Monday, January 30, 2017

McMiracles

Hi Family!

To start off with the most exciting news...JEAN PAUL GOT BAPTIZED!!! He's the last member in his family to take this step, so now they're getting ready for the temple. The day of his baptism was super crazy, with him showing up early then having to run home, me accidentally walking in on my new bishop in the bathroom as we were trying to check on the font, the program (still needing to be copied) being delivered five minutes late. The good news is, Brother Paul was baptized and the  rest of that stuff doesn't really matter. It's just STUFF. It reminded me to slow down and focus on the gospel. That is more important than anything else. When you focus on the gospel the little things don't matter and everything just works out one way or another.

Sister Schiers and I had so much fun this week! We went to do service at a dog shelter and found it abandoned. I straight-up felt like Nancy Drew as we walked over broken glass and looked for clues about what happened. Oh, did I mention there was a palm tree laying in the road that we had to climb over to get to the shelter? Anyway, apparently a new shelter has been built or is being built. We are still searching for places to do service but it's pushed me to be more proactive asking members if we can serve them! We had an opportunity to go help a member that has been struggling a little bit lately and she told us that she found out the day before that she'd broken her foot so she really needed our help. We helped her clean up and everything just felt so much better! Mom-remember how you always told me I needed to clean my room for the Spirit to be there? Darn it you were so right!

After Brother Paul's baptism on Saturday we were so hungry that we decided to get a value mcnugget at McDonald's super quick before our next appointment. We ordered and went to sit down when we passed someone who looked familiar. We realized it was a woman who used to investigate the church and who we had actually met last week. She told us she was too busy to meet, so when we saw her we went over and asked to sit with her. We had a really good discussion about missionary work and church and her daughter told us she wants to be a missionary. It was one of those smack-you-in-the-face, God-planned-this moments! I love being a missionary and being able to be part of McMiracles like that!

We've been working really hard and having a lot of success, and I think my spanish is improving. I prayed over dinner in Spanish for Hermana Sotelo and she was so excited. It was the cutest thing! Being a missionary is just the best.

I've been thinking a lot about humility this week since it sort of feels like I swallowed a humility pill this week. I just keep thinking of the scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants that says something like "nothing can do done without faith, hope, and charity." It's so true! Life goes better when you focus on those three things. 

Have a good week! Les quieros mucho!

Love,

Sister Peterson

Abandoned dog shelter


Shocked about the changes to missionary life


Brother Paul's baptism!


I'm not drinking it in the car!! I'm out the window!


Isn't Florida beautiful?

Sister Tilby and I fangirled over boybands together (we look pretty rough because it was the end of the night)

We accidentally matched yesterday and it was adorable



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