Week 33

I am staying in Sutherlin! Sister Tofilau is also staying. This is the first time I have had a companion for more than one transfer!  We have another sister from our zone with us for a few hours until her companion gets here from the coast.
We had a great week! One fun experience before we have to run off to pick up the other sister. We decided to make Wednesday a walk day. We were walking down the street and an older man came up and so we started talking to him. His name is Carl and he and his wife just moved to Sutherlin. We gave him our card and went on our way not thinking much about it. On Sunday our bishop texted us and told us that Carl had stopped by the church and was interested in coming to church and having us come meet with him and his wife. We went by and now have a time to go back and meet with them!

Hope you have a great week!

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Week 32

Darrell,
I wish that I could go shooting with you… I miss that. I miss all of the boys and just hanging out with them. I would not have an objection to having an underground bunker in the backyard…
We have not really had an eventful week, lots of lessons and lots of finding. We had a zone conference in Grants Pass, it was great. Unfortunately it started at 7:45 and we live an hour and a half from there. That made for kind of a long day but that’s ok because it was a beautiful drive and we got to watch the sunrise!
I love you! I don’t think there is anything I really need right now. We have transfers next week so if you send anything this week it might be best to send it through the mission office.

 

 

Week 30

On Monday we had a great lesson with the Leach family. We had dinner and a lesson.  The Lindner family came with us. Toward the end of the lesson Brother Lindner asked Beth how she felt about getting baptized. Just a little background: the Lindner’s and the Leach’s are really good friends but the Leach’s had not told anyone about the baptism. On Sunday we were having dinner with the Lindner’s and we told them that the baptism was in two weeks. Brother Lindner actually cried! So we set it up for them to come to the next lesson we had with them.  At the end of this lesson he asked her feelings about baptism and she said that she was not sure if she had her answer yet. Brother Lindner helped her to understand how she has already gotten her answer and just had not realized it yet. She would tell us that when she was at church and when we were in their home she felt that it was right but as soon as we would leave she was not sure. He explained that was because she was feeling the Holy Ghost. By the end of the lesson there were lots of tears and she knew that she had made the right choice! Also a funny side note from that lesson, apparently in Samoa it is not rude to ask someone if they are pregnant. So right before the lesson started my companion asked sister Lindner if she was pregnant! Luckily she is so that made it a little bit less awkward. I guess you could call that a little bit of culture shock.
On Tuesday we went back out to Elkton. It is one of the tiny towns in our area. We were able to talk to a couple of people while we were walking around. There was one lady who had two large dogs, and we talked to her for a while. Turns out she has lived in Elkton for just a couple of years and is going through a really rough time right now.  She is battling cancer. We gave her a pass-along card with a picture of Christ and talked for a while. She seemed very appreciative but had to get going. Also while we were driving out there and while we were there we had to the lots of pictures because it was just too pretty to not!
On Wednesday we get to do some service.  We volunteer at the food pantry in Sutherlin. We spend a couple of hours there helping out.  It is great to be able to serve so many people in the community who are in need. After that we had lunch and we went down to Roseburg to get a couple of things at Walmart that we needed and forgot to get on P-day. While we were there we ran into some of the other sisters that are serving in Roseburg.  We talked for a couple of minutes and went our separate ways. We got what we needed and came home. Right after we got home the sisters called us and told us that they were stuck at Walmart and their car battery was dead and they did not want to call the zone leaders because they didn’t want to have to explain why they were at Walmart on a day that was not a P-day. They had already tried to call some members from their ward and a few other missionaries but no one could help them. It also turns out that none of the mission vehicles have jumper cables. We told them that we would talk to the member that we live with and see if we could borrow some and come help them. We live on top of his military surplus store so we figured he has jumper cables. We went out to get in our car and Brother Caldwell was going to get in his car.  We ran over and stopped him and asked if he had any jumper cables that we could borrow.  He kind of laughed and said it was funny that we would ask for those. Right before he had walked outside he had picked up some jumper cables and put them on his kitchen table. He got them for us and told us to be careful. While we were in Roseburg helping the sisters we were able to find small gifts to give to the Leach’s at their baptism. Even though this is kind of a funny story it just goes to show that things happen for a reason.
Friday we had interviews. They are always good because before the interviews President and Sister Russell spend a few hours teaching us. They always have great things to say and I know that it helps me so much. Unfortunately interviews can take a long time…. We were at the church for seven hours and there were a few more companionships that had to go after we left.
On Saturday the Leach’s had their baptismal interviews. They passed so we will for sure have a baptism on Saturday! Connor is so smart and loves to talk so we laughed a little bit when his interview took longer than Beth’s. We also got to teach Loretta; she calls us her girls and makes sure that we feel at home when we are at her house.
We had another wonderful week and we are excited for the next!
Pictures are from the baptismal interview, Elkton, and when I did Sister T’s hair. She may have been a little bit nervous but it turned out pretty good.

Week 29

I hope that Sister Rasmussen is doing ok.  It is so cute that you went to her homecoming and they loved her! She is amazing!
Last Monday we went over and had dinner and a lesson with the Leach family. They are super cute and we had a wonderful lesson. They understand everything and they are progressing toward baptism! For dinner Chris made fried rice and taught us how to use chopsticks! That was the first time I have finished a meal using chopsticks!
Tuesday we went over and visited with Chelsea. She and her family are adorable! She is a caretaker and home-schools her two sons. She had not met Sister Tofilau yet so most of the time they were just getting to know each other. She has told us that her two sons will likely get baptized so we are going to start teaching them.  We also had a lesson with a young man named Tommy; he is 15 and his dad is a member. He had so many great questions.  We taught him the restoration. Teaching part member families is my favorite because they already have someone in the family who knows and can help bear testimony.  It is also amazing to know that they will be able to be sealed to their families for eternity.
On Wednesday we were able to go over and have another lesson with the Leach family.  We were able to teach them about tithing.  Connor is so smart and prepared to get baptized! He understands and answers our questions so well you would think he was raised in the
church. That day I also taught Sister Tofilau how to use silly string, she had never used it before. She was super confused about the purpose of it but that’s ok because we got some good laughs!
On Thursday we had a wonderful dinner and lesson with another part member family, the Sextons. She is a member and he is not yet. He has been investigating the church for a couple years now. We ended up just talking about why it is so important to read the Book of Mormon. It is amazing to see how reading the Book of Mormon gives people such a
strong testimony of the gospel.
On Friday we had district meeting.  It was wonderful, as a mission September is going to be a month dedicated to finding families so we learned a lot about families and how we can best teach them. We also had a lesson with one of our recent converts, Loretta. She is awesome.  We watched the Joseph Smith movie with her. She has such a strong testimony it is amazing! On Saturday we spent the whole day walking.  It was a little bit warm but worth it to talk to everyone. In the evening Sister T had a baptism that she was Skyping to so we went to the church. There was a little tiny snake by the door and she freaked
out.  Apparently they don’t have snakes in Samoa.  We had a wonderful week!

Week 28

My new companion is great! We had a lot of fun this week. We were
able to get Beth and Connor on date for baptism! Their date is on
September 10. It is just under three weeks away. It will be a little
bit stressful to get it all planned and make sure that they are taught
everything before their date, but we are super excited for them. We
know that they have been prepared and that this is the right path for
them.
This morning we got to go to the wildlife safari. They have a ton wild
animals that just roam around and you get to drive your car through
the park. We took a lot of fun pictures and videos but the most
excitement came when we were feeding the emus. I had my arm out of the
window and I was not paying attention and one of the emus came up from
the back of the car and attacked my arm. It scared me and I jumped and
ran my iPad into my mouth. My mouth was a little bit bloody and my lip
was swollen for about an hour. After we drove through we went to the
gift shop and I bought some post cards with emus on them.
We had a lot of fun this week and I can’t wait for the rest of the transfer!
I am not sure if I have send any of these ones yet but they are all
from the past two weeks.