Monday, December 30, 2013

I Love My Family :)

Hi and HAPPY NEW YEARS here in a little! ahh..just think.. the next time I talk to you.. it'll be in 2014! Whaaaat? That's tots cray cray.  None of you will ever see me in person when I am twenty! isn't that weird?! Too bad.. ya would loved me! ;) Alright so talking to you all on Christmas was one of the best things I think EVER! Honestly, we have the best family in the whole entire world! Like no one else even compares.  I LOVE MY FAMILY SO MUCH! you all sound amazing and I am so grateful to have each of you in my life! I feel like the entire time I talked to you, I was just saying I love you! I LOVE you!! I LOVE YOU!!! :) Cuz I do.. A LOT! Every time we get to call home, my call is way better than my comps.  I JUST HAD TO SAY IT! ha. yes.  

Christmas here in Canada was good! We had two Christmas dinners and I was oh so full! We visited a lady in our ward who was at the hospital and sang her a song, but we drove around forever trying to find parking on a street so we wouldn't have to pay at the hospital cuz that is how it works in Canada, and we finally gave up and were going to pay when low and behold, they had free parking cuz of Christmas! MIRACLE! oh I was just so happy! :)  

So I had to speak in Sacrament Yesterday.. it was not my best. not gonna lie. ha but what can you do?  It was only five minutes anyway! The Bishop also spoke and several times throughout his talk, he would say, "Can you feel that?" and our cute little eight year old investigator named Angela who was sitting right by me would always answer in an obvious tone, "Yes." haha it was so funny. You had to be there.. 

The Relief Society gave each of us four missionaries a stocking full of stuff on Christmas so that was nice.. This one lady also gave each of us a 200 dollar gift card to the Mall! I just couldn't believe it! we didn't realize till later and we were like uh we can't accept this! We even called President and were like um what do we do? can we donate it? turned out it was ok to keep.. So today me and Sister Foley went and bought these Canada blankets and I got a Canada hoodie and yeah.. it was SO generous! The funny thing is, we thought the lady who gave it to us did not like us cuz the week before at church we went up to her and were like, "Hey can we come visit you sometime this week and share a message?:) " and she flat out was like "NO." ha um.. that was a first on my mission from a member. I was like oh alrighty then! Have a lovely day! Acko-Taco. ha so yeah.. she's incredibly kind! I'm so grateful for all the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!  They are just Super! :)

Oh hey I just got Josie's notes/drawings in the mail today! TELL HER I LOVE THEM! :) BEST FRIENDS FOREVER!! :]

Pink Eye??  Glasses
So this past week I have kinda felt like how I felt during my second transfer with Sister Duffy and Sister Byam.. it's so weird.. like I kinda get corrected A LOT and then I'm like insecure and it's just a joke! anywho.. I just think you gotta Work iT and go with the flow.  Like yesterday at a door the lady said her name was Stacy, and so of course I was like, "do you get lots of questions about your Mom?" haha I mean it just came out.. how could I not ask? haha she laughed and said she did a lot in high school.. ha she became a new investigator and I know it's cuz we weren't robots.  just sayin.  If the Spirit is there, than no harm no foul.

Anyway... tell Miss Jaymie I say Hi and that I miss her! random, but she is just one of the greats if ya know what I mean! OH and hey.. Pray for Tanya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) that's right.. God has a way of making everything come together! :) He is so full of grace and mercy and I see his hands in the details of our lives every single day!

I love being his missionary! I love serving and seeing others happy! I love feeling the Spirit! I love the Gospel! I love hearing others stories! I JUST LOVE IT ALL! I know this is the only true church on the face of the planet earth and anywhere else.  I know that Jesus Christ is MY Savior and YOUR Savior and I know that He lives! OH HE TOTALLY LIVES! NO QUESTION! HANDS DOWN! He. is. there. people.  SO don't forget Him! and remember to keep calm and carry on! and to be strong and of good courage!

Just know that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass! 1-10-15 LONG LIVE!!!!!!!! five stars. 3-2-1!! WORK iT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Look what I just tried on.. :) it cost sixty bucks that I don't have and the store closes tomorrow! ha oh well! it was hard to put on with a skirt...

...Well I want to make you a snuggie.  If you'd rather have that, the cost will be the same by the time I buy material, make it, and send it.  :)  Up to You. :)

OH SO I HAVE TO TELL YOU!!!!!!!! it'll be in my big email, but this lady gave me and my comp a 200 dollar gift card EACH to the mall and there was this canada blanket that I just bought with it so you don't have to send me a snuggie anymore! unfortunately the card would only work at some stores, so it didn't work at the lazy one onesie store! :( but I bought a blanket.. if dad is ok with you giving me some money for the onesie, than I will haha I just feel bad cuz I know we are not rich and plus remember tht HUGE package you sent me already a couple months ago?! but it is UP TO YOU MOM! hah cuz I can't decide......... i love it, but yeah...

...I am totally fine if you want to get the onsie instead.  That is so cool about the blanket.  That was such a nice gesture.  Do you know her well?!  Let me know if I need to transfer the $$

ohhhhhh alright...........................gosh dang it.  i will regret it if I don't............ mom you are so sweet. I'll probably need like a few more bucks than sixty... ya know? THANK YOU SO MUCH!

And.........CUTE blanket :)

ahh mom I just love you! You are a great woman. I hope you know thaT! There is a scripture in alma about how we as soldiers do not doubt or fear because our MOthers taught us! and knew it and i always think of you when I read it.  :) love you mom! :)

Monday, December 23, 2013

It Taste Like Candy Canes On Christmas! :)

HOLLA! how's it going ya'll?!  haha HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY DAD! WOO WOO! you are getting old:) So first things first.. Dad knows the details of my Christmas Call so if you have questions, then he is your guy! get it got it good.  I AM SO EXCITED TO TALK TO YOU ON CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) You guys should have like a list of questions for me! ya? sound good? alright cool.

So I have some news..  We got a transfer call last Monday! AHH! The Assistants told us that Sister Allen was getting transferred to Burnaby(which is in the Lower-Mainland) and that I would be staying in Penticton and training a new missionary! WHAT!? ha ha we actually saw this coming my first week here.. anyway on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM, we drove an hour to Kelowna to take the Greyhound bus to the Lower-Mainland.  It ended up being late so we didn't leave until after Midnight! Ah man it was awful, it was really hot and crowded and I was sitting by this guy who was drinking and smelled so bad and he had the window seat. :( lame.  Well, we didn't get to Langley until after 5:00 in the AM and the Burnaby Sisters were supposed to pick us up, but because they lived further away, My Langley YSA Sista's got us and we stayed with them! AHH MIRACLE!!!!! we were so excited! I love God's little tender mercies!! :) Anyway, we didn't even Sleep.  Sister Weller finished packing cuz she was getting Transferred and ended up training the girl who sold my shoes to Mom a couple weeks ago! small world! It was truly meant to be that I stayed there for the transfer so I could be there for Sister Pavone when Sister Weller left and I got go visit some people in Langley! :) Anyway we drove an hour to Richmond with a pile of luggage on us and I looked like a zombie.

Just Fitting In :)
During the meeting, President Tilleman was handed this note from the Office which was curious and than he started to pair us up with our new companions! He always does the Sisters first and I was the last one he called on! When I stood up to go with my new comp, President explained that the note he had just received was regarding a new Sister from Guatemala who was supposed to be my companion, but her visa was canceled and she was getting sent back to the MTC immediately! SO, there was going to be a tri companionship this transfer, but instead, one of the Sisters was coming with me! SO my new companion is Sister Foley! She has only been out four months and is 19.  She is from Missouri and has a twin brother! CRAZY! I didn't know how to react in front of all those missionaries so I was just like "Yes!" and everyone laughed! haha So then we stayed in Langley Thursday night and then spent all day Friday on the Bus and when we finally made it back to Kelowna, the Roads were so bad cuz of the ice and snow and weather, that we ended up staying the night with the YSA sisters (Sisters,Galbraith&Willmore) and drove to Penticton Saturday morning! AHH!!! it was a long week.  I love traveling though! I thought it might be kind of hard to go back to Langley and see people, but no.  It felt so familiar.  It felt like home.  Nothing has changed ya know? everyone is still the same and everything still looked the same! It was perfect! :) I am so happy I got to go back.  Helps me know that I'll be back for sure again in the future! Oh so I left my Scriptures on the Bus on the way down and I was so panicked but did not have enough energy to freak out due to lack of sleep haha. Luckily they were found and I got them back! :) I would have been devastated had I lost them for good!

So my District Split! Now I am just over the Osoyoos Sisters! Such a blessing! Not that I can't handle a bigger District, I just like smaller ones cuz you can focus more on their needs and area.  Dad last week you asked me if there were any Sisters in my District who were scared of me.. haha no! please. Not gonna lie tho, we have had our struggles! Another blessing from the split! :0

Well I have to go, but I am so excited to talk to you all soon! I love each of you very, very much! Mollie I am SOOOOOOOOOO freaking proud of you for geting your Young Women's Award! THATA GIRL! Thank you for keeping your promise! :) SO PROUD! GAH! I JUST LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I love this time of year.  It is incredible.  I love my Savior Jesus Christ.  I know that HE LIVES! I love the Plan of Salvation and I love being a missionary! I know this Church is true and I know the Book of Mormon is true. NO DOUBT! 10 months..check. BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE!!!!!!!! 1-10-15 Remember the Small and Simple Things! 3-2-1! KEEP CALM AND PREACH THE GOSPEL! be you and only you. Five stars! LONG LIVE! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! Work iT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


Monday, December 16, 2013

Week of Miracles

HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY MISS MOLLIE MAE!!!!!!!  AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! can you even believe it?! geezz you are old.  Can't believe my little girl can date and drive! Ahhh :] 

Well, This past week was just full of so many miracles and tender mercies! like I can't even tell ya! We were so blessed! One of the greatest weeks yet.. I got my Christmas package! no worries, I won't open it till Christmas! thanks for sending me one though! :) I went to buy you all a little something somethin' and my card was declined. ha. acko taco. moral of the story is I have no money so all you will be getting from me is a phone call! Which I explained to Dad that I can only talk for 30 to 40 minutes and We have to figure out what Spencer is doing and if you want me to call at the same time as him! Just let me know! Remember that I talk a lot.
Oh I got some cards in the mail! YaY! THANKS! if you are sending me a card everyday then that is wild.  I have two so far. hey thanks:)

anyway.. This week I got to go on exchanges to Kelowna YSA with my Sissy Willmore!!!!!!!!!! ahhhh! reunited at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Felt like we were in the MTC again! :) So I just gotta say that I love Kelowna so much.  It's huge and Downtown reminds me of Park City.  So We were walking around talking to everyone we saw and handing out cards and then we ran into Ryan and Krista.  They were sitting by the water so we sat down by them and started talking!  We were telling them who God was and that he had this plan for us.. Turns out that Ryan was dating Krista's brother and wanted to know what we thought about that! Sister Willmore just kinda stopped talking and it got awkward.  I mean we get asked that all the time, but they REALLY wanted to know and they were persistent.  We explained that God loves all his children and that we believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman and testified of the importance of families. During this, Ryan put this panda hat on and I was just thinkin.. yep it's all coming together..
Mike, Sydney, Me, Sis Willmore

haha anyway we had a lesson to get to at the Library a couple blocks away and they were cold and wanted go inside someplace so they started walking with us and we continued to talk to them about the church and what not.  Meanwhile, Sis Willmore was all hesitant about talking with them and it's her area so I was kinda letting her lead out ya know and I didn't know what to do besides just teach them. haha so we get to the Library and instead of going inside, Ryan just like walks the other way and just starts taking off his jacket! I was like, I thought he was cold? what is he doing? SO WEiRD! Then he turns around to face us and he has a missionary tag on! WHATT!?!?!?!?!?! I was like huh?! at first I was so confused! I was like wait is he a missionary?! wait why is he with her? wait where is his companion!? oh my gosh did they clear this!? he can't be alone with her?! WHAT IS GOING ON!?!?! turns out ryan and krista are actually Mike who is a recent convert and Sydney who was the investigator we were meeting with! I WAS PUNKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahaha you had to be there but it was soooooo funny.  they said I looked like a ghost.  they thought I'd scream, but I was just like so confused. hahaha that is why sis Willmore was actin not her self.  I wouldn't of known something was up if she hadn't been acting different. The whole time I was like, we can help them overcome this sin! We got this! I believe in miracles!  oh for your info, mike is not gay.  haha anyway it was so funny! GOOD TIMES! 

haha for our workout we went to the gym at the church and I played basketball it was fun.  I wish we could do that in Penticton but the church is too far away! Ya know... it doesn't really shake me when people reject us or tell us no or get really mad.  Like I'm totally fine.  I don't know if it means I just don't have a heart, but I just know and hope that the next person we talk to will be open to hearing more.  It's just like the wheat and the tares.  You gotta assume that everyone can become a new investigator though.
So tonight are transfer calls.  Transfers are a week early cuz of Christmas so next transfer is 7 weeks long.  I'm staying. no doubt.  Sister Allen might get transferred cuz she has been here and only here five months but I can picture her staying more likely than not.  Our district is probably going to get split for sure. that's my guess. I'll probably just be over YSA! who knows, maybe I will leave but I highly doubt it. I'd be shocked.  We are starting to get in the grove of things here and build up our teaching pool.  plus transfers wipes out like three days so we would have to do damage control. just saying.  

Creche week was incredible.  I don't have time to tell you all about it, but the miracles are unreal. 

Pray that Tania will get work off on Sundays. I'll tell you about her soon if all goes well.  She is basically amazing and has a bright future ahead.  Don't want to tell ya all about her and get my hopes up ya know? I have faith though! I'll tell ya her story next week maybe.

Well I love you all! Be strong and of good courage! WORK iT like you have never worked it before! remember the small and simple things! 1-10-15 & 3-2-1 keep calm and preach the gospel. five stars.  LONG LIVE!!!!!!!!!!! 
God be with you till we talk next week! :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Oh the weather outside is frightful!

HAPPY 20TH FREAKING BIRTHDAY MISS TARA MARIE SLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! aaaahhhhhh. the big 2-0. ahh. well tomorrow anyway.. YAY! :] 

So this week was pretty good! When I went on Exchanges, We drove all along the Okanagan Lake and it was so so so so pretty! I just love it! I am going on the drive again tomorrow to exchange with Kelowna YSA! happy day:) While I was in Westbank we ate at five guys! WHAT?! I was so excited when I saw one! I was like pull over we are going to eat. OH it was glorious!

Happy late anniversary Mom and Dad.  Congrats on getting old together. haha really though... you are stuck togeth FOR-EV-ER! esh. couldn't be more grateful! :) thanks for loving each other! :) 

So it is pretty cold here.  Not as cold as Utah, but when you are walking around in a skirt for a couple hours straight, than it kinda gets to ya if you know what I mean.  it's -12 C. right now.. I think it's cold. Some parts of the mission are colder so I am grateful.  I like Penticton.  So the other day we were parked in our car and we were about to say a prayer when Sis Allen was like, "HUGE DEER!" I look up and this massive deer with huge antlers is just walking down the street and into the yard of the house we were dropping by! We were like ahh! get the camera! It was so pretty.  

Making Treats aka smashing candy canes! No Makeup! :)

Anyway.. this week is Creche week for our Ward.  I guess Creche in some European country means Nativity scene. So Every year they do this thing where they get hundreds of manger scenes together and display them for the public.  This year they are down sizing it and at the same time we are doing an open house tour of the church and there is a movie of the Savior going on in the chapel and there will be this huge dinner and every night there are activities for the kids.  During the Open house, we have different stations and the Ward made Nativity sets and at each station they will collect a piece of their set. pretty cute. lot of work. This ward doesn't mind. 

Alright Keep this lady named Tania in your Prayers.  Pray that she will come to know of the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel Sooner rather than later! Hey thanks:)

Well I gotta go, but I love you all so much! thanks for all the Support! this is the best time of the year! Wanna know why? cuz it's centered on Jesus Christ! :) I know that he is the Son of God and that he Lives today! I also know that he is my Savior and Redeemer! 

Be strong and of Good Courage. Keep things Small and Simple. Keep Calm and Carry on. 1-10-15 & 3-2-1 five stars!! WORK iT!!!!! Long Live!!!!! :) :) :) I LOVE YOU ALL!

Monday, December 2, 2013


so last week was pretty alright and good! haha not to much to report on.   
It's getting colder! I went on exchanges with the Osoyoos Sisters and it started to snow a titch! it was hardly anything though, so no big deal.  I'm going on exchanges with the Westbank Sisters tomorrow and I just love exchanges! It's like a vacation from your own area for a day and you get to see new things! That is one plus about my district being so spread out! So we had a Relief Society Dinner on Thanksgiving and it was good.  Not as Tasty as Mom's food, but what can you do?

Man I am so sleep deprived. haha. like I am just drained all the time! Bedtime is really the only time I can stop and think so than I just can't shut my mind off! It's cuz I make A TON of phone calls at night and I am just rushing before bed! Light's are out by 10:30, but often times I'm on the phone clear up till 10:15-20! So that is my goal this week.  To be done with phone calls and paper work by 10:00 and than that'll give me time to get ready for bed and write in my Journal.  Usually I can't sleep cuz I'm just trying to remember everything.  I never have time to write things down until the next day! Anyways.. sorry I went off on that!
My District. Left to right.. Sisters Larsen, Holm, Allen, Me, Peterson, Galbraith, Byam, Willmore

Um I love my Christmas CD's you sent me! I listen to them non-Stop.  I love the version of Silent Night, I got! I listen to it over, and over, and over. I'll never sing that song the old way again! 

SO last week we had a zone meeting (which is the exact same as our weekly district meetings but with the elders too and I don't have to prepare any trainings) we talked a lot about how serving a mission is not a sacrifice, but rather a privilege.  I thought about that after and ya know.. Jesus Christ's Sacrifice was NOT his mission.  He loved his mission!  He loved serving others!  He loved teaching others his doctrine!  He loved everything about his earthly ministry!  His Sacrifice was when he took upon him all the pains and sufferings of the world and died for us.  Yes he had sacrifices on his mission such as fasting 40 days and 40 nights and being tempted and hated among other things, but he endured.  I want to serve my mission like the Savior.  I feel so honored and humbled that I represent Jesus Christ. Yes, I have sacrifices on my mission such as not being with my family or listening to my favorite music or hanging out with Tara or eating food with real flavor haha or sleeping well or getting my hair done or not watching movies or sacrificing my sanity and so on, but it is all a privilege! It's all worth it! I mean.. it's the very least I could do to even try and repay a fraction of what the Lord has done for me. I don't feel like my mission is a sacrifice because I don't even feel like it's enough!  I love my Savior Jesus Christ with everything I have.  So I want to serve him with everything I've got! He is my light.  He is my rock.  He is my redeemer and my salvation and it's only because of him that I am even here.  I had a companion tell me once that I try too hard to be perfect and I got really mad.  To me it's like this... Why would I come out here and not try my very best to be the best missionary I can be for God?  This is my 10% to the Lord and why short change him?  If you are coming out to just have a good experience and see what's out there, than you are basically serving in vain. Or so the prophets in Preach my Gospel say.  Nobody is perfect.  That just a fact of life.  I am not aiming to be perfect because when you shoot for perfection than you better brace yourself for the fall cuz it's impossible to score.  BUT you can try your very hardest to work as hard as you can and be the best that you can be! The Lord than makes up the difference! You can have confidence in the fact that you gave it your all and you did all you can do! You won't be discouraged in yourself because you will know that you did all you could.  And when all is said and done, the Lord in his Grace and his Mercy pours out his blessings upon you and there you stand in the front row privileged enough to watch his mighty miracles.  I know that I am hard on myself most of the time and I know that I try to be an over achiever and I am working on not disciplining myself so much. I have weaknesses, but through the Lord I know they can be my strengths.  I am grateful for the trails and weaknesses I have in my life.  I am grateful to be here serving a mission for the Lord.  I know it is a privilege and I love all of you for supporting me.  I know that the things I testify of to complete strangers day after day are true.  I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored on the earth through Living Day Prophets and I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God.  I know that small and simple things bring great things to pass.  I know that we all have to be strong and of good courage. I know that families are forever. I know that we must keep calm and carry on. I know that prayer is powerful.  I know that we can get five stars in life.  I know that 1-10-15 & 3-2-1 will change us for the better.  I know that I am a daughter of God. I know that we all need to WORK iT! Most importantly, I know that My Redeemer Lives! and Long Live his sacrifice for us.  I Love you all very very much! Thank you for everything! Have a great week and remember to be happy! :)

Monday, November 25, 2013


Hi! :) thank you so much for your emails this week! they are great! You all sound like you are doing so well and I love you all so much!!! :) :) Way to Work iT!! :] Welp this week I've found the Pretenders in Penticton! haha jk.. kinda..  This area is super different from my last area! It is soooo pretty. like ohhh my goodness.  The mountains and lakes are so beautfiul! I love them SO much! It really does feel like Utah.  The community is small and it's kinda a retirement place if ya know what I'm saying! 
This is me with thermals, tights, 2 pair of socks, 2 skirts, sweater, 2 coats, scarf, hat, & 2 gloves! :)
It's cold.  haha I'm basically a walking popsicle. no big deal.

I thought I was here to baptize, but I think I am really here to Organize and straighten out/up all aspects of the area. Like awh man.. let's just say that it's a good thing I like to be a perfectionist.  For example, last week when I got here, the oil light in the car was on! I was like how long has that been on for?? the response was, "oh just four months." WHAT!?!?! come again!??! so we spent the entire day at the car place getting it changed and apparently our breaks were not made correctly so they had to fix that too or we could of died.  Good to know.  Needless to say, if we had gone any later we might have ruined the engine forever. or so they told me.  It made me think of the Mazda. Awh Goodness. 

Sister Allen & Me :)
So last week I said Sister Allen was from Coalsville.. ha my bad! She is from Nibley!

So the streets here in Penticton are all street names instead of a number grid system and it's the worse! ha I feel like I'm gonna get street names and investigators mixed up! You constantly have to look at a map because you can't just find it on your own unless you've lived here your whole life.  Ok so up in like the foothills I guess, along with roaming deer, they also have roaming horses! like what? The other day we are just minding our own business driving along and this huge horse just goes in front of the car! I was like what is going on!?!  Apparently the Natives let them just go where ever and it's total ok. hmm interesting.

Oh real quick, Mom this is Canada.  Not Hungary.  Yes I have an oven and stove and fridge! hahah your crack me up.   It does get cold though so I asked the Relief Society for blankets and a heater.

The Nice thing about Penticton is I only smell Weed every now and then instead of multiple times a day so that's a bit more refreshing! :)

Well I know that this week is Thanksgiving for us Americans, So I just want to tell you all how grateful I am for my life.  I am so grateful for all the amazing and wonderful blessings the Lord has given me.  I am so grateful to be his daughter.  I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of the Restored Gospel.  I am so grateful for the sacrifices of those that came before me had to make.  I am SO grateful for my family! I love my family more than I could ever express.  I feel so blessed to be a Petersen.  I am so happy that I get to be with them forever.  I am so grateful for all my leaders and I am so grateful for all my friends.  I am so grateful to have been born in a free land.  I am grateful for the opportunities I've had in my life.  I am grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I love it.  

Most of all, I am so grateful for my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  

I know that he is the Son of God and I know that He lives.  I know that he was crucified for me and has gone through all the pains and sufferings of the world so that through him, we can be forgiven of our sins.  I am grateful for God's Plan. I love this life.  I love being a missionary.  I love serving the Lord. 

Keep Calm and Preach the Gospel.  1-10-15  five stars. 
By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.  
3-2-1. Be Strong and of Good Courage! 
Work iT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! long live.
SISTER JAYNANNE PETERSEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Transfer Numba Seven Yo

Goodbye Brookswood!
WOAH OH! I'M HALFWAY THERE! (well on wednesday anyway) WOAH OH! I'M LIVING ON A PRAYER!!!!!!!! 

Seriously though..  haha So right now I'm in this old school of a library in Penticon! It is so different here than from Langley.  It reminds me a lot of Utah and it has this small town feel to it. There are mountains! Ahh. I was so so excited about this! :) We had to take a six hour Greyhound Bus ride up here and we drove all through these snowy mountains! My goodness it was pretty. I got bus sick of course so that part wasn't real fun..! It snowed here and it's cold.  No big deal though. the snow melted and plus I have my big coat, but I didn't take it out of the travel bag for nine months and Bishop Towns told me that was stupid haha. apparently it is not as effective now! oops.

So during transfers, Sister Allen and her old comp lost the phone! WHAT!?!? that is literally our life line out here.  So we haven't been able to contact my district or investigators or members or anyone and it's the worst.  hopefully we'll be getting a new phone in the mail soon.  So including us, there are four companionship's in my district and we are all about an hour apart from each other.  We got Sisters Galbriath & Willmore in Kelowna YSA and Sisters Byam & Peterson in Westbank and Sisters Larsen & Holm in Osooyoos.  I'm pretty tight with all of them except the Osooyoos sisters and my Comp of course.  She is from Coalville Utah by the way.  Which is in Cache Valley.  She is 19 and sweet.  My Bishop's name is Bishop Northcott.. he's cheeky.  haha So I'm in the Penticton Ward and there are Elders here as well.  The ward mission leader here is pretty much awesome and amazing. He just got put in recently and he is going to be good.  He came up to me and was like, "Hi! I'm gonna be your Dad out here!" ha.. not gonna lie, that actually made me sad! haha I was thinkin um.. that's alright.. haha kinda just jokin! he's my favorite person here so far.

So not being in Brookswood is a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I thought it would be no big deal, but the first night I was with my comp and we were staying in Maple Ridge and she was telling me about all these people in Penticton, I started to get homesick for my Brookswood Members and I could barely stand it.  I Think it sunk in that I was not going back there in a long while.  The bus ride was especially hard.  I've only cried a little bit because I have to stay strong for this area.  I know why I was called here.. this area needs me.. not that I'm all great, but I'm more obedient than I realized compared to other missionaries! TRUST ME. blows my mind.  Plus I know what it takes to baptize and this area has not had a baptism from sisters in almost a year! esh. no pressure.  I'm excited to help this area grow and help strengthen it! I almost feel like Penticton is just this huge project for me and in a lot of ways, I feel like I'm opening up the area.  It's hard not knowing the ward.  I was looking around on Sunday at all these people that I don't know yet and it was just like sinking in that I have a lot of work to do.  I can't believe I knew  Brookswood as well as I did.  There was not one person, young or old, that I could not write a paragraph about.  I'm going to miss my Brookswood. I read this scripture and it reminded me so much of my last days in Brookswood.. "And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on the Multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them"- 3 Nephi 17:5  Saying goodbye to certain members was hard.  Wednesday night after my last goodbye to my favorite family, I just cried!  I bet none of them even notice I'm gone! haha I'm going to miss getting Taylor Swift updates from Brad and hug threats.  I'm going to miss my Friday's at one with Marion.  I'm going to miss Loretta's Sunday Dinners.  I'm going to miss seeing the Temple.  I'm going to miss Sister Andrews kisses on the cheek.  I'm going to miss Sister Hansen's Relief Society Lessons.  I'm going to miss my 2013 Chevy Cruze.  I'm going to miss waiting for that stupid train.  I'm going to miss Ward Council.  I'm going to miss my Apartment. I'm going to miss lectures from the Bishop.  I'm going to miss my converts. I'm going to miss district. I'm going to miss the Lower Mainland.  I'm going to miss My Brookswood. 

But it's alright because I am going to love the day I get to see them again.  I'm going to love the memories.  I'm going to love the area I'm in now. I'm going to love my companion and my district and the people who need me here.  There are a lot of changes and there are going to be a lot of new adventures and challenges, but one thing that will never change is my Savior Jesus Christ.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever and he is always here for me no matter if I'm in Brookswood or Penticton or where ever.  When we didn't have a phone this weekend and I felt isolated, Well that is when I got on my knees and I prayed to God to be with me in this new place.  I know he heard me.  I know he loves me.  I know he is with me withersoever I go. I have to be strong and of good courage.  I have to be an example in the believers.  I have to love the Lord my God with everything I've got.  I love serving for the Lord.  Leaving my Brookswood Members was hard and if this is how missionaries feel when their missions end, than I dread the day that I have to say goodbye to Canada and my tag.  I'm scared to become so emotionally involved again.. I'm scared to gain connections here.  I just want to work and do my duty, but that's not really the Lord's way completely now is it? SO, I will do my very best to serve here.  it'll be just for a moment in the big scheme of things anyway.. I'm grateful that I was able to serve in my first area for so long because it helped me to know how things are supposed to be done.  It was truly a blessing to serve there.  no dwelling. no comparing. no complaining.

Oh and I received so many wonderful letters this week when I went in for transfers from a lot of you so thank you so much! SHOUT OUT TO MY EMMA! I LOVE YOU! :] your letter was presh. thanks:)  

This church is true folks.  I wouldn't be in Canada if it wasn't.  Everything about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect.  I know that Jesus is the Christ and I know that God has a plan for each and every single one of us. you better believe he does! I know that he counts us one by one and he knows us individually and personally.  I know that he thinks about us all the time and wants nothing more than for us to return and live with him one day.  I know that he gives us experiences in life to help us grow and learn.  I know that he trust us to spread his good word to all the world.  I know that with him, all things are possible.  I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and that he restored his church back on to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  I know that The Book of Mormon is the Word of God.  I know that the more we read it, the more we can Work iT!!  I know, I know, I KNOW that families are forever and that I will return to my Heavenly Father and Savior with my family and friends and that we will be together for the Eternities. 

Oh remember remember  the small and simple things we can do to make this possible. Remember to keep calm and preach the gospel. Remember that you are all children of God.  Remember 1-10-15 & 3-2-1 Remember that the Church is true and Jesus loves you! Remember that I love you.  Remember to always get 5 stars.  Remember to be strong and of Good Courage.  Remember the walls we crashed through.  Remember to be you and only you. Most of all, Remember to WORK iT in all that you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Long Live Ya'll.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


NA NA NA NA! NA NA NA NA! HEy Hey hey Goodbye......! That's right. I'm outta here!

So I am being transferred to Penticton in the Okanogan Valley, and my Companion is Sister Allen who was one of Sister Gales Companions in the MTC!  I'm Going to be the District Leader up there and Sister Byam and Sister Willmore are both in my district! WHAT?! I AM SO EXCITED! :] we are going to PAR-TAY!  While respecting the dignity of our calling of course! ;)  

I am so sorry that I didn't email yesterday! We had a Mission Conference because Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy came and toured our Mission.  Yesterday was a wild day..   We drove to Richmond with the YSA Sisters and got some hot chocolate at Tim Horton's, then we went to our Conference which was amazing, then we did FHE with the Ward Mission Leader's family as well as a family that we are teaching, then we had a lesson fall through. 

Well it is a miracle the lesson fell through because we get this crazy call from the sisters at the same time and so basically, really weird stuff has been going on and we thought their apt got broken into and so we rushed to their aid (but we had to wait for a stupid train and I was TICKED) and the Bishop from the Willoughby Ward came with this huge guy and the Elders showed up to go check it out! Meanwhile, It's Transfer Call night So I was like ah crap!  Turned out everything was ok and their apt was fine, But in the midst of all of this, The Assistants call me with Transfer Updates! haha.. I was like, NOW IS NOT THE TIME PEOPLE! ha so.. not even excited Because we were in the middle of this intense situation and I had to stop and find out where I was going! haha We had the Sisters stay with us last night which was a tender Mercy from the Lord because I am going to miss them so much! gah. So that was our night and now here we are.  

I am really going to miss being called a Brookswood Sister:(  I have loved serving for this Ward.  They are incredible.  Our phone has been buzzing nonstop all morning from the members in regards to transfers.. it's just like I could tell them to drop everything now and meet me in the pouring rain and they wouldn't even hesitate!  They have been so good to me and I just don't know how to repay them.  I feel like I don't have enough time or energy to tell them how much I love them and how much each of them has played a role in my life.  Even if some members don't even know me that well, I love them! These next couple days are going to be wild.  I have to run around telling everyone that it was enchanting to meet them and I have to pack! I'm gonna lose my mind! ..pray for me!  :/  I just hope and pray that I was able to strengthen this area.. I know I have and  I know there have been so many miracles, but you always wonder if you did enough.  Like yesterday when were in our conference, I was sitting there thinking, Oh my heck I need to do better at this, oh I gotta go back and do that, oh I gotta tell our Bishop all this stuff and I was just like! AHH! I can't leave yet! I have so much I need to improve on here! I trust the Lord though.  I know he has a plan for me and I will go where ever he wants me to go and be whoever he wants me to be and do whatever ever he wants me to do! This is his work and his glory to bring about the immortality and eternal life of man and I just want to help in any way I can.   Lately I have been feeling really overwhelmed in the fact that there are so many people who don't even know God, let alone about the Restored Gospel.  It causes me great anxiety and stress actually.. SO every little bit of what we as members do counts and matters. Never forget that.  I am going to be sad that I won't be in the Lower-Mainland anymore!

Last week, all the missionaries who aren't in the Lower-Mainland came in and went to the same mission conference but on a different day and one companionship stayed with us for two nights which was fun! Well while they were here, Sister Byam actually came and her and I got to go see My first Karen and her Baby Hannah! :) it was so fun!!! When We got back to my Apt, there were like 9 sisters there! I walk in and one of the sisters said it was like the parents had got home and found them partying! ha.. it's cuz it's my place and I've been out the longest! It's weird that I am starting to become one of the older ones in the mission! Just Saying.  

Well anyway.. I love you all so much! I hope you had a great week! It was Remembrance Day here in Canada yesterday and it made me think of home.  Man, I miss the Veteran's Dinner we always had! Not to mention Grandma Summer's Jello! ;) haha Well, keep it classy and remember the small and simple things! Be strong and of Good Courage and Keep Calm and Preach the Gospel gosh dang it!
1-10-15 five stars 3-2-1. The church is True. 

This is what I want to tell Brookswood:)-->  If you take a moment.. promise me this, that you'll stand by me forever, but if God forbid fate should step in.. and force us into a Goodbye.. if you have converts someday.. when they point to the pictures.. please tell them my name.  Tell them how the church went Wild. Tell them how I hope they Shine.... Long Long live the walls The Lord and I crashed through!  I had the time of my life here too!  Long long live all the Magic We made.. and Bring on all the Pretenders in Penticton, I'M NOT AFRAID!.... 

One day.. We will be remembered! :)  WORK iT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ps. Thank YOU for standing by me forever:)   

Monday, November 4, 2013

Stand Ye in Holy Places

HAPPY 14TH BIRTHDAY OSKAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhh. say what? I can't believe you are fourteen! When I was fourteen I was on top of the world with coolness! Or so I thought... haha LOVE YA BROTHA! :] 

So this past week here in Canada has been good. This letter might be a tich short.. ya see at my Zone Conference a couple weeks ago, I was telling my Mission President how I never take pictures so he told me I can go to Vancouver on P-day and Take lots of them! Um YES PLEASE! So that is what We are doing today.. it's an hour away and we have to be back by 6:00 So hopefully it'll be fun.. We are taking the SkyTrain.  Sister Gale is all nervous and crap about going and I'm just like OH MY! pull it together! I love Big Cities!:)  

Happy Halloween!!

So Last week was Halloween and it is pretty big here in Canada I guess.  Their candy is the exact same as the States, but it still tastes different.  odd.  So we were not aloud to be out Halloween Night, So we just stayed in and Planned.  I was on Exchanges with Sista Weller and these guys on the street were dressed in these costumes and they were like "Happy Halloween! What are you?" and were like, "We're Missionaries!" haha they were like "SWEET!.. pause...Wait you really are missionaries!" haha Lame story I know.  Last Sunday we carved pumpkins at Brad and Loretta's and mine said WORK iT!! :]  

Yesterday was daylight savings and how the heck was I supposed to know that?! So we really woke up at 5:30 and got all ready and everything and than the YSA sisters called us and were like um it's only 6:30.  WHAT.  The one day we as missionaries could sleep longer! It ended up being a tender Mercy from God though, because I needed time to write in my journal.  I had to get my flu shot last week.  I thought Dad would feel for me. I remember Last year, I went with Dad and Mom to get it and When it was Dad's turn, he MADE me hold his hand! haha too funny.  I love all of your emails and letters by the way.  I love all your stories and I love everything you always tell me! I relish in what ya say! Sounds like your Trip back east was really fun! We will have to go again when I get back. That Story about Dad getting his lost phone returned is wild.  I still remember that too!

Alright so one last story, I was reading in the Book of Mormon the Other day in 2 Nephi Chapter 5 verses 1-10.  So, Lehi had just passed away and Laman and Lemuel were really complaining and murmuring about anything and everything and they wanted to Kill Nephi! They sought to take away his life! So as I began reading this chapter, I was filled with so much frustration and annoyance.  I was so bugged by Laman and Lemuel.  They drive me completely insane.  I can't stand them.  In fact, I was so irritated, that I didn't even want to read it.  I usually study each verse carefully, but instead I wanted to just skim it really fast so I could get through it.  Well as I continued to read, it goes on to say the the Lord warned Nephi to take those who would go with him and depart in the Wilderness.  So Nephi being the faithful guy he was, did just that.  As Soon as he left to the Wilderness, I began to feel better and then the People all chose to call themselves the people of Nephi.  As I read this, I was filled with the Spirit of the Lord and I know that the things which I was reading were true.  I learned and was reminded that we are not able to feel the spirit when we are annoyed and frustrated or in a bad situation.  It is only until we follow the commandments and when we stand in Holy Places that we can have the Spirit with us and feel God's Love for us.  I think it is really cool that I wasn't able to feel the Spirit until after the people of Nephi left the negative situation they were in.  Anyway, I just wanted to share that with you and let you know how much I love and appreciate all that each of you do for me!

Keep up the faith! Be Strong and of Good Courage! 1-10-15 Keep Calm and Preach the Gospel! Long Live.  3-2-1.  Keep it Small and Simple.  WORK iT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh I was going to tell you, each of you should read the Talk by President Monson titled, 'Finding Joy in the Journey' and apply it to your lives.

Also I hope you never forget about me. 2 Nephi 4:16-19 Describe me in case you have forgotten. Plus When you think Taylor Swift, I hope you think my favorite song.  The one we danced to all night long!

I LOVE YOU! WORK iT!!!! :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

I Love You

..Words would never be able to describe how I felt last Monday when I received your package.  I want you to know from the bottom of my heart how much that meant to me.  I went to the Post Office to pick it up and I thought it was gonna be this little package on the shelf, but instead she bent down and picked up this massive box from the ground and I was completely speechless.  I was just stunned.  Part of me immediately felt bad about how expensive that must have been and I was just in the weird shock mode.  Well, I went to my apartment and opened it... Mom.  I love you so much.  Thank you so much for everything.  I couldn't even go through it for about twenty minutes.  I just opened the box and cried.  I just sat there are cried, and cried, and cried.  I have never felt so overwhelmed in my entire life.  I was overcome with such a strong love.  It didn't have anything to do with the stuff that you sent or the things that you wrote me.  I just felt SO much love from each of you and I felt like there was someone out there who heard me and cared and loves me. A song that you sent says, "if your out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold, all you have to do is call my name and i'll be there.." Well... I wrote you a couple weeks ago that I was struggling and that I was lonely and what did you do? You heard my call and you came.  You were there. You were here, and I love you so much for it.  Thank you so much. I honestly have never been so overwhelmed with love in my entire life.  I could not even function. I love the music! Thank you!  this is super corny, but the song "Make You Feel My Love," was like my mom and dad were singing it directly to me.  It was so overwhelming and I can't express enough how grateful I am for all of you.  As soon as I saw Tara's handwriting I just cried more.  and that card.. Sadie's paw print hahah.. Oskar's promise to me.. the yo-yo.. Oh my gosh the clothes! I love them! Thank you so much! After I managed to stop sobbing, I just relished in my clothes. I mixed and matched and organized and I spent like all afternoon trying them on and pretending Mollie was there and I would show her how they looked.  Thank you so much! Those few hours were the happiest moments in my entire life. I will never forget them.  I just felt like Jaynanne. I felt like myself and it was so refreshing to be myself for a few minutes and not this missionary who has to know everything and be strong all the time and on top of things.  I was just me and only me.  I just knew that everything was going to be ok after that.  That I would be able to get through anything.  That no matter what happen or what challenges came my way, I would be able to face them because I have such amazing support and love from all of you.  I love you all so much.  Thank you for not forgetting about me.  Thank you for all the music!  It's been playing non stop.  and the oils and socks! thank you! I wish you understood how you made me feel.  I feel very blessed.

The rest of the week was good.  We had Zone Conference with President and Sister Tilleman and that went well.  President was like, "how long have you been here?" I was like, "I hit my eight month mark on Sunday." he was like, "No, how long have you been in this area?" I just looked at him and was like, "this is my first area." he just leaned back and was like WoW.  It was one of those moments where you shake your hand infront of someones face and they don't see it ya know?! haha so yeah..  on Friday, there were 12 companionship's that went to Abbotsford where all the Laurels and Priests in the Providence were at this conference and we acted as their Zone Leaders for the Day and went around to all these workshops.  It was really fun!  

A huge highlight of the week was going to  The temple With Karen.  It was so spiritual.  She looked so pretty and Pure in her white.  It was such a special experience that I will never forget.  For the first time ever, when they prayed for the missionaries, I felt it.  I felt the power.  I felt the faith and prayers of the Members.  I felt like I was one of those missionaries they were praying for.  I am so happy I got to go to the Temple with Karen.  On Wednesday, we met at the temple with Karen to go on splits and she was telling me that her mom who has been inactive for Twenty five years saw the example Karen was setting and she has decided to come back to church and take the Temple lessons and be sealed to her husband and Karen for time and All eternity.  I was soooooo happy! I was like "KAREN! do you see what an impact your decision to go to the temple has made on your family!?"  and than she just burst into tears and said, "No Sister Petersen, this is all happening because of you." and than she just cried.  It was so tender.  The temple was behind her and it was beautiful moment. I love her! I am so grateful that I was able to help.  I don't really feel like I did that much.  ha.  But hugging her in the Celestial room was special. I was all anxious and nervous haha and I know it is going to be like that in Heaven.  

Well, I love you all.  Hope you all have a great week.  
Remember the Small and Simple things! 
Be strong and of Good Courage. 
keep calm and preach the gospel! 
five stars! 1-10-15 Long Live! 3-2-1! 
WORK iTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

8 Months Down baby! Check.

Well hello Family! How are ya all doing?! great I bet.  

So news of the Week, not much. haha no jk lets see..  So yesterday was my 8 month mark! Wait What!?! Now that is just wild.  EIGHT MONTHS. daannnnggggg.  that's a long time right?!  I know I know.  crazy.  There is this one lady in our ward who is about to give birth, and I was here when she found out she was pregnant! yeah..

I've seen SO many miracles these past few months and I am so grateful that I chose to go on a mission.  It has been the greatest decision that I've ever made for my life.  I feel like a whole different person, but then I feel mostly the same too! it's kinda funny. 

Well, Yesterday Merle finally received the Priesthood so that was pretty cool! 

um I got Whit and Parkers Wedding Announcement and I'm pretty sure Parker has longer hair than me! ;)

On Saturday we had this Relief Society Project that was really fun! for months the women have been sewing these Hygiene Kits for girls in other countries, and we had this assembly line and we put everything together and I, personally, put the draw strings through all the bags that had been sown and it was really fun to be a part of.  I've always loved doing service projects.  It makes me feel so good. Every time. Without Fail. I just love it! 

Sorry this is going to be a shorter email. Not lots of time.  I'm Really excited for this Saturday because there is this lady named Karen in our ward (different Karen than all the other Karen's I swear) who is going through the Temple for the first time in her whole Life and I get to go with her! ahhhh!!!!!!!! I was originally going to be her escort possibly, but Sis. Ozorio the Relief Society President is going to be it! the reason we get to go is because well kay, so When I first got here, She was one of the very first people that I Actually met and She was barely becoming active again.  She is married to a non-member and had spent years inactive.  Well I love her. We visited a lot and I went to the Temple Prep classes with her clear in the Spring.  Well she was suppose to go through the Temple long ago, but over the summer, The adversary got in the way and all these crazy things happened. it was stress-sad.  So about a month or so ago, I went over to her house (which is a miracle story for another time) and I sat her down and I was real bold and straight forward and just like Karen it's time.  She knew it.  God knew it.  I knew it.  So I set up the interviews, got her the support she needed from some special individuals in the ward and now here we are.  Now, I am not saying that she is going through because of me, But I know that I helped her a lot and I know that she is one of the reasons why I'm in the Langley Area.  I know I was suppose to be a part of this somehow even though it has nothing to do with me and most people don't know how much I love this lady!  So yeah... I will not be getting a baptism in October like I had hoped for and promised, But I am going to get the opportunity to watch someone that I care so much about recieve her saving ordainances! I feel so humbled and blessed.  Really this is what it is all about.  It is about bringing souls unto Christ.  It is about mourning with those that mourn and comforting those that stand in need of comfort.  It's about being there for one onther.  It's about loving everyone and never ever EVER giving up! It's about trusting in the Lord and about focusing on the positive.  It's about always looking up and always looking for opportunities to serve! It's about so much that I can't hardly take it in. 

The purpose of life it to gain experiences and bodies and become like our God.  Life is to be cherished, not wasted.  I love this life I was given..  I love the people in my life and I love the things I've gone through that have made me the person I am today.  I love being a daughter of God.  I love serving him.  I love putting my name tag on every morning.  I love LOVE!

I know that it's all true ya know?? like how can it not be true?! I've never been so sure of anything in my life.  I could go on and on, but My time is far spent.  I love you all so much and I am looking forward to the day when I can say that to your sweet faces! please remember the small and simple things and hey, be strong and of good courage! Life is good. Long live the walls we've crashed through!

1-10-15 five stars! 3-2-1.  keep calm and carry on.  WORK iT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
doubt the doubts! 
I LOVE YA ALL! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Temple Day

Hey! Sorry I am emailing today instead of yesterday! It is cuz I got to go to the temple today! Ahhhh. It was just the most amazing thing in the whole wide world! I walked away with so many new questions.  In fact, while I was there, I was starting to get stressed out and anxious by things that I don't understand.  I just wish my Daddy was here and could explain it all to me.  Because of the recent changes in the Temple, I was also able to better understand some things too! So, That was so great! There is this lady in our Ward named Sister Andrews and she is a Ward missionary and she comes out with us pretty much every other day and she basically lives at the temple! Well, She had a ton of names for us so I handed them out to all the Sisters in our Zone and yeah! I love that lady so much! She is like our Grandma out here. 

Yesterday was Canada's Thanksgiving! We had Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday at the Boden's and Sunday at Brad and Loretta's!  Oh, man.  The food tasted so good.  Thanksgiving is not as big a deal up here.  It is more so to celebrate the fall.  None the less, I had everyone tell me what they were thankful for and it was really nice. 

The weather has been really enjoyable up here lately, which has been nice!  All the trees are changing colors and it is just so pretty! I love it! I received Mollie's letter last P-Day.  LOVED IT WITH ALL MY HEART! thank you! Love ya child.  Last week I was a bit sick.  I was just having really bad headaches that would not go away! Luckily they are gone now so no worries! Sister Boden gave me your email mom and dad! Thank ya lots.  I'm the same old same old, but more hopeful.  Oh, so the other day I had a frozen hot chocolate at Dairy Queen and let's just say that Canada doesn't know how to make them.  Utah knows what's up. Nuff Said. 

WHITNEY IS GETTING MARRIED THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! right? that is just so dang exciting! my little girl is all grown up! sniff.  :') 

I am trying to think of something exciting to tell you but I don't know what! I got a blessing when I was sick by two cool guys in our ward.. um.. oh I went on exchanges to the Langley YSA with Sister Pavone last week and it was so much fun! Ok, so they cover all of the Lower Mainland and so we drove out to this city called Abbotsford which is what Stake we are in and it's about 45 minutes away.  Well, this place is so confusing.  The streets aren't numbered, they just all have names so if you get lost you're doomed.  Well, It was way dark and we had to head home, so we were on our way and mind you, we don't know the area.  Well, we made it to the freeway and we're like, "YEAH! WOO! WE MADE IT! AHHH!!!" high fiving it up and bones all around and what not! So, we are driving down the road and we look to the left and there is this fence along side of us and on the other side was the freeway and we were just driving parallel to it on some random street. what.  I turned to Sister Pavone and I was like,  --___-- ,  I take that back. haha it was funny, ok....I guess you had to be there.  Don't Worry, we eventually made it home! It was eventful though.  I was still sick and then we both got car sick. Great.  haha  So we had to pull over for a bit.  it was funny though.  I love the YSA sisters.  We are always laughing. 

Every single Sunday without fail, the Bishop calls people up to bear their testimony.  Well, I got called up and I bore it on the Apostles and Prophets and how I got to shake Elder Ballard's hand.  It was really good, not gonna lie! I just know those men were called of God and I know the things which they speak are true.  I love being a member of this church.  I know that this is Jesus Christ's church and no one else.  I love all the Prophets we've ever had in the church! I love being a missionary and I know there is no greater work and duty than to preach the gospel! I want you all to remember to keep things small and simple and be strong and of good courage!

WORK iT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
1-10-15 and 3-2-1.  <<----oh my heck I love that.  five stars! 
Keep calm and carry on! 
Truth will Prevail! 
Love ya all! 
Long live!
-LOVE YOUR SISTER MISSIONARY JAYNANNE PETERSEN!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) 

Monday, October 7, 2013

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE :) - and other little ditties...


Wow! What a weekend! Man, General Conference was soooooo, sooooooo good! 

First things first, looks like I'm gonna stay, stay, stay! I am STILL in the Brookswood Ward! I didn't get transferred. After this transfer, I will have spent half my mission here. dang.  I did however become the District Supervisor Leader person though! Sister Galbraith left and Sister Weller is training Sister Pavone so I watch over them and call a lot and report stuff to the zone leaders and hold meetings and stuff like that! nothing major! I'm still companions with Sister Gale.  

So General Conference was A-MAZING! like ohhhhhh my heck.  there were so many crazy good talks.  I just felt overwhelmed with it all! A couple that I liked was David A. Bednar! let's be honest, the guy is just good. DO MORE WITH LESS PEOPLE! i love it.  I also loved, loved, loved Deiter F. Uchedorfs talk! DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS! President Boyd K. Packer was spot on.  IT'S A MIGHTY FINE LIFE! CARRYING THE SCRIPTURES TO THEM ALL! just saying.  I quite enjoyed Elder Holland's, Eyring's, Ballard's, Christofferson's, Scott's, Mayne's, and of course our Beloved Prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  I wish I could talk about each one, but I don't have time! shoot.  haha but they were all very inspiring and heart felt and true and I know and believe that those men are called of God to preach and teach his Gospel.  I understand and get that the things they taught and spoke of are for us to study and ponder during the next six months.  They taught what Jesus Christ wants us to learn and know about.  I have such a strong Testimony of the leaders of the church.  My love for them grows deeper everyday.  They are incredible and the things which they have spoken are so true.  How can we not hearken unto the words of the Prophets? They are simply the mouthpiece for God.  

Can you hear the Prohpets sing? Singing the song of the Lord our God.  It is the music of the one who shall not be slain again!  I saw a couple theme's in this conference and one of them was of course missionary work.  Missionary Work is everything the Gospel teaches and I feel ashamed to say that I did not see this until I actually came on a mission.  I know that preaching the gospel is  what the Lord wants us to do right now at this time in our lives.  We may not know it, but these are the moments that we're gonna remember most so we just gotta keep going! NOW IS THE TIME!  So will you join in his cruesade and will BE STRONG and stand with me?  Beyond the baracade where there are places he wants you to be! I know everyone has a desire to share the gospel but they just don't know how.  It's not as simple as just saying, "Hey I just met you and this is crazy, but I'm a mormon! Get baptized maybe?" but it could be that simple.  All you need is love!  I know that if we invite our friends to hear the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ out of love, then they will not be offended.  So, come join in the fight that gives you the right to be free and share the gospel with your friends! Just do as Elder Uchedorf said and come, come, come! You'll be loving it for quite some time!  Now is the time to Seize the day! He's Sent out the Call! All for one and one for all!  

Another theme I saw was God's love for us.  He loves us sooo much.  We just wants us to be happy and come unto him! He literally just wants us to enjoy this life and he is right there ready to catch us when we fall! I know that if you Just call his name he'll be there in a hurry! You don't have to worry! Cuz baby there ain't no mountian high enough! Ain't no valley low enough! Ain't no river wide enough, to keep him from getting to you! ;)  Sometimes life is hard.  Sometimes we don't see how there could ever be hope in this world of ever changing values.  Sometimes we feel as though Satan has such a tight grip on us and we just can't break free.  So how do we solve a problem like the Devil? Personally, when my world is falling apart and there is no light to break up the dark, that's when I look to the Savior.  When the waves are flooding the shore and I can't find my way home anymore, that's when I look to the Savior.  He is the light and he wants to be our candle on the water 
His love for us will never fade. It will never burn out.  It will never die.  Whether or not we deserve it, the Savior's love is simply always there so we should live in such a way that we can feel his love for us! I know he loves me.  I know that Jesus Christ died for me and suffered for my sins.  I know that he cares about me and is constantly thinking about me.  I know that he knows exactly what I've gone through and how I've felt and how I still do feel.  He is so mindful of me.  I know that I am a Daughter of God.  I know that He thinks so highly of me.  If we only knew how much he loved us, I think we would then love ourselves more and look past our imperfections and flaws.  I'm very grateful that I have a knowledge of the Savior and of his love for me.  I am very grateful that I have this amazing opportunity to be serving a mission for him here in Canada.  I can not believe that one year ago they lowered the age for missionaries to serve.  That has forever changed my life.  I will never forget that day.  God answers prayers.  He has answered mine countless times.  I would not be where I am today if this were not true.  He loves each of us and he has a plan for us.  Sometimes it is hard to just trust.  But I know that when we do exercise our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, then the blessings of Heaven pour out upon us.  

I love My Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ.  He is my rock.  He is my light.  He is my Salvation. I love each of you so very much! Thank you so much for all the love and support! 

Please just WORK iT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Keep things small and simple and be strong and of good courage. 
Long live baby.  
Five stars! 
Work iT! Work iT! Work iT! 
The church is True and Jesus Christ is the one leading it.  
This is His church.  
Let us come follow him.
JAYNANNE PETERSEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :]    

Monday, September 30, 2013

I Just Love Ya All

Hey it's me, Sista P.  

Things are going alright here in Langley! last week was just so-so.  We had a lot of miracles and blessings come our way, but there is always room for improvement on my part!  We had a Mini Missionary stay with us this weekend! She is 17 and lives about half hour away in a town called Delta.  She is the cousin of my last Mini Missionary so it was really fun! On Saturday we went to the Stake building in Abbotsford and watched the General Relief Society Broadcast and dang it was good.  I love, love, love meetings.  I don't know if I just never paid attention before or if I just didn't know what they were ever talking about in the past, but as I sat and listened, I noticed how often they referenced the Book of Mormon.  I love that book with all my heart.  It is my favorite book in the world! I learn something every time I read it! It is taking me so long to get through, because I can get so much just out of one single verse. This is good and bad if ya know what I'm saying! Lately I've been color coding this Book of Mormon based on topics and it takes me forever.  It's worth it though.

So there is this guy sitting right by me talking really loud on his phone and I can't concentrate at all.  Honestly I'm not in a good mood right now.  I'm really frustrated and annoyed with some different things..  I don't think I should say that kind of stuff to you because it's negative, but I am.  I'm bugged that I feel this way the one time I get to email you guys.  I don't want to just sit here and complain so I guess I'll change subjects.  

Tonight we get transfer calls and I really don't know what is going to happen.  I don't want to jinx it, but I am kind of leaning more to the leaving side... I've been here for a really long time.  I am totally ok with staying longer because I love this area, but I feel like something is going to change. whether it be my companion or my area or what.  I'm not sure.  One thing I do know though, is that I know this area like the back of my hand.  I know where every single ward member lives and I know where I can park and I know what streets I can take that gets me to places the fastest and I know where the dead ends are and I know everyone's names and I know where all our potential&former investigators live.  I can get to a place without even looking at a map.  Just give me the address and I'm there.  If we are in area and don't know what to do, well I know exactly who lives around there that we can drop by.  I know exactly where I've tracted and I even know and can remember who was nice at doors and who was not.  I remember peoples faces and I remember little details about themselves.  I know almost all of the members work schedules and who is available when.  I know our members so well. like even if they don't really know me which is creepy.  I know about their families and I know about their struggles.  I know their pets names and can recite their answering machines to a Tee.  I pray and think about these people constantly.  So yeah, I feel like I have a predisposition about my area lots and so I'm constantly striving for new insights and revelation on how to strengthen it and help it grow.  So in some ways I think it is my time to leave and I could even see them white washing this area (taking us both out and putting two new sisters in) Yes, I do know this area and these people very well, but There is absolutely no way this would even be considerably possible without the Lord.  There is no way on earth that I would be able to remember everything if it were not for Him.  He helps me soooooo much.  The Spirit is constantly bringing things to my remembrance and constantly reminding me of the small and simple things that I overlook.  As to my own strength, I am SO embarrassingly weak.  I don't know what I would do without the Lord.  He has helped me through so much.  I would be lost without him.  I have so much I can work on though and I'm not saying that I don't forget stuff because I do! TRUST ME! but more often than not, the Lord in his merciful way, helps me remember to do things.  I love him for that and so much more.  I just love my Savior and I have such a strong testimony of him and everything that he has done for me in my life.  I feel so humbled to be his daughter.  I feel so blessed to be numbered among his sheep.  I feel so honored that I am in the position to share the gospel and I feel so incredibly blessed for my knowledge of his plan.  I don't know what I ever did to deserve so much grace from Him, but I am truly in awe of the Atonement.  It has played such a huge role in my life and I know that serving a mission has helped me understand it so much more.  Honestly, serving a mission has forever changed my life.  I get it now ya know? I see the big picture.  I understand my purpose.  Can I just say that I love you all so much.  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. If you only knew how I was feeling right now.. you would then understand how great my love for you really is.  Thank you for everything.  I have the most incredible family in the world.  Words can not express how much happiness you have brought into my life.  I miss you a lot and when I'm struggling, like right now, I want nothing more than to call you and talk. Just vent. Just let it out. But I can't. I know that. And that is ok.  That is when I can access and rely On the Atonement and Our Savior Jesus Christ.  At the end of the day He is my rock.  I can't wait until I get to hug Him and tell Him how much I love Him and thank Him for giving me Mollie and Oskar and Mom and Dad and Trevor and Spencer and Abbie and Jeremy and Ellie and Tara and Jessica and the First Ward and just everyone.  I was placed in the most amazing family ever.  I feel your love and support so strong and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Thank you.  There are days when I'm really tired and days when I don't know how much more I can handle, but then I think of you.  I think about how much each of you are cheering me on.  I don't want to let you down.  I don't want to be a disappointment to you or the Lord.  When I think of all your love, I can't help but think how much greater the Savior's love is for me and it pierces me to the very core.  I scarce can take it in.  I don't deserve it.  I mean I am so imperfect ya know? and yet He just loves me and my flaws and my imperfections.  One of the hardest things I've had to overcome and still have to overcome and think about sometimes is not feeling guilty for my weaknesses and doing this self pity dance.  I know that discouragement is selfish and I've seen it completely control some people out here.  So whenever the 'poor me' thought creeps in, I stop it and think of how I can do better next time and improve.  I just am so humbled to be a member of this church.  I love it with everything I have.  I love being a missionary. I love Jesus Christ.  I love so many things that I could really sit here forever, but I won't do that to you.  Just know that I love you.  I have a testimony of this Gospel.  I know that it is true.  Ellie, I too would give everything up for the Plan of Salvation. I know that my family will be together forever.  I know that God knows me and he knows the desires of my heart.  So I will go where ever he wants me to go and I will be whatever he wants me to be.  I owe him EVERYTHING! well my time is up.  I love you.  Please know that I pray for you everyday.

Be strong and of Good Courage.  keep it small and Simple. Long live. keep calm and carry on. truth will Prevail. please just Work iT!! 1-10-15. five amazing stars.