Friday, March 29, 2013

3/29/13 Hermana Peterson needs your prayers!

No I'm not breaking rules because I'm supposed to do this, but I've got to do it quick because we have to teach our investigator. So I've been running lots during gym time, and apparently my foot didn't like it. It's been really bothering me (to the point that I bite back tears when I walk) but I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to be that baby missionary. I know I know, I should have said something sooner. Anyways, last Friday I think I finally had to stop running because I couldn't handle it anymore. I just kept walking everywhere, up the stairs, and I just didn't say too much about it. I prayed that if I needed to have it looked at that it wouldn't go away so that I would know. Well finally Wednesday morning, my companion Hermana Harris said Hermana let's go to the doctor. So we went, and the doctor said I think you might have a stress fracture but I'm not sure. So we got sent down the street to the BYU urgent care for a X-Ray. The next day the doctor looked at my X-Rays and said he didn't see anything, but that he wanted a second opinion. So this afternoon we left for the podiatrist and he said that it looks like I have a coicion/coalision (sp? I don't remember if this is right but it's when your bone/tendon comes in as bone later or something like that but doesn't do it right and it doesn't bother you until something triggers it. David or Brian would be able to tell you more what this is... I don't even remember if that's the right explanation or word. Sorry!). But he said it's in a spot where you're not hurting. So lucky for me, I need to look out for that in the future. :) BUT anyways, he said that he is pretty sure that I have a stress fracture. He said if I wasn't doing much running before and then started and pushed myself too much (which I did) then it can totally cause it. He said they usually don't show up on the X-Ray until about 2 weeks after they happen and even then they rarely show up on x-rays. So I have a grandma flipper boot thing on my foot, and he prescribed me a prescription to help with the healing and pain that I'll start in the morning. Basically, if there is any pain by next Friday, I can't leave on Monday. I'm sorry for all of this. I'm doing what I can to stay off of it as much as I can, but it's super hard. The boot makes it hurt more, but only because it's helping to immobilize it. If you could keep my foot (that sounds so silly) in your prayers over these next few days, I'd appreciate it. Don't worry too much, I'll be okay, just as much help as I can get would be nice!I've been praying like a mad woman, and I got a blessing today from the elders in my district and my teacher. Thank you for your continued love and support. I miss you all like crazy, and keep reading your scriptures. Basically, my motto right now is Alma 34:41 (I think that's right). I love my Savior AND my companions more and more every day. I have the best companions in el mundo!

Anyways, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger right?! :)

K I think that's it. I'll know more by Tuesday. Oh, and I got my travel plans which I'll expound more on on Tuesday, but I leave here at 4:00 on Monday morning and have a almost 6 hour layover in LA starting at around 8 that morning. I'll probably call then!

Love love love love,
Hermana Peterson

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

3/27/13 Elder Peterson

Dear Family, and Everyone else,
Well, this past week was a little bit crazy. I will start with the negative things so I can work my way up to the positive things. This past Thursday Elder Gremillion's bike kind of broke (no really it did). Also, Elder McDonald's bike (he is Elder Johnson's new companion, our roommates) needed a new back tire and so on Saturday after our ward correlation meeting we went on exchanges and Elders Gremillion and McDonald went to the bike shop with Bro. Armstrong to try to get them fixed. Turns out that we will be waiting til this Saturday to get their bikes back. In the mean time the AP's (Assistants to the President) brought over some replacement bikes. Elder McDonald's bike is fine but the replacement Elder Gremillion got wouldn't ride. So, the APs brought over a new bike for him yesterday and on our way to the library to email today it turns out that this new bike's chain is broken and is skipping and so we are going to need even another bike!!! It is pretty annoying. Also, I got sick yesterday. It is some sort of cold that gave me the ache all over feeling and so we stayed home. I couldn't function at all yesterday. SO I slept all day while Elder Gremillion fixed up our bikes and tuned them up. I hope this is all making sense to you.
Well, that is basically all of the negative. Now lets move to the positive! Nichole is making A LOT of progress. She came to church on Sunday!! She had a great time. Also, on Monday we were able to have a lesson with her at the Ewing's home. Bro. Ewing is our Ward Mission Leader and he is so legit. He and his wife were able to help out a lot with the lesson. We were able to teach her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I felt the spirit very strongly. I was able to tell her about a time when I followed the promptings of the Spirit and how it impacted my life. I don't know if you all even know this story and so I will share it with you briefly
We were at one of Seth's football games one Saturday afternoon. While we were in the stands Caleb told me that he needed to use the bathroom. So Caleb and I walked over to the bathrooms, he did his business and we were on our way back to the game. Caleb started running ahead and went around a corner so I couldn't see him. After about 10 seconds I had a prompting to tell him to stop. Immediately I yelled out "Caleb stop!" At that moment he was about to cross the street. He stopped, and at the moment he stopped, a car went zooming by.
This experience really helped me to realize how important it is to follow the promptings of the Spirit immediately when we are prompted. I don't even want to start thinking about what could've happened. I am just grateful that I followed the Spirit and that I was able to share this experience with Nichole on Monday night.
Something else that happened this week that was awesome is that we had a random guy named Walter call us and he wants to get baptized. SO we are starting to teach him the lessons and he is going to be baptized on April 21st.
The Lord is definitely blessing us. I am striving my best to be obedient and do what the Lord asks me to do everyday. I am having an amazing experience out here in D.C. I am learning everyday, and I am improving myself everyday.
Thank you so much for the emails. I was able to see the pictures of the new rooms and additions to them. Everything is looking fantastic! I am sending some letters in the mail today. And I did receive the razor package but haven't received the Easter Package. Letters and Packages do take a while to get to me so it takes a lot of patience on my part.
I love you all and I miss you all. I keep you in my prayers every night.
Elder Peterson

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

3/26/2013 Hermana Peterson

I have never been enchanted by something more in my life than I was by the snow this past week. It snowed 2 days in a row, and one of the days it snowed tons. ALL. DAY. Seriously, I was blown away. It was beautiful. I took a bajillion pictures, but I´ll have to send them once I get to Concepcion. Straight up, I love the snow.

Second, I just want to testify that the Lord does answer our prayers, no matter how little they may seem. This last week Meredith showed up, and I wanted to see her SO BAD. I looked everywhere, around every corner, etc. and had no luck. I finally started praying every second that I would get to run into her, even if it was just for a second. Sunday morning, I thought I saw her, and then realized that it was her. I booked it up from my seat at breakfast and we both freaked. Don´t worry Mom, I wasn´t over the top. She said that she had been praying and looking for me everywhere too. Her visa came in and she left this morning. So I literally saw her in the nick of time. I never saw her again, but we were able to talk for about 20 minutes and I got a picture with her. It was just what I needed too!

So I also freaked out a little yesterday when I got the forwarded email via dearelder about Austin coming here!! Ah, I am so excited. I hope I´ll get to see him! Mom or Dad, will you forward this to him? I have lunch at 8 every morning, lunch at 12:35 and dinner at 5:35. He'll miss my last P-Day but hopefully I'll get to run into him! I have been so jealous of everyone else who is in here with their cousins and now I'll get to be in here with him for 5 days haha but I have class in building 18M on the 4th floor, so if he has class in there, tell him to come find me, but I'll be looking out for him too!!

So we read a talk this last week by Holland titled Cast Not Away Thine Confidence? It was SO good! If you can, find it and read it. It definitely changed my outlook on a few things. Elder Holland is so powerful! This last Tuesday there was all this hype about the possibility of an apostle coming, but alas one did not. However it was Elder Whiting of the Seventy and we were front and center in the 3rd row! He gave a super powerful talk about the Holy Ghost and how it should be our friend and that we should do all that we can to have him with us always. This past Sunday night, we had a devotional with the Managing Director of the Missionary Department (and I just blanked on his name), but he gave a talk on how to be a successful missionary. There were some things that he said that I definitely need to work on, and it was just good to hear. Something funny though, he said that when he talks to the missionaries he likes to get to know them, so he asked a bunch of questions and had us stand up if it applied. I was ticked when I couldn't stand up for being the first missionary of my siblings (Jake... sheesh), but he asked how many of us were learning languages other than our native language and not lying about 95% of the auditorium stood up. It was SO cool! Then he asked how many missionaries had been dear johned or dear janed since they'd been in the MTC and there were 5 guys that stood up. I busted up. It was really funny, but that's SO sad! haha But, this Sunday we're having a special Sacrament Meeting with everyone and an Apostle is coming. If we can make it on time tonight from the temple to the limited seats in the choir, we'll have a definite spot for Sunday to sing for the Apostle and be in the same room as him! I'm so super excited.

Speaking about Easter, this week I challenge all of you to read about the last week of Christ's life. I started on Sunday and am slowly getting through it, but it's amazing. Use Jesus the Christ too. I am so grateful for my Savior and all that He has done, and continues to do for me. I am so grateful and humbled by this opportunity that I have to go out and teach others about Him! Remember, Easter is about Christ's Resurrection, not about the Easter Bunny. The Atonement would not have been complete with out the Resurrection, and I am so excited that I will live with Him again!

Mom, every time we learn something in class about a noun or an adjective, the schoolhouse rock songs come into my head and then I'm stuck singing them all day. Curses! Also, if there is anyway possible, could you and mom send me/have it sent directly to my mission home the Conference Edition of the Ensign? I'll be able to hear it here, but I won't be able to get the audio on my ipod, and I'd really like to read and study them more. I love General Conference so much, and want to know the things that the Prophet has said always, so if asked I'll know without a doubt what our Prophets and Apostles have counseled us to do! :)

I'm sorry I haven't sent any pictures, it's crazy here. I promise I'm taking them though, and as soon as I'm allowed, I'll send 500 bajilion.

Bekah, how's the lifeguarding process going? Have you heard anything from Tatsu? Remember when you do, take copies over to Becky Martinez.

Mom are you forwarding my letters to my Milano's crew? If not, could you do that? I was thinking about all of them the other day, and want them to know how I'm doing. I miss them tons!

You'll be getting 2 letters from me this week. One has some bookmarks in it, which are incredible. If you would take the time, maybe for family night and read the Introduction of the Book of Mormon together, I promise you will be blessed. Maybe even write the quote about the BofM being the most correct book in the world on the back of the book mark. I have one and I sent one to Jake too, but there is one for everyone. It also has the receipt from my typhoid pills in it in case you can be reimbursed?? The second letter has the actual letters in it. Just a heads up though!

Mom (and family) Thanks so much for the package! Sister Durfee, thanks so much for the quilt!! I LOVE it! It's beautiful :) (I'm going to write all of my thank you cards on my flight down to Chile, so they'll be coming that way in a few weeks). Thanks for the shirt AND cardigan. I LOVED them both and all of the food too. The cockroach scared the heck out of me, and Dad I kept the orange blossoms for so long that they got moldy. I know you probably think I'm gross, but I just loved them okay? They are in the trash now. Another bag wouldn't be bad :) They smelled SO GOOD! I am so thankful for mi familia! :)

I don't have tons of time to write, but thank you to Sister Riggs, Bethany Minor (OF COURSE I remember you!), and everyone else who writes me. Dearelders, cards, everything is so appreciated! Grandma and Grandpa P, I got your dearelder. It worked, and it made my day :)

Last story real fast and then I'm over time. This last week we had a good learning moment with one of our investigators. After our teacher was talking to us and she talked to us about the story of Peter walking on the water. I went and read it later that day, and was totally amazed. Peter asked Jesus Christ if he could come out to Him, and Christ said yes. Peter began walking and then the winds and the waves stopped and he lost that faith and began to sink. I related this to my life right now, but it is completely applicable to life in general. When I lose sight of the Savior and began to either think it's me that's doing the teaching or focus on the language, I begin to sink. However, if I keep my eyes on the Lord He is there to help me. In verse 31, it says "And IMMEDIATELY Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him, and said unto him, "O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" Jesus is ALWAYS there for us, but we have to not doubt. Compare this with DC 6:36. As a missionary, Jesus is there for me. However, I need to always be there for Him, keeping my sights on the most important things. Later that day, we had a lesson and I didn't focus on my language but focused on teaching the gospel, and I don't remember what I said because the Savior took over for my imperfections. Read this story, and learn the doctrines found in it. The Savior will NEVER leave us alone, but will be there to boost us up, even if we fall.
That's a summary of what I learned. I wish I could go into more detail, but I'm over time now.

I love you all. Be safe, stay healthy, and have a happy Easter Sunday! I miss you all. I want to hear how the Easter Pageant goes/went, and if you took anyone!

Con amor,
Hermana Peterson


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Elder Peterson Wednesday, 3/20/13

Dear Everyone in Arizona and other parts of the U.S. (especially my family),

How is it going? This week has been absolutely crazy! I don't know how to put it in words but I am going to try. To start off, this past Saturday we met with our investigator Nichole. She has been doing a wonderful job and has been really open to meet with us. But she has a lot of problems with organization and the law of chastity. We were able to meet with her at the library and talk to her about the plan of salvation and how it is important to follow the commandments. We were able to commit her to baptism and she is going to be baptized on the 7th of April. IT IS SO EXCITING!!! She is totally ready to accept the gospel and change her life.
Also, we were able to visit Andre our new investigator. Well, he really isn't that new but we haven't been able to sit down with him for a while. We started teaching him about the restoration and at the end of the lesson, Elder Gremillion invited him to be baptized and he said yes! He is going to be baptized on April 14th. We have a lot of teaching to do with him.
That same day we had our district meeting and it was very powerful because it was transfer week and we are able to share our testimonies during the district transfer meetings. The spirit was very strong. Our district leader Elder Pon is from Hong Kong and this was his last transfer. He was an awesome missionary and an awesome leader. I am going to miss that guy.
Alright, to share one sad story. We haven't been able to get a hold of Colleen our very solid investigator. She wouldn't return our phone calls and messages. It was really disappointing. On Monday we called her on our roommate's cell phone and she answered. She told us that the reason why she wasn't returning our calls was because she wasn't interested anymore and she said to stop calling her and hung up. My universe was basically shattered. We are very sad that she has made this decision but we are going to move on.
ON the plus side of that note, we were able to find 5 new potential investigators yesterday out on the street. It was a wonderful blessing.
So this week was transfer week. Elder Gremillion was sure that he was going to be leaving because he was on his 4th transfer in this area. But, guess what?? He is staying put with me yay!! But my roommate Elder Johnson's trainer Elder Centeno left. His new companion is Elder McDonald who is a nice guy. I have only known him for about 2 hours now but he seems pretty sweet.
Alright, I have a big confession to make. This last p-day, I gave into peer pressure and bought the game Settlers of Catan. Don't worry I had extra money for it. I am hoping that I will have time to play it someday cause we are allowed to play games on P-Days. I am excited for that. Anyways this past week was awesome. We had some great food from members and had great support again from Bro. Armstrong.
Oh and lastly, I had the opportunity to give a member a blessing at the hospital. The spirit was amazing. She really appreciated it and it was a great testimony building experience. Alright I love you all!!
Miss you a bunch and can't wait to email next week!
 -Elder Peterson

A beautiful shot of the temple

Being weird

More being weird with Elder Gremillion

Blurry picture of apartment

Another shot of apartment

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

3/19/13 Hermana Hannah Lynn Peterson

First off before I forget, happy birthday last week to Shelly, Tye, and Abby and Grant! I totally forgot to wish you a happy birthday and realized it as soon as I logged off. Hope you had good ones :)

All week I've been compiling a list of things to tell so this may seem a little listy.. just bear with me :)

Mom, could you do a favor for me? Could you ask Sister Leavitt if she could send Todd my address in Concepcion (I wrote it down for you before I left. It's the one that has O'Higgins in it) in an email and tell him that his letter took 14 days to get here, so the next one he sends needs to go there or it'll get lost! I forgot to bring the address with me to the computer or I was just going to type it in here because he told me she forwards my emails to him. That would be so so awesome! Thanks!

Dad, I know there is a quote out there somewhere, and if someone is going to find it, you're the man. Could you possibly dear elder me the quote said by one of the apostles about finishing the book of mormon in a different language? It's something along the lines of if you read the book of mormon out loud in another language, by the time you're done, you'll be fluent. I want to have something to back up what I'm thinking is right... I've started doing this and I'm in 1 Nephi Chapter 12. I read two chapters out loud each night, and it's amazing the things that I'm noticing in the scriptures as I'm learning, like past and future tense. The gift of tongues is REAL! Also, maybe you could send me some cool talks or quotes periodically!

While I'm thinking about it, YES I can get pictures to this email so send them! I'd also love real printed out pictures too. :)

Dad, a few things that you're going to be proud of me for (besides Gospel stuff of course). #1. I ran 2 miles yesterday, nonstop. Also, those two miles were run under 20 minutes. #2. The other day (Friday I think) we were learning a new concept in Spanish and I wasn't understanding it. My teacher said, "K let's try this." Then he busted a football analogy, and it clicked. I definitely understand it, and still do. :) 

They DO NOT have smoothies here in the MTC, and it's killing me. Every morning I think, I could go for one of dad's smoothies right about NOW. Es no bueno. But they do have good food. Speaking of good food, I got cinnamon rolls from Lisa last night. BEST food bar none that I've had in the 3 weeks I've been here. But coming in at a close second was a lunch we had last week... NOT LYING, it was ALL of my favorite foods. French Dips, Carrot Cake, Orange Juice, Strawberries, and French Fries. Winner winner, Chicken dinner!

Mom, I just wanted to take a second and apologize. Basically, I had convinced myself that you had either died or that you loved Jacob more than me when it had been 2 weeks and I hadn't heard from you. I know both are horrible, but I didn't know what else to do. I don't know why I thought those things, but I hadn't heard and was freaking out. That was probably one of the hardest things I've dealt with here (not to make you feel bad because it wasn't your fault) but I'm glad it's all resolved! Phew for real.

So funny story real fast, my first full day here, I got a package slip and was so excited. The package was for a Hannah Peterson but it was NOT for me. The people in the mail room did some sleuthing, and turns out there is ANOTHER Hannah Peterson, SO PLEASE, anyone who sends me ANYTHING while I am in Chile, address it with my full name so there is no confusion! Hermana Hannah Lynn Peterson and then the address. I don't know how the mail works down there, but this will help with postponement of letters!

On Suday night, we watched the Joseph Smith movie. I gained an even stronger testimony about the incredible man Joseph Smith is. I felt prompted to extend the challenge to everyone who reads this email, to pray about it, and take someone to see the Joseph Smith movie at the Visitor's Center. I promise that the Spirit that I feel when I see this movie, will be felt by all! It's such an incredible tribute to the prophet that he was/is. I cannot wait to teach others about Him and bear my testimony about Him! Yo se que Jose Smith es un profeta!! (I apologize for the missing accents again... silly computer).

Also, I challenge all who read this email, to go read the words to the hymn "Oh, Thou Rock of Our Salvation." They are POWERFUL!!! We had an awesome talk on Tuesday about what kind of rocks we are going to be and the speaker took apart this song line by line. It was so awesome!

I don't know how Todd did it, or how anyone is in here for longer than 6 weeks. I'm at 3 weeks tomorrow, and I'm getting so antsy to just get to Chile! I'm grateful that I'm only here for 6 weeks. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the MTC, but I just want to leave!

My companion Hermana Harris and I were called to be the music coordinators for our zone! We're in charge of all things music related. I'm pretty excited about it, even though it will only be for 2 weeks I think!

So last week I tripped up the stairs. Yup, not down, up. Go Hermana Peterson!

So our two investigators are progressing well! We met our new investigator David (pronounced Dah-veed). We've taught him twice, and we extended the baptism invitation and he's getting baptized April 5th! We're going to teach him about the restoration tomorrow and the plan of salvation on Friday. Our other investigator Ruby, we kind of plateaued with, but we started things again fresh and we meet with her again tomorrow and we asked her to read Alma 32 so hopefully she does! SHe said she doesn't know how to have faith, so we're goin to teach her about it tomorow. Speaking of Alma 32, I studied it... IT'S SO POWERFUL!! Read it! The verse, I think it was like 24ish that talked about kids saying things that confound adults made me really miss Caleb. His letter was the cutest thing in the whole world. That was the first glimmer of homesickness I've had, which I haven't really been, and it's been a tender mercy. Not that I don't miss you and love you, it just hasn't been occupying my thoughts and it's really been a blessing!

We had TRC last night and met an awesome guy named Santiago and taught him about sharing his talents of music. He was really appreciative to us, and it was really cool because we had a lesson planned and the Holy Ghost prompted us another way!

Last story then I'm overtime, but on Sunday Sister Jean Stevens from the General Primary Presidency spoke to us and we watched a clip of the main video of Christ visiting the Nephites and it was the first time that I have completely and 100% understood my purpose for being here. I CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT wait to get to Chile and serve and love those people as Christ would if He was here. As a representative of Jesus Christ, it is my calling and my responsibility, to act and to do as Christ would. I have learned teaching our investigators (and especially David - I cried during our first lesson because I immediately loved him SO much and wanted him to have the gospel) that every child is SO precious to our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I CANNOT wait, to represent Jesus Christ in Chile, and help his brothers and sisters come unto Him. My heart is about to explode from pure joy!! DC 18:10, 15-16 just came into my head about the worth of souls. The worth of EVERY soul is great in the sight of God!

Yo se que Jesucristo vive! Yo se que las familias son eternas. Yo se que mi mision es muy importante. Amo el Evangelio de Jesucristo con todo mi corazon!

Con Amor,
Hermana Peterson

p.s. I have cried more here in the MTC than I have in my entire life combined, and I know more scriptures than I ever have. Wanna know something cool... my district refers to me as the scriptorian. Spanish is coming so good. I testify that Heavenly Father keeps His parts of promises, if we do what we can. I love you all. Be safe, have fun, and write lots. YOU CAN BE A MISSIONARY TOO :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mother of the Year Award!! NOT!

So...I get a letter in the mail today from my favorite Hermana in the MTC and it's addressed just to me.  There was another letter to the family.  Here is a paragraph from the letter addressed just to me. "I'm not going to lie though its disheartening that I haven't heard from you.  I don't know what's going on there and don't want to assume anything, but I've been gone two weeks and haven't heard a word from you.  I can't express how much it would mean to hear from you at least once. I miss talking to you everyday..."

Ouch!! Cut to the bone.  I've been writing her more than once a week...sometimes 2 and 3 times a week. What is going on? So...after "sleuthing" a bit, I realized something that I've been doing wrong. When I use the website, instead of selecting "Provo-MTC" mission, I've been selecting "Chile, Concepcion" and her letters have been going there via the pouch mail system. They were not being printed off and put in her MTC mailbox like I thought... 
Wow, do I feel like "Mother of the Year..."

Here are step by step instructions for for dummies...ME!

Go to said website.  See picture of missionary in center of screen with "Select Mission" to the right of him.  Click on that. "Provo MTC---Free" is the first mission listed.  Choose THAT one (while she is in the MTC).  After she leaves the MTC (April 9th) then you select "Chile Concepcion---Free". Then it says "Send Cookies" or "Write a letter" under "Select Mission".  Select the letter one, unless of course you feel so inclined to send cookies...then up comes a screen that looks like a postcard that you fill in the information asked for:

Hermana Hannah Peterson
MTC box: #153
Mission Code: CHI-CON
Estimated MTC departure date:0409

Then you type in your letter, hit send and they do the rest.  What an awesome website! They print off the letters and put them in her MTC mailbox...all for free!!

Her mission in Chile is what is called a pouch mission, and since dearelder will send it via pouch, that is also a free international postage!! :)
Once she leaves the MTC, select her real mission, and the pouch with your letters will be sent each Friday.  So there is a little lag time before she will get it.

On the bright side, once she gets down there in April, she will have a ton of letters from ME!! Sigh~
Now that I have figured it out, I will be sure to do it right for the next 4 weeks!!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Elder Peterson 3/13/13

Hello Everyone!!

This is Elder Peterson. I had a pretty sweet week this week. To start off we were able to take Nichole to the VC (Visitor's Center) on Friday. I will probably be using VC a lot so know what it means. Anyways we watched the Joseph Smith Video and it was amazing. She really enjoyed it.

It was great to hear from you about what is going on. I can't believe Rebekah got to go to Hawaii! ($$) if you know what I mean. I hope that it went well and that she had a great time. And congrats Seth on Basketball!! That is really awesome. And thanks for you letter Caleb I got it.

Alright, I have a confession to make. I don't have time to write letters again this week. We had a temple day this morning for P-Day for all of those missionaries who are leaving this next week for transfers. Oh yeah I forgot to mention that this transfer is only 5 weeks and not 6. Something about all of the new missionaries we had to have a quick transfer. I will be writing next week and I will make time so don't worry they are coming. I really appreciate y'all that keep writing me even though I am not responding. But I am getting them! It is so crazy that I have been in DC for over a month! It is really beautiful. The green hasn't come in just yet but should be here very soon. Probably around conference time.

I just want to say that the temple is really beautiful on the outside, and I was able to go inside today and it is even more beautiful. I sure hope that Mom and Dad can come get me so we can do a temple session together. It was really funny today at the temple. During the session the projector broke and so we had to go to another room. I don't know if I am supposed to talk about that but it was funny. There is 8 floors in the DC temple I am pretty sure and it is about 276 feet tall. It was an amazing experience this morning.

Alright I am trying to think of what else happened... On Monday we did exchanges with the Zone Leaders. Elder Gremillion went with Elder Nielson and I went with Elder Pawlenchuk. Elder Pawlenchuk is from Canada and he is a really sweet guy. We had an amazing experience on Monday that I will never forget. We didn't have really much scheduled for that day except district meeting in the morning. We made a bunch of calls and no one could meet with us. Later that day a lady in our ward named Sis. Makoeng called us and invited us over for dinner. Her husband is not a member and while we were there he agreed to take the missionary discussions with us. It was a very spiritual experience. Also later that night a former investigator we had basically told us that he wanted to get baptized. I don't know what happened but he said that if he comes to know that what we are talking about is true he will get baptized. His name is Daryl and I am hoping that we will be able to start meeting with him soon.

Anyways, I don't have much more time, but I just want to say that I am doing great and my testimony is being strengthened everyday. We met with a less active named Bro. Norman yesterday and he agreed to come to church in a couple of weeks. He was feeling the spirit very strong and so was I during our meeting. It really strengthened my testimony. Alright just a quick question what is Meagan's address? I want to see how close she is to where I am serving. And I would love if you could send me hard copies of pictures because I would love to hang them up on my wall. If you could send that one of You and dad that would be sweet. You don't need to send all of the pictures in the mail because I can see them on email but the really awesome ones please do!

It was really great to get Hannah's letter and if you could send this email to her and tell her that I am sorry I haven't written her yet that would be great. Alright I love you all so much and I miss you!!

- Elder Peterson

Laser Tag Photos from recent P-day Activity

The Serious Shot

The Not-so Serious Shot

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

3/12/13 Hermana Peterson

First things first... Dad, you need to send me your work email then I can send it straight to your email. I think its brop14 something, but let me know. I don´t want to send my email to some stranger.

Anyways, life is good here in the MTC! I definitely had a few hard moments this week, but overall it´s been great. I think my PDAY is more stressful than my other days because I have so much I want to do. BOTH Grandma and Grandpas, I got your letters and I loved them. I planned on writing you back today, but I didn´t have time, I´m sorry. I will definitely try to write you back next PDAY, but I hope life is grand :)

Español is muy deficil, pero es coming along... Really, truly I know more now than I did after 2 years in high school. We taught Ruby our 6th lesson (I think) yesterday, and our teacher Hermano Byrd is taking on the role of a different investigator tomorrow so then we´ll have two investigators. We taught our first TRC last night, which is where people volunteer to come in and be taught as themselves. We taught a girl named Audrey first, and then we taught the TRC instructor Nate. They are super willing to help us if we don´t know how to say something, or if we said something wrong. We have quite a few different teachers that come in throughout the day and help us, and yesterday I had a little one on one with Hermano Roxas, who helped me understand some of the direct and indirect object pronouns, reflexives, and one other thing that I can´t remember the name of.

Last Tuesday night we had a devotional with a member of the seventy, but I can´t remember his name off the top of my head. Elder A something. He talked about the 3 degrees of glory found in DC 76 and how the theives , liars, and adulterers make it to the terrestrial kingdom and it was just really cool because even us in our human state can´t comprehend the vastness of the terrestrial kingdom. He made us promise to go back to our rooms and right a promise about which kingdom we were going to so that it was in writing and that our posterity would be able to see it. I AM GOING TO MAKE IT TO THE CELESTIAL KINGDOM!! It was a really eye opening experience.

Then on Sunday, all of the sister missionaries in the CCM met for Relief Society, and Sister Carol Stephens, 1st Counselor in the General RS Presidency spoke to us. She talked about and emphasized the need to be obedient with exactness. For the opening song, we all stood and sang As Sisters In ZIon, and it was SO powerful. There were probably about 1,000 of us in the gym. It was awesome! They´re expecting that within the next little bit there will be half and half in the CCM!

Ruby, who is now one of our teachers Hermana Doxy, is coming along great. We have had a game plan each time, and we feel like we are always prompted on exactly what to say. We sang a 3 part renditon of Nearer My God to Thee to her last week (in Español of course), and she started to cry and told us that she really felt the Spirit. We are going to challenge her again this week to be baptized.

I have learned so much about my Savior since I´ve been here and have come SO close to Him. A member of our Branch Presidency, Brother Bradford (He definitely reminds me of Grandpa P), but in Sunday School on Sunday, he was talking about how Mary knew that Jesus was Jesus when he called her by name, after He had been resurrected! The story is in John Ch. 20. and I reread it after he left, and I want to know my Savior so well that I´ll know Him when He calls to me. I want to be the best I can, so that I can always have His Spirit to be with me, so that I can be the most effective missionary in inviting others to come unto Christ. I know that it is only through the Holy Ghost that people are converted, but I am that mouthpiece for our Heavenly Father. The more that I am here, the more I am completely humbled as I learn more about my Savior and all that He did for me, and for everyone.

Dad, this week Hermana Doxy took us into another room with some elders to try using the things we are learning in conversations. The elder that mi compañeras y yo were talking to knows you! Obviously, we found this out in español when we asked where he was from and then I freaked and spoke in English. His name is Drew Callister and he said that you taught him for a semester his senior year and that he loved you. It was just a little tender mercy to me!

I ran into Ken Bolter on Sunday, and he was just made a zone leader! He looked super relieved to see someone he knew haha I think I talked to him twice in high school, but remind Brian and Jenn that he´s coming to their mission. I´ve also run into Kailey Pedersen a few times and she played a SUPER powerful musical number on her cello in RS on Sunday. She leaves tomorrow I think for Houston! Mom or Bekah, tell Meredith on facebook to dearelder me and also to tell me what time she comes in next week so I can see if I can run into her!

Well I´m almost out of time, but I love and miss you so much. I haven´t really gotten homesick, but I have moments where I really miss you. I feel like there's still so much to tell you, but I´m drawing a blank. Laundry time is a joke, and the food is good. But, I gained 5 pounds my first week here. Dad, don´t say I told you so, because I´m back down 3. I work out everyday!!

Scripture of the week: Read John 17-20 and get to know our Savior more. I promise as you become closer to Him, He will become your best friend. I know He's mine!!

Yo se que Jesucristo es El Salvador. Yo se que el Libro de Mormon es la palabra de Dios. Estoy agradecido por Jesucristo. Yo se que Jose Smith es un profeta.

I apologize, the computer is not letting me use accents...

Really, the CCM is great. I love my teachers, I love my leaders, and I love mi compañeras! Life is good, and I know that the Church of Jesus Christ is the true Church!

I think that's all plus I'm out of time. I'd love to hear from you all! Mom I wrote you a letter and it should be coming in Thursday. The rest of you will get yours Friday. Mom let me know if you didn't get it, because I was dumb and forgot a return address! Thanks to everyone who writes, and if I have time I'll write back. I'm sorry if I haven't!

Con amor,
Hermana Peterson


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Better Late Than Never!!

Alright, I want to start off by saying that we weren't able to email yesterday becasue the weather was really bad and the library was closed. No one in the mission was able to email and so we are emailing today. I hope Mom didn't have a heart attack.

Alright, I also want to start off by saying I lied. Please send me long emails! Well, not super long but ones that are somewhat long. I am not going to do the voice recordings anymore and I will make time to write letters and email you fast. I want to hear about what is going on and plus it is really expensive to send letters cause stamps are pricey so please send me emails.

   Alright, it seems that I have forgotten to mention where I am serving. I am a slacker and I apologize. My area is called  DC 3rd South. I am smack dab in the middle of DC. I live about 4 miles North of the Capitol Building and my area covers the Capitol Building and the White House. Which is interesting becasue if Romney became president, he would've been in my ward! That would've been pretty interesting. So if you want to look it up on google maps, I live on Columbia Road and North Capitol in an apartment complex called the Cloisters. I live on the campus of the Catholic University. It is a pretty nice complex and the place that we go to email is right across the street and it is the Trinity Library. It is pretty nice. Anyways I hope that that gives the whereabouts of where I am.

   So this past week was pretty crazy. Our investigator Nichole is doing alright but the person I want to mention is Colleen. We were finally able to take her up to the Visitors Center last Friday and while we were up there we watched the Joseph Smith Movie and the short clip on families. She really enjoyed them a lot and she is enjoying reading the Book of Mormon. Colleen is 49 years old and she used to have drug and alcohol addictions. The only thing that she is struggling with right now is her smoking problem. We are working on it though. She wasn't able to make it to church on sunday which was a bummer but we did meet with her again on Monday. We brought a ward member Bro. Lunt who helped us out a lot in the lesson. We finished up the Plan of Salvation and she is really feeling the spirit which is great. It turns out that Bro. Lunt's sister lives in Mesa. Stephanie Hunt's husband is Bro. Lunt's sister's son. I hope that makes sense. We were able to go over for dinner to Bro. Lunt's home and we had some awesome sandwiches and tomato pepper soup. I want to get the recipe because it was really, really good.

    There has been some pretty amazing experiences happen lately. We have received a few referrals and one of them is named Tony. We are actually meeting with him today and he seems really interested. I can't wait to meet with him. I think I told you about Stephanie the lady we GQ'd and we are meeting with her tomorrow hopefully.

    For the most part this week hasn't been very productive, the weather was bad, Elder Gremillion got a flat tire and his bike got messed up a bit but it has been a pretty fun week. For P-day yesterday even thought the weather was bad we went and played basketball at the church. It was one of the craziest bike rides ever because it was snowing, and raining and it was hitting my face and it was super cold! But we pushed through the 4 miles uphill to the chapel and we made it. We also had our Zone Activity yesterday and we went and played Lazer Tag. It was pretty fun. Actually it was realy fun. I got 6th place overall out of 40 people. I felt like a boss basically.

    Alright my time is about up, but I just want to apologize in advance to everyone I didn't have time yesterday to write letters to anyone and so I will be writing next week. Tell grandma and grandpa Z that I have received their letters and I will be writing them next week. Also tell Leah happy birthday and I will be writing her too. Actually I will be writing everyone hopefully.  And please keep sending me the letters from Todd and Hannah and Daniel because I will read them if I have time. And I am waiting for the razor. I will push through and thank you so much for sending it. And if there is room could you send me some or all of my ties? :) the 5-6 tie thing isn't a rule it is a recommendation turns out.

   Lastly I have a few questions, how is everyone doing? does Rebekah have her permit? How is Seth's basketball going? Is Leah still doing that play thingy? Is Hannah alive? :) and how is Caleb? Also, did you get snow? I don't know if you told me if it snowed or not. Anyways I am doing wonderful, I am pushing through and am growing drastically physically and spiritually. Oh and I ran a 6:50 mile on Tuesday on the treadmill. Yeah I felt pretty cool. I am wanting to get it down to about 6 minutes by the end of the transfer. It will be hard but fun.

   I love you all!! And I miss you a ton! Keep me updated on stuff and I will talk to you soon! And there wasn't any picures this week but I will be sure to take some this week. Once again I love you so much!

 - Elder Peterson

OK, I found that I can copy/paste photos from his mission blog.  Here he is at a conference meeting with his companion.   (I hope there isn't some copyright/blog etiquette boundary I just crossed). Thanks, Sister Matsumori in case you ever see this!! :) 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

DC North Blog site

This is the address to the Washington DC North Mission Blog that is kept by President and Sister Matsumori and updated each week.  If you have nothing better to do with your time, you may link on to this blog and see more of Elder Peterson and his mission happenings.  I love seeing him doing missionary things.  Such a blessing to have this to look at for this Mom!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hermana Peterson 1st P-day 3-5-13

Hola Familia!
Side note, I want to type a lot of this in Spanish and keep translating it in my head, but I don't know how to add accents or anything, so I'm trying hard not to haha!
I fought hard for this computer so that I could send pictures, so I hope they come through! I don't know what order they are in...
Anyways, I absolutely love the MTC (the CCM in Spanish.) I can't put into words what it's like. After I got set apart on Sunday night, I was just really calm. Most of my worries had been put aside, and I wasn't even nervous to get on the plane to fly up here. I just wanted to get here! I can't believe I'm a missionary! Our first day, I got here around 2, and put my luggage in my room and then went to my classroom to meet my district. The rest of the first day is kind of a blur for me, but our teacher Hermano Byrd is incredible. He's so patient, and we've gotten to the point where we're only speaking Spanish in class. It's hard, but I testify that the gift of tongues is real! I know Spanish better now than I did after 2 years of it in high school. Our investigator is Ruby, and we have taught her 3 lessons in Spanish. The second lesson, we were teaching her about prayer and I pulled out my scriptures to Moroni 10:4-5 and was reading it out loud to her, and I had testimony born to me that Christ IS our Savior and that we can go to Him for anything. I started crying, and knew that I was going to be okay as a missionary. The Lord is mindful of me, and is going to bless me if I do my part.
Long story short, I am in a trio companionship. One of the sisters, Hermana Berbert got moved up to a higher Spanish class so her companion Hermana Taylor got added to my companionship. My first companion is Hermana Harris... and not lying, she is MEAGAN. Everything she does, reminds me of Meagan haha the way she talks, the way she laughs, and she even looks like her. Haha it catches me off guard all the time, but I love it. She has been the perfect first companion for me. Our other companion, Hermana Taylor is awesome too. I don't know a ton about her, but I think her background might have been a little rough. She's pretty quiet so it's hard to teach while including her sometimes, because Hermana Harris and I both love to talk. But, it's all good. It's not easy, but I know there is a reason for it. I love them both like sisters, so much. It's amazing how close you can get to something when you're forced to be with them 24/7 :) In our district there are 5 hermanas and 4 elders. WE are in district 17E. We set a record in our zone for being the first ones with more hermanas than elders! The other 2 hermanas, Hermana Garlitz and Hermana Kepler are going to Nashville! Jennifer look out for them please. I know they are speaking Spanish, but still, if you see them, love them. They are amazing!!
I am totally baffled by how much closer I have gotten to my Savior since being here. Everyone says it, but it's really true. I love Him more than I thought possible, and am so grateful!
The mission is hard business people! It's a good hard though. My appreciation goes up for all the missionaries in the world, and I wish I would've helped out more. Also, letters are amazing. When our elders come back after lunch with mail, it's the greatest thing ever. Please write! Dear Elder is amazing too. Mom if you or Bekah could put instructions out there for everyone, that'd be awesome! Thanks to those who have written, each letter has meant the world to me. I'll do my best to write back, but seriously the time is so limited here. I thought I would be under 30 minutes easily. Haha so hard!
I miss and love you all so much. I really started to miss you, especially mom on Sunday when our branch president's wife, Sister Bradley, hugged me. I am so appreciative for all that you have taught me; the gospel, how to clean and do laundry, how to just do everything. Thanks Mom and Dad. You are both missed so much, and in my prayers every night.
I'm going to write a few letters after this, so there will be more, don't worry. I just can't believe I've already been here for a week tomorrow. What they say is true, if you can make it to Sunday, you can make it. I've had plenty of my hard moments, but I know that if I trust in and rely on my Savior, He can use me to accomplish things. It's Him that makes things possible, not me.
Sunday was quite possibly the best day of my life. It was so powerful on so many levels. We watched the Character of Christ by Elder Bednar (the same talk I used in my farewell talk, except the version I found online is only semi close to the real one.) I'll leave you with one quote from his talk that really impacted me.
"Get over yourself, get out of the way, and stop worrying about things going your way." My mission isn't about ME. It's about my Savior Jesus Christ, and helping others come unto Him to be converted.
I'm sorry for the all over the placeness of this email. I can already bear my testimony in Spanish, say my prayers in Spanish, and quite a bit else in Spanish.
The gift of tongues is real, I know it. I probably won't use this computer in the laundry room anymore to write emails, so you might not get more pictures until I'm in Chile. It's super loud so I don't feel like I'm able to think in here...

Yo se que Jesucristo es el Salvador. Yo se que el libro de Mormon es la palabra de Dios. Yo se que mi Redentor vive!
I know what Jake was talking about know, that he hates typing. It's so dumb. Haha
Well, that's all for now. Sorry for any grammer or spelling errors, I was trying to type fast.
I love you all and am so grateful for your love, and family, I'm grateful I get to be with you forever :)
Happy late birthday to Leah on Sunday! I hope your birthday was wonderful, beautiful girl!! :) A letter is on it's way!!
Happy birthday to Josh, Anavey, McKenzi, Brian, and Burgandy this week! Make em' good!
Hermana Peterson :)

My companions Hermana Taylor and Hermana Harris in front of Provo Temple
My room my first night Hermanas...Taylor, Harris,
Garlitz, Berbert, Kepler and ME

My District

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hannah (Hermana Peterson) arrives to Utah/MTC

So, I am not computer savvy in any way, shape or form...just sayin'

Hannah (Hermana Peterson) in front of the Provo Temple
Hannah left on Tuesday, Feb 26 to fly to Utah.  My sister Lisa Wilson and her family were so gracious to pick her up and let her stay the night with them, and then on Wednesday, they drove her to the MTC for the "drop off at curb side..." They were so good to send me photo texts... but how long would it take me to figure out how to make them jpg. files so that I can post them here on the blog? "Days...weeks...months, who knows..."  Thank you to my good hubby and our friend James Franzen for helping me.  So, no, we haven't received a letter yet, but here are some pictures of her safe arrival. 

Waiting in a long line of cars
Hannah and the Wilsons (Andrew, Mitch, Lisa, Sarah, baby Mitchell and Joseph)
Love you guys!!
 After they dropped her off and drove away, who would she meet up with? Our good friends' daughter Sister Makaelee Owens (who by the way is going to Washington DC North Mission).  They were so happy to be checking in way.  Here's what her mom Kim said..."Amidst some tender mercies and feelings and uncertainties, these are two extra happy, amazing girls!!

Then Kim added..."Love those girls!! This is a very BIG day! Seriously, that sweet connection of discovery on the curb just spoke volumes for the peace and comfort of familiarity that they both needed and deserved!! Timing/coincidence...definitely an evidence of a very loving tender mercy and even more...a Father in Heaven!! Hannah is there with a friend!"
Thanks, Kimberly, for the sweet photos!
One last photo of some assigned missionaries helping the girls in with all their stuff!
You will both be missed!

Elder Peterson 2/27/13 Audio Transcripts

So...he did it again...he recorded himself and sent the digital recordings. I just finished typing them up, so it was a bonus this week...

February 27, 2013
(From his audio voice recordings)
Hello Family.  It's Elder Peterson. How are you? That's a rhetorical question, because you are not going to be able to answer me unless it's through a letter or email.  Elder Gremillion let me borrow his voice recorder again, which I am very thankful for.  Nichole (an investigator) decided not to be baptized this Sunday, which is good.  She still has a lot of questions, but is still committed.  We keep meeting with her and answer a lot of questions for her.  We plan on setting up another baptismal date.  Then there is Andre, we took him to the visitor center, and he came to church.  He has some learning disabilities, so I am not sure if he completely understands everything we teach him.
The weather is really nice, so I am sitting outside.  We had a really long day, and I just ate some twisty macaroni and cheese.  Every third week of the month, they have this fireside for all the recent converts called "Why I Believe" and they invite these recent converts to share their testimony.  It is really awesome.  It is at the visitors' center (which is about 10 times bigger than the Mesa visitors' center).

I am in a bike area, and I am losing weight.  Last week,  I popped my tire, and we had to have the zone leaders come pick us up.  For our Family Home Evening Activity (held on Tuesday nights) we watched the John Tanner Story.  It really hit me like it never had before. 
The traffic is crazy here...people are insane here.  I was riding into the intersection, and a driver turning right actually honked at me.  P-days are crazy, as you remember Dad.  Always too much to do. So sorry that I didn't send pictures or letters.  I was busy trying to get my bike fixed. 

I had another interview with President Matsumori, which was awesome.  And when I came out of the stake center, my bike had another flat tire.  Actually the tube had 2 holes in it, so thankfully Elder and Sister Porter were able to go and get me a new tube, and I am really grateful for them.  Now it works great! I love my bike, it's my baby!!
We met with Benita Jackson again (if you remember she is the recent convert that is a recovering drug addict.) We always enjoy visiting with her.  I also met Colleen (our only white investigator).  She has a baptismal date for March 16th.  Hopefully she will stick to it.  She was actually taking notes while we were teaching her a discussion on the plan of salvation!  On Wednesday nights, we have a scripture discussion group that we invite our investigators to. 

On Sunday, Bro. Armstrong (or JS) came to pick us up for church because our church building (which is 4 miles uphill and not in our area). Which is AWESOME, because it is not fun riding uphill for 4 miles. When he came to pick us up, he had a bunch of Girl Scout Cookies that he bought.  I grabbed a box of Tagalongs (the peanut butter ones) which made me really happy!  And I ate them all! We studied Elder Uchtdorf's talk about losing ourselves in the work, and being happy and enjoying life.  Our roomies had 2 baptisms that we attended, a couple from Africa.  They do the convert baptisms immediately after church here, and then they do the confirmations to following Sunday.  Our church ends at 1:00, and the baptisms are at 1:15.
We met this guy named Ginelle just out walking out on the street and he seemed interested, so hopefully we will meet with him on Sunday if he is home.  Monday we had our district meeting (instead of Tuesday) in the old chapel that used to be used before the new chapel we attend.  My district is really awesome.  2 of the elders, one from Ukraine and the other from Hong Kong are really cool.

We met with Nichole again, and she is finally understanding about why she needs to read the Book of Mormon each day. Monday night we met with a man named Brother Clark, who was a bishop at one time, had a sad divorce, left the church, and lost his testimony.  We are trying to help him because his 3 children are completely off the deep end, and it's really sad.  Thanks for raising us right, Mom and Dad, and for keeping your covenants, I am really thankful for you and our awesome family.
Tuesday, we started to go find people.  We met this girl named Stephanie and I was able to share with her my 1 minute brief introduction of the plan of salvation.  I had just written it down during an exercise in my studies that morning from Preach My Gospel.  When we "GQ"  people, we usually talk about prophets, but I had felt prompted to share with her what I had just written down about the plan of salvation.  Stephanie was really interested because she had just lost her dad.  When I had mentioned about "where we are going" she perked up, and wants to learn more.  I'm glad I had followed the prompting, because it was really sweet.  I will call her to make an appointment.  We also met with Bro. Norman, who lost his testimony, and he has some concerns (which are just rubbish).  Hopefully we can answer them.

We were in charge of the FHE group activity for Tuesday.  Colleen didn't come, which made me disappointed and sad.  We played the game where you put "What if" statements on strips of paper and put them in one bowl, and then you put "Then" statements in another bowl, and then you pick one from each bowl and read them together.  It is pretty funny.  One of the less actives in our ward, Fred and his wife Joyce, came to the activity, and he said he had a really great time. We then watched the 20 minute restoration video. He really enjoyed the video. He said he wants to keep coming to the FHE activities and we told him to come to church and he said he would be there.
My companion Elder Gremillion is a really good companion.  On P-day, we went down to "The Mall" which is the capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and all the other monuments.  The area is so cool. We took the metro because we knew coming back would be all uphill.  Then we went to the store. I bought a bunch of food which I am really excited to eat! This guy in the checkout  asked me to pay for him, and I felt really bad for him, so I said yes, but then after I did, I was told not to do that again, by my companion. I only spent like $3 for his fruit, but apparently we aren't supposed to, (a mission rule, that I didn't know) because we don't want the church to get the reputation of always handing out money to everyone who asks.  I won't do THAT again, even though it was hard not to. Now that I know I am actually not supposed to, I won't.

Everything is going great.  I am learning a lot.  I feel like I am becoming more "manly" in a spiritual sense and a physical sense. Like I am maturing a lot, but I guess I will find that out when I get home...
Happy early birthday, Leah.  Seth and Caleb, hang in there. Rebekah, please don't kill anybody on the road. Mom and Dad, stay yourselves.  I miss you all and love you.  Oh, I just remembered Hannah left for the MTC today.  I bet you are all crying and stuff.

I love you all very much.  Elder Peterson is "In and Out ...word."