Let me just start by sharing something I learned as I was studying King Benjamin's address this week. His words about the Atonement really caught my interest. He talks about the bitterness and pain of sin and how the Atonement is the only thing that can take that away. Repentance is such a beautiful gift. It is not a process free of pain, but it is a process that frees us from pain. So just remember that!
I had a super great week! I had the opportunity to go on exchanges to Boynton . That's the first time I've ever gone on an exchange to somewhere besides Royal Palm Beach! I went with Sister Jensen and we had a ton of fun :) She actually had the same branch president as me in the MTC! The coolest thing was when an investigator cancelled our appointment and we decided to go see a less active member. We needed to finish up our hour of knocking, so we chose a couple doors. We ended up meeting a woman named Deitra who had prayed the night before and begun a plan to bring her back to God. That was the only time I got to spend with her, but the sisters have been teaching her and they said she's super cool! I'm just grateful I got to be there to meet her :)
We received two referrals from church headquarters this week and those are the best! We received one referral just as our appointment for that afternoon cancelled on us, so we decided to go deliver a bible to Dream right away. We started talking to Dream and she told us that she had only requested the bible two hours before we came! Her reasons for ordering a bible were still so fresh that we were able to have a lesson about the Restoration right there. Now she wants to come to church and bring her daughter!
The other referral we received afternoon. We stopped by right away since the result had been so great with Dream, but nobody answered. Later that evening we got a call from an unknown number and it was the referral, Laura, asking us to come over! She is going through such a hard time right now. She recently paralyzed her shoulder, then broke her wrist and was unable to afford treatment so she walked around with it broken for 5 weeks, then she broke her ankle, and now she has a torn meniscus. To top it all off, she was fired the day she called us, from a job she'd had for 8 years. We were able to testify to her about the plan that God has for each of us and teach her about the Plan of Salvation so she could see that this life if just the time for men to prepare to meet God. I felt so much love for her in that moment and I know the Savior was working through me. I love being able to represent Him! Laura came to church and even accepted a baptismal date for , so we're excited to work towards that with her.
We went to a somewhat ghetto area to visit a past investigator (don't worry Mom-it was mid-afternoon and it's not that sketchy) who ended up not being home. Sister Johnson wanted to knock on two doors and we ended up meeting Teresa (she's the one who sent the selfie for Father's Day :)). We prayed with Teresa and invited her to be baptized and she did this excited dance and said, "I've always wanted to be baptized!" She's so excited! She told us that she'd seen the elders out when she was growing up and had always wanted to talk to them. She knew God sent us to her and it was such a testimony to me of how God prepares people. Teresa loved church and fit right in with the ward! She is the sweetest, funniest person I've ever taught. I love her so much! She's also preparing to be baptized :)
Carmen finally came to church! We've struggled to get her to come and she finally kept her promise and came. Carmen is so anxious, but I know she felt the Spirit as we partook of the Sacrament. I will miss her so much when she moves back to Oregon!
I met a very interesting man this week. Our ward has a Book of Mormon class nights, and we were able to attend because we didn't have any appointments. That's where I met Xeron. He ended up finding the church because he wanted an opportunity to serve. He's now been coming to church every other week and has read the Book of Mormon up to Helaman over the last year. He hasn't been baptized because he insists that he doesn't believe in God, but I just don't see how you could come to church for that long and read the Book of Mormon so diligently without feeling anything. I think it all comes back to having a sincere heart and real intent. When I asked Xeron if he'd ever prayed to ask if God was really there, or if the Book of Mormon is true, he told me that he had never said a prayer by himself. God truly gives us what we sincerely ask for, but if we don't ask, we can't expect to receive.
On a lighter note, we volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Boca and they let Sister Johnson and I use the pricing guns. Let's just say I had the time of my life.
I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my Savior so much! I know this is His work and I'm so grateful to be able to be part of it here in Florida.
All my love,Sister Peterson
|Celebrating my one year mark with Ice Cream Sundaes (shout-out to Jessica for the supplies!)|
|Elder Hantz wanted to sit with the sisters, so naturally I stood with the elders??|
I finally tried Coxina! Brazilian food is bomb.
|This is what happens to fortune cookies in Florida (note, this was left out on our kitchen counter over night)|
|Sister Muniz and I being obedient to the whole, "you have to wear skirts in the chapel" thing when we go email.|