see you soon

Today we hiked in some caves.

Last night we went to someone’s house and helped them assemble their plastic Christmas tree. There is a new little video the church put out.  It is called He is the Gift.  It is short and powerful and I love it. (We showed it to a different lady who we just met and when it finished she was like can we watch it again hahhaa I’m like ohhh heck yes. ) Anyway, it’s the coolest members from Guatemala and they fed us plantains and cheese and hot chocolate. And the other night we ate some papaya and pineapple.

We brought LP  to our lesson with H. But the kids were recklessly detracting from the spirit so I got to take the role of keeping them quiet and testifying of the plan of salvation. I really love kids but i probably love more when people feel the spirit and realize what we are teaching is true.  H really can change his life around if he wants to and he puts in some effort.

A brought us over to meet her friend and the friend made us coffee which we had to politely decline. And then she made us hot chocolate. She told us that her husband passed away a few years ago and how she thinks about him all the time. I testified of the Temples and that if done by the authority of God, marriages can last for eternity. She said we can come back. She’s going to California for a while though..and A is going to Mexico for like 3 months. Way too classic.

I really enjoy being a missionary and being able to tell them that God loves them a lot.  Everyone still just always seems so busy working and going to the store and cleaning and doing all these good things, but they forget the bigger picture.  We are here so we can find the path that leads to eternal life! We all lived with God as spirits before this life and he wants every single one of us to be with him forever!

I love you forever!  See you soon!!

being a missionary is the greatest!

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saying good-bye in Hood River a couple weeks ago…

 

So this week was like the coldest thing ever. One day it was so windy and then the next day it started to snow. But it’s  not as cold anymore.

A member referred us to her friend who has cancer. And we have been visiting her. She told us she lies on her bed all day and at night she can barely sleep. We taught them about the Plan of Salvation and about how we lived with God before we came to earth. There is more to life than just this time on earth. And her husband was there too. At the end we invited him to say the prayer before we left. He was hesitant but we all kneeled and he said a prayer. It is amazing to just feel the Spirit in a home when someone prays for the first time.

We visited this lady that I taught when I was here last year and it’s so fun to see her. She has been working a ton  (alllll of our investigators work a ton) but we were kind of by her house so we decided to just stop by. She let us in and I shared the talk I love by Elder Bednar. It was that story he shared of his sons playing outside. The one son got hurt and the other one cleaned him and put cream and band aids and then the younger son went out and put cream on his friends and bandaids and it was related to why as members of the church we love sharing the gospel.  Anyway, it really impacted her cause she has been selling Avon hand cream hahahhaha , she’s a really funny lady.

But seriously so many of the people who are interested in learning are so busy. They are just working all the time to support their families here. But it’s like ahh this is what your family needs! This will bless you now and forever.

We are teaching some teenage girls and they have questions on questions. We brought one of the young women and everyone was edified. They want to be baptized.

And last week this girl that the elders had taught in the past came to church.  She is in high school, but not really cause she got expelled. But we visited her and she made us hot chocolate. She just seems so lost. Sometimes I feel lost and I get caught up in things that don’t even matter. But then I try to focus on an eternal perspective. But for this girl she just seems confused about everything.  Like it makes me sad.  I just want to help her realize that God has a plan for her and like if she just sincerely asks for guidance and help, He will help. I’ve felt that in my life. I know that everything will work out if we have faith in Jesus and try as best as we can.

On Friday we had a lesson with this guy and his mom visiting from Mexico, they are from like exactly where we were in the CCM (missionary training center). They have been to the visitors center and I got to teach the mom while Hermana Porter taught the son. It’s fun to just have real conversations with real people about things that have helped me. Being a missionary is the greatest.

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Hermana Porter and Hermana Scow

 

 

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so sad to say good-bye to this great friend.

 

 

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wonderful companions from the past!

 

It was sunny finally…popsicles!

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Today it was sunny!! Which is a miracle in itself.

On Wednesday we had a lesson set up with this guy. But there’s the rule like you can’t just teach a single man so it was getting close to the time and I was like uhh lets just call A, she lives kind of by him. She hasn’t come to church for a few years but we have been visiting her and on Monday night she gave us tacos. Anyways, she said she would be able to go, so we pick her up and she’s like who are we visiting and we tell her the name and she’s like oh I know him. His brother married my daughter! Craaazy.he was so suprised to see her. We taught about Jesus and baptism and she was like testifying of things and it was good on a lot of levels. Also, side note, she came to church this week!!!

Then we went to visit this lady who is friends with a family in the branch. And so this girl answered the door and I totally just acted like we knew them already and she let us in. The lady is very ill and so she is just in bed all day and we talked about the atonement and it was spiritual.

One of the members from Guatemala was really stoked about the Temple that just got dedicated there and so he called us and wanted to show us the cultural celebration. It was beautiful to see how happy he was. He said he watches it like everyday. I love how there are Temples all over the world and they embrace the culture of the place at the dedications. Then I was dying to find someone from Guatemala to tell them about the temple, and the next night we found this cool guy! And he is from the exact city where the Temple was built and I was like woah call your family and ask about it. I may or may not have written it on the back of a restoration pamphlet. Free present!

Yesterday the elders gave me a huge bag of lettuce that they had for some reason. It was awesome.

This week was nice. I am grateful to be a missionary. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God’s church. I know that the prophets and leaders are called of God. And we are all exactly where we need to be. God loves us enough to allow us to learn and be stretched. And a positive attitude can bring about a ton of good. Have a cool week!!!  I love you!

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A talking parrot named Kesha

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Sister Shmockel

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My friend has a giant Pokemon card!

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i’ll see you so soon it’s pretty ridiculous

Monday was the best cause we played soccer during the day, and the car wash guy paid for our car wash, and we taught 4 lessons at night. One of which was J who lives with A. We had a lesson planned with A but then J was sitting in the kitchen and I felt like I should talk with her. So Hermana Porter taught A in the dining room haha and it was so pleasant.  J had some questions about being missionaries and I had some questions about her life and we talked about so many things. In her teen years she had been searching for a church and had even attended our church and met with the missionaries but a real deal breaker for her was about blacks not receiving the Priesthood before. She also explained her concerns about having like a leader of the church who just tells you what to do. And my thoughts were, the question is like well is it just a man who has decided to start a church and make rules, or does Jesus Christ have a representative on the earth today just as he did in the past. But it was such a calm conversation, and it was very enjoyable to just casually talk with her about her beliefs. One thing that we definitely agreed on is the power of a personal testimony. When you have an experience and you feel that something is from God or something is true, then someone else’s argument cannot change your mind. And I just loved that. Because it is so easy for other things to get in the way and destroy things that we believe, but to remember feelings are sometimes more important than logic is crucial. Somethings we will just not understand completely right now. God has a much larger point of view and it talks about this kind of in Dieter Uchtdorfs talk from conference. I really love that talk.

Tuesday night I helped a kid with his homework. Wow I really didn’t understand how blessed I was to grow up with parents who helped me with my hw and controlled how much tv I watched. It makes me so sad to see all these kids who have a ton of potential but aren’t taught or helped by their parents. It doesn’t seem fair that some people are just raised in different situations but I guess that’s how life is and we are all where we are for a reason.

Exchanges with Shmockel were grand. Except we like started talking to this 12 year old girl who was outside and we invited her to come to the Halloween party with her family and we watched a mormon message together. And then we walked away to visit other people but then she like came after us and asked to use our phone cause she was locked out. So we were like okay. She called her grandpa but then handed us the phone and I’m like uhh I don’t know what to say so I was just like hey we are here with your granddaughter and she said she is locked out. And then he like started cussing at me and asking who I was and said that he was going to call the police on us. I’m like “woah girl I don’t think this is your grandpa”, she was like it is and then she proceeded to call him again and not talk but just hand us the phone and he wasn’t happy still so we were like uhh we have to go and it was the weirdest thing ever, then he called us a few more times but we didn’t answer. I have no idea what ended up happening but it was sketch.

But then the day got better cause at night we taught a guy and Sister Shmockel doesn’t speak Spanish so I taught the whole lesson and would like translate for her testimony and stuff, which was actually cool and powerful. But I talked about Joseph Smith and showed him the picture of him in the Sacred Grove, and then he tells us he had a dream about that last week!!! That the picture looked so familiar. Too classic.

On Halloween we went to the ward Halloween party and then we had a zone Halloween party where we played this interesting game where you make animal noises and have to remember things. I ate waaay more pumpkin chocolate chip cookies than I should have. And a caramel apple that I made.

Saturday was greaaaat!! We had a zone comp study with President Taylor. He is the man! He always has something so inspired to say. Then later in the day we taught some cool lessons to cool  people. This one family  had the missionaries teaching them in Happy Valley and now they moved here and we are teaching them. We talked about faith and repentance and the youth were really intellectual. Like I am very sure I wasn’t that wise when I was their age.

Then I remembered where this person lived from when I was here last year and so we knocked on the door but the people spoke to us thru the window cause maybe we looked threatening or something, but they just moved in 8 days ago from Mexico. Jackpot!!

It’s good to be alive. Even though it’s raining more often than not. But I am enjoying it. I’ll see you so soon it’s pretty ridiculous. Hope your Halloween was good and your day of the dead, and anything else that has been celebrated recently. I love you!!!!!