Tuesday, May 30, 2017

BOCA

Mi familia,
Hello from Boca! Let me just say, Boca Raton is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. And it even has a few trailer parks! Yay for ghetto! Boca is surprisingly more ghetto than Wellington so that's cool. My new companion is Sister Johnson and she is from Pleasant View, Utah. She's the oldest in her family and is definitely one of the nicest people I've ever met. We ended up getting caught in a crazy rain storm Wednesday night and we totally bonded over that.

My last night in Wellington was crazy. We were going to the temple and had our group split up in 3 separate cars. Well, we arrived at 6, the scheduled time. The next car arrived at 6:15, and the last arrived at 7!! I loved doing baptisms with Savannah and Rosa. Rosa was able to see another recent convert be baptized and confirmed for her father and she told me that she knows he put us in her path so his work would be done. I'm so proud of her! She is so in tune to the Spirit and so loving. It was very hard to say goodbye to Savannah and Rosa, but I'm so grateful that I was able to be with them for so long. I love them so much! I didn't know that I could love someone so quickly, but I already told them that we will be friends for life :)

Sister Johnson and I had a fun first week together! Our first night we had dinner at an ocean side apartment, then went to knock. About 5 houses in, a man told us that it was going to start pouring. Literally 10 seconds later the rain started and he told us to come stand on his porch for a while. He told us his name was Joel and let us pray for him. When we were leaving (and it was still pouring) he sternly told us that we were done for the night and we needed to go home. We nodded then ran to our car. The water on the sidewalks was up to my mid-calf. It was so crazy! We were drenched by the time we got to the car but I love getting to experience Florida.

One of our investigators is named Carmen. The sisters have been working with her for about a month. I guess that one day Carmen flagged down the elders and told them she wanted them to come over. They passed her to us and the rest is history! She is in a crazy situation right now, but she definitely loves the gospel! She wants biblical proof of everything, so that's hard, but I know she'll come around. 

On Saturday night at 8:30 Sister Johnson and I decided to go visit someone that the sisters met back in October, right before the hurricane. The woman who answered the door said Alejandra was upstairs and immediately invited us in. We prayed with the family and invited them to church the next day. The mom, Iris, and her four kids came! The girls loved church and Iris couldn't stop telling us what a miracle it was that we came when we did. She's really struggling with her husband in training for a new job and three teenage girls, and she sees us as an answer to her prayer. The family is from Peru and so so sweet. Iris speaks great English but doesn't understand very well, but her kids don't really speak Spanish, so we're not sure how teaching them will go. But I do know that God sent us straight to their door that night!

I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in it's perfect form to the Earth for us and I know that living the gospel is the way to "live after the manner of happiness." 

I love you all!

Love,
Sister Peterson


Drenched our first night
Drying our shoes
This mail though...
The biggest dog to ever happen shook some drool on me and these were the results





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Transfers!

Hello Hello!

Well everyone, I'm finally out of the teen years. That's right, I turned 20 this week! Thank you for all of the birthday wishes :) Everyone worked to make things special for me-the sisters I live with and the members! There may or may not have been a picture of One Direction on the table during dinner last night haha. I love Wellington! Aaaaaaaand I'm getting transferred to Boca Raton! I will be serving with Sister Johnson, who just finished being trained. She looks a lot like Suzanna, if I remember correctly, so hold on for pictures next week! Sister Davis trained her and Sister Davis is actually coming to Wellington with Sister Cohen! So we're literally just switching places. I'm excited for this new area and new companion! I'm excited to see all that Heavenly Father has prepared for me to learn in the coming months. I hope I like it, because this transfer will be 7 weeks long, due to the change in mission presidency in July.

Rosa received a calling this week as a family history consultant and we will be going to the temple with her and Savannah tonight for their first time doing baptisms for the dead. Rosa was able to prepare her father's name to take tonight, so that's super special. She was so excited about getting her temple recommend that we took pictures haha. Can we just take a second to think about how wonderful our Heavenly Father is for allowing us to assist in the salvation of our brothers and sisters who left the earth without receiving the blessing of gospel ordinances? Anyway, they're excited and I'm beyond excited. I love the temple! I'm grateful I get to go with them the last day that I'm here. I love seeing the gospel change people's lives and watching them partake of the blessings of it.

This morning we woke up at 4:30 and drove to the beach to watch the sunrise. It was breathtaking! I think the eye-bags I'll have for the next 7 months are well worth it. Florida is beautiful! The early morning fishermen were at the pier with us and one of them let us hold his catch! It was an equally thrilling and disgusting moment for me. And I caught a frog this week! You would be proud of me Dad :)

This week I was reading in Jacob 5 and something that impressed me was the number of times the Lord of the vineyard says, "It grieveth me that I should lose this tree." I know that Heavenly Father loves us and will do anything and everything to help us be strong and become who we can be. When the Lord says, "What could I have done more for my vineyard?" It reminds me that we have to work, but the Lord is behind us 100%. I love the gospel and it is so true! I've been reminded of that many times this transfer as I've had to rely on Him and work with Him. 

Love,

Sister Peterson






















Monday, May 15, 2017

That was SO AWESOME!!

Hi Fam! 

Happy Mother's Day to all you awesome women:) Yesterday a woman in my ward said, "Mother is a verb, not a noun" and I really liked that!

This week was fabulous for a couple reasons. First, I got to Skype my family and meet my new brother-in-law! Yup, that was an experience for sure. I love my family so much and I'm so grateful for their examples, especially my mom. I love you!

The second reason is because ROSA GOT BAPTIZED! We taught the Mogni family every night this last week and got her all prepped. Guido and Kyle have been there for every lesson and yesterday Kyle told us that he was going to pick a date for baptism and tell us on Tuesday! Anyway, Rosa had her interview on Thursday night and we got really nervous because she was with a member of the mission presidency for a looooong time. But they came out chatting and laughing and he said they just got carried away talking. President Lake! I was this close to panicking and marching in there! But she passed with flying colors. On Saturday evening, she arrived at the church and told us, "Sisters-I couldn't sleep last night. I'm so excited!" Basically the best thing to ever hear from an investigator. Holla! She was baptized, then Guido presented a beautiful spread of food from his restaurant. We asked him how he was feeling about the whole thing and he told us, "It made me cry. It was touching. I know it makes her so happy." One day we'll get him to admit that he feels the Spirit!

The next day Satan was working hard. We told Rosa to be 30 minutes early to church to feel the Spirit and get ready for her confirmation, but at 5 minutes after the hour she still hadn't arrived. She texted us to tell us that Guido was too busy at work and his boss wouldn't let him leave, so she had called an Uber. Well, her Uber driver arrived at her house then got LOST on the way to the church! I was making eye contact with the bishopric trying to communicate what was happening and we were all pretty on edge. Eventually she made it, she was confirmed, and when she sat back down she told us, "That was SO AWESOME!" They had her stand to be welcomed and she turned around so she could smile at everybody. She's the sweetest person ever and I have loved seeing her feel the Spirit and change.

Here's the story of how we met Rosa: Sister Cohen and I walked into a gated community to knock and visit some former investigators, and we felt prompted to try a certain person. We knocked on the door and the person had moved, so we shared a prayer with Rosa and her son and they said we could come back. That's what happened on our side-Heavenly Father wanted us to find Rosa, so we did.

Here's Rosa's side of the story. They moved from New York and she could feel that God was calling her, but she didn't know what she was supposed to do. One morning she kneeled down and prayed to ask Heavenly Father to send her a message through Jesus Christ to show her what to do. That afternoon we knocked on her door and announced ourselves as representatives of Jesus Christ. 

So there ya go, folks. Heavenly Father answered both of our prayers. Remember, "Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you." In this case, Rosa was seeking, and we were the ones who knocked, but the principle is the same. Heavenly Father knows each of us and He cares. I know He sent us to Rosa to help His precious daughter prepare to return to His presence and just like He was calling her, He is calling each of us. Listen to His voice!

I love you all!

Love,
Sister Peterson


Oh..the theme for our district this month is "Mucho May" because we're going to have mucho baptisms. So obvs we needed mustaches (you know I was the first one to put one on!)

Rosa's Baptism!



We've been finding tons of cockroaches lately and I'm pretty pro at killing them now.






Monday, May 8, 2017

Working Harder than Satan

Hello everyone!

This week has been a little rough. Satan is working so hard on our investigators, the people of Wellington, and us! The good news is that with the Gospel we can always find a reason to be glad. Even if someone yells at you, you can still say, "Well, at least Jesus Christ lives," and that sort of puts things in perspective.
The Mogni family is doing great! Rosa is on track to be baptized this Saturday!!! We had some awesome lessons this week, including one where Bishop McDougal came with us and we spontaneously had a lesson on faith and read Alma 32. Guido related so much to the verse about when you can no more than have a desire to believe. The scriptures are for us, folks! The whole family came to Stake conference and the visiting authority, Elder Antionne Parker, was awesome! He was so bold. He invited everyone there that was not a member to be baptized, then he had all the priesthood holders stand up and said that any of them would be honored to baptize them. The Spirit was crazy strong! We took the Mognis up to meet him after the meeting and they shook his hand. After we walked away Guido asked if he could go back to ask him a question. I'm not sure exactly what he asked, but he gave Guido his number and told him to call him after he read 3 Nephi 11. Super cool! Guido is coming around. The Spirit is working on him slowly and steadily.
Other than teaching the Mognis we mostly just knocked and tried to visit people who said yes to a prayer any time in the last 4 years, or who used to investigate the church. Not one person would sit down and talk with us. It was definitely a trial of faith. We kept working hard and when we visited a woman who had requested a bible, we had an amazing lesson. Mindy was telling us that she was confused about why there are so many different versions of the bible and we were able to teach her about the Restoration. By the time we were finished she asked if she could come teaching with us. MIRACLES!

In working so hard against the Adversary this week, I want to share something I came across in 2 Nephi 28:20-22. Nephi describes three tactics that Satan uses to pull us away from Heavenly Father. The first is stirring up our hearts "to anger against that which is good." That might mean feeling too frustrated to pray or read the scriptures, or any contention between you and someone else. The second is to "lull away into carnal security" the children of God. He does this by spreading the mentality of "all is well in Zion!" Believing nothing is ever wrong can totes harm us, folks. We have to work against Satan! The third is the lie that there is no hell and there is no devil. Satan uses flattery, or making things seem more attractive than they are, to confuse us. But he is evil and he is very real. Don't you forget it! God works line upon line, but Satan also works line upon line. He slowly and steadily leads us away from the light we have until we are in total darkness. I know that when we are aware of what he is doing it is easier to resist his pull and follow the Savior! That is where true happiness lies. Take the opportunity every day to seek His light. I know He is waiting to give it to you.
I love you all!
Love,
Sister Peterson
We were playing soccer last week and I saw a rock moving. I ran over and saw that it was a giant turtle! I obviously picked it up.


Monday, May 1, 2017

This week was a blur!

Why hello there, you fabulous people!

This week is sort of a blur. We knocked a lot and tried to visit people, but here's some of the highlights!

We had zone conference! We started talking about hurricanes since the season is coming up and President and Sister Richardson taught us. It's so sad to think that they go home in July. I love them so much and I have no doubt that the Lord called them here at this specific time.

Mogni Family: They're doing wonderfully! We met with them on Tuesday night and talked a lot about faith. We invited them (again) to be baptized. They were pretty quiet, then Rosa asked, "Do we have to be baptized at the same time?" We told her that they didn't and asked if she wanted to be baptized. She looked all shy and said, "How you say...it would be my pleasure! I was going to jump in [the font] if you didn't ask me!" What? Where did that come from? We were shocked but so excited! She picked out May 13 as her baptismal date and is so excited. Guido and Kyle aren't so sure yet, but they are making wonderful progress. The other ward that meets in our building had a baptism and the Mogni family attended. When we invited Guido he said, "Oh no-what if you convince me [to be baptized]?" It was so funny! They loved it and weren't even weirded out when we had to madly rush away to get home before 9:30 haha. They are awesome!

We do service for a cute nonmember named Yvonne on Friday. We've been helping her every Friday for about a month with different projects around her house. This week Sister Mills and Sister Cohen painted the trim in a spare room and Sister Root and I cleaned her back patio. We sat down for lunch and she started telling us that she didn't understand why there are so many religions, so the four of us took the opportunity to teach her about the Restoration. She's learned a little about the church before, but she's excited to come to church with us next week and see if this is the answer she's been searching for!

There was an Interfaith activity, so we set up a table with some pamphlets, cards, DVDs, and juice boxes. We got to talk to a lot of Jewish people and actually saw a few people we've prayed with or taught before! It was so fun to see the whole community come together. It was a reminder that we are all brothers and sisters and because of that we need to share the truth we've been blessed to have. A quote I've been thinking about this week is by President Heber J. Grant, "The first great commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, might, mind and strength: and the second is like unto it, to love our neighbors as ourselves. And the best way in the world to show our love for our neighbor is to go forth and proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, of which he has given us an absolute knowledge concerning its divinity." I love that! How better show our love for others than by sharing the good news of the Gospel? I invite you all to seek opportunities to share the Gospel in whatever way you can. I know that you will receive more happiness by doing so and it will bless you just as much as it blesses those you share with.

Con mucho amor,
Sister Peterson


Zone conference!

Sister Schiers

Sister Davis

Sister Soto

Yvonne's :)