Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bye Sister Cottrell

Dear Fam,

Hello!  It was the last week of the transfer, so it's been a good and crazy week. Sister Cottrell flies home on Thursday, and I'll be staying in Royal Palm Beach. My new companion will be Sister Monson! I've never served around her, but I've heard good things. This is her first transfer as an STL, so I'll be training her. What? I've been doing this for 12 seconds! But it's cool.

Freddy and Darlyne are so wonderful! We taught them about the Word of Wisdom on Wednesday and they accepted it right off the bat. They've both smoked, drank coffee, and had alcohol for most of their lives, but it's almost like they knew this was coming. They gave us their coffee and tea, poured out their alcohol, and made a plan for quitting smoking right then and there. It's amazing to see the faith they have! Especially Freddy, who has never been religious but now just craves the Spirit. They've changed so much since we met them two weeks ago. I know that God has been preparing them for a long time to receive the gospel and I'm so grateful that I get to teach them! They weren't able to come to church on Sunday, so now they're praying about a new baptismal date. Gosh I love them!

We're still teaching Jackie, but there's not to update with her. She found out on Tuesday that her husband's cancer is back and he has 1-2 years left with treatment. That was really hard on her, so we talked about God's love and putting on the armor of God. She asked for a little space this week, so we're hoping to meet with her again soon :)

We went on exchanges with the West Palm Beach sisters, so I got to bring Sister Langarica to Royal Palm for a day of craziness. We visited a woman I met when I was on an exchange with Sister Tilby clear back in February and she remembered me! So I guess missionaries make a bigger impression than I'd thought. We also got to teach a woman named Cindy about the Restoration, but she left for Canada today and doesn't know when she'll be back, so hopefully we'll see her soon!

We had the first Zone Conference with President Garns and it was wonderful! President Garns is really shifting the focus of our mission onto following the Spirit with exactness and tailoring the Gospel to every person's needs. I've been working on talking to every person differently and giving them every opportunity to feel the Spirit and it's been really cool to feel Heavenly Father working through me. President Garns is definitely inspired!

I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Sister Peterson

Oh, I forgot to tell you that WE GET TO GO TO THE TEMPLE!!! We're not sure how often yet, but President and Sister Garns have changed the rule so we'll get to go with our zones every so often. I'm pumped!!

Exchanges with cute Sister Langarica

We played a volleyball and clearly our arms weren't up to the challenge.
I caught a lizard from behind our toaster. Only in Florida.

Love you, Dad!

Zone conf!

Coffee and Tea given up by our favorite couple


Freddy, Darlyne, Macho, and Jaylene. Love them!

I saw the Mendenhalls again :)




Monday, August 7, 2017

Twinning is Winning

Well, the theme of this week was people telling Sister Cottrell and me that we look related and act the same. We had at least 5 strangers ask us if we were real sisters, Sister Garns asked us at interviews, and then a brother in our ward asked how long we've been comps because we talk and move our hands the same. So basically I'm comps with myself. Holla! I seriously love Sister Cottrell so much and doing the work with her is a joy.

We had interviews and MLC (mission leadership council) this week, so I got to know President Garns better. He is a very inspired man! He wants to shift the focus of our mission from "find, teach, baptize, retain, and reactivate," to "teach repentance and baptize converts." It's always a little weird when changes are made, but I'm so excited to see how this changes the mission. President Garns is definitely the mission president we need right now to help the FFLM grow and progress. He's very tender and he teaches in a way that allows us to teach ourselves. He's so inspired!

So...every investigator I wrote about last week dropped us this week. June accepted a Book of Mormon in Chinese, then kindly told us that she wants to learn at her own pace and she'll call us when she wants us to visit. I know that the Lord is preparing her and she will be baptized one day, but I'm grateful I was able to meet her and plant a seed. We tried to get Rachel and Zan's parents involved, but they just wouldn't do it. Rachel and Zan are too young to do this on their own right now, but one day they'll be able to embrace the gospel!

That being said, we are teaching the coolest couple ever! Last week the Spanish elders passed us a referral for Freddy and Darlyne, and we have been teaching them all week. They are so elect! Freddy has never really been in church, but he's loving feeling the Spirit and told everyone at church that he's getting baptized. Darlyne grew up Catholic and Christian and really misses feeling connected with God. She loved church even though it was very different from anything else she's experienced.  They have two little kids, a 4 year old named Jaylene and a 3 year old named Freddy. Right now we're working on helping them get married. They've been together for 5 years, but Darlyne is technically still married to her husband that she hasn't seen for 10 years, so she and Freddy can't tie the knot. She really wants to get divorced and they really want to get married and baptized, so I know the Lord will provide a way. I am so grateful to be teaching them! The light the gospel has already brought into them is amazing to see. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is so powerful! Repentance is changing from an unhappy person to a happy one! I love the gospel!

I had the opportunity to go on a full day exchange with Sister Wingert in Port St. Lucie. That is the most northern area in the mission, so that was an adventure! Sister Wingert came out about a year ago and went home, so now this is her first transfer back. It's cool to see how she's taking this opportunity to serve so seriously. It reminded me that it really is a privilege to be on a mission. She will do great things! I'm pretty sure that I was assigned to be an STL purely because Heavenly Father needed me to learn things faster, because I am learning so much every single day!

One more thing Sister Cottrell and I have in common is our love for Dr. Pepper. We had to drive up to Stuart to do a fire exchange (knocking doors for an hour) with the sisters, so we planned our day while sitting in a McDonalds. We obviously drank Dr. Pepper at the same time. It was so delicious, but right after that we went and knocked for an hour at 1 PM in Florida heat. I actually almost died/threw up, so I probably won't be combining Dr. Pepper and knocking again haha. You live and you learn!

I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week and share the gospel!

Love,
Sister Peterson

Sister Wingert!
MLC // the sass is too real



Somebody gave us these Brazilian gospel CDs while knocking and this picture basically describes our relationship.
Our favorite thing that's written on the whiteboard in the bishop's office. U GOT REKT!


Skirts and pants #emailing 






Monday, July 31, 2017

Miracles in Royal Palm Beach

Hi Fam!

I really focused on sharing my testimony of the Savior and His gospel with everybody we talked to this week, and we saw some pretty cool miracles!

Since this is a five week transfer, I went on two full day exchanges this week. We exchanged with Wellington and Palm Beach North, but sadly it wasn't the Lord's will for me to go to my old areas. The first exchange was with Sister Oliverson. She's the sister that Sister Garlick trained right before I came! I felt a little weird since she's been on her mission longer than me, but she is literally so sweet. I love her determination and pure joy in doing the work! I may be the leader, but I definitely learned a ton from her. We were able to go teach J.O., the excommunicated man, together and commit him to read the Book of Mormon every day. That book is powerful, folks.

Two days later I went on an exchange with Sister Ricardo, my MTC comp! It was crazy and so fun to be back with her. I couldn't believe how much we've both grown and changed since the MTC! We went to the wilderness of Loxahatchee and met a super cool woman named Jackie! Apparently Jackie and her husband met missionaries 41 years ago when they were first married. We got to know her and she was sharing her experiences with feeling the Spirit and being lead by God. We felt prompted to teach her about the Plan of Salvation and it made so much sense to her. Some people are way thrown off by the Spirit world and the three kingdoms, but she told us about a dream she'd had about her family and said it fit perfectly with the Spirit world. Sister Cottrell and I went back on Sunday and taught her about the Priesthood and the Restoration. She's praying to understand more!

One funny story, on Friday we didn't have a meal appointment, so Sister Ricardo and I decided to make fancy macaroni and cheese that I bought at Walmart. It went great! There were a couple burned black flakes that boiled with our noodles because cooking utensils in missionary houses are never that great. The gross part happened when Sister Ricardo pulled out bowls and we found cockroach poop in our cupboard and in the bowls! Cockroach poop is really small and black. It almost looks like chia seeds. We were super disgusted, but we just washed the bowls and started eating our macaroni. About half way through my bowl, I remembered the black things floating in the water with the macaroni noodles...So yeah, I'm pretty sure we ate macaroni boiled with cockroach poop.

Let me just tell you about the cool peeps we're teaching!

June-We met her on Monday night when we were knocking! She's from China and has lived in the US for 5 years. She said no to a prayer, but asked us how she could become a Christian. We were able to teach her about the Restoration and I've never had someone listen so attentively. It was surprisingly challenging to teach someone who has no background in God or Christ, but she's doing so awesome. We're bringing her a Chinese BoM tonight!

Rachel and Zan- They're the 9 and 15 year old daughters of a former investigator. We met their dad, and he wasn't super interested, but then Rachel scheduled her own return appointment with us. We've taught them a few lessons and they came to church yesterday! Zan is quiet but she's totally loving everything.

Anyway, the work is going well and I'm extremely grateful for my calling as a missionary. I love you all!

Love,
Sister Peterson

Our last picture with Carmen and our friendship bracelets!

Exhanges

Monday, July 24, 2017

Exchanges for Dayzz

Hello Trolley People! (Princess Diaries, anyone?)

Well anyway, this week has been super fun! First of all, shoutout to my comp Sister Cottrell. She is so awesome and we're basically best friends. I'm so grateful for her!

This week I went on four exchanges. We did 3 fire exchanges (which means that we go and knock doors with the sisters for an hour in their area) and a full day exchange. I got to knock with Sister Ricardo, my MTC comp, and Sister Davis, who was in my MTC District! It was so fun to be reunited and see how much we've all grown. I also got to knock with Sister Wingert, who came out a year ago, went home, and just came back. I am so humbled to be trusted to love and work with these great sisters!

I went on a full day exchange with Sister A. Davis and got to spend the day in Stuart! Sister Davis is finishing her training this transfer, so she was very nervous to take over the area. She did so well! We got caught in crazy rain and realized that they didn't have any umbrellas in their car, so we visited people soaked. People definitely thought we were crazy, but we just told them, "The Lord's work doesn't stop!" #positivityforthewin #attitudematters I also got to give my first comp study, which is like a mini training specifically for the sister you're on exchanges with. It was kind of stressful to come up with a training for her, but I know that the Lord's hand was in it.

After church on Sunday Sister Cottrell and I got to say hi to some of the members of the Wellington ward, since they are coming out of Sacrament meeting as we're leaving to go home. (Fun Fact: All of the sisters living in our house have served or are serving in Wellington!) It was great to see a couple members I was close with and GUIDO! We took a picture :) He was so proud to tell me about how he blessed the sacrament and he is just beaming. The Gospel is so good!

Also after church, the nonmember husband of an active member called us over. We were very surprised to see him there, since he was excommunicated by choice when he was 17. With tears in his eyes, he told us he was working hard to come back and wanted us to teach him. It's amazing to see how the Lord softens people's hearts! I'm really looking forward to helping him find his testimony again.

As far as investigators go, we don't really have anyone we're working with, but we did have one pretty cool experience with a less active family. We knocked on the door and the dad invited us right in. We were pretty pumped until he started "asking" questions with the intent of confounding us. I testified that I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ, the one way to have the happiness and peace our Father in Heaven wants for us, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. The Spirit was so strong in that room. He may have denied it, but it only strengthened my testimony of this wonderful Gospel.

I love you all! Don't forget that the Gospel is true!

Love,
Sister Peterson


Sister Davis!

With Guido and the Masons :)


Blurry picture with an intense Florida sunset, taken by my comp from the car




Chillin' in RPB

Well, this week has been CRAZY. I don't even know what to say. I got to spend my last few days in Boca Raton with Sister Johnson. We were able to get Carmen to meet us at the church so we could say goodbye and she could see a baptism! She ended up having to leave before the baptism, but she made us care packages and gave us bracelets made from spoons from the 1930s! She's so cute and I miss her so much. She's getting ready to head to Oregon and I hope the missionaries and members will take good care of her there. Katherine and Logan, our golden couple, have been passed off to the hands of Sister Cohen and Sister Almeida. 

I was totally overwhelmed when I walked back into the Wellington house. I lived there for four months, loved the people, and gave everything I had to the work and to the Lord. Now I have the opportunity to work with the people in Royal Palm Beach and see the fruits of my labors from "over the fence." I got to see Guido and Kyle yesterday and it made me so happy! Guido looks like a different man since his baptism. The power of the Atonement is so real! I also got to see some of my favorite members. I'm so grateful for the time I had to serve in Wellington!

My new companion is Sister Cottrell. She is from Dallax, TX! So I was incredibly excited about that because of my lovely hermana, Kim. She's super funny and super sarcastic, so we get along swimmingly. She goes home after this transfer, so that's fun. We've already been able to teach a few people together and we've had a grand old time.

I go to go on my first exchange as an STL! It was just an hour of knocking with a different sister, but it was cool to feel the Lord's love for her. I know that my responsibility as an STL is primarily to love the sisters, and that is something I can do! I'm excited to learn more and more about what my responsibilities are and what the Lord has in store for me.

Here's one crazy tender mercy I saw in my new area happened at dinner last night. We were eating with a family that is relatively new to the ward, the Lewis family, so both Sister Cottrell and I were excited to get to know them better. The opened the door and I heard a man say, "It IS Sister Peterson!" I was really confused until I saw Sister Mendenhall stand up and she ran over and hugged me! The Mendenhalls are a family that I worked with in Palm Beach North that were less-active, but now both have callings and have been sealed to their adopted daughter in the temple! The Mendenhalls, especially Sister Mendenhall, were some of my very favorite people in Palm Beach. Apparently Brother Mendenhall is Sister Lewis's brother! It was completely unexpected and such a tender mercy. It was such a confirmation that Heavenly Father knows me, He loves me, and He needs me to be in Royal Palm Beach right now.

I love the work, the Lord, and all of you!

Love,
Sister Peterson

I'm so sorry I forgot to include the address of the Wellington house!
488 Golden Wood Way
Wellington, FL 33414


I finally got a picture with Carmen!

Sister Johnson and I with Shelley, a returning member.

Snickers knows what's up.

Sister Cottrell! 

I loved this bridge so much, so we finally took a picture with it.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Leaving Boca

Hi Family!

Well, this has been the craziest, longest week ever, but in a good way. Sister Johnson and I worked so hard and we saw a lot of success, but we ended this week by finding out that we will both be leaving Boca this transfer. Sister Johnson will be going to Palm Beach North, and I will be going to Royal Palm Beach to be a Sister Training Leader! I was blown away when President Garns called me last night. This means that I will now be going back to the house that I lived in when I was in Wellington and attend the same church building. It's all a little crazy, humbling, and hard to take in, but I'm excited to be able to see the members I love in Wellington again and to get to know the members in Royal Palm Beach! Also, Guido got baptized last week!!!

We had the chance to meet President and Sister Garns this week at a special conference on the 4th of July. They both seem very sweet and very spiritual. They're definitely very different than the Richardsons, but I'm excited to see where they take the FFLM :) For everyone who's wondering, there's been no changes to music yet. President Garns did change that our investigators need to attend church 3 times before being baptized now, instead of 2. After the conference we had time to knock and then have an awesome 4th of July house party! We showed Sister Muniz what Americans are like as we wore our silly headbands and ate hot dogs, then played with glow sticks :)

We had a little incident last Monday night where Sister Muniz fell and ended up spending the night in the emergency room. I was so worried about her, but after the elders came and gave her a blessing we all felt better. She was back to normal by Wednesday, and I was reminded that the power of the Priesthood is so real. I'm so grateful for the sisters I lived with this transfer. They have all become my best friends and I'm grateful the Lord let us spend 7 weeks together :)

All of our investigators but Carmen dropped us this week (or, in other words, they told us they didn't want to meet with us anymore). That meant we had lots of time for finding and we ended up finding a golden couple! We were knocking some nice town homes and a lady came out and semi-kindly asked us to leave. We really felt like we needed to be there, so we drove to the other side of the place and kept knocking. We ended up meeting a girl named Katherine, and she invited us in. We were able to teach the Restoration and she loved it. She told us that her fiance is from SLC and that she'd like us to meet him. We went back a couple nights later and had an awesome lesson with both of them and Logan (her fiance) told us that they've discussed it and they want to be "LDS or nothing." It's cool to look back to the night we met Katherine and see how God directed us to go to that area, and then redirected us through the manager so we would be in the right spot. So that was pretty cool! We're excited to see how they do with Sister Almeida and Sister Cohen, who will be taking our place. :)

I have absolutely loved my time in Boca and the wonderful experiences I've had here with Sister Johnson. I feel like what I most learned this transfer was how to put my full heart into the work again. I love the people of Florida and the chance that I have to serve them. They will never know how much they've impacted me, but I will always be grateful to them and to the Lord. I know the Lord has a plan for each one of His children and I love His gospel.  Jesus Christ lives and this is His Gospel! Never forget that.

I love all you awesome nerds.

Love,
Sister Peterson
Celebrating 'Merica

House picture!








When you share an area with other sisters and take an epic selfie at a stop light







Monday, July 3, 2017

Red, White and Baptisms

Hi Fam!

Happy Fourth of July! How grateful I am for the sacrifices that the early settlers made and that Heavenly Father prepared our country so the gospel could come forth. The biggest news I have is that we got a new mission president this week! His name is President Garns and we will meet him on Tuesday. I love President and Sister Richardson so much, but I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for the FFLM with President and Sister Garns.

Here's a quick update on our gators:
LAURA: She's doing really well! She's been taught almost everything now, but wasn't able to come to church on Sunday. We had to push back her date so now she's being baptized on the 15th!

YUVI: Our miracle gator last week! Turns out she works 6 12 hour days so we really struggled trying to meet with her. She's going to text us this week when we can meet.

CARMEN: She came to church again! She's progressing slowly but steadily. We're just trying to teach her as much as we can before she leaves for Oregon.

CATHY AND PHILLIP: Ah, you don't recognize these names? That's because they're our newest gators! Last night we were knocking an apartment complex that we'd scouted out earlier in the week. It was actually a really weird place. We prayed with someone that neither Sister Johnson nor I could tell if it was a man or a woman. We still don't know, but the feeling there was so weird that I declined the offer for Dr. Pepper and we went down to the next floor. It was there that we met Phillip. We prayed with him and he actually cut me off mid-prayer by saying his own amen. We knocked a few more doors and then a woman came over to us, introduced herself as Phillip's wife, and asked us to come back and pray with her. Of course we said yes! She's been really struggling and has been asking God to send her some sort of sign that He is still there. We were able to teach her and Phillip about the Restoration and they're really excited to pray and find answers for themselves. So even though the place was weird, I know we found who we were supposed to.

This week I studied the chapters in Mosiah where Zeniff is describing what happened after they left Zarahemla. I noticed that he was making comments about himself being "overzealous" to inherit the land of his fathers, and other things that suggest he may have written this after seeing the consequences. Hindsight really is 20/20, but just like with Zeniff, I know that if we humble ourselves, repent, and go forth "in the strength of the Lord' then we will find success. Heavenly Father loves each of you so much and so do I!

Love,
Sister Peterson


My Haitian Mami dress from Carmen. I love it so much! (I can feel you wincing, mom)

Sister Muniz really wanted to put my flip flop magnets on my toes.

When the Zone Leaders give you a comp study.




Monday, June 26, 2017

Peaceful & Bright Eyes

My dearest family,

What an eventful week! Naturally I'll tell you all about it.

The Ft. Lauderdale Temple President and Matron live in the Boca Ward, and once a month they have a family home evening called "Empty Nesters" for all the people without kids at home. They have an incredibly beautiful mansion and I was wearing a shirt from Target #classy  I loved the Spirit in their home and the chance for all of those who may feel alone to get together.

This week was President and Sister Richardson's last zone conference! I love them so much. President Richardson has been like a father to me here and I know his call to serve was inspired of God. I'm excited to meet President and Sister Garns because I know they have been called to the FFLM at this time because they are what we need.

After zone conference, we had a zone wide exchange! I went with Sister Rosario to Palm Beach North, my first area! I saw the ward mission leader and knocked in some of the places that I had been in before. Together we were able to find four new investigators! I really love Palm Beach North and I'm so grateful I started my mission there :) 

On Wednesday we attended the Book of Mormon class our ward holds every week. I had a revelation as we were studying the words of Bruce R. McConkie in regards to the Priesthood. He made the point that the Priesthood is the same power the Earth was created by. It's the same power that will be used to resurrect each one of us. For some reason, I had never thought of the Priesthood that way. I was overwhelmed realizing that the Priesthood really is the power of God here on the Earth. This week I've been so excited to teach people about the Priesthood being back on the Earth. I'm grateful that He's shared His power with us here on the Earth to bless us. 

Laura has been doing amazingly well! She received a blessing of healing last Sunday and on Tuesday, she was walking without crutches! She has full confidence that it was the blessing and is more excited than ever to be baptized. She just soaks the gospel up and says that everything feels familiar and right to her. She's been so prepared!! So she's getting baptized on July 8 :)

As for Teresa, her grandson up in West Palm Beach got very sick so she spent the week with him. We've been talking to her over the phone and she's very eager to come home and "get caught up on her studies" haha. Love her!

On Saturday we decided to bike. We biked out to visit a less active member and help her set up her inversion table (oh, the skills you learn as a missionary!). Afterwards, we were going to go see Carmen. The road we were on didn't have a sidewalk or a bike lane, but we didn't have to go very far so we just stayed as far right as possible and biked on our merry way! The thing about Florida is, people are crazy drivers. They were whizzing past us at full speed and were getting within inches of us. I panicked and swerved into the gutter. At that point, one of my feet was on a pedal and the other was pushing along the curb. I tried to get my foot back on the pedal and ended up kicking it instead. I started bleeding, so we stopped and at that point Sister Johnson realized we were going the wrong way. We were able to turn around and we were just fine, but I feel like Heavenly Father let me get a little hurt so that we would stop and go the right way. He really cares!

Okay, one last story! Remember the Boggess? The temple president and matron? Well, on Saturday, Sister Boggess called us. She told us that she had invited the woman who did her nails to church and lunch afterwards, so she invited us to come as well. Yuvi came to church and loved it, then as we ate lunch she kept asking what made our church different from other Christians. We shared the Restoration with her and she was touched deeply by the Spirit. I didn't even get to finish extending the baptismal invite before she enthusiastically accepted. She has been so prepared! Sometimes I forget that there are truly elect people waiting for the truth, who have only been kept from the truth because they know not where to find it. We invited her to be baptized on July 8 and she just started to cry. Apparently that's the birthday of her favorite aunt who passed away. Heavenly Father is in the details, people!

In other news, this week we found out that Carmen can't remember our names, so she has nicknames for us. Turns out I'm "Bright Eyes" or "Blue Eyes" and Sister Johnson is "Peaceful." Haha sounds like a power duo!

Well, I've gone on and on, so I suppose I'll finish up. I know this is the Lord's work and I'm so grateful to be part of it.

I love you all!

Love,
Sister Peterson

The Boggess Mansion!
Pre bike day and post bike day
Zone conference! Sister Cohen is doing so well :)
PBN with Sister Rosario 
The Palm Beach Dream Team Zone
The damage from the kicking-the-pedal incident.
Someone gave us water bottled in Italy. It's so Boca.













Monday, June 19, 2017

#MiraclesOnMiracles

Well hello there!

Let me just start by sharing something I learned as I was studying King Benjamin's address this week. His words about the Atonement really caught my interest. He talks about the bitterness and pain of sin and how the Atonement is the only thing that can take that away. Repentance is such a beautiful gift. It is not a process free of pain, but it is a process that frees us from pain. So just remember that!
I had a super great week! I had the opportunity to go on exchanges to Boynton on Tuesday. That's the first time I've ever gone on an exchange to somewhere besides Royal Palm Beach! I went with Sister Jensen and we had a ton of fun :) She actually had the same branch president as me in the MTC! The coolest thing was when an investigator cancelled our appointment and we decided to go see a less active member. We needed to finish up our hour of knocking, so we chose a couple doors. We ended up meeting a woman named Deitra who had prayed the night before and begun a plan to bring her back to God. That was the only time I got to spend with her, but the sisters have been teaching her and they said she's super cool! I'm just grateful I got to be there to meet her  :)
We received two referrals from church headquarters this week and those are the best! We received one referral just as our appointment for that afternoon cancelled on us, so we decided to go deliver a bible to Dream right away. We started talking to Dream and she told us that she had only requested the bible two hours before we came! Her reasons for ordering a bible were still so fresh that we were able to have a lesson about the Restoration right there. Now she wants to come to church and bring her daughter!
The other referral we received on Saturday afternoon. We stopped by right away since the result had been so great with Dream, but nobody answered. Later that evening we got a call from an unknown number and it was the referral, Laura, asking us to come over! She is going through such a hard time right now. She recently paralyzed her shoulder, then broke her wrist and was unable to afford treatment so she walked around with it broken for 5 weeks, then she broke her ankle, and now she has a torn meniscus. To top it all off, she was fired the day she called us, from a job she'd had for 8 years. We were able to testify to her about the plan that God has for each of us and teach her about the Plan of Salvation so she could see that this life if just the time for men to prepare to meet God.  I felt so much love for her in that moment and I know the Savior was working through me. I love being able to represent Him! Laura came to church and even accepted a baptismal date for July 1st, so we're excited to work towards that with her.
We went to a somewhat ghetto area to visit a past investigator (don't worry Mom-it was mid-afternoon and it's not that sketchy) who ended up not being home. Sister Johnson wanted to knock on two doors and we ended up meeting Teresa (she's the one who sent the selfie for Father's Day :)). We prayed with Teresa and invited her to be baptized and she did this excited dance and said, "I've always wanted to be baptized!" She's so excited! She told us that she'd seen the elders out when she was growing up and had always wanted to talk to them. She knew God sent us to her and it was such a testimony to me of how God prepares people. Teresa loved church and fit right in with the ward! She is the sweetest, funniest person I've ever taught. I love her so much! She's also preparing to be baptized July 1st :)
Carmen finally came to church! We've struggled to get her to come and she finally kept her promise and came. Carmen is so anxious, but I know she felt the Spirit as we partook of the Sacrament. I will miss her so much when she moves back to Oregon!
I met a very interesting man this week. Our ward has a Book of Mormon class on Wednesday nights, and we were able to attend because we didn't have any appointments. That's where I met Xeron. He ended up finding the church because he wanted an opportunity to serve. He's now been coming to church every other week and has read the Book of Mormon up to Helaman over the last year. He hasn't been baptized because he insists that he doesn't believe in God, but I just don't see how you could come to church for that long and read the Book of Mormon so diligently without feeling anything. I think it all comes back to having a sincere heart and real intent. When I asked Xeron if he'd ever prayed to ask if God was really there, or if the Book of Mormon is true, he told me that he had never said a prayer by himself. God truly gives us what we sincerely ask for, but if we don't ask, we can't expect to receive.
On a lighter note, we volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Boca and they let Sister Johnson and I use the pricing guns. Let's just say I had the time of my life.
I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my Savior so much! I know this is His work and I'm so grateful to be able to be part of it here in Florida.
All my love,Sister Peterson

Celebrating my one year mark with Ice Cream Sundaes (shout-out to Jessica for the supplies!)

Elder Hantz wanted to sit with the sisters, so naturally I stood with the elders??
I finally tried Coxina! Brazilian food is bomb.

This is what happens to fortune cookies in Florida (note, this was left out on our kitchen counter over night)
Sister Muniz and I being obedient to the whole, "you have to wear skirts in the chapel" thing when we go email.