Monday, July 21, 2014

Marriage and Baptism

or the week of many pictures!
This week was wonderful.

As almost always, the week before baptism is full of challenges, and such was the case this week.  We taught about the priesthood in more detail to help prepare David.  He got all quiet and then angry and said that if anyone gave him a calling he wouldn't go to church anymore because he just wanted peace and just wanted to keep being like they are.  When we entered their house that day David was singing and listening to music, and when we left he was almost crying.  That is not how you want to leave a lesson!  So we prayed a lot and had another lesson the next day and he was normal again and said, "I don't know what happened to me yesterday."  Well, okay.  

Cecilia is super excited to learn everything there is to know and is reading everything she can get her hands on.  So we called on Thursday to see how she was doing and she was crying.  "I don't know if we´re getting married tomorrow," she told us.  We rushed over with her member friend, Romina, and she was crying in her bedroom.  We asked David what happened and he said, "I don't know, ask her.  I'm getting married tomorrow.  What's the big deal?"  Oh my goodness.  So Cecilia was excited and wanted David to be as excited, so it hurt her feelings and then David was all, "I just want to be an eternal family, but that can't happen for another year. That´s what I'm excited for."  Oh my goodness.  jaja.  

And then Friday came... And everything was perfect!!  David and Cecilia were so happy, all smiles.  Their families came and then we had a lovely lunch in the chapel.  It was so happy.

And then Saturday came...  And it was all perfect again!  They are SO HAPPY!  And we love them so much.  We sang and it was evident I hadn't sung in front of people for a while because I was shaking the whole time.  But they liked the song, so that was good.

And then Sunday came, and they were still so happy.  Feliz Dís del Amigo!  They gave us adorable friend mugs and a letter and chocolate.  They are perfect.  

They always talk about how Hna Morales came to get them married, then Hna Millet showed up to get them baptized, and then I showed up.  David was trying to figure out what my mission was and then he found it-  to add to the family. jaja!  One day I said that Jazmín needed a little brother and then it became a joke.  And the day they got married David said, "Hermana Peterson, I think your mission will be in process before you go home." jaja!!  so we´re thinking of names.... :)

I want to send more pictures, so that´s all for this week.  The Church is true! I love you all!!

Hermana Peterson
Setting the scene

David y Cecilia

they are so CUTE! en el registro civil

dundundun

jazmin putting on the rings

rice!

con las misionaras

los anillos

Sole y Maxi (David's sister and nephew)

cute party favors

David wrote this...
Saturday

I loved this moment


flia Lopez y flia Martinez

happy friend day

Friday, July 18, 2014

Keep Calm and Love Argentina

I am so happy!!!!!!!

I loved going to Saladillo (in the dictionary it says that saladillo means "salty peanut" so that made me like it even more).  All of the little pueblos here are basically like Granville but in castellano.  It´s pretty great.  I was working with Hermana Ancheta, from Honduras.  She is a scripture master and I want to be more like her.  We met some great people and I loved it.  We watched the game with a member family and it was one of the greatest Argentine experiences of my life.  Definitely worth giving up part of our P-day.  Everyone gasping and cheering and crying.  One of the girls had her face all painted and then cried at the end when Argentina won, her tears falling down blue and white.  It was priceless.  My camera card has a virus right now and I have to get it fixed, otherwise you would have pictures.

Then I came back to beloved Bragado.

We won't talk about the match yesterday.  We weren't watching, just listening to the shouts of agony that could be heard in our apartment complex.  Que triste.

We had wonderful experiences this week.  Firstly, David y Cecilia, the young couple that will be getting married and baptized this weekend.  They are so righteous and excited and worthy that it makes me want to cry.  Their goal is the temple and they will never forget it.  We reviewed DyC 20:37 and when we asked why they wanted to be baptized their answers were perfect, and they said them with conviction.  Cecilia because she wants to belong to the true church of Jesus Christ, and she wants to follow Him.  She wants to be cleansed from her sins and begin a new life.  David said that the sin of not living the law of chastity weighs heavily on his soul and he just cant wait to be freed from that burden.  The happiness we feel as we teach them and see them grow cannot be put adequately into words.  This Friday and Saturday will be some of the best days of my life so far. They are getting married!!! And then they are getting baptized!!!  And it will be so happy!!! :)

We also had an incredible moment with Romina.  She is 24 and a few years ago her son, who was 3, passed away.  He had a bad fall, hit his head, was in the hospital for about two weeks, and then passed away.  She had been fir in her church before, but after that terrible experience she felt lost and stopped going to church.  This week we were able to share the Plan with her and read her the words of the prophets that say that all little children who die before the age of accountability are saved in the kingdom of God.  We cried together as we rejoiced in the glorious plan that our Heavenly Father has prepared for us.  She is now determined to be prepared to return to live with her son and with Heavenly Father.  She is preparing for baptism.

I feel so blessed.  This work is the best work there is. :)  

I love you all.  Hugs and kisses.

Hermana Peterson
la zona de chivilcoy sur:))

This was from the leadership meeting a few weeks ago

Jazmin

la zona con presidente

mi companerita y yo

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Let the games begin

We get to watch the match this Wednesday!!  We are so excited!!  Everyone is super pumped and Argentina is going to win!  So that will be fun.  If only the world had the same ánimo for the gospel as they have for futbol...  :)

President Robertson.  We went to Ramos on Friday and presented all the zones and talked about the strengths and weaknesses of the mission right now.  We all fell in love with the familia Robertson right away.  They are so full of love.  They are ready to help us keep growing and learning.  Our zone will get to meet them this Friday and we´ll all have a short interview with him.  He has been called of God and will follow the divine guidance he will receive in bringing more souls to Christ.

It rained a cold rain this week and on bici that is not so fun!  I didn't think there was a downside to bicis, but this week I found out there is one- the wind and rain and cold feels a whole lot more windy and rainy and coldy!  So we parked the bikes for a day and I put my walking feet back on.

We were walking, on the way to a member´s house, when I looked up and asked, "Hermana, ha tocado aquella puerta?"  She said no, so we went to see who lived there.  A woman opened the door and let us in.  We talked with her and her daughter, Romina, 25.  Romina listened as we shared the story of the Restoration.  She said she had always wondered why there are so many churches if there is only one God.  She felt the Spirit as we testified that this was the true church, that Christ had restored all the truth in one gospel, where all the children of God can find what they are looking for to live as He would have us live.  She is excited to attend church and pray to ask God if it really is true.  

We had another similar experience this week with a reference from a member, Eliana.  We talked about how the church was when Christ was here, the organization with a prophet, 12 apostles, priesthood, revelation. As we told about Joseph Smith´s experience she smiled and said, "I've studied about religion, and I know that if there is a true church, it would have to be organized in the same way that Christ organized it."

I love it when the Spirit talks to peoples hearts and tells them that what they are hearing is true.  That is when they begin to believe.  That is when they begin to desire the blessings.  And that is when God can work miracles in their lives.  It is beautiful.

I LOVED all the pictures you all sent this week.  What a gorgeous family I have.  I'm glad you're all happy and celebrating.  Hugs all around!

I will be on a division this week in Saladillo, if all goes as planned, so I will tell you all about it next week.  

Un beso grande,

Hermana Peterson

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Aldo de Tigre

¡Aldo y Patricia se casaron y se bautizaron!!  After almost three years of waiting the day finally arrived!  Patricia said she was hardly sleeping for days before because she was so excited.  It was beautiful.  Unfortunately, we were not able to go to the wedding because we had a Leadership Meeting in Ramos with President Carter, and it is a bit of a trip.  But the Branch did everything for them and they were all smiles.  The baptism was on Sunday because the first missionary that taught Patricia came from capital to baptize her. ¡Qué tierno!  It was special.

The meeting with President was awesome.  We will miss them so much.  They both gave their whole souls to this work.  I'm sure the Lord is pleased.  And now we get to meet and love and learn from la familia Robertson!!  They came with three of their kids, ages 17, 15, and 9, I think.  We are super excited to meet them.  We get to go back to Ramos this Wednesday.  We received the first Sol (the mission newsletter) from our new President this morning and just from reading it I can tell he will lead us in the ways of the Lord.

The Lord led us to some great people this week.  I love working with Hermana Millet.  She is so diligent and patient.  We are learning a lot together and I feel like we just work so smoothly together.  I am trying to learn the streets of Bragado but it is super hard for me on bici.  I'm so accustomed to being in the city where we walk and take colectivos and the streets are always marked and there are always a million people around that you can ask for directions.  Not so aquí. :)  So I'm trying to be more observant, paying attention to the big tree and the field and the yellow house and the pink kiosko, etc.  Me cuesta demasiado. jaja.  But I like it.  I love Bragado.

Cecilia y David are progressing so well.  They went to church again this Sunday and are anxiously planning for the future.  They were saying how they always eat gnocci the 29th and I began to say how I had heard that it was a tradition here but that in all my time in Argentina I had never eaten gnocci on the 29th.  Well a comment like that will get you an invitation, even though it was not my intention!  So we ate gnocci on the 29th, with 2 pesos under the plate, for luck.  It was lovely.  They are lovely.

I can't believe the letter got there so fast! Now I feel bad I haven't written more.  Consequences of technology.  Fewer hand-written letters.  But faster responses!  I like it.

Well mi querida familia, the time is passing all too fast and I love every day. It makes me smile SO BIG when I read of your happy tales, and I always love the photos.  Be well!

LOVES,

Hermana Peterson
Cecilia y Jazmin

We all completed 15 meses el viernes...viejitas

This isn't Burger King

Mission office photos



Aldo y Patricia:) dos angeles

Monday, June 23, 2014

El Campo

This Hermana is no longer in the city, if you can believe it!  After 14 months I am now far from the center and I ride a bicycle!!!  
We received the call on Tuesday night that I would be packing my bags.  I was surprised but felt peace.  I called flia Guiñazu and they were so sweet. El hermano me dijo que había cumplido con mi misión en Morón y que el Señor me necesitaba por otros lados.  ¡Que tierno!  I  called and said goodbye to those people I love so much.  We headed to Ramos in the morning, with butterflies in our little stomachs!

It was also the despedida of Hermana and President Carter, and it was beautiful, inspiring, and made us all cry demasiado.  We will miss them terribly.  They are so dedicated and righteous.  And I am now in Bragado!!!  And I love it!  Riding a bike is the best.  Bragado isnt actually super "campo" because it is a little town, but there are no buses or taxis and only honking horns when Argentina wins a partido, like it keeps doing. :)  And when they win there is LOTS of honking.  For an hour or so after the match finishes.  We watch happily from our apartment window as the cars fly by with happy Arginitines waving flags and sporting Messi shirts.

My companion is Hna. Millet, from the United States!  So many surprises this week, I know.  She is an angel and is from good ol` Utah.  She is 23 and was teaching kindergarden before the mission.  She just completed a year as a missionary this week.  And she is super awesome and we work in unity.  I am so excited for this transfer.  We have already seen so many miracles here in Bragado.

David y Cecilia are a young couple with a daughter of 4 years, and they will be married and baptized in julio!! They are so prepared and excited and are always reading and praying and asking questions.  They are already making plans to be sealed in the temple in a years time. :)

And Aldo y Patricia.  They have been attending church faithfully for three years, and this week they will finally be able to be married and baptized, after waiting so long for their papers to go through.  Oh what a happy day it will be.

We had District Conference this weekend and Presidente Carter came for his last Sunday as mission presidente.  He loves Bragado.  I didn't get to know the Branch very yet because there were several branches there and I didn't know who was who, but there is a special spirit here and I am loving it.

I am happy and learning.  I've been studying about prayer and I am learning how to pray sincerely every time.  President Eyring said in this last conference that as we begin to pray like we should we will understand better that we are truly sons and daughters of God.  We will forgive others.  We will serve selflessly.  Our lives will change for the better.

I love Argentina and I love being in the service of the Lord.  We will be receiving our new mission president this week and it will be exciting.  The change happens on Saturday.

I love you all with all my heart.  Puedo sentir de sus oraciones cada día y me llenan de esperanza y fuerza para seguir.  ¡Les amo un montón!

Hermana Peterson
They are just so beautiful!


Translados!! woowoo!

hermanita salinas, mi corazon


el momento del cambio...me encanta la drama


Hna. Millet. Awww:)

Monday, June 16, 2014

capilla abierta

Where to begin.  Nancy and her family stopped going to church a few weeks ago, but said they were still going to follow through with their plans to get married... and they did!  So we went to their marriage and it was quite different from all the weddings I've been to in the past.  So they are being obedient to one commandment more now and God will bless them for that.  Hopefully soon they will decide to continue learning about Jesus Christ and find more peace in their lives.

We had a capilla abierta this weekend and it was great!  The whole district came to our chapel and we all worked together with the ward to present the chapel to the public.  People always say they are curious about our church but have never entered, so opportunities like this are excellent. Afterwards Marianela, a woman the Elders have been teaching, was baptized.  It was a lovely day.

Familia Guiñazu is the best family ever (not counting all of you, of course).  They are learning and loving it.  We love teaching them and they love soaking it all in.  They continue praying every day as a family.  It makes me think, "If they can do it, so can every family in the Church!"  The blessings that come are incredible.  Natalia, the daughter that is 22, has started listening in more and we asked her if she thought all we taught was true.  She told us she´s been praying to know and when she sees the change in her family, she can't help but believe that it really is true.  The changes are undeniable.  There is unity and peace and love and excitement.  

We have transfers this week! Eeeee!  Vamos a ver que pasa.  I´ll keep ya updated. :)  Next Monday, of course.

I love you all and pray you are well!!  Keep living life to the fullest and sharin the joy with all you encounter!

LOVES

Hna Peterson
Marianela se bautizo
escrituras gigantes

hnas Anderson y Olson


la provencia

Nancy and juan got married!
The marriage ceremony

wedding day

Melany y Tiago:))

la capilla abierto

family history!

las mujeres jovenes
The marriage ceremony


sandwiches de miga

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Roots

We have a calendar of Junio that we mark every day and write the miracle of the day.  We Hermanas like to draw doodles and make it all pretty, too.  This week almost every day, the miralce has to do with familia Guiñazu.  They are too incredible!  They receive the gospel with so much love and faith.  Thiago is an angel and when we ask questions his answers are so sweet and tender.  The Hermana has another daughter from her first marriage, Natalia.  She is twenty-two and studying dietetics.  She is reading the Book of Mormon but hasn't gone to church yet.  She is taking her time to feel things out, but it's also because they have a kiosko and she is the one that attends to the customers while the rest of the family is in church.  So this week we will focus on Natalia and try to help her gain this same testimony that the rest of the family is gaining.  

The ward is super excited for this family as well.  The ward is eager to help and the bishop focuses heavily on retention.  All the organizations are working to help the new members feel involved and befriended.  Morón es la tierra prometida, en serio.

We are reading all the General Conference talks as a mission and I love it.  Today we read the one that talks about how trees that grow in places with lots of wind grow their roots deeper and the tree becomes stronger.  God made us, His children, with the ability to withstand the winds of mortal life.  As we seek nourishment in the face of trial we grow stronger.  

Something else I'm learning is the importance of defending the truth.  Christ always defended the truth.  What He said was not popular, but it was right.  As messengers of the truth we must always declare what is right, and do it with love and power and faith.  Then the miracles come and hearts are softened and people make covenants with God.  I love covenants with God.

We are happy and hopeful.  I love you all and pray for you every day.
la zona de castelar!  Vamos Argentina!

my companion, cut in half for some reason

The zone again

we're cute

we love Argentina

an action shot...jaja...I have no idea why it copied this way, but there you go!