...and Sis. McLaughlin's birthday
Thanksgiving at the Conners!
This couple took us to Yogurt Shack for Sis. M's birthday.
Bandit: the one-eyed roommate cat
Sis Baker sang at the Temple Visitors Center.
We were companions for a whole 3 days, you know:)
We went to the temple with our investigator...
...and her grandkids.
We took a walk through downtown Oregon City today. It was fun.
All the factory stuff by Wallamette Falls are paper mills.
Most of them are abandoned.
Too bad because the falls could look really pretty,
but it's totally ugly with all the factories there.
Well, another week has come and gone. Hard to believe that next week is transfers. Pray that I don't get transferred y'all. I do not want to leave here right before Christmas! That would be the worst! And to leave the Franzen Clan right before Christmas, that also would be horrible. They are our family!
So, what happened this week? I have no idea. Sometimes everything turns into such a blur. I'll start backwards. That way I can probably jog my memory a little bit.
So Sunday was church day. After church we went to the Relief Society President's house to pick her brain about the people we don't know in the ward. The other day Sister McLaughlin and I made a list of every person we don't know in the ward and then we took copious notes on what she had to say about them.
Then that night we meet one of our investigators. She was kind of at a low point at the moment but we were able to talk things through with her, read some D&C 121 and introduced her to lds.org and mormon.org on her laptop. She loved everything she saw on the websites! She loved the I'm a Mormon videos. She said she is so excited to explore the website and watch the videos during her free time at home. Those websites really are cool. She said she felt much better as we left. Satan is really working hard on her. He always does that with the people with the greatest potential. Her tentative baptism date is the end of February. She asked me to speak at it, I felt so honored!
Saturday was kind of random. In the morning we had zone sports. We played rusketball in the culture hall. It's ultimate frisbee with a rugby ball and to sore you have to make a shot through the basketball hoop. I like it. Then right afterwards we did some service. We found a service project through the Just Serve website. Do you guys know about that? It's really good. They church made a website that anyone in the community can put a service project they need done. Of course it has to be approved before it is put up but once it's there anyone can see it sign up! So on Saturday morning there was a need to help set up a Farmer's Market in downtown Oregon City so us and the 3rd ward sisters signed up. They person in charge was so grateful for our help! We told her we found out about it through the Just Serve website and she seemed impressed that it actually worked to get people to come. She wasn't a member. She was probably in her 50s and had a cute English accent.
Later in the afternoon we went tracting. Haven't been tracting in awhile. Man, I really don't like tracting. It gives me anxiety I feel like. We did talk to this nice lady who had relatives that were Mormon and she was wearing a Guam t-shirt and I asked if she ever lived in Guam and she said "yes, for 22 years!" I was like, "I lived in Saipan for like a month! And Rota!" (they are right next to Guam) She was pretty impressed. So that was a great connection. I have a lot of conversation starters or conversation go-ers with my connection with the islands. It's been so great because anything you get to connect with strangers to have a conversation, gospel related or not, is a good thing. Then people also realize that Mormon Missionaries are normal too.
Then the best part of the day was we had a great lesson with one of our investigators ! We were going to have it earlier in the day and we brought a member along but something came up for him and he said to come back in an hour. Phooey. Our schedule permitted to come back in an hour but not the member that took the time out of his day to come at the scheduled time. Ah well. We tried. But our lesson went really well later. He hasn't been reading his Book of Mormon, so we were like let's read the Book of Mormon with him this lesson. We decided to read 2 Nephi 31:5-12 and Matthew 3:13-17. The scripture in Matthew talks about when Jesus was baptized by John. It says he did it to fulfill all righteousness. The scriptures in 2 Nephi talks about why Jesus was baptized and what it means when it says "to fulfill all righteousness". So we felt like we were killing three birds with one stone. One, it was getting him to open the Book of Mormon to read it to feel the power it has and to feel the spirit when he does read it and two, it was showing him how the Bible and Book of Mormon support each other, and three it shows the importance of baptism. Anyway, he is so knowledgeable able the gospel. Not necessarily mormon doctrine but just the plain and simple truths found in Christianity, which is actually in our doctrine so as a matter of fact, yes! He already knows a lot about the mormon church and he doesn't even know it! He understood the principal of baptism very well and understood how it washed always your sins and it was symbolic of the resurrection. He also understood how the sacrament was a renewal of those covenants you make at baptism. He understands the Atonement. He did say that he was open to the idea of getting baptized if he found the Book of Mormon to be true. He just needs to get the time to read the thing! Yeah he does. He gave the coolest closing prayer. He thanked God for putting us into his life and he knows it wasn't a coincidence that we found him.
Friday we went to the temple with our investigator and she took her grandkids and she also brought a non-member friend. There is a little musical fireside every night at 7:00 from Dec.1st-25th. Sister Baker, my hermana companion for like three days was singing. She has an amazing voice. Very talented. I can't wait to see Sister Branchini there in a few months!
Thursday was exchanges. Sister McLauglin went to the Mount Hood area and Sister Barrett came to Oregon City and was my companion for the day. It wasn't a very exciting day. It was raining all day and are only set appointment was at 4:20 pm so we had our whole to fill. Our service that we planned to do in the morning fell through and noooooooooooobody was home who we tried to see. Either that or we woke them up (come on people, it's 2 in the afternoon), or they were mad we didn't call first before we came by (well you never answer our calls anyway). Yeesh. We did go to contact this less-active couple in an apartment complex and their family right next to them was just standing in his doorway looking at us. Not sure if he saw us coming or he was on his way out or what. So I said hi and asked if he had a good Thanksgiving (he's probably late 60s). He was pretty rude and said, "Well I hope you aren't coming to see me because you guys have already knocked on my door!" Nope, we are going to see your neighbor. "Why don't you give him a break and don't knock on his door because he just got home from work." Oh we didn't know that. We will definitely respect that and give him some time then. "Are you guys Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses?" We are Mormons....and then we just kept making conversation and eventually he warmed up to us and wasn't so rude anymore. He was a little weird and I didn't believe half the stories he said. As we were leaving he asked, "So is CJ a good prospect for you guys?" Well actually, he and his family are members of our church. Then the dude looked totally taken aback and a little embarrassed. Random story.
But then our appointment at 4:20 went really well. We actually had an appointment with her the day before too, but when she learned that a new sister was spending the day with me she was like, "Eoooooooooo, I want to meet her!" She loves sister missionaries. She wants to serve a mission. She would make a great missionary. Anywho, the day before Sister McLaughlin and I went over the baptismal interview questions with her. She rocked them. So Sister Barrett and I decided to review prophets with her. We showed her the Mormon Message "Dare to Stand Alone" and she loved it. She liked Pres. Monson's example of standing up for what you believe in.
Tuesday is split day and miracle of miracle we actually had two set appointments that didn't cancel. I went to see a less active member, with Sister Harlon. We taught him the Plan of Salvation and he actually knew it pretty well. He works in construction and has a hard time not talking offensively and he doesn't really have a desire to try to stop. I told him straight up that when he has a foul mouth and is always making dirty jokes he can't have the Spirit with him and won't receive answers to his prayers not because Heavenly Father doesn't want to answer him, but because he won't even recognize a prompting even if he gets one. I like him, he has a really good heart.
Okay, this email has gone on far too long. I got to go. See y'all laters! Merry Christmas! Remember, He is the Gift!