endure through those trials.  
If you get the chance sometime this week you should read the talk “Approaching the throne of God with Confidence."  It is from this last conference and it is a great talk.  
I hope that you all have a great week.  Thanks again for all that you do and for the great letters.
Elder Peterson

P.S. Mum
I think that dad is the poshest dad of them all, but you are the poshest mum of them all.
Last but not least there is a letter coming in the mail soon.  I will be sending it today so I hope you all get excited to go get the mail for the next couple of weeks. HAHA
Also I did get the letter with the snow and oatmeal you sent.  The oatmeal was good and the snow was fun just not cold

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