Monday, February 23, 2015

My eighteen month adventure

Hey everyone!!

So the baptism on Saturday was amazing and  a huge miracle!! C, A and T ALL got baptized. Probably the best day ever. Everything ran smoothly and worked out perfectly, we couldn't have asked for anything better! So let me tell you how that happened. So we went over to their house on Tuesday and C said "T wants to be baptized but he said you never asked him. (but we all know that you did)" So we talk to T and ask him why he wants to be baptized and then we had the elders talk to him to see if he was ready and they agreed that he was! So they were all interviewed and were ready for Saturday! Talk about a miracle! The Spirit was so strong and it was a good reminder to us all that this gospel is all about the family. They are great examples to me of faith and hope.

This is weird (I've been saying that a lot lately). I have loved the past eighteen months of my life while I have served the Lord and the people in the Colorado Colorado Springs Mission. It has changed me for the better. Here's a little re-cap about what I've been up to for these eighteen months:

Sister Mangisi
Sister Ercanbrack
My first area where I learned HOW (honestly that took me my whole mission because we are constantly learning and messing up and then trying again) to be a missionary because I had an awesome trainer that showed me the ropes plus I literally had no idea what I was doing. I was in this area for six months and I learned a ton here because then straight out of my training, I trained a new missionary which was really scary but I needed it to help me learn and grow more. I did a lot of growing in this area, it was a good place to start my mission!

Pueblo YSA Rescue Team
Sister Bush
Sister Clawson
My second area was sooo different from my first area because 1. its pueblo haha (you have to go there to know what I mean!) and 2. we were working with the ysa, talk about awkward moments (like all the time, awkward). But I loved being here and working with the less active ysa. I learned the importance of bringing those lost sheep back into the fold. This is also where I met Amber and Alyxx who both got baptized! I love those girls so much and am so grateful that I met them.

Lone Tree
Sister Bjarnason
Sister Harrop
This area taught me to work no matter what is going on in an area. There were a lot of days here that I wanted to give up because we literally had nothing to do. It helped increase my faith in God and in HIS timing. I learned that things will work out the way God wants them to, not how we want them to. Transfer of 1,000 ringing a bell? Highlight of my mission for sure! Also, that it doesn't matter which ward a baptism takes place in just as long as that person makes those sacred covenants with their Father in Heaven. Its not about the credit, its about helping others.

Sister Stock
This area taught me to love people no matter what. It doesn't matter how they treat you or what they may say about you. We are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves. I can now say that I see people through God's eyes and I try to see the good in people because everyone has a family that loves and cares about them. "We are just simply walking each other home" President Uchtdorf

Manassa First Ward
Sister Bush
Welp, I couldn't get away from this companion. She just loves me too much (she's watching me type this... pressure haha but really). I was only in this area for my last six weeks but I learned a ton here. I learned that people are prepared and some of us may plant the seeds and others may harvest the seeds. It doesn't matter who does what, as long as we are in the right place at the right time. God has many people that are prepared to hear the gospel and it is our responsibility to find them! This work is so important. We are talking about our brothers and sisters that are lost and need to be found or those that don't know where to find it. I was so blessed to meet Crystal, Akyera and Tarzan and to be able to witness their baptism. It isn't anything that I did because we don't convert anyone. The Holy Ghost does the converting but that we need to make sure that we live our lives so that He can work through us.

All of these places and these companions have changed me. I have grown and learned so much about this gospel. I KNOW without a doubt that my Father in Heaven and Savior, Jesus Christ love me and want me to come home. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that He is my rock and that we have a really good relationship because I have let Him help me in my life. Seeing the gospel change lives has been worth all of the hardships, trials, tears, heartbreaks, emotional breakdowns because it has taught me how to love others more fully, how to be happy and to have joy which is what this life is all about. Serving a mission was by the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life but it was the BEST thing that I could have done with my life and I will never regret or forget these memories. Colorado stole my heart and I am so lucky that its close enough to come back to visit. I now understand God's plan for me and who, with his help, I can become.

I love you all so much. Thank you for the support and prayers, they have meant to much to me. SEE YOU ON THURSDAY!!!

Love from Manassa,
Sister Peterson

P.S. Please pray for the snow to stop!! Its insane out there!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Guided Safely Home

Hey y'all!! :)

This week was been super busy and exhausting... pretty sure I say this every week but yeah... its the truth! We have been preparing for C and A's baptism on Saturday and almost have the programs done! So we will be running around like crazy this week preparing for that. We are so excited for them to make these covenants with their Heavenly Father. They were so prepared and it just goes to show that timing is everything! 

Welllll the ward caught us and had Sister Bush and I both speak in church yesterday. It went super well! I spoke on President Monson's talk "Guided Safely Home" that he gave in the Priesthood session last October. It talked about how we need to not let our personal rudders get jammed. So I gave some examples on things that jam our rudders and then things that un-jam them. I talked about how pride, sin, discouragement, not going to church, not reading your scriptures and now praying can all jam your rudder. Now the way to un-jam your rudders is to have faith, go to church, read your scriptures, pray daily, follow promptings from the holy ghost, and doing missionary work (my personal fave. whaddup!). There are a ton of things that we can do to un-jam our rudders but its our choice whether or not we will allow those distractions into our lives or not. We can all choose to follow God or not and we have been given the map to get back home. That's what its all about.. going home back to our Heavenly Father. We have the responsibility to share that knowledge with those that don't know. It will change their lives. 

This week will be really busy with appointments, the baptism, specialized training on Wednesday and getting everything ready so bring it on! Serving a mission has helped me to know that I CAN do hard things with the Lord's help. He has blessed me so much in my life and has given me the strength that I need. I have literally felt Him carrying me through some of the toughest days of like ever and has lifted me up to higher grounds. God is our loving Father in Heaven and Jesus is our savior and elder brother. They love us more then we can comprehend and that love is worth all of the hardships that you may go through. That love can carry your through the darkest times and can help you to know that you are sons and daughters of the Almighty. When you have that knowledge you will act accordingly. I also started over on the Book of Mormon again! I love this gospel and I love all of you so much. I believe that I have the best family in the world (because its the truth!) Stay strong and keep going. You can do hard things!! Have a great week and I will talk to you next week! 

Sister Peterson 

selfie with sweetpea, A's dog
Totally burned a shirt for my eighteen month mark... good times!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Eighteen Months!

Hey everyone!!

I had a great week. Very very busy which is like basically celestial for missionaries. Also, celestial is a great word. Use it. It will change your life.

C is still planning to get baptized on the twenty first  so we have been seeing her every day and helping her prepare for that. She has cut down a ton on smoking! She told us yesterday that she was fasting (her choice, we didn't tell her to) to help her to quit smoking. Its amazing to see how much faith she has. She's had a really rough life and it just goes to show that the gospel is really for EVERYONE and that the gospel does change lives. Miracle! A said that she wants to get baptized with her mom now! We were like kind of shocked when she told us because lately she has been pulling back from the church but she's really started to realize that the gospel makes you the happiest that you can be. Still waiting on T to see what he decides to do but we think that he will be baptized too! The gospel is all about the family so why not make it a family day?! They really are so great and I am so blessed to have met them.

Saturday is my eighteen month mark and something else is that day too but I can't seem to remember it right now.. oh well! I can't even believe that I am hitting eighteen months!! It almost feels surreal. I have been reflecting on my mission lately and thinking about everything that I have done. I know that I am a better person, disciple of Christ, missionary because of all of the experiences that I've had. Its been an amazing ride and I am glad that I still have time! Its been busyyyy with the member lessons and we got twenty one 45 minute preach my gospel lessons this week! (the goal is twenty other lessons each week and we finally accomplished that goal! plus one!) WINNING. And our zone leaders in zone training on Friday might have asked us how for tips for the other missionaries to learn from. That's what's up! The mission is great. Life is good.

Y'all are great! Keep the faith and help someone out in need this week! Sorry there are no pictures. I have been slacking with taking them lately:(

Sister Peterson

Monday, February 2, 2015

A family that prays together stays together

Hey everyone! My week was super great. I really love it here! The people, the area, my companion.. its pretty perfect!

C is still working on quitting smoking but its been A TON better. Last week, she texted us and asked us to teach her about family home evening so we went over that night and told her what it was and then had fhe with her family. A picked "I love to see the temple" for the opening hymn. So Sister Bush, me, T and A sang it together and the spirit was so strong! It was a really neat experience to have with them. And the rest of fhe was great as well, we talked about the Book of Mormon and how important it is. And they all came to church yesterday!!! WINNING! Its amazing to see how the spirit works in people's lives and to see the change in them in just a few short weeks. We are praying that T and A will get baptized on the same day as C so that they can do it together as a family. I love them so much and want this happiness for them!

Between seeing C basically every day and teaching the member lessons, we have been super busy. So, yes still tired all the time but loving what I'm doing! We have been teaching a less active girl whose our age the lessons and those have been going really well. When we recited the first vision to her she said that she felt the spirit for the first time in years. That's just a testimony to me that these things are true! We went on exchanges with the stls on Saturday and I went to Monte Vista which is a retro sketchy little town. So that was fun! I really love it down here in the Valley. The people are so humble here and treat us like family. I am kind of sad that I know that I will only have one transfer here but I am making the most of it! I totally want to come back and visit in July because they go all out for pioneer days!

We had interviews with President Rehm on Wednesday and of course he talked to me about going home and finishing strong. I really am committed to giving it my all these next few weeks. I know that Heavenly Father is pleased with my efforts and I am grateful for the time that I have had to serve him. Also, you should check out the new Mormon Message just cause they rock. I shared my testimony yesterday in fast and testimony meeting since its my last one on the mission and I talked about how much this gospel means to me and how it has changed me. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to serve a mission and to see how much Heavenly Father and my Savior love me. Its changed my life.

Well family, I gotta run now but I love and miss y'all! Try to stay warm and not get snowed on! (I guess for Ami this means try not to get burnt hmmm)

Sister Peterson  (meooo000oowwwwww)