Monday, August 8, 2016

Don't want no phony testimony

We found a missionary CD in our car and that was the lyrics to
one of the songs but I feel like it could also be the anthem of a
Mormon teenager in the 80's.

    HIYA. Every week just keeps getting better and better and I keep
thinking it won't top the next week but it does! So we got to go to
Gateshead this week and do a service project at this giant park they
have there and it was so much fun. Living the #villagerlyfe the only
time you get to see other missionaries is district meetings so it was
just nice to talk with everyone else in the zone and have fun with
them. Also we never get the opportunity to do service projects ever so
it was like Christmas.

    Sister J├Ąger and I realised this week that the reason our mission
has a weekly goal of 16 hours of finding is because that's what's
HEALTHY. 32 hours a week is NOT HEALTHY. And we're feeling it now.
We're completely exhausted. I could write a whole list of stupid
things we've done because of our exhaustion but I'll spare you.

    We had to go to the car mechanic to get a new lightbulb for our
headlight and when the guy was filling out the form, he asked who our
employer was and then he said: "Eh, I'll just put God." Haha we
actually had a really good conversation while he took ONE HOUR to put
in a light bulb (I think God was just helping us out by stalling) and
he said we could come back anytime to just talk about our beliefs.
Pretty kewl.

    There's a point when you're so sick of listening to EFY music
that you pull out David Archuleta's Christmas album and jam.

    We went on an exchange with the Newcastle STL's (we have two) and
it was so much fun. They live in a four man flat with the Chinese
speaking sisters who I also love. I love exchanges because I learn SO
MUCH. All the STL's I've had have just been incredible missionaries
and they teach me loads of things I want to take back to my area and
apply to my own missionary work. It's like a fresh start every couple
of weeks and I'm so grateful we're able to have that.

    I'm in love with a devotional given in 2015 called "Living with
Purpose: The Importance of 'Real Intent'" by Randall L. Ridd. If you
haven't watched it yet and have a feeling like something is missing in
your life, this talk is the answer. He shares a Parable of the Oranges
that we've been reading in like every member lesson and he has a cool
focus test with basketballs.
    My favourite quote though in it is: "One of life’s early lessons
should be that there is great power in the compounding effect of
little things that we do each day. Small and simple things are at work
in your life right now--working either for you or against you. Just as
the Lord uses such things to build you up, Satan uses them to distract
you and lead you slowly, almost imperceptibly, off the path.
    Our challenge is that when we see a wonderful family or a
financially successful person or a spiritual giant, we don’t see all
the small and simple acts that produce them. We watch Olympic
athletes, but we don’t see the years of daily training that made them
champions. We go to the store and buy fresh fruit, but we don’t see
the planting of the seed and the careful cultivating and harvesting.
We look at President Monson and other General Authorities, and we
sense their spiritual strength and goodness, but what we don’t see are
the simple, daily disciplines repeated over and over again. These
things are easy to do, but they are also easy not to do--especially
because the results are not instantaneous.
    We live in an instantaneous world. We want to go directly from
planting to harvesting. We are so used to getting instant
results--anytime we have to wait more than a few seconds for Google to
answer our every question, we get irritated--but we forget that these
results are the compounded effects of generations of work and
    Alma gave Helaman counsel that is excellent for us today.
Speaking of the Liahona and the “many other miracles” that guided
Lehi’s family “day by day,” he said:
    “Because those miracles were worked by small means it did show
unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise
their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and
they did not progress in their journey. …
    "O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of
the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for
them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us.
The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever.
    "And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things,
yea, see that ye look to God and live”" How important are the small
and simple things in our life, right? Just go watch it, it's so good.

    Utah came to Alnwick! Our branch president had his daughter and
granddaughter over from Utah this Sunday and we met them at church and
it just brought me back. It was weird cause they have a daughter on a
mission in Bolivia and we look exactly the same! And it was so good to
hear the Utahn accent. I miss you guys.

Well, God loves you and I love you.
Sister Peterson

Newcastle and China and love

Inside view of our drive home

Lunch with our neighbors/best friends

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