Monday, October 28, 2013

Week 31 - This week was really great! Miracles happened and prayers were answered in so many different ways!

This week was really great! Miracles happened and prayers were answered in so many different ways!
It was rough for part of it because Sister Tanton and I both got a little sick in between things but we managed to still have 16 lessons and 6 recent convert/ less active lessons, which was a blessing. 

One prayer that was answered is a member's son just moved home and is inbetween jobs and school so he was able to come to some lessons with us since our memebr present lessons are where we have been struggling the most just because schedules are hard to line up and everyone is so busy. However, they are so willing to help in every way and have been extremely good about helping us with referrals.

We also see how getting sick was sort of a blessing in a way, one night durring dinner at the apartment Sister Tanton wasn't feeling well so I called every potential and former in our area book. Some dated back to 2007. It was great because there were quite a few that were excited to hear from missionaries again and we were able to set up about 5 set lessons for this week and a few that would like to meet with us again as well!

Another specific prayer that was answered this week happened right after dinner on Friday night. We came out of our member's house that we had just eaten with and we felt like we were supposed to go visit someone different then we had planned for. So we prayed and felt as though we needed to go visit a less active woman in a part memebr family that we have had trouble contacting for a few weeks. So we went over and caught her just as she was walking outside to leave. She was surprised to see us but then once we told her we wanted to help her she was just over joyed! She kept saying that it was a miracle that we came when we did because she is just overwhelmed and needed someone. We were able to share a powerful testimony with her and we are going back over tomorrow. :) It was great to be where the Lord needed us. 

We have been able to see that even more clearly recently how we are where we need to be. It just testifies that we are doing what we need to, when we need to, and being led by the spirit in all things.

Coolest thing ever happened yesterday too!!! A couple days ago we called a referral we found in the apartment that was never contacted, and asked if he would come to church and have a lesson with us. He agreed and came to church yesterday and had a powerful lesson with us. He knows and wants to pray to know if it is all true because he felt he really needed to be there. The topping to that miracle is his name, his name is Joseph Smith. Yes Joseph Smith came to church yesterday and is meeting with us again this week!!!!!

Sister Tanton and I are getting along incredibly and it helps the work so much! Unity is key in all things, as a comapanionship and especially as a companionship with the spirit! This work is incredible!!!
PS. really late emailing and had like 10 minutes to do it! ahhhh!!!! lol we were at the park for our zone activity (halloween party) and i was a gangsta (thuggin! ;p) for it. We were about to start to clean up to come email when i felt like we should go give pass along cards to these guys playing basket ball. They were all like legit men ballin it up hard core! SO at first it was kind of a joke but then I grabbed Sister Jameson and elder satre and elder phelps and we went over and asked if we could play.... They were like way confused at first but then like sure. So we did and we went hard! It was so legit! Sister Jameson and I were the captains and we ended up losing to them 15-14 so it was awesome! Ballin! ;) We gave them all cards and they were way excepting of it! Miracles!
Sister Jordyn Petersen

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

Monday, October 21, 2013

Week 30 - WE HAD A BAPTISM LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!


Linda was baptized last night! It was one of the most spiritual baptisms I have ever been to! The power of the spirit was undeniable and so strong! Afterward when we asked Linda how she felt, she could hardly describe it. She was so happy! She said her heart felt over full and her mind was clear and at peace. It was incredible!

This weekened was our Torrance Stake Conference and it was the best stake conference I have ever been too! It made such a huge impact on our ward leaders and members. Last night we were asigned a new co ward mission leader and an assistant ward mission leader. Which we really needed! More prayers answered!!!

I was truly touched at conference by how they emphasized how important it is we start at home with our missionary work. It is so true that those around us are never going to progress or want to learn more if they do not feel the spirit. It made me more aware of what a sweet spirit there was in our home growing up. My friends always wanted to come over and we hardly ever went anywhere else. They loved being there because it was a positive uplifting environment. I am so greatful for that support I had in my family. No matter what happened my parents helped make our home a sacred place. I just wish I would have done more to help in that process. I love the steps Elder Haney gave us to make our home a sacred place:
1- Sacrifice: It doesn't come easy or overnight we must work at it constantly
2- Beautify: Keep it clean and pure litteraly and spiritually
3- Dedication/ Rededication: Make sure our homes are dedicated, if it has been a long time, rededicate it!
4- Accepted by the Lord: Make it a place where the spirit can dwell
5- Protect it: (no unclean thing can enter) Do everything in your power to keep out anything the advasary can use to enter your home.
We are told that at times the only thing standing between our homes/our families and the grasp of the adversary is the power of the priesthood and these dedications. That really struck me. I can see the hardest times in my life spiritually are when I was doing these steps to make our home a sacred place. It truly is a consistant work and effort that must be in effect at all times. It reminds me of a quotethat my MTC teacher shared with our district. "The future is waiting to be seized and if we dont grasp it firmly then other hands more determined and bloody than our own, will wrench it from us and it will follow a different course" -Elder Jeffery R. Holland  
We can never rest from our purpose, the opposite side won't and we can't either. For if we ever for a minute entertain false precepts, we are opening a door for satan to bring down us and those around us. This goes for our homes and our missionary work. I will not give up that time. I love this work and will do everything I can to hasten it with the Lord.
(I cant write alot this week so sorry if I dont respond to everyone, shot on time! I was ballin to hard in half court basketball ;p )
Sister Jordyn Petersen

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

Monday, October 14, 2013


(Please note this is probably the most special email we have and probably will receive during Jordyn's whole mission. There is a very special story* that is very near and dear to Bill, I and Jordyn at the end of this letter. I have of course made it bold and easy to find. We are very honored to be blessed with the true miracles that God performs in our daily lives. Love, Jennifer)


Can anyone guess what this weeks theme is?

It's hard to even know where to start this week. SO many miracles have occurred! It is the best overwhelming feeling I have ever felt. 

Missions truly give us strength. I don't want to know how I would feel if I have received all the unpleasant news that I have received on my mission, before my mission. It is truly through the spirit that I have been able to feel continual peace and be calm in the midst of a storm. I can see and recognize the hand of the Lord very strongly in my life and especially on my mission. This week especially was filled with miracle after miracle. 

For our transfer goals we really fasted and prayed to know what our goals should be. We both felt strongly impressed to set them very high. Higher than I ever would have because it would seem crazy. Yet I still felt strongly that we needed to set these goals. So we did. However we knew with goals this high, we couldn't just set them. We had to plan very carefully and precisely to be able to have success. We looked to the California Los Angeles Mission standards of excellence and saw that we needed be minimally at that level to achieve our goals. We realize that no we may not make every goal we set, but as we are being stretched and working harder than ever we are seeing our efforts be truly consecrated. Our transfer goal is to as a companionship have 7 baptisms, which we latter found out is our zone goal.

In Ted Callister's "Consecrated Missionary" it says something along the lines of "to baptize as many people as you can, you have to teach as many people as you can, and to teach as many people as you can, you have to contact as many people as you can". We have taken this to heart. This along as something Elder Richard G Scott said in a devotional while I was in the MTC. He said "To reach a goal never before obtained, you must do things never before done." 

We have put these together and are acting accordingly. We have carefully planned out ever half hour of the day, every day, for a lesson with two back-ups for each lesson. We have gone through the Preach My Gospel 20 minute lesson plans, teaching plainly, and role play constantly. We have set a goal to minimally contact 10 people a day and we have. We do this by every door we knock whether member, non-member, investigator, etc, if the door is answered we have to knock both of that individuals neighbors door and talk to every person we see. To receive referrals we are literally asking everyone for someone we can share the gospel with. This week we not only received 21 referrals but we contacted 17 of them. We received 5 new investigators, 9 new potentials, and have two solid baptismal dates. One for this Sunday and one for November 3rd. We fast together as a companionship at least once a week and individually we have once a week as well. Vance had a baptismal date but it was dependent on his parents. We fasted specifically to know how to help them, as soon as we were about to break our fast, his mom texted us asking for a lesson that night. They hadn't gotten back to us all week. The lesson we had with them that night was so powerful and now Vance has a solid date set for November 3rd. We contacted/ tracked into one girl Christine who happens to be best friends with the Bishop's first counselor's daughter who is at BYU Hawaii and told us about the law of chastity and word of wisdom. We have a return appointment with her tomorrow. The less-actives we have contacted this week have been more receptive than I have ever seen them and are excited to meet with us this week as well! To achieve these goals we also do daily planning from 9:00pm- 9:50pm to plan for the extra lessons. We realize that it is not our time, but Heavenly Father's time, so we use it the best we can for Him. At first it all seemed crazy, literally, but it has been happening and these goals are becoming reality! Its incredible! These aren't the only miracles though. This week I had a very special miracle that I could have never even have dreamed to occur. 

* We were at a dinner appointment with Brother and Sister Malu and their sweet family. We were just getting to know them and asking us where we came from and such. The normal questions. Brother Malu is Tongan and so I was excited and told them about how my mom's side of the family is Hawaiian but most are in Arizona. That's when Brother Malu stopped me and asked where in Arizona. As soon as I said "Tolleson". He said "No way. Your grandfather isn't a member is he?" I said no he wasn't. He said "Sister Petersen I served in that ward with your family 20 years ago." Then I asked "20 years?" He said "yes just over 20 years ago..." We both just sort of paused and looked at each other while I started tearing up. He said "Sister Petersen, your mom and dad had just gotten married and were moving from Flagstaff weren't they?" I just nodded as I teared up even more. He said "Sister Petersen, I taught your dad the missionary lessons and was at his baptism..." I just nodded and smiled and said thank you so much again and again. Sister Malu thought it was the coolest thing too and it is for me. My dad has been the biggest example to me of how this Gospel of Jesus Christ blesses and changes lives. If it wasn't for those lessons that Brother Malu taught, I may have not be in an eternal family or on this mission right now. It was the biggest tender mercy miracle I have had on my mission personally. 

Heavenly Father is ALWAYS aware of us and what we are going through, even if we are not. He has a plan for us, and blesses us as we do our part. I am so grateful to know that my family is forever, to know that we have a divine purpose in this life, and to know that I am a child of God and that He loves me.



Sister Jordyn Petersen

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

Monday, October 7, 2013

Week 28 - Redondo Beach - This week was great!!!!

This week was great!!!! 

AND I got a car instead of a bike! I called the APs (Assistance to the President) Tuesday night and asked how or where I should get a bike. They were like' Sister Petersen we'll find you a car. So the next morning at transfers and elder came and gave me his keys and I got a car! :) 

Sister Tanton is my new companion. She is a from Maryland near Cambridge and is here waiting for her visa for Rio Brazil! She has only been here in LA for about 1 transfer so its so fun to train her! She was emergency transferred to Redondo about 3 weeks ago when a sister went home and her companion was sick most of the time so we're pretty much white-washing it. (starting from scratch) She is VERY energetic and lots of fun. It is already the start of an incredible transfer full of miracles! Sister Tanton is such a sweetheart and has great enthusiasm for this work! We work so well together! 

President Weidman came to our district meeting this week. It made our meeting so much more productive and now we know how to help each other in the areas we need and for specific people. It allows us to be more united which is exactly what we needed. I love how he made the connections to the visitors center. That made it easier for me to transition the work for me. I now get to fully apply my goal of bringing the Visitors' Center full field! It was also a tender mercy to be able to follow him up to the Artesia building for our "New Senior Companion" meeting. Since neither of us know that area very well we have had to make lots of u-turns lol. I really needed that senior companion meeting. I am pretty good about not stressing but with some of the new added pressures I was starting to feel it more. We went over pretty much all that I was worried about and now it is just great!

I absolutely love this area! I can tell it has been prepared to hear and accept the gospel. Luckily the hardest part of this week has been cleaning our and going through our apartment and area book. Coming in on Wednesday we had two investigators that the missionaries have been working with forever. Vance who is 9 and Linda who is 68. Vance's 10 year old brother Jace was baptized last month. Vance is ready but his parents who are less active don't think he is. So we set up he baptismal interview and he passed with flying colors he was so excited! So his date is for this upcoming Sunday the 13th so as long as his parents don't change their mind then it will be great! Linda has been meeting with the missionaries on and off for two years. Her daughter and son-in law who she lives with are members and have been a great influence on her. I felt that she knew it was true she just needed to understand her feelings. She is from the Philippines and we miraculously found all the teaching materials in Tagalog when we were cleaning out one of the closets! So we have had very productive lessons with her the past three days and she watched General Conference in Tagalog! We set her baptismal date for October 20th and she accepted and wants her son in laws father to baptize her! Then we received 3 more new investigators just from tracting and have return appointments Tomorrow and Wednesday. We are also heavily focused on our less active members. There are so many! We were able to contact quite a few this week though and set up times to come back. A couple families I can see have the desire to come back they just don't know to do it. Luckily we are here for them! 

Plus Redondo Beach is such a gorgeous area and I love being able to see the beach everyday! Just an added bonus! I do miss the Visitors' Center and I don't know how long I will be full-field which is slightly nerve-racking but at the same time I feel peace because I know this is where I need to be.



Sister Jordyn Petersen

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


This week has flown by so fast!

I feel that mission time is different than other time. I never understood it when missionaries said “the days are like weeks and the weeks are like days”, but now I do. I can’t believe it’s the end of another transfer. I like to look at is as the beginning of a new one!  AHH! So tomorrow is transfers and ...... I AM LEAVING THE VISITORS CENTER! (just temporarily though) yes that is correct I AM GOING FULL-FIELD!  I am being transferred to Redondo Beach, Redondo 1st ward. I will be finishing Sister Tanton's training! I have met Sister Tanton before and she is such a sweetheart! She is here waiting for her Visa for Brazil! So we will see how long I have with her!

 This is most likely the longest letter I have ever written in my life but it’s because there were so many great inspirations, revelations, and miracles that happened this week! (This is the letter I also sent to president with some added stuff for you all)

So this Saturday morning we had a special zone conference with Elder Richards of the First Quarum of the 70 and I am still just blown away with how inspiring and revelatory it was! Elder Richards is so incredible and it was such a blessing to be able to hear from him and receive his guidance! His counsel along with yours and Sister Weidman and Sister Richards made for me personally a very revelatory and inspirational experience.  It is interesting for me to see how Heavenly Father has been preparing me personally to receive this training. I love how he used Gideon and his army in relation to us and what we are capable of. I have been thinking a lot lately about how we as a mission are so much like the missionaries in the Bible and Book of Mormon. In a training I gave last transfer I compared us to Ammon and the Sons of Mosiah. We are going two by two into a city full of people that want to destroy us. (Spiritually for us) Luckily for us there are 241 of us going into the same city. I think of the change that they made and how much of a difference WE CAN make if we but have the faith that they had. When Elder Richards used Judges 6:14 “Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?”  It heard it as ““Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save California from the hand of the LosAngelites have not I sent thee?”. We are here to save this people and I know if we have the same faith that the ancient prophets and missionaries had, then we can! 

During studies at the Visitors’ Center the day before Zone conference I had an insight and then at zone conference it became even more clearly an inspiration. My thought is “why is the Visitors center such a powerhouse of miracles and inspiration?” There are many reasons. It is dedicated to the Lord just as the Temple is; it is on Temple grounds, the different displays and exhibits, etc. But, then I think to before it was remodeled without all the fancy touchscreens, we are still hearing about the miracles that occurred then.  I have figured it out. The Visitors’ Center isn’t anything except a pretty and peaceful building without the sister missionaries here. And then I ask “why are we so effective?” It is simply because of the unity we have here. In ALL aspects of the work we come together. We are ALWAYS praying together, sharing spiritual experiences, getting to know one another, trying to figure out how to best utilize the tools we have, role playing together, and helping each other come closer to Christ. We have become more than just 20 women in a building all day every day. We are a family of Sisters and recognize each other as true sisters and daughters of God, not just because of a name tag but because we love each other.  Yes not all companionships are perfect and some sisters get are closer to some than others, but there are no “cliques” or groups, it’s our focus and unification that truly brings us as one.  Also, with each person that comes in, we have only a very short amount of time to be with them, which means we have to apply Elder Richards invitation of teaching plainly, simply and with clarity so that the spirit can testify. (After zone conference we have been role-playing this way of teaching even more and the tours we have taken since have been even more incredible!) I clearly see that it is that FIRM unity that allows us to be a clear conduit of the spirit. It is this that allows the spirit to open the hearts of so many people that we teach here and allows them to change. Now the big question is how do we achieve this same unity as a mission? I know your vision would quickly become a reality if as a mission we carried that same unified spirit. It wouldn’t just be bringing the investigators to the Visitors’ Center, but bringing the Visitor’s Center to the investigators. And now I am literally going to do this by going full-field! The Lord just knows where we need to be! The same media we view here is available online to use in our investigators homes now it’s bringing that same sense of mission unity that we need to work on. 

I have been fervently praying to know how we can achieve this. I have gotten bits and pieces of my answer. I went back in my journals to see when first, our areas have been most successful, two, when my districts have been the most successful, and three, when my zones have been the most successful. Our “successful” times in my eyes were in the following areas. As a companionship so far it has been when Sister Nordhagen and I had been struggling and through praying for unity we were able to come together almost as best friends to teach the lessons in such unity that we would finish each other’s inspired questions and the spirit was so strong we didn’t hardly teach, the spirit just testified and our investigator was baptized exactly one month and one day from the first time we met her. In that time she had read the Book of Mormon, (she had ordered and had her own quad to reference from) given out three copies of the Book of Mormon, attended church in our ward and found a ward to attend in OK while visiting her family there and brought them with her and then came back and was baptized after her 3rd church attendance. That fire we all had radiated to our other investigators and helped them start keeping commitments too. As a district and as a Zone it would have been my third transfer when I was in West Wood Zone. As a small district it was easy to focus on each other’s needs and be able to focus on one topic. We were able to have great learning experiences by praying together and searching the scriptures together.  We were able to achieve 100% referral contacts and goals by constant reminders and follow ups with our District leaders and from the other missionaries when we saw them.  It was truly that support that unified us. As a zone it was a smaller zone, I think it was that that gave us more motivation, we knew everyone better and wouldn’t want to break the unity. For zone goals each companionship was held accountable and if one didn’t make it, it would affect the rest of the zone. It made it easier to see how we were growing as servants of the Lord as we each had a part in the same purpose. As a missionary at least for me, my districts and Zones are like a family. When our family is unified and supportive of one another it is easier to do our Fathers work and the closer the family gets to Heavenly Father the closer they get to each other. (The triangle effect) Even the times when we struggled the most, the support and love of our zone automatically would bring us closer together and we were able to accomplish our goals and see miracles because of it. I’m not sure if this makes any sense… but as I am seeing these patterns I am better able to apply it to where I am now and can see us being more unified and getting more accomplished in this hastening of the work. 

Elder Richards also brought me back to when I was in the MTC (Missionary Training Center). This way of teaching is how I was taught in the MTC! I couldn’t believe that I had allowed myself to get caught up in how other people were teaching instead of how I was taught in the first place! It was a bitter sweet moment. I was able to go through my notes from zone conference and compare them with my MTC notes and see in what ways they were aligned. Teaching plainly was engraved into my head while at the MTC. I can see where I changed at the end of last transfer and beginning of this transfer my teaching changed.  I start off teaching simply and then add more and more unnecessary information as I search for what to say instead of letting the spirit testify, I try to testify. No more of that! The hardest part to admit is that I would even confuse myself! Luckily I was brought back to remembrance by Elder Richard and have brought my MTC notebook to be a constant reminder to me as well. While in the MTC my companion and I, as well as the other sister companionship in our district were able to help our MTC teacher actually create and prepare a 3 hour training that he was giving for the Provo mission’s upcoming zone conference.  Its focus was on simplicity and no longer “teaching” but guiding through the spirit. We are not supposed to do any real teaching if we think about it, but guide our investigators to Christ through the Spirit and we do this just as Elder Richards explained, through plainness. 

We were actually able to apply this yesterday in a lesson we had and it was the most progressing lessons we have had with this investigator!  It is sad to leave but Sister Jones will be perfect for this area! 

Now in plainness and simplicity I am going to go guide our brothers and sisters in Redondo back to our Heavenly Father! I am overjoyed, to the point of giddy about this upcoming transfer!!!!!!! 

My mission is going by so fast! I seriously can not believe it. I love it so much! The psirit and this work is incredible! I love you all for your love, prayers, and support! Thank you!


Sister Jordyn Petersen

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

Sister Merciales, Sister Set, Sister Petersen, Irmagard & Sister Thomson

Sister Petersen & Irmagard