Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"and now if you believe all these things, see that ye do them"

Family! Friends! World!
Another week... what on earth. you know how the ride "California Screamin" starts out? that is how i feel! it's like i've gotten on that ride and from the minute i stepped into the mission field the time is zooming by! it is insane.
Well this week was just great.
1. I took Mikey Andersen's uncle (Sister Andersen's brother) on tour at the Trail Center this week! he is awesome. tender mercy.
2. Grandma Bonnie! thank you SO much for the package! i think i ate all of the Hi-chews in about 1 hour... haha woops. but thanks! i love you!
3. I am loving the pro-biotic shake mix thing. thank you for sending that! i feel fantastic and life is good! thank you for all of your prayers!
4. laugh of the week - 3 Nephi 8:16.... i read that this week and for some reason it gave me the giggles for a good 2 hours. haha. nebraska wind! [for reference, 3 Nephi 8:16 reads,  16 And there were some who were carried away in theawhirlwind; and whither they went no man knoweth, save they know that they were carried away.]

in regards to my health, this week was miraculous. i started to get a really bad cold last sunday, and was really upset about it ha. there is no time to be sick on the mission! so i fasted and prayed that it would go away, and i really just relied on the promise that i have as a missionary that i will be given the health i need to do the work. so, a few days went by and my cold was getting worse.. but i promised heavenly father that i would not stop working in return for bettered health. well, the day after the worse day (if that makes sense) i woke up and i was completely better. no stuffy nose. my ear was unclogged. i didnt have a cough. literally, i was healed over night from a cold. that NEVER happens and i know it is only through the Lord that i was healed. He is so good to me.. and i feel GREAT!
i have so much to tell i hope i can fit it all in!
i finally went to the temple this week! AHHH! it was probably the most amazing temple experience i have had yet. my love for adam and eve grew SO much, my testimony of this gospel is unshakeable, and i know that satan is real. BUT i know that ONLY through Christ can we go through this life successfully, and my heart is so full of gratitude for His sacrifice. it was really neat too because the women that helped with the missionary clothes were two women from Glenwood... tender mercy. Also, the woman i went through for was from Punjab, India. haha i was so tempted to speak in an Indian accent.... good thing i resisted that temptation. ha but it was a tender mercy, and made me think of my sibs! braga!

Before the temple my zone met and took pictures... we all wore yellow so we looked like a wedding party, ha but it was really fun. i wore the dress from London (which is ADORABLE). i'll have to send pictures next week since i forgot my camera this week.
This week we had a miracle with a woman named Latoya. Her mother is a member, and she is not. they moved into the ward a couple of weeks ago. our rs president was signed up to feed us on wednesday, but called and told us she couldnt, BUT had found someone who could... latoya! ha so we went over there for lunch, never before having met her, and had an amazing experience. she is incredible and so full of light! her son goes to seminary, and i know she will be baptized. she invited us over for breakfast the next day, thursday, so we had another great visit with her again. pray for her! she is a miracle.
I am so grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. i realized this week what a "vile and low creature" i was before the mission. i know that this church is true, and i am so grateful for a loving heavenly father who forgives us of our sins and weaknesses. Thank goodness.
Mosiah 4:10 has become my favorite scripture of the week:

"and now if you believe all these things, see that ye do them"
i do believe all of these things, and i know that BY doing them we are showing heavenly father that we are grateful. i hope we all remember to do those things that we profess to believe in. there is power in obedience to the commandments of God.
i love you all! i have been overwhelmed with gratitude for families the past few days, and i am so thankful for the family i have! AH i love you all so much it hurts.

Sister Peterson

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