Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First Week in New Area

oh, hey there hawaiian licence plate...haven't seen you in awhile
(Kristine lived in Hawaii for 4 years while she attended college before her mission)

we would have family home evenings with these two families every friday night from farmington ward. they took us to downtown portland a week ago.

  aspen grove! we have some members in the reedville ward living here.  
(Kristine worked at Aspen Grove family resort in Utah last winter for a few months)

this family is awesome. i really love them! they fed us a lot. 

this is the most awesome/incredible lady. she is the stake relief society prez. and so missionary minded! she is constantly having people over at her house for dinner, always thinking of people and how to introduce them to the gospel, always giving people stuff from her garden. she is so cool.

we made jewerly yesterday! 

i am wearing the necklace i made..... :) 

Hola! Happy MLK day. Hence the no email yesterday....libraries closed.

Well, first week in the new ward. It's funny because we are in a "new area" but really it's a lot of the similar sites....ie, same library, same Winco, same church building. BUT it was nice to be around different houses and a different neighborhood. I like how the houses look in Reedville ward. 

Starting in this new area is bringing flash backs of starting in Farmington... blizting the potential investigator list, contacting lots of less-actives, meetings with the ward mission leader and writing down lots of random lists of who we need to visit, what their story is, etc. BUT this time I know what I am doing! I was completely and totally loss those first few weeks in the mission field. The elders that are already in the ward gave us a few of their investigators which was nice. They have all canceled on their appointments that we have set up which is not nice. Whatevs, this what a lot of missionary work is...having appointments fall through. Agency. Sometimes it works against ya.....

We met a couple of cool people tracting. One is this 70 some year old man working in his garden  We go up to him and say hi and then he starts yacking our ear off. That was a nice reversal. Usually people don't want to talk to us when we randomly strike up conversations on whatever they are randomly doing. He is not interested in us coming back but it was really nice to talk to him. 

On Thursday we got to go to the temple! Yay! My first time going inside the Portland temple.... well we did have lunch in the cafeteria a couple of weeks ago when we had a training meeting at the stake center right next to the temple.

You can learn more about Mormon Temples and why Kristine loves the Portland Temple so much by watching this video.
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You can also view the video by clicking here.

Soooooo guess what?! We get to hear Elder Christofferson on Saturday! I guess he is here to do a stake conference in the area and he invited all the Oregon Portland Missionaries to a special meeting with him. COOL! We are stoked! AND we had an iPad meeting on on February 4th! Crazy. I remember sitting in the hastening of the work broadcast and hearing that missionaries would start using iPads and for some reason I didn't think it would be me as a missionary. But it is. The Lord is hastening His work. I am seeing it right before my very eyes!

So on Sunday we went to Farmington Ward sacrament meeting even though we are no longer in that ward because a lady from Farmington that we are still working with was coming. She enjoyed being there and even went to Sunday School and Relief Society. Yay, for ward fellowshippers that have befriended her! We went over to her house yesterday to make jewelry because she makes a lot of jewelry and has a lot of beads and stuff. It was great because she said she likes having us over because it's easier for her not to have inappropriate or negative thoughts after we visit. I really like her. I would love to see her progress enough to go through the temple. It would make her life so much more happy.  I pray that she will have enough faith to continue on the path she is on.

Love you guys! The church is true!

Love,
Sis Mag

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