I AM STAYING IN PORTLAND/GRESHAM ❤ i am soooo excited and hermana clanton is my companion. she is literally the greatest. everything is gunna be incredible. everything is always incredible.
we had interviews on tuesday and president is just great. he basically told me i was staying and then he told hna clanton we were gunna be companions. and we were so excited. but having an interview with president is so enjoyable and like his love for us is a lot. he really wants us to suceed and be the best missionaries we can.
after interviews we all went to lunch at red robin cause a member drove us. they have bottomless fries but i got bottomless broccoli which was actually super delicious. and that day i used the handwarmers that someone sent me for christmas so that was pretty fun.
when the housing people came to check our apt last week they asked if we needed anything and i was like “welll a blender would be super cool”. and they got us one somehow! the church is so true. i love blenders and life. could you send me some cool smoothie recipe things cause i forgot how to make any. and like if they have vegetables thats better. THANKS
i really like reading the book of mormon now cause i actually understand it. i literally didnt understand anything growing up. (thanks for trying though parents) well it was my fault. i didnt put in enough effort
transfer letters came on friday! and we went to the lounge at the apartment and got free hot chocolate from a cool machine hahha and then later that night we went over to a recent converts house and talked to her a lil, and then her cousin came and we are gunna start teaching her on friday! it was so good cause the member was kinda sad that her husband and daughter dont really seem interested. so we’re happy that maybe her cousin is.
we tore it up at saturday sports like usual and more people are coming!! i played a lil bit of animals with one of the little girls, but also we played vb and soccer and basketball.
we had a lesson with m and e who are just amazing. m bore her testimony ayer at church and it was the cutest. they are both still so eager to learn and are so happy. m’s sister can see this happiness and she wants it for herself. vamos a bautizarla!!!
we knocked some doors on saturday and one was this crazy lady. i knocked and then she like opened a window next to me and totally scared me. she liked it though. and she told us where some hispanics live hahha
i always get really freaked out for fast sunday but then its actually never that bad. the s came to church and liked it. and the new gospel principles teacher is bien chistoso and our branch president g is just great. i am so happy i get to continue to serve in this branch.
we got invited to some super bowl parties. thank goodness beyonce performed last year so i wasnt tempted to watch hahha but it was hard for the elders. we ate at m and e’s and it was way funny. like every night at dinner is really funny. i love our district and the members in the branch. but some of the elders are leaving and so we get different ones. but its gunna be good.
we started teaching the son of a recent convert, and they had taught him in the past, well tried but he never really listened. we talked to him one time earlier when he said he wanted to get baptized!!! hna clanton was soooo shocked cause of how he acted other times they tried to talk to him. but woah has he had a change of heart. we have been teaching him and he is preparing to get baptized on feb 15th
also another investigator is preparing to be baptized on feb 22. ahhhh hopefully his mom wants to also! they come to church so regularly and already live the wow (which we taught them this week) and they need the holy ghost in their lives.
i dont know if this is a sin but last week on monday night we visited someone and they invited us in. we talked about the book of mormon and they were super interested and said they would read it. we sang and asked if we could said a prayer before we left. they were like okay and got out the rosary and the paper with all their prayers. i didnt really know what to do so i kind of just took it like a cool cultural experience so i participated. it was super interesting to see the different ways that people pray. it was 30 minutes long of reciting/repeating stuff and consisted of them facing a statue. in one part they asked if we wanted to ask god anything so i just said a prayer like i usually do. God is our father and just wants us to be honest and speak from our hearts. but it was super interesting and they invited us to come back tonight! so that should be cool.
me sinning part 2. we knocked on some doors and these people let us in and made tea and just like watched us. so i kind of just blew it for a long time and then sipped a little cause i felt so bad. they were soo poor and they made us tea!!! i asked if we could just like take it in cups to go but they didnt have cups so that was just awk.
it just started snowing. yay. life is way good. my mission is almost halfway over. sometimes i have dreams that its done and im home and i feel like i didnt make enough of a difference so then that just makes me want to work harder. but i love everything i get to do. its super exhausting sometimes but i love it. like i am so full of joy all the time. thanks for all the support and love. have a great week and HAPPY 20th to MY BEST FRIEND!!!