our temple trip last week....
dinner with the sisters after saturday session of stake conference.
we went to a hawaiian bbq
sister franzen took us to our mirror lake hike last week.
she was so nice to take us.
it was such a gorgeous hike
this is near the top of the ridge....it's not snow, it's just ice.
it made it look soooooooo pretty. the pics seriously don't give it justice.
we went with our zone
these are the sisters serving in he 3rd ward along with sister franzen
it was very bright at the top and absolutely beautiful
(Mt. Hood, that is)
i live in such a beautiful place!
the pioneers came this way.
i don't now how they got through with their wagons without a trail...
the trees are so thick!
doing service for the frazens!
it was the first time in 15 months i got to mow the lawn!
the wind storm on monday night left quite mess at the brazens...
but never fear, the sisters are here!
doing service at the church of the Nazarene food drive!
we tried to go street contacting on this cool trail thing in our area that's on a golf course, we figured, hey! it's sunny, people might be out trying to catch the last of the rays before winter....nope. nobody was out. so we took some pics. there was one guy that we talked to but not about the gospel, just about running. maybe he needed to talk to us.
what do you do when you have to wait for your car to warm up?....
take sefies of course! it was freezing!
notice the scarf, head band, hat, jacket that rachel gave me.....
Man, what a week! It's been a good week....I'll start backwards.....
So yesterday was Sunday, church day. The third hour everybody except primary got training for the new, Just Serve program. Is that happening in SoCal? It's really cool. I'm excited how it will help bridge people from the community with church members and missionaries in a very open way that has no confrontation or misunderstanding. We are all just simply serving together to serve our fellowmen for the common good.
Then in the evening yesterday was the fireside with Brother Travis Tuttle...one of the missionaries that got kidnapped in Russia and held for ransom in 1998 and he and his comp survived. AND GUESS WHAT?! So there is this less-active kid that is 26 that lives in Oregon City but his records are in the Gladstone Ward. Anyway, Sister Allen would meet with him when we were together but me and Sister Powner couldn't ever get a hold of him. When I got put in Oregon City I recognized his house and was like, HEY! That is his house! We stopped by and talked to his roommates a few weeks ago and last week we were able to catch him home. He said he was really glad we stopped by and we were able to share a message and invite him and his roommate who is a Jehovah Witness to the fireside. AND THEY BOTH CAME! And they were able to sit with us even though they came late and we were in the front. It was sooooooooooooo packed. The whole chapel, culture hall, stage were filled. And they had people sit on the stand too because it was so full and people were standing in the back. And Sister Allen was able to say hi to him as well...she told him, "You know, it wasn't a coincidence that Sister Magnusson was put in your area...." That’s right. We had a less active come too but we couldn't find her because it was so full.
at the fireside with bro. butte...the missionary that got kidnapped in russia in 1998.
he's the bald guy in the middle
this picture was taken as sister ballard was trying to get
all 260 missionaries together to take a pic.
me and sister allen! oh man, i love that sister so much!
I was so happy to see her!
At the beginning of the fireside all 200 some missionaries (I think it is close to 260ish) sang the EFY Armies of Heleman/As Sisters in Zion melody. I'll tell you what, you get that many missionaries singing and the spirit is so strong! I would bawl every time I sang with a big group of missionaries at the MTC but now I am able to contain myself better. What Bro. Tuttle had to say was good. Sam, hopefully you don’t get called to Russia on your mish cuz you could get kidnapped and held for ransom. JK....it's probably a lot safer now....? After the elders escaped they both decided to finish their missions and not go home but they were relocated to England. Holy moly....I could not.
So Saturday was amazing. We had SPC breakfast in the morning. I think it stands for Stake Presidency Council, maybe. Anyways, all the missionaries in the zone were there. Like 24ish of us and the stake presidency served us breakfast and then we had a meeting about our Ward Christmas parties and service and inviting. It's was good, got a free breakfast out of it but it was also pretty random. Then we met with Muslin investigator at the Cooks house. The Cooks are members of the ward. They were able to pick him up and everything. Their two teenage kids sat in on the lesson. We taught him the Word of Wisdom. It went really good! Muslims don't drink so that wasn't much of a problem. He did say that he does like to drink his coffee, he drinks it every morning to wake him up but he's not addicted or anything....We asked him how he liked Stake Conference and he said it was long but he enjoyed the talks. He liked hearing President Monson and Elder Anderson. Elder Anderson told a story how this woman in Brazil converted at age 103 and Elder Anderson met her in the temple doing work for her ancestors at age 114. Our investigator said that if she could convert than anyone can, even from Muslim. He said that he is a truth seeker. Golden man! GOLDEN! He was much more open this time then like two weeks ago, cuz there he said he is not interested in ever joining but he would learn. Well, this time there was a different light in his eyes as we were teaching him. I credit most of it to teaching at the Cook's house. There was a great spirit already there. We tell him to pray but he says he doesn't have time to pray. Goodness, it's a serious epidemic among the people around these parts. I think he's worried if he prays he will know it is true.
Then after dinner on Saturday when we were sharing our dinner thought with the Lovelands, Brother Loveland actually said, "Yeah, I know of a sister that you guys should meet. After the prayer we can all go over together and I can introduce you guys." Whoa. What? Members and missionaries working together?! Revelation happening on the spot?! I think that was the first time a active member just said that and then we really did just leave right after dinner to this person's house that we have never met and it was a super good visit! The Lovelands earned 35 brownie points that night.
Then we went over to the another member's house . The mom said that her 17 year old daughter invited a couple of friends from school over for a game night and she really wants them to meet us but she wants to be stealthly about it. She said to "just happen pop on by" around 7:30pm that night. So that night we stopped by to give the mom some Primary manuals that we had (she is the primary prez) and to use the restroom (we really did need to go). Anyway, we joined in on the games and it was a super fun night! We shared a message before we left. We showed Because of Him and talked about the Atonement and Plan of Salvation. We had a good discussion and the spirit was there. It was just a super good day because I was a witness that the most effective way to do missionary work is members and missionaries working together! We tried some finding on our own that day and we had no success.
On Tuesday we mowed the Franzens lawn. I LOVE MOWING LAWNS! People never ask the sister missionaries to mow their lawns as acts of service. They always ask the elders and the sisters clean the floor. Bah. But it felt glorious to mow the lawn in the sun even if it was like 31 degrees. And good thing we mowed the lawn that day cuz there was a massive wind storm that night that blew a lot branches and things down. So the next day we picked up the yard and good thing we did cuz the next day came the freezing rain. That's when the temperature is like 32/33 degrees and it's raining but then it freezes on the ground or on the trees. Freezing rain is super cold. Probably because it was windy too. So yeah, if you haven't guess it is pretty to cold now. The sun is still out but it is freezing, literally. So don't worry y'all's up in Utah and Idaho, I'm cold too but a different kind of cold...a wet, moist, seeping into your bones kind of cold.
Alright, I got to go. I love you all! I'm glad I'm a missionary in Portland Oregon! The church is true!