Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy Christmas, Harry.

English people actually say Happy Christmas and Father Christmas so
myth: busted.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! Mine was so so good, I am so
grateful I was able to spend this Christmas season with Christ's name
on my badge and serving His children every day by spreading the
Gospel. Best first/last/only Christmas on the mission I've ever had 😊
LIFE IS SO GOOD.

Also, Happy Boxing Day! The day after Christmas is called Boxing Day
and it's like a Black Friday for Christmas and everyone gets work off
and it's great. This week I won't write much because I have lots of
pictures and videos to send but skyping my family (plus Paula) was so
great and they got to meet a real life English family!! The family we
went and had Christmas dinner with has a son on a mission who is
serving in Utah in Saratoga Springs so kinda close so that was pretty
cool. Church was soooo good and then the four of us went back to our
flat and played games and chilled for a few hours which was so nice so
all in all a great day!

I'm so grateful for Christ's birth and the huge influence it has had
on my life and the whole world. I'm so happy I got to spend it on my
mission and will never forget it and the fun memories. Happy Christmas
and Merry New Year? Lol BYE.

Sister Peterson

Went on exchange with Sister Froerer and we spotted a Ponty bus 😢
Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance at our Christmas party
Christmas party!!!
Beanie weather 🌲
Christmas Eve with the Hunston's
England winter = you straighten your hair in the morning and after
5 min outside it looks like this :(
Our walk to church yesterday
Christmas dinner 😋😋😋
Everyone put your hearts up for Skyping ❤
My Christmas present from my cute companion
video


Merry Christmas from the Sheffield sisters!
video

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Welcome to China 🎎

Hi people. Before I get into my first week back in the field and all that stuff I want to tell you about a really cool spiritual experience I had this week. 

So as you know, Sister Savelio went home last Monday. That was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through, back home and on the mission. I just felt sick all morning getting ready to go and when we got to the airport it was just too hard. I felt like I was saying goodbye to the best part of my mission. In the end, I couldn't even say anything when we hugged because I was just crying too much and cute Sister Savelio was only worried about if I was going to be okay. Saying I miss her is a HUGE understatement. I just can't even begin to describe it. After we dropped her off, I drove by myself (weird) to the Leeds chapel and sat with Sister Turvey for a good 20 minutes just crying and crying and both of us were just missing her so much. It was actually the day that the new missionaries came into the field and the first thing they saw was this sister missionary with puffy red eyes and probably couldn't look more sad so I hope that pumped them up to be here haha 😅

I then had the Leeds zone leaders drive me to the Sheffield zone leaders who then drove me to my new companion, Sister So from Hong Kong. Sister So is a legend in this mission, you can ask anyone if they know her and they'll say yes along with a "she's crazy". And she is, but she's also the sweetest person I've ever met. And I can't go five minutes without laughing because she's so funny and just so Chinese. So I'm now in the Sheffield 3 ward working with the Chinese YSA. I'm finally in the big city! And I absolutely love it. We have some great new recent converts and an investigator who is a 25 year old Ron Huby basically. He's been investigating for ages but just doesn't think it's "his time" yet to get baptised so we are working hard with him and hopefully can see some big changes. Working in a Chinese area is a little different because we mostly only stop Chinese people on the street and the lessons we teach them are a different as well because they don't even know who God is and have never heard of Jesus Christ. It's really great though because they are so open minded and humble and we've already scheduled two people this week. Overall, this has been a good change. I've always wanted to serve in a city area and live in a four-man flat so it's been really fun and a good distraction from all that's happened. 

I guess one thing that's hard about coming back to missionary work is that the last time I did all these things, it was in Bishop Auckland with Sister Savelio. But my first day here, I had such a cool experience in my personal study. I've been reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover and "coincidentally" I just happened to be in 2 Nephi chapter 4 and I was so overwhelmed by what I read and how specifically it applied to my life right now. It's been so hard not being able to be with Sister Savelio as she goes through this trial and it hasn't been easy saying goodbye to my best friend, but Heavenly Father knows me and knows what I needed to read that day. I'm going to pull an Elder Holland here and paraphrase what I got out of this chapter so forgive me for kind of changing doctrine but I couldn't imagine wording my feelings in a better way than as Nephi does in these verses:

"Nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted. My God hath been my support; He hath led me through my pains and hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep. He hath filled me with His love, even unto the consuming of my flesh. Behold, He hath heard my cry by day, and He hath given me knowledge of peace by night. And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before Him; yea, my voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and gave comfort upon me. And upon the wings of His Spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceedingly high mountains. O then, the Lord hath visited me in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow? Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation. O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? May the gates of Hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen."

This is my testimony for you today. I hope in your study of the Book of Mormon you can let the Spirit guide you on what to read or what God would like to tell you that day so you can receive answers to your prayers like I did and strengthen your testimony of the truthfulness of this Gospel. 

Apparently I can't write short emails anymore but if you made it to the end, thanks! I hope your week is a good one. MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ENGLAND 🎄🇬🇧❤️
Love, 
Sister Peterson 
(Pae Ge mei)

My beautiful companion excited to write Christmas cards
Me and So Ge mei (Sister So) who is standing on a step, she's actually like 5 feet tall. 
Beautiful Sheffield
So Ge mei and Pan Ge mei who cook me lots of yummy Chinese food
The view from our flat 😍


Monday, December 12, 2016

Time to say goodbye..

Hi ya everyone. Man, what a week. We did some work at the mission
office, went to a baptism, drove 1 1/2 hours up to Bishop
Auckland/Billingham like FIFTEEN TIMES, multiple doctors appointments
with an Indian doctor who can't speak English, Disney movies, and
transfer calls.

This is the first time I haven't been nervous for transfer calls
because currently we are homeless, with no keys, no phone, all our
luggage has been in the back of our car for five days, and we are no
longer included in the mission right now haha. (Btw my area now has
elders in it and this is the second time in a row that's happened, I
think it's my fault.) This week has been up and down and happy and sad
and tears and laughter and all the emotions wrapped up in a ball and
then squished into one week. It's been good but it's also been really
rough.

Two nights ago I got the sucky job of telling Sister Savelio that it
was time for her to go home. Well, I kinda volunteered. After all
these days and weeks of trying our hardest to keep her out in the
field, there was just nothing we could do anymore and above all we
have to think of her overall wellbeing and making sure she's healthy.
That was a really hard night and I've never heard someone cry or even
heard myself cry that hard my whole life. How do you tell someone it's
over? It's so frustrating because since we've come to the mission
home, THREE missionaries with nice healthy bodies have gone home
because they "just don't want to be here anymore". And yet Sister
Savelio, a dedicated missionary who would give anything to be here and
to serve her Heavenly Father, completely devastated is told she has to
go home. It honestly sucks and doesn't seem fair.

But if anything, I've learned that Heavenly Father has a plan for each
one of us that has more blessings in store than we can possibly
imagine. And I see a very bright future for Sister Savelio and this
trial she has been given is meant to make her stronger. She can do
anything. And the good news is, is that when she has recovered, she
gets to come back. And President promised us that when that happens we
get to be companions again. :)

As for me, I have no clue what's going to happen. Sister Savelio
leaves tomorrow and when that happens, President is letting me decide
my new companion and area. Sooo I guess we'll see what happens. I have
been inside from doing missionary work for 4 1/2 weeks now and I
cannot wait to get back into the work. Every day I do it for my
Heavenly Father but I now I have a little added motivation. Until she
can come back and do it herself, every day I will also do it for
Sister Savelio, an incredible missionary who deserves to be here but
is needed back in New Zealand for a while. I truly believe that we
aren't called to serve in a place, but called to serve in place of the
Saviour.

Sorry this was a long one. Go have a great week!
Love you!
Sister Peterson

(We went to Leeds city centre today -- which is like legendary--

annnnd I left my iPad in the car so no pictures :( so sorry!)

Monday, December 5, 2016

One simple testimony

Week 3 on alien planet and we're doin pretty good.

We have yet another week at the Turvey's ahead of us and this past
week was definitely a rollercoaster. It got to a point where there was
no end in sight for Sister Savelio's recovery so the decision was made
that she needed to go home. NEVERTHELESS we had one more doctors
appointment to go to and she set up an appointment for us to see a
psychiatrist later that day and after like 68364 questions, he said
that with the medication he has for her, she should be back to her
normal self in about a week or two. So fingers crossed!

Not much else has happened this week but I did have an amazing
experience last night. The mission home holds these monthly firesides
and the first one was last night. Everyone in the mission is invited
IF you bring an investigator so only about 5 companionships were there
but one of the companionships included Sister Froerer! (My trainer who
is also one of my best friends) I WAS SO HAPPY. We basically spent all
night together catching up and laughing at how green we were back in
good ol' ponty. Can't believe that was almost a year ago..!

But during the fireside we had three incredible musical numbers that
just power housed the Spirit and the night was themed on Jesus Christ
and how He can influence each of our lives. At the end we had a mini
testimony meeting and there was a Chinese investigator who is getting
baptised this weekend in Leeds and she bore the most simple yet
powerful testimony. She said that one day she was feeling so depressed
and so sad with life and on that day she was walking down the street
when she met the sister missionaries who "smiled like angels". After
meeting with them she started to develop her faith and from not
knowing who God was at all, she has grown her testimony so much that
she said with tears in her eyes last night that Jesus Christ is her
friend and she loves Him.❤️ The gospel changes lives! And everyone
needs to know that they are never alone and we don't have to walk
through life wondering and questioning all the time but we have a
perfect parent who has a plan for each one of us to bring us back to
Him. So find out what yours is! That's where you will find true
lasting happiness.

I LOVE YOU GUYS. Hope this week's a good one and thank you for the
birthday wishes, I will shortly say goodbye to my teenage years and
also my fun personality because 20 is old and old people aren't fun.
:(

Love you!
Sister Peterson

Last week we made Sunday dinner for ourselves since the Turvey's
were out and I have to say it was pretty good.
Elf on the Shelf lives on in England (thx sis Turvey)
The killer sunset driving home the other day
For my birthday, Sister Turvey let me hang out with Sister Froerer

for the day :)