Monday, July 25, 2016

And you get....A BRAND NEW CAR

So last week I got to read all my mission friends' weekly emails and
discovered I am the most boring human being. I realized how weak and
uninteresting my emails have been so this week I came prepared and
ready.

So our teaching pool up here in Alnwick is at an all time low of zero.
We've been doing LOADS of finding every week and get all these
potentials but they're either not home when we go by or just not
bothered. People are just too happy with money, ya know? I know
Heavenly Father is just testing my patience and "after a trial of your
faith great things come to pass". This seems to be quite a long 30 day
free trial though.

NEVERTHELESS, we did have a crazy miracle finding hour on Wednesday.
We had an hour to knock this one street and on one side of the street
people were either not bothered or not home but we did get one
potential out of it. And then we knocked the other side of the street
and we knocked on this door and got a potential, moved to the next
door and got a potential, moved to the next door and got a potential,
knocked on the NEXT door and no one was home, but then we knocked on
the next door and got another potential. This street had like 30 doors
and we've never had that much success in such a small street, it was
unreal. In Zone Training this week we focused a lot on finding "just
one". Our Zone Leaders want each companionship in the zone to just
find one person this next month that we can invite to be baptized. And
I know that as we sift through each of these new potentials we will be
able to find that "one". Fingers crossed.

So to explain my heading, WE GOT A BRAND NEW CAR. So I was kinda a
punk and was frustrated at all the time we lost 2 weeks ago when we
didn't have a car and were stranded in a village for 3 hours and many,
many other instances. So I told Sister Jäger to email President on
Pday and just explain how ineffective we are without a car and a bunch
of stuff (without sounding like complaining) and I would do the same
and then we'd see what happened. President emailed us back last week
and said he'd work something out and on Tuesday, WE GOT A BRAND NEW
CAR THAT IS ALL OURS AND WE DON'T HAVE TO SHARE. I know I sound like a
snob but if you saw how big Alnwick's area is, you'd understand. So we
got our Christmas in July 🎅🏼 We are already so excited about all the
places we get to go now and find more people. YAY.

Since I've come to Alnwick I've learned so much about missionary work.
It's true when they say that if you love the people you'll love your
mission. I feel like my time in Pontefract just flew by because I
absolutely loved every minute of it. I loved the area, my companions,
and especially the people. Moving to Alnwick was kinda a hard
adjustment (and I still miss my Ponty pals) but I really am growing to
love the people here. The branch is very small but they have huge
hearts and I've never seen Christlike service like I have here. It's
fun when you get these moments where you just love being a missionary
and love what you get to do everyday. I'm so lucky.

So like I said, our Zone has been focusing on just finding one person
to invite into the church and on Tuesday we had a Priesthood Auxiliary
Meeting with all the members of the stake that hold leadership
positions and it was really, really good. It was all about member
missionary work and it's something I never thought about back home. In
the handbook it says that missionaries aren't supposed to find people
to teach, members are supposed to find people for the missionaries to
teach. We watched a video that I'm sure you've seen before about the
young man who didn't want to be alone in young mens so he invited a
friend to church who invited a friend to church and after a while 26
boys were baptized and active members in the church. Just by one young
man inviting a friend. It's that simple! So I challenge all of you to
find one person this year for the missionaries to teach. Just one! All
it takes is opening your mouth and inviting someone to a church
activity or a meal appointment with the missionaries or really
anything. And just remember if you don't open your mouth, the answer
is already no. The missionaries need your help and everyone deserves
an opportunity to hear this message that brings so much happiness. Are
you happy and grateful you have the gospel in your life? Why shouldn't
someone else get that same happiness? I know that if you pray and ask
Heavenly Father for a missionary opportunity He will give it to you.
In fact He's just waiting for you to ask. So in the words of Nike,
just do it.

Real quick, I strongly, strongly suggest you go watch Jeffrey R.
Holland's talk he gave in October 2012 called The First Great
Commandment. I watched it as a pump up jam the other morning and I
think everyone should watch it every now and then. (If you can't watch
it, then read it. But if you watch it you get the full effect.)

Well that's all for me. Sorry it was crazy long but sometimes I forget
that I should share more things than just the weather and scenery.
Have a great week!

Love, Sister Peterson

Sister Jäger dropped her camera and went to go grab it so here is a
dodgy picture of me and the district haha

Amble Marina


 Zone training #nuffsaid

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