Monday, September 12, 2016

Please feed the missionaries : )

Hi Fam!

I never know how to address this email but that's not really the important part so here we go!

This week has been super good! We were able to have a member go with us to teach our investigator Evelina about the Gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, holy ghost, enduring to the end). Oh. My. Goodness! That lesson was incredible! Sister Veas shared why the gospel is important to her. Unbeknownst to me, she was raised in the church, completely left the church, and is now coming back. She talked about how she wants to help her daughter find happiness without going through all of the same trials and the Spirit was so strong. We were all trying not to cry. Evelina has been reading the Book of Mormon and it's amazing to see the change in her. The Book of Mormon is powerful! Sister Garlick and I were talking about how our investigators really only progress if they read the Book of Mormon. It makes sense, though. That's the most pure scripture we have! There's definitely a reason God brought it forth for us today. The Book of Mormon makes just as much of a change in my life as it does in my gators lives.

I fear I've alarmed all of you with my talk of being poor and having no food-I'm okay! It's a new month and we have money again! All I can say is: PLEASE FEED THE MISSIONARIES! I never realized how important members are in missionary work! Eating with the missionaries gives them a chance to get to know you and help you do missionary work! Plus, we only get enough money to pay for breakfast and lunch for the month so...But really. You don't even know the difference you make! Can you imagine going to a new church where you only know 2 young girls? Scary, right? But if you knew someone or someone came up and asked you to sit with them it would be way better! The most effective missionary work is done when the members are involved! You are all amazing!

We had Stake Conference this week! That was super fun, but we had to drive out to Boynton which is about 30 minutes away by freeway. And we have to drive there two more times this week, so expect a lot of useless chatter about biking next week! Also, expect my email on Tuesday. Transfers are almost here! But back to my point-our stake President talked about two authors in the Book of Mormon, Nephi (1 and 2 Nephi) and Chemish (Omni 1:8). Nephi was called to keep a record and wrote 117 pages that we know of! Chemish wrote one verse. Technically they both did what they were asked, bu
t one of them magnified their calling. Then he asked us to decide if we wanted to be a Nephi or a Chemish. I know which one I want to be! The good news is that God qualifies whom He calls! Joseph Smith restored the gospel in its fulness and he was a 14 year old farm boy with a fourth grade education! God gives us the power to do amazing things.

We were finally able to sit down and talk with James' wife! Guys, she's totally getting baptized. We taught her about the Restoration and James testified so hard to her! He totally gets the gospel and he just wants to share it! Also, Sharon recently found out she has celiac, plus she works 3 jobs so things are super crazy! But she's down to meet with us every week! Now that's dedication to knowing the truth! They're the cutest. Sharon was talking about how scared James' stroke made her and said, "He's my best friend." and then James said, "You're my best friend!" And it was pretty much adorable. Good thing families can be together forever!

Well, I didn't mean for this to be a sermon but it sort of turned into one...Sorry about that. Just some random thoughts from the head of Sister Peterson! 

I love love love you all!

Sister Peterson

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