Monday, March 28, 2016

Letter #89

Dear Mum and Family,

It has been a very busy week but it has also been a very fun and eventful week full of baptisms. S***** had his interview on Wednesday which went really well, and he was baptized on Saturday. The baptism service was amazing. He really had a great experience and had the biggest smile on his face when he came out of the water. 
After his service I interviewed one of the other Elders investigator for baptism which was a great experience. He was so ready to be baptized. Right after church on Sunday the Bishops daughter was baptized and confirmed and then the other Elders investigator was baptized Sunday evening. So this weekend has been full of baptisms. It has brought a lot of excitement to the ward.  It's been a long while since this ward had seen a baptism and just this weekend it saw three. How blessed we have been. 

I don't remember much of the week because it went so fast as we took a lot of time to prepare for the baptism. We did a lot of service this week though which was nice for a change. We have done lots of painting, this past week which has been quite fun. 
So on Thursday we traveled to Merthyr Tydfil for a meeting with President Leppard which was really good. The focus was on member missionary work and how we can get the members more involved with doing missionary work. It was a great meeting. If I remember right we have some ancestors that lived in Merthyr Tydfil. You must be jealous Mum that I was able to visit the place our ancestors are from. Haha

To be honest I didn't do very well at ponderizing this last week. I though about it a bit but didn't really take the time to think of anything. I would say that I would try better this week but I am not sure if I want to Ponderize this scripture. I think mum picked this one on purpose. It's not April Fools yet mum so no jokes. I will have to think if I want to do it or not. Haha. Thanks for the thoughts you have given this week though. I really enjoyed reading them.  Maybe one day the others will give some thoughts. 

I don't know what else to say other than I have had a great week and I am excited to see what miracles will happen this week. I hope you all have a great week. I will share an Easter focused thought for you before I go. 

Weekly thought
I have been thinking of what I could share with you all this week.  Because of the Easter weekend I really wanted to share something with you related to this wonderful time of the year that we have to celebrate the crucifixion and more importantly the resurrection of our Savior. To be honest it has been a crazy week and I want to keep this thought simple so I thought I would share my testimony with you on the Savior. 

This past month I have made it a goal to focus on the savior and his entire life.  It has been an amazing experience as I have studied the miracles he performed, the things he taught, the example he was, and most importantly the sacrifice he made along with His resurrection. I have gained a greater understanding and love for my savior these past weeks. I know with all the sincerity of my heart that He lives. I know He is the Son of God who came down with a purpose to pay a price and to be resurrected so that we too could return to our Father in Heaven.  
My favorite scripture on the atonement comes From the whole chapter of Isaiah 53.  I have studied these chapters and have found greater meaning of the Atonement. I love verse 10 of Isaiah 53 when it says, "he shall see his seed".  I love the cross reference to Mosiah 15: 11 which explains who his seed is. 
"... all those who have hearkened unto their ( the prophets) words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God."
I know that through Christ we can be cleansed from sin and we can return to live with our Savior and our Father in Heaven someday. I know the live. I know they love each and everyone of us and that they want us to return to them. The Savior is calling, "Come follow me".  Let's take that phrase and follow in the footsteps of our Savior.  That's what He wants. 
I hope you have another amazing week. Keep being amazing. 
Elder Peterson

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