Monday, July 11, 2016

The Gospel is True!

Dear...well, whoever reads these letters,

I had such a cool week! I want to tell you about Albert because he is my favorite person ever. But you need some background first: We met this lady named Rosalind at her apartment and ended up talking to her for like 40 minutes. She's a little crazy but we made an appointment to come back and teach her. She's actually pretty cool and very open to the gospel. We went by to visit some less actives by her and she saw us and called us over-so we taught her the first lesson. She loved it! She kept talking about how God is restoring her through the message we bring. Yes Ros! He is! When we were about to pray with her a man came over and interrupted us. Ros was all, "You want to pray with us? Come on." And he was like, "No, but I heard what you were talking about and I need to talk to these two young ladies when you're done." Sister Garlick and I tried not to freak out but we pretty much ran over to him after the prayer. He told us that he heard us talking and was having the questions he'd been asking for quite a while answered through what we were sharing! His name is Albert and he is incredibly ready to receive the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We left him a Restoration pamphlet and by the time we came back two days later he'd read it three times and asked us for a Book of Mormon because "it's the word of God."  Whaaaaaat? He's cooler than I'll ever be. We've taught him a couple times and yesterday he accepted a baptismal date for July 30! I just keep picturing him in white and I understand the joy of missionary work!

Sister Garlick and I have a lot of interesting things happen to us while we're knocking doors. We went to the gated apartment complex this week and some guy was pretty nasty to us. Five minutes later, security came and kicked us out. The security guy followed us on his golf cart as we walked out. I was a little surprised, but then I couldn't stop laughing about it. He followed us on his golf cart across the parking lot...It was hilarious. Sometimes we see these gross hairballs rolling around that Sister Garlick affectionately refers to as "tumble-weaves." Haha that's really accurate though! There are people from all over in Florida. It's pretty cool-not literally of course. I die of heat all day but it's worth it.

We took Rosalind on a chapel tour and since we can't drive her she told us if we came by she'd follow us to the church on her scooter. And she did. She followed right behind us on her little pink scooter-bike that doesn't go more than 35 mph. We kept accidentally hitting yellow lights and I'd go to pull over so we didn't lose her then she'd blaze through the intersection. It was so funny! I'd be like, "Oh no! We're going to lose Rosalind" then Sister Garlick would tell me, "Nope. She just followed us through." And it got funnier the more I thought about it. I was hysterical by the time we got to the church but I composed myself for Rosalind's lesson. We showed her the baptismal font and she couldn't stop telling us how strongly she felt the spirit. We took her into the chapel and she didn't want to leave. I don't know if she'll be baptized since she's actually homeless right now and hard to keep track of, but I know she knows this is true. She knows the Spirit has testified the truth of it to her-how can you deny that? Well, you can but we both know she knows so there.

The gospel is so true and it's so powerful! You can just see the change in people when they begin to learn the truth. And I know that doing the small and simple things of the gospel will bring new spiritual power like you've never experienced into your lives. Be at church every week! Pray every day! Read your scriptures every day! God is just waiting for an excuse to bless you. I've definitely learned that here. (President and Sister Richardson were in sacrament meeting when I had to bear my testimony...if only I'd been as well organized then!)

I love you all!


Sister Peterson

P.S. I'm learning a little Spanish and I can now introduce us as missionaries! Somos las misionares!

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