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Humility = Delicious [10/29]

I’ve been taking a look back at all kinds of stuff lately. I’ve seen a lot of progress in our zone, in our companionship, in our wards, in myself. Of course, I’m not perfect… But I sure could do a lot better. The fact that I have a terrible memory has been impressed upon me lately. So does my companion. Collectively, we forget nearly everything and remember almost half of everything. It’s interesting. I bought a whiteboard so we can be organized, we have like, 3 binders to hold all of the necessary documents and records we need at all times. It’s incredible. I need to trust more in the promise that the Holy Ghost will bring all things to my remembrance.
But humility. Yeah. In Priesthood meeting yesterday, Willy said some awesome things. This one is my favorite: “We don’t care about who is right or wrong, we simply care about what is right.” It blew my mind. I’ve been trying to prove myself right instead of presenting the truth. The cool thing is that because it’s the truth, it can defend itself. Or it doesn’t need to be defended because no matter what, it’s true. My point is, that getting defensive is always bad. When you have something that is true, you don’t need to fear. You don’t need to worry. You simply need to know it’s true. If you know that, and live like you know it, you’re set. I thought to myself, ‘What is a real Mormon?’ And the answer that I came up with was this: ‘An honest seeker and follower of truth.’ It was pretty rad. And by “real Mormon” I mean what every disciple of Jesus Christ should be striving to become. Just to clarify. Also, he said this in the context of a class about being a loyal citizen. Just food for thought for you voters. Vote according to the truth you know.
Some pictures for you guys! Elder Alvarenga is the one with the camera, Elder Brown is the one with the funny face, and the LA skyline is really pretty. And I think the placement of the palm tree was near perfect. Love it!
Elder Pickett
Oh, my bad. I put the wrong picture on. Elder Alvarenga doesn’t have a camera in this one. But he’s the Salvadoreno.
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in general

 

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Transfer #007 [10/22]

The ads for Skyfall look cool. All of my ads come from the sides of buses, bus stops, and billboards. But really, I just needed a title.

Happy birthday Chris!!! =D I hope it was filled with happyness and family time. If you would like any mexi-american item, I can probably find it somewhere, unless it’s obscure and random.

Also, happy super-belated anniversary Nathan and Katie!!! I’ve been trying to remember to say that forever, and I even wrote it down in my planner, but I forgot my planner that week… I hope you spent it lovely.

Transfers came and I’m staying here with Elder Coffey! Our whole zone looks like it’s about to explode. We’ve got 4 trainees coming in, a new area opening up, and one elder finishing up his training (by Elder Austin!!). I have some sweet pictures to send, but I grabbed the wrong camera cord…. My bad. Next week! All I have to say is that L.A. is really pretty. In many different ways.

Shoot! I forgot to bring Abby’s letter to add her email to the list. Could someone please forward this to her? I’ll have it next week. Speaking of letters, I love them. I epsecially love letters from my little sisters. They’re my favorites! I got 2 this week, as well as a letter from Elder Gines!! Abby looks sooooo much older! And her hair is waaaay long! And redder =) She must be becoming cooler. Hahahaha well, I must go to wash my clothings! Be well, saints of Zion, as well as future saints-to-be! My love to all of you,

Elder Pickett

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in general

 

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Going to Temple [10/16]

I woke up at 3:45 this morning! I was more awake for this temple trip than the last one. It was a fantastic relief to be able to go into the Lord’s house and escape worry and stress for a while. The only problem is that when you get back, it’s still all there waiting for you haha. But the LA temple is really beautiful. I forgot my camera, so no pictures this time. Sorry!

We had a cool experience this week. Elder Lawrence Corbridge came to tour our mission. It was pretty awesome, he spoke about the MIT, the most important thing. His purpose was to help us simplify and to understand our message. So Elder Coffey and I set to applying the principles, and we had a lesson with an investigator who was involved in all kinds of bad stuff. He was kinda so-so, said he’d live the commandments, but would return to tell us he slipped up. But after the mission tour, we sat down with him and he told us that he was “done wasting our time” and that he’s really gonna commit himself to being a Mormon. He changed completely! People say you don’t change overnight, but I beg to differ. I saw it in him. The Spirit and power of God are incredible.

Also, I guess Elder Corbridge worte this book called ‘The 4th Missionary’? If someone could send it to me, that’d be a cool present. But I finally got some music of my own today at the Distribution Center! I’m excited. But I lost my oil container (like the metal thingy) and the distribution center didn’t have any!! I don’t know where to buy one… I may have left one at home in an easter basket of random stuff in my old room, the pink one. If Sarah or someone could find that and send it my way, I’d be grateful. If she can’t I’d appreciate another one hahaha. But for now, I guess I’ll just be sealing all the blessings, and my companion will do all the anointing.

Not much time today, family and friends, but sit tight knowing I love you dearly and miss you fondly. Also, LA is beautiful. I’m up for visiting it with anyone after I’m back =)

Elder Pickett

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in general

 

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Generally Awesome Conference! [10/8]

How uplifting! I love conference! It’s truly magnificent. I heard many things that weren’t spoken this weekend. And I noticed that the Prophet and Apostles are all just men. It was weird. Before, I’ve seen them as some kind of superheroes or superhumans. But they’re just normal men that “speak with tongues of angels.” The Holy Ghost speaks with them, testifying of their words, and it gives them power. Incredible.

Pictures, finally! Man, L.A. is beautiful. Every time we visit Saul, we get to see this beautiful view. The only thing is that the skyline is blocked by the hill behind us… Oh well. Also, we tore down a roof. The crowbar was my weapon of choice. Elder Williams and I grabbed the roof, using the crowbar as a hook after the support beams had been taken out, and pulled it down. Also, the first day I got here, there was this opossum in the sink in the laundry room. He was adorable, but gross.

My, do I love being out here! So wonderful, so many good experiences, so much learning! It’s great. I’ll come home a little bit wiser and a little bit older, as well as a lot happier. I love you all and wish you the very best!

Elder Pickett

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in general

 

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The Calm… [10/1]

Things are getting a little bit less hectic now. Or maybe I’m just getting used to it. Whichever the case, it’s lovely. My time-management skills are actually getting better. They’re not perfect, but they’re improving. I’m becoming more awesome day by day! Hahahaha just kidding. But I feel less like I’ve just been thrown around and more comfortable in the area. Me gusta.

So this week in Elder’s Quorum in the singles ward I’m serving in, we watched part of a CES devotional by Jeffrey R. Holland called ‘Israel, Israel God is Calling.’ Man, it was intense. He talks about how to establish Zion in the 21st century, and he talks about a basketball game where there was an intense heckling from the crowd. Apparently, there was a somewhat public call to repentance and one fan essentially said, “It’s basketball, not sunday school. We can act how we want here; we paid good money for these tickets. We check our religion at the door.” Then Elder Holland raised his voice and did his signature finger-point and reprimanded those who ‘check their religion at the door.’ At any door. Whether we like it or not, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ, we are witnesses of Him in ALL times, in ALL things, and in ALL places. We NEVER check our religion at the door. If we want to establish Zion, the Lord’s community, we cannot check our religion for any reason. We’ve got to be our religion, wear it on our sleeves. And I love how Elder Holland instructs us to do so. We can’t be hypocrites about it. My brother taught me this not too long ago. In his reprimand of the nameless fan, he mentioned that he had to be very careful, as do we, that he does not do the very thing for which he was calling the fan out for. He couldn’t get angry and lay hands upon him, no matter how much he wanted to. Man, check out that talk. http://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/ces-devotionals/2012/01/israel-israel-god-is-calling?lang=eng

I’ve been meeting loads of people, meeting more than teaching, actually… But it’s great! There are some great kids in the singles ward here, many with desires to serve missions. I think in our ward there are actually more girls than guys preparing to serve soon. They’re already doing a great job here in East L.A., and I know they’ll be great out wherever they’re called.

No crazy-cool experiences are coming to my mind in this moment, sorry. But miracles are happening all around us, and they’re happening all around you, too. The Lord loves you and He’s got your back always.

With much love,
Elder Pickett

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in general

 

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