Well…last week of transfers…

So….

A sweet experience!!
A sweet experience!!

We had a baptism… it was sweet! Honestly, I felt the spirit really strong… like a nice warm comforting feeling. It was sweet!

So Elder Bednar is going to come this Thursday to speak to us as a mission, the East and also the North mission!!! So I am way stoked about that! Also, we finally have hot water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!!! I have finally taken a hot shower after so much time! It was so amazing.

Yesterday we had a sweet family home evening and it was Arturo’s birthday so we did the family night with him and all of his family and only 2 are members. It was way sweet and it showed him that we cared because we came!

Happy birthday Arturo!!
Happy birthday Arturo!!

We also talked with the Bishop in how we can work in a more efficient way!

The grass!
The grass!

 

Last Monday we went to Chosica and had a way sick P day. There was grass, which was a miracle, and we played American football and soccer and I pulled out my good old slot reciever moves and taught those Latinos how it’s done. hahahahahaha.

The players!
The players!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well I had the sickest division with Elder Anderson! I love him! He is so cool and we had a super sick talk about what we can do better as missionaries and he shared some very personal stuff with me and I with him. It was way sweet! Made me feel so good to help and be helped! I love the mission!

So I was quite confused as to why I had felt so shaken this last 2 weeks and I recieved a blessing from my companion and this came to my mind… the things we go through are necessary for our salvation…. and it brought peace that I am not alone but it is something I must pass through so I can grow closer to the Lord. I am grateful for challenges. This week was hard because we found out the couple that was getting married… they didn’t go get his birth certificate, they had it sent but lied to us saying they had went… I knew something was not right because I did not feel happy yet I showed it… I felt decieved and it was true… so they left this week for a trip and will be back today… so we are going to have a nice lesson on being honest. That is probably why she has not recieved her answer. So that is what we are dealing with!

Today are transfers… we will see what happens… Definitely do not want to get changed… but what the Lord desires… so anyways… I want to send my love to the Packer family and testify to you all that I know that we can see our families again. I thank the lord for mine, and I hope you all have a great week! Also thank you to my moms primary class for sending me cards! I loved them!

Love,

Another view of the grass!! It's amazing!!
Another view of the grass!! It’s amazing!!

Elder Carter

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A very interesting week, full of spiritual experiences…

So wow… this week was crazy!!!! Wednesday we said a prayer that Familia Orellana, the husband would be able to go to Orrolla and get his birth certificate to get married. Well, Wednesday he was going to go but the way to get to his little town was shut down… so we said a Prayer on our knees, and the wife said it, who wants to be baptized. Brother Orellana is a member but has been inactive for quite a while. It was way awesome because she prayed specifically that he would be able to get his papers and all would go well… we called them Friday and it all worked out. Everything…. they are getting married! Wednesday no one could enter or leave, Thursday the same, and Friday they opened it up! He went and got back just in time to the main building and was able to register…A MIRACLE!!

Also, I asked President how one can recieve a better answer to prayers or clear up doubts, and he showed me D and C 9 verses 7 and 9 and also in 46 where it talks about gifts… and I had doubts and I didn’t know why, but I figured out after studying a little more in depth and after sharing it with my companion that he had been searching for an answer. So I shared it with him and then I felt inspired to ask him, if he had looked for his gifts in his patriarchial blessing. I remember President in my very first interview telling me to study my gifts, and I didn’t know why until I realized my companion needed to be reminded about his gifts. He read it and it said he had the gift of faith. He broke down crying. He said it was the gift he had been looking for all along…. and wow. I felt a deep burning in my chest and it was amazing!!!!

Also, there is a recent convert and he is way cool, we are prepapring him to recieve the melchzedec(that is spelled wrong) priesthood and he is way awesome but… he likes earrings and he always just put me off, never wanted to take it out took it as a joke until yesterday when we had a sweet talk and I asked him, what would God think if he was here right now… he just sat silent… then I asked him to prepare to recieve the power of God….. will you give me your earring… he looked at me… smiled and took it out and gave it to me. I have it in my apartment and it was the best. Absolutely the best. I was so astonished. It was so sweet!

I testify the power is real and that we should all live worthy to have it… I know these things are true, just the deepest conviction in my soul they are true, even though I might have doubts, it is normal. I thank you all for your prayers. I have a year behind me… means nothing, there is still a lot of work to do.

Celebrated one year in the mission! Chicken and fries, yumm!!
Celebrated one year in the mission! Chicken and fries, yumm!!

Love,

Elder Carter

I love moving!!

So this week was basically us moving…. hahahaha. It was pretty crazy and long and tiring… but the lady that owned our old house came and threw a little fit and made us repaint because she didn’t like the color and replace the curtains… the mission had to pay big bucks and what made it worse is she locked our things up so we slept on the floor for 2 days because we didn’t have bed stands. So… that was interesting… when she was arguing I left and took the trash out because I was sick of her… my comp asked if we could buy eggs to throw at her. hahahahahha. I love my companion. He is so funny! Always keeps the mood light.

So now where we live is super dope and super nice… I feel rich…. hahaha but I have seen two huge spiders already…. I killed one… anyway, we moved and found a new pension.. wow and yesterday we ate lunch with a member and it just happened to be our old pension.. the food was way good but man she is crazy. Just so crazy. hahahaha but it was good.

So my comp taught me such a good lesson yesterday… there was a girl that was dressed pretty inappropriately and he was like let’s contact her I was like no… she won’t want to listen… he was like no and I was like yeah lets move on. We contacted her and she just happened to have a friend on a mission and wanted to listen to us. It was way cool and it made me reflect on how I look at people and how I can look at them as what they can become and so that is something way cool I learned!

Also this morning as I was studying for my district meeting tomorrow… I had no idea what to study and God literally led me and guided me and I found a sweet topic and sweet scriptures that I would enjoy sharing with you all. In Romans chapt. 1 verse 16 it talks about how the gospel is the power of God for our salvation and it puts an emphasis on our lives personally but also as missionaries to bring this message to all because it is the only way that man can recieve his salvation, and we have it. And then in verse 20 it talks about Gods power… God has authority and with the authority He brought forth his works to magnify His authority. Each of us are given authority whether it is a calling in church, an eternal calling as a mother, father, son, daughter, etc. we have authority. But to have power from God we must exercise this auhtority and bring forth works showing to others that we are acting in His name. What a great calling we all have apart from these callings… to share the gospel with others… to lead them to Christ.

I love the pure joy and happiness I feel in my life… I complete a year this week, but that means nothing… there is a lot more to do and learn. I am very excited and anxious to get to work. I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for your prayers and support!

Elder Carter

On that grind!

Well this week was a pretty regular week. I learned lots and we met a ton of people. It is quite tough sometimes when people are so lazy…. you invite them to do such small things and still they do not come through… this made me think about myself… how many times has the Lord offered an inviation to me yet I was lazy… The Lord is so patient with us… and like Elder Jeffrey R. Holland says… Salvation is not a cheap experience. It was never easy nor will it ever be. We as missionaries must continue working our very hardest. Even if they do not come to church, do not listen to us, do not care… because it is what the Savior would do.

So this Sunday I felt really overwhelmed… I felt like nothing was going as planned… and in Elders quorum… we read in Alma 38 verse 5 and it was an answer to my prayers and my fast. Wow… if we put our trust in God he will liberate us from our afflictions, trials, weakness┬┤ and that is what I must do. I am not perfect… I get frustrated very easily, but the Lord will help me.

So a lesson I learned as a Dad in the mission… Your son takes everything literally… he asked me if he could pee in a corner as we waited for a member and I thought he was kidding, like being his normal dorky self, so jokingly I said yes…. and the zone leaders called me about a reference so I am talking with them and look up and he is literally peeing in the corner…. I was like what the heck are you doing? He was like you told me yes. I wanted to rip him a new one… but I calmed down… and we just laughed…. the Lord is trying to help me not to get so uptight and also teach me to be more patient and enjoy life… even though I have to watch my kid all the time… he is a year older than me yet acts like he is 10 years younger than me! Haha! Maybe that is why I am with him and him with me.
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So we recieved a notice from the district where we live that the owner is 4,344 soles in debt in the house where we live and is not going to pay and supposedly she knows we are still there so… we now have to move and President informed me that another pair of missionaries will be in Huaycan and I have to look for a house and pension for them… so I am stressed but like I have said… blessed. hahah

I just want to tell you all that God answers prayers. And that he has an infinite love for each one of us. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Carter