Hoping everything is still wonderful back home! Miss and love you guys so dang much. But I do love being a missionary…
This week we worked a lot with the members here in the airport ward. They are wonderful but they really need a LOT of strengthening. So this week, we had a family home evening just about every night with a different member family. They actually ROCKED. As we pondered about what to share with these members, Hermana Johnson reminded me of a classic childhood game that we decided to relate to the gospel. Wait for it… this week, “DON’T EAT PETE” hit Peru! Or should I say, “No Coma a Pedro!”
For those who are not familiar with this game… one player leaves the room and the rest pick one of the heads on the board to be “Pete” or “Pedro.” The first player comes back and must begin to eat the pieces of cereal/popcorn/candy that are placed on each face on the board, but they CAN’T EAT PETE. When the player goes to grab for Pete to eat that cereal/candy, the rest have to yell, “DON’T EAT PETE!” and their turn is over. The goal is to eat ALL the treats EXCEPT Pete.
You might ask, how on earth would you relate that game to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Well, with a missionary mind, I think just about anything in the world can be related directly back to the gospel. So this is what we did…
After everyone had had a turn to go, we did one last example. This time, the player did NOT leave the room and they knew exactly who we chose to be Pete. Then the game’s pretty easy, right? Well, they won! Because they knew exactly who Pete was and made their choices accordingly.
Well, all of us as members of Christ’s church know who “Pete” is. We know which decisions we SHOULD make, and which we shouldn’t. We know exactly what the Lord requires of us. We know His commandments, laws, and ordinances. We know of His gospel and we know of His love. So shouldn’t the game be just that easy? Why WOULDN’T we use our agency to win the game when we know who Pete is? Especially when we know that if we eat Pete, our turn is over and we lose that agency to keep making choices and enjoying the yummy candies. Just like how in our lives we can make our own choices, but we can’t always choose the consequences of our actions. We learn this principle all over the scriptures. Helaman 14:30-31 teaches:
"And now remember, remember my brethren, that whosever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosever doth iniquity, doth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.
He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you."
Also, 2 Nephi 2:27 is amazing! It says:
"Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he skeet that all men might be miserable like unto himself."
And last but definitely not least in 2 Nephi 10:23-25 it teaches us:
"Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves-- to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.
Wherefore, may God raise you from death by the power of the resurrection, and also from everlasting death by the power of the atonement, that ye may be received into the eternal kingdom of God, that ye may praise him through grace divine. Amen."
If that doesn’t make you want to make good decisions, be reconciled with God, and return to His kingdom one day, I don’t know WHAT will! So all I have to say is…
No Coma a Pedro!
Until next week,