Hola mi familia~
Small sized Preach my Gospels!!! I have seen some Elders with them and I don't know where to find them, maybe online, but if you could find some (English and Spanish) I would be eternally grateful. [This is a mystery…I looked on-line—UT relatives, have you seen them?]
[I have no idea who this other elder is but I liked his tshirt]
A stretchy exercise band - Elder Duffin has a pretty sweet one.
Pictures of family and recent events are always good.
Ties of course, never can have too many.
Dad asked about lead for my scripture marker - pink, yellow, royal blue, green are the colors I use the most.
Those little post it marker things that you gave me when I left. they're the little clear sticky things to mark pages...if you can send me more of those because they don’t have them here in these colors - blue, yellow, orange, light green, pink
My Nike sweats - the grey ones. I miss them. [oooo I hope I didn’t give those away…they’re probably in the bottom of the vacuum pack bag, curse my efficiency!! ]
And mom this will make you happy - you said you miss hearing my voice. Apparently we get to call our families at the airport, so IDK how pay phones work but do i need a calling card or something??? Anyways that will be exciting =]
[ya, no idea who this is either—he needs to label his pictures when he sends them!!]
Now to the week.
Wow!!! There was the most awesome spiritual experience today.
So Elder Haskell hurt his back the other day, which worried everyone because he had surgery on it before he came, and had his original mission call delayed. He was in a lot of pain. He got it checked out by a doctor yesterday to see what was going on, and in the MRI it didn't look good. The doctor told him that he was going to need surgery and would have to go home from his mission for a couple more months for rehab. He told us when he got back and we were all devastated, and he was in tears. He is such a great Elder and part of our family.
So Elder Haskell spoke to President Cameron about it last night and he said he would be going home today. Last night the whole district gave Elder Haskell a priesthood blessing. And most of the zone decided to fast for him today and we wrote his name down for the prayer in the temple. He was in meetings all this morning with people, trying to get everything done so he can go home and get his back better. After the temple this morning, Elder Haskell and his companion were waiting for us out front of the MTC. Elder Haskell told us that a back surgeon at the hospital had looked at the MRI since yesterday, and called the MTC to tell them that his back would not require surgery after all. It turns out that scar tissue is really the only trouble and he will get a cortisone shot tomorrow which should fix it. He is allowed to stay here at the MTC and leave for Mexico on time!!
We were all so sure he was going home, but we put our faith in the Lord. And through the power of faith, priesthood blessings, prayer, and fasting Elder Haskell gets to continue in this great work. I know that this all happened by the hand of God and our prayers were answered. SO amazing what God can do in your life if you have faith.
So I'll go ahead and make this email super spiritual and share with you what has just become one of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon. 2nd Nephi chapter 4.
Such a great chapter, Nephi in verse 17 expresses how he feels inadequate, but then he recites some of the most beautiful scriptures I have ever read throughout the rest of the Chapter.
17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great agoodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O bwretched man that I am! Yea, my heart csorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
He expresses how he put his trust in the Lord and he will forever. This is like anyone in the world today. They often will feel inadequate. But, as soon as they decide to put their trust in the Lord they will be blessed for following Him no matter what, and by putting their trust in Him forever.
34 O Lord, I have atrusted in thee, and I will btrust in thee forever. I will not put my ctrust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his dtrust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
35 Yea, I know that God will give aliberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I bask cnot amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the drock of my erighteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.
I invite everyone to read that chapter...really amazing.
Running out of time
Yo sé que oracion es real, y Dios escucha nuestras oraciónes.
Si tenemos fe en Jesucristo y Dios todas cosas es posible.
Y este es mi gozo.
Les amo (I love you guys).
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Con amor siempre,
Elder Peacock AKA Pavo Real