Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Blackberries Grow Like Weeds Here"

keeping portland weird

we were on foot on saturday and blackberries grow like weeds here... 

...so we were just pickin' blackberries 

at a zone meeting
Hello everybody! 

Sooooooooooooooo, its been kind of a long, stressful week. I like can't even remember everything that happened. Maybe I'll start with yesterday, I remember yesterday. 

So yesterday we had a lesson with a family....but actually it was more of them talking to us about some crazy things that has happened in their family and some marital problems that they have had. Good gravy. They should have a class in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) called, "Things-that-your-distict-meetings-and-Preach-My-Gospel-will-never-teach-you".

Saturday was a nice day so we left our car at our apartment complex and walked everywhere. That was good for my soul to do that...even if i did get pretty sunburned on my neck. Don't worry, I'll remember to put on sunscreen next time. We thought we would be able to talk to more people walking around but literally like NO ONE was out and about! Even on a nice day. They were probably all at the river. BUT THE BEST NEWS OF ALL! I got a dress from Dress Barn for 2 BUCKS at a garage sale! And a plaid shirt and a sweater thing....everything totaled to $3.50. I am going to wear the plaid shirt to the Stake Country Fair on Saturday. I'm really excited for this fair because it's gunna be pretty legit. They are doing a Classic Cruise-In Automobile Show, wagon rides, cotton candy, face painting, food and drinks, live entertainment, games, etc, etc, etc. We have invited lots of people! 

Friday we helped a member clean out their house and they had a TON of food that they needed to get rid of. They asked if we knew of anyone that could use the food. YES WE DO! So on Friday we went around and dropped off food to one of our investigators and a couple of less-actives. It made me sad when we went to see one of our less-actives.  She is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. But she has had such a hellish childhood that has carried over to her adulthood. She continues to have a lot of trials. She joined the church a couple of years ago and just clings onto the gospel because it has offered her such hope and healing. But right now she is trying to overcome some serious addictions. It is hard to see her struggle, but she is determined to get through it. I am so proud of her and all the changes she has made in her life. 

Thursday we had a lesson our star investigator from last week. His wife couldn't come to the lesson which was bummer. We taught him the Plan of Salvation. It went good, still wish his wife was there though. He believes in reincarnation. Man oh man, it seems like that is a thing....I think almost every time i've taught the Plan of Salvation to non members, they believe in some reincarnation. They said that they were going to be at church this week but weren't. Ugh.  He did said that if he came to know that these things are true that he would be baptized, so, um yeah, we gotta see how his praying is coming along. 

Our less active who is coming back to church and quitting smoking is doing so good! She is on day 12 I think....or maybe 13. She came to a lesson with us. It was with someone, age 26, who recently got out of prison, has a little boy, overcame some addictions, and it was a really good lesson. It was really good that she came because she could relate to him in ways that we couldn't. That's why it is so important that we have all walks of life in the church. We need people who can support and be there for each other. I have seen it first hand.

This movie is a good example of someone 
who has overcome addictions to come unto Christ
video
 You can also see the video by clicking here

Okay folks, I am always so happy to hear from my family. I am so blessed to have such an amazing family! 
Lisa, Kathleen, Scott, Sam, Renee, Rachel

Janelle, Dave, and kids

Until next Monday.....but of course if you want to snail mail me I'm always open fo' that! (Sister Magnusson's snail mail address is listed on the right side of this blog)  

Love,

Sister Magnusson

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