Monday, October 28, 2013

Dear Family!

  Well I am not really sure how it is monday again. Time seems to only get faster and faster. I am always sweating so much! I will just be sitting there realaxing and I will be dripping haha! I really miss the cold now! So all of you better enjoy it for me! It will a blessing to come back to one day! ha
  The week was pretty great! A few days were kind of a struggle for me knowing what is going on back home. I really tried hard to hold back thoughts and things like that but sometimes it is just hard and there is not much you can do about it. I fasted that all would be well and that you all would be watched over!! The day I fasted was so peaceful and I was really comforted all day. I even saw blessings here in the mission! You have all been in my prayers and I hope that everything is going great now! I continue to pray for you all!! Elder Pratt likes to set our weekly goals really high so that we can push ourselves to work hard! I think it is something that really works and helps get things done! Somehow if we are ever behind, on sundays we catch back up and that is such a blessing!! Yesterday was a great day! I did a split with another elder that has been here for a little over 6 weeks so we were both really new and it was me getting us around in our area! this place is like a maze but somehow we made it to all of the places that we needed to go!! It was a challenge because the other elder and I don't know much French and I was leading all of the lessons. It went really well and I was suprised at how much French actually came to me when I did speak! The gift of tongues is so real and such a blessing! I would be in a lost world right now having no idea what to say! We have a member that we have been seeing for awhile now that brought 4 of her friends to church! That may not sound like a lot but for here in this mission, a member bringing even one person to church is sometimes rare! She is such a champ and we think they are going to be good ivestigators! It was a pretty good week! That is really all though!
  Well I hope all is going better back home! Hope everyone has a good halloween :) I will miss it! like I said, enjoy the cool weather! I will talk to you next week and you will be in my prayers!! I love you all!!! thanks for the pictures by the way! :) Love Elder Peterson!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's been a fast two months.

  Its weird too think that it has been two months already! as i look forward it seems like it is going to be a very long time but when I look back it already seems to be going pretty dang fast! hopefully i can type a good letter today! the dang keyboard is all sorts of messed up and all of the keys are in different places! dang french people. hope all is going all is going well back home! tell grandpa that he is a champ and I loved his advice! give em hell! he always cracks me up! let him know how much i love him!! my prayers are with you all!
  Sometimes it is definitely hard to understand what the lord has in store for us. ive realized that very quickly out here. When I got here I thought to myself, what am i doing here? but as ive realized that our father in heaven has better plans for us ive leared to cope with it! the past week was definitely a lot better than the first week. We stayed pretty busy! we did fall short of a couple of our goals which kind of sucked but good news is that somehow we managed to get 14 investigators to church!! that was awesome and definitely a blessing that we were thankful for!! we have some promising investigators but the people here are super lazy and don't commit to do anything. even if they start to believe it. its annoying but we are trying to work hard! we are also trying to get the members to work with us also but they are pretty lazy as well! i see how important it is for members to work with the missionaries! its so much more successful! i love reading the scriptures and i always try to find time for that because there is always something to learn!!
  the apartment we have right now is pretty nice. the bedroom is air conditioned so that is a blessing haha. we are moving to a different on the 5th of november and im not sure how that one is going to turn out! we will see! my companion is great and we get along well. he loves to work hard so that is great. the apartment we are moving too is in gosier up in the grand fonds kind of! im so thankful for all of your letter and all the pictures that everyone sends me :) im sorry im not able to write everyone back but when i start to get in the hang of things ill be able to find the time! i hope that everyone has a great week! i think about you all a lot and im going to buy stuff this week so that i can send letters home! my prayers are with all of you and always remember that our heavenly father loves us and wants the best for us! no matter how hard things get, he will always be there! i love you all more than anything!! :) love elder peterson

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A week in the hot sun!!

  Well I've basically been here for week now and it is dang hot! I'm always sweating and my arms have never sweat so much. I didn't even think it was possible but hey whatever haha. It's been good so far. All of the flights were pretty good. We flew into trinidad and stayed there two nights so that we could meet with President and we had some workshops and what not. It was pretty nice. I enjoyed it and thought that it went pretty well. Then the next morning we woke up and waited till twelve for the Assistants to come get us and take us to the airport so that we could fly out. So we hoped on a plane and we flew from trinidad to barbados and then from barbados to Guadeloupe. And the funny thing is, the plane stops at every island the whole way there! It's super crazy. Constantly landing and taking off! It was fun though. But anyways, then we made it to guadeloupe and our trainers and some other elders were there to pick us up, along with the senior couple. My trainers name is elder Pratt and he is from oklahoma. He is great. I've been trying to learn as much as I can from him. The past week has been a little crazy because we are kind of just trying to get everything together and what not. It will start to fall into place though. There are like 5 or so cars here on the Island for the Elders and one of them is assigned to Elder Pratt and I. I can't tell you how grateful I am for that. haha Our area is the second biggest in all of Guadeloupe and it is just us two that are in the whole area. There is a total of 16 missionaries here right now. so there is quiet a bit. Our area is the city of point-A-pitre to St Francoise, and all of the city's in between! We have all the big city's and all of the places where French people come to vacation.
  Teaching is pretty hard for me. I don't understand much at all. I just say something when I think that the time is right or when I hear like a key word or something. It's very challenging to understand people but I'm trying my best. Point-A-Pitre is pretty crazy. Most the people that live here live in that city. There are a bunch of apartments and it's weird being like the only two white people walking around. It's weird. All of the cars have turbo diesel motors in them haha. Yes we have like a brand new Chevy cruze with a turbo diesel in it! I was so amazed haha but it is pretty sweet. The roads are tiny and people drive like crazy but somehow nothing bad ever happens! We have ate at a bakery twice now...and it is amazing. Wow haha it's authentic stuff. I can't eat there to often though or I'll get super fat.
  There is a lot to say but I don't have much time and I want to say the important stuff. Umm the bennions told me that they gave you my address? if so that's where you should mail to if you send anything. Also my P-day's are on mondays but yesterday we were helping some of the other elders move into their apartment so we didn't have time but that's when you can expect to recieve an email. I enjoyed all the pictures. It looks like it is going to be a great halloween! :) I'm excited for you all. I definitely already miss the cold air and am very excited for the day I get to feel that again. The first few days were pretty hard for me but I have Faith that all will go great that they will get better! Umm also the mission president has said that we can't email back and forth when we email. Sorry about that. I'll try and send good emails so it will make up for that. Letters take like a week someone told me so I might go find some stuff to write letters. There is like no american stuff here and it's super weird to me! Everything comes from like Europe and Eye solution cost so much money. Oh yeah, church was pretty good. They had me get up in sacrament meeting and bare my testimony. That was difficult haha. The church building is pretty small and it is the only actual building on Guadeloupe!
  But I hope that everyone has a great week and I will hear from you on monday! :) I love you all more than anything!! I pray for you every day and hope all is going well! Enjoy the cold! It's worth it haha! I love you!!
  Love Elder Peterson

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I'm Alive!!!

It's hot. That's all I have to say really! I don't have much time just a quick couple lines. It's super hot. It's crazy and I have so much to say! Everyone has dreadlocks and has pimped out cars haha It's sweet! I already feel an attachment to the people and I can't wait to make it to my Island! I will be able to email you all monday! Just wanted to let you all know that I made it here safe and sound! I love you all more than anything!! :) have an awesome week!!
This picture was from the last week at the MTC.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pictures: Week 6 Life at the MTC

Wednesday, September 25th
Elder Peterson being a host!!
Elder Peterson with his Companion Elder Sorenson
Wednesday, October 2nd
Elder Dustin Peterson welcoming another local at the MTC! With Elder Lane Bitner!!!!! Last time hosting as he leaves for the West Indies Monday!