Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Six weeks to moderately okay

Well, we're going back to where it all began.

Tomorrow I leave Sheffield and am moving to York. I am so devastated
to leave Sheffield, this city and these people have a huge piece of my
heart and I'll miss it so much. But here's to my last six weeks in one
of the most beautiful cities in the northeast annnnd my new companion
is Sister Salonia! She's from Italy (#neverhadaUtahcompanion). Right
after Sister Froerer got done training me, she went and trained Sister
Salonia so we're Mission sisters :) cute! I've always wanted to serve
in York and the best part is, I GET TO GO ON EXCHANGE IN PONTEFRACT.
Which means I get to see Recent-con Ron and Jill and Roy and Val and
all my Ponty Pals one last time before I go home. God is so good,
honestly.

I can't talk about leaving Sheffield and Sister Robertson and Sister
Tanielu and Sister Rigby (who is going to Newton Aycliffe- my last
area) because I'll probably start to cry so we'll just skip that.

This week I emailed back and forth the Mission President from Hungary.
He wants me to come and serve in Hungary for my last two weeks. Nah
I'm kidding, we just need his AP's to Skype in for a lesson with
Roman, our investigator. We put them in our phone as "Hungry
Assistants" we're hilarious. And the song Budapest has been in my head
all week because of it.

THIS WEEK THE WEATHER WAS SO HOT. I now understand the difference
between dry heat and humid heat. I like dry heat more. I actually got
really sick on Saturday and slept in until 4, the thing is that our
flat is on the 12th floor of our apartment building and the whole
thing is just windows so it's like an oven and none of us can sleep at
night because it's SO HOT. But I guess I won't have a problem with it
anymore :(

I went on my last exchange with Sister Rigby this week and it was a
bit bittersweet. We both came to Sheffield in December and we're both
peacin' out together. We've become really good friends and have been
through a lot of hard times together and I'll miss her so much. Good
thing she lives in Kaysville so I'll see her when she comes home.

This week was a long week of goodbyes. All the Chinese members are
going home and we got transfer calls on Saturday so yesterday we said
a bunch of goodbyes as well. Like I said, if I keep going I might cry
so I'll just show you the pictures.

Well, I'm excited for my last transfer in York and I'm ready to give
it my all. Go big then go home. Love ya, bye!

Sister Peterson
 
One transfer down... 

One transfer to go!

I GOT TO HOLD A CAT. And I'm not tryna pose or anything her claw was just stuck on my shirt. Also her name is Cheese :-)

Goodbye Sheffield Fam :(

Goodbye Sheffield district :(

Pretty Sheffield

Last P day we went to a lookout over the city and jammed to my ukulele and relaxed

Lol

Goodbye Sister Rigby :(

My companion is so cute and made me this <3

Cool building

 Where we taught a lesson the other day

Goodbye Joseph :(

Joseph is moving back to China so he gave me his ukulele as a goodbye present with a really good carrying case. How sweet is he?!

Goodbye Dominic and Mark :(

Goodbye Helmer and Aldair :(

Goodbye Ricky :(

Goodbye Oliver :(

Goodbye Diamond Library :(


Pretty Sheffield


Monday, May 22, 2017

CELEBRITY SIGHTING

Let's just start out with probably the most unexpected thing to have ever happened to me this week. 

So on Sunday, we're sitting in sacrament meeting and listening to this guy give a talk and then Sister Robertson leans over to me and says, "Look at all the people standing outside" and so I turn my head to see who's outside the chapel doors when all the sudden they open and I see this lady and I'm like "she looks so familiar" and then it clicks and I realize THATS HAILEY DEVINE. And so she walks in and right behind her IS BRAD DEVINE and they have their two daughters with them, Lucy and Greta. I was freaking out. I grabbed Sister Robertson's arm and was telling her who they were and that they're instagram famous and then I turn and see one of the cute members Jerolee and she looked at me and I knew that she knew and we were trying to keep our fangirling to a minimum because sacrament meeting was still going on. Anyways, right after the closing prayer I went and introduced myself and they came because they're childhood friends with a cute member family in our ward and we're visiting them while they're here traveling in England. I basically used the excuse that Paula went to Thailand with them and we were friends and I lived in Draper and then slightly mentioned I've followed her on instagram for like years. Sister Robertson said I played it pretty cool 😎 hahah. They were sooo nice and wished me luck for the rest of my mission. How bout I live like 20 minutes away from them in Utah but had to go on a mission to England to finally meet them. Worth it!

Anyways on a more spiritual note, this week in my BOM reading I got to the chapter of Alma 26 and when I got to verse 2 I realized how easily I could apply this to my life right now. I'll show you: 

"How great reason have we to rejoice; for could we have supposed when we started from the land of Pontefract that God would have granted unto us such great blessings?

Behold, thousands of them do rejoice, and have been brought into the fold of God. Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves!

For if we had not come up out of the land of Utah, these our dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved us, would still have been racked with hatred against us, yea, and they would also have been strangers to God.

Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I was weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I could do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which I will praise his name forever. 

Behold, how many thousands of our brethren are brought to sing redeeming love, and this because of the power of His word which is in us. Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.

Now when our hearts were depressed, and I was about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted me, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the English, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.

And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them; and we have been patient in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of God. 

And we have entered into their houses and taught them, and we have taught them in their streets; yea, and we have taught them upon their hills; and we have also entered into their public places and their Universities and taught them; and we have been cast out, and mocked, and ridiculed; and through the power and wisdom of God we have been delivered again. 

And all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.

Now behold, I can look back and see the fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you, Nay, they are many. 

Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my lightmy joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. 

Blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of this people, who have been lost; yea, blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land.

Now, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen. 💛

I guess an example of how the scriptures can apply to our lives, even now. This work truly is my life and my light, it is my joy. Every day is a good day! Love you all. 

Sister Peterson

You could say the sunsets were pretty dece this week. Also a picture of our flat. 
Homemade Arepas 😋
My wall has been pretty loved during my time here ♥️ 
Your weekly dose of the twin towers
YOU COULD SAY THIS SUNDAY WAS PRETTY DEVINE 😶
Sheffield has some sick wall art
Saying goodbye to our Lu who goes back to China 😢


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Basically... yeah.

Hello again. I can't believe it's already Monday, this week went sooo fast because we were so busy. We had zone Conference on Thursday and then we just stayed in Leeds for the rest of the day and stayed the night because we had Mission Leadership Council the next morning. So in two days we had 15 hours of meetings. Leeds was really fun though, Sister Robertson had just served there so we went to go see her recent convert and members and we went to this dirty milkshake place and it was so good. 

So many things happened this week that have been a huge testimony builder for me. And to be honest, I just want to say how grateful I am for the knowledge of this gospel. It really is simple, I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and called him as the first prophet in this dispensation. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, that it goes hand in hand with the Bible, and everything in it is true and testifies of Jesus Christ's same teachings. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God and I'm so happy we have this guidance today just like they did in the Bible. I know that Priesthood power has been restored and we have the correct authority to baptise, bless, and call people to positions in this church. I know it's true because I prayed and asked God and He said it is. There would be no other way for me to know the truth if I didn't ask God. I just want to invite you to take Moroni's counsel (Moroni 10:3-7) and to read the Book of Mormon, ponder it in your heart, and then to ask God with a sincere heart and with real intent having faith in Jesus Christ. And by the power of the Holy Ghost He will tell you the truth of all things. And even if you've done this before, do it again. 

I am so grateful to know the truth and to be here to share it with those who "do not yet know where to find it". Just like President Uchtdorf said, keep it simple. 💛

Love, Sister Peterson

Sheffield
Football is kind of a big deal
Zone conference
Zone training haha I don't have time to explain
Sister Mo's last MLC 😭😭
My companion thinks we are here to model. Bless her. 
I think I look like Sister Froerer in this picture. Everyone in leadership is so short hahah. 
Swift invited us and some Chinese members to his house for a Chinese BBQ and it was AMAZING. Also in this picture, Swift isn't praying, he's just blinking. We made lamb and pork belly skewers and we also had mussels and noodles and boiled grass. What more could you want. 
Zone conference! 

 Look who came and visited yesterday :)