Monday, August 25, 2008

I Know Heavenly Father Loves Me!

From Elder Andrey Pearce Dated: August 25, 2008

It’s been a treat to read the letters from Mom and Dad. This week has been really hard as we worked super hard. I feel like some times on the mission my faith is tried and if we pass, we gain a stronger testimony. We pushed hard this week to accomplish our goals and hope to see the progress in the future.

Dad, I started my mission 22 de Agosto. I think I am starting to learn how to be better in Spanish than English. I was thinking the other day it’s easier to write.

This week we found a lot of new converts and we had conference which was very well done and spiritual.

The other day I had an experience that led me to understand that my Heavenly Father loves me so much. So, we are walking to our appointment to eat. We are just tired, the rain is coming down and we don’t have anything to cover us. I really didn’t want to get my shoes wet. As the street are like rivers, I am jumping around, dodging the puddles. I come to one part that I have no where to go. So I start thinking, “What am I going to do?” I walked back and forth for awhile. It’s dark, I am looking for rocks to cross and nothing. At the moment that I was about to jump, up rides a man on a bicycle and tells me to jump on, so I did and he passed me through the water without getting wet. I jumped off and thanked him. He drove off and I didn’t know if he was a member or not.

I just remember what he looks like. I was thinking at that moment what love my Heavenly Father has for me, that He provided a way for me to cross the waters.

We are still working with the Munoz family but they’re having a hard time. They don’t want to change their Catholic beliefs so we are going to meditate a lot this week to see what we can do for them.
From Elder Andrey Pearce Sent: August 25, 2008

This week we had another Mutual with members. We talked about unity and it went very well.

I love this mission and all the opportunities that I have to serve, to learn and to give of myself. I hope this next year that I can give more and do better.

I was thinking the other day, when we first start out mission, we just jump in and start swinging our sword but not really hitting anything, just making noise. Then as we gain experience we sharpen our sword and with every blow we make a difference having strategy how we battle. I know this is the work of God. I love my Savior and hope to come to know him better and shape my life after Him.

Mom, I received the other package today, so I got both of them. Thank you so much for all that you do. It sounds like you are loving working in the temple. I hope I get the chance one day to work in the temple.

Wow! Eric is a dad. I can’t believe that my brother Eric is a Dad. I hope that you will congratulate Eric and Leanne for me and let him know I love him. I don’t have his email.

Elder Pearce

Friday, August 15, 2008

Introducing......The Pearces!!!!

Alrighty then! Since everyone else in the family....well.......maybe a few other people in the family are starting their own blogs, I decided to jump on the band wagon and start one for our family as well.

Right now, here at home our family consists of Dad (Tony), Me (Carrie), Ange, Andrea and Noah. On Sundays, that number swells to anywhere between 10 and 20. We love when everyone comes home for Sunday dinner.

We are kind of going along somewhat tentatively here, not quite sure what to do with this sudden "Empty Nester" thing. We never really considered it happening to us. We always thought we would be a threesome, Dad, Mom and Carissa. With Carissa's passing it has all changed. Gone are the visions we had of going on missions with Carissa, working at the temple with Carissa, having Carissa as a companion when everyone else is too busy or isn't interested in the outing. Suddenly Tony and I are faced with being....ALONE!!!!....TOGETHER....ONE ON ONE.....after all these years of having lots of little people to think about and drive here and there and provide for, suddenly we have to figure out what to do with ourselves.

I can tell you one thing for sure, we are NOT ready to crash in the Lazyboy and watch TV the rest of our lives! The world is our oyster! Tony and I are going to have a lot of adventures being "Bapa and Nana", going on missions,traveling, etc.

For the first time in about 24 years, we don't have anyone starting school this fall. There has never been a time when Lone Peak High School didn't have a Pearce child or two or three or 5 in attendance. I even got a call from their automated system telling me when registration was. I think they are in denial. "No Pearces? How could that be???!!!" We have "Phazed Out!

I know Ange is at home still but she is now 18 and considered an adult. Ann and Noah pretty much take care of themselves except when I get to play with Noah on Saturdays, so I am left to my own devices. Maybe I will finally get all the junk sorted out of the house, make all the kids take all their stuff, and finally have an organized house....nah.....

Tony continues to invent and figure out what to do with MyComfort. That takes up most of his time. His annual elk hunting trip is coming up and it will be wonderful for him to get a little R&R if not an elk. He goes with his brother Terry and it's nice for them to get away together for a week or so.

My biggest love right now is that I have started working in the temple as an ordinance worker. I'm working two days a week at the Mount Timpanogas Temple. I am still in training but every time my shift comes to an end, I am sorry to go. On Thursdays when I get done it seems like forever until I can come back again the following Tuesday.

In the next few days or so we will be adding two new grandbabies to the family. Tomi Ann is due with her 3rd on August 30th but is expecting to go much sooner, and Leanne was due last Sunday with her 1st and REALLY wants to have this baby and have it now! Mine and Tony's next trip will to be to England for a couple of weeks in September to meet our little grandbaby. We are so looking forward to it!

I am going to try and catch up on our lives a little as I get more into this blogging business. I will try to keep it updated with the "phazes" everyone is going through.

I Love Him. I'll Serve Him. He is my Savior.

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