Monday, April 24, 2017

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Hey hey hey!

We started off the week with a private tour of The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach. The sisters we live with are teaching a man who is a manager there, so we got to go inside all the cool places. They have a machine that folds towels!! That was a highlight of the tour for me, if I'm being honest. We also went inside the most expensive suite in the hotel that rents for $7000 per night. So I tried not to breathe in there but it was gorgeous! The view was amazing! Palm Beach Island is part of the area I started my mission in so it made me miss all my Palm Beach North homies.

So, remember how Rosa and Guido? Well, a couple weeks ago Guido told us he wasn't ready to be baptized and he didn't want to waste our time. His wife came to church the next day and signed up to feed us dinner. We went over on Wednesday and Guido had prepared a beautiful meal for us (oh yeah, he's an ITALIAN PASTRY CHEF!). We sat down and started to make small talk until Guido suddenly burst into an apology. He said he didn't want us to feel like we weren't welcome anymore and that his door is always open to us. They asked us to start teaching them again! It's amazing how Heavenly Father prepares people's hearts. Guido doesn't even realize that he missed having us because he missed feeling the Spirit, but we'll help him see it. Rosa is super solid and wants to be baptized, but she wants to do it with Guido. I love the Mogni family so much and I'm so excited to be teaching them again, and not just because Guido makes us delicious things (like butternut squash ravioli which is legit the best thing I've ever eaten).

We're still teaching Carrie. She has a ton of questions because she got a degree in evolutionary science, but it blows my mind how the gospel answers all her questions perfectly. She'll ask us something and as we begin to teach her from the scriptures she always says, "That makes perfect sense." Yeah it does! The gospel is the best. Aren't we lucky we have it in its fulness again? Man I'm grateful to have a living prophet who leads and guides the church as the Savior's hands here on the Earth!

We spend time on and off in this one community visiting former investigators and current investigators and literally every time we go we run into the same guy walking his dog. At this point, he yells out our names before we yell out his haha. We're still trying to convince him that it's not a coincidence that we run into him EVERY SINGLE TIME, but he's not so sure yet. He did ask to be put on our "prayer list" so that's good.

Anyway, the gospel is super true. Don't you forget it! 

Lots of love,
Sister Peterson

The Breakers! I had to be a nerd in the $7000 room. I had to. 

Gettin' ghetto with Savannah and all her little cousins.
Wearing my earrings for Kim's wedding!
Name tag pic
Sister Root, Sister Oliverson, and I were all companions with Sister Garlick and Sister Ricardo so we had to take a picture.
It rained like crazySunday morning!!! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

He Lives!

My favorite people! Hello!

This week was crazy. All of our investigators fell off the face of the earth so we were basically starting from scratch. We knocked a ton (like 2+ hours every day) and saw a lot of miracles. On Tuesday, we decided to visit a less active part-member family and ended up having a great discussion with the dad and his son! This Brother was telling us that he's been feeling like he needs to go back to church and he wants his son to come with him. His son happens to be 11 years old, just like Julian. And just like Julian, he has one member parent who is less active. So I guess the Lord trusts us to work with them since we were able to help Julian's family! We were really jazzed about that experience so the next evening we visited a less active family and showed them the Easter video the church put out this year. We started talking about the blessings of the gospel and how Heavenly Father can only bless us when we are obedient and invited them to take the missionary lessons as a family. They said yes and we are pumped!

One of the really cool miracles we saw this week happened when we went to visit a referral. We knocked on her door and there was no answer, so we decided to knock the rest of the doors in that part of the apartment complex. No one answered on her floor or the floor below her. Finally, on the last floor we met Carrie. Carrie just so happened to be staying at her boyfriend's house because she'd been fighting with her family. She accepted the prayer telling us she wasn't sure she believed in God, exactly, but that she believed in something. We prayed then taught her about the Restoration right there. The only reference she had about Mormons was an episode of "South Park" so we were able to clear up a lot of her confusion about that. We've been meeting with her every day since and she just devours the gospel! She read some anti-mormon stuff online and as we discussed it with her she totally overcame any doubts she had and started saying how ridiculous it all was (picture me nodding with my arms crossed back-up dancer style). She slept through her alarm and missed church yesterday and she was so bummed. We'll get her there next week!

I'm grateful that the Savior's influence can be felt more strongly around this time of year as most people remember the Savior. I'm certain that more people spoke with us this week than would have otherwise :) We had the most beautiful Easter sacrament meeting yesterday. A sister in our ward spoke about the talk Elder Holland gave called "And None Were With Him" and discussed how the Savior had to feel the effects of sin and mistakes in order to understand how each one of us feels when we are burdened by those things. He, the son of God, willingly suffered so we wouldn't have to do it alone. I know with every fiber of my being that Jesus Christ lived, died, and lives again. He is truly the Savior of the world and the Redeemer of our souls. He knows you. He knows exactly what you are feeling. Remember that there was a time that even he felt abandoned. Keep going, keep praying, and keep hoping for a brighter future.

I love you all! Happy Easter!

The temple as captured by Sister Christiansen's iPhone
Mir, the shoe guy. I tried to stand away from him but sometimes it just doesn't work.
The Rodeo District in our Belle Glade hats. 
When we have no clean dishes so we eat off of Tupperware lids.
Dyeing Easter Eggs!

We made milk shakes and we're nerds. 

A Haitian member made us dinner and gave us a full fried fish. Literally the whole fish-eyes, tail, yeah. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Temple + Baptism

Well hello!
I don't have a ton of time to write today, but I want to tell you all about Julian!
First off, we went to the temple with him and Sister Christiansen! He is so bummed that he has to wait almost a year before he's old enough to go inside. He said he felt so peaceful and "twinkly" when we were there. It was adorable! Sister Christiansen was overcome as we were there and has decided to go through the temple and not wait for her husband to come around. The temple is so stunning and I was blown away by the Spirit! I know without a doubt that the temple is the literal house of God. You cannot step on the grounds without feeling that!
On Thursday, Brother Christiansen started getting real weird about Julian's baptism. He called to cancel the catering order Sister Christiansen had placed for a dinner after Julian's baptism. He refused to go on the temple tour with us, and he started telling Sister Christiansen that he didn't understand why Julian even needed to be baptized! It made Julian so sad to not have his Dad's support. We were really worried that at the last minute Brother Christiansen would withdraw consent for Julian's baptism, but he didn't. And let me tell you, Julian's baptism was the most spiritual baptism I have ever been to. The Spirit was so strong that even Julian's dad couldn't hold back the tears in his eyes. After getting changed, Julian bore his testimony about the gospel. That young boy has no doubt that Christ is his savior and this is His church. I'm so proud of him!!
In other news, transfers are this week. I am staying in Wellington to finish training Sister Cohen! I thought I was going to transfer to a new area, so I'm a little surprised. I know I'm going to learn so much during our second transfer together :)
With Easter coming up, I just want to bear my testimony of the Savior. I have no doubt that He lives. I have felt His presence and His power too many times to deny. He is Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace. I am so grateful for His atoning sacrifice on my behalf. I love Jesus Christ so much and I know that He loves me. He is risen!
I love you all!
Sister Peterson

At the temple

We painted someone's house

Julian's baptism!

Monday, April 3, 2017

General Conference and Lions

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I'm not going to lie, I just wanted to feel like President Uchtdorf for a minute. But speaking of the apostles, I absolutely loved General Conference! It's such an amazing blessing that members of the church around the world can come together to hear from our living prophet and apostles! I particularly loved the talk by Gary M. Sabin where he talked about his dad. I loved the line he quoted from his father when he offered to get him a wheelchair at the airport, "Maybe when I get old. Besides, if I get tired of walking I can always run!" I can't even express how much I love that! I want to be adopt that outlook. I want to be standing up on the inside :) If you missed that talk, WATCH IT. It's so good!

We had an OYMing competition in our zone this week (OYM=open your mouth, so basically street contacting). Sister Cohen and I went super hard! Nobody escaped from us! We ended up winning the competition but the coolest part was the miracles we saw from it. We met a woman who was sweeping her driveway (?) and invited us in because her brother in Trinidad rents an apartment to the elders! We went up to talk to one shirtless young man getting his mail and ended up having a 45 minute discussion about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon! This week has reminded me that Heavenly Father puts people in our paths and it's our job to seize that opportunity when it comes.

Julian is doing awesome! He's really excited for his baptism and we're going to the temple with his family on Thursday! Sister Christiansen has never been and she's so excited it's insane. An amazing change has taken place in their home over the last couple weeks. You can feel the Spirit there and it just feels like such a happy place now! Sister Christiansen is so much happier and it's so fun to see Julian come out to meet us with his Book of Mormon and Bible in hand :) Gosh I love the gospel! He's being baptized on Saturday and it will be fabulous!!

Jackie and Makayla aren't progressing. Jackie is ready to be baptized and wants to set a date, but she also wants to wait for Makayla. Makayla's not ready and doesn't seem to have too much interest right now, so we're trying to see if we can get Jackie to move forward before she loses the light she's received! We'll probably watch the talk by Elder Costa with her and hopefully that will help her realize that she needs to be baptized!

We were able to help a less active/part member family move this week and I have gotten super good at packing fragile items and playing tetris with them. So basically my mission is teaching me lots of fun stuff. Holla!

We went to Lion Country Safari and I loved it! I saw lots of fun things and was like 10 inches away from a Giraffe. #goals

Well, I love you all! Have a fabulous week!

Sister Peterson