Monday, April 28, 2014

May The Fourth Be With You

I just have to start out by saying that we had a HUGE miracle on Thursday. It was the first time we had seen A in three weeks and I just flat out asked her if she had been thinking about baptism and she looked at us and said "I have. I want to get baptized" Boom! Just like that. It hit us so strongly that Sister Clawson and I started tearing up. The Spirit was so strong and I am so happy for her because I know how much this will bless her life. So this week is going to be a busy one with planning for her baptism. She asked me to give the talk on the Holy Ghost. I am so excited!!! :) She came to church on Sunday and everyone was so nice and welcoming to her so its going to be a full house at her baptism. She told us that she was going to tell her mom last night at dinner so we will find out how that went. I told her about when mom told grandma and she said that mom is so cool for being so bold and honest. Way to go, ma!! 

A member in one of the wards brought her friend, A.l to church yesterday and we gave her a copy of the BofM. She is coming to family home evening tonight so we are hoping to teach her soon! I love member missionary work because that is where the most success comes from! 
I had my last interview with President Anderson on Tuesday because he goes home in July :( He is the greatest ever and has taught me a lot about how important missionary work truly is and  how the work is being hastened more then ever before. He is a convert to the church and it took him seven years to join so he really gets the whole "eternal investigator" thing haha. He told me that I will be staying in Pueblo one more transfer with Sister Clawson to finish up her training so that way she will get the whole 12 weeks of the training program. We are both really excited to have more time together because we have become really good friends, love that sister! 
We also when to Raton, New Mexico on Saturday! What an interesting day... The three of us kinda got attacked by two dogs. Poor Chelsea, the member who came with us got pulled by her skirt by those evil dogs! #thefearisreal. Don't worry though because we are all alive and well!!! Thank goodness! Also, dad I need to learn more Spanish for the next time that I go down there. I was pulling out the only words I knew which isn't very many haha. 

I just wanted to let you all know that I know this church is true and as we live the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we WILL be happier and that is a promise. Thank you for all of your prayers, love and support. It means the world to me! I love being a missionary and bringing the world His truth!! I am so excited to skype soon for Mother's day! Get ready ;) I love you and I miss you all!! 

P.S. Oh guess what, mom! We taught seminary on Thursday morning because Sister Peterson (the other one!) is the seminary teacher and she was out of town. Proud? :)

Stay strong!
Sister Peterson

Monday, April 21, 2014

8 Months!!!!

Ahh can I just say that I love that mom, dad, Hailey and Jenna went to the temple to do work together! That makes me so happy!! I am so excited to go through the temple for grandma next month :) :)

This week was great! Tuesday was a really neat day. Sister Clawson and I were going around visiting the ysa on our list trying to clean up the records (basically what we do all day errey day) and finding out that a lot of the ysa have moved. Of course we don't pass up any opportunity to talk to anyone so we were able to talk with everyone on that street, love me some good weather! We gave out three copies of the Book of Mormon in about thirty minutes. We really were blessed to see many miracles that day because we were willing to open our mouths and share the Gospel. I want to share a really cool experience, so we met a really cool older mountain man named B who was really excited to read the Book of Mormon. He kept talking about how much he loves Mitt Romney and always wondered "what the Mormons believe in" Well, B 
we are happy to tell you! He's way cool so we are planning on going back to see him soon. I gave him 3rd Nephi 11 to read when Christ came to the Americas and read some verses with him on his front porch. Its just so amazing to meet just really awesome people that are willing to learn more. We had just met him but we already loved him because sharing the Gospel with him brought us so much happiness. 
So cool!! I just started talking to a guy next to me at the computer and we got to talking and I found out that he grew up in the church and is a YSA! Sister Bush and I actually ran into him last transfer back in February when we were going to visit someone in his apartment complex. He was just pulling out of the parking lot and talked to us a little bit before we drove off. He remembered me and told me and the other elders that are here too that we can come back and talk to him more. We gave him a BofM and he said that he would read and pray about it because he never did that before. That just strengthened my testimony of talking to EVERYONE because you really do never know what could come of it! 

Oh yeah! I forgot to tell y'all last week but you NEED to listen to "Life is like a football game" by Troy Dunn. He's basically like a John Bytheway speaker and its soooo good and hilarious. Look it up!! 
Random but hilarious: An 80 year old woman whom I love wore a red and black boa to church yesterday. Oh that's just Pueblo for ya...
I am doing well and loving my mission!! Have a happy Easter Sunday and remember what its all about! I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ that has helped to heal me through the power of the Atonement. We should all remember what he did for us and what he continues to do for us each day. I love you and miss you all so much! Have a safe week and share the Gospel with someone :) 

Sister Peterson

Monday, April 7, 2014

Charity Never Faileth

What a wonderful weekend! General Conference always gives me that boost that I really need. I loved everything that was said. Its always cool to pick out the main themes in each of the talks and I noticed that a lot of the talks had to do with loving people! It may seem like a small thing or "yeah, yeah I do that" but its so much more then just saying you love someone. As President Uchtdorf has put it "In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time." That can go for any relationship and any person. If we truly understand how much our Heavenly Father and the Savior loves us then we will want to be better for them and we will want to love them by giving them our time. 
Okay so I obviously loved M. Russell Ballard's challenge for everyone to obtain a copy of Preach My Gospel and to study it with your missionary which is me, lucky you :) I thought that was the coolest thing. I already told Mom and Lauren to start to study Chapter 6: Christlike Attributes because we can always be working on developing them. And once we start to we will naturally want to share the gospel with others around us because we start to love them as we see them through God's eyes. I know that we can't fully comprehend how much they love us and those around us but that as we try to be more like Christ, that we can tap into that love just a little bit. 
This week was cool because we met a ton of less active ysa that the sisters who opened this area 8 months ago had never even met. Its just good to let them know that "hey, I'm here and I care about you." So we just invited them to all of the activities that we have going on during the week and got their contact information. Our prayers were answered in a few ways last week. A few people called and texted us because they were going through hard times and they just wanted a visit from the sister missionaries. Those times really humble me knowing that I CAN make a difference in someone's life and that we are all here to strengthen and uplift and that "charity never faileth". 
A's birthday was on Wednesday so we surprised her at work only to find out that she got the night off but we did get to meet her sister! Her sister actually called A for us and A said that we could go over to her mom's house that she just moved back into a little while ago. So we went over there and pretty much met the whole family! Her devout Catholic great grandma asked if I was religious and I said "Oh yes I am!!" and then she told me to pray for her, it was funny. They were pretty nice to us but the whole thing was pretty funny because they don't really know that A has been meeting with us. She told her brother and one of her sisters a few weeks ago which was huge!! Right now she is just trying to pray to see what day she wants to be baptized. She said that she likes the month of April and wants her friend (who introduced us to her who is leaving for his mission at the end of the month) to baptize her. So it is going to happen soon!! Sadly she wasn't able to come to Conference because she works all day Saturdays and Sunday she was at the hospital with her great grandma and the library. We will just have o watch it with her then :) I'm totally fine with that! 
I know this church is true! And you do too, so go share it with someone this week :) And like Elder Ballard taught us, I will follow-up with that!! haha. I love and miss y'all so much!! Stay strong!
Oh yeah so we are moving in with the Peterson's (oddly enough) on the 16th of this month so my new address will be:
2 Portmarnock Pl
Pueblo, CO 81001

Sister Peterson 
On the "red carpet" for fhe! We were the hostesses so we got roses! 

We pranked the zone leaders for April fools day. We blocked their truck in and wrote "Just Married" on the back with window marker haha