Doctrine and Covenants 84:88

"And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." Doctrine and Covenants 84:88

Write to Elder Butterfield:

Current address:

Elder Nathan Butterfield
19014 Hickory Street
Sonoma CA 95476

Previous addresses:

155 Kathy Ellen Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94951

WEEK 17: The Enabling Power of the Atonement

January 26, 2015

Dear Everybody,

The highlight of this week was definitely our half mission conference! We were blessed to be visited by Elder Nielson of the Seventy and his wife. On Tuesday we were in meetings with them all day. Elder Nielson really focused on the enabling power of the Atonement and how it can help us go from good to better to best in this life. The Atonement is so much more complex and powerful than any of us can even imagine! I invite you to go and read two talks that where given to us as homework. They are both by Elder David A. Bednar and the first is called "Bearing up Their Burdens with Ease." It can be found in the May 2014 Ensign. The second is called "The Atonement and The Journey of Mortality," found in the April 2012 Ensign. They both are really life changing.

Also, we are still on our 20 contact streak! Today will be our 21st day in a row, and we should be reaching 5,000 total contacts either today or tomorrow :). Miracles are still all around us and missionary work is still hard. Sadly, we haven't seen a lot of progress with our new investigators this week, but we have faith that things will pick up.

On Saturday Elder King and I were in charge of the missionary moment at a baptism! What that is, is basically a 10 minutes lesson about the restoration for everybody in attendance, while the one who was baptized changes into dry clothes. It was weird because we did it in English, but I fell like it went pretty well.

I feel like this last week was pretty uneventful for the most part, so sorry for the boring email. On Thursday we had dinner with a family and the new missionaries in the zone where all trying to prove how tough they are by eating spicy peppers. Elder Branson, one of the new missionaries, ate an entire Habanero in one bite and turned dark red, started sweating buckets, and cried, haha. Then Hermano Cortez, the member, brought out a dried California Reaper, the hottest pepper in the world (supposedly). Elder King, having to beat Elder Branson, stuck the whole thing in his mouth. His face started to swell and tears where streaming down his face. His stomach hurt for like 4 days following that, haha. Hopefully he doesn’t have like an ulcer or something. He claims that it made his mouth bleed, but I never saw blood ;).

If you're wondering if I have eaten any really hot peppers, the answer is no. I've eaten pieces of habanero, and I've eaten some of the hottest salsa in the world, but no, I have not eaten an entire pepper. Why, you ask? Because I'm not stupid. :)

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful week! Love you all!

Oh, and Transfers are next week! So we find everything out this Friday. So I will most likely be moving next Tuesday!

Elder Butterfield

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