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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :]