Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

Monday, October 13, 2014

"I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain....."

by Mita Dale Milner
click on the above song title link to hear the song.  

1.  I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain

And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.


I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.

I want to be the best I can and live with God again.

2.  I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,

And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.


and boy there is sure a lot of rain here! 
i don't know if i am ready for it to start.
 i reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaally loved
having the sun around these past 4 months. 
Hola everyone.

Well, I wore my sweater yesterday. And I wore my black sweater this morning. And last p-day I got two more fleece leggings from Ross. Last winter I would wear the same three fleece leggings I got at Ross and the same black sweater EVERY DAY. But now I am armed with TWO MORE fleece leggings, because I wore my last three to shreds, and thanks to the nice lady at the garage sale I have a white sweater and a nice looking grey Roxy sweater for FREE that I can rotate through my wardrobe.  And I am armed with my nice boots, which I love because they are so comfortable. Probably even more comfortable than my other shoes. I think I forgot to tell you, Mom, but remember those shoes I got at REI for clearance for 75 bucks, those tan sandal ones?  Anyway, they broke a few weeks into my time at Gladstone. When it happened I was like, nooooooooooooooo! Now my wardrobe was severely limited with only wearing my black shoes. But I went to this thrift store called "Red, White, and Blue" in Gladstone which is famous among missionaries, and got a pair of brown Danskos for 10 bucks. Score. So I rotated between those Danskos and my black shoes all summer and still now, because it's not totally boot weather yet. But come boot weather, I will wear those allllllllllllllllllll winter...probably up until I go home.

Our lesson with our 11 year investigator went well this week. We were a little nervous because we were planning to teach the Law of Chasity. Teaching the Law of Chasity is like whatevs but she is 11, but she is a very smart, very mature 11 year old that has had to go through a lot. We asked the Young Woman President’s advice because she loves the President and she knows her better than we do. The YW Pres. suggested we invite her parents to sit in which was really smart. We read some things out of the strength of youth pamphlet (ma's favorite).  The young woman that came with us last time was there again and that was good cuz she was able to relate to the 11 year old in ways we couldn't  because you know....we are just SUPER OLD missionaries. Our investigator was given a For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet at New Beginnings and she said she has already read through the whole thing! And The YW Pres. also gave her a little Preach My Gospel book. Anywho, Katie said her favorite things in the Strength of the Youth pamphlet was the Friends section. She said a lot of people her age do inappropriate things and we said that's why it's so great to be a member of The Church because you will be with youth that are striving for the same goal and trying to have good standards! I can't wait for her to be baptized! I hope I'm still her for that. Her 12th birthday is in January. Her dad said she can get baptized when she is 12.

Our lesson with our other investigator was also great too. We brought from the ward with us and that was so good to have her because she was able to say things to our investigator that we definitely could not relate too. The sister from the ward joined the church about 7 years ago. She was already married to her husband and he was a very inactive member at the time. In fact, he professed to be atheist. Anyway, her husband started to get active again and she started to take the missionaries lessons and got baptized and now they are sealed in the temple with their kid, who is 14. Our investigator was asking questions about why being a member of THIS church matters and not how any other church will do. The sister from the ward was able to tell her about her conversation story and why it was important to her to have a confirming answer that this was the True Church. She said something that stood out for her when she was taking the missionary lessons was that the missionaries always said she has to find out for herself that it was true and not believe it because they said so. She said so many other churches she investigated told her she HAD to believe something because that's what the Bible said or because that's what they said, etc. It was really quite powerful. I love to hear convert’s testimonies. Our investigator was also asking why Heavenly Father had such strict rules. The Sister was able to answer that one super well because she related it to having kids, how we give our kids strict rules because we love them and want them to progress in the right direction. See, Sister Pope and I could have said that same thing but I think it just sounded better coming from a mother to a mother. Members are the best missionaries.

So the other day we went out to cold contact some less actives. We were trying to find this one house on this busy street but we couldn't find it driving so we parked and tried to find it walking. Well, we couldn't find it but we knew we were in the general area and we saw a lady working in her yard in her swimming suit and I had a feeling to talk to her but I brushed it off cuz I didn't want to talk to a middle aged lady in a swimming suit, but then I was, eh what the heck, at least maybe we can ask her if she knows where this house is. So we go up to her and ask if she knows where this house number is but she doesn't know but then we give her the name of the lady and she's like, "oh yeah! she lives right next door!" Oh. Then she's like, "Oh yeah, she needs some God in her life...." Or something to that nature. Well, we end up talking to her for like 45 minutes, and she is just shooting the breeze with us telling us all about her ex-boyfriend that she dumped because he was not a Godly man and doesn't ever want to believe in God and her surgeries that she has had, and how her and her ex-husband still have a good relationship and will go to church with her and the kids together, yadie, yadie, yadie. We told her that we have some male Mormon missionaries that we can send to her ex-boyfriend that is a atheists if she feels like that would do him good (she said she still prays for him). She said that's okay but we were able to finally get into who we were and stuff. She said that her mom is Mormon and her sister studied the Mormon religion just for the sake of studying it because she likes to do that sort of thing. I invited her to Meet the Mormons and she appreciated the gesture, although she didn't seem too interested. I was trying to figure out how to place a Book of Mormon with her and I figured it was going to be reeeeeaaaaally tricky because she is so set in her religion and stuff BUT good thing for companions because Sister Pope was able to and she did it so naturally and she took it and said she would read it. She said we can stop by anytime! Score! We got her name, and I am came to the conclusion I really like her.

We were also about to have a few good lessons with some less-actives. We went to see this one lady but her daughter was home who we have been trying to see and it turned out to be a really good visit. She is probably in her late 30s, single. Someone said that she sometimes just comes to sacrament meeting but I haven't ever seen her before. But then again I have only had two sacrament meeting since I've been here cuz of General Conference.  Anyway, we got talking about prayer and trials and such and we showed her The Hope of God's Light. She really appreciated us coming by. She said we can come back next week which is always a good sign.

We got most of our set lessons next week set up with members coming along as well. Man oh man, I'd tell ya, getting members to lessons takes a lot of planning and coordination. If only our teachee knew what we had to do to get them a friend there. Cuz you have to coordinate a time between, you, your investigator/less active, and your member that all work. And sometimes you have to coordinate rides and make sure you leave your last appointment in time, etc,etc. And about 50% of missionary lessons fall through and so you hate asking people to come when people cancel. Sighhhhhhhh, whatevs man.

Alright, I should go. Still have some things to do before p-day ends. Oh wait! I almost forgot, so on Friday was zone conference....It was good. President Ballard is a good leader and he knows what he is doing. It was all about planning and teaching when you find and find when you teach.  Actually it was so good it made me feel really overwhelmed and stressed. Sister Pope felt the same way. Like we can be doing way more than what we are doing. But I guess if we didn't feel that way we would feel there is no need to improve and when you feel like that because we can constantly be improving ourselves. And we watched Meet the Mormons! We weren't allowed to watch it in the theaters but they wanted the missionaries to see it so we got a private viewing. We were the last zone conference so the first group of missionaries that had zone conference on Tuesday got to see it first. I really liked it. I'm curious to hear how it was received by the non- Mormon world.

K, love Ya all. The Church is true!


Sister Magnusson

zone meeting scripture mastery competition. everyone on your team had to get the scripture that they read off, then you could start eating the donut. the first person to finish the donut without using your hands wins that round.
our team won over all. 

so we went to cold contact to someone and they live on this big property place. so we park outside the gate and open the gate and walk up their loooooooooong drive way to their house, then this horse out of no where starts galloping towards us. good thing he was nice. (the people weren't home if you were wondering) 

Is this Anna from Frozen?
 Nope, it's Sister Magnusson as she is serving in the Oregon, Portland Mission.
This is what happens when she doesn't put moose in her hair. 

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