Monday, March 31, 2014

3/31/14 Hermana Peterson - Sometimes the Mission is Like Playing Battleship

Because we had 251 contacts, we got Super 251 chocolate bars

Milk comes in a box here
This last week we had a really rough week. Okay it wasn´t terrible, but it was pretty bad. But the thing that I love, is that in the moments that are the hardest for us, the Lord gives us the greatest opportunities to grow. Even though we had lots of rejection, lots of walking, and problems with some of the hermanas in our group, I felt the love of the Lord in my life, almost in every moment. The Lord is so merciful with his tender mercies. I feel them in every aspect of my life, and I´m so grateful for the new week that we have to keep going! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! We had our first rain this last week and it literally rained ALL day. We also got permission to watch the women´s broadcast in a members house IN ENGLISH and it was amazing. I actually just finished downloading them on to my pin drive to listen to this week! I can´t wait for Conference! I love it so much and am so excited to get answers to my unanswered questions! Conference here we come!
Can I just brag about my companion for a second? She´s the best! She truly makes being a missionary way fun. She´s way gung ho about conference treats and countdowns and all that good fun stuff! I hope we´ll get to be together another cambio!
1. I finished the Book of Mormon this week! I love the book of Mormon so much and for all of the guidance that it gives me in my life! I´m so excited to start it again and see it from a different light! I invite you all to read it starting after Conference and finish it by the next session of Conference.
I love the invitation that Moroni gives in Moroni 10:32. COME UNTO CHRIST. It is the only way!
2. We straight up went paint balling today. I really wished that Dad and Seth would´ve been here. I would´ve shot the heck out of Seth and it would´ve been super fun with dad. I would love to play with all the Peterson brothers.... With practice I could be way better! It was super fun though!
3. Lisa, when does Daniel come home?
4. Mom or Leah or Bekah, please send me some music! You can send me Jake´s songs and you could send me voice recordings or stuff but it has to be in MP3 format and I can put it on my pin drive and listen to it! Disney songs, whatever that is uplifting!
5. Long story short, the family Calvo (Marcelo, Danay, Marcelo) have family that lives in my ward now, and when I was in Talcahuano the first time, we tried to find them because their son that is 11 isn´t baptized but we never could! This week, we (not by chance) found them and even though we didn´t teach them right then, it was such a tender mercy and we´re going to start passing by for them this week! The little boy se llama Juan Pablo.
Well, life is super good! I´m serious, I´m super happy and loving even more being a missionary! I couldn´t ask to be in a better place at this point in my life! YAY the Gospel is so true! I was super impressed by this in the women´s broadcast that I don´t know how people don´t believe in the church.... I just know it´s true! Keep working hard you crazy family you. I love you all so much!
Have a fabulous week and take more pictures. I miss your weird faces :)
ENJOY CONFERENCE! READ THE BOOK OR MORMON. BE NICE
Love,
Hermana Peterson

We went paintballing this morning for a zone activity. Hermana Arrington (Mission President's Wife) came along. She is the best!
We are cool!

With Sister Arrington

Don't mess with us!

With our zone leaders Elder Paulson from Utah and Elder Heyman from Arizona

Sister Heslop and I are tough

Don't crack a smile!!

3/31/14 Elder Peterson - Super excited for General Conference this weekend!



How's it going? This past week has been pretty crazy! We had the
opportunity to go to the temple and I love going there. It was a
really unique experience because one of the members of our ward Sister
Brooks, give us some names to do baptisms. It was the first time that
I was able to go into the baptismal font here in the DC Temple. It is
beautiful! And it was really cool to be able to participate in the
baptisms. It was also cool to be able to take the names back to her
and to see her face when she saw us. I don't think I'll ever
understand how truly grateful she was, and how grateful her ancestors
were on the other side. I'm so grateful for the plan of salvation!
Everybody gets the chance to accept the Gospel. What a wonderful
message that we get to share out  here's missionaries! Everyone can
receive the Gospel.

This past week was also crazy for the fact that it rained so much! But
I think that it's all over now. Things are just going to turn green
really soon. I remember at the beginning of my mission coming out here
and having everything be dead, and I thought to myself "I wonder what
this is going to look like in a couple months?" It is so beautiful out
here when everything is blossoming.

So it turns out that I'm going to be leaving the Capitol Ward! Our
transfers are this Wednesday, and I don't know where I'm going yet.
The way that transfers work out here is that we get a call Saturday
night from the zone leaders telling us if we are staying or going.
Then, on Tuesday night we find out where we are going and who are
companion is going to be. I'm going to miss being here a lot, but I am
really excited to start a new adventure. I am sure going to miss Elder
Redmond a lot! It has been a wonderful opportunity to train and to
learn so much from him. He is going to really become a great leader in
this mission.

This weekend we had the opportunity to go up to the visitor center to
see The savior of the World musical. The show was put on by the
singles Ward out here in the DC/Maryland area. We were able to take a
recent convert with us and also a family named the Smiths. We really
had a great time! The show was really good too. Instead of it being
the birth of Jesus Christ, it was all about the resurrection of Jesus
Christ. It was cool to see the second act of the musical for the first
time. The recent converts name is sister Visencio and she really
enjoyed it along with her son Ulises. They are super cool family!

Well that's about it for me. Anticipating transfers and I'm super
excited for general conference this weekend! It's going to be weird
not being here in the Capitol ward during conference, because I was
really looking forward to it, but that's the way it's going to be. I
sure hope that everyone takes great notes during conference. I love
conference so much. I'm so grateful for the chance that I have to be
here serving a mission although though it may be hard sometimes, I am
grateful for the choice that I made. Not only has it
helped me but it's helped others as well. That's the joy of being a
member of this church! It is all about serving.

Well, have a wonderful week. I will talk to you soon!

Love,
Elder Peterson

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3/24/14 Elder Peterson - Cheesy People

Well, hello my family how is everyone doing? Well, this past week was pretty good. No snow over the rest of the week so that was pretty nice! The weather actually got pretty good I was pretty excited about that. How is everyone doing? What is all the new stuff that is going on? There is only a week and a half left in the transfer over here. I can't believe how fast the time is flying by. It is pretty crazy for sure. I don't even know what to think about it. It is just going too fast that is for sure.
 
So this past week Elder Redmond and I had the chance to visit some potential investigators named Fritz and Chrismene and they are super nice. They were a referral from the French Elders and we were able to help them move into their new home in our area. It is a really nice house. Fritz and Chrismene are from Haiti and they both speak French. There is a couple of people in our ward who speak French so it is pretty cool. We were able to take one of those people from the ward Bro. Patenaude with us. He did a great job fellow shipping them with us because he is an IT guy and so is Fritz. So it is pretty cool to see the two of them get along pretty well. Besides the fact that Bro. Patenaude is 64 and Fritz is in his 30s....but what does that matter right?
 
This weekend the Capitol West elders, Elder Gomez and Elder Tilby, and Elder Redmond and I were able to help out with a ward activity. This ward activity was a dinner auction. This dinner auction was put on by the young men and the young women of the ward, and the funds raised for the activity are going to be donated for the summer camps that the youth will be going on. It was a lot of fun, and there was some pretty good food. We were able to help out with the auction part of the evening. It was pretty fun, I guess, but the food was great! Fritz was able to attend that night, and he really enjoyed himself. Something else that was really cool is there is a member of our ward whose name is Johnson Presmy. He is also from Haiti, and he speaks almost fluent French, but mostly Creole. Fritz and Johnson were able to hit it off really well. Turns out that Johnson and Fritz know a lot of the same people and it was truly a blessing from the Lord. We are excited for Fritz and Chrismene to continue to meet with us, and to also befriend the members of the ward.
 
Anyways, I am doing pretty well. I have everything that I need and I am enjoying all the things that I get to do and feel as a missionary. It is really fun to take a few moments during the week and reflect on who I used to be. I have changed a lot! My view of life has changed and my understanding of gospel principles and the scriptures has increased a lot. I don't know what I would do without the Gospel!!
 
Today has been pretty fun. We were able to have our Zone activity today and we played Scatter ball and we went and played capture the flag. Our team won, and it was pretty awesome. The way that we played the capture the flag is the teams all had flour bombs. The flour bombs were made out of nylon and flour and we had to hit people with them in order to get them out and put them in jail for capture the flag. Yeah, our team basically rocked. The zone activity was a combination of two zones, my old Zone, the Suitland Zone, and the one I am in now the Anacostia Zone. We really did have a great time. Something else that was awesome is we had a steak lunch. This steak lunch was super good, and one of the members of the Anacostia Ward was the person who made the steaks for us. It was probably one of the best zone activities that I attended. While I was up in Montgomery Village, we had a similar zone activity except in this zone activity it was really hot outside. We played capture the flag, and we used to squirt guns to help with the activity. That was probably one of my favorites as well. Oh, and I forgot to mention that we played a game of speed or lightning or knock out, whatever people call it. Surprisingly, I won. It was a lot of fun. And now I'm done. Ha ha sorry I went on a little tangent of rhyming.
 
Anyways, we have been having a hard time getting a hold of some of our investigators. It's kind of frustrating. Something that I don't think I've ever mentioned is that there are a lot of "cheesy" people out here in DC. To explain what cheesy means it basically is people who do not really keep their commitments that we leave with them, and they are really not interested in what we are telling them about, but they just kind of go with it. I hate to say that there are people like this in this world, but it is true. But, I am so grateful when we do find those people who are truly interested in learning more about the gospel. I have only had a small amount of people that fall under this category, but it is so rewarding to see the changes that happen in their lives.
 
Alright, that is about it for me. I am looking forward to this week. I made a promise to myself that this is going to be the hardest working week that I have ever had out here on my mission. I am going to be on top of things, I'm going to remember to call people, and I am going to be the best companion ever to my best companion ever, Elder Redmond. I know this week is going to be fantastic!! Well, I love you all. Hope you have a great week!
 
- Elder Peterson

Monday, March 24, 2014

3/24/14 Hermana Peterson - We went the extra mile, er person.

TWO HUNDRED FIFTY ONE CONTACTS BABY. We had so much fun this week trying to get that many! One day by itself we had like 64 contacts BUT, the assistants told us today that we beat the mission record. I feel like I should be on "The Best Two Years" now!!
So I´ve got some good news, some bad news, and some I need some forgiveness news. We´ll start backwards and move forward, shall we?
I need to ask forgiveness from Abby and Grant! I totally forgot to wish them a happy birthday this last week! I can´t believe you two are 11 now. I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE BORN. Holy cow, I´m the old one :)  I hope your day was spectacular!

(Doctrine and Covenants 58: 3-4)

Bad news.... I just heard that this last week while Yolanda was at church (one of the abuelitas that I baptized in Cauquenes) her son Fernando (the one that we taught who liked alcohol) killed himself and I think she found him after church.... I heard that the branch has stepped up and is helping so much but please keep this sweet dear lady in your prayers. Hermana Moran said she´s at peace, but please pray for her.

Good news. DIEGO got baptized this last weekend! I don´t have pictures yet, but he and his little sister got baptized! YAY for the gospel! :) Also, Maria José is still progressing super well to her baptism. She has something wrong with her face (we´re not exactly sure what it is, but it´s like warts/boils) and she´s got a surgery set for September. She´s wasn´t living the law of chastity or the word of wisdom, and I promised her in a lesson the other day that if she started living both and kept preparing for her baptism, that she wouldn´t have the need to have the surgery, that the Lord would bless her for what she´s doing. We need all the prayers and faith that we can have! Please if you could pray super hard for her, that she´ll keep understanding the things that we´re teaching her and that she´ll have the faith too, I KNOW THE LORD will help her!

So about the scripture picture. That´s the scripture that Sister Mary N. Cook shared in the Young Adult fireside I was at when I knew I would need to serve a mission. At the beginning of my mission I found that I had written a note in my scriptures about it and I remembered it this past week, so there you go. That picture could describe my mission.

I´m sorry this is so short! I love you all and know that I´m doing so good! I love my area, I love my companion, I love this gospel, and I love you all so much! Thank you for your examples and for all that you´re do for me! You are the best!

Love,
Hermana Peterson
Saying goodbye to the Pulsiphers who are heading home to Idaho

3/18/14 Elder Peterson - This week has been pretty awesome

Well, hello everybody! This is Elder Peterson reporting on another
week in Maryland. It's been pretty productive this past week. I want
to share an experience on Redmond and I had this past Sunday. So, we
went and stopped by a referral we received from some elders in
Anacostia. If I've never mentioned Anacostia, Anacostia is the
craziest place here in the mission. It's the most ghetto part of D.C.
I don't think I have to say anything more. But it is also really fun
place to go to. I've been able to visit there couple times when I've
gone on exchanges. So the man that we went and visited has the name of
Tarahn. He is really cool and when we stopped by he let us right in.
He's really religious, and has a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. It
was a definite testimony building experience for me, when he let us
right in. It is always fun when you're out here serving a mission and
you knock on some one's door and they let you in immediately. Makes me
feel pretty good, because it never happens too much.

Anyways, when we went in and started talking with him, he expressed
that he was interested in learning more about our church. We were able
to talk to him briefly about the Book of Mormon. We basically had a
testimony meeting with him. We were able to set up an appointment for
tonight actually, and we are pretty stoked. We are hoping this time
that we will be able to teach his son and his wife. We are having one
of the coolest members of the ward come with us too. His name is
Brother Gunnell, and we are going to have to invite them to a dinner
auction that we are having as a ward this Saturday.

Also, this weekend we had the chance to go to the stake conference for
our stake. And actually, it was a regional conference for the whole
East Coast. There was a Saturday night adult session that all the
missionaries in the Stake were able to go to. We sang our mission song
as a musical number for the session. During the session there was a
lot of great talks about hastening the work of salvation. They were
really good and I learned a ton from them. One of the things that I
learned so much is how important the atonement is in our lives. One of
the speakers, Pres. Volk, really emphasized on this topic. One of
things that he said is that the atonement needs to be a regular study
topic during the week. I'm going to take them up on this challenge for
sure. I was able to study it Monday and I really enjoyed it a lot. I
truly know our Savior Jesus Christ died for our sins.

The Sunday morning session was really the best one. I told you guys
last week that we were going to have Elder L Tom Perry visit us in
our stake for the conference. I'm sorry, but I lied to you. It was
actually a broadcast for the whole East Coast and he was one of the
speakers for it. Even though it was a disappointment it was still pretty awesome. One
of the talks was given by a man named Bruce Carlson of the Seventy,
and he talked about self-discipline. It was exactly what I needed to
hear. Along with the other talks, I feel that the missionary work in
our ward is going to increase a ton because of what was said.

So it was pretty crazy. There was a semi-bad storm that hit us Sunday
night and Monday morning, and our preparation day was moved to today.
It was kind of weird not having preparation day on Monday, but we are
able to go out and do regular proselyting during Monday. In the
afternoon, they gave us a call that we could go and use our cars.
During the storm they didn't want us driving in our cars, and we were
kind of excited when I told us that we could now.

Well, that's about it for me. I'm really excited for this upcoming
week. And I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. I love you all!!!

Elder Peterson
 
At the National mall
I love you, Arizona!!
  
Snow

More snow

 Being tough in the snow
At a district meeting

LtoR: Elders Redmond, Farley, Gomez and Tilby
 

3/17/14 Hermana Peterson - Mary Jane, the Hedgehog

Talcahuano is the best. Still smells like hamster, but it´s the best! We´ve had a super good week this week! We met a lot of the members, and got a lot of contacts. In her last week in the mission, Hermana Miskin had 244 contacts (a contacto consists of inviting someone to do something, and teaching a little principle), her last week in the mission. I told her I would get 250 and Hermana Heslop and I put it as our goal this week. We figured it out and we´d have to have 5 contacts EVERY hour of working time. So, more so than praying that we can get 250 contacts, if you could pray that the people who need our message would be put in our path, we´d appreciate it! We found Maria José this last week, and she came to church! The members LOVE her and brought her right in to their circle. She has a baptismal date for the 5th of April, but is having a really hard time understanding the things we´re teaching. We keep praying that her mind will be open so that she can understand, but after church we asked her how she felt and she said she didn´t have words to explain how she felt. YAY for the Gospel blessing people´s lives!
I get along SO well with Hermana Heslop, which makes for more pleasant everything! She also is super worried about the weight she´s gained, and SO this week we started working out and eating super healthy (see picture). It´s a lot easier to do it when your companion wants to be healthy too! SO here´s to lookin good :)
Our Diet Plan

My new companion Hermana Heslop

Jake, sometimes I get super jealous that you are serving a mission in the states and have access to all of the good American goodies. Hermana Heslop and I were talking about all of the food that we miss and I made a list of things that aren´t here,  but that I´d seriously give my right arm to have. It´s funny how you don´t realize you´re mission something until you don´t have it. 

Fruit snacks, red vines and twizzlers, goldfish (but Hermana Heslop has a few left so I had a few this week and they were SO good!), cinnamon pop tarts, sea salt and cracked pepper chips, nilla wafers, and pretzels.  

And one more story to wrap this week up! So yesterday we had lunch with a family in our ward that has a hedgehog as a pet. It freaked me out because I´d never seen one before, and it took a lot to end up holding it, but I knew I´d regret it if I didn´t do it. So Hermana Heslop started, we got super cute pictures, and then it was my turn. I had it in my hands for like 2 seconds and it started pooping. IN.MY.HAND. Luckily, we caught it with a napkin before it actually touched my hand, but THAT IS WHY I DON´T LIKE ANIMALS. jeez Louise. We laughed so hard, and then Hermana Antillón wanted to hold it and I turned to look at her, and saw that the hedgehog was about to start peeing on her. It got on her clothes, and it was hysterical. We laughed for about 10 minutes non stop and a lot of us were crying because it was SO stinking funny (ha ha no pun intended). You would´ve had to have been there, but it was so funny! Hope the pictures help :)
With the hedgehog

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Have a fabulous week in California! 

Also, I finished 3 Nefi (Nephi in the Book of Mormon) this morning! If I read 2 chapters a day, I´ll finish by conference! 19 days! YAY! I´m so excited! 3 Nefi is super powerful! Especially 3 Nefi 18. Read it this week. It´s awesome!

I love you!
Love,
Hermana Peterson 
Chilleans...so classy!

Grafitti...love you buddy!

My zone in Talcahuano

We made the balloon arch for the newly remodeled chapel open house
 
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

3/10/14 Elder Peterson - Hello My People!!

Hello everyone, this is Elder Peterson reporting from Maryland.
This past week was pretty crazy. We got snowed in for two days. Also, we
had our zone training meetings and it was really awesome! I was
feeling a little down this past week (no worries though). But, the
workshops that were given were really great and I learned a lot from
them. One of  the things that really stood out to me during the zone
training this past week was my attitude towards the work. I realized
that there are days when I really have a negative attitude and it is
really not necessary. I want things to go well, I just have to think
that they will go well. A positive attitude is really what helps our
lives to be able to be the way that we want them to be. We all have
trials, and that is something that will never change. If we have an
attitude of gratitude during our lives, then we will not have to worry
about the mistakes that we make and we can always be happy!

This past Saturday after Elder Redmond and I had a wonderful lesson with a
lady named Michelle and her mother Catherine. We were little
skeptical about what was going to happen, because we have been trying
to visit with her and her mother for about a month now. We finally
were able to set something up and it worked out marvelously! We were
able to take a returned missionary from the ward Bryan Powell with us
and he really really helped out with the lesson. They both felt the
spirit very strong, and they agreed to read in the Book of Mormon and
pray about it. We are really excited to continue to meet with them!

I can't believe that the transfer is almost halfway over! That means
that I have been training Elder Redmond for the past nine weeks! It is
amazing how fast time flies. He is doing a wonderful job. I sure hope
that he's learning at least one thing from me. I am sure learning a lot
from him. Only three weeks left and I might be out of the Capitol
Ward! I can't believe it! That means that I've been here for about 4
1/2 months. That's a pretty long time. But I've enjoyed it a lot, and
I've grown a lot as a missionary.

One thing that I have learned over the past couple of weeks is diligence.
We all know that life can drag us down, and sometimes doubts pop into
our minds when things are not going our way. I have learned that as we
continue to move forward, keeping an eye single to the glory of God,
that we will be able to see success. Our lives will be dedicated to
the Lord, and he will bless us with the desire to keep moving forward.
I have grown to appreciate my Heavenly Father so much, and I know that
he is watching over me. I am so grateful for the work that I've been
able to do out here, and what the work has been able to do for me, and
the people that I come in contact with. There are so many good people
in this world, and I have the privilege of meeting just a few of them.
There are many people back in Arizona that are good people, and I miss
them a lot. I'm so grateful for the role models that I have in my
life, and for the many role models that I continue to have while I am
out here serving the Lord.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. Elder L Tom Perry is going
to be speaking at our stake conference. Hopefully we will be able to
meet him. That would be really sweet.

Well, I love you all so much! I hope that you have a wonderful week
and I look forward to hearing from you this next week!

Elder Peterson

Monday, March 10, 2014

3/10/14 Hermana Peterson - LONG LIVE TALCAHUANO

So we had cambios. I´m headed out to Talcahuano. Not the same zone or area where I was, but about 8 minutes away! I´m still going to be an hermana leader, training Hermana Heslop to be a new hermana leader, and she´s from Draper Utah! We´re opening a sector too, but we´re going to be in a sector with 2 other hermanas and 2 elders. Amo Talcahuano.... Since the moment I left Talcahuano, I have prayed that if there were a way that I could go back to Talcahuano, that I could. I know that Heavenly Father answers our prayers, even if it´s not exactly what we´re expecting. BUT, I´m super happy for the change.  So, we´ll see what the Lord has in store for me in Talcahuano!
I got your valentine´s packages this last week. Dad, your valentine was super silly, but I LOVED IT. You were right, and mom, I did your valentine as soon as I got home, and Leah, in your Valentine, you said "Te amo muy," but it needs to be "Te amo mucho." Just so you know :) BUT thank you so much for the package! I loved it!
 
So this last week, we had a special conference with Elder Zeballos from the Seventy. It was such a good conference, and yes our musical number wasn´t a bust. Just from now on, I´m more than happy being behind the piano :) BUT, Elder Zeballos was talking about the importance of the Latinos learning English and us gringos keeping our Spanish alive when we get home. He said that if someone knows English and Spanish, they can communicate with 80% of the members of the church and that if they add Portuguese, they can speak to 90% of the members of the church. He did some other cool analysis things, and said that English is the language of the restoration because it is the language that the book of Mormon was translated into. He also told us that about 2 weeks ago, the first presidency okayed the revision of the book of Mormon in ALL LANGUAGES! Remember how this last year they did English? Well now they are going to do Spanish and all of the other languages!! Well, when he was talking, I had a pretty powerful experience with my Heavenly Father. I know that I need to pursue something with languages. If possible, I´d really like to learn Portuguese and work with some sort of translating, interpreting, I don´t know. I haven´t gotten that far. All I know, is that I need to work with languages and keep my Spanish in supreme condition for the REST of my life. I need to teach my kids Spanish someday, and use this incredible opportunity that Heavenly Father has given me to bless others. Mom, I´m super excited for the job that´s waiting for me. If you could do what you can to keep that open, I would be forever grateful. I just know the Lord needs me to do this. I haven´t really ever felt the driving desire for a career, but the Lord answers prayers. I would have NEVER thought about doing something with languages before my mission, but what are some ideas you have of things I could do?! :)

Okay so on Monday, we found a lady named Rosa. She let us pass into her house and we started to teach her lesson 1, the Restoration. We got to the 1st Vision, and it was my turn to teach it. I started to quote the first vision and her eyes got super big. She started to cry a little and I felt prompted that when I finished and after a few moments of silence to ask her how she felt. She cried a little more, and then said, "I´ve dreamed this since I was a little girl. I´ve always wondered what my dream meant, and now I know. I KNOW José Smith was a prophet." MIND.BLOWN. It was probably the most powerful lesson I´ve had in my whole mission. The Spirit was so strong, and I was reminded of the testimony that I have of Joseph Smith. I KNOW that he was a prophet of God and that it was through him that the church was restored. I know without a doubt that we are part of the only true church on the earth, the same church that Jesus Christ had. This verse has impacted me these past few weeks... It´s in the Bible in Mark 10:39.

"And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized."
Jesus was not baptized when he was a baby. He was baptized when he had a concept of right and wrong. He wasn´t baptized by a little bit of water or with fire (yes I have heard this here in Chile). He was baptized COMPLETELY in water. Jesus wasn´t baptized by just anybody. He looked for John the Baptist because he held the authority of God. There is only one way that we CAN and SHOULD be baptized, that will count and be the door by which we can enter into the kingdom of God. I know that He was and is the perfect example!

Well, happy birthday this week to Burgs and Aunt Shelly! I hope your days are fabulous!
The church is true. Share it, I dare ya :)
 
Love,
Hermana Peterson
At our big zone conference
My Zone in Cauquenes

The Leadership in Parral
Yolanda let us pick some of her grapes

Learning to spin yarn from wool

A yummy purple peach...Gramps Z, I think of you whenever I eat a peach!!

 
A tractor...enough said
 
I am going to miss them! Best Ward Mission Leader...ever!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

3/3/14 Elder Peterson - Well Hello Everybody!

Alright, this week has been a very crazy one. We were trying super hard
but we didn't see a lot of results from our hard work. It Can be really
discouraging, but we were able to make it through this past week. We
were able to visit some of the less active members in the ward. One of
the people for the first time was Sister L. She was very nice and
we have an appointment with her this coming up Wednesday. Another
member of the ward and we have been working closely with is Collin
P. He is 12 years old and he is really determined to come back to
church. He came to basketball with us the past couple of weeks and he
really enjoyed it. Last night we stopped by his grandmothers house and
he happened to be there. It was a really cool experience. We follow
the spirit and we were able to talk to him and his grandmother about
family history work. And they fed us some really good food.

This past week was pretty challenging for me. There was a couple times
in the week where I was not feeling very motivated to go out and work.
But with the help of my companion and my roommates we were able to
push through the hard time. I am so grateful for the gospel, and for
the love that Jesus Christ has for me. I am not going to lie
missionary work can be very hard sometimes, but it is definitely worth
it! I have been able to witness the gospel change peoples lives out
here. It is definitely something that I will never forget!

Last night one of my roommates Elder Tilby got really sick. Elder
Gomez came into our room at around 130 last night telling us that
Elder Tilby was not feeling well. It was really hard to see him in a
lot of pain, but we were able to administer a priesthood blessing to
him and today he is feeling a lot better!! I was kind of worried that
I would get the sickness from him but fortunately I did not. Last
night after we gave Elder Tilby the priesthood blessing I had a really
hard time going back to sleep. Elder Gomez and I took turns making
sure Elder Tilby was doing alright. During the time that I was
watching Elder Tilby I was able to read in the book of Mormon. I was
also able to read a couple of the emails that Hermana Peterson had
sent. I'm so grateful for my mother and her willingness to print out
the emails so that I can read them. In one of the emails Hermana
Peterson was able to quote from Dieter F Uchtdorf. The quote that she
had really touched my heart last night. I had realized that I was
worrying too much about the how and the what of the Gospel. I feel
that sometimes I lose sight of the of the "why" of the Gospel. Thank
you so much Hermana Peterson for the inspiring words. I feel like a
changed man today. This week I'm committing to work even harder than I
have ever before!!

One thing for sure is that I love training. My companion Elder Redmond
is a stud. He has truly inspired me to become better person and to
emulate my Savior Jesus Christ at all times. I sure look up to him a
lot and even though I'm supposed to be the one training him, he sure
has been training me.

Well I sure do love you all. I am really looking forward to this
upcoming week. We have a lot of appointments scheduled that are going
to be very awesome. Today we have been stuck inside because of snow.
It is really starting to make me antsy. Oh well, that's just the way
it is sometimes.

I LOVE YOU ALL! Have a great week.
Elder Peterson

3/3/14 Hermana Peterson - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TÍA OLÍA.

Holy cow Leah. Even though you aren´t a tía, I decided that my children someday will call you tía Olia because it sounds super cool haha and I will too :) I can´t believe you are 15 YEARS OLD! Man, I remember when I was 15. Good times. I hope you have such a good day, and enjoy that banana cream pie for me!!!!!!!! You could even save me a piece if you wanted :)
 
Gosh dang it. I left my agenda in the house, and can´t go back for it, because we´re in Parral for an activity and it had ALL OF MY STORIES THAT I HAD TO TELL YOU NOTED. Today will just be a day of pictures :)

Happy birthday last week to Brinkley, Ariana, Gavin and Josh. Sorry I didn´t say happy birthday sooner, but I hope it was so good! And happy birthday this week to McKenzie, Uncle Brian, Leah, Anavey, and I don´t know if I´m forgetting anyone else.

This last week we went out to Pelluhue (pe-jew-way), the coast twice, once to proselyte and once for an activity with the ward. Mom and Dad, when we come back, we´re going to Pelluhue. It is SO beautiful! We´re working with President right now to get permission to work out there. It´s about 1 hour drive to Cauquenes, but it would be part of our branch. We´re still working with this, so we´ll see how things go! We should know by this week, what is going to happen with that! Speaking of this week, Elder Zeballo is coming for the Conference on Thursday. I am SCARED out of my mind for the musical number. Hermana Glazier (the cousin of Hermana Oldroyd) is playing for us, and she said I´d rather be singing and I said I´d rather be playing, but we both came to the conclusion that the Lord takes us out of our comfort zones to help us reach our potential. Still doesn´t help though, I´m still so stinking scared.
 
We had a good week, but we´re struggling to have people that are progressing. The thing with Cauquenes is that the majority of the people let us pass into their houses NO PROBLEM, but the majority of them don´t end up progressing. Something that´s been on my mind a lot is the thought of the traditions of fathers. The Book of Mormon truly testifies of our days. There are many many people in the world who follow the traditions of their fathers, but they need to gain their own testimonies and then follow them. We did however find some super great people and we are so excited to work with them. We have the majority of our appts with them today or tomorrow! YAY! I love the Gospel so much. 

This last week I completed one year in the mission. I did a lot of reflecting on everything that I´ve become in this past year, and the things that I´ve accomplished. Also, our Zone Leaders challenged us as leaders to read Alma 26 and put ourselves in the shoes of Ammon. Ammon, in my opinion, is the greatest missionary who has ever lived. So, I´m going to take a little bit of scriptural liberty and include my changes here, because this is how I truly feel. I know the Lord lives and that he loves each one of us. He uses us and our weaknesses to help others come to know the Gospel. My heart aches for the people I know who don´t have the Gospel in their lives, but we have to keep praying! 

And now, these are the words of Hermana Peterson to her family, which say thus: My dear family, behold I say unto you, how great reason have I to rejoice; for could I have supposed when I started from the land of Mesa Arizona that God would have granted unto me such great blessings?

 And now, I ask, what great blessings has he bestowed upon me? Can ye tell?

 Behold, I answer for you; for our brethren, the Chileans, were in darkness, yea, even in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold the marvelous light of God! And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon me, that I have been made an instrument in the hands of God to bring about this great work.

 Behold, many of them do rejoice, and have been brought into the fold of God.

 Behold, the field is ripe, and blessed have I been, for I am thrusting in the sickle, and am reaping with my might, yea, all the day long am I laboring; and behold the number of my sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.

 Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.

 But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the aharvest, and they are his; and he will braise them up at the last day.

 aBlessed be the name of our God; let us bsing to his praise, yea, let us give cthanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever.

 For if we had not come up out of the land of Mesa Arizona, these my dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved me, would still and they would also have been bstrangers to God.

 11 But Hermana Peterson said unto them: I do not aboast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my bjoy is full, yea, my heart is brim with cjoy, and I will rejoice in my God.

 12 Yea, I know that I am anothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will bnot boast of myself, but I will cboast of my God, for in his dstrength I can do all ethings; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.

 16 Therefore, let me glory, yea, I will glory in the Lord; yea, I will rejoice, for my joy is full; yea, I will praise my God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his cmercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.

And that´s all the time I have, but I hope you get the picture! I am so grateful for my mission and for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have such a strong testimony of his redeeming love that he has for us, and for me!
May the Lord bless you this week! I love you all so much,
Hermana Peterson
Hermana Glazier and Me

A little farm thing in Pelluhue

Las vacas (cows)

A road in Pelluhue

Our roomies