Portland, Oregon Temple

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Sister Magnusson's Last Day in the Mission

After 18 months of looking at this missionary board as we eat our family meals, we will have Kristine sitting at our kitchen table eating our meal together in person  tomorrow, April 21.  We look forward to picking her up at the airport.  
You are all invited to attend our Sunday service on Sunday May, 10 (Mother's day) to hear Kristine speak about her expereinces of bringing her brothers and sisters from Portland, Oregon to Christ.  The services will be at the Duarte Building at 1452 Royal Oaks Drive, Duarte, CA.  The services start at 10:00 am.  

Hey, don't have time to write an email but here parts of an email I wrote to my mission president this morning. I love you guys and I will see you tomorrow. I love you!

Hey President!

It's been a good last week. We were able to get a good number of visits in. We had a great visit to the temple with our investigators. The wife really liked the temple videos, especially when it showed inside the temple. She said her original notion of Mormon temples was quite unknown so there was a little bit of a negative connotation just because she didn't know much temples. She also liked learning how much of the community was involved in the building of the Portland Oregon temple process.  They liked walking around the grounds and we got to sit in the atrium for a few minutes. They said it was so peaceful and beautiful in there. The wife really appreciated being able to get a small taste of what the temple was like being in the atrium.
You can also see the video by clicking here

I had a good experience at the departing temple trip. I haven't really missed my family on the mission since I have been on my own for a while but it was in the celestial room I felt a deep yearning ache to see my family again and I got pretty emotional. I feel blessed that I haven't been homesick these past 18 months. I am really excited to see my family tomorrow....

Thanks for everything President! I feel so privileged to have served under your leadership.  You have changed my life not only for the present and future but for the eternities. Thank you.

Love,
Sister Magnusson

This is a post Kristine wrote on her Facebook page this morning:

On October 21st, 2013, (18 months ago tomorrow) I left the Missionary Training Center for Portland, Oregon. Today is my last day as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tomorrow I will be leaving Portland, Oregon to go home to California. It is impossible to accurately describe what it is like to be a Mormon missionary. It can only be experienced. I am so grateful for all my companions, the areas I served in, and the many hundreds of people I was able to meet in this great state. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that the Atonement is real. I know the Book of Mormon and the Bible contain the word of God. I know there is a purpose to this life and in the life to come, and I know families can be together forever.

Monday, April 13, 2015

"My last email home."

Our goodbyes with our ward mission leader and his fam, the Smiths! They are going out of town this week and we probably won't see them before I go so we took some pics! 

Well family. The time has come. My last email home. Next Monday is transfers and I probably won't have time to email because transfers are crazy and they are taking away the iPad. Good heavens. It's so weird. You never think this day is never going to come. But it is and it's weird. My world is going to come to an abrupt and total change, a complete 180 in my purpose, what I do, how I think, and how I act. I'll still be me but my focus will just have a complete shift. It has got to bet he weirdest thing anyone ever experiences.

On that note….I feel like this week has been good. Of course there is all the ups and downs and crazy roller coaster of emotions all the time BUT over all we had some really good things happen. THE BEST PART WAS YESTERDAY AT CHURCH! So our investigators made it to church and the gospel principals lesson was on the priesthood. I was kind of wondering what was going on in our investigator’s head during the lesson because her first concern when we started meeting with her was about the priesthood. Anyway, the teacher asked a question for the class to answer and she raises her hand and bore her testimony of what a great experience it was to get a priesthood blessing last Sunday and it helped sustain her through the difficulties of the week! It was totally awesome to hear! It was like she was a new person speaking. It made my heart sing!!!!!!!! AND THE OTHER BEST PART was they texted us that day asking when we could go to the temple with them that week! HOLLA! Oh my gosh I CAN'T WAIT FOR THEM TO GO TO THE TEMPLE! I just know it will be such a good experience for them. They are taking the lessons to learn more about how they can unite themselves as a family and to get questions answers and I just feel that the temple is all about that sort of thing. Oh my goodness, I love that family so much! I still want to remain in close contact with them even after I go home. They even invited us to their wedding reception this Sunday! They got married last November but they are doing the celebration now because they said their wedding was a quiet courthouse wedding. Anyway, we got permission to go and I can't wait to go! It will be so fun! I can't wait to meet their families.

We had a good lesson with our other investigator this week. I think I've written about her before. She is in her early 70s and a born-again Baptist. She really likes Mormons and really likes Mormon missionaries but she isn't interested in hearing the lessons, but is willing to do a Book of Mormon study with us. Well, for this lesson instead of reading out of the Book of Mormon we felt impressed to read with her  "His Grace is Sufficient"  by Brad Wilcox in the September 2013 Ensign. So we did. She loved it! She has always told us that she doesn't believe in works but from what she has told us she totally does. Her notion of "works" and our notion of “works”— she believes them to be something different....but they are not. We gave her that Ensign that the article was in and she was all excited. She wanted to know how to get an Ensign subscription! She said some really good things were said in that article and it put the concept of Christ's grace in an easy way to understand. Uh, yeah!  She also said that she could probably share it with people. Please do!
This is a summery of Brad Wilcox's article that can be found here.

We taught our young investigator The Ten Commandments this week. She is such a rockstar. She is so solid in reading her Book of Mormon and Old Testament stories. That's super helpful because from that she already had a small background of who Moses was. She has a baptism date for May 9th and she is still solid for that date. Her mom is doing so good too. She gave a really good comment in Sunday School. She said that when she had a death in the family recently she was able to turn to a priesthood blessing instead of other harmful things to help her cope. That was so cool to hear!

We were able to have a lot of member lessons this week which was good. Some were more interesting than others. Like one older inactive lady that we visited basically straight up told us she doesn't want any commitments, doesn't want to read the Book of Mormon with us, she feels like she is super close to God, doesn't need to come to church or serve or read her scriptures (the scriptures stress her out she said)....BUT she really enjoys visiting  us and our "stories." So we can come over and share with her our "stories". Ugh. We still feel like we should see her because we will be only contact she has with the church regularly and maybe as we bring the spirit into her home her heart will be softened.

Well, I wish I could say more about these other member lessons but there is not a ton of time and I feel like sometimes writing these emails you just can't put all the emotion and stories and dialogue and the Spirit or lack of the Spirit, that goes on. You just really can't describe what a mission is like....truly. This will probably be the most unique thing I will ever do in my whole entire life. I am so eternally grateful that I have chosen to serve. I can not imagine my life without this mission. It is overwhelming that all of this will be over in literally just an instant. Just next Tuesday. Well, really next Sunday night because come Monday we aren't really going to do any missionary things, just transfers. Sister Thurber will get a new comp and I will go with the other departing missionaries to President's house for a dinner then I think all the Sisters will go to President Ward's house to sleep (he is in the mission presidency) then wake up real early to go to the airport and then fly home. Done. Wow. The church is true.

"The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” Joseph Smith

 I love you all. I will see you  soon.

Love,
Sister Magnusson

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter and General Conference

Doing service for Adam's Eagle project.  
We were sewing the last of his aprons.  

We had a ward Easter lunch/Easter egg hunt between sessions 
of General Conference on Saturday.  
This is a picture of the kids lining up for the egg hunt.  

A family from the ward made some delicious tacos for lunch!  
Authentic stuff.  Dad would have really like them.  

The Joys had us over for lunch on Sunday and made us a nice little Easter Treat!  


Today we went downtown with the Beaverton Sisters!  
Sis Branchini, Benson, and Halogen.  

Sister Benson and Branchini were MTC companions as well.

We went to the Keep Portland weird sign,

Powells Bookstore,

the Food Carts, 
and Vodo Doughnuts.  

Family! How is it going?! 

This morning we went to downtown! I always thought it would be fun to serve downtown amongst the craziness . One of the Sisters we were with, Sister Halgren, served there for her first area. She said it was a lot of fun! It was good to hang out with Sister Branchini too! 

This may have to be a quickie email. 

The miracle of the week award go to our investigators couple.  Their hearts have very much been softened these past couple months and the lady accepted the offer of getting a blessing. The blessing was such a good experience for her. The spirit was so strong. They also watched the Sunday morning of General Conference. Oh my goodness, Sister Wixom's talk was PERFECT for them! I'm so glad they watched THAT session because it was those talks that they needed to hear. Our lesson with them earlier this week was a pretty cool miracle too! So I can't remember if I wrote to you  last week about our investigator's concern about receive the Holy Ghost after she is baptize because she said she has been feeling it strongly for most of her life as long as she was living worthy of it. Anywho, we did our homework and talked to a convert in our ward to get her opinion on things and guess what?! Revelation was flowin'! It was really helpful to talk to the convert because she said that was a really big hang up for her when she was investigating. She said ultimately it just came to a matter of prayer and she asked Heavenly Father if this was what he wanted her to do because she didn't understand this principal.  She really liked other doctrines of the Church like eternal families. She got her answer to be baptized and everything worked out for her. Well, when we went to the lesson, she kind of already had her question figured out in her mind. She came up with a balloon analogy that was really good! She said that we all feel the Holy Ghost in our lives, some more than others. The more we feel it, the more our balloon is filled.  She said people like her have their balloon already pretty filled but when they are baptized it just gets that much more air and even MORE FILLED YES! We loved her little analogy! 

We had a really good lesson with our ten year old investigator. She is on like chapter 25 of the children's Old Testament Stories and can't remember how far along in the Book of Mormon Stories but she is understanding it pretty well! We talked 1 Nephi 3:7 and kind of the background of it all and she totally got it! They were so excited to watch conference and see MODERN day prophets! Her mom is doing awesome too! 

Mom, I just wanted to thank you for always inviting people to our house to watch conference. This whole week it feels like we were making the awkward calls to ask people to ask other people to watch conference at their house. What a difference it makes to watch conference with other members in their home. . So, thank you.

K, sorry. Told ya it was going to be a short one. Got things to do! I love you all! The Church is true! 

Love, 
Sis. Magnusson

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy Birthday! Please pass the cake.

Birthday cards for the birthday missionary

Street contacting in the woods.
 j/k It's a paved path but it looks like you are in the woods.  

Birthday lunch with Elder and Sister Joy

Birthday cake

Birthday celebration

Birthday dinner with the Hatch family.  Sis. Hatch's father, President Swenson,
was the president of the Arcadia Mission when Sis. Hatch was a teenager.  

More birthday cake

The Westview sisters decorated our door!  

District meeting and we had more....cake!  

Helping at a youth's eagle project.  He was making aprons for some school cafeteria.  My skills I have learned making my curtains and pajama pants have not gone to waste!

Volunteering at the food bank!  We go every week.  
Does this picture remind you of I Love Lucy candy factory scene?

Zone Service at a u-pick blueberry farm!


It was such a beautiful day!  
I haven't been in that much sunlight in years!

Just call me snake whisper
Hello family!

Well it's a beautiful spring day in Beaverton, Oregon! First and foremost is the celebration of mine and Sister Thurber's day of birth! The senior missionary couple that lives above us, the Joys, took us to Applebees for lunch where I ate waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much food. Then had dessert after that. Then we went to teach  our investigator and the member's house we had it at had a surprise cake for us after the lesson. So we had more cake. Then we went to dinner, we totally we not hungry which was a real shame because the Hatches signed up to feed us and they always make reeeeeeeaaaaally good, yummy food. Then we had....more cake! And the Hatches invited our investigators too, so it was a lot of fun and the they had a really good time so that was good! But man, it sure was a ton of food. A ton of sugar mostly. First world missionary problems I'd tell ya....

At our district meeting, our district leader gave us more cake too. Whew-weee! I was just about ton with cake after that! But we so appreciated everybody that was so nice and kind to us on our b-days.

The next day was Sister Thurber's b-day and it was a day of a lot of finding....a lot of knocking on doors that weren't home or pretended not to be home. But then we had a nice dinner and mooooooooooooooore cake! We did get an appointment in with a potential investigator though. It was nice! Especially since we cold contacted her. We had a good lesson that evening with a less-active. We met with him for the first time a few weeks ago and there was not a whole lot spiritual discussion, more of a get-to-know-you, interesting conversion in interesting stuff he is interested in. Blah. We definitely needed more structure…. well, we decided this lesson was going to have more structure to it for sure. We decided to ask him if he would just take the lessons from us. So we go into the lesson, less small talk, and we just ask him what he wants spiritually in life (he didn't really know how to answer that, but I think I worded it weird when I asked him) and if he will take the lessons from us. He said not to long ago he took the lessons from the sisters but by the time they got up to the Word of Wisdom he and his wife (she is not a member) had a lot of issues with that, then he said the missionaries never came by again. Hmmmmmm, okay. We bore our testimony to him about faith and obedience and all that jazz on how he can receive personal revelation for himself to know if the Word of Wisdom is a commandment of God that he should follow and that could give him great blessings. In fact, we told him that is true for everything that is in The Church! We don't have to take anyone's word on anything. We can each pray to know and gain a testimony for ourselves! He said he has prayed but never received an answer. Well, you got to act on faith and faith is an action word. We read him Alma 32:21, 26- 27. I think he liked it. He seemed to get him thinking at least. We wouldn't commit to taking the lessons or reading the Book of Mormon or going to church but he said he wanted to read the Bible. Okay, well the Bible is the word of God too. We have an appointment with him tomorrow so we will see how his Bible reading is going among other things.

Well as you probably all know the new Easter video is out, Because He Lives. I'd tell ya, we were so excited for it to come out! When a new Mormon Message comes out, missionaries get so excited! I love Because He Lives! Each time I see it I get something new out of it and then I think about the whole meaning of Easter even more. When we show it to people I wanna be like, okay, now let's watch it again and see what else you got from it. Or now let's watch Because of Him because that has a very similar message and I get something new out of watching that one too.
He Lives 
You can also view the video by clicking here

Because of Him  
You can also view the video by clicking here 

We met with our Born Again Baptist investigator this week and she really liked it. She says our church always makes good videos. Speaking of that investigator she really liked 1 Nephi 8 about the tree of life. She isn't willing to take the lessons but will do a Book of Mormon study with us. She wanted to keep reading to see what happened but we had to go but we told her she could DEFINITELY read ahead on her own. In fact, we encourage it. She said, "You know what, the Book of Mormon isn't too hard to understand once you get into it." Nope, it's not! Well, at least till you hit the Isaiah chapters.

Mid way through last week one of our investigator’s mom told us about a death in her family and it was a really sad one. Well, all deaths are sad but this particular circumstance was really not a good one. We asked the mom if she wanted a blessing and she said she hadn't gotten one for about maybe 20 plus years. We were so proud of her when she accepted to have a blessing. Some beautiful things were said in there. The mom has gone through so much and Satan is trying so hard to bring her down, but she is fighting to keep her faith! Anyway, she came to church yesterday and a few hours afterwards she texts us and tells about a very sacred, special experience she had in Sacrament meeting. I started bawling as I was reading the text. It was such an answer to our prayers for her and I know to her prayers. It just makes you feel so good because you love all of these people so much and you work so hard for them and you just want to do everything for them to have them gain their own testimony but a lot of the time you don't see the outcome of what you have done with them in the short time you are there. But seeing her testimony grow so strong even in the mist of adversity has just been so amazing to witness.

Alright family! I'm going to call it quits on this email for now! Thanks for being awesome and thanks for all the cards, and money, and granola! I so appreciate everybody's support! And Sister Thurber loves her granola too!

The church is true! Don't forget to watch conference next weekend!


Love,
Sis. Magnusson

I figured if I look like Saquatch, aka Bigfoot, people would want to talk to us because people here are obsessed with Sasquatch.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I Like to Look for Rainbows

You can't see it but there is a rainbow.....on SAINT PATRICK'S DAY! I don't know if I have ever seen a rainbow on Saint Patricks Day! It's like, have you ever had a Halloween with a full moon? Those things just don't happen!
Hello family!

Well it's my last day of my 24th year! What shall I do? Well, already I have gone to the doctors, been to Winco, post office, and now here at the family history center emailing. Later on we are going to play racquetball, go to a consignment shop and I'm going to try to sell some clothes to them so I can buy some things from them, sister Thurber will practice the piano (I might do some more emailing during that time...or exercise), so yeah....good day. Tomorrow we will do some finding, teaching, contacting less-actives, the usual missionary routine! What a great way to spend your first day of your 25th year eh?! For Sister Thurber's first day of her 21st year on Wednesday we will probably do about the same thing. Life of a missionary, yo!

Oh, and I keep forgetting to write about this but do you guys remember the Arcadia Mission president before President Owen? Or maybe it was two before President Owen - President Swenson. Anyway, his daughter Erin Hatch is in the Five Oaks Ward. We figured all that out the first time I had dinner with them. I was like, hey! We have totally lived in the same stake for three years! I think she may be one year old than you, Lisa. Their family is so great. So missionary minded. We are having them for my b-day dinner tomorrow. Fun stuff!

The lesson of the week award goes to one of our current investigators! So the last two times we have met at Burger King. I was like oooooooooookay, I think I'm done meeting at Burger King because it's just not very conducive to the spirit, ya know? So miracles of miracles we found someone during Spring Break that could pick her up and drive her to the church to have a lesson, stay for the lesson, and drop her back off. She was like the best member present! I love it when those happen! Great testifier, wasn't awkward, jumped right in when she had something to say, had good things to say, asked good questions. Folks if the missionaries ever ask you to go to a lesson, GO! And just be yourself and be natural and follow the spirit. The missionaries will LOVE YOU! We had the lesson on the Restoration and we were able to answer her questions on what the Book of Mormon actually entails and such. Our investigator bore a powerful testimony of Christ's Atonement. It was really cool. She said that one of the things she most missed about attending our church in the past, are the quiet, peaceful, reverent hymns. WE felt impressed to have a closing song with her in the chapel after our lesson and we sang Nearer My God to Thee. The Spirit was so strong. She loved it! It really helped that Sister Thurber has such a beautiful voice and I could play that hymn.

Those talents have also been really useful at the Altimeter's center we volunteer at every week. I play the piano and sister Thurber sings. The residents and workers love it. There are two LDS residents there. One time when we were doing a musical number (God Be With You Till We Meet Again), the daughters of one of the LDS residents were there. As we were getting ready to go one of the daughters came up to us and said with tears in her eyes "thank you." She said her mom got pretty emotional during that song and it probably brought back some memories that she couldn't express. That made me happy to hear. The Spirit was pretty strong during that song. I could feel it. All of those residents are pretty child like there and I know they could feel it too.   So thank you mom for making me take piano lessons even though I resisted. Good thing those residents cant remember what we sang last time because I just play the same songs basically. My goal is to pick up piano lessons again when I return home and when I get some money.

We met with our other investigators this week and taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Megan has a strong Christian background and agreed with everything we said except she had some questions about receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost only after you are baptize. She said she has felt the Holy Ghost so strongly in her life and she feel like she can receive answers to her prayers anytime through Holy Ghost. Her relationship with God is so near and dear to her heart and sacred and to hear someone say that she can't have that full relationship with God till after she is  baptized, she wasn't understanding. Good questions. Everyone, yes, can indeed feel the power of the Holy Ghost if living worthy enough to feel it. There is a difference, though, in having the sanctifying Gift of the Holy Ghost. We had a hard time explaining it. We did read her the Bible Dictionary Definition of the Holy Ghost which says,

The power can come upon one before baptism and is the convincing
witness that the gospel is true. By the power of the Holy Ghost a
person receives a testimony of Jesus Christ and of His work and the
work of His servants upon the earth. The gift can come only after
proper and authorized baptism and is conferred by the laying on of
hands, as in Acts 8:12–25 and Moro. 2. The gift of the Holy Ghost is
the right to have, whenever one is worthy, the companionship of the
Holy Ghost. For those who receive this gift, the Holy Ghost acts as a
cleansing agent to purify them and sanctify them from all sin. Thus it
is often spoken of as “fire” (Matt. 3:11; 2 Ne. 31:17; D&C 19:31). The
manifestation on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) was the gift of the
Holy Ghost that came upon the Twelve, without which they were not
ready for their ministries to the world.

We told her we would do more study on it and get back to her for the next lesson.

We had a few meeting with recent converts this week and one really made my day! We went over Mosiah 3 with her and she had some amazing insights on it. She hasn't ever read the Book of Mormon all the way through and she doesn't have a pattern of daily scripture study in her life. She also can't come to church much because she is a nurse and works a lot of Sundays. We committed her to have daily scripture study and she said she would do it. A few days later she called us just to say that she has been reading everyday and she has been taking it slow because she has been doing it very thoughtfully and with the institute manual and she really wants to understand. She said she is feeling really good about it and just wanted to call and let us know. That was like the best thing that happened that day!

Alrighty, gotta go. Things to do, places to be, souls to save! Happy birthday Janelle tomorrow! The big TWO EIGHT! That's so old. Twenty five is old too. K, the church is true! Love you everybody!

Love,
Sister Magnusson
Kristine (Sis. Magnusson)
with her sisters 
March 24, 1990

Janelle with here sisters
March 24, 1987 


Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Easter

We had dinner with a member on Saturday night 
and they had some cute new baby bunnies! 
Happy Easter! 

What up family! 

The first week on the transfer is done. Man, it was a slow one. But it will pick up I'm sure. We had stuff going on but in my mind it was slow. 

We had a really good lesson with our investigators . I was worried because we were teaching the second half of the Plan of Salvation.  When we taught the first half a few weeks ago, the wife had a lot of questions with some Adam and Eve stuff and I didn't feel like we answered the wife’s questions very well. And before we left that lesson she told us her specific questions ahead of time about the Spirit World and the 3 Kingdoms so we could be prepared  with what she was going to ask. I felt like I would know how to answer them but she asks some good ones as we go along so we weren't sure how this was going to be. Well, we prayed really hard for the Spirit to be there at that lesson because really it didn't matter what we said or how we answered her questions, if the Spirit wasn't there, nothing was going to go right anyway. Sooooooooo, miracles of miracles the lesson went great! Everything we said to her she seemed to make sense of it in her mind, we were able to back up her questions using the Book of Mormon and the Bible.  The Christian background she grew up with and what we teach are pretty darn near similar so a lot of it she was pretty okay with. Sister Thurber and I were just so relieved that everything went well and that both the husband and wife and us didn't leave the lesson feeling frustrated…..I do know that we were put in their path for a reason (or that they put us in their path for a reason because they called us originally). They are such an awesome family. I love them so much! 

So on Saturday afternoon my companion got sick and we had a lesson in a couple hours so I had to coordinate finding somewhere my companion could rest, and find a member that could be with me and drive us to the lesson. Well, miracles of miracles everything worked out (and after a few hours of sleep, my companion woke up completely cured!). Anywho, the lesson went good!   Our investigator asked if she committed to having more lessons would that mean she is committed to baptism. We told her no.  She asked what the first lesson was and we gave her a water down version of the Restoration, focusing on the Apostasy. We told her our next lesson we could go over more of the Restoration. She said she would like have each of the lessons in pieces so not to overwhelm her.  We committed her to read the Book of Mormon and get the gospel library app downloaded. I really like her.

Until next time! Remember,  the Church is true!

Love,

Sister Magnusson

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"It's Been a Whirlwind Week!"

Hello everybody!

The beginning of a new transfer! Sister Thurber and I are still together in the Five Oaks ward. Not really a surprise there, but president did split of some trainers with their greenies in the middle of their training this transfer so really, anything can happen!

Man, it has been a whirlwind week! Lots of miracles witnessed! The biggest miracle was Saturday for sure. So our investigator from Gladstone was scheduled to get baptized that day. Gladstone is on the other side of the mission from where I am, so I was stressed how I was going to get there. Sister Powner, who also taught her with me is in a neighboring ward next to ours. So we got permission to carpool over together and we had to get some members to stay with our comps in our areas while we were at the baptism. So like 6 days before we got a hold of the YSA elders and ask them if they know of any girls in their ward that’s preparing for a mission that would want to hang out with Sister Thurber for awhile while I go to the baptism. Anyway they gave us a name of a YSA that is leaving for a mission end of April and she said she could do it!  And Sister Powner was able to get a member for their area. So we all met up at our apartment that morning, did our switching, then we are off! Another blessing is that we were able to set up an appointment with one of our investigators, while I was gone so Sister Thurber and the member actually had something to do instead of tract. Sister Powner and I were able to get to Gladstone without any problems. Our investigator has  prepared so well for her baptism. She has read most of the Book of Mormon (and has understood what she has read!) and has read a lot of preach my gospel! I know I will be friends with her and her family forever! I can't wait to see them again!

K, so another miracle is that our other investigators committed to see Meet the Mormons at the visitor center for this past Saturday AND THEY INVITED THEIR FRIENDS TOO! Their friends live pretty close to the temple.
Anyway, everything went so smoothly. We were able to finish our dinner on time, which meant that we were able to go meet our members that were taking us on time (and we had members that were willing to take us), and we were all able to get to the temple on time and all at the same time. They loved the movie! They said their favorite person was the candy bomber! I am so glad that they saw the guy from Nepal too! I thought that was good for the husband because the guy from Nepal talks about converting from Hinduism to Christian and how his perspective of God has totally changed. There is no more fear but only love. And he now knows that we are all loved by our Heavenly Father and we are His children. They also loved walking around the temple grounds.  The best part of the night was that the wife said she had never felt so happy! Whoa! When she said that it made my heart sing! And her countenance truly did show it! And another miracle is that we all said our goodbyes in the parking lot and we were walking to our car when out of the visitor center walks the Morbys! (Sis Magnusson's old mission president and his wife.) Oh my goodness I almost jumped out of my skin! They are visiting Oregon for a little bit (can't remember why) but man oh man, it was so good to see them! That was such a treat! The Morbys are some of the great human beings ever (besides my family of course!) .

So another miracle was that yesterday was invite Sunday and a family in the ward (really love them by the way!) invited a co-worker and she came and she really enjoyed it! She stayed for all three hours and she said that everything was pretty much the same to her beliefs except for the added scriptures that we study. She did like how much scripture we used and quoted in our lessons and such because she said that her church just talks about scriptures in more of a round about way and not necessarily quoting stuff I guess. She said that she would definitely be interested in learning more about Joseph Smith. Sweet! She isn't in our area, she lives by the temple but hey, all the same work right!

So we have an appointment with the lady that walked into church a couple weeks ago because she is church hopping.We picked up a referral from the rock creek sisters, a lady they met volunteering at a food pantry.  We met with her once and it was a good meeting. I'm excited to work more with her. All right, got to go. Love you all! Church is true!

Love,

Sister Magnusson

Sister Magnusson with Sister Branchini.  Sis. Alejandra Branchini is from our home ward and they are serving together in the Oregon, Portland mission! Monday was Sis. Branchini's first day in Oregon.

More missionaries serving together in the Oregon, Portland Mission.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

"March is upon us"

 These pictures are from January when Elder M. Russell Ballard came to visit our mission

Elder and Sis. Ballard with Pres. and Sis. Ballard

Me and Sister Thurber her first week here

At Micky D's!  We had a buy one, get on free shake coupon.

We went on a little nature walk this mornin'.....

Hola Family!

Well, March is upon us! The blossoms are out...thanks to the very confusing last two sunny weeks of February. Hey, I'm not complaining...

Man, I can't even tell you what happened this week. It all just kind of comes into a blur. Last Monday we taught one of our families. We decided to go back to the basics and see how the wife’s prayers are going because the very first second we ever taught them she said she didn't know if Heavenly Father answered her prayers or how He did or if He even loved her. She said she prays every day and with her husband to but she still has a hard time recognizing answers because she says the answers just don't seem to come. We showed her one of the Patterns of Light videos about revelation and that seemed to help her and told her that Heavenly Father always answers,  but sometimes the answer is yes, or no, or just wait a bit. We had dinner with them on Friday and she announced that she is reading the Book of Mormon for the first time and for the most part she is understanding it but just got really confused in some of the Isaiah chapters. She said it was cool to read about the Iron Rod and stuff because that is stuff she grew up hearing about but never really read about it before.
You can also see the video by clicking here.  

So on Saturday we booked seeing Meet the Mormons at the Visitor Center with a couple where we are trying to get the husband to prepare himself for the temple. But then that night our investigator family that we are teaching said they could meet! We were devastated because we haven't been able to meet with them for a while and we didn't want to cancel the Meet the Mormons movie because we already had to reschedule with them twice. So originally we asked our other family if we could reschedule, even though in our hearts would probably wouldn't be able to meet with them again till next week cuz they usually can only meet on Saturday nights. So then we were like no! We are going to make this work! So we figured we would try to do splits. One of us going to the family's lesson and the other to the movie and get a ward missionary to go to the lesson with us because for the movie the wife is an active member so she could be our companion. Anywho, after some crazy legalistic work (I'm telling you people have no idea the planning that goes on in this!) we got it all figured out how we could do both! Then it was just a matter of deciding who went where. Naturally Sister Thurber said she felt more comfortable going to the movie and I teach the lesson with a ward missionary. So I said I was fine with that but then I didn't get such a good feeling about it. So I told her after a little bit that I felt that she should go to the lesson and I go to the movie. She looked a little nervous but she said she would do it. By the time we met up again, she told me about the lesson and it sounded like THE BEST LESSON we ever had with them! We planned to teach them God is Our Loving Heavenly Father and the Gospel Families because last time we taught about worshiping one God (Hindus worship lots of Gods and it's a concept we are trying to break through with the husband because he is the one that is Hindu, the wife is a Christian). Oh! And another awesome thing is the husband said that between our last visit and this visit he watched the whole Ten Commandments movie! That is awesome! Last time we read The Ten Commandments with them so that probably sparked some interest I guess. Anywho, Sister Thurber also said that when they asked the husband what it would mean if he knew God is his lovely Heavenly Father he said that it would change everything! He said that we would want to share this message with everyone and serve everyone and he would have a closer bond with God because he would know how to communicate with Him. THAT IS A HUGE STEP FOR HIM! When Sister Thurber told me that it seriously made me heart sing! AND ANOTHER MIRACLE IS THAT THEY COMMITTED TO SEE MEET THE MORMONS AT THE VISITOR CENTER NEXT WEEK! That is also huge! Every time I watch that movie and see the guy from Nepal I want them to see it because I feel like they would be able to connect with him so well! So I am very excited for next week!

Another reason to be excited for next week is that MY INVESTIGATOR  FROM GLADSTONE IS GETTING BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY AND I GET TO GO! ....as long as I find a companion for Sister Thurber to work in our area while I'm gone. I'm a little nervous about finding someone though. We will see how it goes, but oh my gosh I am so excited for Michele! She has prepared herself so well and has REALLY looked into this to make sure that this is what she wants to do. Man, when I think of Gladstone I think of her and her family. This will bless them so much! I love that family so much, you guys have no idea! It's amazing the love you have for these people just from knowing them for just a few short months! It's only a fraction of a fraction of the love Heavenly Father has for us all!

Well, I should probably go but I love you all. Thanks for all your emails and pics and such. I do love looking at the pics. Happy March! March is the best month of all! (Sis. Magnusson's birthday is March 24.  If you would like to  send her a birthday wish, her mailing address is on the side of this blog)

K, The Church is true and Heavenly Father loves you!

Love,
Sister Magnusson

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 21: "It was a happy, happy day!"

Angelina's baptism!  It was a happy, happy day!  

The young man who baptized Angelina is a friend that is attending BYU Idaho right now.  
He drove down from Idaho for the baptism.  
 Bishop Carroll also played a big part in her journey to baptism as well.

With Sis. Carroll, the bishop's wife.  

Kelsey is the Young Single Adult Family Home Evening chairperson.  
She has been great at fellowshipping Angelina.  

Sis. Jensen has a daughter Angelina's age.  When Angelina moved to the United States from Ukraine when she was 6, she didn't know any English.  It was Sis. Jenson's daughter who was one of the first people to be her friend during that time.  This is a picture of Sis. Jensen telling that story to Angelina.  Pretty cool.  

This is all the sister missionaries who have taught her...
Sis. Magnusson, Thurber, Reyes, and Larson.  
SisterLarsen was able to come up from Utah and Sister Reyes (a visitor center sister) was able to come because she was kind of the like the first official missionary to teach her because she came to the visitor center before she contacted us.  

Angelina wrote a blog post about her journey to finding the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  You can read the story by clicking here.

Other happenings this past week.... 

We were able to go the the temple last Tuesday...

Take notice of the sun and me not having a jacket or boots.  

It's so sunny right now .  I love it!
 Someday ya'lls will come to this temple and see how beautiful it is.  

Where's Waldo Sis. Magnusson?
 Hint:  "So that shadow of a person at the base of the temple is moi."  

We went to the temple with this family to see the movie, Meet the Mormons.  It was their first time coming to the Portland Temple.  It was cool to walk around with them.  I love them so much!

Don't mind the frizz.

All these shoes are from all the missionaries at the Stake Presidency Breakfast.   
It was a good breakfast...

Hello family.

Well, first and foremost happy birthday to my favorite brother ever. My brother is 19. For my 19th birthday we went to Haleiwa and went surfing with my freshman buddies. (Sis. Magnusson was a student at BYU Hawaii)  Sam I would like to point out that the majority of your 19th year will be spent as a missionary. All of your 20 year will be spent as a missionary too. I remember for my 24th birthday thinking, man, this whooooooole time that I am 24, I will be a missionary. It was an overwhelming thought but I'm getting through it!

The highlight of this week was Angelina's baptism. I probably count it as one of the of times I have felt the spirit strongest on the mission. It was seriously such a powerful experience. Angelina is so amazing. Hopefully someday y'all's can meet her. She should hear back from the BYUs sometime soon to see if she got in. She was so happy greeting everybody for her baptism. She had lots of support which was awesome. Sister Larsen was able to come from Utah and some YSA Ward people came, and our ward people came. It was such an incredible experience. I spoke on baptism, Sister Larsen spoke on the Holy Ghost, we had a member sing, I Believe in Christ, and then our bishop and the YSA bishop said some things at the end. Then sister Thurber, Sister Larsen, Angelina, and I went to Coldstone to celebrate! She was truly radiated that day.

So we usually have preparation-days on Mondays but yesterday we had a mission wide iPad meeting so they changed our p-day to today. We are going to get updated iPads this week. Pretty crazy. The director for the Provo MTC and this 70 guy gave us this training for missionary work in the digital age. It was cool just to get s sneak peek what the prophet and the 12 Apostles have envision for missionary work. Pretty mind boggling actually. The Lord is hastening his work, that is for sure. We also got a sneak preview on the Easter video that the church is going to put out. I won't give anything away but, I'll just tell ya, it’s going to be good!

We saw the movie, Meet the Mormons, with a family from the ward. They are preparing go
back to the temple and they should be going soon - either in March or April, I bet. I love them so much! We taught them more about the Fall and Adam and Eve and how it pertains to the Plan of Salvation to help them prepare for the temple. They said that was super helpful.

Random thing...so yesterday at the iPad training while we were on break I was standing next to some sisters and one of the greenies said something like, "You know Sister Magnusson, wanna know something kind of funny? I totally looked at your blog a lot before I came out. So when I saw you the first day I was like I know her from somewhere.” Anyway, I thought it kind of funny.

We had a lesson with one of our investigators this week. She is only kind-of-sorta an investigator because she isn't so much interested in changing her religion but she is listening to the Book of Mormon so we don't want to drop her just yet. Anyway, she is super sweet and loves us. She is 83 years old (I think). She is the one who we took to the family history center last week. Anywho she kind of talks a lot and this time she was talking a lot about her family members that have died. Like her husband died when he was 45. Her mom died when She was 29. Most of her siblings have passed away. It was pretty depressing to hear about all of it. Even though she doesn’t want to be taught, we taught he some of the Plan of Salvation anyway through our conversation. She said she hadn't ever really thought about a pre-mortal life before and hadn't really thought about getting our bodies back in the resurrection....well yeah, that's the best part man, and our resurrected bodies will be perfect!

We were able to officially meet with a less active family since the first time I've been here. They have let us drop by but never had set an appointment to actually teach them. They have two elementary school age kids that are pretty active. We catered the lesson to them but really we were talking to the parents. We gave a little lesson on the Sacrament and why it is important. Everybody was
agreeing with what everybody was saying and they said they would be at church on Sunday but they weren't there.

Our Book of Mormon reading with a member is going pretty good. Each time we meet for our little Book of Mormon study group he inputs more and seems to be understanding more. Someone from Church commented at a dinner we were at how much happier he is looking at church. When she said that I was thinking, you know what, it's true! I have seen him smile more which is awesome!

Alright, I'm going now. Sorry this took forever to get out. Lots of crazy stuff happening today. I would start this email, then have to stop, then start it again.  Good thing for iPads, eh?

Church is true and Sam is now 19! Whew-who! Love ya little bro!
This picture was taken when Sam was 12 years old.

Love,
Sister Magnusson