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!!!! :)