Lowell, Indiana, is a small town on the edge of a great metropolitan area that goes around Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through Chicago, Illinois, and Gary, Indiana, to Detroit, Michigan. The Petterles live on the outskirts of Lowell.
Their ward is in another small town, Hebron, Indiana. Part of Valparaiso Indiana Stake, Hebron Ward has about 220 members and 4 full-time missionaries—two from Utah, one from Mexico, and one from Russia—serving there.
Daniel (8) and Rebecca (9) think that the hardest part about being a Latter-day Saint is having to go so far every Sunday to church. But the ward is comfortable and family-like. Daniel especially likes its Cub Scout program; Rebecca likes Primary and other activities.
Ashley (11) said, “I knew inside that the Church was true right before I got baptized. That is why I wanted to be baptized.” Though she is struggling right now in earning her Gospel in Action award, she loves learning both at church and at home about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and she especially likes being part of the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation each year with her Primary class.
Rebecca used to love to bear her testimony, “when I was young,” she said, “but now I am too shy.” She has a strong testimony, though, and would like to tell children everywhere to “always believe in Jesus.”
Daniel said that he felt really happy when he was baptized by his dad. He also said, “I want to tell the children in the Church that I like them.”