Monday, April 29, 2013

Week 1- The Missionary Training Center is such an incredible place!

April 3, 2013 12:51:31 PM CDT

Hey Everyone!!!!!


Happy Belated Easter! Thank you Mom and Dad for the awesome package! I was shocked! you know me oh too well! sending me easter candy, stationary supplies and makeup myfavorite things!

The Missionary Training Center is such an incredible place!!!!

I realize that I have known nothing about the church in comparison to what I know know. My faith and knowledge is both tested and strengthened on a daily basis! Our goal is NOT to teach people, but to GUIDE them through the Holy Ghost.

The way we learn is incredible! I have learned more in this past week than I have in my entire life!

I absolutley LOVE IT HERE!
I am so blessed to have this opportunity to serve the Lord!

Not only has my testimony been increasing on a daily basis but I have truly been converted unto Christ. I hope and pray that I will be able to share this emence happiness with everyone I come to meet. The Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true.

I have the best district ever!!! District 43-B!!!!! I love them so much! we all get along incredibly and truly are a family of brothers and sisters!

Not to mention I have the BEST companion EVER! Sister Anastasia Alder is her name and she is the sweetest girl! WE get along great! Its amazing how the Lord knows who to pair us with to help strengthen each other. We're so different but its what makes us work so well together. She will be serving in the Independence Missouri Visitors Center.

Since we are visitors center sister missionaries we will be here a total of three weeks. Two weeks of regular training and then one week of visitors center training.

I fly to California on April 17th! My Preparation days are on Wednesdays (hence the letter today).

We started today off by doing a session at the temple at 6:30 this morning which in my opinion is the best way you can start a day!

So our district consists of 5 sisters and 5 elders. Two companion ships of three. Sister Petersen (ME), Sister Alder (My companion), Sister Clark, Sister Johnson, and Sister Smith (all three are serving in the Kirland Ohio Visitiors Center. Our Elders are Elder Lawniczak (LavKneeCheck) (from ALABAMA! ROLL TIDE!), Elder Reyes, Elder Cipriano, Elder Olive' and Elder Flake! All are serving in Las Vegas except Elder Flake who will be serving in Washington State. They all joke around about mine and Elder Lawniczak's southern accents but its fun. (his is worse than mine anyways lol)

So I have surprisingly seen quite a few people here that I knew before here! Most from BYU Hawaii! I have seen Elder Kevin Brown, Elder Jared Burnham, Elder Elias Endicott (skippers!), Sister Jillian Sherwood, Sister Crosby Curry, and a couple others all from BYUH! I also saw Elder Curtis who I met when I first went through the temple up in Birmingham, AL. Its been really cool to see the emence changes in everyone spiritually.

Week one has been a success everyone! I love it here! The first few days were amazing but they were seriously the longest days of my life! I finally understand the tem "The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days.". Everyone said that if you could make it to Sunday then you would be fine and they were so right! the past two days have flown by since Sunday!

It was so cool to be here for Easter Sunday! I wouldnt have wanted to be anywherere else (no offence family) but it was incredible! The ENTIRE MTC had a huge Sacrament meeting since it was Easter. Thats 3,000 Missionaries! I will never be able to forget that experience.
Bishop Gerald Causse of the Quarum of the Seventy presided. He's awesome just saying.

Sunday afternoon we went on a walk to the temple and took a bunch of pictures which was really nice.

Thant night we had a great devotional by sister Sheri Dew but my Favorite part of the day was after that watching elder David A. Bednar's talk the "Character of Christ." If you havent seen it then stop whatever youre doing and go watch it! Then come back and read the rest of my letter.

Okay now that I'm sure you all headed my advice and watched it you now see why it is so influential! We need to get over oursleves and start turning outward and caring for those around us! I challenge you all to make a consious effort to try to stop being so selfish and focus on serving the Lord and those around you! I'm making this effort too so we can all be in it together!  :)

So right now my companion and I are in the process of teaching two investigators. One from Arizona and another from Hawaii so please pray for us to be able to bring them closer to Christ. We got one to commit to a baptismal date on April 20th on our first visit with him, but if he is going to be ready by that date he has a couple more things he needs to work on first. I love them so much and it is amazing to be able to see the joy in their faces when they realize that they know God's love for them.

The food here is kind of iffy but is better some days than others! and they always have good fruit and salad so its all good! I love the gym time even though yesterday we were exhausted so our district took a nap instead :p All of my outfits are super cute and I ow it all to my mom, tutu, and Rachael! Y'all are the best!

OH!!!! and HEY! You all need to go to put in my information and send me letters! They print them out here daily and hand them out. I dont care if its just telling me about your day or keeping me updated with sports (hint hint) it would be amazing to hear from someone! :)  Also If someone could snail mail ( theres no printer) me some pictures I would love you forever because I forgot to bring any and I'd love to show off my awesome friends and family to everyone here!!!!! And I dont want to forget what everyone looks like.. ;p

Well I'm over my time but I love and miss you all! I'll send pics to my mom to put on my facebook page!
I love you all!

 Sister Petersen 


For this week I will not have P-Day on Wednesday because that is when I start Visitors Center Training at Temple Square. My P-day will now be changed to this FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2013! I usually send my emails in the morning so try to check them early so I can respond that night. I will try to let you know earlier this week what time I will be online. I love you all and hope that everyone watched and enjoyed General Conference!!!!

Love you!

Sister Petersen 

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