On Saturday Hermana Gomez put a chocolate in my bed to be nice so then I put it in my pocket so it wouldn’t get messed up. I forgot it was in my pocket and we went into this house that was really hot. I took my jacket off and kept it on my lap and then forgot again and at the end of the lesson I looked at it and it had melted everywhere and I was like uhhh. Then my companions saw and they laughed at me and then I had to explain to the people we were visiting that I wasn’t laughing at them, I just spilled chocolate everywhere. The investigator got me windex. But I put it in the wash and everything is good!!!
It was my last week & it was way good!!!!!! We found a ton of new people (10 new investigators) to teach and we had some fun times. I always forget that there really are a ton of people who would love to hear about the gospel but just haven’t found it yet. An English sister came with us and so we have been rocking out as a trio.
I bought a piñata that was a unicorn cause one of my lil friends asked me to. So on Tuesday we had a quick piñata party. Then we visited some members that just moved here from portland who were cool and really wanted us to eat their Chinese food they had just made. We brought another member and her daughter B, who I love. She is the one that bore her testimony when I did a few weeks ago.
I went to my last zone meeting ever. I will miss those a lot. I remember at the beginning of my mission I always thought everyone else knew more than I did, but I love how everyone participates and everyone has something helpful or innovative to say. There are so many amazing people that have given up a lot of stuff to come on a mission.
After the meeting we ate lunch and the spanish missionaries made me a really big burrito full of a lot of lettuce. So that was nice of them.
We always talk to the ladies in the lobby at the apartment and ask if there’s anything we can do to help them and then they asked if we could decorate the big Christmas tree in their lobby! It was kind of a lot of pressure cause like all the residents will see it and I am not that good at decorating trees, but it was actually fun & I think it turned out pretty well.
Two of the people we taught this week were A and C. We sang her a Christmas song first and then she said we could come back a few days later and she was totally right and happy to talk with us. Then C came in and was like why are there so many churches and we were like woaaah we can tell you!! Teaching people is so fun and exciting. I feel like I get boring just talking about teaching people but I really have enjoyed it. Like you just feel so good and happy to tell people that God really loves them and cares about them and they can make promises with him to get blessings on blessings. It’s a good time of year. I know that Jesus was the first gift and that we can read about him in the Bible & the Book of Mormon.
I’m way grateful for everything I’ve learned and experienced while on my mission!! See you on Wednesday!!
See you Wednesday…
Last night we got to go to a baptism in Gresham. Seeing all my friends there made me really happy. And then when I said I go home like next week they were like nooo I thought you would get transferred back. Someone I was visiting is going to the Temple on December 27th to get sealed and they invited me I was so excited and I really wish I could go. I seriously didn’t know if they were ever going to get sealed in the Temple! And now they are, but I will be in California. Oh well what can you do. Anyway, those friends in Gresham are the best.
On Tuesday we had the mission Christmas conference so we all got to go to the Portland Temple, which was awesome in itself. And then we all went to a church and ate some like thanksgivingy dinner and mingled and then each zone sang a Christmas song and it was pretty. But then I realized that I will probably never see a lot of these people again so that was interesting.
Other good things this week was that P came to church!!!!!!!!! And so did the G family!! Sunday miracle!!! We continue to talk about Jesus with everyone and they usually like it.
We met some members that just moved here from Portland and they have been through a trial and a half. So many people we meet have just been through a ton of stuff and it really has put things into perspective for me.
It’s kinda weird to think that I will be home kind of very soon. And then I have to think about so many things. Yayy, i love my family. I love my friends. I love my mission. Have a splendid week. Nos vemos.
I looooove all the pictures you sent!! And all the info about the trip! My family is cool. Every week I keep getting more excited to see you all and there’s like a Mormon Message called My Fun Family Vacation and I’m like ahh I get to see my family so soon! That’s fun that you did glass blowing and made so many pizzas. We ate thanksgiving with some Colombians and had like huge tamales and aripas or something. And then all the missionaries that are in Vancouver west got to hang out with the mission president and his wife and eat pies that he made. oh my goodness, it was the best pie of my life. I don’t really like pie but it was so good. Pumpkin flavor. Tommorow we get to go to the Portland Temple as a mission cause it’s almost Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas everyone should watch He Is the Gift. It’s on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzjFEMmM0Xs) We usually show it to people on our iPads but one time we got to watch it on someone’s big screen tv. I know that Jesus loves us and as we remember why he came to earth and what he taught and we apply it to our lives, we can be happier and feel purposeful. Feeling purposeful is a good feeling. It is something I’ve really enjoyed about serving a mission. Even though there are always people that aren’t interested, there are also people that are interested and are willing to make little changes now to be happy for eternity.
Saturday was one of the best days this week. It was sunny and we were able to meet and teach a lot of people. One of them was S. We knocked on her door and I may or may not have been kind of hula dancing to imitate these statues she had on the window sill. Anyway, she opened the door and said she was busy cleaning but we chatted with her and she told us her boss had died recently and she was pretty distraught about that. We asked if we could come in and she was pretty hesitant cause she said it was messy. I’m like oh it’s totally fine we don’t care. We shared the video called Because of Him (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S3TI4bYerU) which is about everybody living again. We will all be resurrected just like Jesus was. She really opened up more and told us about a dream she had where God appeared to her and told her to believe in him and trust him. I love when people tell me about dreams that they have and then we are like well there is a reason you had this dream. Anyway, she said she doesn’t usually let random people into her house and she doesn’t even usually open the door but she felt like she should. It was awesome. Not everyone realizes that God is in the details of their life. And she did. She knew that there was a reason she let us in and she said she would love to have us keep coming back.
And then after the sun went down it was pretty frigid. But we knocked on J’s door and she let us in! She remembered that like 4 years ago missionaries on bikes from our church brought her medicine when she was sick. And she has some mormon friends in Mexico. She was just cool and very open to our message. We talked about how God teaches little by little and as we keep going back and asking more questions he will keep answering. But he is not just going to overwhelm us with more information than we can handle.
God is very lovable. And I’ve so much enjoyed this time I have been able to dedicate to Him….To teach others and myself more about Him and how we can reach our full potential in this life. Thank you for your support and kindness. I love you! Happy December!