Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12/22/14 Elder Peterson - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

Well, Merry Christmas everyone! Only 3 more days....I can hardly contain myself!

There is not much to report on this week. Last week Elder Richmond and
I both got sick and so it was really hard to do any missionary work.
We are both still recovering a little bit, but we are doing our best!
We have a couple appointments this week that we are excited for and so
we hope that they go well.

Christmas Day is going to be a blast! We get to go up to the Visitors
Center as an entire mission and watch a cartoon film. That is going to
be great! We are going to have a lot of fun on Christmas Day. We also
are going to have a fun time in Christmas Eve. Our district is having
a little get together in the morning. It is sort of a devotional
thing. Then we got invited to go to a couple of Christmas Eve parties.
It will be fun. We have so many wonderful members in our Ward. Bro.
Christensen is having us over on Christmas Eve for dinner and he is
also going to be helping with the mission lunch on Christmas. He and
his wife are wonderful people. The other couple that is going to be
helping with the lunch on Christmas are the Pratts. They are amazing
people as well.

Isn't this time of the year just amazing? We get to reflect on our
lives and how many blessings we have in our lives. I am so blessed to
have the knowledge of my Savior Jesus Christ. He came into this world
so that we can live again someday. I am also so grateful for my
family! They are the best. I am also grateful to be here serving a
mission. There are so many miracles I have been able to witness. There
are too many to count! It is amazing. I love that word...amazing. It
is a perfect word to describe the feelings of Christmas. I hope
everyone feels amazing this Christmas!

That's it from me this week! Merry Christmas!

Love,
Elder Peterson

Monday, December 15, 2014

12/15/14 Elder Peterson - The List Goes On and On...

Elder Lim and Me - Merry Christmas!!

Elder Guerrero, he was never my roommate, but he is just awesome!

Elder Stubbs, another roommate

Awesome Ward Mission Leader
We had a lot of good times!

A little bit of home here...

Well, life is just crazy isn't it? I am glad to hear that Seth had a
great birthday. It is crazy to look at the pictures of him and see how
much he has really grown up. That is the same with all of the
siblings. I am also glad to see that he chose strawberry shortcake as
his dessert. Good choice that is. That is my favorite dessert of all
time. Banana cream pie is a close second if not it is a tie.

Well, this past week has blown my mind...I AM BACK IN DC 3RD!!!!!!!! I
can't believe it!!! This was the first area that I served in. It is so
awesome! I get to see a lot of the people that I was able to teach and
end my mission with a bang! It is a bike area and I am glad that my
bike is holding up. I have realized that it is an amazing way to
get around. It really is. I am going to try and do that when I get
home, ride a bike around more.

My companion is Elder Richmond. He is pretty young in his mission and
so it is fun to work with him and get to know him. He is a cool guy.
He is from Wyoming! We have already had some crazy experiences so far
in the past few days.

So, we have been able to talk a lot of people out on the street. It
has been a while since I have done this in an area. In DC we get to
see a lot of people out and about, but anywhere else in the mission
there aren't as many people to talk to walking around. I have had to
pick up some of the skills I had formerly. We are having a good time
though.

Last night we didn't have any appointments and so we went out to talk
with people and I talked to this one lady who was really nice! Her
name is Star which explains why she was so nice. She was interested in
meeting with us because she has always wanted to know what Mormons
believe. We are gonna meet with her sometime this week hopefully.
Elder Richmond also talked to this really nice lady while I was
talking to Star. He is excited for us to meet with her because he told
me she was really interested too.

This is the area that Bro. Armstrong is in! I get to see him all the
time now. And a lot of people that I have grown to love so much!
Ceasar, Joelyn, Nichole...the list goes on and on. It is good to be
back!

Well, I am getting stoked for Christmas! Only 10 more days...can ya'll
believe it? It is almost the end of 2014. Wow...

Well, that's about it from me for this week. I hope everyone has a great week!

Love,
Elder Peterson

Monday, December 8, 2014

12/8/14 Elder Peterson - He is the Gift!!

Wow I can't believe how awesome this past week was! I never thought
that my mission could get any better! Here's how the week went down.

So, we had the opportunity to go to a couple of district meetings. It
was such a wonderful time! I was truly amazed at the maturity of some
of the young missionaries in our mission. One of the Elders that was
at one of the district meetings gave a workshop on the baptismal
covenant. I was very surprised/happy about how the workshop went. He
is such a powerful missionary. Also, that same day I was able to have
some one on one time with one of my former companions Elder Redmond.
He is doing great! He is such an amazing guy. I was grateful for the
time we had to talk and catch up a bit.

Also, this past week I got to go on exchanges with a couple of Elders.
Their names are Elder Van Wagoner and Elder Gipson. My exchange with
Elder Van Wagoner was on Tuesday and we had a great day. One of the
things that I love so much about going one exchanges is that everything
always goes well. All of the plans usually hold, you get to talk to
some cool people, and you just get to see tons of miracles. On my
exchange with Elder Gipson, we had a really spiritual experience. We
went to visit a less active member in the Capitol Ward (which is a
ward that I used to serve in). I had met this lady a couple of times
before this particular appointment. When we went over there, we
planned to talk to her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and talk to
her about going to the temple. We were able to find out before the
appointment that she hadn't been able to go to the temple yet. We went
over there and the lesson went almost as perfect as our plans. I was
shocked. This is something that rarely happens on the mission field.
Plans are always changing. The spirit was so strong in that house it
was almost unreal. We were able to talk with her about the blessings
of the temple and she was able to recognize them. She expressed that
she is wanting to get to that point, but it will take some time. I am
so excited for her.

Elder Lim and I have been having the opportunity to talk to a lot of
people about "He is the Gift." We are on board! It is such a cool
opportunity for us to be able to share the message of Christ with
people during this wonderful season.

Well, I am sorry that this is a little short. I want to end by letting
everyone know that I found out that I will be transferring to another
area for the last little bit of my mission. I am pretty sad to be
leaving this area. I have loved it so much! The people here in this
ward are amazing and I have learned how to appreciate the simple
things in life while I have been down here. One of those being good
people. There are a lot of good people here in White Plains 2nd ward.
I am going to miss it!

I love you all! 
Merry Christmas!
Elder Peterson 

Monday, December 1, 2014

12/1/14 Elder Peterson - Tamar Got Baptized!!

Happy Monday everyone! I can't believe that it's already December! Only 24 more days until Christmas, and I am getting super excited.

This past week was really awesome. And I want to tell you all about it. To start off, I received a call from Elder Wilcox. Elder Wilcox was my former companion in the DC 2nd Ward. He informed me that one of my former investigators Tamar S. was getting baptized on Sunday. He mentioned that it wasn't completely set and that he was going to call and let me know in a couple days. I was pretty excited. Then, on Friday, I did receive a call from him letting me know that Tamar was going to be baptized. He told me that Tamar was wanting ME to baptize him. We didn't know what to say, it actually took me by surprise. I accepted, and on Sunday Elder Lim and I were able to go up into DC and attend his baptism. It was such an amazing event. Elder Wilcox and I were working with Tamar for a few months. He has made so much progress in his life, it is a miracle! It was pretty funny to watch Tamar during the start of the baptismal program. It looked like he was in a spiritual coma or something. When we were asking questions it took them a couple minutes to realize that we are talking to him. It's kind of hard to describe over email, but it was really hilarious.
I got to baptize Tamar...truly amazing!

 
One of the miracles during the baptism that was really amazing was the fact that he was actually able to physically be baptized. He only has one leg, and it was really hard for him to get into the baptismal font. But, we are able to manage. It truly was time for him to make this covenant with our Heavenly Father. It was also really cool to be able to see some of the ward members that I haven't seen in a few weeks. Things seem to be going really well up in my last area.

Also, this past week was Thanksgiving! And boy was it so much fun. Thanksgiving morning, Elder Lim and I were able to go and play football. It was really fun. One of our investigators Nkosi was able to come with us. He is really good at football. I was amazed at how laid-back the turkey bowl game went. Everyone had a good time, and my team won. That's what made it extra fun. Life is always good when you win..:)

After football Elder Lim and I were able to go over to the Verkerke's home for some turkey.
We got over there a little bit early to help them out with preparing the food. When things got settled down we are able to play a couple rounds of Uno. The food really was delicious. We enjoyed going over there a lot. The Verkerkes are an amazing family.
Thanksgiving with the Verkerkes


Lastly, for preparation day, I was able to go to the Arlington Cemetery. This is an event that happens to the missionaries who are ending their missions soon. I guess I am one of them. The Arlington cemetery is now one of my favorite places to visit. It is outside of our mission, but it was still awesome. We were able to watch the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and that was a neat experience. Life is just so great!

Elder Lim and Me at Arlington
I am so blessed to have this opportunity to serve a mission. I am learning so much! I am so thankful for the Gospel. It is such a gift in my life. I am thankful for the Savior! This is a wonderful time of the year. It is a time where we can think about the birth of Jesus Christ. He really is the true meaning of Christmas! I invite everyone who is reading this to check out christmas.mormon.org. It really is a cool place with some great resources to help us to remember the true meaning of Christmas!
 
I love you all! Have a great week!
Elder Peterson