Monday, March 27, 2017

Sleepless in Sheffield

Man, did daylight savings hit you guys like a brick like it did me? This morning I felt it. 

I don't have much to say this week, mostly because I'm too tired, but at zone conference we watched a little part of "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox and a part that stood out to me his time that never has was when he said, 

"The Atonement is not just so we can go home, but that we can feel at home when we're there."

Lately, my mission President has talked with us over and over again about repentance and the Atonement and it's become one of my favorite things to study about. And it makes sense because it's what will make and keep us clean until we see God again. If we're serious about wanting to become like the Savior, He will ask us to do those things that are the most difficult for us to do. But remember, you qualified for grace the first day you were born so don't feel like you're not good enough, because we all are, and he loves us SO much. 

I love you too. 

Bye bye. 

Sister Peterson 

(When I look more Asian than my Asian) 

Just waiting for Adidas to be the next Mormon sponsor 

Car lyfe for a day

First exchange with Sister Strickland

My mission presidents wife had a good idea for our group photo #dab


Good morning, England ❤️

Monday, March 20, 2017

Training 2.0

I never know how to start out these emails honestly. I'll just go
right into it haha.

This week had a lot of firsts. I always thought that STL's were
basically just like normal missionaries just with a nice title and get
to go to cool meetings. But it's so much more than that. Basically
it's being an example 24/7 of the time and I have so much to learn and
improve on. Hence why I feel like I'm in training again, but my
trainer Sister Shaw is probably one of the best. She's from
Manchester, England and an amazing missionary. I'm really so excited
to work with her these last 4 weeks of her mission.

They had a New Leader Training at the mission office on Wednesday I go
to go to (and see my homiez the Turvey's again) and it was four hours
of incredibly uplifting spiritual instruction. SO GOOD. I'm so lucky
to be serving around such great people and increase my level of
consecration. One of my favorite things that was said was that
leadership doesn't happen in a day, it happens daily. I've felt really
overwhelmed this week but it's okay because God knows me and cares
about how I feel and each day He'll make me better and stronger so I
trust Him.

I don't have much to say but I do have some pictures. Oh yeah Swift
got the Holy Ghost on Sunday! I was so happy for him. I wish Sister So
was there but one of the members Skyped her real quick and I got to
say hi so I guess it's the same thing.

Ok bye.

New Leader Training and my two new friends (everyone pray that me
and Sister Mo are companions next transfer)
Transferssss
Sheffield Fam take 3

Cathedral today

Monday, March 13, 2017

Like whaaat just happened...

Ummmm okay.

I'm writing this email with half a broken heart because just an hour
ago my cute little Sister So was taken from me. 😢 And not only that,
but Sister Froerer has left as well and I am officially an orphan.
There's nothing like being ripped away from two of your best friends
at once and not knowing when I'll see Sister So again. It's times like
these where I wish at least ONE of my companions could've been from
Utah (let alone America), but no. Sometimes I wonder what God's
purpose is in doing this to me but so far I've come up with the reason
that I get along with foreigners better than Americans which is okay
with me.

Saying goodbye to your family is one thing. Saying goodbye to your
mission family is a whole new heartache. But God be with her till we
meet again. ❤️

Oh, also, we had a baptism yesterday! SURPRISE. We were talking to
Swift a week ago about being baptised and he's like "Ask me again in
April" and we're like okayyy maybe. And all last week we were like,
should we push for the 18th of March? Ask him about the 25th? Maybe
just wait till April. So we were talking to our district leader on
Thursday about it and decided to get on our knees and ask Heavenly
Father what we should do. After the prayer, Sister So had a strong
impression that we should stick with the 18th of March and I actually
disagreed haha and said we should do the 25th. But we ended up just
waiting until Friday to talk to Swift about it face to face.

In our lesson with him on Friday, he sat down and when we asked him
how he was he said "not good" and he didn't look good either. My
missionary nerves felt a 'drop' coming on and so we asked him what was
wrong and he said that after I talked to him on the phone Wednesday
night he got a really really bad feeling. In my head I was like WHAT
DID I SAY and then he went on and said "I put down the phone and just
sat there feeling really bad and I decided I'm done learning." my
heart dropped. And then he quickly said "I mean learning as in
University. Like I don't want to go to school anymore, I just want to
get a job" haha Sister So and I had the BIGGEST sigh of relief. So we
preceded to teach him about fasting and tithing and about halfway
through the lesson he's like "I know where you guys are going with
this. I'll donate to your church even though I don't have a salary,
okay?" Haha Swift is legit. And then without us even bringing it up,
HE ASKED US IF HE COULD GET BAPTISED THE 18TH OF MARCH.
And then I was like WHAT ABOUT TUESDAY
And then Sister So was like WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW
And then we calmed down a bit and we're like WHAT ABOUT SUNDAY
So we decided on Sunday. Even though it was two days away, we were too
pumped that Sister So could be there that we went into crazy planning
made and boom he got baptised.

It was a really great service, we had so much help from the members
and Swift was so chill. I think he liked it haha. And since he
switched to gum when he gave up smoking, we passed out a piece of gum
to everyone and had them write a note to Swift on the wrapper and then
we gave them to him in one of his gum container things. Such a good
day.

Also we got transfer calls and I am now Sister Training Leader here in
Sheffield and my new companion is Sister Shaw. I'm so pumped because
I've served around her before and she's so chill and fun. Annnnd she's
going home this transfer so I get to kill off another missionary. 😑
hahah and it's a 5 week transfer so it'll go lickety split.

Well that's about it. Bye!

Sister Peterson

Our last pday :'(
Sister So wrote me a note to read every day until I go home just so
I won't forget her ❤️
We made Yorkshire puddings mmmm
Sheffield squad
My baby :)
Her last haircut
This basically sums up knocking in England
YAY SWIFT (I found out that his name is swift because his Chinese
name translates to fast)
Sister So's farewell dinner

The funniest investigator ever, Margarita

Monday, March 6, 2017

My Space Jam is pretty good.

Hey guys! Good week.

First off, Monday night we had FHE with the Chinese and English
combined and it was so much fun. The YSA here are so strong and so
hilarious so just being around them is a good time. And I think it
really helped the Chinese members get to know them better so it's all
goods. Also we got elders! And they're Chinese speaking. One has been
here for about 18 months and one is fresh off the plane from Utah and
they're so cool.

Then on Wednesday I had my 4 hour Speeding Awareness Course in
Rotherham which is basically a class that you have to be told why
speeding is dangerous and to not do it again. Poor Sister So had to
wait for me in this tiny room with one small window with nothing to do
for the whole four hours. She was basically in prison haha. But
honestly, the course was SO good. I learned so much about speed limits
and driving hazards and UK statistics and I made a couple of new
friends and the teachers I had were hilarious and I have a whole
booklet of notes so just ask me any questions about driving in England
because I realized short after that a lot of our driving rules in
America are different so I'll probably never use this information
again. But I won't speed anymore. 😊

Next up we had zone conference. I've always been a little not
appreciative of the zone conferences we've had since President
Pilkington left because his were like General Conference worthy and I
always felt like President Turvey's just weren't that great. They were
good, just not President Pilkington good. (Sorry) But the one we had
this week was incredible. I felt like every topic we discussed and
trained on was just for me and I saw a lot of things I need to improve
on but I also left stronger than when I walked in because even though
I have a lot of improvements, I didn't feel weighed down or
overwhelmed, I felt pumped and ready to go. I've looked over the notes
I took every day and there's one point that I really loved that I'll
share with you.

We watched the Pep Talk video by Kid President and you know the part
where he talks about Michael Jordan and if he quit he wouldn't have
made Space Jam? We talked about each of us on our missions is creating
our own Space Jams and what that means. In my opinion, I think it
means you're making the most of this experience, fulfilling your
purpose, always looking outward at who you can serve, and when it's
all over, you can look back and say, "My Space Jam was pretty good."
Since I'm kind of in the final stretch of my mission, I've been able
to look back at the people who I've met and come to love as my family,
the lessons where I've felt the Spirit the strongest my whole life,
the companions I've had who are now some of my best friends, and
especially all the moments where things were hard, I wanted to give
up, but kept going through and have seen those trials change me to
become a stronger disciple and friend of Jesus Christ.

I actually got a letter this week out of the blue from my Recent-Con
Ron (if you don't remember him he was the man I taught in Pontefract
who completely changed my life) and it was the night we had just come
home from zone conference and talking about our Space Jams and Sister
Froerer was sitting next to me and at the end of his letter he said,
"It is a pleasure to have known you and to have been taught by you.
Gonna close for now but I hope you are able to stay in touch. If not,
then, when you return home each time you think of your mission then
just smile to yourself and think "I did pretty good". If Ron thinks my
Space Jam is pretty alright, then it couldn't have been too bad.

A Mormon message I would STRONGLY suggest you watch is called "Moments
That Matter Most". Every time I watch it I feel so happy and excited
about life and want to go play in the rain with my children. So please
take the time to watch it, its very short.

To close off this novel, I just want to let you all know that our
investigator Swift is KILLING IT. We taught him the 10 commandments
yesterday and we left his house with him committing to live all of
them and also a box of 160 cigarettes. He's switching to chewing gum
:)

Okay bye!

Sister Peterson

Ariel is really good at playing Ninja
Rotherham Cathedral
S/O to Sister Peng for finding this in Doncaster for me :)
MTC group reunited (some of us)
Zone conference #thesouth
My friends
Sheffield Zone "being the message"
That 10:30 am grind 😎
Chinese food with Chinese people
Carrey's lesson with the zone leaders might've looked a little
intimidating, what do you think?

Good morning :)