Ein neuer Tag, eine neue Daemmerung

Liebe Familie und Freunde,

I feel like I'm finally starting to get the hang of this missionary thing. Maybe I can actually do this ;) *chuckle*

Life is good, and a huge focus for me this week has been the same things I've suggested these past few weeks, such as finding the good even when everything is not ideal. 

We listened to a talk by Elder Bednar about the introduction of technology into the mission field, and in it, he said something simple, but profound. And he's not the first to say it, and you've probably heard it before, but we so often forget the ramifications of this principle. Are you ready to hear this life-altering principle?

Okay, I think you're ready. Because we are given agency on this Earth, we can choose for ourselves who we are and what we do, and as such, we are agents to act, and not just objects to be acted upon. *petit mind explosion* *chuckle* It is astounding, though! And because of it, we can choose to see the bright side of every situation, and we can choose to be happy in every situation.

I like to liken this principle to the teenager who is learning to drive for the first time. The first time a teen's driving and they have an experience where they accidentally cut someone off or do something wrong in traffic and someone honks at them, they think "Oh boy. I just ruined their whole day. They're gonna remember me the whole rest of the day and think about how I cut them off in traffic, and and and... I just ruined their whole day." XD but really, that person is probably gonna forget all about it as soon as they get onto the next task. 

The same goes for us. Our hardships and our trials, in the moment, seem like they'll have everlasting consequences, and sometimes we think we or someone else has made major ripples in the metaphorical fabric of life. But the truth is, the world will move on, and you then have a chance to be reborn and learn and become a new person from whatever just happened, whether it happened because of you or another person. I testify of that. I testify that the Atonement of Christ is real, and it lifts our burdens and helps us to press forward. (Matthew 11:28-30) So this week, I challenge you all to look at your trials and burdens with an eternal perspective in mind and realize that they won't last forever, and that you will make it through, and that you will, if you choose, be a better person through whatever the trial or difficulty is.

Speaking of this scripture in Matthew, I gave my first talk in the German language in Sacrament meeting yesterday, and I think it was a pretty good go 'round for the first time. I focused the talk on Charity, which I studied for this talk. If any of you have time this week, I invite you to study the principle of Charity. There's so much to it, and it's such an uplifting study.

I love you all so much, and I'm so grateful for your support and love. You're all often in my thoughts. I'm still getting to everyone who's emailed me, but I sent letters this morning to just about everyone who gave me their address, so be excited.

And remember to love one another, for that is the second greatest commandment after the Love of our God. :)

Liebe Gruesse,

Elder Peck

Elder Peck and Hacking in Lauenburg


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