Serving from March 2014 to March 2016

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Elder Jared Petersen
Tennessee Knoxville Mission
11320 Station West Dr Ste 101
Farragut, TN 37934

Thursday, September 17, 2015

February 18, 2015

Chattanooga  2-18-15

On Tuesday we spent almost our entire day doing service. We painted a members house. It took a lot longer than we anticipated and the member only asked the missionaries to help paint. We were able to get a lot done and we did a good job, but it helped me really appreciate organized service projects. A problem that I've seen a lot of people have is that they don't know how to do much on their own. A lot of people are very dependent, and it kinda kills me to see people who don't know how to stand on their own. That evening we had our missionary open house and the only person who came for it was our ride. It was still a good day, but it was a learning day.
On Wednesday we had our lunch at Sister Bridgette's which was good. Then we went out with a member to try to visit some people, but no one was home. 
On Thursday I hit 11 months in the mission. That was weird, I can only imagine what next month will feel like. We visited a member and I learned a bit about the importance of disciplining kids. In Southern terms, some kids just need a whoopin. We were also able to go home teaching with a member and had a good time.
On Friday we had our Zone Training meeting and how we need to focus on a mission on specifically bringing souls unto Christ. We also learned how the Book of Mormon is the tool for gathering the house of Israel. Then we had an exchange and I showed Elder Zuniga around Chatt.
On Saturday we did some service for a member who recently had his leg amputated. I was glad we could help him. Then in the evening we helped Brother Zhang get his house ready to move out. He was our Branch Mission leader and he moved back to Australia on Monday. He's an awesome guy. 
On Sunday we had church and we talked about a new Branch Mission Leader. I'm glad the missionaries are being involved with deciding on one. We had dinner at our YSA Branch mission leaders house and it was really good.
On Monday we had some bad weather and it was a little nerve racking for everyone since we all had to travel to Farragut for Elder Christofferson the next day.
On Tuesday we met with Elder Christofferson, it was really good, but he got there 2 hours late. He only had time for a Q&A session, but I learned a lot.
Love y'all,
Elder Jared Petersen

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