Portland, Oregon Temple

Portland, Oregon Temple
Portland, Oregon Temple

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 
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Because of Him  
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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!

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.

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