August 25, 2014 -- 1:23pm
This is a picture with Elder Bowman and Brother Kirby (our Ward Mission Leader)
August 25, 2014 -- 1:26 pm
Hey mom! I survived transfers. I'm going to be staying up here in Hesperia, the Santa Fe Ward, for another six weeks. Elder Bowman got transferred. He's now a Zone Leader. I already really miss him. My new companion is Elder Wurst. He's from Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is super tall and so far he is really cool. Tell Eli I say Happy late Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! I got the package with my backpack and journals (empty journals to use during his mission). Thanks a bunch!!!!!!! I gotta go.
August 25, 2014 -- 2:24pm
My time with Elder Bowman has come to an end. Elder Bowman is now serving over in Adelanto as a Zone Leader. My last week with him went pretty good. We weren't able to really do much. A lot of our appointments cancelled, and most of the people we were dropping by weren't home. We taught Steve and at the end of our lesson challanged him to pray about a baptismal date, and he told us that he would come to us Sunday with a date. Well that didn't happen. So this Wednesday I'm going to try and get a date out of him. Elder Bowman and I are pretty sure that he had a date for us he just didn't want to tell us. We were able to set a baptismal date with Brian. He will be getting baptized on September 13th. Probably the best part of the whole week was being able to see and hear Elder Russell M. Nelson. We had to go down to Rancho Cucamonga. We had to be seated by 9:30am. Once he came in we all got to shake his hand. He didn't give a talk. When it was his turn he opened it up for questions. One thing that I loved about him was that he answered every question by turning to a scripture. He started off by telling us a story about how he learned to speak Mandarin. He said that he went to a meeting he was invited to by President Kimball while he was General President of the Sunday school. While at the meeting President Kimball challenged everyone to learn Mandarin. So, he went home and told his wife and they got tutored and learned how to speak Mandarin. He explained to us about how being exactly obedient led him to being able to teach someone that was Chinese and how it got him into China. He told us that he was at a meeting that he had to attend to for certification as a surgeon. He said that for some reason he was restless and that he decided to move to the back. He went on to tell us that he sat down next to a Chinese guy. He talked to him for a bit and learned a little bit about him. He invited him to come and speak at a college that Elder Nelson was director over surgery for, the University of Utah. After that guy came he invited Elder Nelson to go and introduce open heart surgery in China. He went on to tell us that this guy he met became a very good friend of his and that they eventually called him and told him that he and his wife were going to be moving to Toronto, Canada and that they wanted to be taught. He was an apostle at that time so, he made sure that his friend was taught. He eventually baptized his friend. He explained to us how him being exactly obedient led to him being able to go to China and his friend getting baptized. It was amazing, one Elder had a question about grace, he'd been learning about coming unto Christ and in one talk grace kept coming up so he wanted to know what it was meaning when it said grace. Elder Nelson had us open up to Moroni 10:32-33 (this is a scripture from The Book of Mormon. It reads "32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."). He then had the Elder read it. He asked him a question and then told the Elder to replace the word grace with the word Atonement in those verses. When the Elder read that my understanding about the Atonement grew a little. One other thing that I realized is that all of the Apostles have a really good understanding about the Atonement. Elder Nelson also answered a question about how we could make our personal prayers better. The one thing that stood out to me was he said to pray like the Lord does. He had us open up to John chapter 17 ( These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."). He also taught us about marriage, he told us to make sure that the person we marry loves the Lord first and then your wife/husband. He ended by giving the mission an apostolic blessing. He blessed our mission with health, he blessed that we love the people we're serving, to love our mission president and his wife, and some other things that I can't remember. You could feel the spirit really strong when he gave it. That is pretty much it for the week. I'll make sure to have pictures next week.
Elder Peter Niceler