Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's Cold Outside

so this picture is from the day that we wore our super frumpy missionary outfits.
long skirts with kind of ugly sweaters.  it was the warmest things we had!

these pictures are of us street contacting....don't be deceived.
even though the sun was out, it was very cold!

 ...like i said, even though the sun was out, it was super cold
as you can tell with the sidewalk ice.

i saw lauren and brandon today! both fellow bio majors at byuh, me and lauren worked together, went to saipan together, we all studied o-chem and molecular biology together. good times catching up! they live about 4 miles down the road where we live....different ward though.

Hey family!

Not much time to write, but a ton to say so we will see how this goes!

So today we went to the Nike Company Store. You need passes from someone who works there and a member of our bishopric works there so he got us passes. Everything Nike was 50% off. But still super expensive. The whole time I was there I kept telling Sister Larsen, man my lil' bro would seriously die if he came here. For realz, Sam. You'd be like you died and gone to heaven. I did by some shoes and a sweater. Shoes 40 bucks and sweater 40 bucks. Nice shoes, I would basically wear them for the swag not for exercising. And the sweater is an Oregon Ducks sweater. Also a pretty nice one. I bought them with my Christmas money so thanks ya’lls :)

Also saw some BYU Hawaii buddies that live a few miles down the road. It was super fun to see them. We were all bio majors and all had classes and worked together and stuff. Now they have a kid. Weird.

So there was this one morning this past week where we didn't have anything to do from 10am-12pm (those are hard hours to fill if you don't have anything scheduled) so we decided just to walk around the streets and we started talking to this guy mowing the lawn outside this doctor's office and he was asking us what we were doing and we explained to him that we were missionaries and we help people come closer to Christ. He said that he believes in God but doesn't really pray anymore because he feels guilty because he will pray, then he sins, then prays and will sin again! And that's why he doesn't go to church anymore either. We explained to him that church is like a hospital. Everyone that goes to church needs to go because they are imperfect and are spiritual sick in some way and are trying to better themselves. If everyone was perfect, well then, there would be no need for church! We just had a really good conversation with him and he seemed pretty sincere when he said he would try to make it to church with us next week. If he progresses, we will probably end up passing him to the Spanish elders but that's okay, it's all the same work! Man, sometimes I just wish I could speak Spanish.

Sister Larsen caught a bad cold and the day that it was the worst we had service lined up at this Alzheimer’s  care facility and at the Food Bank. Both places you shouldn't be with a cold but luckily we got it all figured out that Sister Larsen was able to crash at some member's houses and I went on exchanges with some Young Women in the ward and another set of sisters. I like volunteering at the Food Bank because I feel like it is the most productive form of service we give.We do great work there and I always have a Gospel discussion with someone there because it's so easy! Because here you are working at a station packing food with a random stranger and to be polite you naturally start a conversation with them and it just kind of comes up that you are Mormon Missionary and then they ask you about that. It's great! I wouldn't ever have that kind of conversation tracting but I can at the Food Bank.

We had one of the best Plan of Salvation lessons! We had dinner with an active family on Sunday and they have adult kids home from college for the holidays. One of their girls who was home from Utah State has a boyfriend going to Oregon State.  After our dinner thought, it came up that her non member boyfriend had been taught the Restoration and everybody thought it was a good idea for him to be taught the Plan of Salvation. Miracles of miracles - I think that was my first time getting a legit teaching appointment after a dinner thought. So we did a mock run though of what we would be teaching him in the Plan of Salvation after dinner then on Tuesday we taught him. It was awesome! He was so open and so receptive! And it was so great to teach him in their home with his girlfriend and member brother-in-law. They were like the best member presenters ever.  He seemed to really understand why we wouldn't be able to remember our pre-life if this life is to learn and grow. He also really seemed to understand the fall of Adam, He didn't really have a lot of questions but was willing to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. It felt so good to teach again after having such a long stint of finding.

Speaking of finding, we were sick of not having people invite us in so we made cookies to hand out our less-actives so maybe they would let us in. It was good because it kind of gave us an excuse to be there. A lot of times when we show up on less-actives door, they are just like, "what do you guys want?" Well, we want to teach you. But we can't really just come out and say that so we say, "We wanted to drop by some cookies!" You got to do whatever it takes man. You really got to streeeeeeeeeetch yourself and think outside the box.....and notice the little daily miracles. Because they happen, but they are just small.   But a miracle is a miracle, so I will take what I can get.

OK,  time for dinner! Sorry, I can't respond to your guy's emails. I looooooooooooooove getting them and want to write you a long personalized email back but, Lisa, you can vouch for me .  P-days are crazy and we can only write on Mondays. OK, well the church is true! Love ya guys!

Love,

Sis. Magnusson

These pictures are for all the animal lovers that read Sis. Magnusson's blog:

these dogs are the biggest dogs I have ever seen.  half great dane, half mastiff.  
they are from a family i saw on exchanges in the Oak Hills ward.

nutria....the nastiest things you will ever see.  
they look like a beaver, but they have a rat's tail.

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