Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Pearson's Farewell
Today was the farewell for Elder Kevin Pearson and his sweet wife June. He has served in the Pacific Area Presidency for the past five years and has been president for our entire mission. It is now time for them to head back to the USA. Oh how we have loved these dear people. They have worked tirelessly to lead and guide the people of the Pacific. Their example gives us the courage and commitment to STAY BY THE TREE! While we will all miss them as they go on to the next chapter of their lives, we count ourselves richly blessed to have associated with him during their time here.
During their talks both President and Sister Pearson bore such strong witness of their certainty of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I was particularly impressed by a challenge that June gave to us all. She suggested that we seriously study the talks from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve from each general conference.
We are so blessed t have modern day prophets, yet to many members don't really put forth the effort to fully understand what they have to teach us. As she was speaking, I felt a certainty that what she was saying was true.
In his General Conference talk from 2015, Elder Pearson taught: "Two of Satan’s most powerful tools are distraction and deception." It is so easy to get caught up in life and forget the things that matter most. By continually going back to review the things the prophets are teaching us we can remember those key truths. The word "remember" occurs 497 times in the scriptures. It is something we have been told over and over to work on. There's good reason for that.
I hope I will always remember the wonderful truths I have learned from both Kevin and June Pearson. My prayers go with them as they move on to the next season in their lives.