Monday, February 13, 2017

Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith!

Hi Family!

First off, I want to share a quote with you that I heard yesterday at church as we were discussing the Gospel of Jesus Christ: "Faith in Jesus Christ is not insurance against trial and tribulation, it is assurance that He will be there during those things." 
I love that! I think sometimes it's easy to think that if your faith is strong enough than you won't have trials. Something that I've learned is that God gives you trials to help you grow. When your faith is strong He gives you trials so you can continue to become even more faithful and see that He is always always there to help you. I am so grateful for a Savior who understands me perfectly and a loving Heavenly Father who is so mindful of me. All this makes me think of Hugh B. Brown's thoughts on the little currant bush. One day we will be able to say, "Thank you, Mr. Gardner, for loving me enough to cut me down."

Brother Paul was able to receive the Priesthood yesterday! I love seeing converts grow and progress in the gospel! What a blessing it is to see conversion happen :)

We decided to go visit a part-member family on Monday and ended up teaching them! Sister Lawrence has a really kind heart so there's about 20 people living with her, including her sister, Jackie. Jackie's husband passed away 6 months ago so she's having a rough time. We are teaching her, her daughter Makayla, and Sister Lawrence's niece Savannah. They are crazy but I love them so much! Everything they say makes me think of a part of the Gospel that I'm excited to share with them. It's amazing how the Gospel can be used to address every need! They are all excited to be baptized in the next couple weeks and I'm beyond excited to help them get there :)

We taught a lesson this week where we were basically anti-ed for an hour. The woman we were teaching was insisting that she lives the same way we do and believes the same things, but she doesn't. She was fighting us on every point and trying to tell us that we were closed-minded and that there is more than one way back to God. Kind of a "different paths, same destination" type thing. It was such an example to me of how Satan works! He mixes the truth with the philosophies of men and confuses us. Satan wants us to feel too confused to pray or study for ourselves. It really strengthened my testimony of how important it is to feel the Spirit every single day! The influence of the adversary brings confusion and discontent, the influence of the Spirit brings light and understanding. Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith! Take it to the Lord and ask!

Well, the Gospel is true and God is so good. I love you all!

Love,
Sister Peterson

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Car selfie!

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Adair street! Holla

Skrait up gangsters (or missionaries, whatevs)

In Wellington you yield to airplanes hahahahahaha

Florida? Africa? You decide.

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