Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

Dear Mom,
                Well I am glad that you were able to find my voice recordings. I tried hard to make it interesting, but the only time that I could remember to speak in it was when nothing was happening. Lameo right? As for Elder Reid, he is the funny military man. 
                This week was an interesting one. Let’s start with Sunday and move backwards. So yesterday we had church, like usual. The first councilor in the branch presidency is from
Orem, and his parents came to visit, and they brought me some Skippy peanut butter. Life is good :) Weird that they live in the same place as you. Kinda. they live by Harmons. 
                Other cool stuff, the branch president asked us to take a present by on a less active member because it was his birthday, so we did that. And he was home, and we were able to visit with him for a while. We visit him quite a bit actually, normally at least once a week, and we helped him move this last week, and so we have a good relationship with him, and now he is starting to read in the Book of Mormon again, and hopefully he will come to the broadcast of Pres. Monson next week (pres Monson will be in Frankfurt next Sunday and his talk will be sent to churches in Switzerland) so we are pumped for that. But back to the less active member, he asked us to give him a blessing to help him come back and it was a really spiritual experience. Really cool.
                We also found a cool guy from
Nigeria named J____. He actually has already been taught almost everything by missionaries in Italy, but now he is here. it was funny because we met with him yesterday and he called the missionaries in Italy and I got to talk with them for a while. They were in Rome. Anyways, that was cool. 
                We also have Y____ still. We taught him twice this week. He asked his Catholic priest on Tuesday if he could be baptized by immersion in the Catholic Church, and..... the priest said no. But Yuri still has a few concerns with our sacrament service, but hopefully we will be going with him to see pres Monson next week as well, and that will surely help. 
                Well besides those cool things, I have really been trying to do as Pres. Monson said in Priesthood session, and see people’s potential and what they can become, and to be honest, this was one of the hardest weeks of contacting of my mission. No one seemed to want to listen. And it was heart breaking. And needless to say I started to get frustrated. But then I heard a really inspired quote from Bruce C Hafen of the seventy. He said " we can`t expect to have Christ`s love for others without experiencing in a small part Christ`s suffering for others, because in reality the love and suffering are but 2 sides of the same coin." This really struck me hard, and helped me to realize that the heartbreak and difficulty aren`t signs that we are doing something wrong, rather evidence that we are developing more charity. This new point of view has really helped me in the past week. I give my witness that Christ does love us, enough to die for us, and that truly is "wonderful to me". 

Elder Terry

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