Monday, July 3, 2017

Grateful is an Understatement

Can I please just tell you guys all the small miracles and tender
mercies God has put in my path this week.

So on Tuesday we went on exchange in Selby and I GOT TO RIDE A BIKE.
They are the only area in the mission that have bicycles so even
though it was pouring rain the entire day, I got to be one of those
classic missionaries and ride a bike to our appointments. SO COOL.

Then on Wednesday we met with Emma before she went to Institute and it
was a short lesson just on the atonement and the Spirit was so strong.
So strong. She is a nurse that works with people right before they die
and she found so much comfort knowing that because Jesus Christ died
and lived again, so can we. And before that, her and one of members
Eve went out for hot chocolate. Cute!

On Saturday we went and painted a deck for one of our members and then
had a nice picnic with hamburgers after. We came back home for our
weekly planning and then went to a BBQ that one of the recent converts
put on. I made a friend with a child, she was pretty cute.

SUNDAY WAS SO GOOD. Emma came to church and she was wearing a really
cute outfit and she said that she went shopping because she wanted
more modest clothes to wear to church. Sooo cute. And everything about
church was just amazing it was like completely tailored to her. After
church we ate some sandwiches and then went to the Mission Home
Fireside. She was telling us on the way there that she has already
quit tea and coffee and was wondering if fruit tea was okay. We
haven't even taught her lesson three yet! She asked for the For
Strength of Youth pamphlet and has been teaching herself from it. She
said that she was always interested in strengthening her faith she
just needed the right opportunity. She told us that when we asked to
meet up with her the first time that society would tell her no, but
her heart told her yes. When she comes to church, she never has
anything bad to say about it and everything makes sense. She loves the
atmosphere of learning and growing and she wants to become better,
more patient, and achieve more in her life. She loves the fact that we
all chose to come to this earth and it brings her so much comfort.
Unfortunately, her dad isn't being supportive of her decision to learn
and he looks at all the "rules" and says that it's restricting her but
she told him "its bigger than that". He said that Mormons don't even
believe in Jesus Christ and she told him "IT'S THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHRIST!" It's amazing how we've only had three lessons with her and
she's already seen a huge difference in her life. She has so many
friends that she's made and she's always asking questions with the
willingness to act and obey the answers we give her. SHE IS AMAZING.
It was such a lucky experience finding her, and she has been the
cherry on top of the end of my mission. I am so excited to hear about
her baptism in the future.

LIFE IS SO GOOD.

But wait. There's more.

So this weekend Sister Salonia and I were talking about how we really
wanted to go to Castle Howard for my last Pday. Unfortunately the bus
journey there is over an hour and we would have to pay for the bus
ticket. So we asked President if we could go with the zone leaders but
he said no haha. So we didn't have any plans for today but while we
were doing our grocery shopping, the senior couple called and said
since it was my last Pday, they wanted to take us to Castle Howard.
😭😭 so we went and got in for free and IT WAS THE BEST DAY EVER.

I cannot believe how gracious Heavenly Father has been. I feel like
I've been saying thank you all week but it still isn't enough. I can't
even describe how grateful I am. God is good. ♥️

The view at Nando's restaurant


THIS IS EMMA!!!!!


York Family


Howard Castle (WE FOUND A HEDGEHOG)





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Life is just good.

The weeks are going by soooo fast. Can you believe I just have two
more weeks of my mission. And can you believe it's already Monday
again. Wow wow wow wow. Okay.

BIG NEWS: We have this solid amazing adorable investigator named Emma.
She's YSA age and is already best friends with one of our cute members
who she met this week. Emma came with us to the Elders baptism on
Wednesday and LOVED it and even went with our member, Eve, to
institute after and stayed for the activity after. WE ARE SO EXCITED
ABOUT HER. She also came to all 3 hours of church and LOVED it. She
has more friends in the ward then I do. I'm actually not even
exaggerating lol. So she's going to institute again this week thanks
to the members. Yayyyy.

Also, we were over at a member's house on Saturday and he's the kind
of guy that knows everything about everything. The missionaries would
use their tea hour on Sundays to go to his house and just ask him
doctrinal questions and he could answer any one of them.

So went to his house to do family history with a recent convert and
while we were there he asked us if we had any questions. Somehow we
got on to the subject of Adam and Eve and he said that other religions
will tell you about "original sin" and that Adam and Eve were the
first sinners because they disobeyed God and ate the fruit. However
that's not true because Adam and Eve didn't even know how to sin
before they ate the fruit because they were innocent. They didn't even
know what sinning was! But they were smart and knew they needed to
transgress (go beyond the limits of) the law to fulfil both
commandments.

Then he asked us, "When did the first sin happen?" He told us to turn
to Moses 5 verse 12. It reads: "And Adam and Eve blessed the name of
God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their
daughters." So, Adam and Eve taught their children everything and made
all things known unto them so they could use their agency and choose
right from wrong.

The next verse reads: "And Satan came among them, saying: I am also a
son of God; and he commanded them, saying: Believe it not; and they
believed it not, and they loved Satan more than God. And men began
from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish."

So the first sin happened when the children of Adam and Eve started to
doubt. It's amazing how powerful doubt is. And I think sometimes when
people start having questions about the gospel they fall into this "I
can't find the answer so I'm just going to believe it's not true" kind
of attitude. Which isn't the kind of attitude that gets us anywhere
and we can even feel ourselves taking steps back.

The gospel is like a jigsaw puzzle. When we're baptised we get all the
end pieces put together. We've got this nice frame of knowledge of the
Restoration, Plan of Salvation, Gospel of Jesus Christ, etc, etc. Now
it's the middle bits we need to work on and every puzzle piece is a
question. It's so easy to pick up a piece and think "well I have no
idea where this fits (cause it's probably a piece of grass or
something) and I don't know what to do with it" and sometimes we just
have to wait, set it aside, work on some other places, and come back
to it later once we have a better picture.

President Spencer W. Kimball was once asked by a stake president,
"President, do you ever have any questions?" President Kimball
answered, "All the time! I've got a whole notebook in my pocket full
of questions." The stake president asked, "so what do you do with
those questions?" He answered, "I write them down and then once I've
learned a little more doctrine and gained some more knowledge, I see
where it fits and it's no longer a mystery anymore."

If we are too easy to doubt, like the children of Adam and Eve, our
questions will never get answered. Just like President Monson said,
"Remember that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the
same time, for one will dispel the other."

So don't doubt! And keep asking questions. But don't just stop there,
go and find some answers.

Love ya,

Sister Peterson

My last fish and chips 😢

District breakfast made by Canadians


The jar we made for Shirley

Harry Potter store

Cute

They most basic street in England

Minster pic

One of my fave members doing an American accent 😂


Monday, June 19, 2017

My Dad

MY DAD

My Dad has always been a huge supporter of me, even when my goals were a little far stretched. 
My Dad has always told us "You don't quit until your finished and do it right the first time". 
My Dad woke up every morning and drove me to Seminary and then drove me to high school a countless number of times. 
My Dad has a good sense of humor that's better than "dad jokes" but weren't always appropriate. 😉 
My Dad has never given up on his testimony. Although there were times that could shake it and he could've given up, he taught us that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is there for us especially in the hard times.  
My Dad loves good food, and he especially loves it when we try new food. 
My Dad is the kind of person that mows our lawn in February. February. 
My Dad is able to forgive and doesn't hold grudges. 
My Dad can park our car as close as humanly possible to the side of the garage without getting a scratch on it. 
My Dad works hard. And he has always provided for our family no matter what. 
My Dad is an amazing public speaker and taught me that if you want to be good at something you need to work at it for 10,000 hours. 
My Dad hates excuses and taught us that it's a lot worse to lie than to just tell the truth. 
My Dad almost reported me to the police when I was 4 years old and stole a packet of seeds from Lowe's. Thanks Dad. 

I love my Dad and am so grateful for how he raised me and my siblings. He is a loving father and has given me a glimpse of how much love our Father in Heaven has for us. I know I'll never be able to tell the world how much I love and respect my Dad but I hope at least he'll know the impact he's had on me. 

"We could remember the Savior's magnificent but virtually unknown foster father, a humble carpenter by trade who taught us, among other things, that quiet, plain, unpretentious people have moved this majestic work forward from the very beginning, and still do so today. If you are serving almost anonymously, please know that so, too, did one of the best men who has ever lived on this earth." -Jeffrey R. Holland

Happy Father's Day!

Sister Peterson

Exchanges!
York!
They know what's up. 
#ipadphotography
STL of the year I think, cause this suitcase was mega heavy
I am Chinese. 
Happy Fathers Day, Elder Hansen! 
They invited us over Sunday for dinner and pie to celebrate. 
Missions are my favorite, everyone here is family ♥️ 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

4th Quarter

Hello friends. So this week was my last zone conference and President Turvey said something that connected with something my ward mission leader told me. I'll start with my ward mission leader first.

So it was our first meeting with him this week and because me and another Elder in our ward are going home this transfer, he wanted to give us a kind of "pep talk". He told us about his last two transfers on his mission, he was reassigned from being a zone leader to train a new missionary and open a brand new area that had the smallest population in the whole mission. He wondered what God could possibly teach him with just two transfers left. He said that at the beginning, his heart wasn't really in the right place. He didn't have the motivation to give his all because it was just 12 weeks left. He didn't have the motivation to get to know the members because it was just 12 weeks left. But as time went on he realised that there was obviously a reason God had sent him here and because of his poor attitude, he wasn't getting that answer.

So he got stuck in. He committed himself that until the day he had to leave, he was going to give 110% and he was going to find out what God had in store for him. On his very last day in the field, he taught 11 first discussions just on one street they decided to knock. After leaving one of the houses, it was three minutes till 9 and his companion said, "Let's knock these last three doors." But my ward mission leader said, "Elder, you can come back tomorrow and finish. I'm a little bit tired" haha. Just on that last day on that last street, they were able to find people who later got baptised. 

President Turvey said at zone conference, "It will always be the last door, it will always be at 8:59, it will always be in the rain.

I guess at the point I am in my mission, this would be my "4th Quarter". There's obviously a reason God sent me to York my last transfer and there must be someone (even if it's on my last day) we're supposed to find that God has prepared for us. Although I can physically feel my body shutting down and I'm more tired than I've ever been, I want to look back on my last transfer and feel like I gave it my all. 

Don't waste any time, God grants us each day for a reason. 

Love you all!

Sister Peterson

P.s. I got to go to Pontefract for a quick blitz this week and went and visited my English mum, Jill. I WAS SO HAPPY. And it was my last zone conference and Sister Salonia and I accidentally missed the group photo so if you see it, I think President photoshopped us in lol.  

Zone training #YorkZone
My completed name tag of all my companions
YORK. 
looking close, you can see people playing cricket 
My faves #churchbathroomselfie
PONTEFRACT 😭♥️
LOOK IT'S CATHERINE AND SISTER PRO

Monday, June 5, 2017

Please Pray for England ❤️

So as you all have heard about the attacks that have happened in
London and Manchester. It's been really sad talking to people and
hearing about family and friends that have been affected. I know that
God is mindful of each one of us though and His plan is perfect.

York is beautiful. And my companion is so cute! She is the cutest
little ball of Italy I've ever met and sooo selfless. I'm so excited
for these 5 weeks.

Sorry this email is short, I'm trying to see as much as I can out here
before it's time to say goodbye.

Love ya!

Sister Peterson



Saying goodbye to my twin tower and the famous heart wall 😢

Goodbye Dim Sum. It's a tradition :)

Isaac came and visited Sheffield sometimes and now I'm serving in
his ward so he took us to a Welcome to York lunch. YSA are legit here.

The view from our flat

ISN'T SHE SO ITALIAN AND CUTE.

Where we taught a lesson

American food is so expensive here :(

Burgers 😋

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Six weeks to moderately okay

Well, we're going back to where it all began.

Tomorrow I leave Sheffield and am moving to York. I am so devastated
to leave Sheffield, this city and these people have a huge piece of my
heart and I'll miss it so much. But here's to my last six weeks in one
of the most beautiful cities in the northeast annnnd my new companion
is Sister Salonia! She's from Italy (#neverhadaUtahcompanion). Right
after Sister Froerer got done training me, she went and trained Sister
Salonia so we're Mission sisters :) cute! I've always wanted to serve
in York and the best part is, I GET TO GO ON EXCHANGE IN PONTEFRACT.
Which means I get to see Recent-con Ron and Jill and Roy and Val and
all my Ponty Pals one last time before I go home. God is so good,
honestly.

I can't talk about leaving Sheffield and Sister Robertson and Sister
Tanielu and Sister Rigby (who is going to Newton Aycliffe- my last
area) because I'll probably start to cry so we'll just skip that.

This week I emailed back and forth the Mission President from Hungary.
He wants me to come and serve in Hungary for my last two weeks. Nah
I'm kidding, we just need his AP's to Skype in for a lesson with
Roman, our investigator. We put them in our phone as "Hungry
Assistants" we're hilarious. And the song Budapest has been in my head
all week because of it.

THIS WEEK THE WEATHER WAS SO HOT. I now understand the difference
between dry heat and humid heat. I like dry heat more. I actually got
really sick on Saturday and slept in until 4, the thing is that our
flat is on the 12th floor of our apartment building and the whole
thing is just windows so it's like an oven and none of us can sleep at
night because it's SO HOT. But I guess I won't have a problem with it
anymore :(

I went on my last exchange with Sister Rigby this week and it was a
bit bittersweet. We both came to Sheffield in December and we're both
peacin' out together. We've become really good friends and have been
through a lot of hard times together and I'll miss her so much. Good
thing she lives in Kaysville so I'll see her when she comes home.

This week was a long week of goodbyes. All the Chinese members are
going home and we got transfer calls on Saturday so yesterday we said
a bunch of goodbyes as well. Like I said, if I keep going I might cry
so I'll just show you the pictures.

Well, I'm excited for my last transfer in York and I'm ready to give
it my all. Go big then go home. Love ya, bye!

Sister Peterson
 
One transfer down... 

One transfer to go!

I GOT TO HOLD A CAT. And I'm not tryna pose or anything her claw was just stuck on my shirt. Also her name is Cheese :-)

Goodbye Sheffield Fam :(

Goodbye Sheffield district :(

Pretty Sheffield

Last P day we went to a lookout over the city and jammed to my ukulele and relaxed

Lol

Goodbye Sister Rigby :(

My companion is so cute and made me this <3

Cool building

 Where we taught a lesson the other day

Goodbye Joseph :(

Joseph is moving back to China so he gave me his ukulele as a goodbye present with a really good carrying case. How sweet is he?!

Goodbye Dominic and Mark :(

Goodbye Helmer and Aldair :(

Goodbye Ricky :(

Goodbye Oliver :(

Goodbye Diamond Library :(


Pretty Sheffield