Date

October 13, 2018

Area

Provo, UT MTC

Companion

Elder Ridge Bennett

Week 3

Thanks for the pictures and videos. I love seeing them. I love all the details in your emails. Thanks for the cards and sweets you sent me, I have enjoyed them very much.

I miss you guys though I have not got homesick. It definitely helps having gone to college first. I am excited and nervous about leaving the MTC Monday. I am nervous about talking with as many people as I can, but I expect I will adjust just fine. I adjusted to what we do at the MTC pretty fast.

I am excited for two hour church. It should make church much easier with little children. I really liked General Conference, though it did get long towards the end.

One talk that stuck out to me was Elder Holland's talk the "Ministry of Reconciliation". The part that stuck in my mind was this part,

Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven,” Christ taught in New Testament times. And in our day: “I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.” It is, however, important for some of you living in real anguish to note what He did not say. He did not say, “You are not allowed to feel true pain or real sorrow from the shattering experiences you have had at the hand of another.” Nor did He say, “In order to forgive fully, you have to reenter a toxic relationship or return to an abusive, destructive circumstance.” But notwithstanding even the most terrible offenses that might come to us, we can rise above our pain only when we put our feet onto the path of true healing. That path is the forgiving one walked by Jesus of Nazareth, who calls out to each of us, “Come, follow me.”

I'll send you more latter.

LATER and responding to my questions:
I look forward to sharing a room with only one companion. Sometimes the elders in the room stay up talking at night making it harder to sleep.

I am glad I am not staying in the MTC for 9 week like others. I would be able to do it, but it would be hard. The food is ok though I am sure it has lots of preservatives and such. They have a salad bar and I have started eating a salad each meal. My stomach is doing fine.

I had a cold this last week, which I got over in a few days. You'd be happy to know that I have been taking the vitamin supplements.

I don't know if I will have more time to email today. I will be packing up for Monday.

I would like to share with you all that I know in my heart that Christ is real and that he understands everyone perfectly. The mission is the right place for me right now. My mind sometimes doubts though and I think, how could someone who I have never seen help me? How was it possible for Christ to feel everything we feel? And things like that.

When I feel this way I think of when I first really desired to now if this is truly Christ's church. I studied the Book of Mormon every day and prayed about it much. I felt different as I did this, in a good way. It helped me to have courage and to feel loved by our Father in heaven. I promise you that if you make time to study the Book of Mormon and pray about it, you will each be similarly blessed.

Because I will be away for quite awhile I am even more grateful that we can be a family forever. With the transition to two hour church I am glad there will be more time for family, which will help us to grow closer together. I love you guys so much.

Love,
Elder Parker

At my request to send me pics: "This is by no means a good picture, but I am doing laundry right now."




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