Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Yet Another Miracle

From Elder Andrushka Pearce Dated: March 2, 2009

Dear Family

Well The work just goes on and mericles grow more visable. How i love the work of the lord and to see how much my heavenly father loves me. This week we had a major mericle. Do to the privacy of the family i will not be explaning evrything.

We have bin working with this family for about 3 months the daughter of theres is member of the church and has more then a year the mom realy wants to be member and dad also. They have gone to church many acasions they love it and want to be part of it. They have wanted to be baptized for a while. To baptize them we need to merry them to merry them we need to take care of some ligal problems we have a lowyer working on the ligal problem. We have found lots of hoops to jump through that i can not explain fully. We have jumped through many hoopes with them finishing.

The mericle is that they told us that to solve it they have found a way they found the person that we need to visit. They told us he lives on the other part of the highway to leon wich is over the mountins. We then called to get permission and we were given permision saturday morning as we went to the house they told us they didnt want to go and work on this any more they are fine as they are. My companion and i taught them that its better to try and do all right then run away from things. (learning from Dad and his experiance)

So after a little talk she told us his name and the buss stop the only thing she new is that he lived far inn in a vilage. So we had the bus stop the name and nothing els. We then went to the house of Vladimir talk him into post poining his meating and he after listening to the adventure and experiance gave the go. So at 1:00 pm we left on the adventure to Managua then to the destination traveling about 2 houres or more. As we got on the bus it was a great experiance as the buss filled and we were standing.

As we were standing Vladimir made a coment to a sister that was sitting and she had a little daughter siting there. In a realy hush tone he told my companion it would be good if she could cary her daughter on her lape. In a joking way. Well she heard and picked her daughter up and invited him to sitt down. Wean he sat down he started to talk to her and asked her about the bus stop she said she was going there and then we asked her if she new this man she said yes his my next door vecino(espaƱol).

What a mericle that we came to that stop she was the only one that got of at that stop that live in that farm area that new who he was. How the lord takes care of his servents and what they do. It gave me a testimony that the lord loves me and that i am realy doing his work. We got of walked to there with this great sister talking with her daughter and with her. She led us to his house and told that he was.

The mission that we were there didnt go so well because he didnt want to help out at first explaining the case good he went away happy we tooke picture with him and went on our way. We stoped at that house and gave a pamflet to read about the curch.

I know this is the work of the lord. Before we left my companion told me something if its the work of the lord we will find him. We came back from that experiance knowing that this is the work of the lord. What a great apertunity that vladimir had the chance to be part of the mericle and strengthen his testimony.

This sunday we sustaind ordaind three a melchesedik priesthood and one a aronic presthood. we also called and sustaind first and second counsler and a chorum president its a sight to see here in this ward. That is newly started that they are familys they have little kids. I could picture all the little kids serving missions being strong guideing one another together. I love this area i truly hope that i can spend a little longer here.

I know that it sounds that i am tired but to the lord i am willing to give my best and not just dream about it but to do it. Something that our mission president taught me is find a way and do it. We call it Haron azul(the blue vase) I love The Lord with all my heart. I have 7 more months to give it all i have. I looke forward to coming home all draind out giving my all. I love you all have A great weding i hope that my presence will be there. I love you brother and saport you in your desicions.

Vladimir Gets Baptized

From: Elder Andrushka Pearce Dated: February 16, 2009

Dear family

Truly love giving all i have to the mission. The more you give the more you see your weekneses and the better you can over come them. This week we had 3 most wonderful baptizims. We went to visit the son of Vladimir in the Hospital talkind to him a while. He is a very good person and i know that the lord has prepared him to help serve here in this area. He has bin wanting to go to the states to make some mony to send to his family. As we were visiting him. He told us he wanted to get baptized but he couldent live his son in the hospital.

We let him know we are ready whean ever he says he is ready to fallow this big step. Then we went home on thirsday he called saing that he and his son were released and they are home. He said he wanted to talk to us as we got there. We talked to his wife and he told us that this saturday he wanted to get baptized and his daughter also. So that was the best news.

The third is his sister that we merried also that was strugiling a little bit. The day of his baptizim she said she was at work and decided to get on line to read the book of mormon as she got on line some fealing came over her that she should get baptized also. She said she called her husband and told him she was going to get baptized. THe whole pueblo new it and we were the last once to find out. It was a very good news for us. This little branch is growing realy well. I have bin anxously waiting for Vladimir take this step. He is latino but he has done a lote of studing in other places.

This sunday as we got all ready to start the meating we were short on priesthood so then at the start of the meating as we started with a song and a prayer we confirmed him and ordainded him to the ofice of a pristhood in the Aronic Priesthood. He then we explaind him the sacrament and he blessed it. He did it with lots of emotion and spirit. It was a bit new for all the members but it went well.

The branch is strogiling a bit with some things. We had a meating with some of our priesthood brethren to talk about the problem that is hapening. This week we have a lot of work to do. I feal a bit sad but know that i have to give it all i have and i dont looke for the reward from the members. As a lidder i have bin very respectful and a little hard to have better order and that all is done with the spirit. I know that the members have respect and that in front of me that they dont realy show the chalenge that is happening. Its about talking about other members or rumers as we say. Its a little sad. Its deviding our little branch. I looke forward this week working hard to over come this chaleng.

There is a lot of people that want to take care and help with this chalenge. We are wokring alot with familys mission president has pout a goal to help in NIcaragua by baptizing family and its proven and i have seen it that familys have a better chance to stay active. i love this work i love pushing forward. The lord has placed in me lots of confidence i pray and plead that i will keep that confidence and be always worthy of the Holy Ghost in my life. I never thaught i would grow so much on the mission or as i have grown. I am starting to feal that i have 40 years.

Talking about Years Happy Birthday Dad. I hope you know how much i love you and am gratefull for all that you have done in my life and the great example that you have always bin for me. Your testimony is an example to me that you hold strong to the things that you belive. I to want to hold strong to the things that i belive as my father showed me to do. Being here on my mission i have realized what an amazing father i have truly had. What a lider he was in the home,of ours. The prayers that we did as a family. The family home evngings full of fun. The trips that we have gone on.

I am also greatful for all the time that i was corected. The time i had playing basketball building a half pipe and the many activitys that you helped me saported me. I am thankfull that you were strong inof to not let me do what i wanted to do. To show and know better that i should be doing. I love you dearly. I hope you can feal as you read this letter my love for you! Thank you for being my Father, My Example, My Teacher and My Friend. Thank for sharing with me your testimony, your time and your talents. I love you, respect you and know you as My Father.

Elder Pearce

Monday, March 2, 2009

: 3.2.09 Back in Denver!

The latest super terrific letter from Matt.  Enjoy.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Matthew Courtright
Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Happy Birthday Me!
Well, just as an fyi to you, the only person who's present i've gotten thus far is God's gift. What did he get me? Well, a transfer to Arvada, CO and 70 degree weather today! That's right, i am officially out of Cheyenne as of about 6:30 tonight and its 70 degrees today. its amazing! Why havent i gotten the things yall have sent? Because transfers are today so they hold all the mail until after transfers so anything yall have sent i should get in about 2-3 days if it was sent this last week.

On to things that have happened this week. Well it was the last week of the transfer so there had been alot of speculation about who would do what but never in a million years did i think i would leave Cheyenne. Its known as the black hole of the mission. Missionaries get put here and then dont ever leave. One missionary who recently went home 4 months ago served in Cheyenne for about 18 months of his mission. Yeah, couldnt do that. But i asked Pres, mostly as a joke, that for my birthday (since it was on transfers) if i could go down south to denver. I got my wish. Hopefully i wont regret it. My new companion is Elder Callier and we will be in the Arvada 2nd ward. Arvada is on the mission boundary so i will be in the south (coveted). Being in Denver is like the most desirous of all areas. There are like 6-8 different areas in Denver, so more than half the mission, but everyone wants to be there.

Skipping over the entire week because it none of it matters compared to Sunday. On sunday we went and saw a bunch of members and said goodbyes and took pictures. We went and saw the top 5 families in both the Western Hills/Indian Hills wards. Then at 5 we the baptism of Jerry Bennett and i got to baptize her. She is 79 years old and cried through the whole thing. She was so happy though. It was awesome. Then at 7 we had Mark Minigell's baptism. He is 21 and his wife is a member. Last night was amazing. Jerry's  baptism was so cool because she is...old and yet after 60 years of smoking, she quit because she wanted to be in the Church of Jesus Christ. It was awesome. (i think i have said that like 5 times now and will say it probably 5 more times.) Then Mark's baptism was just as amazing. His Father-in-law preformed the ordinance and he was so happy. He is a really quite guy who doesnt get excited over much but when he was baptized he had a massive grin and his wife (who i am 6 days older than..weird) was so happy. They are also moving to Texas in the summer, so mad props there. It was so cool to bring a laborer hired at the end of the day to work in God's kingdom and to make a psuedo-broken home, whole. Mark is going to let me know where they move to in Texas so i can hit them up in....19 months. No, I am not counting. Mark wants to work for the border patrol in Maine but before he can do that he has to work on the southern border for 2 years...thus Texas.

Well, thats all i have time for today. Next week when i write, i will be in an entirely different state and climate. Good luck to all of you in whatever you are doing this week. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I really appreciate it and the late V-day presents.

--Elder Courtright

Hannah--Please tell me you are kidding about not getting that letter!
Rufus--Definately worth the wait. I loved the story of Riley playing transformers with the printer..i could definately see it happening.
Freemom--I fail. I will mail you one this week though! Scouts honor!
Brent/Jordizzle--I love stuff!
Hannah Minton--I have been practicing my mini golf. When i got your card, i was so tired it took me literally 2 days to get the thumb-bunny. i suck.

Penny Freeman
Gratitude is the essence of joy.