Friday, we had a ward thanksgiving dinner and so many of those we are
teaching came it was the best. Lori brought a friend and her daughter
Maureen brought two friends who want to come to church with Maureen
now! Also, Addy and her daughter Mia came as well as Angie and her two
little kids and GRETTEL who has been going through a hard time and we
haven’t seen her in a month or so, so that was good to see her
again… as well as Tiffany, Davin and their 7 kids! (Sorry run on
sentence). All her kids are under age 11. We met them this week and
started teaching their daughter mainly but now Tiffany is interested!
Thursday was Zone conference and President and Sister Dixon showed us
the new Christmas initiative #LighttheWorld. Ah I love it so much. The
church has created a 25 ways in 25 days calendar with different ideas
on each day of December of ways we can be more like Christ this
Just watching the video, I felt it was so inspired. The world is so
dark right now and Christ is the light. There is such a striking
contrast between Him and the world and I am so excited to bring His
light to others this Christmas and show them this initiative so it can
spread throughout the world. As soon as it comes out after this
Thanksgiving, share it with everyone okay? Okay.
Oh and Saturday, we had a lesson with Sarah. She has been facing tons
of opposition from her family, being the only one in the family
learning about the church. She came to our lesson with a lot of doubt
and question and we had asked a member named Alex (baptized a year
ago) to come to our lesson with us. He walked in at what seemed to be
the perfect time and started to explain his conversion story.
Easily the most amazing conversion story. He had gone to prison etc.
and noticed God reaching out to Him until he finally tried to turn his
life around but couldn’t. Then one day he prayed to know which church
to join and where to go to be closer to God and missionaries showed
up. He started learning more and found out he would need to give up
alcohol. He was a serious alcoholic, constantly drinking. He didn’t
see it being a possibility to quit. But then the elders gave him a
priesthood blessing and that night he tried to drink alcohol but felt
sick even looking at it. He never even desired it again.
Alex also knew very well what opposition was. He explained how he had,
just this past week, told his family he decided to serve a mission and
they have now disowned him. Throughout his story, I felt the Spirit so
strongly. When he finished we all just sat in silence for a little. We
asked Sarah if she felt what we were feeling and she nodded. Things
have been hard for her but after that night she has a stronger desire
to read and pray and ask God about the truth. Alex says he knows that
the mission is he right thing to do and that it will help his family
and is still turning in his papers. So incredible.
Opposition comes in my life and the lives of those we teach but I just
know that Heavenly Father is greater. He helps us. He answers us. I
know He is there and when we are willing to act on the answer He gives
us, it becomes clear what the truth/path for us is. I love the Bible
and the Book of Mormon with all my heart. They are guides for my life.
I just had to thank Heavenly Father this morning for inspiring His
prophets to write this scripture for us to have. I am so grateful He
preserved the ancient record (now known as the Book of Mormon) from
the prophets on the American continent to be brought forth in the
1800’s when Him and our Savior would restore Their church on the earth
again. I’m grateful that it has been translated by the prophet Joseph
Smith for us to have as Another Testament of Christ and to indeed come
to know that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and Christ leads His
church today through a living prophet. I’m grateful that the
priesthood, the power and authority to act in God’s name, has been
restored so that the power of God can work through those holding His
priesthood to help someone like Alex to be completely healed from
I know that the words in the Book of Mormon are our Savior’s words. I
have felt that so strongly. If you ever wonder, question or
doubt…read from it and ask God if it is true. He will tell you.
Heavenly Father loves us each so much that He has not left us in
darkness and confusion in these last days. It is all so clear and it
has only brought light and joy into my life SO WHY WOULDN’T I SHARE
THIS WITH EVERYONE.
So much happens in a week I can’t even think of it all but I love you
all so much and shoutout to my parents for raising me in the gospel so
I can continually come to know my Savior and understand where peace
really comes from.
Us in the car exciting
Tiffany, Davin and their 7 kids at the thanksgiving dinner
Addy and Mia at the thanksgiving dinner
Jasmin and Isabella took us out for dinner at King Taco!
Sister Taryn Peterson
California Redlands Mission