Coolest Lesson of My mission

Okay sorry again last week I didn’t really send anything but Mount St Helens was great and totally worth it!

Lesson with L. Coolest lesson of my mission. She is such a cool lady!!  She used to be catholic but then decided that she felt closer to God when she switched to a different Christian church. She doesn’t drink or smoke and said that people at her work make fun of her for that. But she knows what is good and wants to do it. This week we had a lesson with her and asked one of the church members that joined the church a few years ago to come with us. And it was perfect. Like it probably could not have worked out any better. As we taught L about prophets and Jesus and the apostasy, the member was able to bear her testimony and how she felt and what she thought about all this stuff before she joined the church, when she was trying to figure out what to do. I will admit i am aIways kind of like ahhhh I don’t want to tell her too much information and freak her out, but we told her about joseph smith and his vision where God and Jesus came down and spoke with him to answer his prayer. We had her read their answer that none of the churches were right, and when she read it she got kind of startled and said she felt like really hot and was like I know that is God talking to me and making a point that this is true and real.  It was so neat and she said the prayer at the end. It was the most sincere prayer I’ve ever heard. We always tell people to pray  just like they are talking to their earthly father, and her prayer was so sweet and genuine and I could just feel how much she wanted to find the truth. After we left and we thanked Sister B for coming, she said that L’s ancestors were totally there in spirit. I loved everything about it!

And then after that we just decided to stop at J’s house.  He is a guy in Bingen who doesn’t come to church and his wife isn’t a member. Last week he said he was going to visit his sick grandfather so I asked how his grandfather was and he told us that he had died like 2 days ago. He was pretty distraught and we were able to testify about the spirit world and how we can live with our families forever.  The spirit really guided us to go there.

Another activity I really like is teaching people english. S’s mom is catholic and she really likes us. We met her once at S’s house but then the other time we were walking down the street and she recognized us and now we teach her english and it is so fun. Last time they gave us soup and we tried to explain what quinoa is.

One lady we are teaching told us we should go visit her ex husband haha so we did and he was nice and told us she was crazy. But he actually seemed really interested and had the classic question why are there so many churches. We talked about that and gave him a Book of Mormon. Also the whole time I was helping him paint his shed.

We were knocking doors and this one family said they were in the middle of reciting prayers but invited us to come in and I was like oh yeaah of course! But I only said that cause they were almost done. If we got there at the beginning we would have been watching them pray for like an hour. Anyways so they prayed a little and then offered us pizza and we got to know them. The 18 year old son had read a pamphlet called what Catholics Should Know About Mormons hahaha so he had some questions and we answered them. And then the mom said her brother is mormon and he is Hermano B who we totally know and love and visit!! The sad news is we went back the next week and she specifically told us she doesn’t really want us to talk about religion with them because she doesn’t want to get confused. She was raised catholic and her parents got pretty upset when her brother joined our church. Which made me really sad that they are too scared to learn about a church that had brought so much joy to her brother’s life. But we respected their request.HCS10-13-14 3

This week we got to see the new movie Meet the Mormons and I was like ehhhh, I am concerned what this is going to be, but I loved it! It was a really sweet movie and I liked the guy from Nepal. I liked all of the people actually. It showed so clearly how diverse the people in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are but how the beliefs and morals have brought happiness to so many peoples’ lives.  Everyone should see it!!
On Friday we got transfer letters and I am excited to go back to Vancouver where I started my mission! I will miss Hood River and everyone I have met here. All the people we teach are so confused that we get to switch places and have different companions. Hermana McKinlay has been an incredible companion and I have learned a lot from her about how I can be a better person. I love meeting so many different people and learning from their experiences and wisdom. It’s too crazy that I will be home in January. I keep telling myself it’s far away cause it’s next year, hahahhaa but it’s the first week of next year…

Anyways, I am feeling great and excited and I am grateful for all the experiences I have had and the things I have learned. I love you!!!!!!!!

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A short one, but lots of pics

We made it to the top of Mount St. Helens

We made it to the top of Mount St. Helens

we had an awesome climb!! It was so fun and I will Probabaly be dead tomorrow.  Yeeeaah!! We started at 7 and got down by like 2. It was so pretty.

Also yea sorry I will write a really long email next week! Cause a TON of awesome stuff happened this week. Like we had the greatest lesson so far of my mission!!!! So I will gather my thoughts and stories and write them next week!! I love you a lot!! Thanks for your email!

Tomorrow we are watching Meet the Mormons as a mission, so that should be interesting! Thanks for everything mom!! Transfer letters come on Friday sooo I will let you know what happens. I honestly have no decent predictions at all. It will be a great suprise! Have an awesome week!!

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self timer with ios8

self timer with ios8

the claw

the claw

Flannel Friday…

Flannel Friday…

Despite how this looks, i love my ukelele

Despite how this looks, i love my ukelele

One week late…post for Monday, September 29

HCS9:29:14 1This week we are taking care of the lady’s chickens that we live with. It is definitely a new experience for me and the only memory I had before this with like live chickens is when we went to the mission in San Luis Obispo or something and I was scared of them cause they kept chasing me. The first night Hermana McKay collected the eggs and then last night she was like okay it’s your turn. And I had to literally go in the chicken coop, where they are all there just chilling and make them move so I can get the eggs. None of them attacked me though so that was good. And on Sunday morning we got to wake up at 5 to do it cause we have meetings super early on sundays. Anyway, I’m learning some chicken skills.

On Monday night N took us to dinner cause she is the coolest and then we visited some people with her..well, just 2 and the first one wasn’t that happy we came hahaha but the 2nd family was. And then after, we visited someone up in parkdale. They live on the orchard in picker’s shacks or something. And they are the only ones there and it gets dark sooner so it was already kind of freaky. But brother Mac came with us.

Tuesday we went to white salmon like always and it started raining and someone bought us smoothies and we taught F. Her house said no soliciting but we still knocked hahaha and she was totally nice. The missionaries taught her like last year and she said she would love to learn more. So we are going back this week cause we had dinner to go to that we were already late too. It’s really hard to be on time to dinner.

Wednesday we taught more neat people!! And the highlight of the day was L. We had a lesson with her and she was the coolest. She grew up catholic but went through some hard times and started going to a Christian church, she has a very strong belief in God and Jesus and a cool outlook on life. I learned a lot from just listening to her talk about her beliefs and what has helped her. Her family is pretty upset that she left their church but she is strong in her beliefs even though the people and her work make fun of her for like not drinking and stuff. And then we visited another family who lives by her who just the dad is a member but now he doesn’t really come to church. And their son who is like 10 wants to be our best friend, hahahha he is so nice and always is like “when are you coming back??”

Thursday was a super good day. This one lady told us to come by Thursday morning but she wasn’t there so we stopped by someone else’s house and we haven’t been able to catch them home for like months! They were outside making pasole and we taught them about why the heck we keep coming to see them. And then as we were walking to our car a few streets down this lady calls out to us and she is really happy to see us and she like recognized my voice.. After a few seconds we figured out it was S’s mom who we talked to a few months ago. She was on a walk and so we walked and talked and she told us to come into her house and she showed us a tour. hahha she was so happy to have us there and kept offering us food and water and everything else. And she said she wanted to learn English so we are totally going to teach her English and about God.

Then we were bringing something to the V’s and they invited us to eat lunch with them!, it was really good Chilean lunch too! At night we visited the B’s and taught T who says he is going back to Mexico soon but he doesn’t know when ahaha and they gave us homemade tortillas!

All of the other days were good too! I just can’t really remember anything crazy exciting! I really am quite blessed to be in such a beautiful place with amazing people. Women’s conf was uplifting. Home run talk by Dieter. How exciting that General conf is this weekend!!!!!!!!!!

We are emailing at N’s house and a lady knocked on the door cause N sells corn and asked if we could pick her some. Hahaha luckily S was driving down the street and helped us cause last time I tried to pick corn, I did a terribly bad job and picked tiny ones. Have a good week!!!!!! I love you!!

iOS 8 is beautiful, but not as beautiful as the Portland Temple

HCS9-22-14 3What a fun week!!!!!!! Yes I got the ukulele and I was so happy! The lady we live with always texts us when we have a letter or package and so i was like is it shaped like a ukulele? And she was like I can’t tell you! So when we went home and it totally was, i was so happy! The children’s hymn book has the notes and Hermana McKinlay taught me how to tune it. And so everything is happy in the ukulele department. Sometimes we play/sing hymns for people we teach 🙂  yea seriously it’s freaky how soon I will be home!!

Monday night we went to visit A who we have had two lessons with. She has an autistic daughter and we mowed her lawn one time and gave her a Book of Mormon and then last week she said she had read some of it and had questions so we clarified and she said she would keep reading. So we were stoked to see her today and she answered the door looking distraught. Her husband had told her that he didn’t want us to visit anymore… We didn’t even get to meet him but she said he doesn’t like when any missionaries come. She felt so bad and she was like you have done nothing wrong and I like you but I need to respect my husband.  She is such a cool lady who wanted to learn and be closer to god , and her husband won’t let her. She said she would keep reading the Book of Mormon and praying. And we were like well okay, maybe we will see you someday who knows.

On Tuesday we talked to this nice lady and then we left and her son came running after us with capri suns and we talked to some other cool people and we had a really delicious dinner which was the beet salad.  And we slept at the mission home! Then we went to the temple super early on Wednesday and that was refreshing and so pleasant. The temple is such a cool place of so much peace.

And then the day just got better cause we went to the taco truck that we always went to when I was in Portland. And it was as good as ever. Then we finally got back to hood river and we were so unusually tired like cause we had woken up earlier than usual and I don’t even know but we were so tired. But we knocked some doors and talked to people and literally the tiredness went away. It was like a miracle.

Thursday was my comp’s birthday and we did some service for a member. We helped her paint her basement and they have such a cute house. And they were so nice and then at night we visited the Bs and T told us he is going back to Mexico like next week. Really classic. We teach people and then they go back to Mexico. But we got to talk about prophets and how God always has prophets to guide his people…except in the great apostasty. But anyway, general conference is so soon and we get to listen to the prophet’s council for the world!!

A really cool lesson we had this week was with A. We have been teaching him for a while and he is so nice and ready to learn. We invited him to pray and ask God about if there is only one true church and every week we follow up and ask if he feels like he got an answer but he is kind of sad and says no. So this week we taught him about the gospel of Jesus Christ, faith, repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost, endure to the end. And he asked us how we felt the Holy Ghost and I like explaining it cause it makes me feel good and remember/ reminisce on good experiences I’ve had. And then we asked him and he explained like how he feels and we asked when we felt those feelings. He said well I feel it when we talk about God like when you guys come and teach me. And I was like ahhhh that’s the answer. Well I didn’t scream hahaha but I was excited.

Last night we had a few minutes so I felt like we could stop at a member’s home and share a lil spiritual message. They gave us cookies and homemade bread! Score! I am pretty sure the spirit always guides me to food hahhahaha

Anyway, it was a fun week. Thanks for all you do to make the world better. I love you all and especially HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVAN!!!!! Have a cool week!!

Nature is Good

We just went to multlohmah falls as a zone. Super touristy and super beautiful. I love nature. Sometimes I just get chills when I look around and it’s all green and fresh. It’s like the spirit or something, feeling the spirit is so pleasant. So often in life things are confusing and it’s hard to know what to believe and what truly is good. Thank goodness we have those simple feelings of the spirit to guide us and show what is true. So I guess the conclusion is nature is good and true hahhaha idk. But I like it.

Hermana McKinlay noticed that I try to dress patriotic whenever possible. It’s true. On 9/11 we had interviews with president and those were delightful like always. He always has such kind things to say and what not. He encouraged me to keep staying happy and like try to never get discouraged. I pretty much had come to that conclusion recently and so it was nice to get a confirmation and I guess like his approval/advice. Then at night there was a lil relief society party at Nancy’s which was actually at our apartment so we helped out with that and even did a ukelele musical number. Campfires are good. And the sky is so clear you can just see stars on stars. I really am so blessed to be right here right now.

Something cool that happened is we went to this house cause it said they had been taught by missionaries before and so there was just like 2 men outside petting horses and stuff so we talked to them and they were nice and one had a really solid understanding of churchy stuff and then their friend came who actually lived there and we had met him a few weeks ago at a different house holding a mango.  Anyway, it was sweet and they said they perform in rodeos so maybe they were like famous rodeoers. Who knows though.

Anyway, things are good. My comp is great. The church is true. I like seeing all the people going to school in the school bus and not having to go to school right now. Have a cool week!

 

Life is amazing and exciting

On Tuesday we decided we finally had the courage to see this lady and hoped that her son wasn’t there. Cause last time he invited us to a rodeo and it just wasn’t good. So anyways, we went in the afternoon and he wasn’t there and she was like “where have you been?”.  Anyway, we taught about the restoration and at one point I shared a scripture that like talked about the life of Jesus Christ and when I asked her what it was about, she was like it means I should get baptized. So I was just like yeah! Exactly! Hahhaha that was a good answer too. She’s sweet and gives us exotic foods.

And then at night we met L, a Christian lady who is related to  two other ladies we are teaching. And she was sooo nice and genuine and happy about life and church.

Another funny/good lesson was we had a member come out with us to visit a lady who doesn’t really come to church.  Well, we were walking to the door and somehow we didn’t see the HUUUGE dog until we were way close and it was frightening but it was a nice dog, just really big and wanted attention. So we screamed a little and then the owner came out and said we could talk to his mom. And the son was actually way nice to us too. Anyway, after the lesson, the lady was like “are all of your lessons that interesting?”  And we were like “yeah pretty much”, like literally nothing goes like we plan it, but that’s fun.

Saturday night we got to help people butcher their cow.  Well, actually they killed it the day before but when we stopped by they were like slicing it up outside with that thing I’ve seen workers at the grocery store cut meat with. And they had some cool friends over so we talked a lil, and helped a lil, and it kind of grossed me out a lil. But hey, now they have a year’s worth of meat in their freezers. Carne asada to the max.

And yesterday we stopped at someone’s house and they were cool.  I got the recipe for this thing I ate in the Mexico MTC but I didn’t know what the name was.

Today we hiked in Washington and it was absolutely way too pretty to be real life. Like so much green and at the top was a view of the Colombia River. And we ate blueberries which someone had given to us. It was a great moment. But then again like every moment is great.  Every moment has a possibility to be great and adventurous and fun. And if sometimes it isn’t, we can change our attitude or something. I have learned probably way too much in the time I have been on my mission. It’s actually a really good thing though. Cause I have tons to learn about. I’m also going to try and be more quiet and talk less and be more observant of other people and things. Anyway, life is amazing and exciting. The more time you are outside the better.  I love you,!!

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Gooood morning!!! Important things first:  On exchanges Hermana Villalobos started teaching me how to play the ukelele and Hermana McKinlay has one too that she is teaching me how to play. Transfers are this week and me and Hermana McKinlay are both staying here 🙂

They aren't in a drought here so everything is so green.

They aren’t in a drought here so everything is so green.

Sorry I think it’s impossible for me to do good emails two weeks in a row. This week was nice though. I went on exchanges to Vancouver and got to see some old friends (old as in a year ago I was there) which was really pleasant. We taught R about the Temple and we are trying to help her feel prepared so she can go with the youth in September.  We taught A about the spirit world cause last time he asked where we go when we die. And I always like talking about the spirit world and just like we are missionaries here, there are missionaries in the spirit world teaching the people that never got to hear about the gospel. God’s plan really is perfect. Sometimes it’s hard for us to see the eternal perspective but it makes all the challenges worth it.

I taught this lady last year when I was in Vancouver and on exchanges we got to visit her and she remembered me. HCS9-1-14 6

Ohhhhhh okay Saturday was so good, we were trying to visit a few different people but no one was home so we were like what the heck let’s pray. And then after we prayed and waited and tried to assess how we felt, we decided to try this guy  who had grown up in the church but now is less active and actually the way we found him was neat cause we tried the address it says in the directory and just when we got there someone pulled up and we were like does N live here? And they said no and just told us how to get to his house but the directions were like loose I guess you could say cause we didn’t know the area that well but we found it! He was busy that day, anywaaay, so we decided to try him on Saturday and he opened the door and we got to know him as we talked a little on his porch and then his wife came home and we went inside and shared a scripture and they were like we haven’t seen missionaries in 3 years and they said we can totally visit them more! And also the wife is sisters with this other lady we teach sometimes, and her kids are actually the ones who wouldn’t let us leave that one time that I sent the video of.

And yea I’ll end on that cause it was awesome. I love you! Have a chill week!

 

 

Be curious

Last night when we were driving home i just kept thinking about how honored I feel that God has allowed me to meet too many incredible people. Every day amazing things happen and just when I think we have met all the cool people here, we meet more!!

R’s wife is reading the Book of Mormon and wants us to come teach her about it. We talked to someone we are teaching’s son and gave him a Book of Mormon Anyway, I guess his wife saw it in the car and started reading it. We went over last night and chilled with her and got to know her and she was super genuine and kind and it was nice, she also let me sit in the loungy chair.HCS8-25-14 6

Then a different day we were just driving down the street and trying to find people to teach and there was a lady mowing her lawn and she has an autistic daughter. But we finished mowing her lawn for her and taught her about how after we die and are resurrected we will all have perfect bodies and no one will have like learning disabilities or anything! She was happy that we came and so were we. At first we were like hesitant to visit but then we just embraced the awkwardness. I have found that to be successful. Even when you are uncomfortable, just pretend you are good and know what’s up.

Last week we were so eXcited because so many people came to church and some of them were the B’s and their brother who isn’t a member. So we visited them and taught a lil lesson to them with a member . I am also impressed by Hermano B’s faith and testimony that he knows prayers healed his son. Last time we came he was sick but the father has been praying a ton and the son is getting better.

Okay another lesson was with a guy who lives in white salmon. We have been visiting him for a few weeks and he is too kind and always willing to listen. This week he told us that he told someone he had been meeting with us and she told him he shouldn’t. He was really confused and was like they are really nice to me. And we explained that really the truth will always have opposition like elder korbridge talked about. He really understood it and he is sincerely praying for an answer about what is true and what isn’t. He’s cool though. And from a really cool sounding city in Mexico.

Would you please send me a picture of like Mexico. Like where the cities are please. Like a map. Hahaha everyone says where they live and I usually just nod and I’m like ohhhhhh cool!

Yesterday at church Hermana V compared our lives to avocados. I like avocados so I thought it was interesting.

And last night at like 8:30 we stopped by someone that just got baptized in the Dalles then moved to California and now lives in parkdale. Anyways, we visited him and his father in law. His father in law told us he wants to get baptized! And C– the recent convert–is just awesome. He has such a light and enthusiasm for life. And it was after that lesson that I reflected and thought about really how God has entrusted me to teach some really precious souls. Well, everyone is precious to God. But I just feel blessed to teach the people of Oregon the simple gospel truths that can allow people to reach their full potential.

Also my most recent motto is to be curious. That’s been my motto for a while but now I just finally realized it is my motto. Hahaha

I love this work. I know it’s true. I know god loves us all a lot and he literally is always ready to help. Thanks for helping me in my life. I love you all.

chillin’ with the mariachi

Like 8 of our Spanish friends came to church!!!!!!!! Also we had zone conference and so many things about this week were good.

HCS8-18-14 5Yesterday we were walking and we heard some mariachi music so we followed it and it turned out to be a Catholic party which we went to. A lot of people were staring at us but it was worth it. It was a really interesting cultural experience and it was fun. I have decided I want mariachi to play at all my parties from now on.

On Saturday we went to visit an investigator  and her son was there with his friends and they invited us to go to a rodeo and we were like probably not and then we told them they should come to church. They didn’t come to church. Now I am kind of freaked out to go visit her. But she was really nice and she wants to be baptized. Hmmm

We had zone conference in Portland and it was stellar. We learned a lot of good things like how we can improve ourselves as missionaries and applying the doctrine of Christ to our own lives and trying to reach our full potential. Something that president really emphasized was that success is not what you achieve, but what you become. Also someone else shared that if you have a doubt about something, basically doubt + obedience= a witness. Like you can’t really know if something is true or not if you don’t give it a try.

In personal study every morning I have been reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish and also random conference talks from a long time ago when I definitely was more asleep than watching. And they are all way neat and educational. Like I feel like there is sooo much to learn and experience and life is so short! Everything we do   can help someone else. If everyone just listened to the Spirit’s promptings beautiful things would happen.

Also something else that is always on my mind these days is just how beautiful the earth is!! God made it so perfectly and useful! Every day when we run in the mornings I look at Mount Hood and all the orchards and I feel so blessed.  I love serving in Hood River. I love the people I get to meet and I love when our plans don’t work out like we planned, but something cooler happens. God is good. The church is true. I love these 1.5 years of my life!  Hope everyone’s week is nice!!!!!

peaches and nerf glasses

peaches and nerf glasses

swagito

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Once again every day this week was pretty fabulous!

On Monday we hiked and long boarded by the river and watched the windsurfers and kite boarders, and then at night we were going to go visit some people but on the way we saw people painting a fence so we decided to just help them. They were nice and had a lot of questions about missionaries.  Mostly about like doesn’t your mom miss you and isn’t she worried about you? Which caused me to reflect and I don’t think you are that worried about me haha.  Anyways, it was this mom and her son who are opening a bakery called wake-n-bake which I thought was very interesting cause weed is still not legal in Oregon. Now when we drive past we can say we helped paint the fence.

We really have been teaching a lot of lessons but I feel like nothing too extraordinary happened. Right now my motto is that everything will work out but then like at the same time I am like where are people that actually want to learn about why we are teaching and want to understand about how much God loves them and is willing to help and answer questions. I’m having a hard time because it’s like I know these things are true, I have prayed about them and felt the spirit, but so many people are just content with what they are doing. I feel like we are explaining things super clear but I guess there needs to be more of an understanding of what people think about and what is important to other people. I am really trying to figure that out because it makes me sad to hear people say estoy bein, tengo una

But other than that I am happy and well. My companion is the coolest and we are running every morning and having neat experiences!  I love being a missionary. I love the spirit and I love my family.

We walked into mcdonalds to use the wifi and said hi to this lady and then she like really opened up to us and told us her husband died and we were like woah and we talked to her and have an appointment to meet her tomorrow.

Oh Probably the funniest part of the week that I can remember is when we sent a text to these numbers on our phone to remind people about church and the text was in Spanish. And then like a few days later one of them texted us back and was like “ito donito speakito yourito languagito. Swagito.”   So I think we texted the wrong person.