Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

Monday, August 25, 2014

I Love to See the Temple





sister krualt from the ward is wonderful!... 

...they shared some yummie treats from their garden!  they have an awesome garden. 
seeing people's gardens here makes me appreciate our gardens growing up. 

Hello beautiful people of the non missionary world! Well of course, every member a missionary....so I guess to the non-full time missionary world!

Well, its been a good week I guess. Our long time investigator came to church yesterday! Can I get a hallelujah?!  It’s been hard to work with her lately. But I don’t blame her I guess. She cut her knee open a little bit ago and got some gnarly stitches. She just came for sacrament meeting because her knee was bothering her. The miracle is we found someone that could pick her up AND drop her off after sacrament meeting, the Lepperts. May the blessings of heaven be pored out upon the Leppert family! And we were able to ride with them to church to pick up our investigator. (And another shout out to the Lepperts is that they fed us that night when we had to cancel our original dinner because we were at the visitor center later in the evening. Someday y'all will have to meet them. They are cool. They are getting sealed very soon! They are just younger than Mom and Dad. Bro Leppert reminds me of Uncle Craig. And his first name even is Craig too) Our investigator was only in the chapel for the sacrament and one talk before she had to go to the foyer to sit on couches to be more comfortable. She was asking if they passed around a basket for offerings. We explained to her we don't do that but we do pay tithing and bam, right then and there we had a lesson on tithing. We showed her the slip and everything and she said she wanted to donate 5 dollars. Well, sure! We showed her what she could put the money towards. She really wanted to put it toward Ward Missionary fund! So that's what she did. We committed her to pay a full tithe when she gets baptized and she said yes! Easy peezy man. Lots of people said hi to her after sacrament meeting which was good. She said she really enjoyed sacrament meeting and she is looking forward to coming to all three hours next week. The first thing she said when she walked into the foyer was, "Oh, I love the pictures!" Something interesting we learned about her was she smoked from when she was 15 till about three years ago. She is 57 now. Wow, that takes a lot. Trying to get someone to quit is like stopping all conflict in the Middle East. But it can be done! On Saturday we were able to stop by and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson. We have been trying to teach her that for a long time. She was also able to open up more about herself. She has gone through a lot. I feel like she has been prepared to learn and accept the gospel! 

So remember in my last email how I said that we just got a text from someone we have been working with that basically said she didn't know what she believed anymore? Well, we were able to meet with her on Tuesday and it was really good. We watched that new Mormon Message, The Hope of God's Light and it was really good for her. She was able to come up with on her own that she needed to meet with the bishop. It's always better when you get the people you are teaching with to think up ideas, concepts, ways to build their testimony, etc, on their own because then true conversion is more likely to happen.
this mormon message truly has a powerful message.
some pretty profound things are said in this video.
i notice something different each time i watch it.
it just might be my new favorite mormon message.  
You can also view the video by clicking here

We were able to meet with another investigator again. We read 1 Nephi 18 with her. She is our star Book of Mormon reader. She reads and gets it. It's awesome. She said the closing prayer and she said a good one. Of course there is no right or wrong way to say a prayer but she just said some things that made me happy like, "Lord, I thank thee for sending the Sisters over today, it was a real special treat...." Yeah, things like that. She has been through a lot and has learned a lot from her past. It's also made her pretty wise. 

We were able to go to the temple and have two visitor center lessons! One was on Wednesday. I was kind not in a good mood because our ride literally canceled on us AT THE LAST MINUTE! You just can't do that to missionaries! So may the heavens also be poured out on our bishop's wife who took us last minute.

Then we were also able to go to the temple on Sunday. Again, our ride canceled on us because something came up. So may the blessings of heaven ALSO be poured upon the Kuralts for taking us. The Kuralts are truly one of the greatest missionary minded individuals. They are so great and so kind and generous. And Bro. Kuralt makes the best dinners (besides our Ma of course). Our investigator  said her favorite part was watching the "I'm a Mormon" videos at the visitor center. 

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllll folks, I think that is all I am going to write about for this week's adventures in Happy Rock. Y'alls have a great week! The church is true! 

Love,

Sister Magnusson

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello, Goodbye, Hermana Baker

i was with sister baker for a short three days....this was taken at the clackamas river.  
we asked someone to take a pic of us as a conversation starter.  
we gave them mormon.org cards  

me and sister powner, round two!

we hiked mirror lake today up at mount hood.  

Editor's note:  I think I know why they named this lake Mirror Lake. 
 Hello my dear family-

Man oh man, it has been a CUR-AZY week. First off it was transfers. So Monday we had the transfer craziness. That's when Sister Baker and I became companions. Then on Tuesday was p-day. We didn't do anything too exciting. Sister Baker just unpacked and stuff. Wednesday was our usual district mtg. Then a little bit after our district lunch we get a call from President Ballard. Here is the scoop...

At this transfer we were suppose to get one more Spanish speaking sister from the MTC that never left the MTC. President Ballard didn't know this until he was driving from the airport to transfers with the new missionaries that he just picked up. There is now an odd number of spanish speaking missionaries. So within a couple of hours he had to make quite a few switches. Hermana Baker became my companion….but, she wasn't going to be originally. Then there is a sister in Oregon City that was very sick and needed to come home. President told us all this over the phone on that Wednesday afternoon. So Sister Baker was going to be transferred to the visitor's center as a Spanish speaking sister because right now they have none. Since the sick sister had to go home, her companion was going to become my companion which was Sister Powner, who I was with right before I came to Gladstone. After he told us all this he said the change was going to take place the next day....sometime. The APs would call us with a time and location to meet. So then we go back home and Sister Baker packs everything that she just unpacked. Then we were like, so now what do we do. We didn't want to make any new visits because we didn't want the poor people of Gladstone just confused with seeing three different faces of sister missionaries in like a three day period. So we "street" contacted at the river, facebooked, that sort of thing. We had ward coordination that evening. At 10pm the APs call us and tell us to meet at a church building on the other side of the mission....like 50 minutes away at 12:15. So Sister Baker finishes packing and we make the switch. Then on Friday Sister Powner has to unpack and go through the whole thing over again. So needless to say we didn't teach as much this week. But we were able to do some. 

Bad news is that one of your investigators, got a super deep cut in her knee, had to get a lot of stitches and now her whole leg is puffy and swollen. We have made several appointments with her but she keeps forgetting we are coming and she is a little distracted because of her leg and rightly so I guess. Ahhhh!

We did have a good lesson with our neighbor on Saturday. He calls meeting with us "church". He will tell a buddy, "Hey, sorry I can't come by. I got church coming over tonight!" Or, his dad called in the middle us talking and he's like, "Sorry dad, can I call you back? I got church over right now!" I think he is 41. We were going to teach him the Gospel of Jesus Christ but we only got to faith. But that's okay. Baby steps man, baby steps. Although he did say he was going to the real church on Sunday but didn't. Grrrrrr. Next time.

Alright, I got to go. Thanks for all your love and support! I have the greatest family ever! And the church is true!

Love,

Sister Magnusson

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Everything you've ever wanted to know about transfers....

the saturday before transfers. 
we had lunch as a zone and we got zone t-shirts.  "Eye on the Prize" was the theme.  

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLA!

Yes, transfers were yesterday and I was not transferred out of  G-stone but I got a new companion: Hermana Madeline Baker.  She is a Spanish speaking sister but got moved to be English for a little bit to serve in the Happy Rock. This transfer was a big one. Every missionary companionship in our zone had a change and we heard from the STLs (sister training leaders) that all but 16 companionships in the mission had a change. It was pretty nutty. How transfers work is we all meet at the Lake Oswego building right next to the temple and we have opening exercises, the new missionaries get introduced (they are sitting in the stand looking like a deer in the head lights) then the new companionships are announced. So on a projector screen in the chapel, your picture will pop up with your new comps picture, under the ward you are serving in. So President Ballard will say something like this from the stand...."In the Gladstone Ward, Sister Magnusson will be with Sister Baker."  Then every watches as you and new comp stand up and walk to each other to give a cute little hug then sit in the middle of the chapel pews. The Elders do a bro hug, they come together and give each other a couple slaps on the back and the Sisters do a Relief Society hug. Anyway, the nutty part about this transfer was companionships that were already companions got put back together, sisters that weren't called to the Temple Visitor Center got put in the Visitor Center...crazy stuff like that. A sister that I came out with me got put back with her trainer. Hope you like each other when that happens. President Ballard said before hand that some crazy stuff was going to happen but he said without a shadow of a doubt each companionship was inspired and the Lord was behind everything. 

Tuesday we visited with someone.  It was only my second time meeting her. We ran into her daughter at Safeway a few weeks ago and she said to come by the house. So we did and we had a good visit with her. She has sure been through a lot....most people in this area have. She didn't go to church the first time we saw her but the second time, she came that Sunday with her daughter! Her daughter is like her caregiver. The mother is like in her 70s maybe. Her health isn't good. People were talking to them after church which was good. 

We taught one of our investigators on Tuesday too! She is so awesome. She is 58 and always so happy, even when she is so tired. She loves us coming over. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she seemed to really connect with it. We had a great member present which is always great (folks, if you ever get a chance to go teach with the missionaries, do it! You will make a world of difference!) We asked her if she would be baptized Aug 26th and she said YES! Whew-who! We have someone with a date! But the thing is she was sick on Sunday so she couldn't got to church which means we will have to push her baptism back because you have to go to church at least three times before you are baptized. On Friday we came over and talked more about church and what happens there and she was really excited to come. She was like, "Wow, it sounds like this is one big church family!" YES! IT IS! Our member present said she would add great things to the Gladstone Relief Society. Everybody needs someone as joyful as her in their ward. 

So Tuesday night we are at the church updating our lessons to our iPads and there was Institute class and some other things going on.  A few people came up to us as we are sitting in the foyer all within like 20 seconds of each other and were like, "Hey look!   There are some missionaries right THERE! Some random guy just walked into Institute wanting to know more about the Church! Go! Find him!" We started gathering our stuff when another person would come up to us and be like, "SISTERS! There is someone here that JUST WALKED IN that wants to know...." Then we are like, "We know!" We are going!" We meet this dude in the hall with the Institute teacher and another YSA guy (institute just ended) and we start chatting. This guy is obviously distressed about something (31 yrs), says he came here for some spiritual guidance, we started teaching him the Restoration but I knew that's not what he needed but we didn't know what he needed. Turns out after I told him about James 1:5, he's like, hmmmmm, that's a nice scripture and then really starts to open up. Turns out he was high on Vicodin and Rockstar and went to 5 different churches looking for help because he lives in this house that will give him a urine test at the end of the night when he goes home and he will not pass it because cuz he was high as a kite at the moment. He is worried about different stuff. Turns out he just needed to talk. We gave him some info about the addiction recovery class, said a prayer with him, he said he felt better, and we made an appointment with him to meet him the next day. He didn't show up the next day so we have no idea what happened to him but it made for an interesting night. 

Wednesday we went on exchanges. I stayed in Gladstone, Sister Allen went to Clackamas and Sister Munger was my companion for the day. It was a good day. We went contacting by the river and picked up a new investigator! So lady was just chillin' on a bench and we said hi to her and she invited us to sit next to her! That never happens! She is very religious and has been on a few mission trips to Hawaii and Fiji and such. She had a Bible in her bag that she says she likes to read when she is at the river. When we started talking about the Book of Mormon with her I thought she was totally going to turn us off but she was very polite and seemed genuinely interested. Her husband walked up and started listening too. We gave her a Book of Mormon and some scriptures to read out of it and she voluntarily gave us her address and said we can come by anytime. Again, that never happens! Usually it is the other way around. We got to go back on Saturday to have a lesson with her and kind of do a review on the Book of Mormon and where it came from. Hopefully next time we can do the whole Restoration. 

Alright folks, I got to go! 

I love getting emails from everybody every week! The church is true! 

Love, 
Sister Magnusson 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's a Zoo Out There!

yep, this is where I live
Hello,

Yesterday we went to the Oregon, Portland Zoo with the McVey family! It was fun! While there I kept thinking of the good ol' LA zoo. Sorry Lisa, you probably didn't go to the zoo on your p-days in Argentina.
i wore my cheetah shirt in honor of going to the zoo.



Go COUGARS!




i almost have the wing span the size of a california condor


so a few months ago there was no glass between me and the sea life.....
You can read about some of Sister Magnusson's 
pre-mission adventures in the deep blue sea by clicking here

 i am with the daughter of the members that took us. she's a cute kid.

This week we taught a lot which is always good. We picked up a new investigator.  She is happy and smiley. The elders found her and she on is the edge of our ward boundaries and theirs and they didn't realize till after they taught her a couple times.   Then they handed her over to us. She is pretty golden.  Our first lesson with her went really good. Taught her a little more about the Book of Mormon. She said she wanted to go to church and the member we brought with us said she would love to pick her up, sweet. We had another appointment with her later that week on Friday but that fell through. We did see her briefly though and she still mentioned that she really wanted to go to church. Well, Sunday rolled around and when the member went to pick her up she wasn't there at her apartment. So frustrating. Man on man, if you guys ever see a missionary's investigator show up at church, just know a miracle happened. Remember that. 

So at our new investigator’s same apartment complex we picked up another investigator. He looks slightly disheveled. He's 48, long curly hair, scratchy beard, wears wife beaters with swim trunks, and fuzzy socks. Talking to him I'm pretty sure he is autistic in some form or another, super nice. We started talking to him after we saw our first investigator and it turns out he used to meet with missionaries a lot in Gersham, a city kind of near us. He remembered a lot and really enjoyed meeting with them. He was asking us questions about the Pre-Earth life. We saw him again on Sunday and we were talking about the Restoration/Book of Mormon/Joseph Smith. He was way into Moroni and how Joseph Smith got the gold plates. And into temples. Especially angel Moroni on top of the temples. He knew A LOT! It was actually pretty cool. We gave him the Children’s Book of Mormon Scripture Stories along with the regular Book of Mormon and he was super excited. 

We had the Milwaukie Stake Country Fair on Saturday! The missionaries didn't have to wear proselyting clothes which was great....but you know what, I might have been cooler in my skirt than in pants but whate’vs. I wore my 50 cent plaid shirt I got at the garage sale the other day. It was A LOT of work. Lots and lots of people were there. There was a lot going one. Games, live band, car show, games for kids, wagon ride, free dinner, face painting, that sort of thing. 


the Milwaukie stake county fair! 




me with one of the most incredible people i know!
She has taught me a lot about overcoming trials.   
One of the most frustrating/stressful part about that whole ordeal was finding a ride for some of our investigators. Holy macheral! And on top of that we were trying to find two members that day to come to two lessons in the morning. Well, trying to find the members for that morning started the day before but literally NO ONE IN THE WHOLE GLADSTONE WARD was available! Everyone was either out of town, helping setup for this fair thing, busy, working, etc, etc etc. So we couldn't have a member with us for those lessons....which actually one of them fell through anyway. Go figure. BUT! Our first lesson went so good! She was pretty awesome. She has had a pretty hard life and is very smart and intelligent but never had an opportunity to go college or anything. She might of not even finished high school, not sure. Anywho, she started reading the Book of Mormon and she totally gets its. She's not one that you can really make an appointment with to sit down and have a specific lesson but she wanted to meet because she had some questions about what she was reading. She read up to 1 Nephi 13. We met with her and she had questions about the two plates Nephi was writing in (the small plates and the large plates). She also had a question about the gathering of Israel in reference to the olive tree. And she wanted to know what the Doctrine and Convents and Pearl of  Great Price was because she has a triple combination. We gave her a large print Book of Mormon and it's actually a triple combination so she has the three books. 

Alright, I gotta go. Sorry for not emailing yesterday. To make a VERY long story short:  We went to the zoo in the morning. Got home around 3pm, then we were helping an investigator from 3:30 till 9pm. Made for a very long, exhausting day. 

I love you guys! The church is  true!

Love,

Sister Magnusson