Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

Monday, May 26, 2014

"Serving in Gladstone is AMAZING!"

we went to teach our neighbors and they have this bird that they had us hold. 
sis. allen is TERRIFIED of birds but she held it too. what a trooper.

service on the clackametter river. 
i LOVED being next to a body of water.  
 it's sister allen and me and senior missionary, sister thomas.  

the mulch pile we were shoveling for the service project at the clamamette river.

elder ballard holding a mole that we found in the mulch pile.  it was full of them.

the workers and elder thomas (dark navy collared shirt) singing in a barber shop quartette.  
the workers loved us!  
there was 12 missionaries that showed up at the service project 
and they thought we were great...
...so they sang to us...and gave us pizza. 

Hola family!

Oh my gosh, I could go on and on with this letter but I might have to keep it short. Serving in Gladstone is amazing. Serving with Sister Allen is awesome. We taught 21 lessons this week! The most we ever taught in Reedville or Farmington would be like 6 or 7....maybe. We taught 7 lessons on Thursday. Sister Allen and I were so grateful for p-day (preparation day) today to rest and relax and prepare for more!

So, Gladstone is an older area than Reedville and Farmington. Older houses, older roads, very hilly, a lot of green foliage going on. It's pretty great. The people here are also, oh so different than my last areas. Everyone is just so chill. The members are chill, the investigators are chill....everyone. AND THEY LOVE TO TALK YOUR EAR OFF! Seriously, we can't pop in anywhere for like 15 or 20 minutes. It usually turns into close to 2 hours! People just love to talk to us. And they tell us EVERYTHING! No filter. There are a lot of people here, members and non-members alike, that have some hard, hard trials. Some are pretty serious.  And they tell the missionaries all about it. Sister Allen is so good at connecting with people. I am so grateful for her.

I wish I could tell you about all our lessons but no time....here are some.....

Investigator #1: He was a potential and was a referral from a member who was selling something at his door and they got talking religion and he said that should listen to the missionaries. Sister Allen only met him briefly before we met him again. He's in his 60's. He is a talker! Started teaching him the restoration and after we talked about God is Our Loving Heavenly Father he went on about volcanos, the oil industry, global warming, Noah and the ark - all without talking a breath! It actually was quite impressive. Also, what was impressive is that we managed to squeeze the whole Restoration in between his tangents. He is actually very knowledgeable about Christ and the scriptures and the Gospel in general, there are just a few minor details that he his missing. But he seems pretty content with what he has. But, he said we could come back....we just didn't have the time this week.

Investigator #2: He is about my age. He just got out of prison and he is living in a halfway house now. He came in contact with the bishop because his mom is a member and wanted some help for her son. He has been to church a couple of times and we taught him twice at the bishop's house. He really doesn't know anything about anything with religion but he is willing to learn and make changes in his life. He has also been clean and sober for 13 months and wants to stay that way. You can really see in him the desire to change. We might hand him over to the Young Single Adult Ward. He needs some friends that can be a good influence for him.

Investigator #3: She is has a lot of trials. She is probably in her late 30s, early 40s. She has 4 kids, 2 with disabilities. She has not had a good childhood and still effects her now and is effecting her family. It is hard to break cycles of abuse. She lives in apartment complex that has so many investigators. We have taught a lot of people there. Mostly teenagers. I really like one of them.  She is 15.  She and her friend just downloaded the Gospel Library App and we committed them to listen to the Book of Mormon because it is hard for them to read. They said they will do it. Attention spans are short around there so we try to keep lessons short. Showing Mormon Messages videos are awesome. There is a "I'm a Mormon" video of the professional skateboarder who's parents got divorced...yeah, that's a good one. We showed that one to them on Saturday. They liked it and it sparked a good discussion.

You can also see the video by clicking here

Investigator #4 : We have a 8 year old getting baptized in a couple weeks. Her mom isn't a member and her dad is less-active. She was going to church with her grandparents and on her own wants to get baptized! I've taught her once. It was on scripture reading, praying, and obedience. We were going to teach her tithing yesterday but they canceled. Too bad. We have a great object lesson planned with that one. President Morby has asked us to be weary of object lessons because they can distract the true meaning of the lesson but with kids you gotta do what you can to keep them engaged because they have an attention span of like one second. It's cool because the mom sits in on the lesson to be supportive of her daughter, but she is also hearing the lesson too :)

We did a lot of service this week! We helped clean out a house and it was the crazy. I don't know how anyone could live in that space with all the clutter and be alive. We would ask the lady if we could throw junk or trash away and she would tell us she used it, or wore it, or needed it. Whatever man. We also did some service at Clackamette Park by the bank of the the Clackamette River. That was fun. Pulled some weeds and shoveled mulch. It was awesome. The workers were so appreciative of us. About 12 missionaries were there. The elders even gave a Book of Mormon away to one of the guys.  All the workers had a drug addiction problem but now are clean! Working there is part of their rehab. I was able to talk to another volunteer about what we do as missionaries! It was great!

Anyway, we taught a lot more and met with a lot more people but that's all I have time to write. I am sure learning A LOT from this area! And I also feel like I have been prepared for this area as well.  I'm also learning how to be a better missionary when I go home. We had two investigators and lots of less-actives show up to church yesterday and not many people spoke or sat with them. Always talk to people that you don't know at church, ALWAYS!

I love you guys! The church is true!

-Sister Magnusson

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