Bro. Franzen birthday!
There were TONS more missionaries that taught him.
Hiking in the Tryon State Park today!
Well, it wasn't really a hike, more like a nature walk but it was sure pretty.
It's in Lake Oswego
We went to the New Cabalas. It was huge! It was also like a little museum.
This picture is kind of a running juke between Bro. Franzen's dad and myself. He was talking about the fish has caught in his lifetime and I was telling him about the fish I have caught in my lifetime and we told him we were going to go fishing for p-day and come up with some more "fish stories". You kind of had to be there, I guess.
What up everybody!
Man, this week has been a blur. A lot of happenings. Something fun this week was that Brother Franzen's parents from Idaho came into town. They are so fun. Bro Franzen senior has the same wit and humor as Bro Franzen junior. Funny how that works. Anyway, they arrived Thursday night and Friday was Bother Franzen's bday. Sister McLaughlin and I decorated the house a little bit with balloons and streamers in the morning before they woke up. We also wrapped him a present. I was giving him the miniature sister missionaries that I gave savannah for her bday. Sister McLauglin and I signed the box they were in and we wrote a note in it that said, "Signed by real live sister missionaries!" And the on the card he read before he opened it said, "So we will be with you even when we are not with you". He opened it and was just laughing and laughing, it was so great! And the miniature missionaries even looked like Sister McLaughlin and I! A taller blond and a shorter brunette.It was a fun day and we played games later that night. Anywho, now back to missionary work....
Yesterday we taught our investigator and we were able to bring a young woman with us so that was good. She is doing really well. She is actually moving out of her apartment on Nov 30th and moving with her daughter in Milwaukie just across the river so it's different ward boundaries. She said she is going to still try to come to OC 4th Ward because she has developed so many friendships and support from this Ward but it probably would be good for her to go were she is living. Her daughter is very active in the Ward so that is good. I love our investigator so much! She has had such a change of heart and she is becoming more at peace with herself too. Before she had such guilt and had a hard time with forgiveness but she is in a good place now.
On Saturday we were able to teach our other investigator at a member's house. Their son was able to pick him up was great and it's always so much better when we can have lessons at member homes. We taught him about temples and eternal families. We read the first few paragraphs of the family proclamation and showed the mormon message "Temples are a Beacon". He liked the idea of eternal families. He had quite a few questions on temples. We tried to answer the questions the best we could and the members did a great job helping answer some of those questions. We told him about Young Men's and he seems interested in going.
So in my first two areas I served, Farmington and Reedville (they meet in the same building) there was a less active YSA in the Hazeldale ward (also meets in the same building) that would sometimes go to the Farmington and Reedville church times so he could have time to play golf later on that day. We would talk to him in gospel essentials and stuff. Then when I was serving in Reedville the Elders started teaching his nonmember dad. He and his dad would come to Reedville on occasion because the time was more convenient with their golfing schedule. When the elders started teaching his dad , it was a total miracle because he was not interested at all for a long time. Anyway, the dad got baptized in Saturday and his son was able to baptize him! So totally awesome!
Sister McLaughlin was asked to say the prayer at his baptism since she served in Hazeldale and when he found out that we were companions he asked if I could come too! The Hazeldale missionaries said he would always say that I was his favorite missionary which I think is kind of funny but I didn't even teach him, just talked to him in gospel essentials. It was really fun going back to the Farmington building. Seriously as soon as we were driving through the area a flood of memories started coming back to me and I almost started crying! But it was the good kind of cry because that area is so near and dear to my heart. It was pretty surreal. Especially because I was in that area the same time last year so it looked exactly the same even though a whole year has passed.
Friday we taught a less active about the Restoration. He's deal is that he believes that Joseph Smith seeing God and Jesus Christ too far fetched. A 14 year old farm boy having a vision like that, yeah seems a little crazy. But the beauty of it all is you can find out for yourself if it is true! He knows he has to pray and read and go to church to get an answer but the desire is lacking. But he really appreciated us coming by and still wants to meet with us. We are going to teach him the Plan of Salvation hopefully tomorrow. We were also able to bring a YW to that lesson too, which was good. Man, I sure wish there were sister missionaries in the DII ward growing up. That would have totally sped up the learning curve if i could go out with them as a Laurel or something.
Our lesson we taught to our 11 year old investigator was good. We taught her about Priesthood. We had a picture on our ipads of Jesus giving his apostles the Priesthood and then put the picture of Joseph Smith getting the Priesthood from Peter, James, and John next to it to show that it is from the same guys that Jesus gave the priesthood too!
Alright, I'm gunna go. Sorry if i didn't have time to reply personally to your guy's email. I really do appreciate you writing me every week! I love hearing from everybody! I loved the pics! I'm glad the kiddos liked the mini missionaries.
I love you guys! The church is true!