Monday, June 17, 2013

A few weeks ago we went to an appointment and the person wasn't there, wasn't answering her phone.  Whenever something like that happens Hermana Williams says something like, "Well, we're here for a reason! Let's talk to people!"  So we crossed the street and there was a woman outside with her kids, just about to walk back inside.  Hermana Williams, in a hurry, said, "Hi, would you like to hear a message about Jesus Christ?"  The woman turned around and said, "Yeah, sure, do you need my phone number? It's....., and this is my address, right here, basement.  Wednesdays are best."  Well.  That was awesome.  Last week we finally had our first appointment with her and it was amazing.  She has three kids, two were there, and one was distracting her like crazy.  The other, a little girl who is eight and the sweetest thing you've ever seen, sat quietly and listened, asking intelligent questions about all sorts of things.  We shared the story of the Restoration and the room got quiet.  We told her about the Book of Mormon.  She held the one we gave her tightly in her hands and asked if that was her own copy.  "How long have you known about this?" she asked.  We told her our whole lives.  She looked at us in amazement.  "Here I am, thirty years old, and this is the first time I've heard about this!"  Her prayer at the end was incredible.  She asked God to help her in this new life.
Two days ago we met with her again, and this time her son was there, too.  He is fifteen.  I don't think I've met another fifteen-year-old like him.  She told us about him last time, said he was such a good boy, never getting involved in all the bad things the other boys his age are doing, in the IB program at school, and just very good.  Well she wasn't just saying all that.  He joined us for the lesson and we reviewed the Restoration for him.  We asked what he thought about it all and all he said was, "Awesome."  I don't think he ever stopped smiling the whole time we were there.  We taught the first half of the Plan of Salvation and invited them to be baptized.  Yeses all around.  6 de julio.
They weren't the only miracle people this week, either!  Last Sunday we were just about done with Church when somecame came and told us told two women needed us at the front of the chapel.  It was Guadelupe and her tia.  Guadelupe went to Church three times in Mexico three months ago and then decided she wanted to learn more, so they looked up what time Church started and decided to come.  Every missionary's dream, I tell you.  Sadly, the time was incorrect online, so she came with only a few minutes left, but she met people and is coming this Sunday at the beginning. :) Her tia just came for support and isn't interested, but Guadelupe!!  She's planning on being baptized 29 de junio. 
We search and search and search, and we got dropped by a couple people this week, but then there comes a miracle person.  And how many people are here in Chicago just like the miracle family, prepared and waiting for the truth to be made known unto them?! Hundreds.  The Lord is hastening His work.  There is no doubt about that.  So share it.  Who knows, maybe your friend is a miracle person but nobody knows it yet, because he/she hasn't had the chance to discover it yet.
I love you all.  I hope you are well.  Heavenly Father loves you SO MUCH.  Trust Him.  I'm learning to.  It's not easy, but it is lovely.
Heidi, thank you for the card.  You are gorgeous and graduated!  Your letters always make me smile so hugely.  Have fun at school and let me know when you arrive so I can send you a letter to your new address. :)
love love lvoe lovemvojeovj,

Hermana Peterson

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