Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

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!

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!


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!


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!

Sister Magnusson