Monday, July 28, 2014

My 13th Transfer. Say What!?

Hi! How is everyone doing?!  I hope you are all having an excellent week! :) I had a crazy long week.  It was Transfer week so lots was happening!  It was my Last Transfer meeting which was pretty weird to think about.  I have been to every single transfer meeting just cuz, except for one, last year. just saying.  I get to complete my mission in Richmond wish Sister Tingson still, and I am soooo happy about that! :)  

This new missionary that just came in, is from New Zealand, and told me she has read my blog every week since February! What.  Lots of people tell me that and I'm just like... uhhh I hope I said something good! ha I don't even ever remember what I email. ohhh wellz. I forget that other people besides my family read these.... :)Jaynanne sends the family her weekly email, and I (Mom) post it on her blog.  I'm pretty sure she's never seen the blog, :) so she's always amazed when people tell her about it.  When her mission is over, I will print her mission blog into a book for her.

So lately, Sis Tingson and I have been making up Raps to Rejections.  It's pretty fun.  Not gonna lie, I've come up with some pretty good ones.. gotta do what ya gotta do to keep up the faith! :)  They are better in person and I know you are just dying to hear them, but don't fret I'll sing em to you soon!

Do you want to know something.. every now and than I'll be sitting, specifically in Ward Council, and then randomly, it'll just like hit me that the church is true.  I love when that happens.  Not that I ever need reassurance, because you better believe I know it's true! But I just wonder, How can the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Not be true?!  It's so true that I scarce can take it in! Sometimes I have to like take a breather because it is just soooo marvelous, and incredible, and amazing, and outstanding, and beautiful, and magical, and so much good has come from it, that it blows my mind. 

I am so grateful that I am a member of Christ's Church and that I have the knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am so grateful to be living in this time of Living day Prophets and the ministering of Angels and the Hastening of the Work! I feel humbled to be a Latter-Day Saint and I thank my lucky stars to be able to share what I know with others and help them feel God's love.  Choosing to serve a mission has been the best decision I have ever made in my entire life.  I am so thankful for all your love and support! It means so much to me! I hope you are all getting answers to your prayers and I hope you are all happy! Just remember that ALL IS WELL!

So be strong and of Good Courage. Fight the Good Fight.  WORK iT!!! Remember the small and simple things and choose to have faith & trust in God.  I promise if you really are doing the 1-10-15 and 3-2-1 steps, than your life, and the life of your family will be forever blessed.  Have an awesome week! Never forget to let your light shine! be you and only you! five stars! LONG LiVE!
Love, Sister Petersen! :)

Mom Note - 

Just a reminder to anyone reading this what 1-10-15, and 3-2-1 means....

A couple of years ago our Stake President started the 1-10-15 theme in our Stake...  
1  Act of Service a day
10 minutes Early to Meetings
15 minutes of Scripture Reading Daily

The next year the theme changed it 3-2-1... 
3 Invitations to activities
2 Placements of BofM
1  In-Home Teach

We have enjoyed these challenges and always keep them in mind.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wait, 17 months down.. ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?

Hi! :) Alright so I changed my mind, you can talk about me coming home all you want because I don't know about you, but I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  AHHHH! Can you believe that it is just sooooo soon!??! So close, but yet so far away.  

District Unity.  They Call me an Egg....White on the Outside,Yellow on the inside! :) lol

Anyhow, not too much exciting things have happened this week, but we've been pretty busy.  Sisters have been staying with us which is always fun.  The reason why they were with us is cuz some of the Sisters in MY MTC district, and who came out with me, were completing their mission. SO WEIRD!
The District.  Yeah, that's right, I'm the only White one :)

Um the TV Show, 'Once Upon a Time' was filming while we were street contacting so we got to see them live and in action.  that was pretty fun!  We couldn't stay long or take pictures really but hey.  
Captain Hook and Snow White! :)...I was sneaky :)

Henry, Prince Charming, Emma, and Snow White!
OUAT Cast.  Hook's head is between the poles...Just saying.  We watched them do this scene like 10 times!

I don't have any awesome stories for you this week.  So sorry.  There is a talk in this Months Ensign entitled,  "Becoming Perfect in Christ'  Oh man.  It is just so good.  Will each of you read it?  I am so grateful that Heavenly Father provided me a Savior. "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17) I know that His Grace is Sufficient for all those that come unto Him.  I know that if we are trying our very best, then that is good enough and Christ makes up the difference.  Some days our "best" might be better than other days but as long as we are trying, that is all that is asked of us.  I love my Savior Jesus Christ! I love my Heavenly Father! I also love my Family! Ahh.  I just can't wait to see ya'll.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Only true and living church on the face of the planet.  It was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith and evidence of that is the Book of Mormon.  I love this book with my whole heart and I Know it is the Word of God.  I am very grateful for my knowledge of the Plan of Redemption and of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am grateful that in His wisdom,  Heavenly Father sent me on a mission. Man, He loves me.  He really does know what is best for us.   
So remember to Be strong and of a Good courage.  
Remember the Small and simple things.  
Choose to be happy! 
Keep the Commandment.  
follow 1-10-15 & 3-2-1 baby.  
FIVE STARS! long live it up.  
WORK iT!!!!!!!!!
Love Sister Petersen:]    

Monday, July 14, 2014

HAVE MIRACLES CEASED!?! NAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HEY! :] I enjoyed all of your emails a lot! Spencer I am so jealous of the rain.  It has been nothing but hot here! In the heat of the night, I go walking.... I'm just BURNING UP! 

Anyway, Dad I think you are just like a super hero for being a Bishop!  On top of everything else.. I don't know how you do it!  Something my Mission President said is that, "it is never convenient to serve" Just remember that!  Also I really enjoyed your comments about Moroni and I loved the Pictures! Mom you're a Super Star of a mother! :) Thanks for all you do! I don't know how you manage every thing! You'll have to teach me your ways one day..! 

There's not too much to report on this past week... I went on two exchanges! um like I said, it's been super warm.. too warm if ya ask me!  I dunno... the days all blend together! I think the heat is getting to people cuz  we have been meeting a lot of interesting and weird and rude people in the City of Richmond lately!  Basically, our song is the slammin screen door and the
n I just think to myself that someday I'll be living big old kingdom and all their ever gonna be is mean and that's what gets me through it! haha 
Vancouver... :) Random

So miracle story.  The other day, we were at this stop light and we were the second car in the left turn lane.  Well all of the sudden the car in front of us just broke down! What.  SO this Chinese guy was very apologetic and told us to go around him.  Well, we pull up to the side of his car and I felt so bad for him! there were like fifteen cars behind us and he had his hood up and didn't know what to do! Soooooo, what did I do?! Well of course I start prayin! I figured if I stared at his engine hard enough then my laser-like determination would naturally send signals to his car and start it up! ;) ha that was the hope anyway!  So the Man turns his key and he rubs the engine and nothing happened.  With all my faith I specifically prayed that the third time he tried, it would work! So he tried the second time, nothing.  Then he tried the third time and I was just like praying SO hard and then a miracle happened! This man's car turned on! AHHHHH!!!!!!!!! He was so surprised that he didn't know what to do! Then he shut his hood and jumped in his car! The light turned green and we drove away.  Now I don't know if my prayer really started this man's car, but I'd like to think so:) I know that the power of prayer is real.  I know that God hears and answers every single one of our prayers and his power is usually exercised in response to faith.  
Out to Dinner with Brad and Emily! I had Pumpkin Tomato Fish Soup.  Just Sayin :)

Can I just say that I love being a missionary!?! I love being in able to witness all the miracles that God performs! I feel like I have a front row seat.  I don't know how it gets better than this! He pulls my hand and drags me head first, FEARLESS! I love it! I love knowing that God is in the details of our lives.  He gives us miracle experiences to build our faith and strengthen our belief in Him. Usually after I go home, before I say amen, I'm asking God to play it again! I just think about the day and remember all the miracles and it helps me know without a doubt that there is a God and that I am not alone! :) I know that's true! :)  I know He loves me! I know I am a daughter of God and I know that He has a plan for me!  I hope you all have an awesome week.  You know what's next...... Be Strong and of Good courage! Remember ALL the small and simple things because those are the miracles! 1-10-15 and 3-2-1 Choose the right baby! just HOLD ON! five stars! Long Live. WORK iT!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

It's not over til the Fat Lady Sings!

WELL HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This has been a crazy miracle filled week! I just love being a missionary. It's just the best.  SO much happened and now I can't even remember! 

Canada Day was the first... yeeeaahhhh...... then it was the Fourth of July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO! WOO! AWH YEAH BABY!  It was a blast.  Tons of my fav mission friends were in town for a meeting so we got to party it up together!:) Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays! You best believe I had my American Pride shining bright like a diamond! :] 

Earlier in the week I got to sit down with President and Sister Burt and I love them sooooo much. like I just can't explain it.  The love for them was instant!  I gained a witness that I am theirs and they are mine and my only wish is that I was with them more! They are pretty great! :) remind me SO much of Utah.  Oh Utah... I feel so blessed to be born there and into the family I have! Not gonna lie, I have the best family in the entire world! :) I can't wait to see them soon! AHHHH.  In a couple weeks, remind me to tell you the story of how I spent the fourth of July driving up the opposite side of the freeway, headed towards cops, with my Mission President on the speaker phone, while the Star Spangled Banner was playing in the background! telling it is just SO much better in person! Trust me.  All I can say is Missionaries really do have the power to do anything! And I mean ANYTHING!  "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not go down without a fight! I will never forget the days.. the days that we declared our INDEPENDENCE!" :P

I love you all so much! I am so happy to be your missionary! I love representing it up here in the B.C.  Hope you all have a great week and remember to be righteous rebels!  In the Book of Mormon, THEY fought for the Cause of the Christians! Don't let that movement die! Stay True to the Faith! When we are faithful in keeping the commandments, nothing can bring us down! Moroni is the PERFECT example! This is how people described him, "...If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." (Alma 48:17)  I hope you all choose to live your life in such a way to receive a compliment like that! 

SO BE STRONG AND OF A GOOD COURAGE! remember that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass! do the 1-10-15 & 3-2-1 Keep on keepin on and NEVER, NEVER, EVER GIVE UP! I love you all! WORK iT!! five stars:) LONG LiVE! : ]