Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

Currant Bush

Hey!
Things are going pretty good in the mission life! I like it here a lot, in Edmond. We picked up a couple of REALLY solid investigators last week through referrals, so I am very hopeful that they will work out. Things are going well, although life is constantly stressful. I’m sure it’s good for me, I just can’t see it right now. I think it’s a lot like the talk from General Conference by D. Todd Christofferson:

President Hugh B. Brown, formerly a member of the Twelve and a counselor in the First Presidency, provided a personal experience. He told of purchasing a rundown farm in Canada many years ago. As he went about cleaning up and repairing his property, he came across a currant bush that had grown over six feet (1.8 m) high and was yielding no berries, so he pruned it back drastically, leaving only small stumps. Then he saw a drop like a tear on the top of each of these little stumps, as if the currant bush were crying, and thought he heard it say:

“How could you do this to me? I was making such wonderful growth. … And now you have cut me down. Every plant in the garden will look down on me. … How could you do this to me? I thought you were the gardener here.” President Brown replied, “Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I didn’t intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to be a currant bush, and someday, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down.’”

I feel like the bush here where I can’t see the outcome, but I know it will be good. I just have to keep working hard and pushing through to the end. Things are progressing for us, and we are doing well. Thanks for your love and care! Love you!

Love,
Elder Peper

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August 22, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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