Monday, November 13, 2017

Back to My Roots

Hello family!

This week has been a good one. Absolutely crazy, but it was transfer week so what did you expect? I made it to my new area just fine on Wednesday. Our house is only about 15 minutes from the mission home, so we got to our area way faster than I ever have after transfers. I've never had shorter than an hour drive! This is the farthest south I've ever served and the mission culture is so different here! I assumed it would be pretty much the same, but things seem much more relaxed and informal here. For anyone who knows me, that is NOT my style. But I think it will be a fun transfer :)

Ft. Laud has a few high income spots, but is pretty low income so it's been humbling to knock and meet people. I haven't served anywhere like this since my first area, so I've come full circle!

My new companion is Sister Murdock. She is from Kaysville, Utah and we found out that we attended the same event in high school! She came to the Psych bowl I competed in my senior year. She has 3 sisters and 1 brother and is super chill. We have pretty different styles of doing missionary work, but I'm excited to find out what the Lord has prepared for me to learn this transfer as we work together.

We live in a nice apartment complex on the edge of our border and share the apartment with the Sunrise branch sisters, Sister Smith and Sister Muniz!! I can't even tell you how excited I am to live with her again. I love Sister Muniz! And we've already discovered that Sister Smith and I have a ton of the same interests. Across the parking lot live the elders who work in the spanish and creole wards. Apparently they're super into pranking us and each other, so I've already seen a super creepy doll and mask appear haha.

This is turning into a novel, so let me just tell you about the awesome people we're working with:

Terry-Terry has been investigating for a transfer already and has pretty much been taught everything. He's a super cool guy and is trying to overcome smoking right now. He's preparing to be baptized on the 25th of this month and had a great meeting with Bishop Brown that super solidified him.

Brunel- Brunel grew up in Haiti and the Bahamas. The elders found him knocking, but we've been teaching him since he speaks english. This week we got to teach him about the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let me tell you something, Brunel understands repentance. He told us that he's been on his own since he was about 8 and never went to school. He worked for a fishing company and whenever someone was caught stealing fish, they were beaten, then the police were called. Brunel said that beating the thieves was something people look forward to, but after he was beaten and put in a coma for 2 weeks he realized he didn't want to be like that anymore. He said he prayed for God to change his heart and help him to be better. The Spirit was really strong and he shared that with us and as we all prayed together about him being baptized on the 25th of November.

Church was a pretty crazy experience. We have about 20 active members so they're all quite overwhelmed. They asked me to speak, so I prepared a brief message on faith. After me, a member of the High Council spoke and it was literally the most apostate thing ever! He was yelling over the pulpit, acting things out, and teaching tons of false doctrine. Fortunately(?), Brunel and Terry really liked it because it was similar to what they grew up with. We had a man randomly show up who met the elders and read the Book of Mormon, and it totally scared him off, so that was really sad. Adventure is all around us, folks.

Yesterday we felt prompted to go visit a couple who were recent converts but have been less active. As we knocked on the door, a face came to the window. The woman who looked at us immediately put her face in her hands and started to cry. She let us in and we just hugged for a while. She was so happy that we came by and told us how much she misses church. She's facing a lot of trials right now but it meant a lot to her that we came to visit. I'm so grateful the Lord guided us in our planning to go see her!

I love my new area and I would love to hear from you all :)

Sister Peterson

The companion.

My new area! and random police officers riding horses at a block party

The Elders (and the mask).

The District.

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