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





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