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You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

Wow. My last week. Everything I knew was coming is starting to come. Weird random waves of emotion will hit me, strong, and all over the spectrum. And I know there’s more coming. My plan is essentially to just avoid thinking about it to the furthest extent possible by drowning myself in missionary work. We’ll see how it goes.
I don’t really feel trunky at all. In fact, I feel motivated, a real burning within me. I have to leave this mission better than I found it. And who can ever say, “I’ve done enough”? I bore my testimony yesterday about how we’re never done. Something my choir teacher, Mr. Paul Wigley, taught me. It’s stuck with me for all this time and I’m sure that it’s because the Spirit bore witness that it is true. Though my time as a full-time missionary ends next week, my service in the Lord’s work will never end. There is so much to be done, and I’m sure the Lord wishes He had more people helping him do it all. I sure won’t be one to refuse my services, talents, time, or abilities to Him. That beautiful scripture in Hebrews 10 come to mind: “We are not of those who draw back…” The Gospel is SO true. I am infinitely grateful for the time that my Heavenly Father has given me to serve Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I have learned much, and become someone much, much better. I love Jesus Christ. He is the Savior. He is my Savior. I know it. I promise all of you that if you sacrifice your sins, if you leave behind all the petty, trifling matters to focus on what truly matters most, you will be truly happy. You will feel the love of the Lord and His Spirit more fully in your life. You will not feel alone any longer. You will be able to bear whatever burden is placed upon your back. You will change what you always thought never could be changed. I bear witness to all these things, as an authorized representative of Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Elder Duncan Alexander Pickett
 
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Posted by on December 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Pavo de Referencias

Well that was weird. I looked to click ‘reply’ on whatever message appeared first in the long list of messages, and what do you know, it was Thanksgiving of last year. 

The ward Thanksgiving feast was bomb! The food, of course; the dance, SO tempting to join!!; but what really got me going was an inspired idea of putting little papers for the members and guests to write down the info of those they want to share the gospel with, or their own datos so we can visit them. Our poor, adorable district leader got on the mike and tried to explain the papers and get their attention, but hardly anyone listened to him. He was up there for like 10 minutes speaking in his pocho spanish inviting these people to act. But wouldn’t you know, the little stud got us all together and told us to go around to each table and tell everyone what he just said. We ended up with a a total of 17 referrals (I’m pretty sure) in one night. Pretty good night for Fletcher ward!  What wasn’t so cool was the next day, Sunday, when almost half the congregation didn’t attend… They party too hard…
BUT, in other good news, Cynthia got baptized from my last area! She was one of the miracles that fell into our laps after we repented, and her husband and nonmember sons were there, along with her spunky friend from Brooklyn! Even though it doesn’t count for my area, at least I know I had a hand in doing something good, and I left my last area in a good condition. And Elder Crosgrove says they’re still on fire.
I also wrote my stewardship report today. =P I try not to think about it too much.
I love each and every one of you and wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
Elder Pickettito
 
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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Everybody’s Workin’ for the Weekend!

I say this because that seems to be the only time people are home, besides 7:30 or 8 pm. Well, they’re home later, but we can’t visit them. But OH MY was this weekend eventful! We finally picked up the young woman who’s been going to seminary as a new investigator, she should be baptized before or shortly after I simultaneously leave and return to my family. After that miracle, we went to visit a sister who we found earlier this year with Elder Garcia, had an awesome lesson, then she said don’t come back, and now we found her again, had an awesome lesson with her and her husband again, they all came to church, and then saturday she said the same thing to us, except with a different reason. BUT, this time we had the Pastor with us (a nickname given affectionately to a formerly baptist superstud in our bishopric), and he totally blew her mind with doctrine and as a result we are going to teach the lessons to her–though she was baptized 20-something years ago, she never received them and has been suffering from a lack of testimony ever since–WITH her nonmember husband, who is actually really funny although he attacks us a lot with pointed questions. All is well in East L.A., my beloved friends.
 What really warmed my heart is when we went to a lesson with Byron, my recent convert brother-friend, and he bore pure, awesome testimony, helping our investigator have the faith to keep the Word of Wisdom and keep pushing for his baptismal date. That experience was so sweet I nearly cried right there in the lesson. I love seeing the gospel work miracles!! It truly changes us in such an amazing, awesome way! Make it happen in your lives!!!
Elder Pickett
 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Back to the Future

Well, this week was a pretty completely different Fletcher experience than the one I had the first time around. First of all, because I kinda half-know the area (I didn’t spend to much time down south, just with los Ortiz), I already know 99% of the members, I have no car, no bike (Renga broke my district leader’s bike so he borrowed mine this week. And then popped the tire…. =P haha stuff happens), we walk probably close to 1000 miles every day, we do zumba on tuesdays (which is SO much fun, you have no idea! we’re gonna start teaching the duena of the studio and her husband), and my, oh my, is my companion mexican! It was a really rough week, physically and in the work-wise. I realize my grammar is horrific, but that’s the way it is right now. But we got back into a house I taught my first time around, and the hermano is dedicated and confessed to us his grand secret, and the hermana asked us to come back and teach her son again, who was first taught by our current APs. So it’s not all bad. Because it’s never all bad. I read something about 6 minutes ago that hit me. HOPE: Hold On to Peak Experiences. Very similar to Elder Holland’s talk, ‘Cast Not Away, Therefore, Thy Confidence.’ If it was true then, why would it not be true now? If life was awesome then, why not now? For now we see through a glass, darkly. Sometimes our glass (aka lens) is a little darker beacause it’s dirty. Let’s clean up our glasses and look at the world more like Heavenly Father does. Life IS good, my beloved brethren. Make it count.
Elder Pickettito
 
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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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So you know how last week I went back to Fletcher for a day? Well, now I’ve been transferred back!! Crazy!! I was completely expecting to finish it off in San Gabriel, and I was soooo excited! But now I’m sooooo excited to finish in the ward in which I left most of my heart in. If you look over this mission, you’ll find Elder Pickett’s hearts spread all over El Monte, Montebello, Bel 2, San Gabriel, Pasadena, East L.A., Glendale, and perhaps other places that people have since moved to. When you leave something or someone you really love, your heart breaks. And in the mission, it happens a lot. But the Lord always gives you a new heart. Sure it hurts every time, but there is nothing more gratifying that I have experienced yet in my life. Offer to the Lord a sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Give him your EVERYTHING, and you will get SO much more in return!! Man, life is GREAT! This gospel is SO true! How can we not go forth in so great a cause, my friends?
Elder Pickett
 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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This week was great! I went back to Fletcher. Again! This time to confer the Aaronic Priesthood to Byron. We got there in the middle of the Primary program and my little America was singing. She saw me in the doorway and her voice caught a little in her throat hahaha it was so cute!! I love her. I saw a LOT of people that I loved there yesterday. And a little ecuadorean punk that Elder Crossley owned in wrestling last Christmas Eve was at church! For the first time in years! And he told us, ‘I don’t know if I want to go BYU, then a mission or a mission then BYU.’ YEEEEEAAHH!! SO exciting! He’s made a big turnaround. I love it when people change their lives to live the gospel more fully. Every time, and I mean EVERY time, they are happier. Christ is a stud.

Elder Pickett
 
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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Elder Andrew Edward Page.

This week was hard. But really rewarding. The whole mission had an opportunity to experience the Atonement firsthand. For those who don’t know, Elder Page, an elder serving here passed away this week. He was hit by a car and never regained consciousness. Yesterday we met as a mission for his memorial service. The love of the Lord was felt, and love between the servants of the Lord was shared freely. Many tears were shed. But I know so much more deeply how important the Atonement is, I know to a greater extent how the Lord feels about us. My capacity to love has increased. The plan of salvation is so much more real to me. Guys, life is good. The Gospel is true. And I know that it is the only thing that can bring us hope. It is the only thing that will neer abandon us. It is there in the hardest of times. It is what makes good times good. I love it. And I love all of you.

Elder Pickett
 
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Posted by on October 14, 2013 in Uncategorized