I am so sorry I didn't get to email on Monday! We moved our Pday to today because we were getting ready for Sister Erdenetsogt to come in. I was surprised that you didn't show up in the Austrian airport or the mission home to search us down :)
Love Sister Peterson
*** Little does Kori know, I had started looking at next day tickets- 9 days is too many to wait to hear from this beautiful kiddo!
Dear Friends & Family-
It is so strange how our lives get so routine. One little change seems to really throw everything for the week askew! Having P-day (prep day) on different days is always the weirdest thing! We couldn't have our P-day on Monday because we were CRAZY BUSY setting up the apartment and getting ready for Sister Erdenetsogt to come in.
Sister Erdenetsogt got in yesterday, she came in straight from Vienna where she had been living. We are super
excited to work with her!
I have no idea what will happen next
transfer (next transfer is on 9 January). We are thinking that
Sister Wunderli will move on to a new area and I will stay to finish up Sister Erdenetsog'ts
Sister Erdenetsogt is awesome and I am very excited to get to know her. My only concern is that I am going to have a hard time teaching Sister
Erdenetsogt about the importance obedience to the mission rules. She didn't go to the MTC, which means she
came straight from normal life to here! She has no idea how anything
works, and Sister Wunderli either doesn't know about certain mission rules or doesn't
like to follow them. I am definitely hoping that they both don't end up HATING me
after 3 weeks because of how much of an 'obedience freak' I am. Hey, I
like and need all the blessings of the spirit I can get, and being obedient is the only way that I know how to get them! I think we are all excited to see how these next 3 weeks will go! It will be fun to see how a companionship of three works out-
You asked me what makes a good trainer?? This was a hard question because I tried to come up with a nice, powerful answer. But the only answer is NOTHING!! You are asking the girl who got a Golden right
after she finished training herself; I had been in Germany 12 weeks when Sister Henry became my first "child". I actually would like to know how the President Miles determines that as
well. You learn how to be a trainer as you train, maybe it's a lot like being a parent- you just try your hardest, learn what your golden needs and what types of things work best with them. Even though this
is my 3rd golden, Sister Erdenetsogt needs different things than my other
Golden's, so I have to relearn how to be a trainer all over again! I appreciate your words of encouragement, and I promise I definitely am grateful and humble that Heavenly Father trusts me with His new Sister Missionaries. Is this how you feel being a parent- just so humble that Heavenly Father trusts you to be the first support and example for your children?
|A warm welcome for Sister Erdenetsogt|
|We decorated Mel's apartment too|
|Three Beautiful Companions|
|Making the apartment feel a little more like HOME|
|I finally made homemade knodel|
|... and they were delicious|
|Sister Powell & I on Tausch (exchange)|
|We made bon bon's|
|At the movies with R|
|We definitely stand out when we are all together at the movies :)|
The Didenhovers (the senior missionary couple here) took us out to lunch last week after helping us organize a few things for the apartment. We were looking at the menu and saw that one of the meals came with Zwiebel Ringe (onion rings) and so Elder Didenhover ordered that meal, thinking that he was going to get nice, crispy onion rings. Instead, he literally got chopped up onions. He was really looking forward to some good ole' American greasy, battered, thick onion rings- needless to say, he didn't touch them :P
|My spicy Thai dinner|
|We found a Subway|
Sister Erdenetsogt actually already speaks amazing German, she was studying in Vienna for a year before she came here. Normally, with my companions what we have tried to do is speak English in the apartment and German when we go outside. It has always been hard to remember to speak German outside the apartment because it has always been easier for me to speak in English, but now its hard to remember to speak English in the apartment, because German is just easier for all of us! We are a pretty funny group.
It has been a pretty intimidating thing to be Sister Erdenetsogts trainer...She was in Vienna studying for a year, which is still in our mission boundaries, so a LOT of the missionaries know her and love her. The week leading up to her coming to Linz, we got a lot of calls and texts from missionaries all over telling us to take good care of her. Yikes, if I mess up at all, the whole mission will know!
|Photo- bombed at the Mall|
|Baby,,, it's cold outside|
The office is holding all of our Christmas packages hostage! Well, until Saturday at the Christmas conference, so I will probably get the package there. Thanks for sending a package to Sister Henry and Woods, I am sure they will love that :) I told sister Powell about the cute little Facebook mom group and how I get letters and packages from random moms I have never met, and she got super jealous. Teehee I have you to thank for that (actually, she needs to Thanks all the amazing moms of the Alpine Mission Missionaries- they are an amazing group of moms & dads)!
Probably one of my favorite things about reading the
scriptures is that I notice something different every time I read them, no
matter how much I have read them before. I was reading this week in 1
Nephi 11, when Nephi asks to know the meaning of his father's dream. What
really stuck out to me was 1 Nephi 11:9-23. If you have some scriptures,
take a few minutes to read through those. Notice how the first time the
angel asked Nephi about the tree, Nephi didn't know what the tree meant.
Instead of telling Nephi directly what the meaning of the tree was, the angel
SHOWED Nephi what it meant. Nephi saw the virgin Mary, and then he saw
the birth of Jesus Christ. Just imagine for a moment about what Nephi
must have been feeling after witnessing the birth of our Savior, the peace, the
love, the spirit he must have felt. After seeing and experiencing these
things, the angel asked again if Nephi knew the meaning of the tree. This
time, Nephi was able to answer and say 'Yes, the tree is the LOVE OF
GOD.' Christmas is coming up, and it is so easy to forget the true spirit
of Christmas. Take a few minutes to remember the baby Jesus that lays in
the center of all of our nativity sets, and think of what Christ's birth means
for us. If we really want to feel the love of God in our loves, all we
have to do is get to know Christ.
|A delicious dinner|
|... in the kitchen|
With that thought, have a great week, and merry Christmas :)