I am learning how important it is to have faith. It is essential to everything we do as missionaries, as members of the Church, and as sons and daughters of God. I pray that was can all be filled with the gift of faith to say and act as the Savior would have us act. I am loving this small town of Ciudad Pemex, its just a little branch, but I know that with faith in Christ, this branch will grow and the members will radiate their happiness to all those around. Be of good faith!
I’m at my new area! City of Pemex, its basically a small town for petroleum workers. We attend a small branch in a Casa de Oracion (Prayer house) and at average about 40 people attend. My companion, Elder Flores, another wonderful Elder has been leading me around to visit the investigators and members. He has only 6 weeks in the mission field and is rather mature and quite humble. I quite enjoy working with him. We are excited to be hear and that branch is progressing. The branch president is 24 years old and hardly looks like a president but is doing a fine job.
We have already had some special experiences and are looking forward to helping this branch progress in the faith of Jesus Christ and unity. My heart has been touched as I have gotten to know such special people who such solid testimonies. For example a future missionary who will head to Colombia shared his testimony and despite the fact that none of his family are members, they accepted his decision and willingness to serve a full time mission.
I love you all, life to the fullest and enjoy the gifts of the spirit, the sweetest of all!
Love, Elder Peine
Things for school, I think Jordan should know, if not you could contact Utah State. My spot should be fine without anything but you could verify.
The time has arrived, the Lord has called me to a new area! I head out tomorrow morning to Ciudad de Pemex (Pemex City). Pemex, the big oil company is the base of the economy in these areas and apparently I'm about to find out what a city of oil workers is like. Who knows really, I heard its not too big a city and I should be using a lot of the small Volkswagen like buses to get around. Its closer to Villahermosa, thus hotter, but that’s okay. This will be my third area and I will be with an Elder who has 6 weeks in his mission and I will be finishing his training. It’s sad to leave this area but at the same time I know there are people prepared by the Lord in this next area as well. Like mom told me once, the purpose of life is movement and growth, and I’d have to agree.
This week we met with a less active family who we are trying to help activate. The father had not agreed to pray previously but at the end of the lesson we asked him if he would offer the prayer. He responded: ooohh Elders why do you chastise me? We quickly responded: because we love you J He smiled and offered the closing prayer.
I come to find out more and more that the mission is about Charity, about the pure love of Christ and doing everything we know we should do to help people come unto Him. It is about putting off the natural man and submitting to His will, whatever it may be. I have learned from other Elders the impact of a sincere testimony and have felt great joy to hear their testimonies and as I have had the opportunity to share mine. I am so happy to be here. I know that this work is true and that peoples lives change, their families change, and their connection with God magnifies as they grasp hold to the goodness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.