Monday, December 15, 2014

CHRISTMAS IS CLOSE!! I still can´t believe it!

The apron that I got in the mail as a
surprise from Jeannine Malwitz!
It is sooo cute!!
So this week we got to know Emily and Sara!! They are wonderful!!! They are going to get baptized this Saturday with their cousin in the other ward!! They are super excited!! Funny story, Sunday they were sleeping so we went to their house and woke them up and brought them to church. Good thing!!! The young women here are wonderful!!! They all exchanged addresses and phone numbers and I´m already excited for them!!! :D They are adorable!! I´ll send pictures of the baptism next week!!!

We also are working with 3 other families and a couple other people but none of them went to church on Sunday :/ So we are going to keep working with them this week to see if they truly are the Lord´s elect!!

My present from Marcos, Patrícia
and João Pedro :D
They know me soo well :D
It was great to see them this week!!!
Aurecí and Manuel are doing great!!! They already want to go to the temple!!! yayyyy

I saw Marcos, Patrícia and João Pedro and Kalel this week!! They went to one of the Cantatas!!! I cried while they walked in while I was trying to sing!!! Crazy right???? They are amaizng and super strong!!!! I also saw Emily and she is adorbale as always!! 

We also wen to Belas Artes and the members wouldn´t let me leave!! They were trying to hide me in the rooms and I almost missed the bus to go back home!! haha

The SUPER MINI cookies I made!!! 
So last night we watched a re-broadcast of the Christmas devotional. Wow, was the choir fantastic!!! It was amazing to hear the Christ story and feel His love for me! I loved the entire devotional and if you haven´t watched it yet, it is worth the time!!! 

Response to Dad's question about the Cantatas that they have been performing....
So about 50 missionaries are singing a Cantata for Natal. There is a flautist and 2 violinists, and 2 narators and a live manger scene. We practiced during p-days for about 2 months and we have 15 presentations throughout the mission. The point is to invite all of the neighbors of the chapels to have a reason to enter and learn bmore about the church!!! It has been going really well!! We have one more weekend with 4 performances and then we are done. The Cantata is about 35 minutes and we have a prelude that is 20 minutes because we guessed that people would sohw up late, BEST IDEA EVER! I was inchagre of the prelude. We have 6 songs. 2 violin duets, 2 violin solos (all the violin songs with piano) a piano duet and a quartet singing acapella. Sis. Sweet and I play the piano together on all the songs, and we also sing in the quartet haha. It is fun!!!!

It was a lot of work, but everyone has LOVED it! And it has been great to go back to my old areas and see evryone again :D

Stay strong and SMILE :D
Love you all
Sister Peterson

The chocolate on top is a chocolate chip,
so the cookie is just a little bit bigger than
a normal sized chocolate chip :D

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lots of Singing!!!!!

So this week flew by!!!!!
We are working with Maria, a recent converts girlfriend. She is about 65 or 70, and she takes care of her grandkids a lot, so she still hasn´t come to church, but she is AWESOME! She doesn´t know how to read, but we are helping her with that too!!! We are going to help her to get ready to be baptized on the 20th! It is going to be amazing :D

We found some other new people to teach but they didn´t come to church on Sunday :/ but we aren´t going to lose faith! The Lord makes everything work out! We just have to believe that!
Aurecí and Manuel are doing great!!! We had a special P-day lunch with them today!! It was a blast!! They are awesome and Manuel is excited to be interviewed for the priesthood!! He understands everything so well!!!
We had 3 Cantatas this weekend, FridaySaturday and Sunday!!! I´m super tired from all the traveling and singing, but it has been so good!! Our 20 min prelude and the cantata get better each time! We always get there early to see if the piano is good and how we are going to set everything up and in that time I am learning to play the violin!!! :D It sounds super bad when I play and I have terrible form, but it´s only been 2 days so I can´t expect to be professional :D There have been a ton of non-members that have come and it has been an amazing way to share the true meaning of Christmas with these people :D
Bus ride to Bertioga for the
Christmas Cantata!!!
Stay happy and look for opportunities to share the gospel!!! You can use the church sites, videos (He is the Gift is AMAZING) and books and everything!!! Share the BEST GIFT of Christmas this year with those you hold dear!!
I love you all!!!
Sister Peterson

So we were going to buy mangos from this Truck and Sis. Calleja saw one of her ex-investigators from another area. We only had 4 reais so the guy said we could buy 5 HUGE mangos! So we were choosing them when this guy came up and asked how much was a box of mangos. The seller aid it was 10 reais, the guy pulled out 10 reais gave it to the seller and said, the girls will take them!!! So we got a HUGE box of 15 HUGE mangos for free!!!!! Then Sis Tabraj wanted oranges and it was a HUGE SACK of oranges I think there were about 35 BIG oranges in it for 5 reais!!! So we got all of this for 5 reais!! What a deal :D Mommy would be proud!

So the poor Butterfly had a broken wing!!
So we decided to pick it up :D

Monday, December 1, 2014

Weddings, Baptisms, and goodness :D

SO This week was amazing!!!

Aurecí and Manuel got married, baptized and confirmed!!! Talk about AMAZING!!!!!! They were truly prepared by the Lord!! They are amazing and we are excited to keep teaching them and helping them learn more and grow closer to God. 

We also had 2 cantatas this weekend and I saw a bunch of people from Mongaguá!!!! It was awesome!!!!! It´s been almost a year since I have been there, and I did not speak portuguese hahahaha

The pictures explain everything :D

Love you all!!!  I´ll write more next week :D