Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

What do you call four mexicans in a boat that is going down? ...... Cuatro Cinco! (sink-o)

I am anxiously awaiting baby "Jose" or "Maria"! What an exciting week for the Peterson family!!

It has been another wonderful week.. One that has been humbling, but also very encouraging as well. it was the first week in probably about 8 that we didnt have anyone at church, so that was pretty discouraging.. but looking at the bright side, we have had so many blessings the past 2-3 months that i can't complain!

This week we have a TON going on. We are trying to stay calm, and i know the Lord will be there with us the whole time! We meet with the Cleverly's every monday morning to talk about the affairs of the TC, but received a call from Elder Cleverly last night, telling us that Sister Cleverly's father is passing away, so they were leaving on an early flight tomorrow (today) to San Diego for the week. That means that Brough and I are really the head honcho's of the TC! Ah! Pray we don't burn it down! ha.

This week we have the annual Florence Days - the city parade where we dress up as pioneers and pull hand carts down 30th street (i can't believe it has already been a year since we had this parade! So crazy!) It should be a really fun event. Sister Brough and i (along with the TC sisters and some elders) are having a concert after the parade to help advertise  the Trail Center! We are kind of just throwing it together this week, so pray it goes well! We are excited :)

Some fun things that happened this week:

1. Mission Leadership Council - so awesome, as always. It was kind of neat because President Weston gave a training all about faith/miracles ... the same training he gave the TC sisters 3 weeks ago! We felt ahead of the game at MLC! ha but it was neat that even though it was the same training, i was still able to receive a ton of new revelation, and have a much stronger testimony of faith. I want to have more of it, because it truly is the only way that we can receive miracles!

2. On exchanges this week, we saw so many miracles. One of them, ha, was when we had dinner! We have been short on food the last week, and so we decided that we'd use a Little Caesar's gift card. When we tried to pay for the food, however, the cashier wasn't working, and it turned into a whole fiasco. Well, there was a woman behind us who stood up for us and told the man behind the cashier to "be nice to these girls!" and then eventually paid for our dinner! ha isnt awesome? She was so sweet, and it was a tender mercy...

.... another miracle on exchanges: We received a call from the Rockbrook sisters, telling us that they met someone in our area who we needed to go see. We went over that night, and met Curt and Lisa, two new investigators! They are SO awesome, pretty crazy, ha but the kindest people. Lisa actually gave Sister Winterton (who i was with) her coat since she had forgotten one. Kind, kind, people. We visited Lisa yesterday and had a wonderful visit. I am excited to see where things go with her.

3. Remember cindy and tudie? well.. they don't have to move for another month! such a miracle. AND, their son, Josh, is now investigating the church! He is in his 20's, and is super willing to study and learn. We gave him Alma 32 to read, and when we came back the next day to talk to him about it, he had taken 10 pages of notes! star student! He didnt come to church this week which was super sad, but i know he will come next week!

The Lord has been so good to me this week. i caught a little cold from one of our less actives, Jessica, and have just been praying that the Lord will take it away from me so i can work as hard and as diligently as i need to, especially on a high-stress week like this one! But it has been so cool to see that even though i still have a cold, He has given me every little bit of strength i need to make it through the day. It reminds me of the scripture:

And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and he brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord

I know that as we trust in the Lord, He will ALWAYS strengthen us. He is bound to bless us if we are doing our best to follow Him. it is the best deal ever.

With a new niece/nephew on the way, i cant help but cry with happiness for the blessing of family! isn't it about.. time? :) Family is what the gospel is all about! it is the reason that we are able to have joy and happiness in this life, and exaltation in the next! I am so grateful for the gospel and for how it blesses our families. We are so blessed, and i am so thankful!

Talk to you soon... like, on Sunday! :) Love you all!

Sister Peterson

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