Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New Area

From Elder Andrushka sent April 21st 2008

Dear Family,

This week was great! We had 11 people come to church and 2 got married and baptized. What a priviledge it was to hlep this family to get married and baptized. I loved when each came out of the water. They had the biggest smile on their face.

I know that this week the Lord helped us a lot. I could just feel his love as this struggling week went by. We really got to work getting to know the bishop and the counselors. I am excited to start working. The attendence is really down. It's 66 without the investigators. So I am looking forward to working towards our goal of 150.

This week was a little stressful as I got to know my new area and all the changes (This was the week that we called and told Elder Andrushka that Carissa had passed away).

I hope all is well at home. I love you all and will write more next week.

Elder Pearce

Working With Families

From Elder Andrushka sent April 28,2008

Dear Family,

I am so glad to hear that Carissa’s funeral was very good. I wish I could have been there. I am sure I will get to hear all about it.

Well, about this week: I got sick but pushed through to work. I have gotten to know the members in the ward. I am very excited to work on helping many members to return to this ward.

We are doing an activity as a mission to have the members write their testimonies and give a Book of Morman to a friend, then ask them if the missionaries could come by. Our ward is doing great with missionary work.

Conan and Rosa, the ones we just got baptized are excited to work. We went with them to Conan’s mom’s house and shared a message with them. He wants to start helping his family to find the true church.

The people are amazing here. So humble and ready for the gospel. I hope to get better so I can come back and put my whole effort in. We have 2 families that we are working with. The Saenz family went to church this week and scheduled one appointment with us to return. I love when the people get touched by the spirit and they start to work for a testimony.

The other family is called Aguerr. They are progressing. We are working a lot with the dad. We hope to start teaching the whole family.

Our plan is to put a lot of work in helping the members of this ward. We are thinking of activities to put them in action. I will let you know how that all goes.

My companion is doing really well for leaving in 3 weeks to go hoe. Love having talks with him.
We are also working with Francisco and he has a really strong testimony of the Gospel. He will be getting baptized in the next two weeks. He has been looking for awhile now. He feels like he has found the church of Christ.

I love this work with all my heart. It’s not the easiest but I love it. The harder it gets, the more I look forward to it. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to be helping people to find the peace and joy. I think back to the time I was looking for peace and joy that gives me the boost that I need to work.

Elder Pearce