The major countdown is officially on- a little under 23 days to be exact. Holy moly.... so exciting. As his family, we can do nothing but talk of his return and get so excited to be reunited with our Logey boy.
However, as we communicate via email with our Elder, we realize while he is extremely excited, this boy...(ahem, MAN I should say), is really fearing the end of his mission. He has loved his mission so much and does not want this amazing journey of serving the Lord 24/7 to end. And as much as we all admire that, I think if he tried to stay, there would be a clan of us traipsing up to Canada to bring him back. We've missed him oh so much.
We cannot wait for all of the mission stories. Man, can Logan tell a story- this is an excerpt from a recent email : THE NEXT 4 WEEKS EMAILS ARE GONNA BE A BIT SHORTER JUST CUZ I WANT TO SAVE THE GOOD STUFF FOR WHEN I GET HOME, BUT ALSO I HAVE A FEW EMAILS I HAVE TO WRITE THE THE MISSION PRESIDENT AND THE ASSISTANTS ABOUT MYSELF AND DEPARTING FROM THE MISSION. SO THATS GONNA TAKE A BIT OF TIME. BUT IM NOT MAKING EXCUSES, ITS ALSO JUST THE THOUGHT OF ACTUALLY SEEING AND TALKING TO YOU IN PERSON IN A FEW WEEKS MAKES EMAILING SEEM WAY LESS EXCITING. PLUS I CAN EMBELLISH SO MUCH BETTER IN PERSON THEN OVER EMAIL...LOL. HAHAHA I'M KIDDING! OR AM I? :)
Honestly, if the stories aren't completely over the top and dramatic- I would be nervous that he's changed TOO much. :) Logan is our story teller and we love him for it.
He's going to miss the people of Canada immensely. He cares oh so much for the members there and SO much for the investigators he has worked with.
THESE LAST FEW WEEKS FOR ME HAVE BEEN AND ARE GOING TO BE WEIRD. I NEVER THOUGH I WOULD BE AT THIS POINT. AND TO ADD TO IT... I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE GOING AS FAST AS IT IS! I KNOW I AM BEING KIND OF REPETITIVE AS FAR AS MY EMAILS... BUT IT IS WHAT HAS BEEN ON MY MIND ALOT LATELY! I HAVE LOVED THIS OPPORTUNITY AND NOW IT IS COMING TO A CLOSE AND IT IS SCARING ME! I LOVE THIS WORK, AND I LOVE CANADA AND THE POEPLE HERE. AND THE TESTIMONY I HAVE GAINED OUT HERE IS ONE THAT I NEVER WOULD HAVE ANYWHERE ELSE! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR THE SUPPORT AND LOVE YOU HAVE SHOWN ME THESE PAST 2 YEARS. IT HAS HELPED ME THROUGH SOME OF MY DARKEST DAYS. I PROMISE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART, AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THAT HE LIVES AND THAT THIS IS HIS CHURCH HERE ON THE EARTH!
More than anything we have been blown away by the growth that we've seen in Elder Petersen. His testimony strengthens all of ours on a weekly basis. Here are some excerpts from recent emails:
I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW OF THE TESTIMONY THAT I HAVE GAINED.... I KNOW THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST AND THAT BECAUSE OF HIS EVERLASTING LOVE SHOWN BY HIS ATONING SACRIFICE, THE CHURCH WAS RESTORED BY THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH! A 14 YEAR OLD BOY HAD A QUESTION FOR THE GREAT BEING IN THE UNIVERSE AND IT WAS ANSWERED THROUGH DIVINE REVELATION! I KNOW HE SAW WHAT HE SAID HE SAW AND THAT BECAUSE OF THAT MIRACULOUS VISITATION OF GOD THE ETERNAL FATHER AND HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WE TOO CAN HAVE THE BLESSINGS OF HEAVEN HERE ON EARTH AND THE ETERNITIES TO COME! I HAVE NO IDEA WHO, WHERE OR HOW I WOULD BE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS GOSPEL. BUT I KNOW I HAVE HAD THIS BLESSING GIVEN TO ME IN THIS LIFE FOR A REASON AND WHO AM I TO HOLD IF FROM ANYONE! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. THE THOUGHT OF BEING LED BY THE TRUE LIVING PROPHET OF GOD BRINGS A SENSE OF COMFORT AND SECURITY THAT CANNOT BE FOUND ELSEWHERE! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU! DONT WORRY ABOUT ME, IM DOING JUST FINE!
Regarding being able to listen to Elder Christoffersen of the 12 Apostles that came to his mission:
SO BY SAYING THAT ELDER CHRISTOFFERSEN'S TALK WAS GOOD WOULD BE A CRAZY BIG UNDERSTATEMENT! I FEEL LIKE AT TIMES HE SPOKE RIGHT TO ME AND TO BE HONEST HE SAID SOME VERY SPECIFIC THINGS AS TO WHAT MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ABOUT. IT WAS A VERY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE FOR ME. BUT ONE OF THE COOLEST PARTS WAS WHEN HE SAID AT THE END " I BLESS YOU IN THE AUTHORITY OF MY CALLING...." IT WAS AMAZING THE THINGS THAT HE SAID AND THE FEELINGS OF THE SPIRIT THAT ACCOMPANIED THEM CANNOT BE EXPLAINED! BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, YES WE GOT TO ALL SHAKE HIS HAND AND TALK FOR A FEW SECONDS WITH HIM. BUT HE WAS THE 4TH APOSTLE I HAVE MET ON MY MISSION, AND ONE OF ABOUT 8 OR SO GENERAL AUTHORITIES. IT REALLY STRENGTHENS MY OWN PERSONAL TESTIMONY TO HEAR AN APOSTLE OF THE LORD TESTIFY OF THE TRUTHFULNESS AND REALITY OF THE LIVING CHRIST! I LOVE TO HEAR THE TESTIMONIES OF GENERAL AUTHORITIES, ESPECIALLY APOSTLES!
And another snippet of his testimony:
I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW HOW STRONG MY TESTIMONY HAS GOTTEN AS I HAVE SERVED OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN! I CANNOT WAIT TO TELL YOU FACE TO FACE, BUT AS FOR NOW JUST KNOW THAT THIS GOSPEL HAS CHNAGED MY LIFE. FROM A BOY FOLLOWING THE TESTIMONIES OF HIS FAMILY, TO A MISSIONARY WHO CAN STAND ON HIS OWN FEET AND TESTIFY OF THE REALITY OF THE LIVING CHRIST! (WITH HIS HELP OF COURSE :) I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! YOU MEAN THE WORLD ANd SO MUCH MORE TO ME! IM SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU, BUT AS FOR NOW I STILL HAVE TIME LEFT THAT I NEED TO GIVE 100% TO THE LORD!
So he has about 22 days left- and I know he is giving at LEAST 100%, if not more. Please pray for Elder Petersen during this transitionary time- he is so excited to come home and start moving forward in his life as a member missionary in the real world, but as is with most returning missionaries, there is a sadness for leaving the mission. Pray that the Lord will help him give his all in these final days and that he will have a safe return home to us.
Thank you all for your continued love and support....
....and for your patience with the blog administrator. :)