September 11, 2017


First Area


Elder Peterson

September 2017

Hey everyone,

This week was another week riddled with a little bit of everything. One thing I noticed that I'm doing now is saying ya'll, everyone here says that so it's almost weird when someone doesn't say that. It happened kind of subconsciously too which is pretty funny.
My experiences this week have taught me a lot about how obedience always effects us, whether it be indirectly or directly. During our first few weeks here my trainer and I got a lot of work done, but we often "excused ourselves" from talking to people where it would be awkward or they seemed really not interested, especially groups of people. About a month and a half ago, my new trainer and I resolved and made it a resolution to talk to literally everybody we see. At first we saw absolutely no more success than usual, but after about a month we have seen our teaching pool increase dramatically. It hasn't necessarily been the people we talked to in the awkward situations, but I know that we have found more people because of the resolution to align our will with that of the Lord's. Just this week while I was studying I read Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21 which reads,
"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."
I had read these verses several times before, but this week it hit me harder than ever. Just the day before we had found no new investigators the entire week, and we had set a goal to reach 7 by the end of the week. That day me and my companion were sure that we were going to achieve that goal, even though we only had 1 more day to meet it. We found 6 new investigators, and all of them we found between 8:45 and 9 at night before going back home. Because of those 15 minutes, we are now teaching 2 families and we will be teaching 2 more starting tonight.
As missionaries we are not to retire the apartment before 9 o'clock, and some days it is really tough because it's dark and there is no one outside. Despite these circumstances we still proselyte our due amount of time. One of the families we found happened at 8:55. I was walking on the sidewalk and decided to switch over the other sidewalk across the street, as soon as I did, the door to the house in front of me opened and man walked out to take out the garbage, and we talked and set up to visit them the next day, and their entire family was so excited when we taught them.
The joy that I felt while teaching this family was so great that I don't think I stopped smiling the entire time. I know that it was because of obedience and diligence that we were able to find this awesome family and the others.
In the OCM we have a mission song that was written by past missionaries and it the most powerful song I have ever sung and it brings so much joy to me when I hear it. The last part says,"Given power from on high, mortal strength we will defy, of our Savior Jesus Christ we will boldly testify. In obedience and faith we push forward with one accord, make it happen in this place always trusting in the Lord".
Obedience and faith in the Lord with unwavering trust in paramount in His work, and I testify of the reality of that truth with all my heart.
I hope everyone is doing awesome and have a super week!

Sure love ya'll,

Elder Wells


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