Tuesday, May 27, 2014

5/26/14 Elder Peterson - This Week Was Awesome!

Well, this week was pretty legit. I honestly have so much to tell you about this past week and I don't even know where to start.

First off, I wanted to ask if Caleb got my card for his birthday? I sure hope that he did. Once again I want to tell him that I love him so much and I can't believe that he's eight! He's growing up way too fast. It was awesome to see the pictures of his birthday party. It looks like a lot of fun and I'm sure that all of his friends appreciated Dad's cooking....haha

Well I want to share a few miracles that happened this week. This very first one is one that I have learned so much from. As missionaries,we come here to serve people. That is what we are called to do, we are called to serve. On Tuesday this past week, Elder Ortega and I were helping one of our members with her lawn. After we got done with her lawn, we decided that we were going to go around the neighborhood and see if anybody else needed their lawn mowed. As we were driving down the street we saw a man sitting out on his porch. The yard was looking a little shaggy and so we decided to stop and go ask if they could use some help with their lawn. The man sitting on the porch went inside and got his brother who came out and greeted us. We asked him if we could mow his lawn and he said absolutely! Turns out that earlier that morning he was trying to mow the lawn with their lawnmower and it had broken down. He told us that we were sent from God and he was praying for a miracle! It truly is a testimony builder to find out that you were an answer to someone's prayers. Hasn't happened very often out here on my mission, but every time that it has, I have felt the Spirit.

So, we got right to work and we are able to talk to them a little bit about what we do as missionaries. After we were done we asked if we could go in and share our message about Jesus Christ with them. They agreed and we were able to talk with the man's wife and his mother. He was busy with some things for work and so he was not able to sit down in the lesson. We were able to share with them the message of the restoration and invited them to read the Book of Mormon. They said that they would and they had a few questions for us about baptism and why we would invite them to be baptized again. We were able to explain to them about the priesthood authority of God and how our church has it. We were able to set up an appointment for this Friday and we are really looking forward to it.
 
Now for the next miracle that happened this week. I think that I have mentioned her before, but we were able to teach Andrea Walker this past Thursday. When we teach her we go over to the home of the Krugmans, a family in our ward. Brother Krugman works with Andrea and that is how she was introduced to the Gospel. We were able to teach her the Plan of Salvation and we were able to have our former Bishop, Brian Lowe, be at the lesson with us as well. It was a powerful meeting. It was so powerful that it took three hours! Andrea is super awesome. She is so prepared to have the Gospel in her life! At the end of the lesson we invited her to be baptized on June 28th. It a great day to be baptized, that's for sure. She excepted that date, and we are looking forward to her becoming a member of the church. She also came to church this Sunday and she loved it so much! I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have had this far to be able to know Andrea and to be one of the missionaries to bring the gospel into her life. On a sidenote, she is hilarious! She reminds me so much of Nicole Jones, who is one of the people I taught while I was in the DC 3rd Ward. Elder Ortega and I are truly blessed to know her.

Lastly, we were able to talk to another one of our investigators Lauren Wilson this past week about baptism. At first she was a little hesitant, and she had a few obstacles in the way. But she found a really awesome quote on Facebook that gave her the answer that she needed. It said "If you change nothing, nothing will change." She took it to heart and agreed to be baptized on July 5th. Please keep her and Andrea in you prayers! She also came to church this past week, and she had was able to sit with one of the members of our church, Susan, who recently got baptized this past year. Lexington Park Ward is the best!!
 
All I  have left to say is I love the gospel! I am so blessed to be a part of this church and to have the knowledge that I'm going to be with my family forever! I love my family so much. And I love being a missionary too. A quick shout out to Hailey, Shayden, Burgandy, McKenzi and Landon! Great job at making it through high school. I am proud to be your cousin!

Well, that's about it for me. I hope that everyone has a wonderful week! I also hope that everyone has fun this summer now that school is out. Stay out of trouble, and have fun swimming.
 
Love,
Elder Peterson

At the 3 Mission Conference with Elder Ballard, I ran into Sis. Westbrook who is a missionary in the Baltimore, Maryland mission. (She is a friend from back home in Mesa, AZ!)

Monday, May 26, 2014

5/26/14 Hermana Peterson - LAWV, TWUH LAWV (Think Princess Bride)

So we´re teaching our bishop and his wife English. We started this last week, after Elder Gonzales pounded the learning of another language so much! It´s going good, but really funny story! So this last week we were going through different verbs. In Spanish, the verb AMAR = TO LOVE. But, I couldn´t just say amar to some one, I´d have to fix it to who i was talking to. If I wanted to say, I love I´d have to say "YO AMO." Well we were teaching them,  and our bishop´s wife leaned over to him and batted her eyes and said... "to love." It was hysterical, but maybe you´d had to have been there... but hence the title. :)

So how has everyone been? I hope you´ve had an AWESOME week! We´ve had a great one! So on Wednesday morning, I woke up at about 5 in the morning to some man singing... we live in the 4th and final level of our apartment building, but the stairwell has a crazy echo. So as I began to realize where I was, I realized that there was a crazy drunk man coming home to his apartment at like 5 in the morning. It was really funny, but I´m glad he didn´t bang on our door and then throw up on our doorstep like happened to Daniel!
Happy birthday today to UNCLE ERIC and this week to baby Jeremiah! I hope you two have awesome birthdays filled with lots of yummy cake!!

So we´ve been doing our 10 contacts every day and we´re starting to see the miracles! This last week, we contacted like 6 people that we already have appts set up for this next week! I´m stoked! There is this new housing development in our sector and we´ve felt really strongly that we need to be working there. So we started going there a few times a week and just knocking a few doors, and we´ve found some REALLY interested people! It´s awesome! Last night, we found Maria. She´s a single mom of 3 kids (18,10,3) and her husband left her and she´s still struggling a lot with a wounded heart. She accepted baptism for the 21st of June and hopes that baptism will heal her broken heart! She´s so awesome and we have another appt with her on Wednesday! So if you could keep her in you prayers, we´d really appreciate it! She´s such a sweet lady, looking for relief in her life. She lives really close to a few members in our ward too, so it would be awesome to get them to know her so they can help and be a friend to her! I know that the Lord truly is in control of everything! I know He lives and that in a huge area like Villa Acero, He has the power to lead us to where we need to be, and with her was where we needed to be last night! We also found Alejandro who was a contact that we also have an appt set up with on Wednesday! He lives with his wife and he was SO receptive! Please keep them in you prayers too! 
So yesterday, we had hamburgers for lunch with corn. Have you ever eaten a hamburger with corn? It was actually really good you should try it! We also had it with avocado and I don´t know that I´ll ever be able to eat another hamburger without avocado. SO. GOOD.

Super huge shout out to my five favorite newly graduated cousins, Hailey, Shayden, Landon, Burgandy and McKenzi! Atta kids! How does it feel to be so old? I hope you don´t waste your summers away and instead, get busy preparing for your missions! The mission is the best decision I´ve EVER made and I hope that all of you will make it a personal decision too! I´m so proud of Shayden who´s taking off to the land of the rain, and for Landon who should be submitting his papers soon! YAY! Burgs and Kinz.... you keep the desire to serve alive, you hear me? Sister missionaries are the best and it will prepare you more for the real world than anything else!
Also, Grandma and Grandpa Z take the title for the coolest stamp award! The rainbow globe is SO cool! Mom, don´t worry I have your line of 6 George Washington stamps in my book too.

This week´s theme is the Pre-Earth Life: God´s Purpose and Plan for Us. I LOVED one of the scriptures that is mentioned, Doctrine and Covenants 138:53-56. I just know without a doubt that we aren´t results of just a random combustion known as the big bang. We are truly spirit children of our Heavenly Father who knows us and loves us! I know that we lived with him before this life, and there we chose to follow him! We walked with Him, we talked with Him, and we chose to be on the side of Him and our Savior Jesus Christ. I KNOW they live! I know that everyone of us is more beloved than we can possibly imagine! Please, study this week about our life before this life! In the ensign from April there is a great article about the plan of salvation and since that is our theme over these next few weeks, I invite you to study it!
Well, here´s to the last week of this cambio! I love life, love this sector, and am so grateful that my Heavenly Father has trusted me to be HIS missionary! I love you all! Have a fabulous first week of summer. Don´t get TOO burnt :)

LOVE,
Hermana Peterson

Monday, May 19, 2014

5/19/14 Hermana Peterson - Mom's Chilean Double

Okay, I am a huge believer in tender mercies. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon is in 1 Nephi 1:20, "...But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." This last weekend I experienced one of these HUGE tender mercies. We had our stake conference with Elder Gonzalez of the Seventy. The 2nd Counselor of the temple presidency in Santiago and his wife (the Dinamarcas (sp?)) also came to speak to us. I wasn´t able to get a picture with them, but I´m not kidding when I say that Hermana Dinamarca was mom in 15 years. I was shocked as to how much she looked like mom. I even pulled out my family photo to make sure I wasn´t crazy and hermana heslop thought so too. Afterwards, I went up to her, pulled out my photo and said, Hermana Dinamarca, you look just like my mom! I showed her the photo, and then she said, well I´ll be your mom for now... You hug me as if I was her! You better believe I did! Then she told me to keep working hard and that tomorrow is always a new thing and to not worry because everything will work out. Oh the wisdom of Moms. She hugged me again and then we went to the bathroom and I cried like a baby in the stall. It was a happy cry though, so I didn´t feel as pathetic. I didn´t know I needed that, but I´m so grateful for the Lord and the tender mercies he sends to us. 

Happy birthday this week (and last week) to Milan, Shayden, Ella, Jen P., Cabers and Trish! I hope you have/had fabulous days :)
 
So, this last week I found this little blank book, and I´m using it to glue things in from my mission and do a little creative memory book. I´m super stoked about it! I´m doing a page of stamps, but I want some more cool stamps! SO, if you can send me a letter with a cool stamp, you´ll get in my book, which is a grand privilege :) Ready, go! *cough* dad *cough*

Okay, dad. Pregunta. Why is it that we cannot drink tea? Obviously, I know that it´s bad and I´m not questioning that, just what is it that makes it bad? I know that it´s the coffee bean in coffee, but I guess I´ve just never learned what it is exactly about tea... And which kinds of tea are okay to drink? This last week, I think I accidentally drank bad tea in a less actives house, and we just want to avoid all other "grey" situations. We decided to carry around herbal tea with us just in case, and it came in handy last night! YAY US!
 
Familia.... what are your favorite hymns and why?

This weeks topic is "Pray to Know the Truth through the Holy Ghost." Something that I´ve grown to love and be good at here in the mission is prayer. As members of the church, we don´t have the capacity to do many things without divine help, and especially as a missionary, I need to always be connected with my Heavenly Father. I´m so grateful for the opportunity that I have to have such a personal relationship with him. He helps calm my fears about the future, helps me know how I can be a better person, helps me know how to be a more effective missionary, and helps keep me calm when we talk to mean people :) I LOVE my Heavenly Father and am so grateful that I can talk to Him about everything, and that by talking to Him, He can help me know the truth of ALL things. Through prayer, we receive our testimonies and we receive our answers by the Holy Ghost, who speaks to us in our hearts and in our minds. I KNOW that he answers our prayers, even if it takes longer than WE want. For example, I have been praying since I can remember for rain. I´m a missionary in Chile, where it rains ALL THE TIME. I KNOW He always answers our prayers :) You too can know of the truth of the gospel and receive your own testimony by praying to him and talking with him. 2 Nefi 32: 8-9, Enos, and 1 Nefi 15:8 (I LOVE this question!)
 
This last week, I read the talk from the May 2013 conference "For Peace at Home" by Elder Richard G. Scott. I LOVED the talk and recommend that you read it as a family and set some personal summer goals. I bet that each of you could start and finish the Book of Mormon this summer, read or listen to all of the talks from this last conference, and just be less "connected" to things that don´t matter. I also enjoyed the CES Fireside talk by Elder Ballard and his focus on this. I´ve set some of my own personal goals for when I get back so that I can better use the wonderful technology that we have today! Here´s to your summer 2014. Make it a good one :)
We had a good week with lots and lots of lessons to less actives! The work is progressing here, and I love being a missionary! Have a GREAT week! Enjoy your first weekend of summer! Happy birthday my handsome little cabers. I LOVER LOVE YOU :)

Love,
Hermana Peterson

Chilean Clothesline

Find my twin

Which Item Does Not Belong??

I will not "leaf" you

Brother David Merrill when he served his mission here in Chile

5/19/14 Elder Peterson - What's up Everyone?

Elder Farley, Elder Hansen and Me before Night of Music and Inspiration

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDWd_3i5rmk  Here is a link to a group of us singing "I Often Go Walking" just for the mothers for Mother's Day!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-LJ_CNpEjw  Here is a link to me singing "Firm in the Faith"

How is everyone feeling today? Alright, so I have a new companion. His name is Elder Ortega and he is pretty sweet. He actually just came from Montgomery Village which was one of my old areas. He was working with a lot of the same people that I was working with while I was up there. He is from Barcelona Spain and he's going to teach me a thing or two about Spanish hopefully.

So here goes some things from this past week. I think one of the greatest things that happened this past week was the mission conference that we had with Elder Ballard. I learned a lot from him and I was able to take a few notes on it. I'm going to put those in the email so that everybody can see what I learned.
 
These are all of the notes it took on his talk.

Elder M. Russell Ballard:

- Back in the times when he was a missionary, the way that the found people was by tracting and street meetings. He said,"this is where I really found out how much I didn't know."
- Preach the Gospel
- if you want to baptize more people, you need to talk to more people.
- We need to set a personal goal to talk to 10 people each day. 20 people per companionship
- there is no one single silver bullet of a door approach.
- we just need to testify, internalize the lessons in PMG Chapter 3, and then share it with people!
- when we get referrals from the members we should look at it as a bonus. As full time missionaries, our duty is to first learn the doctrine, and then talk to people.
- I NEED TO HAVE BETTER COMMUNICATION WITH MY COMPANION!!!!
- the number 1 issue that is most important in the process of conversion is me, the missionary.
- How do you learn how to teach? Teach...
- we need to teach the members of the church so we can become better teachers
- Why do people not continue to learn the Gospel?
- we need to check for understanding in order to help our investigators to continue to want to learn more.
- we can't go into the question phase of teaching until we teach them.
-We need to ask questions about what we have taught, not anything else.
- we will lose the second discussion if the first discussion wasn't understood.
- keep things simple
- how can we keep going when things are hard? Just think of Gethsemane...
- conversion and reactivation starts by what they feel, not by what they know.
- you do not need to be a great orator to teach, you need to have a good heart and a great spirit in order to teach.
 
I hope that a lot of those notes make sense. If anybody has any questions feel free to ask me I'll explain my notes. All in all the things that I learned is that we need to talk to more people! He expressed that it is important to work with members, but if we are sitting around waiting for the members to give us referrals we are not getting anything done. It is not only the responsibility of the members to find people, we have to as well. Elder Ortega and I set a goal to talk to 20 people every day. We are going to do our very best and hopefully we will see miracles from our efforts.
 
I am pretty excited for this new transfer ahead! We are going to have a lot of people to teach. I'm excited for an appointment we have tonight with a couple named Monica and Gary. We are hoping to help them to recognize the blessings of the gospel. And how exactly are we going to do that? We are going to teach them about the Gospel. Elder Ballard also expressed that we need to teach simply and directly. We can't dance around and try to get to know them very well. We can get to know them well but I emphasize the VERY in that sentence. It is important for us to find out more about the people that we are visiting with, but that does not mean we have to take 30 minutes to do so. As missionaries, we are blessed with the gift of discernment and we can find out more about people in five minutes then most people can find out in 20. That is one of the blessings of being a full-time missionary.

Well, that's about it for me. I love you all and I hope that you have a wonderful week!
-Elder Peterson

On our way to the Crime and Punishment Museum

Pictures at the Crime and Punishment Museum

 

Out to eat with Bro. Weitzner - always a great time!!

5/12/14 Elder Peterson - Hello

Alright, I apologize this letter is going to be really short. But it's probably going to be longer than I think because I'm going to be able to talk from my iPad. Here goes nothing I'm trying to speak this in five minutes.

Alright so there's a lot of things that have been going on this past week. Elder Hunt is going home and we've been super busy with a lot of the things that he had to do and get done before he goes home. We also had a lot of great success with working with members of the ward. It's really been a great time! Oh my goodness this past week has just been crazy. I felt like a blur almost. I think that one of the greatest things that happened this past week was we were able to go to the ward potluck that we had. The reason we had the potluck was because of the new boundary changes and we wanted to get to know all of the people that came into the ward. A few of the members brought some of their friends that were able to talk to and it was really sweet! There was one of the people in particular that came who we are really excited for. Her name is Heather and she was able to come to the volleyball/game night that we had a couple weeks ago. She really enjoyed it a lot and she was able to come to the potluck as well. She mentioned to her friend that she wants to start taking the missionary lessons and we can't wait until we set something up to go to teach her! Hooray for missionary work!

Alright, quick miracle. So I was on exchange this Friday with one of the elders in the Patuxent ward whose name is Elder Fisher. By the way he is a stud. Anyways, we got to the end of the night and we didn't know we needed to do and so we decided to pull over into a random parking lot to say a prayer. Elder Fisher had the impression to go to one of the grocery stores close by. Usually I would say that that wasn't a good idea but this time I felt good about it. So we started driving over there. As we were getting out of the car the first guy that we saw who is walking toward us said something to us and we were able to start talking to about the church for about 40 minutes. It was truly a miracle! Elder Fisher and I had a huge testimony builder from that experience.

Alright, last thing. I was so grateful for the opportunity that I had to Skype my family! It was great to be able to see them and to see how much they have grown! I love you all so much! Well I've been using a lot of exclamation points! Anyways, that's about it for this week.

This upcoming week is going to be crazy. We have transfers on Wednesday and I'm going to be having a new companion down here in Lexington Park Ward. I know that he's going to be awesome.

I love you all and hope that you have a wonderful week.
Elder Peterson

5/12/14 Hermana Peterson - The Beating of My Body

There are just somethings that I don´t think missionaries that serve in the states will ever understand. My body has taken a HUGE beating in this time that I´ve been a missionary.... I was thinking about it this morning, and since I talked to my family about EVERYTHING yesterday, I´m going to do the life of my body in these past 14 months.

The beating of my body all started back at the beginning of my mission, when unfortunately, I gained a whopping 29.4 pounds. I was a freaking chunker. I look back at pictures and just laugh. I didn´t realize that I had gotten SO large. I took the title for THE chubmeister. There are legit reasons why I gained the weight though, so calm down.
1. I was eating things that before my mission my food allergies didn´t allow, aka PAN (bread).
2. My companion made me eat a TON of cookies. Many times with the MASSIVE jar of JIF peanut butter that my mom sent me, but I´m not complaining. It was good haha
3. I was forced to eat (still am) an unhealthy amount of oil in at lunch everyday: in the salads, in the soups, in the food, sometimes in the desserts....
4. It was the middle of winter, I was in a foreign country, speaking a foreign language, and my body started to hibernate like a bear. For that reason, the weight stayed on me like a magnet on the fridge.

Then I had my bumps and bruises, and the CRAZY constellation making pulgas (fleas) in my bed. My hair looked like the hair of Miss Frizzle, or Hermione Granger, EVERY.DAY. In November, my back started acting up and I had to get shots where a woman shouldn´t get shots. I went up to Cauquenes, lost about 14 of those lovely pounds, and then my back really acted up. Just now, the thought occurred to me that maybe my body went into shock because it felt weightless. That´s why my back acted up! but I was still down in bed for a month. THAT was fun.
 
So when I thought that my body had taken enough of a beating, two weeks ago, I dropped a HUGE stack of wood on my foot and got a huge bruise across the top. It hurt to walk for about 3 days and still hurts to the touch. Then the morning of the talent show that we had last weekend, I tried to be all cool and bust some sliding spinning break dancing, and I ate it and got a huge bruise on my knee. On Wednesday, my companion was tossing me her rock of a water bottle at me to fill it up, and I can´t catch and she can´t throw, so the water bottle fell of course, and the hardest part of her water bottle of course hit my foot and bruised it again. But, today has been a body beating free day (SO FAR) :)
Bekah... I need you to find out if the new Chilean Hermana that moved into Cornerstone ward is going to stay there until at least the end of September, and if she cooks good. BECAUSE I might become her new best friend when I come home! She could help us have our own 18th of September!!!

Aunt Michelle - What do you use to stick your faundet (sp?) on cakes? There is a less active family in our ward who makes cakes like yours but faundet (sp?) still isn´t super popular here, and I showed them your website and they want to know what you use. They are your number 1 fans, just fyi.
 
We have stake conference this coming up weekend and Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Seventy is coming to preside! He came and spoke to us about a year ago as a mission, so it will be fun to hear from him again!
So this week´s section from PMG is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Can I just say that I LOVE the Book of Mormon? I seriously have grown to have such a strong testimony of it here in the mission. Of all my possessions, my Spanish Book of Mormon is now my favorite and my most prized. If you are not already reading the Book of Mormon, I challenge you to do it. I love the Book of Mormon so much and it truly contains the answers to all of our questions. Section 5 of Preach My Gospel is all about the Book of Mormon, and this morning I counted and there are 7 different little parts, which means you could read all of Section 5 this week and learn lots of good stuff about the Book of Mormon! We had a lesson in Relief Society yesterday and it baffled me how much the members of the church don´t know about the Book of Mormon. PLEASE, please become familiar with it. We as members of the church have the responsibility to share it whenever we can and with whoever we can. But if we don´t know how to explain it, or don´t have a testimony of it, how can we fulfill our responsibilities? DC 20:8-12, Introduction, WHOLE BOOK.

Welp, I think that´s a wrap. Sorry it´s not too much this week, but I promise next week we´ll have some great adventures. If you could keep Sandra, Joaquin, Gabriela, and Ingrid in your prayers, they are in our group that we´re teaching. Sandra doesn´t work this Sunday and Joaquin is one of her 5 kids that we´re hoping will come with her to church! THANKS!
This work is true. I love this work. I love this true work. Have a fabulous week and keep being missionaries!

LOVE,
Hermana Peterson

Monday, May 5, 2014

5/5/14 Elder Peterson - I Can't Wait For Mother's Day!

I want to start off by apologizing my Ipad is struggling right now and so I can't use the voice thing and so this is probably going to be a lot shorter. I will try me best to type quickly and efficiently.
Well, this past week was pretty good. We didn't really teach anyone but we were able to continue to build our relationship with the ward family. I love this ward! We had dinner with the Naluai family on Thursday and they are super cool. They remind me a lot of you Mom and Dad. It was a lot of fun. We also are starting to get adjusted to the new changes in the ward. We have a new bishopric and it is going to be fun to work with them. They are nice guys. Also, we are going to be seeing some more changes in Ward Leadership in the future. I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens. 

So something crazy that happened this past week was we were able to get permission to go to a Young Single Adult (YSA) activity that was happening on the beach down here. Yeah I said the beach. It was pretty fun. We were hoping that more people would've showed up but there wasn't really a lot of people. Hopefully if they have it again there will be more people who attend. 

This week is going to be a crazy one. Elder Hunt has a temple interview up at the Visitor's Center tomorrow night and that is about a 2 hour drive. Then we have The Temple trip the following morning. We are planning on spending the night at another missionary apartment so we don't have to take two trips. Then on Friday Elder Hunt has to go back up into Northern Maryland to go to the Departing Dinner at the Mission home..crazy days!!! We are gonna get nothing done in our area this week because of how crazy it is!

Anyways that is about it from me. I hope that you all have a great week and I can't wait for Mother's Day! Talk to you all later.

Love,
Elder Peterson
 
PS
So I will be on to skype around 1 oclock our time actually. It might be a little later or earlier so be ready for it. I can't tell you a specific time but it will be from around 12:30-1:30. A member of our ward is having us over for an early lunch. Then I am going to be singing a solo Firm in the Faith at the Night of Music and Inspiration that evening at the Visitors Center. I will be singing just for you mom.

5/5/14 Hermana Peterson - Help! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!

Literally. So this week was a mixture of really good things and really bad things. Sunday morning, at 9:35 we tried to leave our house to get to church on time to start at 10:00, and we got stuck in our house. Don´t laugh, because we really couldn´t get out of our house! I´m going to try to take a video later today of the things we have to do to get into our house, because our door gets stuck. We literally have to throw our bodies up against the door and "body slam" it to get it open. Only problem is, that to get out, we CAN´T body slam it. We tried for 10 minutes to leave our house, and finally got it open, as we were on the phone with the elders asking for help. One of the Elders said, "Hermana, please tell me you're joking." I wish it would´ve been, elder. So we literally RAN the 15 minute walk to the church, and we walked in and my boots were wet and I turned wrong and boom I was flat on my back. Not only did I eat it, I ate it right in front of the Young Men´s President and our Bishop. Then I had to awkwardly try to stand up, maintaining all lady-likeness, and trying to not scream. My companion just stood behind me laughing hysterically, but it´s okay because I would´ve done the same thing! So at this point, I was sweaty and wet from the drizzle, and I had to go sit in front of everyone and play for sacrament. WELCOME to the life of a missionary :)
 


Thank goodness for rain gear!!



What do you do as a missionary when no one can see you? Well, you dance of course! On Saturday we had our ward talent show and we BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE! We bought glow sticks and taped them on our bodies to create a glowing stick figure look. We then made a mix of music (for example, mission impossible, single ladies, thriller, the can can, etc.) and we danced! It was SO much fun and seriously, the members keep commenting to us on how cool it was! We used between the 6 of us missionaries 150 glow sticks and it was so much fun! We have a video that looks like it was taken on a moving ship, but that´s fine. We ended with Thriller, and at the end I fell over like I was dying and there was a line of balloons across the front of the stage and my face accidentally hit one and it popped in my face. Needless to say, the audience thought we were HILARIOUS! Brownie points for the missionaries! Then yesterday, our ward relief society president said that it was one of the best activities she´s EVER been to. MORE BROWNIE POINTS!

 
This is the 6 of us that performed in the talent show. We were preparing for it.
(Thanks Bro. Vejar for sending this photo)
 
A view from our apartment
 
A Doughnut the size of my head!

 
Okay, we did it. We found the BEST french fry joint in all of Chile. (my best 2 years remix.) "Natalie makes the best french friiiiies, Sodimac makes the best rain gear. Everyone knows that the elders, make the very best futbol teams. I believe that our contacts, have the best excuses. So I´m going to the land of Chile, where I´m gonna make my best 18 months!" (Sing the Best 2 Years Song in your head).  And, no we don´t stop by once or twice every week.... :)

So this last week, we didn´t see much success. We´re trying our hardest, and just aren´t seeing the results. The mission is hard sometimes, but even though struggles happen and let downs happen, I wouldn´t change it for ANYTHING. I love being a missionary, and love that I can still be me, but that I can become a better version of me. I´ve had lots of time to talk with my Heavenly Father this week, and something that I´ve learned here in the mission is that He is ALWAYS there. I don´t have my mom and dad here to talk to every day, and as much as I wish they were here, I´ve had the time to develop my relationship with my Father in Heaven and this I will be forever grateful for. Even when all else seems to not work out as we´ve planned, our Heavenly Father will NEVER let us down. We just have to rub some dirt in it, push on, and have faith that he´ll give us the things we need!
This last week I´ve been studying a lot about the life of Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel. There are more people than you can imagine, that think that we worship Joseph Smith. We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, who was the key to restoring the Gospel to the earth once more. In the Spring of 1820, he was very confused by all of the religions, as were most people of the time. One day he was reading the bible, and knew that he needed to pray to God to know for himself, which church to join. He had something miraculous happen, for he saw God and Jesus Christ. They appeared to him and told him that none of the churches contained the fullness of the gospel, and that he was to join none of them. Through him, they restored the truths that we hold so dear. I will forever be thankful to Joseph Smith, for the things that he did for me, and for the church.  I know with the end of the school year everything is crazy, but if you have time to watch the restoration video, I´d invite you to do so.   Also, in Preach My Gospel, pages 6-8 and 36-38 (in Spanish), and there is a talk by Elder Oaks in the Ensign of August 2011 titled The Only True and Living Church.
I LOVE you all so much and can´t describe in words how much I LOVE being a missionary. I wouldn´t change it for the world, and hope that someday, all of you get the opportunity to serve missions. Get excited! It will change your life!

Happy Mother´s Day this week to all of you Mother´s out there. No offense, but I have the best one :) Here´s to seeing ya´ll Sunday night at 8:30pm (CHILEAN TIME).
Be good. Be clean. Remember who you are, and wash your dishes.
Love,
Hermana Peterson