Called to serve the Florida Orlando Mission

Called to serve the Florida Orlando Mission

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week #92 -- God's Plan of Happiness

Hello Everybody!!!

Had another great week here in Okeechobee.

We were planing on putting a couple of our investigators on date but didn't happen which was a bummer. We are planing to have one person this week on a baptismal date. Not sure who we will ask but will ask someone. Didn't have any investigators come to church which was a bummer. We did get a handful of new investigators which was awesome so hopefully they will progress in meeting with us.

Since being here in Okeechobee, I have met a lot of families that remind me a lot of my family. It's super funny and makes me feel at home which is nice. The family we visit is doing great. They haven't been to church in a long time. I don't think they will come anytime soon but they are making good progress especially the dad. They are more and more happy when we come and when we leave. Really excited for them. They are an awesome family.

Got to also see a gator and his mom. He had a lot of questions for us which was good. He was a little confused about the authority leaving then coming back. So we explained and use the Book of Mormon to help solidify what we were saying. He didn't quite agree that the authority had left but still wanted to read the Book of Mormon. Yay!!! He would probably be the one that we will extend the baptismal invitation too.

Had a good time seeing another member. He is one that is coming back into activity which is awesome. He understands things at a slower process so we have been going by and reading the Book of Mormon with him. Helping him understand more of what he is reading. He is progressing so well that he's reading the chapters before hand and is picking things out on his own which is awesome. Love this guy so much.

Yesterday at church, there was some wonderful talks given. It was all about the Plan Of Salvation. It made me think a lot about it and the knowledge is gives me. It is so wonderful to know where we came from, why am I here, and where am I going after I die. It also feels me with so much love from my Heavenly Father. That he sent his son, Jesus Christ, for US!! I am so grateful for the gospel in my life. I'm so blessed!! I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know my savior lives!!

I love you all!! Have a blessed week!!

Elder Pearson
Florida Orlando Mission
10502 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week #91 -- Being A Pioneer

Hello Everybody!!!

Wow what a week!! I am absolutely loving it in Okeechobee. There are so many wonderful people here. My comp is awesome, Elder Porter. He is from Ogden, Utah! Super cool! He has been out for about 8 months. We are getting along really well and seeing some awesome success.

Here is Okeechobee, it's a branch. A branch is smaller than a ward. So adage amount of people that come is 20. This was my first time being in a branch. They welcomed me with open arms which was awesome. The branch President then asked me to give a talk in sacrament meeting which went very well.

There was a lot of awesome miracle finds this past week. One family that we found this week is an awesome Spanish family. Speak pretty good English except for the husband. He understands a little bit not too much. We had an awesome first lesson with them and accepted a Book of Mormon and allowing us to come by as well.

There's another family, a son and mom. They aren't attending a church right now but would love to attend one. We shared the restoration with them and really liked it. The son wants to take his time I guess learning about it. But they are making good progress though. Got to see a handful of the members in the ward and excited to work with them.

My talk for sacrament meeting was how to be a modern day pioneer. As I was preparing for my talk I love the what President Hinkley said about being a pioneer, "A pioneer stands up for what is right, dares to share the gospel in the face of opposition, and testifies of Christ through your actions."

Being a pioneer doesn't mean pulling a cart thousands of miles but not giving up when we go through something hard. We all go through tough times but they make us stronger with Christs help. Ask in faith and you will be given the strength to endure.

Put your trust is God that he will help you. I love you all and have a blessed week!!

Elder Pearson
Florida Orlando Mission
10502 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week #90 -- Okeechobee? Last Area?

Hello Everybody!!!

Hope you all had a great week. This week was pretty crazy. A lot of cool spiritual experiences I was able to have this week. I can say that may faith has grown a lot. You know I can tell ya that when the scriptures talk about that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass that it is so true. By doing the small things we can grow at such a rapid pace.

Anyway, so transfers are tomorrow and sadly I will be leaving Conway and so will Elder McKee. We are being replaced by Sister missionaries. It will be good not only for the people that we have been teaching but also the ward as well. I will be transfer to Okeechobee and my new comp is Elder Porter. So pretty much going to the middle of nowhere. It's pretty crazy cause this will most likely be my last area that I will be in.  I excited though about it going there cause there's a lot of potential.

Through the spiritual experience that I have been able to have this past week I have learned a lot about faith. There's a wonderful quote that I have from Kevin W. Pearson from the Quorum of the Seventy which says, "Obedience builds faith in Christ. Faith is a principle of Action and Power."

Through our obedience our faith will lead us to act then the power comes by us acting. Faith is something that takes a while to grow. It doesn't come easy but takes time to build. But something I have learned from faith that there are times that we may not know which way to go. Taking Nephi for example, when him and his brothers return to Jerusalem to receive the brass plates and after failing twice Nephi knew that the promise from the lord would be fulfilled, that they would get the plates. As Nephi went into Jerusalem, it specifically stated that he knew not of what to do but was filled with the spirit. He didn't know what to do but walked by faith. There are times it might seem very scary to take that leap of faith cause we don't know what the outcome will be. But there are many promises that lord gives to us and just like the one he gave to Nephi it will be fulfilled as we exercise our faith. I can promise you that as you take that step or steps you will be strengthened and grow from those experiences just like I did.

 I love you all and hope you have a blessed week.

Elder Pearson
Florida Orlando Mission
10502 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837





Monday, June 26, 2017

Week #89 -- Too Hot and Personal Revelation

Hey Everybody,

Wow I can't tell you how hot it is getting here. Not pleasant but I guess I can't complain to much since AZ is hitting 120's! 😱

Anyway, this past week was ok. Sadly a lot of our appointments fell threw so did a lot of knocking but that was so successful either. But I can tell ya that I have been taught a lot by the spirit.

Yesterday at church was so amazing. In my personal studies, I have been studying the Atonement of Jesus Christ specifically using it. I know we aren't perfect but it seems like I criticize myself to much when I make little mistakes here and there. But I have been learning more and more that as we apply the atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives we are improving. Those that don't use it are only hurting themselves and holding them back from there full potential.

The best part through these studies was on Sunday. As the sacrament was being passed I had the most wonderful feeling from the Holy Ghost. As I continue to strive in my life and be the best that I can be the lord will continue to bless me and strengthen me.

I want you all to know that I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that our Savior lives and loves each one of us. I know that President Thomas Monson is our Prophet on earth today. Please know you are never along in the battle between Heavenly Father and Satan even though at times it may feel like it. Open you heart to your Heavenly Father and he will answer you.

I love you all and have a blessed week!!

Elder Pearson
Florida Orlando Mission
10502 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week #88 -- Fishing, Sunburn, and Moldy Cheese

Hello Everybody!!!

Sorry for the late email. Elder McKee and I got to able to go finishing today with Elder Mckee's Grandpa and so finally now getting wifi. Didn't catch anything though. Got really sunburned.

This was week was pretty great. Had some great lessons with a gator and he's really progressing which is fantastic. Asks really good questions which we love. Hoping to put him on a baptismal date this week. So really excited about that. Got to visit a part-member family. They are having there first child which is exciting. They are making some new changes in their life and know that they need to have Christ more in there life especially for there kids. Got some more people to teach this week. So hoping that they will progress and continue to meet with us.

Got to go on exchanges with Elder Barben. Such an awesome dude. Elder Barben was in the same district as me when I was in New Smyrna with Graham Richards. It was awesome to be with him and reminded me of things that I need to work on which is good. For dinner we thought we good enough cooks make some homemade mac and cheese. As we started, we are smelling something really weird and couldn't figure it out what it was. Once we finished, of course we figured out what where the smell was coming from. THE CHEESE!! But the weird part is that it wasn't expired. So after eating a couple bites I didn't have a bad feeling about it so we stopped and fixed something else. But funny memory though.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful week!! I love you all!!

Elder Pearson
Florida Orlando Mission
10502 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837




We did some service for a member -- this will make a great mission story to share.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Week #87 -- Zone Conference, New Gators and Lots of Lightening!!

Hello Everybody!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday yesterday. There was Ward Conference yesterday and it was so awesome. Such great talks given.

This past week was pretty great. We were able to pick up a hand full of investigators. One of them is name is a super awesome guy and has a lot of questions. He talked about when he was in high school that there was someone that was a member and that everything that she did stood out to him and notice something different about. He knew that she was LDS but didn't know what that meant. And so recently he's been turn his life around and going back to church and saw an ad for requesting a book of Mormon and so we did. We came to his house had a wonderful lesson on the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also had a wonderful member that was able to bear his testimony. Exciting part he's all the way in chapter 10 in first Nephi.

Later in the week we had a wonderful zone conference up at the lake Mary chapel.  There was wonderful training that were given and spirit was very strong. To me a lot of the trainings were a spiritual boost. Talk to our investigators how to help them progress in the Gospel. Talked about how to be the best friend for them by reading with them, praying with them, doing things to help them exercise their faith in Christ. Got to see a handful of other missionaries that I've served around and it was good to see you beautiful faces.

This past Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to go up to New Smyrna Beach and witness the baptism of a young man we taught previously. He is from a family that I've known for my entire mission pretty much. It was a wonderful experience to see someone enter into the waters a baptism. He is such a great kid and has so many things in store for him.The best part is that Elder Amiott was the one to perform the baptismal ordinance. So I got to see him as well a lot of the other members in the ward.

Things are progressing here in the Conway award. The Lord is definitely a blessing Elder McKee and I am finding more people to teach. I love you all and I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed week. There's anything I can do let me know.

Elder Pearson
Florida Orlando Mission
10502 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837

On the way to the baptism in New Smyrna Beach.


Excited I was able to attend his baptism!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week #86 -- Getting Soaked!

Hey Everyone!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week and was filled with happy moments.

I would describe my week as the best but had its moments. I forgot last week to tell you all about my new companion, Elder McKee. He is from Mesa, Arizona. Come to find out there was a time he was living in San Tan Valley particularly in Castlegate!! Now we figured it out that he was there while I was in 7th and 8th grade but wasn't in the same class and me. So there's a lot of people that we both know which is super cool.

So part of the week I had the wonderful stomach flu and so sadly it took two days away from us working but all better now and going to make this week better. Also since it is officially summer which means Hurricane Season begins and so does the rain. Florida had been needed the rain which is good. Except it's not so good when your on bikes. So you can assume what happen, we got soaked. The bad part is that is started lighting. So we had to find cover under a tree while still getting wet. Was so much fun😐.

But the awesome part is a new gator we got this past week. He's in his 20's and he is really seeking more in his life. We had a wonderful time talking to him about the restoration of Gospel of Jesus Christ. He told us how a person in high school that was a member and things that person would do touched him in a way. He knew that they had something and he didn't realize till later that he wanted it. So we are super excited to be working with him and helping him progress towards baptism.

Sorry for the short email but I love you all. Ill send some pics.

Elder Pearson
Florida Orlando Mission
10502 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837