Monday, October 14, 2013

10/7/13 letter

“The Church is designed to nourish the imperfect, the struggling, and the exhausted.”
No one is perfect..  the only thing that is perfect is this church and because its run by  our perfect father in heaven who has  a perfect plan for us and is carried out by our  perfect brother, our perfect savior .. his perfect son Jesus Christ.   the gospel  is for the sinner trying to become saints trying to  work better and harder to over come the challenges we face in life today. As we carry out our life  journey remember that hold to the what u know and that satin will try everything to put doubt in our head to second guess our self, our happiness. i love what we have just hear for man who have faced doubts many times in there lives..

"Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith."  wow can u get any more powerful than that! I was reading a talk cause time for trouble  by Holland and he said this ", I wish at the beginning to make a distinction author F. Scott Fitzgerald  once made—that “trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement—discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint” We all have troubles, but the “germ” of discouragement, to use Fitzgerald’s word, is not in the trouble, it is in us—or to be more precise, I believe it is in Satan, the prince of darkness, the father of lies. And he wants us to have it in us. It’s frequently a small germ, but it will work and it will grow and it will spread. In fact it can become almost a habit, a way of living and thinking, and there the greatest damage is done. Then it takes an increasingly severe toll on our spirit, for it erodes the deepest religious commitments we can make—those of faith, and hope, and charity. We turn inward and look downward, and these greatest of Christlike virtues are damaged or at the very least impaired. We become unhappy and soon make others unhappy, and before long Lucifer is happy.You can change anything you want to change and you can do it very fast. That’s another Satanic deception that it takes years and years to repent. It takes exactly as long to repent as it takes you to say, “I’ll change”—and mean it.
 i love that because as a missionary  i feel like i have counted on the atonement more than ever and i get down on my knees saying forgive me... for not talking to that person cause what if there whole salvation is lost because i had a feeling to talked to them but i was to scared.. its a big weight on your shoulder. But with what we just heard in conference gives everyone hope.

He works through us–His imperfect children–and imperfect people make mistakes.” and that “Your faith strengthens my faith. Your devotion makes me more devoted.” 

Let me tell u about my week and how i spent  conference... well first of all we went to this town out side of varaždin cause we had a referral over lds ord for Canada saying this person has family her so we went to see them and they were so interested! the funny thing is that we saw the girl riding her bike in the center and i said hi.. then we when to lunch  and then well surprise the referral was the girl i just said i to in center! she said she noticed us cause we looked different and happy unlike other people walking. well we had a great lesson and the mom was like well i will get baptized... haha well it would be the first member cause there is not a church out there. but the mom had so many great question and  we are going to see them this week.... the have 6 kids... son is marries and is like 20.. it screams Mormon all over the place hahaha but then after that the kids said that people told them in there community it was a sin when its not .. if u were not baptized  the way chirst by immersion fully in the water like it talked in about in Matt 3 "straightway out of the water:" . but they still will come to church and everything. im kind of said but at the same time i am not giving up because those kids have something different about them. where do u find kids 11 and 14 who sit through sat day and Sunday general conference and not move a muscle or fall asleep like like half the teens in America-when all they have to do is walk down stairs in there house? 

Saturday here was live for us at 6 at night and we made sugar cookie, which our friend matina helped make and she almost died cause she saw all the sugar hahaha  but everyone loved them! so we had Saturday night  was the sat morning un america and only 2 member and the 2 kids came to that, then sunday we watched in church the sat night and then made lunch for everyone so there were 15 people.  dn chilli was way to hot for them cause they can not handel hot stuff here so i put sugar and sour cream and this sweet ketchup stuff to make it hot  ... i just but in everthing that was sweet and  prayed really hard they would love it and they loved it... i was so funny!  then it was 3 members at 6 watching the American 10 session. and then noone watches the end session here cause is at 10 at night!

Love yall lots and hope this week is great for everyone
sestra peterson 

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