Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lessons From Conference

From: Elder Andrushka Pearce Dated: April 7th, 2009

Dear Family

Well the life is getting better. After the conference i feel so much better. It charged my soul with courage and deep devotion to my Savior to keep giving all i have. How i love the words of the prophets and apostles.

After conference we had a emergency meeting as a mission as we did last year to have a repentance session of the mission. I loved it. It reminded me the importance to keep on repenting for the little things we do.

Being a representative of Jesus Christ is a big responsibility. I love it. I know that the life is about having joy something that came to my mind and i love it. Is that fear makes doubt making us to have less faith. That i don't have room for fear to enter my life. Thinking about many things i have to do, comes fear. Fear of standing up in rooms of many people. Fear of not doing the best. So it helped me realize fear is not of God. This time i was there for all the sessions of the conference.

As we worked hard to help our Elders attend the morning Saturday session and the priesthood it went well as we had about 8 people or more there with us. What a great joy to be in this area and keep pushing forward.

The papers are still being filled out [to become a branch] . This week we changed houses and i could feel a strong spirit like that is the house. I just feel a sense of home in the new chapel and know that the Lord blessed us to be there. We are decorating it with pictures of Jesus Christ.

Mom about the camera it doesn't turn on i have taken good care of it but i don't really know why it doesn't turn on. So i am trying to find a way to fix it.

I am feeling better with my health. I am looking forward to keep pushing on. How sad it was to think that this is my last general conference in the mission. I started to think a lot about my mission and what i want to accomplish there are many things that i have come to reach and some i am very far a way from reaching. I have really worked hard to reach some of the goals and i know that i have a long long way to the presence of God but i have the tools and know were to have the map. The goal that i have to reach in this 6 months is to come to know my savior Jesus Christ and have a personal understanding and relationship with him.

I have also bin thinking a lot about families. As the mission changed its focus we are not allowed to baptize easily if they are not a family they need to go to church 8 or more times to be baptized if they are not a family. So i have been reading a lot about family becoming a counselor and expert on married and families and i have enjoyed learning so much. It reminded me a lot of you Mom and Dad. Many of the things that you have reached and put in practice and that has blessed my life and many of our lives.

Its 2008 leadership training or something like that and many other things i have been studying. I was thinking to myself the other day we may not all become leaders or be called to move thousands of souls to repentance. We all will one day be fathers and leaders of our house and our children. That gave me courage to keep fighting for the best and keep pushing forward. Many leadership skills i have and need to learn still. Well that's what comes to my mind this week i love you all take care.

Elder Pearce

Monday, April 6, 2009

Fwd: 4.6.09

Today's letter from Elder Courtright.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Matthew Courtright
Date: Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 11:51 AM
Subject: 4.6.09

hey everyone. It has been snowing all week. Why cant it be 80 degrees like where yall are, for the most part. on wednesday, i went on exchanges. I went into the arvada 1st ward. It was alot of fun. We went tracting and about 20 minutes after we started, it started hailing. we ran 500 feet through hail smashing into our faces to the car. It sucked so much and it hurt. then a blizzard came 20 minutes later so we were house bound for a little while. what a way to spend an exchange....

Well, as many of you know, General Conference was this weekend. It was really good. Did anyone notice how stylish D. Todd Christofferson is? He is very stylish, in case you missed it. It was a very crazy weekend. I loved Elder Hollands talk. it blew me out of the water.

Also, who does Neil L. Anderson think he is? An apostle of the Lord? haha. we had a really funny conversation about that for awhile. i think it was one of those had to be there moments for the most part. Well, between a couple of the sessions, we eat and played games as a district. (by the time we got to food, ate, and got back to the stake center there was no time to prosylete. I felt weird. I wasnt being disobedient but it was out of the norm) I taught the district how to play dominos. We had fun with that.

Things are going well, we have a baptism on saturday and we are doing some missionary activity with the youth of the westminister stake next saturday (the 11th). They are part of our zone which is why arvada missionaries are getting pulled in. The youth are going to have a "teaching appt." and go tracting with us to give them an idea of what missionary work is. I am really excited for that.

Love yall,
Elder Courtright

Penny Freeman
Gratitude is the essence of joy.