Monday, January 30, 2017

ๆ–ฐๅนดๅฟซไน๐Ÿฎ

Transfer news: I'm staying with Sister So in Sheffield and it's her
last transfer! So I have a number one priority to make it her best
transfer ever.

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

I'm very lucky that I get to teach Chinese people around Chinese New
Year because they go allll out. I've eaten more Chinese food this week
than I have my whole life.

This week I don't have much to say so it'll be short but I learned
some good lessons this week. For one, I learned that we are not here
to judge others. We are just here to love others. We are all on our
own timelines of obedience/growth/trials so we have no room to judge!
Let's just help each other along. I'm sure you've all heard this talk
from Elder Dale G. Renlund:

"Some years ago a wonderful young man named Curtis was called to serve
a mission. He was the kind of missionary every mission president prays
for. He was focused and worked hard. At one point he was assigned a
missionary companion who was immature, socially awkward, and not
particularly enthusiastic about getting the work done.

One day, while they were riding their bicycles, Curtis looked back and
saw that his companion had inexplicably gotten off his bike and was
walking. Silently, Curtis expressed his frustration to God; what a
chore it was to be saddled with a companion he had to drag around in
order to accomplish anything. Moments later, Curtis had a profound
impression, as if God were saying to him, “You know, Curtis, compared
to me, the two of you aren’t all that different.” Curtis learned that
he needed to be patient with an imperfect companion who nonetheless
was trying in his own way.

My invitation to all of us is to evaluate our lives, repent, and keep
on trying. If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t
persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to
try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites. As we try, persevere, and help
others to do the same, we are true Latter-day Saints. As we change, we
will find that God indeed cares a lot more about who we are and about
who we are becoming than about who we once were."

So don't judge! Just give hugs. (Direct quote from me I just made up)

Love you bye!

Sister Peterson

Chinese food overload
Carrots and yogurt- limited edition
I found my cat look-alike!!!
Winter gardens ๐Ÿ˜
OG again

Peace gardens ๐Ÿ˜

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Forget about the Extras

Hiii guys. Man, life is so good. HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU I LOVE MY MISSION. I honestly get so happy every day just knowing that I'm out here and I have such a cool life. Just sitting down with someone and talking about repentance or eternal families or truths like that and seeing them open their minds to something that brings lasting happiness. SO COOL. okay. 

So quick funny story, Sister Rigby and I taught our Chinese companions how to play Ninja and it was going really well until my companion got a little too aggressive and accidentally slapped me right in the face. I'll show you a picture below haha it hurt sooo bad and my lip was swollen for about 2 days so when we would go finding it was always so awkward and embarrassing. Anyways...

  This week, my good friend PK shared a talk with me in an Ensign called "Missionary Work and the Atonement" by Jeffrey R. Holland. WEIRD COINCIDENCE two days later in district meeting, it's my district leaders last district meeting and he wanted to share with us a video that has helped him through his whole mission and it was called "Missionary Work and the Atonement" .... thanks, Heavenly Father.๐Ÿ˜Š IT WAS SO GOOD. I took the very best part out of it and want to share it with you because it hit me hard. It's about missionary work but I really think you can apply to just every day life that can be hard too:

   "Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? It is the truth. We believe in angels. We trust in miracles. Why don’t people just flock to the font? Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font?

   You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.

   Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price.

   For that reason I don’t believe missionary work has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that continued faithfulness is. I believe it is supposed to require some effort, something from the depths of our soul.

   If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass,” then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way.

   The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him--the Way, the Truth, and the Life."

   SO GOOD, RIGHT. My district leader also said something I really loved. He told us that it's not about the extras. Being a missionary, some things are really 'cool'. You have family and friends back home supporting you, sending you letters, and packages, cheering you on and thinking you're a pretty big deal. You get to wear a cool name badge and serve in a foreign country and have everyone love your accent and think it's so 'cool' that you left home for 18 months- 2 years to serve the Lord and sacrifice everything. You think about when you go home and there will be a big party of everyone telling you you did it! And congratulations on enduring the hardest thing you'll ever do and they'll think you're pretty 'cool'. But we need to remember that it's not about us  at all. We need to remember to forget about the extras. It's not about the letters or the packages or the funnest areas/companions or how many months we have left or all the glory of being a missionary, it's about Jesus Christ. For Him, it wasn't about the glory, even from the beginning when God presented His plan to us and needed a Saviour. If we truly want to live up to the second name on our badge, we need to forget about the extras and go to work. I definitely need more help with this and I'm not perfect at all but I hope that one day I can completely give myself to Him and I am already seeing the huge change and happiness that comes from getting lost in His work. 

   Long email, I know, and if you're not a missionary this probably was really boring but I think it can work for a lot of other things too. Anyways, I love you and I love England and my Saviour Jesus Christ. Good good. 

Zai Jian!
Sister Pete ๐Ÿ’›

Oy-yo! (I was in a trio for a couple hours while So-so took her English test)
My nasty lip hahaha
The best district + 2 random elders + the STL's
Chinese people are really good at drawing except this looks nothing like me lol
My cute so-so
England in the winter

Monday, January 16, 2017

You're right Uchtdorf, it is simple.

Heyyy guys. This week my brain is fried and out of steam so this email
will be a little lacking haha sorry.

Something cool that happened the other day was that we were teaching
our investigator, Carrey, with a member, Dominic, and we were reading
a chapter in the Book of Mormon together, 2 reading in Chinese, 1 in
Cantonese, and 1 in English and the Spirit was still the same and
still so strong. The gospel is universal, my friends.

Basically, this week our whole lives crumbled into a thousand pieces.
Two of our recent converts haven't been keeping very important
commandments :( and our investigator decided not to be baptised
tomorrow :( ahhh agency is a stinker.

On Friday we had a 3 hour lesson with Carrey and yesterday our lesson
with him lasted 2 hours. Not our choice, but the topics we covered
were very deep, deep doctrine about the Plan of Salvation and in the
end, he decided that he knows everything and the celestial kingdom is
more of a state of mind rather than a "place" .... yeah idk. As Sister
So and I would walk home from his lessons, we would just feel so
mentally drained and exhausted.

Because of all this though, I have really gained an appreciation and
deeper testimony of the Plan of Salvation. Basically Carrey is just
making scenarios up in his head and trying to figure it out all out on
his own when he doesn't have to! God has presented through prophets
His perfect plan and if we trust Him, we can have the peace and
comfort that God's gonna take care of us. Just like President Uchtdorf
said in his talk, "Be Not afraid, Only Believe", the Gospel is simple.
Sooo don't worry, be happy.

Well that's all I got. Also, this week it finally hit me that I'm
living in England so woohoo! Fun.
Love you.
BYE

Sister Pete

Today is my day ๐Ÿ˜Š (lol get it)
Denim Dwednesday with my Chinese friends (@poshspice_99)
Dropping Sheffield's next hot album this Feb 2017 ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Oops we accidentally broke Sis So's bed
We ran out of room on our counter so we put the rice cooker and
Asian sauces in the dishwasher we never use and don't even know if
it's actually broken or not
Ben and Jerry's vending machine!!!
So funny story, Sister So was teaching a recent convert in Chinese
while I was teaching our investigator (long story) in English and as I
go to pull out my plan of Salvation visuals, I turn around to see that
she had just pulled out her plan of Salvation visuals and our table
looked really missionary

Monday, January 9, 2017

One Year Older and Wiser too?

In the words of a rap that was written for me:

Yo whuddup my name is Sister Pete
I come around here and I ain't fresh meat. 

Last Friday I hit my year mark! Woohoo fun. I'm really sad because I only have six months left in the land of fish and chips and Yorkshire puddings. :( But it's been so interesting to read my journal pages/emails home from a year ago and see how green I was. It's been a long and amazing journey and there is no other place in the world I would rather of spent this past year so I am SO GRATEFUL. I'm gonna steal an idea from my trainer and give you a year in preview of the little lessons I've learned each month of my mission, every day has been a new experience and a new lesson but I'll give you a quick highlight reel:

January: I'm lucky to have an incredible family that makes it so hard to say goodbye to

February: if I can survive an English winter, I can survive anything

March: when I focus all my time and effort on others rather than myself, missionary work no longer becomes just "work"

April: I had the best trainer and she helped me build a great foundation for the rest of my mission

May: Ron's baptism was truly in God's time, not our time, and it was perfect 

June: Alnwick was the part of my mission I could label my 'refiners fire'

July: I celebrated my six months mark and set goals of where I wanted to be my next six months and I actually achieved half of them!

August: driving in England in the summer is ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

September: patience is an attribute I realised I don't have

October: I met my new best friend Sister Savelio and she taught me lessons on my mission I will never forget

November: Scarlet's baptism taught me that each investigator is different and progresses at their own rate and they're NOT just a number

December: my mission is really weird

I have really fallen in love with my mission and I'm grateful for every day I get to be here. I'm grateful for everyone that's been through this with me and all the support I've gotten. I LOVE YOU. 

Sister Pete

When Carrey decided he wanted to get baptised on 17/1/17 (yayyyyy!!!)
Winter sunset
Happy birthday to meee (this stuff is super hard to find)
Hmmm... wall art
This was the coolest thing, it will only show up when it rains
More than happy to be in Sheffield 
One happy family in our matching sushi shirts (our cute little pig we use in finding)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sheffield's Rockin' New Years Eve

Heyyy 2017 I'm so super pumped about this year. New Years Eve was fun we stayed up till midnight and then watched the fireworks all over the city. We live in a really tall apartment building that looks over Sheffield so we got to see fireworks all over and it was so cool. It was so funny to reflect on where I was a year ago and where I am now. Cute little me was getting ready to leave on a mission in 5 days and I had no idea what was coming. I LOVE MY MISSION. That's all. 

GUESS WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. So side note, the holidays are great but rubbish for buses and trams. I'm so happy they go back to normal today because last night we walked an hour and a half to our tea appointment and back because no buses. :( Happy New Year! Anyways, we had just walked for an hour to our lesson with Carrey, our investigator who reeeally needs to get baptised soon cause he's been investigating for like a year and a half, and he decided FOR HIMSELF that he wants to fast about his baptismal date he chose FOR HIMSELF of January 21st and so he started fasting last night and we'll find out tonight how it went. He is so sweet and we are so proud of him ๐Ÿ˜Š

One morning I had this huge study about prayer and it changed everything. I found an article in the New Era that just came out that is called "Five Questions to Ask When Prayers Feel Unanswered" and they are: 
1. Am I ready to act on the answer?
2. Have I done everything in my power?
3. Have I ignored the answer?
4. Are my desires righteous?
5. Is it the right time?

I loved the last three questions. Have I ignored the answer? She writes, "Heavenly Father always hears you, so it’s possible that He has already answered your prayer! As it says in Doctrine and Covenants 6:14, “As often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit.” You can pray for the spiritual eyes to recognise the answer, because prayers are sometimes answered in subtle or indirect ways--like through the actions of others. Also, don’t forget to take time to listen. Elder Richard G. Scott explained: “[Heavenly Father’s] answers will seldom come while you are on your knees praying. … Rather, He will prompt you in quiet moments when the Spirit can most effectively touch your mind and heart."

Are my desires righteous? "If you ever asked for something that wasn’t in your best interest, it’s pretty likely your request wasn’t granted. The Savior taught that we “must always pray unto the Father in [Jesus Christ’s] name” (3 Nephi 18:19), which suggests that we ask for things that are right so they can be granted. Ask yourself, “How would the Savior feel about my wants?” If your wishes are rooted in selfishness or any other form of unrighteousness, pray to have a change of heart and to know what the Savior would have you desire."

And lastly, is it the right time? "What we ask for must be right, but the timing must be right too. Heavenly Father has a grand plan in store for us, but our schedule is sometimes a little different from His. “My words are sure and shall not fail. … But all things must come to pass in their time” (D&C 64:31–32). It might mean waiting a little bit longer for that injury to heal or for a lost pet to be found, and sometimes the Lord’s timing includes the next life--but you can be sure that He will hear and help you along the way. It can be hard to be patient, especially when the answer to your prayer isn’t obvious. But as you search, you can take courage in knowing that you will always find the answers you need if you seek with real intent: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

It's funny because I didn't even plan what I wanted to study but everything that morning was connected to prayer. Just as God created the earth first spiritually, and then temporally, we too must start our days spiritually with a mighty morning prayer and scripture study to attack the temporal things of the day. 

Life is good and England is wet. 
Love ya,
Sister Peterson

I told my comp to look "real OG" and this is what I got ๐Ÿ˜Ž 
Our study room masterpiece
Sheffield kills it once again ๐Ÿ˜
Asian noodles that looks like wood
Idk what to say about this
Standing on the sky ๐ŸŒ™ 

My Chinese lesson

Playing pianos at the train station


Probably the funniest video I've ever seen (playground fun gone wrong) hahahah