Sunday, May 30, 2010

My Acceptance Letter

Dear Brothern,
I gladly accept the call to the Lima Peru North mission with enormous enthusiasm. I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve the Lord in the great county of Peru. I will serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind and strength, and I know that if I do so the Lord will see it fit to guide me with the spirit. I plan to prepare diligently by reading the Book of Mormon again and reading Jesus the Christ. After receiving my call I reread the conference talk given by Elder Ronald A. Rasband during the Priesthood session, the talk explains how missionaries are given their calls. That talk has helped me gain a greater understanding and love for members of the twelve, and you the First Presidency. Those men are truly inspired by God, just making my call all that more special to me. I have a strong testimony of the gospel and I will strive to let myself be a tool in the hands of God. Waiting with unbound anticipation and reverent excitement. Jaren

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lima Peru North Mission!!!!!!!!

It is hard to keep in my excitement; Lima Peru seems like such a fantastic call. The more that I learn about the people, the culture, and the climate the more I tend to lose myself in day dreams imagining how to preach the gospel in such a foreign place. I have been given such a wonderful opportunity and I cannot wait to dive right in. I am not all to eager to once again leave my parents, seeing how it feels like i just came back from my first year of college. On the other hand, working for the next 4 months is quite a large pill to swallow. I am trying to adopt a more optimistic attitude about waiting for so long.I keep telling myself that the next 4 months will fly by more quickly if I distract myself in preparation to serve the Lord in Peru. By preparation i mean my two, as of right now, personal goals which are:
1. Read the Book of Mormon again and
2. Read Jesus the Christ before I leave.
Jesus the Christ seems like a very daunting goal but i have plenty of time... On a side note Grandma Harris lead me to a web site that showed me the boundaries of my mission, and I was surprised to find out that most of my mission is in the Amazon Rain forest. My heart just about leap out of my chest with pure elation and gratitude for such a humbling experience. The jungle is a massively different world then the brown plains of Great Falls. I just don't feel like i can sufficiently write in words how grateful i am to be going to the Lima Peru North mission. In short, I feel truly blessed.

Farewell Time and Date

Jaren's farewell will be on the 12 Sep 10 at 0900.