Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

Monday, June 23, 2014

It's a Jungle Out There!

Sister Magnusson sent a lot of pictures and didn't have time to write a commentary about them.  So, as the editor of her blog, I have titled these pictures:  It's a Jungle Out There!  My guess is that she took these first few pictures of the beautiful Oregon wilderness on her preparation day. 

These next few pictures looks like Kristine is at a service project with other missionaries that are serving in the mission.  It looks like Sis. Magnusson made friends with a snake!   

As you read through Kristine's email, you can click onto the colored links to learn about what she is teaching the people there in Oregon.  

Hey everybody!

So today is transfers and Sister Allen and I are staying together. It's the Morbys last transfer meeting. (the mission president and his wife are going home July 1st) Everyone is invited so Sister A and I are going to go. The best part is that we have permission to drive to Lake Oswego and we don't have to rely on members for a ride to and from. Transfers always happen at the Stake Center right next to the temple in Lake Oswego. (Did you know the temple is actually in the city of Lake Oswego, not Portland?) 

A lot has gone on this week…..

We had some awesome lessons with one of our investigators this week! We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of Wisdom. During the gospel of Jesus Christ lesson with committed her to pray about July 26th to be baptized. She said she would. During the lesson when we were talking about the Holy Ghost, I asked what she thought the role of the Holy Ghost was and she gave like a dictionary definition, it was so awesome! She said something it was God's way of talking to us since he can't be right beside us....or something like that. And the cool part is she really has no religious background, she is just prepared. And she is plowing through the Book of Mormon which is great. So we knew she smoked and we didn't know if she knows that we don't do that. So we were like, well I guess the next lesson will be Word of Wisdom but we were both really nervous because we didn't want to all of a sudden throw stuff at her like, you can't do this, or this, since she is praying about a date. But the Word of Wisdom lesson actually went really well. She has been smoking since she was 16 (she is now 21) so this is going to be hard to quit. She also has a baby and we asked if she was able to quit while pregnant and she said she tried but couldn't. Yikes. It will be a tough one but man, if she can quit the blessings that are in store for her will be so amazing! 

So, our investigator's cousin is going on the pioneer trek that the stake is putting on this week. They leave tomorrow and come back Saturday. Sister Allen and I had a feeling she probably had no idea what a trek even was so we had a movie night at the church on Friday and watched the movie, 17 Miracles.  You can see the trailer to the movie by clicking here  Our investigator and a friend came too. 
The movie turned out really good.  The cousin was crying through it.  They all really liked Albert.  She's like, "if I have to eat flour and water for the meals, I'm not going!"  We assured her she would be wlll taken care of.  

We had another "lesson" with a past investigator.  We decided to drop him. He really has no interest in what we have to say. We were with him for an hour and he pretty much talked the WHOLE time. We barely managed to show the Because of Him video (we were planning the Plan of Salvation but no time for that and he didn't want to hear it anyway). Interesting fellow. 

On Saturday we "street" contacted down by the rivers. That was fun. I actually talked to a family that was at the river that was from Reedville. I knew because  the boy just came from a baseball game and he had a Reedville uniform on and his sister had a Century High School Band shirt on. We were able to strike up a conversation because we asked the mom to take a pic of me and Sister Allen and I asked if they were from Reedville. And I was also like, "Oh, do you know Mr. Dunlop?" Mr. Dunlop is Brother Dunlop from the Reedville Ward and he is the super good band teacher at Century High School so we were able to make that connection. And he also took the band to Hawaii last year for some parade thing they performed in and he took them to the PCC. So we had that connection too. See, it's when missionaries can have normal conversations like that with people on the "street" that is the best kind and then it's not all awkward because you aren't going up to some stranger saying, "hey, do you want to know about Jesus Christ?" Ya know, what I'm saying? That's why contacting at the river is so great because people are usually relaxed and happy down there and are more willing to make pleasant conversation. 

Okay, gotta go to transfers now! This is our last time with Pres. and Sister Morby!  

Sister Magnusson

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"This was a different week fo' sho'!"

 Sup Everybody!

I was so happy to get everybody's emails! I'm so happy that Sam graduated and sisters were able to come!

And now Sam is teaching swim! That's so exciting. I remember my first week was pretty bad. I was always exhausted but you get the hang of things and then you realized it's like the best summer job ever. So you gunna put Sun-In in your hair Sam? Your hair could get very blonde like mine :) Or how it was. It's not so much blonde now. 

Well this week was a different week fo' sho'! We had Zone Conference went took up the whole day. From 8pm to 5:30. It was President and Sister Morby's last Zone Conference. So sad. They are such incredible people! Our Zone Conference was focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, gift of holy ghost, enduring to the end). We talk about it a lot in Zone Conferences. President loves to teach about that. 2 Nephi 31 is all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Have you guys read it as a of late? You should, it's pretty good.

We had an awesome lesson this week with someone about...The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is probably going to get baptized. He is going out of town for a few weeks to help his brother out....hopefully he doesn't fall out of the loop. He came to church yesterday but we didn't see him much because he was with his fellowshipper but we were able to talk to him for a little bit. He is so sincere and so in tune with the spirit. He knows a lot about the Gospel and already talks like a Mormon....like when he was explaining how he needed to get his answer and feeling promptings from the spirit, etc. 

We also had an awesome lesson with another person on the Restoration. It started out kind of scattered because there was just a lot going on at the house and her cousins were kind of being distracting so we taught up to the Joseph Smith part and watched the movie. (Editor's note:  Click on the movie link to learn more about what Sis. Magnusson is teaching.)  With talkers we have found that watching the movie works best so then we can get through it and it's a good way to feel the spirit. Plus it's super good. We asked her if she feels like Joseph Smith could be a prophet of God, she said yeah, she believes it. AWESOME! She is so solid. We just need to get her to church! She couldn't come yesterday but maybe next week. 

So there have been like 5 or so stakes in the area practicing for this Dance Festival since January and they performed this weekend at Liberty High School in Hillsboro next to my old areas. It's been a pretty big deal. Like there was no Youth Activities for a while because Dance Festival practice took it's place and they practiced on Saturdays and all this stuff. Anywho, the peeps in charged asked President if the whole mission would sing We Are As The Army of Heleman. President was pretty reluctant to take a whole proselyting day off to do this but he agreed. So Saturday morning the whole mission met up at Liberty High to do this. We were able to watch the first performance and the other two performances we waited in the Auditorium. The actual performance was in the basketball gym. Man oh man, there were a TON of kids performing. Like 1,300 I think I heard. That's nuts. It pretty much was the definition of E over G. (effort over gain) But what they had us do was the performance before ours we waited by the doors to the entrance of the gym and then after this girl on the screen started talking about the theme of the Dance Festival (which was Stand, Believe, and Shine....I think....) we come in and start singing the Army of Heleman. It was kind of a weird arrangement but we were singing with a soundtrack that already had a choir singing so that was good or else you probably wouldn't be able to hear us. Anyway, I think the audience really liked it. There was a performance at 11am, 3pm, and 7pm, and at the 3pm and 7pm performances we got some real enthusiastic applause!  After the 11am performance the head honcho guy came into the auditorium where we were waiting and said some people said we were their favorite part of the performance and he even said he was tearing up when we came out. It sure was weird watching the performance and hearing real music again.

all the sisters in the mish...sorry it's fuzzy
I think Sis. Magnusson is on the top row in the middle of the picture

chilln' like a villian in the auditorium

me and sister A with some random elders

i found the greens from the reedville ward!

the gutierrez family from farmington!

Well, I think I'm gunna go. Sorry, I feel like my emails don't even cover a portion of what I'm doing. We have seriously been so busy. We didn't even have time to weekly plan this week. Probably will do it tomorrow...maybe. It's also been kind of emotionally draining. There was this one day we were meeting with someone that we see pretty frequently that has a lot of baggage and she was just unloading on us so it made us pretty weighed down. Sometimes people just tell us everything....it's like, well maybe sister so and so you should tell that to the bishop. Then our other investigator that just got out of prison and is trying to turn his life around is having a hard time. He literally has no support except us and the bishop. He is trying so hard but it seems like society is just against him. He's 25. He is going to go to FHE with the singles ward tonight. That should be good for him. He needs good friends that will influence him to do good things. We ALL need good friends that influence us to do good things! 

Well, church the church is true and I love my family!


Sister Magnusson

Editor's note.  I was reminded of this short video when I read about the young man who just got out of prison who is turning his life around.  
You can also watch the video by clicking here

Monday, June 9, 2014

Portland is__________

.....(fill in the blank after reading this email)
lunch with our district
sister allen, elder cantrell, and elder walters

me and sister allen with a recent convert

we had dinner at a member's house 
and they made some really good fish and they had cute fish plates.
'Ello Everybody!

Thanks for all the emails! I might not have time to reply to any of them but I read them! A lot of them were pretty funny. Actually all of them were funny! A lot of happenings around here. Congratulations to Sam for graduating from Duarte High School. It was a blessed, blessed day when I graduated myself.  I am so blessed with an incredible family!

Well, Sister Allen, and a member who was baptized 2 years ago, and I went downtown today just to do something outside of Gladstone. This is my second time in downtown Portland.

 Man oh man, Portlandians are different. Portland is just an odd, odd place.

It definitely would be fun to serve down there though. But it just might be an Elders area, bummer. We went to this really good ice cream place called Salt and Straw. They have some wacky flavors, like Lavender Honey, Strawberry Balsamic w/ black pepper....yeah, those are the only ones I remember. I got the most normal one, Cinnamon Snickerdoodle. Good stuff. 

We took the MAX down, it's like their Metro. How is the Metro construction going anyway? I think it should be down around the time I get home right?  Oh,  happy 8 months to me today of being out on my mission. Next month I'll be over the hill.

This week we had a baptism!  She is 8 and a half.  She is a super bright kid, full of energy. 

We went to the temple visitor's center after the baptism 
and that was REALLY GOOD too.

So we are teaching this family....They live in this apartment complex that is like a gold mine because all the people in that complex love the sister missionaries and always talk to us. Anyway, their cousin, and her sister were suppose to move to Iowa last week. Well the cousin left on the Greyhound bus and her sister said she was staying because she lost her ID so can't go. Well, that day when she was suppose to go, we were over and she asks for a Book of Mormon and said she always wanted one but she was never home when we were around so couldn't get one. Absolutely, you can have one! We had a scheduled appointment with the cousin and then Sister Allen and I were like, hey, why don't we invite the sister (she's 20 by the way), so we do and she is like, "sure." Sweet! So we teach the Plan of Salvation at this member's house who are pretty on board with missionary work and it was awesome! The Plan of Salvation clicked with her! There is definitely a reason why she lost her ID and didn't go to Iowa. And she read the first 4 chapters of the Book of Mormon even before the lesson.

Oh and we taught someone else the Plan of Salvation as well! It was great! We asked when he knows that these things are true will he be baptized? He said that it is the direction he wants to take so yes, when he prays and finds out if it is true he will! He came to church on Sunday but me and Sister Allen didn't even see him to talk to him because he was being shepherded around with his ward fellowshipper, who we brought to one of his lessons. Which is totally awesome. He took him to Gospel Doctrine class...I wonder how that went. I guess we'll find out when we meet with him next.

Man, there is so much more I could write but we don't really have time. We taught 13  lessons last week.
After one of our our lessons, their dad took us to some place to get nochos. 

I am really glad I am serving my mission in the states because it is sure teaching me a lot about my own people and culture. I am seriously learning so much. It's kind of hard to describe. It kind of feels like I'm a member of the Church but I'm from the outside looking in. Like I feel as missionaries we can give people a lot of opportunities for blessings, it's all within reach but they just gotta reach! They answers are here! We have them! The members have them! But they just have want them bad enough to work for them! I don't know.  Did that make sense? Probably not. Like I said, it's hard to explain.

Well, I love everybody!


Sister Magnusson

Monday, June 2, 2014

Loving the LONGER Days for Preaching the Gospel

 another week in happy rock.

we went to a cowboys store last monday.  I don't know who the cut out is.

enjoying some wendy's for lunch

we got some clear sunglasses at walmart.  
they have 100%UV protection but they are clear! 
and we look hipster as well 

Well it's been another week in happy rock! It's been busy, busy, busy! So in my last areas we always had the problem of finding stuff to do after 8pm...now it is the opposite. We have a hard time getting out of people’s houses after 9pm! It's crazy! We even set alarms to go off before and after nine so we can tell members, "Oh sorry, that's our alarm for our curfew...." Then they are like, "Oh okay...." Then they just keep yackin'! Goodness gracious! It also helps that it's still super light at nine so you can't even tell it's late. I didn't like when it would get dark like waaaaaaaaaaay early in the winter. People didn't seem to want to talk to you. You would get weird looks cold contacting at 7pm, like "What are you doing here this late?! We are going to bed!" But that's not the case now.

So, we discovered that part of the Williamette River is in our area! And the Clackamette! They join together at some point in our area too! So on Fridays we don't have dinner with members and from 5-7 we find people to teach. So we either tract or we street contact. This Friday was awesome! We started tracting but no such luck. I don't like tracting anyway, not very effective. So we go walking on the trail by the Clackamette River (it was such a gorgeous day too!) and we talk to a whole bunch of people and it wasn't awkward at all! It was awesome! And then when we were eating our dinner after 7pm on the Williamette River so people just started talking to us and we weren't even actively proselyting...we were just sitting on the bank eating our dinner. 

And we were weekly planning on Saturday on the Williamette and it was so awesome because it was sunny and i got a little sunburned (i should've put some sun-in, i wasn't even thinking of it) and people were talking to us there too! See....the water has a calming effect on people and they will talk to you. I love the water! It was killing Sister Allen and me staring at the river for two days and not being able to do anything about it but, that's okay. It's gunna be a joyous reunion when I get to jump into some water again!

We were able to have 4 member present lessons this week, that was good! And we went on exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. I went to the Clackamas (sp?) area with Sister King. I've only been on splits once before and that was when i was brand new, like 3 weeks out and I didn't even know what exchanges were. Tuesday night I spent the night with Sister King and Sister King's companion, Sister Munger, spent the night at our place and we worked in each other's area. Sister King and I taught a sweet lesson to a lady. We taught the Restoration and she was so open to it. She has a lot of kids and most of them practice a different religion and she is trying to find something that can fit for all of her kids and unify them. She was so open to the Restoration and it was great! She was excited for us to come back...well, it won't be me next time, it will be Sister Munger, but it will be interesting to hear how it goes with her.

We taught the Restoration to a husband and wife this week. The husband is awesome. He is like 60 some years old and knows a lot about Mormons. He is 7th Day Adventist . He is also pretty open and he's already been to church twice. We brought a brother from church to our lesson. He is in his 80s and joined the church in 2009. They hit it off real good.

We taught a girl who is 15 and a spunky kid. She came to the Young Womans' activity with her neighbor and another  girl we are working with. Usually she is pretty easy to read but not during the lesson. Hmmmmmm, I want to know what she is thinking about all this. She enjoys meeting with us, so we will see how it goes with her next lesson.

There is a family that we seeing a lot who has some hard trials. We had dinner at their house and we watched the Restoration movie with them and it was so great because the seven year old got really excited about when Joseph Smith had his vision and was being baptized. I've never seen her get excited like that. It was cool to see.

We taught someone we taught last week again but we will probably drop him soon. We just can't get a word in and he goes off on crazy tangents. But the sad part is most of his beliefs are so spot on with ours! Like amazingly so. He is just not open at all and he holds on to some teachings that he is not willing to let go (like the fallen star from heaven is not Satan but Mohammad...) 

We had one of our investigators come to church yesterday! It was so stressful before church trying to get him a ride because usually he rides his bike, but he had a flat. And we were able to teach him the Plan of Salvation at a member's home. It was good because the member is a recent convert so he shared some things that connected with him that we couldn't have shared. That's why member present lessons are so good and important.

So, I got some sister missionary figurines from Dad's roommate's family from 1974 that lives in Ohio, along with some other fun things! It was so great to get the package! We are filming a District 3 here in the Oregon Portland mission featuring Sister Jones/Sister Peterson and Sister Johnson/Garcia....stay tuned folks! It's going to be sweet. You can get a taste with some of the pics.

We had Zone Meeting this week. President and Sister Morby were there. They leave July 1st. So crazy! They are awesome. We had a training on finding then we went out and tracted around the church building that we had our meeting at with a different companion…..All 12 pairs of missionaries. It was great. Transfers are only 5 weeks this time because something to do with our new mission president, President Ballard's, schedule. Then the next transfer is going to be 7 weeks so it will all even out. I hope Sister Allen or I don't get transferred.

We are going to take the MAX to the Rose Festival gardens in Portland today. It's gunna be sweet.

K, gotta run. Love you ALL! Summer is approaching! My favorite time of the year! A time for sun, water, sunscreen, and long days! Longs days for preaching the gospel! Love it! The church is true!

Sister Magnusson

Editor's note:  You have heard of Where's Waldo.  In this post you can look for different sightings of the sister missionary figurines in the different pictures in this post.