Struggles and Blessings

Dear Family, Friends, Loved Ones, and Everyone,

      The MTC is truly a blessed place. I have had some experiences this week, and in the past two weeks in general that will stay with me my whole life.
      I'll start with last night's devotional. Last night, S. Gifford Nielsen from the Quorum of the Seventy spoke to us, and guess who else?!

*Drum Roll Please...*

      JANICE KAPP PERRY! She is one of the funniest ladies I have ever heard before (at least she was in the few minutes we got to listen to her). She is such an inspiration with the beautiful music she has made to Glorify God, and she gave a wonderful message about how the Lord inspired her and others to do certain things with music all throughout her life. She testified of the Lord's hand, and she was really fun to listen to. 
      Elder Nielsen talked about why we have favorite Book of Mormon scriptures, and how much those mean to us, and how much genuineness they add to how we share and teach with others. 
      I challenge each and every one of you to seek out your favorite Book of Mormon scripture and share it with someone this week. When we take time to invite the Spirit into our lives and into others, the Spirit becomes the most powerful motivational speaker there ever was, and we can help to change people's lives so that they may be happy.

      This week has been rough for our district and branch a little bit. We've had a few health issues, and one of our missionaries went home on medical release, and another one might be on the same track. My companions and I have had our fair share of helping the Lord to bless our missionaries through Priesthood blessings this week. I testify that the Lord speaks to us through blessings, and if you ever feel like you need a blessing, don't be afraid to ask Heavenly Father for a blessing, or your father, or a ward member. Heavenly Father has so much He wants to bless us with, and all He wants is that we come to Him and ask for it.

      We finished teaching our first investigator, and we have a new teacher. We have two new investigators now.

      Also, every morning is a struggle to wake up, but I have seen the Lord's hand in my life, especially in how much he uplifts me energy wise. I do everything I can to show Him that I am trying to be awake and on His errand, and He has blessed me with energy to stay awake. And I know that I am blessed, because I see how many missionaries are falling asleep here everyday at the MTC. It's a hard work and a full day, but with the Lord's strength added to the strength He's already blessed us with, we can do anything through the power and grace of God. (Philippians 4:13)
   
Also, a strength to me this week has been to be a lot more open with Heavenly Father in my prayers, and to focus everything I do on being a blessing for other people through the direction of the Lord. I challenge you all to pray for others diligently and to let your prayers truly be a conversation with God, and not just a quick text message to God that we then leave on our phone as we put it on silent and put the phone back in our pockets. The Lord should be a direct line of communication that we always have, and you will be blessed for keeping that line open. 
      I promise you that if you keep the Lord Jesus Christ in your thoughts and prayers, and you maintain constant communication with Him throughout your day every day, that your mind will be quickened, that your strength will increase, and that your eyes will be opened, and you will see not with your natural eyes, but you will see with the eyes of the Spirit and with the eyes of God. 
      See not with your natural eyes.

Liebe Gruesse,
      Elder Peck

P.S. Thank you so much for all your emails and all your Dear Elders! Emails and letters are one of the saving graces of being a missionary, and I am so grateful for you! If any of you would like to send some, I would love to hear from you. I tell all my friends about you all. I love you all!
 
Missionaries all going to Germany

Elder Peck with other missionaries assigned to Germany

Uncle Jack, Sister Peck  (cousin also serving in Germany) and Elder Peck

Elder Peck with Elder Cheung and Elder Ashworth
 

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