Dear Mom and Family
This past week was another 4- day training where Elder Peterson and I went to Helsinki. For four days President taught about the fundamentals of teaching found in Preach My Gospel. It composes of eight lessons 1. Doctrine of Christ (baptism- our purpose!) 2. Role of the Holy Ghost in Conversion 3. Revelation through Prayer 4. Revelation through the Book of Mormon 5. Revelation through Church Attendance 6. Teach People, Not Lessons 7. We invite, They Commit, We Follow-Up 8. How to Begin Teaching.
All these lessons are focused to help us teach in such a way that the investigator develops their own testimony and establishes a firm foundation. Also this training has blessed me personally in so many ways. It has helped deepen my personal conversion, expanded my vision, and brought heaven even closer.
Also I wanted to share my future plans after the mission. As I have prayed over this and taken it to the Lord. He has answered through the peace I feel as I think about it. I intend to go to BYU Provo next Fall 2011. I already have been accepted (I applied before I left as a backup plan) and just postponed it until the fall of 2010. They gave me half tuition scholarship for four years so that will help. I intend to study business and medicine. The Lord has opened my eyes to what He wants me to be and shown some gifts He has given to help accomplish what He has planned now and in the future. All I have to say is that this plan feels good.
Currently, as I am typing Elder Peterson is right beside me. He impressed me. He is such a good, fun elder. Our relationship is growing each day and I am learning by his example.
This past weekend M. was baptized and confirmed. Her life has changed completely. She smiles so much more and is more out-going. The scripture in Matthew 7 where it describes Heavenly Father's perfect ability to give good gifts to His children. My testimony of this has grown by seeing the gospel revolutionize people's lives in the best direction that they thought was impossible and only for those in the movies.
Remember the power of the Book of Mormon. It continues to open my eyes to what life is really about.
I love you!
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.