Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

Monday, January 13, 2014

First Transfer

A sighting of Kristine from the Mission Home's webpage page.  
It looks like some sort of training is going on.

This was New Years Eve...
We were at the church building waiting for our dinner appointment.
The cultural hall was all decorated for the youth stake dance.

At the temple before a zone meeting.
We had lunch in the temple cafeteria.

This is a fun family.  She was the YW President. They are cool

This is the Farmington bishopric!  
The bishop is standing next to me....
He looks like Pa and acts like Bishop Hatch

This is an Awesome family.
They are the ones who had us for Thanksgiving.

 Powells Bookstore

This is the smallest park in Portland
It is in the middle of the intersection.

 Voodoo Doughnut
This picture is dedicated to Bro. Seamons


Hi ya everybody!

So this week...

Thursday we had Zone Meeting. Had a training on how to teach simply. It was good. For our training we all went into the cultural hall and there is a bunch of little kids running around (like from ages 2-5) and each companionship sits down with one of the kids and we are suppose to teach them about the Atonement. Can't get more simple than teaching the Atonement to a 3 year old, that's for sure.

President Morby was there. He is so cool. I really like him. And Sis. Morby. Sis. Morby kind of reminds me of you, ma.  Anyway he had some good things to say too about humility. Afterwards he 's like, "Sis. Magnusson, Sis. Newman, I need to talk to you guys together afterward." We are like, oh no! What did we do? But he told us that we were being transferred to Reedville Ward. Reedville Ward meets in the same building and that ward is actually the ward that got several of our ward members added to it a couple of weeks ago. So with the boundary change it turns out that our apartment complex is in the Reedville Ward anyway. Sorry, if that didn't make sense. So we got transferred but, in a way it doesn't seem like it because we are living in the same place, with the same companion, meeting in the same church building, having some of the same area as before, and working with some of the same people.

The Farmington Ward isn't getting anymore sisters. So sad. They were so happy to have us because they haven't had sisters for a looooooooooooong time. I'm going to really miss some of those ward members. I wish I got more pictures with the families we got close. too. We are going to continue working with one less active lady in that ward because she is progressing and elders wouldn't be able to get in there. It was so cool.  She came to church yesterday for the first time in many, many years! She is 51. Every talk was perfect for her. She was crying through some of it too. She told Sis. Newman afterward, "I belong here."  YES! That was so great. Then after sacrament meeting, a less-active guy (in his 40's) that we were working with that is making his way back came up to us and said that he will miss us and thanked us because we were the ones that gave him the extra umph to come back to church. YAY!

We met with the bishop of the Reedville Ward and the elders that are also in that ward on Saturday to go over things (this is the first time that they are getting sisters for a few years).  It turns out that one of his sons served in the Arcadia Mission around 2001. Crazy. The bishop's wife texted him and asked if he ever served in Duarte. Haven't heard back yet but, if he did that would be completely ironic.  Because, if he did, that would mean he would be serving when pa was bishop and here I am serving in his ward when his dad is bishop. Last name of Ray. Does anyone remember an Elder Ray?

Today we had some members take us to downtown Portland. There are lots of old buildings... probably a cross between NYC and Pasadena.....ish. I don't know.  We went to Powells Bookstore, Made in Oregon Store, and Voodoo Doughnuts. Powells is the coolest bookstore ever. Goggle it. It's full of new and used books and it is HUGE. Sis. Newman wanted to find an old Book of Mormon that is blue with the Angel Moroni on it but they didn't have it. They had a lot of other Mormon books though.
Teenage boys dropped us. Bummer. One of them said he learned all he needed to know from us. Hmmm, must be nice to be 18 and know everything already. Actually we aren't to sure where the other kid stands. We gave them to the elders because we are out of that ward anyway. Maybe things will work better with the elders.

K, I gotta go. Love you guys!

-Sis. Mag

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