A few things,
First off I would like to apologize for being the WORST EMAILER EVER.
If you are reading this and I haven’t emailed back don’t take it
personal, I read everyone’s emails but it’s hard to reply to even to
my family on Mondays but I love love love receiving such great emails
so I will try my best to reply soon.
But WOW what a week. (I feel like I say that a lot but I mean it)
So Tuesday we found out about transfers and Sister Woodruff stayed in
Mill Creek:/ then Sister Reil went to Bloomington. Sister Peterson
(that’s me) went to Prospect Park Ward in Redlands! Same stake as Mill
Creek, and meets at the same building.
Tough goodbyes, especially to Denise and her girls. Denise started
crying and then we all did. We are such girls.
Also IM WHITEWASHING this place, which means that both Sister Gull (my
new companion) and I are completely new to the area and everyone that
the previous elders were working with. Also, this is Sister Gull’s
second transfer out so I’m follow-up training! She is from Tennessee
and is 19 years old. Fresh out of high school. We got here Wednesday
and this Ward hasn’t had sisters in a couple years so it is CRAZY. I
felt inadequate going into it and have been praying a ton so I needed
this change for sure. I have had to completely rely on Heavenly Father
(which is how it should be) so it has been the best thing ever.
Yes, we are now living in the elders old apartment and have had to
deep clean everything, but luckily the elders have kept some good
notes for us to be able to know the main people we should be seeing.
We are trying to figure our way around the area, but this Ward has
been SO WELCOMING ITS INSANE.
Oh and get this, Saturday night we get a call from the First Counselor
asking if we can talk Sunday because the speakers for sacrament
service were sick. Hahaha oh boy we had about 5 minutes that night to
think of what we would talk about before going to bed, then Ward
Council before 9:00 church so I literally was sitting on the stand
when the service started with 5 minutes of preparation. I was left
about 15-20 minutes to speak but it was weird because I really was the
most calm I have ever been before a talk. I prayed that the Spirit
would guide my thoughts and the topic was missionary work so I was
like perfect, I’m a missionary.
It was definitely the most sincere and heart-felt talk I had ever
given because I had no notes or anything but towards the end I started
to get a little teary eyed. I looked out at the Ward and it looked
similar to my Ward back home, I pictured my homecoming talk and
realized that I only have one year left. I was like wait no mission
come back!!!! I just felt overwhelmed with gratitude for my mission
and was again reminded it is FLYING BY. I can’t imagine my life
without my mission.
In the hallways after church guess who I saw… Denise and her girls.
Oh man the biggest hugs were given and then Denise started crying
again DANGIT and I was again reminded of how much I love the people I
meet out here and how I will be sure to see them long after the
The work here is incredible. So many great investigators and members.
Two days after getting here we found Zenah. The most prepared person I
have ever met. She read the Book of Mormon when she was 8 and has
known it is true. She is now in her 40s/50s, she is like a bible
scholar and everything we teach her just rings true. We taught her the
restoration yesterday and after every point she was just like “This
makes so much sense.”
It is the coolest thing to see the Spirit working with her. She wants
to be baptized and we asked if March 26th would work. She says she
will pray about it, but I know she will be completely prepared if she
keeps being SO AMAZING.
We have met with most of the auxiliaries to get to know the Ward and
the people we should be focusing on. The bishop and Ward mission
leader are so on top of things it is incredible.
The bishop emphasized that the members need to be praying to be led to
those who are prepared and thats what I emphasized in my talk as well.
I feel like this Ward is really starting to get excited about just
going out and LOVING PEOPLE and Bishop and all of Ward council have
promised us that he personally will pray to be led to those who are
prepared and start having missionary lessons in his home again with
Incredible that’s all I can say.
Missionary work is really just love. And as followers of Jesus Christ,
as His disciples, we have the opportunity and responsibility to love
Heavenly Father hears the prayers of His children. He hears His
children that are asking for help, direction and guidance.
And he hears His children that are asking who it is that needs help,
direction and guidance.
He will let you know if you ask him, and He will lead you to His
children that are prepared for the restored gospel. He knows them and
loves them and it is our responsibility and privilege to reach out to
them and just show them love. It is all just about loving people!!!!
On that note, I love you all. Have a great great week and get out
there and just love people okay.
Also, we are rooming with the Hermanas!
Sister Hull is the one with the dark hair. Ps.