Monday, May 16, 2016

Fruits of the Work - May 2, 2016

Hello Everyone! Well this week was awesome. After many weeks of trial and difficulty we are finally seeing the fruits of our work here in Huatulco and in the whole zone. At the start of the week we were able to have our zone meeting here in Huatulco. It was so powerful to hear about the teachings from those Elders who are getting ready to finish their missions in the next few weeks. We gave them the chance to help us and train us a little in the things that they have learned and we learned so much from them. Afterwards we were able to establish a Zone Plan for the coming year after much study and prayer. We focused on changing the culture of this area and changing our thought process about the work here to change the outcomes. Elder Maldonado taught us something important. He used the scripture of 2 Nephi 2:25 and taught us that it is a commandment to have joy. But with all commandments we have a choice whether to follow them or not. I learned that I had to choose whether I wanted to have joy or not. And if I had joy I would have greater protection against the adversary. We started off afterwards just trying to work with joy and we saw so many outcomes. We were able to commit people to be baptized in 2 weeks, and we were able to build a better relationship with the members here. In the end, just for choosing to be happy we were able to share the happiness that comes through following the teachings of Jesus Christ. We were able to promise happiness and joy because we were living those same principles and our investegators were able to see that as well. After a hard past couple of weeks, we were able to finish this week off with those blessings and promises that always come through service to our Heavenly Father, peace, comfort, happiness, and love for everyone, all because we followed the commandment to have joy. Something else that happened this week is that we were able to participate in a theater production entitled "Blanca Nieves". Here in Mexico they celebrate Kids Day, and its a day where all the kids dont go to school and they get toys and stuff. Anyways the Primary president wanted to have a kids day in the afternoon with activities and games and food and stuff and she asked the missionaries if we could do a play. She told us what we would do and we memorized and mostly improvised in the skit. In the end everyone was laughing and it was super fun. If you dont know what the play is Ill tell you that I was a dwarf named Doc ;) Anyways I am loving the mission and loving the work here. I am so blessed to be able to be part of the Lords army with the chance to serve everyone. I hope that you all have a great Mothers Day in the coming week and please remember this quote by Elder Holland "No Love in Mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than that of a selfless devoted mother" Have a great week! Elder Peterson
The Seven Dwarfs
Zone Conference...yes that is my companion in the background being funny
Teaching Eder English

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