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!

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.

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