Washington Seattle Mission

Hey moms,

I have put together a blog for the moms (families) of lds missionaries serving in the Washington Seattle Mission. I want to invite you all to visit this blog often. Please feel free to post pictures, updates and fun information about your missionaries or the area they are serving in . We can use this as an addition to the email list and really get a closeness with the families of all of the missionaries serving in Seattle. I would love to have any suggestions you may have to increase the effectiveness and usability of this site. Thanks all..

Monday, February 28, 2011

SD Cards... evidence of life in the mission field

I'm not sure about the rest of you mothers - but all the pre-mission pep-talks about sending home pictures has not seemed to work (yet).  But having a birthday helps.  I received a package from Elder Petersen last week and it was wonderful to see evidence that he is indeed alive and well.

He & his companion (Elder Rasmussen) found this in a Lego store.
His birthday gift to me was this Lego kit of the Seattle Space Needle.  I loved it.  It is occupying the prime real estate next to his mission photo.

I suppose when you spend as much time in a car as the missionaries do,
anything catches your attention.  

Of course, I can't have everything.  There was no information to let me know what is going on in each of these pictures.  But, using his (very short) emails - I've pieced together a little information for at least one of the photos.

This must be one of the chapels in Bellevue.

Even though these photos show no other missionaries - perhaps you may see something that will ring a bell from one of your letters.

I thought this was a sweet picture of how they "decorated" for Christmas.

Hmmmm.  Gingerbread house?  Maybe made for them by Primary children?

Before he left for the MTC, I knew he would not take the time to print photos.  That's why I ordered three fairly inexpensive SD cards and sent them with him along with a few padded envelopes.  This is the second one I've received in about 3-1/2 months.  I guess that isn't too bad?  I download them onto my computer and then send it right back, hoping I'll see it again in a few months.  Now I'm wishing I had given him better instruction on how to shoot a good picture.  I'm not complaining though - I'm happy to receive anything.

Elder Petersen with (what I'm assuming?) is Mt. Rainier in the background.

A very unexpected baptism.  Elder Petersen arrived in Bellevue on a Tuesday,
then was asked to baptize this sister the following Saturday.
He was thrilled (and humbled) to be able to baptize the prior Elders' candidate.

I have several others of what the apartment looks like, some winter scenery in Bellevue, and how they celebrated Christmas.  If anyone is interested - let me know and I'll post them also.


Kristi S. said...

I love your pictures Anne!! Thank you for posting them. Every Seattle missionary makes me feel closer to mine. Looks like yours is doing a wonderful job of serving the Lord!!

Gordy and Sue said...

Sister Petersen,
I can give you some clarification on a couple of your pictures. The church building is the building your son and Elder Rasmussen serve in. The mission office is also in the same building.
We've been told that SLC was not very excited with this building when it was built. I have to admit the first day we say it I couldn't believe it was an LDS building. It's long and rambling.
Bellevue is a very wealthy area and the members donated lots of money to have it done the way they wanted.
For anyone working in the primary..you would love the nursery. It has large floor to ceiling storage cabinets and an enclosed outdoor patio with riding toys. It's the largest nursery I've ever seen.
The mountain behind Elder Petersen is Mount Rainier. It's magnificent to see on a clear day. It almost seems to be floating amid the clouds.
The weather has been a bit chilly and rainy the past few weeks but we do see lots of sun.
My husband and I are from NC and I was worried about the lack of sunshine so I have kept a calendar noting the amounts of sunshine we have each day and I have been amazed. It's beautiful here and the people are warm and friendly.
Sister Graves
Mission Office