Monday, September 26, 2016

Swinter Syndrome

SWINTER SYNDROME: we wake up and it's raining. We go out and it's a little chilly but slightly sunny. By 2 pm it's blazing hot and I'm roasting in the warm clothes I put on that morning. By 5 pm it's freezing and the warm clothes come in handy again. 

Sister Chui and I were going somewhere and she had to help me back out of a parking space we were in and when she got in the car I said thank you and she said, "A PIECE OF CAKE!" And I was like, "what?" And she said, "isn't that what you guys say to people when they help you?" After a few minutes of discussion I found out she meant to say it was a piece of cake and in Taiwan they just teach people to say "a piece of cake" haha. 

I can now say I've been to two funerals and a wedding on my mission. 

GENERAL CONFERENCE IS THIS WEEKEND ARE YOU GUYS EXCITED?! I'M EXCITED. 

Here's a quick story for ya. 
THE NIGHT THE ALNWICK SISTERS WENT MISSING:
So on Thursday night Sister Chiu and I came in to have language study. We then did our nightly planning, got ready for bed, and at 10:30 the lights were out and we laid our little heads down on our pillows to have a good nights sleep. Everything was going just swimmingly until the unthinkable happened. Sister Chiu got up to get the phone to plug it in to charge and she was scrambling around for a minute and then came in the room and said "I left it in my pocket." Thinking she met her pocket in the flat I just thought to myself: "Cool. Why are you telling me?" But then I heard her open the front door and go out to the car and then all of the sudden a wave of terror came over me. We never followed up with Elder Greener. He never got our key indicators. IT'S 10:35 PM AND THE PHONE HAS BEEN IN THE CAR ALL NIGHT. I suddenly got a flash back of when my trainer told me about a pair of sisters whose phone died and they didn't follow up with their district leader so the AP's drove out to their area and knocked on their door thinking that they were missing and to see if they were okay. So I got up and ran to the front door when Sister Chiu walked up while looking at the phone and said, "We have 11 missed calls." Crap. Someone's definitely on their way to see if we're okay. Sister Chiu and I frantically called everyone back telling them we were fine and unfortunately the zone leaders were already on their way and had almost gotten here and had to turn back. President and Sister Turvey were worried and were glad to know we were safe. WE FELT AWFUL. It took us about 2 hours to fall asleep because we just felt terrible. Never ever again will I ever forget to follow up 😭

*** BREAKING NEWS ****

The lineup for Mission Conference speakers next month will be...

President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy, Bishop Gerald Causse, Presiding Bishop, Elder Patrick Kearon, Europe Area President, and Elder Gary B. Sabin of the Europe Area Presidency.

WHAT. GUYS I AM SO EXCITED I CAN'T STOP SMILING. This will probably be the best day of my life. ahhhhhhojeuebdkdoshehepeiejek I'm so excited. 

In preparation for this meeting, President Turvey wanted us all to watch a video on lds.org called, "Elder Bednar in England". It's 5 minutes long and I want you all to watch it. It gives a strong message about member missionary work and about finding "the one" and it's so powerful. It's time for me to start preparing for Mission Conference and I'm so so excited. 

A member told me yesterday that he was told by one of the general authorities that when you're called to a mission, it's not the mission area you're assigned to, it's the mission president. It made a lot of sense to me because I was telling a sister the other day that I think there was a reason I came six months before President Pilkington left because knowing he was leaving I basically soaked in every chastisement he gave and everything that President Turvey is applying to the mission makes total sense even in the time he's applying these things on the timeline of my mission. Pretty cool. 

Transfer call news: I am going to Newton Aycliffe and Sister Chiu is going to Middlesbrough. And they are putting Elders in 😭 (cool story: when I left Pontefract they sung The Spirit of God as the closing hymn in sacrament meeting my last Sunday and yesterday they sang The Spirit of God as the closing hymn in sacrament meeting so I was convinced I was leaving and I was right.) Also I'll be living in a 4-man flat with 2 of my favourite sisters. I AM SO EXCITED. 

Here we go!

Sister Peterson

"We should pray as if everything depends on the Lord and work as if everything depends on us." 

Bamburgh Castle 😍 HUUUUUGE. 

"Sheeeeeep" - Sis Chiu

Monday, September 19, 2016

I found my Ron Huby

Hiya. Wow what a week and I have so much to tell you.

For starters, the castle is closed down because they're filming the
new Transformers movie in it. I've seen them filming a helicopter
scene but I have yet to see anyone famous. I've never watched
Transformers though so I probably wouldn't recognize them if I did.
WHAT A TIME TO BE SERVING IN ALNWICK, AM I RIGHT.

Haha so President and Sister Turvey came to our district meeting and
they were talking to me and Sister Chiu after and he asked me how long
I'd been serving in Alnwick and I said this was my third transfer and
he's like, "Oh, so not too long." And I kinda bursted out a laugh by
accident and Sister Turvey's like, "yeah you can say that cause you've
never served there!" And then after a little chat I'm now convinced
I'm getting transferred because he said that he's gonna keep in mind
not to keep missionaries there too long so they don't go crazy. We'll
see.

Guys, I found my Ron Huby. We are teaching an inactive member and have
for a couple weeks now and on Tuesday during his lesson, I sat there
and all of the sudden realized, here I am again in Ron Huby's house
doing the same thing I was doing 6 months ago. For the past 2 months
we've been helping Tommy quit smoking (which I'm convinced is the sole
purpose I'm on my mission), he's in his 60's and has a dog, our
lessons are purely run by asking inspired questions, and he's really
stubborn. A couple weeks ago I was fasting and praying to Heavenly
Father to give me someone to work on. I was thinking back to
Pontefract and how I was so focused and so lost in the work and I
wanted to feel that way again and I realized it was because I was
eating, breathing, and thinking about Ron. All my personal study, comp
study, revelation throughout the day was always focused on how can we
help Ron take that step of faith and be baptised. We would even keep a
sticky note in our planners throughout the week and jot down thoughts
or questions we were gonna ask Ron in our next lesson. And I was so
happy and felt like I was actually fulfilling my purpose. And in my 4
months of being here we've had 0 progressing investigators which has
been REALLY hard. So I asked Heavenly Father to please just send me
someone I can focus on and can lose myself studying for and help come
closer to Christ. And he sent me Tommy :) I am SO excited to be a tool
in the Lord's hands and help him strengthen his relationship with
Jesus Christ and his Heavenly Father. I have now started my Tommy
sticky note. Please pray for him, he could really use it. :)

I read this cool talk called "But if not..." about our life here on
Earth and having complete unshaken faith in Heavenly Father and there
was a part I liked that said, "He has the power, but it’s our test.
What does the Lord expect of us with respect to our challenges? He
expects us to do all we can do. He does the rest. Nephi said, “For we
know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” We
must have the same faith as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Our God
will deliver us from ridicule and persecution, but if not. … Our God
will deliver us from sickness and disease, but if not … . He will
deliver us from loneliness, depression, or fear, but if not. … Our God
will deliver us from threats, accusations, and insecurity, but if not.
… He will deliver us from death or impairment of loved ones, but if
not, … we will trust in the Lord. Our God will see that we receive
justice and fairness, but if not. … He will make sure that we are
loved and recognized, but if not. … We will receive a perfect
companion and righteous and obedient children, but if not, … we will
have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that if we do all we can
do, we will, in His time and in His way, be delivered and receive all
that He has." Their positive attitude is such a huge example to me
because I've really tried these last three transfers to stay positive
despite our lack of investigators and this was a really nice pump up
jam. I liked it.

In district meeting, the topic was about revelation and how God speaks
to us and President shared a really good scripture which is also in
PMG and its 1 Kings 19:11-12, "And he said, Go forth, and stand upon
the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a
great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the
rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the
wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after
the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the
fire a still small voice." God has always spoke to prophets back then
and will speak to us today and always through the Spirit as a still
small voice. The world tries to get everything so loud and busy so we
have to really try to quiet things down so we can hear what Heavenly
Father's trying to tell us. I thought it was a perfect scripture and
SO relatable.

We made a new friend. Our branch mission leaders wife asked if we
could help her paint her moms house every Thursday morning for the
next couple months and me and Sister Chiu are STOKED. She is seriously
the funniest woman I have ever met and we get to hang out with her and
paint for a couple hours. I'm so excited.

Well, transfer calls are on Sunday so I'll let you know what happens!

BYE.


Sister Peterson

Zone BBQ


I literally opened my door and this cat came and laid on my lap purring and licking me. Words can't describe ❤️ hahah

Englannnnnnd


Sis Chiu and her clear noodles


A library we taught a lesson at 😍


Call me Katniss


I caved and bought this last week. Totally in love.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"All you guys do is eat and clean"

-- direct quote from our district leader. Really though I feel like
that's all we do.

It was my companions 6 month mark so I made her chocolate chip cookies
and managed to burn every single one of them. I forgot the vanilla
too. IM SO GOOD AT BAKING. :-)

Door approach of the week:
When they open the door, Sister Chiu starts talking to them in Chinese
and then I go, "Sorry, my friend here is from Taiwan and she forgets
she's in England sometimes" and then I say to Sister Chiu, "English,
English." And then I say to them, "is it alright if she practices some
English on you?" And then she tells them about the church in really
slow English.

I've slowly come to know that if we understand the plan of salvation,
everything else falls into place. So many people complain about how
our church as so many rules and and reading and praying every single
day and going to church every week is just too much work. But like it
says in 3 Nephi, the Lord will "open you the windows of heaven, and
pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive
it" IF you keep His commandments. Heavenly Father doesn't give us
commandments just because it's fun or just to test our obedience, He
does it because He loves us. He wants to protect us from the pain and
sadness that we feel when we start to do things our way when really,
His way is the easy way. If we obey His commandments, we don't have to
worry about addiction or rely on drugs or alcohol to make us
temporarily happy, we can find true and lasting happiness through the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything about the plan of salvation is a
win-win situation. It is tailored to our benefit and was made just for
us. Of course we're not always gonna be happy 100% of the time but we
can be at peace knowing it will all work out in the end.

**** BREAKING NEWS ****

AT ZONE CONFERENCE THEY ANNOUNCED THERE WILL BE A MISSION CONFERENCE
WHERE A MEMBER OF THE 12 OR 70 WILL COME AND SPEAK AND THE ENTIRE
MISSION WILL COME TOGETHER FOR IT. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?? THIS
MEANS I GET TO SEE ALL MY BEST FRIENDS AGAIN. I GET TO SEE SISTER
CONNOLLY WHO I HAVEN'T SEEN IN 8 MONTHS. THIS MEANS I GET TO SEE
SISTER FROERER WHO I HAVEN'T SEEN IN 5 MONTHS. THIS MEANS I GET TO SEE
SISTER COCKBURN WHO I HAVEN'T SEEN IN 3 MONTHS. YOU GUYS I AM SO
HAPPY.

Anyways, I guess there's now students from Minnesota living in the
castle so my coolness rate of being from America just went way down.

I LOVE ENGLAND.
💛 Sista Pete

My friends
Every night during studies she lights this little candle and calls
it her "little pet"
Yum :)
Our view while knocking
Zone conference
Alnwick castle and gardens
Our view during exercise this morning 😍


Monday, September 5, 2016

I am running out of email subject lines

My redemption email for last week's negligence starts now:

We were knocking in Rothbury one day and asking people what historic
places there are to see there and there's this place called Craigside
where this guy was the first one to have electricity in his home from
these 5 lakes he built and the King came and stayed with him for a
while so he made a whole new wing for him and he was impressed because
this guy made him a sink with cold and warm water and they didn't even
have that option in Buckingham Palace yet. Pretty neat.

So the zone lords (zone leaders) called us this week and they were
like, "so we need you to do us a favor for zone conference, it's
something that you have a lot of experience with and you know a lot
about and we would really love to hear your testimony on." And I was
like, "okay.. What is it?" And they said, "can you give a 5 minute
talk on how all the rejection you've gotten on your mission has made
you work harder as a missionary?" Hahah THANKS. Im glad I get to speak
on something I know so much about. 🙃

This week we took a member, Laura, out with us to teach a lesson.
She's 19 and is living at home for the summer. The person we meant to
go see wasn't there so we decided to take her finding with us which I
have NEVER DONE. I've heard some missionaries would take members
finding with them but it just sounded so awkward to me and I was like
"yeah never doing that".  But it actually was way fun! We went
knocking and we met some very opinionated people and Laura is studying
to become a lawyer so it was INTENSE. We had so much fun and she
really enjoyed it which was the most important thing. Maybe we'll do
it again.

Out-of-context-Sis-Chiu-quotes:
"I want to climb the sky."
"His arm is bigger than my body!"
"English is funny. You use positive words to describe negative things."
"why are you taking its clothes off?"
"I don't think they will be generous."
"POTATOOO."
"China got independence from themselves because their empower was so drossy."
"Radical."

Other-out-of-context-quotes:
"On your mission you learn how to be a missionary and when you know
how to be a missionary they send you home so you can be a missionary
at home."

"Have you ever prayed and asked God for forgiveness?"
"Oh yeah yeah yeah nearly every time I go to prison."

This week we went on exchange in Newcastle again and it was the
funnest 2 days of my life. Other than that, life has been good and I'm
happy. Keep it real.

💛 Sista Pete
Creeepeeees
My companions obsession with fire part 2

The Newcastle sisters had a ukulele and I almost cried #selfie

Called To Serve in Chinese 🎎