Monday, June 26, 2017

Peaceful & Bright Eyes

My dearest family,

What an eventful week! Naturally I'll tell you all about it.

The Ft. Lauderdale Temple President and Matron live in the Boca Ward, and once a month they have a family home evening called "Empty Nesters" for all the people without kids at home. They have an incredibly beautiful mansion and I was wearing a shirt from Target #classy  I loved the Spirit in their home and the chance for all of those who may feel alone to get together.

This week was President and Sister Richardson's last zone conference! I love them so much. President Richardson has been like a father to me here and I know his call to serve was inspired of God. I'm excited to meet President and Sister Garns because I know they have been called to the FFLM at this time because they are what we need.

After zone conference, we had a zone wide exchange! I went with Sister Rosario to Palm Beach North, my first area! I saw the ward mission leader and knocked in some of the places that I had been in before. Together we were able to find four new investigators! I really love Palm Beach North and I'm so grateful I started my mission there :) 

On Wednesday we attended the Book of Mormon class our ward holds every week. I had a revelation as we were studying the words of Bruce R. McConkie in regards to the Priesthood. He made the point that the Priesthood is the same power the Earth was created by. It's the same power that will be used to resurrect each one of us. For some reason, I had never thought of the Priesthood that way. I was overwhelmed realizing that the Priesthood really is the power of God here on the Earth. This week I've been so excited to teach people about the Priesthood being back on the Earth. I'm grateful that He's shared His power with us here on the Earth to bless us. 

Laura has been doing amazingly well! She received a blessing of healing last Sunday and on Tuesday, she was walking without crutches! She has full confidence that it was the blessing and is more excited than ever to be baptized. She just soaks the gospel up and says that everything feels familiar and right to her. She's been so prepared!! So she's getting baptized on July 8 :)

As for Teresa, her grandson up in West Palm Beach got very sick so she spent the week with him. We've been talking to her over the phone and she's very eager to come home and "get caught up on her studies" haha. Love her!

On Saturday we decided to bike. We biked out to visit a less active member and help her set up her inversion table (oh, the skills you learn as a missionary!). Afterwards, we were going to go see Carmen. The road we were on didn't have a sidewalk or a bike lane, but we didn't have to go very far so we just stayed as far right as possible and biked on our merry way! The thing about Florida is, people are crazy drivers. They were whizzing past us at full speed and were getting within inches of us. I panicked and swerved into the gutter. At that point, one of my feet was on a pedal and the other was pushing along the curb. I tried to get my foot back on the pedal and ended up kicking it instead. I started bleeding, so we stopped and at that point Sister Johnson realized we were going the wrong way. We were able to turn around and we were just fine, but I feel like Heavenly Father let me get a little hurt so that we would stop and go the right way. He really cares!

Okay, one last story! Remember the Boggess? The temple president and matron? Well, on Saturday, Sister Boggess called us. She told us that she had invited the woman who did her nails to church and lunch afterwards, so she invited us to come as well. Yuvi came to church and loved it, then as we ate lunch she kept asking what made our church different from other Christians. We shared the Restoration with her and she was touched deeply by the Spirit. I didn't even get to finish extending the baptismal invite before she enthusiastically accepted. She has been so prepared! Sometimes I forget that there are truly elect people waiting for the truth, who have only been kept from the truth because they know not where to find it. We invited her to be baptized on July 8 and she just started to cry. Apparently that's the birthday of her favorite aunt who passed away. Heavenly Father is in the details, people!

In other news, this week we found out that Carmen can't remember our names, so she has nicknames for us. Turns out I'm "Bright Eyes" or "Blue Eyes" and Sister Johnson is "Peaceful." Haha sounds like a power duo!

Well, I've gone on and on, so I suppose I'll finish up. I know this is the Lord's work and I'm so grateful to be part of it.

I love you all!

Sister Peterson

The Boggess Mansion!
Pre bike day and post bike day
Zone conference! Sister Cohen is doing so well :)
PBN with Sister Rosario 
The Palm Beach Dream Team Zone
The damage from the kicking-the-pedal incident.
Someone gave us water bottled in Italy. It's so Boca.

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