Monday, August 28, 2017

Orange Juice and Calendars

Hey there!

Crazy things are happening here in Royal Palm Beach. I got to share a couple of Sister Monson's "firsts" as an STL so that was pretty fun. We spent all day Wednesday driving up to Port St. Lucie, then Stuart to exchange and knock with the sisters in those areas. It's super fun to be able to see how other missionaries work and spend time with them. Since PSL and Stuart are so far away, we finally got back to our area to work at 7:25, right in time for our appointment with Freddy and Darlyne.

BUT WAIT. Let me tell you about a pretty cool little miracle Heavenly Father gave us on Wednesday, as well. We ate dinner quickly so we'd have an opportunity to go to the dollar store and pick up a few things for our lesson. We heard that drinking orange juice helps you stop smoking since they taste bad together, so we picked up some of that as well as a piece of candy for the kids. What we really needed was a calendar so we could look at it all together and pick a baptismal date with them. The only problem is, people don't really sell 2017 calendars when it's already the end of August. We were searching high and low and the woman at the store said there was no chance they had any. We stopped and I said a prayer telling Heavenly Father how important it was for us to find this calendar and why we needed it. Afterwards we started looking for a planner or something we could use instead and from behind a 2018 calendar I pulled out a 2017 calendar! It was definitely the only one in the store and it was a miracle to find it. Heavenly Father really does hear and answer our prayers!!

Anyway, we had a lesson with Freddy and Darlyne and they decided to be baptized on the 16th of September! We need a couple miracles to make that happen since they need to quit smoking, get Darlyne's divorce, and get married before them. Please keep them in your prayers!! They are wonderful and progressing really well.

I got to go on a full day exchange with Sister Johnson, my comp from Boca! It was so good to be back together. I love her so much!

Yesterday we stopped by a former investigator and were able to teach her about the Book of Mormon since she's searching to understand the Bible better. It was pretty cool because it turns out that Angie knows sign language! Her 20 year old son has autism and is very hard of hearing. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to communicate with him and I'm so grateful Heavenly Father has blessed me with this opportunity to use sign language.

Well, let me just tell you about one last experience this week. We had a family we ate with this last week pick a knocking spot for us after a mighty prayer, so we went there on Monday. As we knocked we weren't having any success, so we decided to go back to our car and then walk the other way. That first door in the other direction was where we met Amy. Amy recently had heart surgery and knee surgery and is just recovering enough to start getting around on her own. Amy met with missionaries a few years ago but has recently been studying with the Jehovah Witness'. She told us that she doesn't like the way she feels with them and the only time she's really felt good about a faith is when she was meeting with Mormons. We've been able to teach her and her daughter a couple times this week and I know the Lord really sent us there :) So that's pretty cool!

The gospel is good and I know it blesses lives. Think about how it's blessed your life and share that with someone this week! I love you all!

Sister Peterson

Sadly, my glasses arrived in the mail post-eclipse.

Exchanges with Sister Johnson! Love her!!

We've had a stressful week.

A cute lady in our ward made us a little package of bread and rolls.

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