Monday, May 25, 2015

Hold nothing back from the Lord


This week was great.  My comp and I are working hard, and I just found out that I'll get home for Christmas! This week we worked a bit more with our investigator J, who is just getting better and better.  He works with his 3 uncles cutting down trees (lumberjacks? trabajan en forestal) and the four of them just changed jobs to be able to go to church evey Sunday. Now J can come and we are working on getting him ready for baptism.

When we put our faith in the Lord, holding nothing back and putting Heavenly Father 100% as our top priority, He blesses us and gives us more power than we can imagine (See D&C 4).  It's really true.  As I work towards the goal of being a full consecrated missionary, God takes care of all our needs and good desires.

Have a great week and hold nothing back from the Lord.

Elder Peck

Monday, May 18, 2015

16 Months


So this week was crazy, and though I can't go into details, just know that I feel like Heavenly Father really has "opened the windows of heaven" and poured out many blessings and lots of rain haha.

Cool thing 1 that happened this week: We did exchanges in our zone this week and I was assigned to work with my trainer, Elder Padilla! It was awesome working with my "dad" in the mission again. We worked in his sector and had a successful day.

Other cool thing:  On saturday we worked really hard all day with little success.  We decided to pass by the chapel before our next appointment to drop off the member that was with us and to help the Elders Quorum clean up a little bit.  We talked to a brother who had told us about his nephew that wanted us to visit him.  The other two elders here had previously planned to visit him, but were not able to, so they had us set up an appointment instead.  We talked to the brother there, he set us up an appointment with his nephew, and we passed by that night after our other appointment.
When we started the lesson, the Spirit was already really strong. The nephew, Javier, was there with us and his two uncles.  We asked him if he had any questions, and he asked us "How do I become an Elder like you guys?" We told him the first step was baptism and he accepted the invitation to be baptized. The Spirit was strong in the lesson.   This scripture came to mind when we saw his desire and humility:

Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.

He came to church this Sunday ad we are going to visit him again tomorrow.

The gospel works for the humble, those who will do the will of the Father, like children.  We need to be childlike (not childish) in our pursuit of truth, righteousness and happiness.

Have a great week!

Elder Peck

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day!


So this week was basically the best week ever.  My comp and I are working harder than ever and we had interviews with our mission president, which was awesome.  But best of all, I got talk to my family!  It was so good to hear from them and be able to talk for a few minutes on Skype.  I only get to do so one more time during my mission, and that will be the week I go home.

Anyways, everyday in the mission, I learn a little more about faith.  Faith is manifest in lots of things, like obedience, work, and diligence.  Also, it can be manifest in just choosing to smile and lift your head up.  The gospel of Jesus Christ promises us peace and better things up ahead, which gives us a reason to be happy, to rejoice, and to take on each day with happiness.  Life is awesome because it teaches us how to be happy and how to find true joy. Im so thankful for it.

Elder Peck  

Monday, May 4, 2015

Great week!


This week it got really cold, so we broke out our winter stuff and are burning tons of wood in the house.

I went on an intercambio this week with my district leader to another sector for a baptismal interview for an investigator of the sister missionaries.  We worked over there and spent the night in the elders house over there.  It was a cool experience and we had a good time teaching some different investigators and working in a different town.

Heavenly Father lead us to another one of his sons who was looking for the gospel.  We found a young man named Javier who let us in and told us he wants to come closer to Jesus because of problems in his life.  He commited to prepare for baptism and is reading the Book of Mormon. It was really a blessing to find him.

We've worked hard this week and talked to more people in a week than I ever have in the mission. My companion is a really hard worker, and he is doing great here in the new sector with helping advance the work.

Thanks for everything and have a fantastic week!