Another week has gone by. Dang the mission time is just so fast. I hit my seventh month mark on Friday. And we celebrated by Gladys taking us out to dinner. She's just the best. I'm sad that we won't be able to be at her baptism in Utah. We asked if she had any fun plans for the weekend and she said well I'm going to fast. Oh man. We laughed so hard. I mean it was great, but that's just how she is, she loves learning about the gospel. And she will read anything we give her. It's the best. We haven't been able to meet with Debbie this week but we stopped by her house on Saturday evening. They were just finishing with a birthday party so we were able to talk to a lot of her family. Her grandson, Jeremiah comes to church every Sunday so we asked his dad if we could teach him. He has to talk to his mom and get permission but hopefully we can start soon. He just loves primary and is absorbing everything right up. And the youth are going to the temple this week and Debbie is going to go with them. She's so excited. I wish we could tag along but in a year we will be back to go with her then. It's just been so amazing seeing the change in her. She just looks different, her countenance has literally changed. And that's what the cleansing power of the atonement does, we change. We didn't find a whole lot of new people to teach this week. We did however get a family referral, so I guess we did find some people. It is a part member family from Montana. We don't know how long they will be living in our ward but the elders handed them over to us so we are now teaching them. The mom is a member but the rest of the five kids and husband aren't. But they are open to learning and were actually meeting with missionaries before they moved out to Oregon. It was a little crazy when we went but they are a really awesome family. We also tracted into an inactive member who was a high priest but then left the church and started to go to the Catholic Church. He said that it was because he didn't really know if Joseph smith was a prophet. We just couldn't wrap our heads around that one but then it clicked. CPR. You have to go to church, pray, and read the scriptures. It is our spiritual lifeline and what keeps us alive. We are also teaching a less active girl and boyfriend. She has a five year old son and just struggles a lot financially. It is so sad. We are just trying to help them the best that we can. But she did give me a pair of Hawaii sandals so that made my day a little better. Every time we are there I think about just how important the commandments are. They aren't just rules to govern us. They make us happy and help us become more like Christ. And that's why we are on this earth! They are just so important. A really good talk you should check out is called living the gospel joyfully by president uchtdorf. So good. It seemed like this week a lot of doors were closed on us. And they were, but then Heavenly Father shows us just how much he loves us. We had a few unexpected opportunities to serve people and that was nice. Not a Lot of people will let us help them but we saw this man carrying stuff to and from his apartment so we stopped to help. He wasn't interested in the gospel but was in service. Which basically is the gospel....but it was cool to help and get to know him better. And we practiced our gardening skills this week as well...while it was raining. Got to love Portland. Transfers are next week so this weekend we are finding out what is happening. I'm pretty sure I will leave but who knows. It is crazy how fast everything goes here. We are looking forward to Fred's baptism at the end of this month, and Gladys in October. It is pretty awesome being a missionary. Well, I love you all and remember who you are. It helps, trust me :) Love, Sister Stephens
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
This week has been really awesome. We have been finding a lot of new investigators and we had an awesome baptism on Saturday. We also had a lot of meetings this week. Zone conference was amazing. We studied the doctrine of Christ and how repentance is such a gift from our heavenly father. President talked to us about our true identity and how gods plan will never fail. It was amazing, and we all got a nice little gift for our birthdays. The spirit was so strong and it was just so awesome to spend the day learning from the scriptures. We also had a sister comp study with the traveling aps. We talked again about the doctrine of Christ so we were learning about faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. So cool. Having faith is just so important. Its the foundation of everything. For real. Check out the talk the miracle of faith by president Hinckley. So Debbie's baptism was awesome. President and sister Taylor were there and so was like a ton of her family. We had to recite the restoration in front of president and it made me so nervous. But it turned out pretty good. The spirit was just so strong at the baptism and it was just so great being able to see her actually get baptized. And then the confirmation on Sunday was great as well. A lot of her family was there as well so hopefully that opens the door for us to teach her family. We also took her to the temple last Monday and it was so awesome. Man the church is so true. She is just on her way to so many great things. We only had one weird experience this week where an investigator fell in love with sister michaud so we handed him over to the ysa elders and then he turned out to be like a devil worshiper and then they dropped them. It was weird, and uncomfortable. But for the most part we had a really good week. Transfers are on the 16th of September so we are going to get letters next Sunday. So that will be interesting. I have no idea what is going to happen....I kind of am ready to go to another area but i will do whatever president wants me to do. The time just keeps flying by and I just love it here. We have had a good week but not a lot to report other than the baptism which was awesome. It rained a lot....so that was good. And we got a new investigator at salvation army while we were shopping for grandma skirts. It was pretty awesome. We are going to meet with him tomorrow. Well i love you all and hope you have a wonderful week. Love, sister Stephens
We have had such an interesting week here in Portland. The saying is so true, Keep Portland Weird. And that is what this week has been, weird. But always good as well. Debbie had her baptismal interview on Saturday and she is already to go for her baptism this Saturday at 6! We are so excited for her and so is she. We are going to go to the temples visitor center today after pday with her and the Muellers. Its gonna be pretty amazing. So she is doing swell. Gladys and Fred are also doing awesome. They are learning more and more each week and are so prepared for baptism. We just have to wait a while so their families can be with them. But we still teach and help them along their journey. The ward here is so great at helping fellowship these new almost members. It is so important just to be kind to people at church because that really sets the tone for their experience in the church and them learning with the missionaries. We have one young girl whose grandparents were baptized last year but she is hesitant at taking the discussions because she went to church and the young women weren't very nice to her. Man its just the worst. So always be kind!We did a lot of service this week, including helping someone in their halfway burned down house, yard work, and helping a hoarder move stuff from one side of the room to the other so the inspection people can get to the attic. So that was fun. We ended up just having to throw stuff on top of other stuff. Cleanliness truly is next to Godliness. And now for the yard work story. We have two investigators who were a referral and we are helping them move from a house to a duplex this last week. The last thing to do was yard work so we go and start raking things up and Sis Michaud accidentally raked into a wasp nest. Which was on the ground. Something stung her and she flicked it off and we kept working....until we saw the swarm...and then we ran. And screamed. And flailed our arms everywhere. We run into the house and there are still wasps stinging us. I got hit twice but she got hit five times. So painful. And we smacked two off each other before they could sting. and one was in my hair. Worst experience ever. Okay maybe not ever but still. After a while we laughed about it.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Another week gone by here in Portland and it is just so crazy how fast the mission time flies. Granted at times its super slow but when you look back you have been gone for 6 months and only have a year left to help people everyday all day. I love being a missionary. Seriously the best calling ever, and it is pretty cool to be able to literally wear the name of Christ everyday. This week has been pretty awesome, we had exchanges so that was great. I went to another area to be with Sister Koener and then Sister Michaud stayed here and the other STL came to be with her. It was a lot of fun. We met some pretty great people and this lady gave us like a ton of cards...so now i can write with these fantastic native american wolf cards. So legit. It was really nice to have a change of scenery but I am glad to be back in Columbia River talking to the people that I know and love.We have had some really great miracles this week. Debbie decided to be baptized on the 29th, it would have been this weekend but we didn't have enough time to get her all of the lessons taught before her interview. But she is awesome. She brings her grandson with her to church and he just LOVES primary. At the end of sacrament meeting he was so scared that he was late for class that he almost ran out of the chapel. They even gave him an assignment for next week. She is doing great as well and told us in her lesson that she knows it is all true and has since the beginning. It is amazing how this gospel truly blesses people. She is going to have her kids come to her baptism so we are praying that that opens up another missionary opportunity so they can all be sealed together.