Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Storm Warning

Long time no see!!

What a glorious day yesterday.. i am still floating from a wonderful skype call - meeting baby MckSpen along with seeing all of your faces was a dream. Just another testament that i literally have the best family in the whole world... that sounds prideful. But really, i am so grateful for such an uplifting day yesterday! :)

We saw so many miracles this week. With the Cleverly's gone, and with much to do, the Lord really helped us out in every way possible. I saw His hand so readily this week, and i know we could not have done it without Him!

List of Tender Mercies:

1. The parade for Florence Days was about to start, and we started feeling like drops of rain. Sister Brough and i said a pray, and the minute we said amen the rain stopped, and it didnt start raining until late that night. the weather was perfect for both the parade and the concert.

2. Last night - a. Being able to ALL skype. for an hour! such a tender mercy. b. right as our phone call ended, we ran to the basement of the house because the tornado was passing by the house! ha so crazy. thankfully we were safe! And actually, i SAW the tornado! The member we were with made sure to show my it before getting for cover, ha. It was a huge "wall cloud" that was forming into a tornado.. super crazy. never want to see one of those again! craziest storm i have ever been in.. but of course, it ended right at 8:30, so we were able to get home right at 9. so cool.

3. John came to church! I told you yesterday, but he came to the concert after Florence days, and absolutely loved it. President Weston was also there, and so i went and introduced the two, hoping that President would be able to say something to John to get him even MORE close to joining the church... and that is exactly what happened! He LOVED taking to President, and feels like they are very similar. He loved church yesterday, and felt so comfortable there. It was a total miracle. I am so excited to continue to see him progress :) 

4. Diamond and Laurie - Our investigator Diamond, who we havent been able to get in contact with a ton the past few weeks, met with us this week... with her mom! And it was SO awesome! Her mom had all of these questions about the Spirit, which is my fav topic, and it was so apparent that the Lord has been preparing her to hear the gospel. She has had a hard life, but they both are excited to meet with us again this week. Pray for them!

I am so grateful to be a missionary. man alive. it is the best thing ever. I am so thankful that there is a living prophet on the earth to lead and guide this church, Christ's church. I know that Christ lives and that He is our Savior. I am so thankful that "i have a family here on earth" and that "they are so good to me". I am grateful for the Book of Mormon! love that book so much.

Last night as we were in the middle of the Tornado, all i felt was pure peace. i think a huge part of it was that i had just skyped the family, so if i were to die, that would have been a good time! ha, but i know that the peace i felt was through our Savior. I kept thinking, as i was looking at the crazy winds/storm, about Helaman 5:12.. these truly are the last days... and i know that peace and comfort come as we have a sure foundation in Christ. The talks in this last General Conference were so awesome in reminding us to "hold on tight" to our beliefs so that they are not shaken in the storms of life. We are so blessed. And what a blessing we could all be to those who do not know of the "protection" we have in the gospel.

This week is transfer week, so pray that everything goes smoothly! We will have 4 new sisters coming to the Trail Center, which will be so awesome. Change is always good.

Love you all! Miss you!

Sister Peterson

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