the temple visitor!
so we went to see meet the mormons at the visitors center with some potential investigators and guess who walks in with some members of the oregon city 4th ward?! it made my heart sing! the members were a couple in the ward and we would take the wife to his lessons. it was soooooooooo good to see them there because my sheep were being taken care off even though I wasn't there! that has always been a concern of mine when i get transferred....who is going to take care of these my sheep when i'm gone?! man, i really like him, such a great kid. he has so much potential.
our first temple picture together.
Hello familia! It's been a good week. We taught a lot of lessons (for this area) which is good! Good things happened. Sister Thurber is getting more into the groove and feeling more comfortable and confident which is awesome to see!
So lets see....
Last Monday night we taught the family that is preparing to attend the temple. We taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We wrote out the different points (faith, repentance, baptism/sacrament, gift of the Holy Ghost, endure to the end) on our little white board we brought, in the form of cycle and taught it like that. Because the gospel of Jesus Christ really is a cycle! We must continue to have faith, always striving to be better and make changes in our lives (repentance), being washed clean (through baptism and then taking the sacrament each week), and being worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost because he will always guide you to want you need to do, then it's just a rise, wash and repeat....or in other words, ENDURE TO THE END! Yipp-eeee! So easy right?! Well, it's not complicated but sometimes it can not be so easy....but always worth it! I love teaching them. They are such great family. They have a cutest little 2 year old that is obsessed with any kind of sport and she is pregnant with twins.
Speaking of sports, our volleyball nights are going good. This past week we had the most people we had. Some youth brought their nonmember friends....they have brought them the past few times. Hopefully we can set up a good enough relationship with them that they will want to be taught. The mom of the youth boys already ask them if they wanted to be taught and they didn't seem terribly interested but minds change you know....especially with the youth. And my volleyball skills are somewhat improving....ish......
We had a lesson with one of our invistigator families from India. So funny story, Sister Larsen use to serve in a neighboring ward here called Hazeldale for 9 months and there is this guy that ward, Tyler, that served his mission in India. So he has come to a lesson with us and it was really good to have him there because he can break down some of that language/culture barrier going on. Anywho, long story short Tyler is Sister Thurber's first cousin! He came to our lesson with them this past Saturday so lucky duck Sister Thurber got to teach and testify with her cousin! Funny connection. We didn't tell our investigators that they were cousins till the end (partly cuz Tyler came late) but yeah, cool connections going on. The lesson I thought went good but I don't really know how to help the husband progress. Hindus believe in lots of Gods and lots of religions are good. We have committed them to pray to know (and also baptism) but they are a no for go. Whenever the husband prays at the end of the lesson he kind of mutters under his breath for a good solid minute then you can hear him talk about things he is grateful for and such. Anyway, the first time we heard him do this Tyler said that he was naming off all the Gods he was praying too. Soooooooooo, for this lesson we went back to the basics and taught them Exodus 20:3-5, Thou shalt have no other Gods before me..... We asked his wife to share examples of prayer in her life and more specially when prayers have been answered. We testified that when we pray to just God as our loving Heavenly Father, He WILL answer you! Anyway, had a good discussion and taught him how to pray with opening with "Heavenly Father...." then thanking and then asking, then closing in the name of Jesus Christ. He said the closing prayer and he opened really well but then he still went to muttering under his breath of all the Gods he was praying to. Uhhhhh, did we miss something? After the lesson Tyler reminded us that when he makes this change it will be HUGE! This is all that he has know, this is his culture, tradition, and family life, everything. It's gunna take some time. Well, I really like them. They really are a great family. I really like the wife too. Her English isn't as good as her husband's but i always like what she asks or has to say.
So there was a new girl that showed up to church the other day. She is a 28 year old single gal, and has chosen to go to a family ward rather than young single adult ward. She is doing a Teaching English as a Second Language Masters program in the area and she will be here for 5 months. Anyway, we make an appointment with her to get to know her and share a message, maybe ask for some referrals, that sort of thing. She has a roommate classmate. Anyway, her roommate is from Japan and is super nice. She joined in for our little message (we showed her the Hope of God's Light) and asked us questions like "Are Mormon's Christians?". It was a good! She mentioned something about her temples and I asked, "Have you ever seen our temple off the I-5 in Lake Osewgo? She said she had and it looked so pretty but never been to it! Well, we should go to the Visitor Center and see Meet the Mormons! I told her about the guy on there from Nepal that converted to Christianity when he was raised (I can't remember what it was....Hinduism maybe...?) They both said they would love to go that weekend and they both thought of other classmates that could go! Sweet! So we went and it was great! So the YA sister and three of her nonmember friends came and they asked a lot of questions and it made the visitor center sisters oh so happy to talk to them!
So,….our other investigators that fell out of the sky. We met with them last week and the wife texted us and said she had a few questions about the priesthood that she wanted to ask us. So we spent a long time discussing a lot about the priesthood, woman and the priesthood, priesthood power vs. priesthood authority, the difference between blessings and prayers, and some other stuff. Anywho, the next day we gave her Our Search for Happiness and the talk Elder Oaks gave a couple conferences ago about the priesthood. She texted us later and basically asked us like 4 questions on the priesthood she wanted some answers too in the next lesson. It was kind of a long winded discussion but in the end it made me excited because she is serious about her study in the church and she even said, "I have the potential to be a member someday and I want to know what I'm getting into." I like that. They came to sacrament meeting and she texted us later and said she enjoyed the meeting and felt welcomed. YAY!
Alright, a lot of other good things happened this week but i gotta go. We are going to go downtown today! Sister Thurber's first time! Keep Portland weird yo.....
This is a picture that Sis. Magnusson took when she first arrived in Portland.
The Church is true!