Monday, September 23, 2013


I cannot believe this is the last week of the transfer already! Time goes by way too fast as a missionary! This week I hit my SIX MONTH mark and it feels very surreal. I absolutely love and cherish every minute! This week has been a roller coaster of goodness!

(BEST parts of this week: FAMILY! BEACH! FAITH! MIRACLES!)

Starting off the week with the new six month training was incredible! I really needed it emotionally. I know my purpose and LOVE this work so much! It was so inspiring to be on mini exchanges with Sister Thomson to go down to the training as well. We were both so excited to go and were able to reflect on it with each other on the way back and how we can help each other with our goals and apply what we were trained on. She is such an inspiring missionary! The training breakouts were on the perfect topics to uplift and inspire me at this point in my mission. I am now even more aware and striving to have that same drive and motivation that I had when I entered the MTC and when I arrived here in Los Angeles. It hasn't faded it just needed to be a little brighter. So I am so grateful for that training and can’t wait until I can attend another training! (Hopefully sooner than in another 6 months)

I have been struggling a little bit the past few weeks showing my emotions. It’s hard to explain. I have always been known as the one that is always smiling. Then the other day I realized that I wasn't and that I hadn't been smiling as much recently and that it was more difficult for me to smile. It’s not because I’m not happy because I feel I am happier now than ever. I realized that it’s because someone else doesn't talk much or show emotion unless we are in a group or with certain people and I don’t want to seem too happy if she is not. This realization was frustrating to me. At the training while talking about our purpose I read the first part of what our Heavenly Fathers ultimate goal is for us, to be happy. I realized that I don’t need to suppress my happiness because of my uncertainty. But I can do what I did the beginning of my mission and throughout my life and uplift people with smiling and being happy. Just as in 3 Nephi 19:25 “And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them..” Christ’s smile and positive countenance uplifted his apostles. As a representative of Christ I realize I can lift others with my smile too. So the rest of this week I was me, happy smiling me and it was great! I noticed a difference and others did as well and even thanked me for my smile again. Little things truly make a big difference.

Wednesday was SO great! It was our Temple Day! I love the temple so much! I received more out of it this time than any other. The Love our Heavenly Father has for us I don’t think I will ever fully be able to comprehend. It was a temple experience I will never forget.

At the Visitors’ Center (VC) I was able to apply one of my training goals which is to commit ever elder whether from our mission or from a surrounding mission to refer someone back home to one of us Sisters in the Visitors’ Center. Elder Chavis and Elder Bauman were here at the VC while there companions were in Departing Missionary practices and meetings. So I grabbed a Sister and practiced a couple of my Visitors’ Center tours and greetings with them. I was able to use that as a preset and I was able to get real referrals from each of them. Then Cindy, who has come into the visitors’ center a couple times over the past few months, came in and I was able to have a really inspiring conversation with her. She is incredible and such a great member missionary! Then after the vc we got a text from our investigator Chen Chen who had been not feeling well and she asked if we could come over and pray with her. So we headed over there and her neighbor Sis. Manoogian is a member so we had a thought with Chen Chen at her house and then all ended up at Sis. Manoogian’s for a member present lesson. It went really well. She is seeing and recognizing the Hand of God in her life for the first time. The gratitude she is feeling is so real and new to her. It is so special to be able to be a part of this!
So once or twice a week whenever we come home there is a bag of goodies and food hanging on our door. So we started leaving little thank you notes for our “food fairy”. Well Wednesday night we caught her leaving eggs and a rotisserie chicken! She is a member of the Westwood 1st ward and is so sweet! She just loves the missionaries and is serving here as well so since she isn't able to have the missionaries over for dinner she goes around and leaves treats for the sisters in the apartments around her.

VC TRAINING THURSDAY!!! Training on how to preset people to prepare them to hear new doctrine such as baptisms for the dead and the restoration of the priesthood. For us it is something that we know but for others it is very new so by teaching with love and and teaching it simply after presetting it helps them understand and gain a stronger testimony of it. Then after the VC we went straight to the Merrill's at 3pm to help them get all moved out. They are such a sweet couple and we live just a few apartments down from them and were closer to them. I would take there trash down for them every morning and we would help them carry their groceries up and such. It was quite the project clearing them out though... I no longer have the desire to ever keep anything. It is such a miracle that we got them out that night. It was just Sister Merciales, Me, Sister Bateman, Sister Abellan, Elder Chestnut, And Elder Adair for the majority of the time. All of us were there from 3pm - 9pm. We got done just in time. I don't have any idea how we got everything they wanted into their little car. Miracles happen that's for sure! It was such a blessing to be able to serve them one more before they left. It was such an answer to Sister Merrill's prayer that morning. It was so good to be able to all serve together too! We were able to have such uplifting conversation as we worked. Sister Abellan and I had a great talk on The Book of Mormon and how we have since its value change for us on our mission and share the scriptures that have helped us with each other. She is such a strong missionary I am so glad I was able to share my testimony with her.

On Friday I, an English speaking sister, taught a Spanish lesson in the teaching center. I was trying to follow up with one of the memebers of a referral but it turns out she just left on her mission and one of her friends has her phone now. He is a member from Mexico and served his mission in Honduras. I taught about the importance of member missionary work and the continuation of reading our scriptures daily after our missions. Do I have any idea how I was able to communicate with him? Not at all. But it just testifies to me even stronger that through the spirit we can do anything. It was such a special experience! Then I came out of the teaching center and had the coolest conversation with an eight year old that was getting baptized the next day. He had already read the Book of Mormon once, prayed about it and new it was true, could recite all of the articles of faith, had his favorite scripture (Alma 37:37) memorized and why, and was rereading the Book of Mormon and is in 3 Nephi again! He is inviting his friend from school to church next Sunday and is planning on giving his neighbor a Book of Mormon when they get home. He is the coolest eight-year old I have ever met! He definitely inspired me for how I want to raise me children!

Saturday! BEACH!!!!!!!!! 
Pres. Gave us permission to go participate in our ward service beach day! It was such an incredible opportunity to work with them and get to know them more. We have been having a hard time meeting with our members so this was perfect. We were also able to do a lot of contacting and has a lesson with a young man from Holland who was going back that night. (He is totally the prince of Holland! or at least looked like he could be! ;) )He accepted the missionaries and committed to having them bring him a Book of Mormon and reading it. He gave us his contact information. Since then, Sister Merciales has been able to call him in the teaching center to have a lesson over the phone and send out his referral to his local missionaries! 

Yesterday the experience I was able to have at the VC was so special to my heart and I will never forget! Auntie Lani,Uncle John, Nani, TJ, Johnny, Korina, Mai'ila, Mitch, Leilani, James, TJ's parents and all the little kids from Arizona were here in CA for vacation and surprised me at the visitors center! They were my second family growing up. Whenever anyone asked my name as a child my last name was always Petersen/Auwen. We were able to take them on tour and it was so incredible being able to be with them all! It was so surreal and I still can't believe that they were here! I want a copy of the picture of everyone in front of the Christus! :)

Such a good week!
I am so excited about our special Zone conference this weekend too!!!!



Love you all!


Sister Jordyn Petersen

Sister Jordyn Kealoha Lani Petersen
California Los Angeles Mission
1591 E. Temple Way
Los Angeles, CA 90024-5801

Monday, September 9, 2013

Week 24 - I learn so much everyday through prayer.

My week:

-Cleaned a turtle tank

-2 new investigators

-cleaned the grossest kitchen I have ever seen in my life... BLEACH is my best friend (3in of sludge in the sink under everything.
-Ben Dropped Us.."its not you its me" "You can still come over lets just not talk about churchy stuff"
-Got a free cherry pie
-"Where's Waldo" is our new Zone Goal
-Realized that November 22 is my half birthday
-"Jews for Jesus!"- Sister Merciales
-Robbie who we met on chat that I transitioned to his local missionaries when he went off to school was baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!

-Yesterday we had a miracle experience at the Visitors Center. 
Every night when we plan we plan for our area and for the Visitors Center. 
Well the night before it was my turn to plan and I said we need to plan for not what we want but for what Heavenly Father is willing to give us. I said a prayer and Said I feel that tomorrow we should plan and prepare for a non member man to come into the Visitors Center that has a sincere desire to learn more about what we believe. And if at all possible let him be from our area. We planned to use the Christus, the Book of Mormon area, and Special Witnesses. Then yesterday morning during studies we continued to pray that the man we planned for would come into the Visitors Center. WE do this every day but something just felt extra faithful and special yesterday. Then yesterday Sister Merciales were the only Sisters at the VC for a short period of time while the others were in church. A man came in named Corey, he says he pasts the temple all the time and he was now ready and open to learning more about what we believe. He is Jewish but open to learning. We showed him the Christus, explaining how Christ is our Savior and older brother and how we are ALL sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. He listened to the Christus twice and was touched by Christs words. He then wanted to know more about the Book of Mormon and the Prophets. We took him back to the Book of Mormons and had him read the first two paragraphs of the introduction. I explained as in Ezekiel 37: 15-17 that The Book of Mormon is the Stick of Joseph and they have come together just as foretold they would. This made made sense to him. We then took him into Special Wintesses and explained how Joseph Smith was a prophet just as in the old testament that restored Christ's truth to the Earth and how we continue to have a prophet today. He listened to Elder Anderson's testimony on the saints trusting there faith. When we invited him to learn more he was thrilled and more than willing to self-refer himself. He lives in our area. We set up a lesson with him for Tuesday at 3:30. This was such a miracle and shows that our efforts are consecrated as we have the plan according to God's will, have faith that it will happen, and pray and act upon that faith. 

I learn so much everyday through prayer. We truly gain the most knowledge from our Heavenly Father as he opens our minds and our hearts to his words. Especially when we have the faith to act upon what He guides us to do.
Love you all!


Sister Jordyn Petersen

Sister Jordyn Kealoha Lani Petersen
California Los Angeles Mission
1591 E. Temple Way
Los Angeles, CA 90024-5801

Monday, September 2, 2013

Week 23 - This month will be my 6 month mark!

This month will be my 6 month mark! does that seem way weird to anyone else that I am almost 1/3 done with my mission? Just ponder that a little bit...

So this week we had quite the miracles! 

We were tracting on Tuesday and we were about to leave to go to the next area when we both felt we needed to knock one more door. The apartment complex next to our car had its door open so we went in and knocked the first door. A man answered and said "Sisters! we're so happy you came! We've been wanting to meet with you! So sorry that we have been so busy!" Sister Merciales and I was so confused! It turns out that this man Johnathan and his wife Fiona had been meeting with the missionaries in Redondo Beach. They are a young couple have been married for just over a year and just recently moved up here. They invited us in and we were able to have an incredible lesson with them. They are both Christian and believe what they know to be true yet they are so open more and wanting to know more truth! We set up a return appointment and met with them again on Saturday. They had not only done the reading commitments we had left them with, but they had taken notes together and been praying together as we had asked as well! We were able to answer the questions that they had and stay on the topic of the Restoration that we had prepared for. They had a question about a verse in the bible that we had actually planned and prepared for that morning to use! It was such a blessing! The spirit led the entire lesson. It was such a beautiful and powerful experience for all of us. They are excited to meet with us again and thanked us for the spirit that we brought into their home. They are going out of town for work for a week and a half but we have another time set up to meet with them again once they return. 

The next day we were contacting a less active and we were able to make contact with him. we are the first contact he has had with the church since he was a teenager and now hes in his late 40s. He isn't interested in coming back or anything at this point but he did allow us to sing a song for him and share a message. He thanked us and said he really needed it. He said he doesn't want frequent visits or anything but did except to call or text him to invite him to the different events at the visitors center! :) THEN, we decided to knock some of his neighbors doors but it was the middle of the day and no one was home. Sis. Merciales started to walk back to the car and I said wait look there's one house down the street with a truck in the driveway, maybe someone is home. So we walked down and knocked and David answered. David is a less active of about 20 years and he loves the church just doesn't want to live it right now. He said maybe with time though he may come back. He is super sweet and said we are welcome anytime. We had no idea he lived there but we were able to update his records then too so it was great! Such a blessing! 

We were also able to have another lesson with ChenChen starting the Plan of Salvation. She really like everything we have taught so far. She has not accepted a baptismal date yet but we are hoping to set one this week! :) 

The Visitors Center is so special. On Saturday in the Teaching center I was able to have four non member lessons, get two new investigators, transition one of them, and committed Prentice to going to church which for the past 3 months he was opposed. I've been teaching Prentice in the TC since back in May, he's from Birmingham AL! I finally got him to re-meet with the missionaries so he is now doing that plus me teaching him and hopefully he went to church yesterday! I'm calling him tomorrow to find out! This week was full of the spirit and smiles which goes perfectly together! 

(not my best but out of time...)

Love you all!


Sister Jordyn Petersen

Sister Jordyn Kealoha Lani Petersen
California Los Angeles Mission
1591 E. Temple Way
Los Angeles, CA 90024-5801