Monday, June 30, 2014

6/30/14 Hermana Peterson - You've got the keys, right??

So, remember a few months ago when we couldn´t get OUT of our apartment? Remember this week when we couldn´t get IN to our apartment? Geez Louise. So we got down to the first floor of our apartment building and life was good until Hermana Heslop looked at me and asked, "You´ve got the keys, right?" "Uh... no they are on the table. The other set is hanging on the wall." We even had such a great day planned! So, my comp tried to jimmy the lock with our bobby pins as I was frantically calling our house owner who didn´t answer the phone. After desperation and a good prayer, we went back to the first floor to an old little lady named Rosa. She´s one of those little old ladies who has nothing else to do but people watch and know everyone´s stories. AND she happened to have the owners house number and so we called her and thank heavens she had a spare. The only problem was that she lives in Concepción and the only bills we had were 20 mil ($40). Bus drivers look at you like you´re nuts if you ask them to break one. So we scrounged out some change and got on the bus. We had called Elder Kauer (one of the senior couples who´s wife is one of my favorite people ever) to see if they had tools, and so they called us back to see how we were doing... we ended up sweet talking our way into a ride back to the house. On our way out to get the keys, we passed a screemo band in an abandoned lot and we KNOW there was drug stuff going on too. We hurried and crossed the street, picked up the keys and tried to find the Kauers, who then proceeded to tell us they thought we were going to go to the screemo concert.
Mom, I hope you had a great birthday! I didn´t get pictures, but I think that means something good...
So this last week, I was studying a lot about the Atonement and the Spirit world from Preach My Gospel. Something hit me and I don´t know why I´d never seen it before, but in Alma 34, it talks A LOT about the Atonement, and I just made the connection that we can´t fully use the Atonement in our lives without repentance. The Atonement is what makes repentance fully possible. Jesus Christ came to this world, to die for out sins and make it POSSIBLE to return and live with him again. But, many times in the scriptures it talks about how nothing unclean can live with God. It is thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ that we CAN repent and become better people everyday! I love my Savior so much, and am so grateful for Him in my life! We had consejo (leadership training today) and we had a surprise visit from Elder Waddell from the Seventy. His son served here and went home a few weeks ago, but they came to visit and they asked him to teach us. It was AMAZING! I just wanted him to never stop talking. I´m seriously walking on a spiritual high! He talked a LOT about temple marriage and sealings and the power by which they are possible, which obviously got me thinking about the future. I´ve seen too many sad marriage situations here in Chile, that I´ve GOT to marry someone who loves the Lord more than me and honors his priesthood. It´s such a BIG decision, but hey I´ve got time :) Mom, Dad, don´t rush me. You´ll have grand kids soon enough. He also talked a lot about missionary work, obviously, and our roles as missionaries. He had notes from the new mission president seminar this last week and said that now it´s not all about baptisms, but about baptizing for the temple. We have to have the temple in our sites at ALL times. Elder Nelson said that a baptism without them getting to the temple is not worth anything! It was so way good! Elder Waddell also said, and I quote because it was so powerful. "The ONLY security we have in this life, is to follow the prophet." Wow. It hit me so hard. He is the only person that the Lord talks to on a consistent basis about how things are and are going to be here on earth, and we need to listen to him. We cannot afford to NOT listen to him! It was so good, I wish you could´ve all been there!
We also had a good week missionary wise. We´re still teaching Jaqueline and her kids and Olga and Jorge and a few others. We had SIX people committed to church on Sunday and only Agustin (Jaqueline´s 11 year old) came. I feel like I have weeks where the Lord tries to teach me the same lesson OVER AND OVER AND OVER again, so it gets grained into me and I learn how to do things after my mission. FOR EXAMPLE, this last week we had a lot of promises made and few kept. If you are going to commit to something, you go through with it unless you are dying on your death bed!! This goes for meetings, appointments, etc. An excuse is just a problem without a solution. We had a family night with 4 less active single ladies in our ward planned with the Relief Society. We divided all of the hermanas in the ward who said they could go, to the 4 houses and then Hermana Heslop and I were going to split up too. Well, of all of the hermanas in the ward that said they were going to go, only less than 10 showed up and we had to cancel one of them because there was no one to go there. Meh, if you ain´t going to show up, it´s fine. Just at least CALL us or don´t commit to go! It was SO frustrating because something that should´ve taken 1.5 hours took 3! It just makes me laugh now. It was a good learning experience. I´m just very thankful for my mission and the things I´m learning here in the mission so that I can be a better member and person after. This goes for all aspects of my life. I definitely wasn´t the best promise keeper before my mission, and now I´ve learned! :) The mission definitely lays your weaknesses out in front of you, but it makes you have to trust in the Lord and truly ask for his help to make your "weaknesses become strengths."
I LOVE being a missionary and am SO happy that Shayden is going to join the missionary force this week! This Gospel is SO TRUE! I wanna scream it from the rooftops. I LOVE being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and wish I could stay here as a missionary FOREVER! Keep being missionaries. It´s what the Lord has asked us to do!

Love,
Hermana Peterson
Roasting marshmallows with a blow torch

A mini cambio with the other Hermana Hannah Peterson - she goes home in 2 weeks...crazy!
 
Viva Chile!!
 
Yes, we actually walked around looking like this!!
 

Monday, June 23, 2014

6/23/14 Elder Peterson - Oh, Boy...

Well, just wanting to write all of you to tell you about the week that I have had. It was a pretty interesting week.

So to start off, I went on two exchanges this week. The first exchange I went on was on Thursday with Elder Fisher. We went into his area to do work for the day. It was a pretty normal day and it was full of a lot of excitement. One of the things that we did that day was we went to do service for a man in their ward whose name is James C.Currently he is in process of moving and we were able to help with some things he needed to do in his house. It turns out that he is the son of Brother and Sister Goode in the Capitol Ward. It was awesome to talk with him and see how obvious it was that he was their son. The Goodes are great people! Also, that night we went over to eat at one of the member's homes. Their names are the Darrows and they are really nice. Brother Darrow is a convert to the church and it was great to hear his conversion story. It was a wonderful dinner.

The second exchange I went on was with Elder Rushton. He has been my zone leader for the past five transfers. It has been really crazy. It was fun going on exchanges with him. We were able to go and visit a less active family and talk with them a little bit. They agreed to start taking the missionary discussions and we will be stopping by to visit them this Friday.  Elder Rushton is a pretty cool guy.

Also, this weekend was stake conference in our stake. We were able to go up to special missionary meeting at 4 o'clock on Saturday with Pres. Sakai the Stake President, and President Cooke. All of the Ward Mission Leaders were there as well. It was a pretty eventful meeting.

We learned about how we need to be more organized with our ward mission leaders. Then we were able to go and visit a family in the Capitol Ward, Sis. Visencio and her family during the break of the meeting and the Adult Session of Stake Conference. My roommate right now Elder Raasveld was the one who baptized her and we went by to say hello. Then we went to the adult session and it was pretty cool. We got a ride home with Brother and Sister Harrison our ward and he has the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and I'm super jealous.  That would be an awesome birthday present mom and dad… :)
 
Anyways, we were able to sing in the choir for stake conference and it was pretty fun. There was a lot of wonderful messages presented at the conference and it was all about hastening the work of salvation. This is the second time in a row and I have loved it a lot. After the conference we were able to go over to a members home for dinner the Nelson family. We were able to have Lauren Wilson one of our investigators come with us to that. She really enjoyed it and the Nelsons are great family. We took a couple pictures and I'm going to have those for everyone to see. I think that I'm getting better at this picture taking thing, maybe not as much as everyone would like but I am improving.
 
Elder Ortega and Me

With Lauren

The Nelson family

Being crazy with the Nelsons

Another one of Elder Ortega and Me (OH, My...everything is SO GREEN!!)
 
Last thing to mention is that I found out that I'm going to be transferring! I am really sad, because I really love this area. I have only been down here for three months and I have learned a lot. This is definitely an area that I want to come back to if I ever get the chance.

The gospel is alive. Every day I am learning more and recognizing how much the gospel is really a part of my life. It is not just doctrine, it is a way of life. And what is so great about this lifestyle is that it is always changing for the better. That is why I am always moving to new places and having new experiences so that I can continually progress.

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

6/23/14 Hermana Peterson - ¡CHI-CHI-CHI! ¡LE-LE-LE! ¡VI-VA CHI-LE!

This week has been a good one! We've had a lot of success finding and talking to everyone this week and I'm just a happy camper! Jorge and Agostin came to church yesterday! Jorge and Eugenia are an old couple, she's inactive and he's not a member. He knows what he needs to do, but lacks the motivation. However, they came to church yesterday! YAY! It's a huge step in his process to accepting the gospel. Agostin came too. His mom and sister didn't, but he did and he loved it! We're hoping that his love for the gospel will help his mom Jaqueline and his sister Catalina find their answers and the motivation that they need to come as well. If you could please keep them in your prayers, we'd really appreciate it! We're also still working with Olga, and with a new family that we found this last week (Carmen, Maria Victoria, and Rosio) who are all progressing at their own rates. Please, pray for them!

Mom wins (even though it was a letter from Bekah and Caleb's announcement) stamps of the year award! I didn't even notice them until we went home and then I got SO excited! I LOVE the gingerbread one mom. You are the coolest. By the way, FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS MAMA! I hope your day is all you ever wanted and more! Your postcard is on its way as of last week. I'm sorry, it probably won't get there on time :( But, I still love you a bushel and a peck. 

Also, I will forever be grateful that dad taught me that it's worth it to spend money on good Kleenex and toilet paper. It's NOT fun when you have to use either one and it's cheap stuff. This week I went through an ENTIRE box of Kleenex. I feel way better, but my nose is just still so runny.

Happy 17 months Jake! I can't believe it's gone by so fast and that you'll be home before you know it! Keep working hard out there little fella. You are my favorite big brother :) I also can't believe that you will be turning 20 in a month. Holy old. 

Okay, serious question for my old folks. Hermana Heslop and I were talking this past week about talents and how we should use them in this life. I don't want this to come off wrong at all, but what are some of my talents? I still don't know exactly what I want to do as a career but I need to start my mind going. I know that I want to use Spanish too, as much as I can, but I feel like it's easy for us to think of a few talents that we have, because we all have them, but many times others can see talents we cannot. SO, I'm asking whoever, to see if they can start thinking of other things I can do. I seriously don't want it to seem egotistical or anything, but it's starting to stress me out a bit that I don't know what I'm going to do. 

So this last week, we started doing a Jillian Michael's video that Hermana Heslop's mom sent to her. It's kicking my tush! I seriously am SO out of shape, but it's such a good hurt. We advanced up to level 2 this morning, definitely looking at the easier model hahaha but we're getting somewhere. It doesn't help either that Hermana Heslop and I bought Pepperidge Farm chocolate chip cookies and white chocolate covered Oreos (because she'd never tried them) but on Mondays we control our lunches, so we figured why not. Plus Chile is playing today :) SPEAKING OF CHILE PLAYING, HOLY COW. THE people take off work, get out of school early, wait in LINES in front of meat shops, and buy GROCERY CARTS FULL of soda, potato chips, and beer. RIGHT ON. Why aren't we like this in the U.S.? They are the most gung ho about cheering on their teams and celebrating. It's so fun! I LOVE IT! I hope my videos and photos were able to capture a little bit of it. I wish you all could be here. You'd love it too.
 
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After Chile won their World Cup game
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Yea, Chile scored a goal!
 
So to end with a little spiritual stuff, this last week I read the talk "The Priesthood Man" by President Eyring from the Priesthood Session of General Conference. It talks all about heroes, and I did a lot of thinking about the heroes I have in my life. I have a lot of guy heroes, but I mainly thought about my women heroes. Women who are virtuous, women who are patient, women who love the Lord unconditionally. Women who have taught me of the value that I have as a daughter of God, women who love me and have taught me what things are the most important in my life.  Women who laugh and cry, women who love life, and women who encourage me to magnify my callings. Thank you Mom for being my #1 hero. Many names came into my mind, but I think Mom and both of my Grandmas take the slots. I am so grateful to have the 3 of you as a part of my life. Thank you for impacting my life in more ways than you will ever know. For encouraging me to serve a mission and then supporting me through it all. Thanks for giving me advice, for showing me by your example how to be a righteous woman, and for loving me. You three are the greatest :) 
 
Whelp, that's it from the Southern Hemisphere. Have a hot week.

LOVE,
Hermana Peterson

Making picaronies

Yes, I learned how to make one of the Chilean winter desserts!!
 

Monday, June 16, 2014

6/16/14 Elder Peterson - Congratulations, Caleb on Being Baptized!!

Well, how's everyone doing? This past week has been another blur.

Can't believe how fast everything is going! There's only one week left in the transfer. I really don't want to go. Being down here in Lexington Park has been a great experience. I don't know if I'm going to be going or not, but I kind of have a feeling that I might be.
 
There really hasn't been that much stuff going on this past week. We had a lot of fun dinners with members, and we were able to visit a couple of our investigators. There is one miracle in particular that I wanted to mention. So we had an appointment on Friday with a couple of our investigators. We invited one of the recent converts in our ward Susan Hurst to come with us. She happened to live right down the street and so we met her at her house and walked down to their home for the appointment. When we got there they weren't there. It was kind of sad but it was all good. So we walked back to Sister Hurst's home and we left to go try to check on a couple of potentials. We decided to stop by one of our potentials named Anfernee. When we got there he wasn't home but two of his sisters and his cousin were home. We asked them if they would be interested in learning more about what we shared and they said yes. We were able to talk to them a little bit about our Heavenly Father and how the Gospel blesses our families. They seemed pretty interested and they were super smart. We are going to pass them off to the sister missionaries because they are technically in their area. Long story short our missionary areas changed recently and so we are going to have them meet with them. I sure hope that everything goes well. God is always preparing people to hear the gospel and if we are always doing what we are supposed to be doing, we will find those people.
 
Congratulations Caleb on being baptized! I'm so proud of you. Thanks for being a great example for me.
 
I had a few great studies this past week. I have been reading in the book of Alma in the Book of Mormon and I am certainly learning a lot.

I'm amazed at the example that the sons of Mosiah set in missionary service. They are truly studs, and I wish I could be just like them. It's amazing to me that they were able to go to a group of people who had completely turned away from all righteousness and were able to share their testimonies and allow them to feel of the Spirit. They're just so many cool stories in the Book of Mormon! I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Everybody who reads it will be able to know that it is true.
 
Well I think that's about it for me. I hope that everyone has a wonderful week!
 
Elder Peterson

6/16/14 Hermana Peterson - Makin Banana Pancakes, Pretend Like It's the Weekend Now...





Viva Chile!!


So, when other missions around the world have to stay inside because of snow, or storms, we have to stay inside because of fútbol (soccer). ¡VIVA CHILE! They won 3-1 on Wednesday night, and because of the game, we had to be inside by 6 and couldn´t leave till the next day haha seriously the people go CRAZY here! Take the Superbowl, times it by a million and that´s how it is each time they play. I love Chile so much :) So, when we were inside, we planned, cleaned, and then made ourselves some homemade vanilla syrup (there is no maple flavoring here) and banana oatmeal pancakes. Little by little mom, I´m becoming a good cook :)
Sorry, I was sick...but we enjoyed our banana pancakes!

 This last week it literally poured buckets. I´m not even kidding you. I have never seen so much rain in my whole life. I love the rain, and will still loving it, but I got a little relieved when I saw that there isn´t going to be much this next week. I think it rained more this last week than it has in my WHOLE life in Arizona...  not even lying. I also have never been more wet in my whole life. Mom, you would kill me if you saw me each day.. but you´ve got to do what you´ve got to do! :) I also have been crazy sick this week! I took little naps after lunch, and we kept going. I got a cold, crazy swollen lymph nodes (see picture) and a double ear infection. I´m still on amoxicilin (sp?) and will be for the next week. I´m not 100% back to normal, but I feel WAY better! I seriously was the walking dead. But never fear, the gospel is true! 
 
And the rains came down and the floods came up!

I'm a dork!

The Water was literally up to my knees!
 
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Feliz Cumpleaños this next week to Carter and Bryson! I hope your days are full of love and gifts and all of that cool stuff! You guys rock! I love you both :)
 
So, through these last 2 transfers that Hermana Heslop and I have been together, the success has been really hard to see. We started out working really hard with less actives, and have seen the amazing fruits of it, but President Arrington just kept telling us that the blessings were coming, if we kept being obedient and talking to everyone in the streets. AND THEY´VE COME! Oh man, are you ready for this.... this last week we found Jaqueline and two kids, Agostin (11) and Catalina (14). They were a reference from a member, and they came to our activity last Saturday so we went by this week and met with them. They are the perfect family! They are looking for more peace in their home and Jaqueline has been looking for a church that fills her for a long time. We invited them to baptism and they accepted, but are praying about the date. They didn´t come to church on Sunday, but we had a second lesson with them last night and she had been praying about Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is their biggest holdup, but they are praying about it. She said last night, "I want this to be true SO bad." So, if you could keep them in your prayers PLEASE! Agostin has been going to scouts for 2 years now and so he has tons of friends in the church! We have a noche de hogar with them tomorrow night with the family that gave us the reference. We are also still working with Olga, who is progressing great! She didn´t come to church either, but is praying to know because she knows that her church isn´t true. I just want to testify that I KNOW that the blessings that the Lord has prepared for us WILL COME, amidst trials and after much patience. This week was a hard week physically for me (being sick, and cold, and wet) but we saw so so many miracles. Also, after a 2 cambios that were harder and lots of obedience, we´re seeing the blessings. But, I can tell you that I have grown so much through all of these trials and tests. I KNOW that the Lord gives us certain trials and tests to help us grow and achieve our potential. I also learned this week, that we are here on earth to have these tests and trials. I read Alma 34 this morning that goes along great with the theme this week "Our life on earth." I am so grateful for the gift of being here in this life, having the experiences I´m having, and being able to grow and become more like my Heavenly Father every day. I know I´m not perfect, and I know he knows that too, but He loves me the same! I´m grateful that he trusts me to teach His other children here in Chile. I love being a missionary more than I can express. I think I´m going to write a book when I get home... "The things the mission has taught me." :)  
  

 "...Our Heavenly Father is mindful of us. He will guide and bless us as we put our faith  and trust in Him and will see  us through whatever  difficulties come our way... He is indeed our Father, and He is personal and real. May we realize how close to us He is willing to come, how far He is willing to go to help us, and how much He loves us." - President Thomas S. Monson

 
Well I hope you all have a fabulous week full of lots of heat and lots of fun! Enjoy life, read your scriptures, and share the gospel. It will make you happier than anything else in the world :)

 I love you all!

Love,
Hermana Peterson 

Monday, June 9, 2014

6/9/14 Elder Peterson - Hey Ya'll!!

Well, hello everyone!
This week is going to be a little short. Just because we have lots of stuff to do today.
 
This past week was pretty awesome. We were able to have a Zone Training meeting and I gave a workshop at it. It was pretty nerve racking because there was a lot of people at it. I think that I did a good job though. I was pretty grateful for it. I learned a lot from the meeting. One of the things that I learned was how important it is for us to commit members to do things. A lot of the times members want to do missionary work, but they don't know how to do it exactly. That was my long list in the meeting. It is our responsibility as missionaries to help them know what they can do and give them things to do. Elder Ortega and I have had a chance to do this with members and it is starting to bring some great things out of it. I am grateful for the things that have been happening down here in Lexington Park.

Last night we had a blast going up to the Night of Music and Inspiration. We were able to bring one of our investigators and Lauren W. with us and she had a fun time.
Elder Peterson's cousin Meagan Shepherd was able to see him at Night of Music and Inspiration...lucky girl!!

Making homemade tortillas at a member's home


 Elder Ortega and me in the back and Elders Fisher and Raasveld up front
 
Today we had our zone activity. We played volleyball and we had a giant water balloon fight. It was super fun.
 
That's about it for this week. Next week I'll be able to write more for sure. I hope that you all have a wonderful week!
 
Love,
Elder Peterson
A gorgeous view from the bridge that connects Lexington Park and Lusby

I am always in awe when I see this temple

 

6/9/14 Hermana Peterson - "Good night, sleep tight, and don´t let the bed bugs bite."

There has never been a statement in my life that has ever been so real. THEY GOT ME AGAIN!!! GARGH!! And, not lying, I think I´m allergic to them. They are so big and so itchy. BUT, I just want to testify of the blessings that garments are in our lives, not only spiritually but physically. In all of the moments that I have been brutally attacked by pulgas (fleas), they have only ever gotten under my garments ONCE. It´s really powerful to me to notice them literally line the hems of my garments, whether it´s my legs, neck line, or armpits. I know that I´m growing because of this, but I know the Lord is sticking true to his promises :)
   
Cabers, I´m not going to lie, when I saw your invitation I cried. You look SO handsome and SO grown up! I can´t believe you are already EIGHT! I hope that your baptism is AMAZING and that you can feel the Spirit so strong. I know that the church is true and that you are making the most important step right now! You are the best and I love you SOOOOOOOOOO much!!! 
 
Happy Anniversary this week to Grandma and Grandpa Z! 51 years is a long time! Good work :) I love you both!  
 
So this last week we had a lot and a lot and a lot of rain! And lots and lots of spaghetti. I´m not lying if I think I ate 3 whole packs of spaghetti to myself this last week. Seriously though, we had spaghetti 3 of the 6 days we get fed by the members and it rained every day without fail and looks like we´re gonna have another wet one! I love the rain though. It makes missionary work more fun :)
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Also, this week the world cup starts! We haven´t heard anything about a different schedule, but the work of the Lord continues! We just have heard from lots of different people, that in the next month during the world cup, no one is gonna let us in ,the people go CRAZY! So, tune in for the Chile games and let's get rootin loud! So we had our "Noche de Postres" this last week, and it was a success! And thanks to Aunt Debra and her caramel apple cheesecake bars recipe, we got the "people´s choice award", and I´ve been passing out the recipe to some of the members! They loved it! Olga, one of our new investigators came with her niece and they LOVED it! Olga, we think will be a slower to progress, but please pray for her! She´s 27, and lives with her mom and niece. She´s awesome! Also, we found Jorge (and old man who´s wife is less active) and Margarita (the grandma of a new convert!) Please, if you could keep them in your prayers! We´re trying to help them all progress to baptism, so they can start receiving the blessing of the gospel in their lives!
 
Also, speaking of cookbooks. Mom, we need to do one for the Zimmerman side. If no one wants to take the reigns, I will when I get home. I have used the Peterson cookbook more times than I can count here in the mission, and I would love one of the Zimmerman family recipes too!
 
As I´ve been studying the Conference Talks this past week, there have been many that have called my attention. I LOVED the talk by President Eyring "A Priceless Heritage of Hope." Mom and Dad, thank you for raising me right. I know I didn´t always listen to everything you told me, but I loved the part in his talk about the hymns, etc. How he talks about them coming back to our memories. I have many days, where a hymn pops into my head just when I needed it and I am just thankful for you two so much! We also studied The Atonement this week as a mission. As I have learned to apply the Atonement in my life, I have come to realize my purpose as a daughter of God. The Atonement is not just to make our sins right, but also to take away our burdens, our sadnesses, and everything else that could possibly happen in this life. I know that my Savior lives and that He loves me. I know that I am here to do as he would do if he was here. I love Him, and am so grateful He confides in me to be his representative. I love being a missionary. I love it, I love it, I love it! 

The topic from Preach My Gospel this week is Adam and Eve and the Fall. I don´t have much time left to write about them, but you can look them up and study about their importance in the plan! Moses 2:26-31, 3:15-17, 5:11 and all of those scriptures can be compared to the ones in Genesis!
 
Well I hope you all have a FABULOUS week! We´re gonna rock it here in Hualpen, and I hope all is well there in Mesa! 

LOVE,
Hermana Peterson

 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

6/2/14 Elder Peterson - What's Up??


Dear everyone,
 
Well, how do you do everyone? I'm doing pretty good. This past week has been a blur. I can't believe that another week is gone by in this transfer. This Wednesday it is going to be halfway done, and I'm really having a hard time with figuring out why it goes by so fast.

So, this Saturday we were able to have a practice in the morning for our number we are going to be performing at the Night of Music and Inspiration this upcoming Sunday. It's going to be a ton of fun! I'm really looking forward to the performance. We are going to be singing him number 228  "You Can Make the Pathway Bright" and we are going to have a barbershop swing to it. We will take video for sure.
 
Alright so for a quick miracle. We were able to visit the Stanley family this past Friday. They are the family that we did service for in mowing their lawn. We got to sit down with them and talk about the questions they had about the church. It was a very crazy discussion.

We were able to bring one of the members of the ward Chris Krugman with us and he helped out a ton with the lesson. He is a returned missionary and has a lot of knowledge of the gospel. He was a great resource in helping us with the questions they had. We are going to be visiting them in two Fridays and we are going to be watching the Joseph Smith video with them.
 
Also, our investigator Lauren came to church on Sunday. She has been coming the past few weeks and she has been enjoying it a lot! We were able to have her over at a members home last night for dinner and for a discussion. She seemed to have learned a lot and she told us that even though there are sometimes when she is not feeling like coming to church she comes anyway. She knows how much it's blessing her life and she wants it to be a blessing that she can have for the rest of her life.

This morning for P day we were able to take sunrise pictures at Point Lookout. It is the southern most point of Maryland in our Mission. It was gorgeous!!! We had a blast for sure. I am sending a few of those photos this week.

Sun rising on the Chesapeake Bay

My GQ pose!


The Haunted Lighthouse

Me on the bay


I have the best hops!
 
Well I sure do love you all! I hope you have a great week!
Elder Peterson

6/2/14 Hermana Peterson - ¡We go together like Rama-lama-lama-ka-ding-i-di-ding-di-dong!

We got the cambio calls this morning, and WE´RE STAYING TOGETHER FOR THE 3RD CAMBIO! YIPEE! We have kind of felt like it was going to happen all week, but nothing is ever for sure. None of us slept very well last night. They ended up closing the other sector of hermanas, so now it´s just us and the 2 elders. Hermana Leaders and Zone Leaders in one ward. This is gonna be big! And that puts us as the only hermanas in our entire zone. Oh man, I´m stoked for this cambio! Dad, I listened to your advice and told President about what I wanted.... and seems as though for now, it´s what the Lord wants too! LONG LIVE TALCAHUANO :)
Yay!! We are staying together for another transfer!
So this last week we had a really good week. On Wednesday, we had our Hermana´s Conference which turned out way good! (see pictures). They had some really great speakers, and MOM, Hermana Arrington quoted you in her talk! I forward your motivational paragraph to President as part of my weekly email to him, that one week that I had a really hard week and you wrote me and told me to say, "Get thee hence, Satan!" Hermana Arrington totally quoted it and afterwards I told her that that week and that email from you changed me and my mission, and she said, "I know, and hopefully your mom will change everyone else's mission too." I have the best mom ever. I also met mi nieta (my grandkid) as we call them in the mission.. Hermana Meyer started training this last cambio, and so we did a "generations picture." Also, found out today that Hermana Meyer is the NEW Hermana training leader! YAY YAY YAY!
 
At the Hermana Conference

A 4 generation photo


The cute light luncheon at the Hermana Conference
 

QUICK SHOUT OUT to my crazy hermana Bekah for getting her license. LOOK OUT MESA, but really, look out! Geez, my siblings are just growing up too fast! I hope you enjoy your freedom bekah :) We´ll have to do many a food runs when I get back :)
 
So, I still have felt very strongly that I need to study something with Spanish, and because we are teaching our bishop English, I am learning the VALUE of knowing two languages. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to learn another language. I truly feel like this will be such a blessing to me for the rest of my life. I felt really strongly this last week to invite you all to learn Spanish. Seriously, to take it seriously and start learning it. I can keep helping you and teaching you when I get home, but start by reading the book of Mormon out loud in Spanish. You can get the little blue libros de Mormon in the distribution center I think. But, it will come in so helpful to you. Even my grandparents, who are in their better years now, can learn a thing or two! Medics are now saying that by knowing and using 2 languages, our chances of Alzheimer's shoots WAY down because our brain is working more. Also, Elder Gonzalez of the Seventy told us that in these next years, the church is going to need more bilingual leaders. Do what you can, to make a second language a part of your life! I know that it´s blessed mine! :)
I have also felt really impressed this last week that I need to learn more about our family history, like stories and stuff... I don´t know if it would be possible for you to send me some stories of like great grandmas and grandpas or at least some information about them? I think this next week I´m going to learn how to index so I can be an indexing machine when I get home. Party and Grandma and Grandpa Z´s! Our bishop´s wife shared a touching story about indexing yesterday in Relief Society... she said that her dad and his 2 brothers got split up when they were little and they had NEVER been able to find contact since. Well she was just doing some random indexing, searching in the cemeteries of Santiago, and she came across a name that seemed familiar. There was also a number with the name, of the person who had done the name. She called the number, and it was her cousin. Her parents live in Iquique and are coming down to stay with Hermana Ruby this week, but they were able to pass through Santiago on their way down and meet their nieces and nephews and long lost family. I KNOW that the family history program is a sacred and inspired program!
 
This week´s topic is The Creation. I just become more and more amazed with this beautiful world that we live in, and for the opportunity that we have to live here and enjoy all that life has to offer. As I was studying the creation this week, I just was impressed by the fact that EVERYTHING we have, was created by Jesus Christ, under the direction of Heavenly Father, for OUR benefit. They sent us here to get bodies, so that we could become like them and live forever someday. How cool is that?! 1 Nephi 17:36, Alma 30:44, DC 88:41-47
Well, we had a fun filled, cold week! We found some great potential investigators, Maria didn´t come to church, Hermano Calvo´s son DID, and we´re just stoked to work this week! All of the people that the other hermanas were working with, we now get to work with. If you could keep especially Adolfo in your prayers, the hermanas have been working with him for a long time, but his wife doesn´t like the church, and that´s his hold up. We´re hoping to have a break through with him this week! We´ll see :)

As for anything else, that´s a wrap. I love you all so much and hope you have a GREAT week. Keep up the good work, remember who you are, and don´t do anything I wouldn´t do. Read the Book of Mormon, share the gospel, and get a good tan.
I love you!
Love,
Hermana Peterson

 After a futbol game, we CREEP!!

Brownies with a family in our ward...yum!
Our district, but since this was taken the 2 sisters left and one of the Elders...sad day!

I'm a fire fighter now!