Friday, December 19, 2014

Medford - Week 30

Hola hola hola,

Monday was a decent P-Day.  I was super tired for some reason so I only played basketball for a little but it was still fun.  P-Days are nice days to chill.  We had a bomb dinner at Clantons like always.
They take really good care of us.  We had another lesson with P. which wasn't very good. :(  I feel like he is more focused on proving us wrong than he is to learning of what we teach.  Men that harden their hearts cannot and will not learn and feel the spirit until they soften their heart.  We are going to give him one more chance.  He asks a lot of deep questions which has been good for me to study though.

Tuesday we went to the church in the morning so Elder Allen could practice the songs he is playing at Zone conference tomorrow.  We also vacuumed out our car because it is super dirty and also got a car wash today because we have inspections on our car tomorrow so it has to be perfect.  The car looks super clean now.  We even waxed it.  We helped at St. Vinnys some more today.  Then Nadine wanted to take us out to lunch so we went to Mcdonalds like we always do.  She takes care of us haha.  Lunch at least once a week including some homemade baked goods. (I've gotten the chance to get to know Nadine a little.  Super nice lady and just loves "her boys")  Today we also taught D. and C.  D. isnt a member, but C. is.  D. is a really cool guy and I know he will get baptized soon.  We had dinner with Hermana Humildad who always cooks bomb Mexican food. He made fried fish, rice, and potatoes. I don't normally like fish but this stuff was pretty good especially with lime.  Always have to have limes on Mexican food.  We also taught C. again today.  She's really progressing as well.  She called us today asking us if we could come over and teach her.  That's unheard of haha.  We taught her the Plan of Salvation and wants to be baptized but wants to learn more first.  She might be moving back to Mexico which would be sad but we could find missionaries there as well.

Wednesday we woke up at 6am...  So early...  And drove north to Grants Pass which was about 40 minutes.  The drive was beautiful. Full of green and lots of trees.  Got to love Mother Nature.  Zone Conference was extremely long but extremely awesome.  I learned lots of great things and the spirit was so strong during all the talks.  Zone conference was really focused on Joseph Smith and his life and also Jesus Christ and his life.  President Russell is an inspired man and I can testify of that.  The things that I was able to learn from him helped me understand a lot and strengthened my testimony.  It was an amazing conference.  They also sang to the birthday peeps from these months which included me of course.  We got a toothbrush and mints for our presets. Yayyyyy..... Haha. I also got the testimony from you mom. I really enjoyed reading it and I learned things I didn't even know about you haha.  But dad don't think you got out of it that easy.  If you don't mind I would like you to do the same, of your conversion story and all that good stuff and how the church has blessed you.  It would be cool to read and you can just email it to me. Please and thank you.  Oh also if you google grandpa chiapa can you find records of his soccer career?

Thursday was a great day!  The big storm came in last night and it was super windy and it's pouring rain now.   I guess the Clantons big tree in their front yard decided it was tired of standing up and wanted to lay down so that's exactly what it did, it laid down haha.  So we had fun using a chain saw (with protective gear of course) and cut it all up.  I got to put my mad skills back to use haha.  (Got to use his skills from his Eagle Project)  It was a lot of fun and we got it done super fast.  I was surprised.  The Clantons were extremely grateful that we helped them.  I love service!  Later in the day we had dinner at La Burrita, always an amazing dinner.  Then we went to teach an investigator which of course wasn't home so as we were walking back to the car I noticed a car in someone's drive and their light inside the car was on so we decided to go and knock on the door to let them know.  Well they turned out to be Hispanic, so of course we taught them and they seem pretty interested.  After we left we knew that light was on for a purpose and that the spirit guided us to that house.  It was a super cool experience.  After that we taught F. and D. about the commandments and all that good stuff.  We brought Pero, which is basically Mormon coffee to exchange for her coffee but she wouldn't cough her coffee up and exchange it.  So we just gave her the Pero to try and hopefully next time we can take the coffee away from her.  It's like training a little kid haha.  Another funny thing happened this night.  We tried a member who is less active but wasn't home so we knocked on their neighbors door to ask if they even still lived there. They didn't and then we asked if he has met with missionaries before.  He then told us, "Bros I appreciate what you do,  but as you can see I'm having a special moment with my son right now".  Their special moment was getting higher than kites and blasting music.  Before he even opened the door you could smell the marijuana.  That's a great special moment he was having teaching his son great things.  Some parents are such losers now a days haha.  We felt like teaching him the word of wisdom haha.  It's a pity that marijuana is now legal here in Oregon.  A bunch of hippies.  There's signs everywhere that say "Doobie = DUI".  Never thought I'd see a sign like that before.

Friday we took a long walk of faith all day.  We gave up the car and just walked everywhere and talked to a ton of people.  Talked to a guy named Marcel who is from France and speaks French.  He recognized my name was French.  Pretty cool guy.  We knocked on so many doors today. We talked to a college kid named D. who lived in Hawaii for 3 years and met missionaries there so now we are going to continue to teach him.  Super cool find.  Talked to a guy who was super sick and we found out he is actually a less active named Brother Brown.  That was crazy.  Talked to a crazy Mexican lady for about 30 mins and then all of a sudden she said your 5 mins is up.  I'm done listening to you guys.  Which the only reason we were still talking to her is because she asked us a ton of questions.  So we were like okay then.  Well did you learn anything from what we just taught you and she just said it was all boring.  Even Jesus Christ is boring and that the Holy Ghost scares her because it's a Ghost.  She was probably in her 30's.  She needed to grow up.   Then we talked to another crazy white lady who said "why did you call me" and we said we didn't and then she just slammed the door hahahaha oh man. Then we taught a super old guy named Rodger who I'm not sure if he was even really alive hahaha.  Then finally after tons of crazy people we found a decent Hispanic family.  Margarito and his son Danny Franco. They are from Hidalgo which was super cool.(Chris' Grandpa Chiapa is from Hidalgo) He knew about Pachuca and I told him my great grandpa played for them and he thought that was super cool.  I love having Mexican family because it's an instant connection with Hispanics.  We are going back to teach them more. We also had sports night and played basketball with a bunch of members. I thought we were playing soccer at parts in the game.  I got confused.  Playing basketball with Hispanics is hilarious! Haha.  Good day.  Oh and on top of things it's been raining and is cold.  Gotta love it!

Saturday we got to help at the Medford Food Pantry.  Every 2 months leaders of neighborhoods are assigned to pick up food donations and bring them to the warehouse.  There were so many people!  Something like 36,000 pounds of food.  It's a huge organization to help out the community.  They had a live group of Carolers who sang Christmas songs.  The news people were there taking video.  I'm famous now! Haha.  It was a really cool experience to be able to help out there. I also got my packages today and met Mike.  Cool guy.  I wasn't expecting 3 boxes hahaha.  Thank you very much for all the nummies and decorations.  The tree and apartment look way better now!  Thank you! I put my presents under the Christmas tree. It looks good.  Hung up the stockings as well.  I saw the card and cookies to give to Nadine and the Clantons.  The Christmas music is also super awesome!  I've been wanting  some really good Christmas music and those CDs have it all!  So later today we talked to a new guy named Roberto Cortez. He's a super cool guy.  He's from Morelia Michoacan.  We had a really good discussion with him and I think he will turn out to be a good investigator.  Also had a great lesson with the F. and D.  We brought Hermano Torres with us and he bore powerful testimonies about tithing and about keeping the commandments and all that. It was great having him there.  F. is really pumped for his baptism.  He is filled with the spirit.  Super awesome!

Sunday felt like it was never going to end haha.  Good day though.  It was freezing this morning.  It's starting to get cold!  Church was a blast.  Lots of people came but also a lot were gone.  I guess next
year we are starting at 9am... So early but it's not like I can sleep in anyways haha.  I also had the opportunity to bless the sacrament again.  It's so much nicer in Spanish.  I like it!  So after church
before we went to dinner we decided to go to the mall... But not to buy stuff haha, but to hand our He Is and The Gift cards to everyone going and coming to the mall.  We handed out like 40+ cards in less
than an hour.  We weren't sure if we were suppose to hand out cards  there but we didn't care because we were doing the lords work haha. It was super fun and we talked to a ton of people.  Some rude and some super nice and grateful for someone to help others remember the true meaning of Christmas.  It was a really cool new experience.  We had really good dinner at the Rojas.  Then we went to teach the C. family again.  We taught them the Restoration and I thought it went really well.  They are three boys who were interested in learning but the parents aren't too interested which is sad because they are a great family.  We are hoping they will recognize that this Gospel can help them.

This week I've been reading a lot of the New Testament.  Great stuff! I've learned a lot of my Savior Jesus Christ from all his teachings.The Parables and miracles are super awesome.  One of my favorites that I read was...

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 18:9-14

What can we learn from this Parable?

From this we can view two sides of prayer.  One of the Pharisee and the other the Publican.  The Pharisee who boasted in himself and exalted himself and did not ask anything of God but relied on his on strength.  And then the Publican who Humbled himself before God viewed himself as a sinner and appealed to God for mercy and forgiveness of his sins.

What we can learn from this is that we need to always be humble.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10

“Humility is an attribute of godliness possessed by true Saints. It is easy to understand why a proud man fails. He is content to rely upon himself only. … The proud man shuts himself off from God, and when he does he no longer lives in the light. …

Let us strive to live in light and be humble as true saints are.

I love you guys!

Elder Perrine

I just love reading his letters and all the hard work and effort he is putting into meeting, teaching and spreading the gospel to others.  Makes a mom proud!


Medford - Week 29

Hola mis padres viajos,

Monday our Pday was cut short because we are going to the Temple this Thursday.  Super lame because it ended at 2 so it wasn't much of a Pday to relax.  I got my Thanksgiving cards from Pearl.  She's awesome.  How come she is in charge of that or does she just like to do it?  It's nice to receive cards that everyone writes on.  Good to hear from peeps back home.  So Pday ended pretty quick so we had to get back to work.  Went down to Talent and did a lot of finding and talking to people there.  Lots of mobile home parks full of Hispanics. Had dinner at the Clanton home.  He's super good at cooking.  He wants to have his own restaurant but he doesn't have the money to open one. Later that night we talked to a guy named P. so actually went online and asked for missionaries to come to his house.  So we got the referral and went over.  He has a super strong faith and already knows a lot of our doctrine.  Has lots of questions which is perfect because it's easier to teach someone who wants to learn.  Super cool experience.  It's going to be good teaching him.  Times like those really get you thinking.  Lots of questions for me to study now.  (Awesome!)

Tuesday was a very productive day.  This morning we went to the Armory here in Medford.  Huge building and lots of military stuff.  Really cool.  But they are having a Festival of Trees.  It's a huge
fundraiser for the Hospital here.  They auction off Christmas trees for $8,000 to $15,000.  I wish I had that kind of money!  It was fun being able to help set up for it all.  Lots of members were there and
a ton of non members.  People always ask us if we are going to school, so then we have to tell them we are missionaries and all that good stuff.  It actually felt like Christmas time helping out there though.
No one around here has any Christmas lights up.  It's pretty sad.  We also had lunch with Nadine who just got back from Roseville visiting family.  She's super awesome.  Then we did a lot of finding today.
Talked to a couple people who knew members, which was a small miracle so we were able to talk to them about the church and they wanted to learn more which is totally awesome.  It's so much easier talking to people who already know members because they already know stuff about the church.  Had dinner with the Baleros.  Stopped by F. and Ds.  They are continuing to progress towards baptism.  They were talking to us about it and everything.  Sounds like they are excited. Super awesome!  Also had a good lesson with J.  We taught him more about the Priesthood and what it means to have it.  He's excited to receive it.  Great day today.

Wednesday we went to St. Vinnys in the morning.  It's always fun with Nadine around.  Those pics we took were awesome.  Look like a bunch of models hahaha.  (Humble once again.  lol)  The apartment we are staying in is a newer apartment and doesn't have anything on the walls.  We were sick of the boring walls so we took a bunch of Liahonas and cut tons of pics out of them and stuck them all over the apartment.  It looks a lot better now haha. Today we also did a lot of driving around and talking to people. We drove up to White city today.  (That is actually the name of the town. Ha!  I asked becuase I thought he was just making an off hand remark that everyone there was white. :)  We had dinner at a subway (used one of the gift cards woooo)  (One of his birthday gifts).  There were some Hispanics there talking and just having a conversation thinking that nobody could understand them because we were white, little did they know we spoke Spanish.  We didn't say anything but it's just funny listening to Hispanics conversations that they have because they think they are in secret. They like to trash talk haha.  There are lots of trailer parks full of Hispanics in white city as well so we were just knocking down the doors and talking to people.  We talked to this one crazy lady and asked her if she has faith in Jesus Christ, she said "of course I do! I'm married to Jesus Christ and I have the documents to prove it".
She was a nut job hahaha.  She even said her cat is a disciple of Jesus Christ.  (Yikes!)  Also knocked on this one referral we had and we saw him peeping through his peep hole because the door was part glass haha, so Elder Allen waved to him through the door and he answered it.  He yelled he was catholic and didn't want to talk to us, so I said cleverly, "not even about Jesus Christ?", then he just slammed the door and started looking at us through his peep hole again.  That guy was crazy so we just walked away laughing haha.  Tracting is only fun because of all the funny stories you get out of it.  We also taught a part member family named the Solorios.  Older couple.  He is a member and she isn't.  Their little grand kids were there so we shared a message with them.  They were just full of energy and all over the place haha.  One of the little kids who was about 7 or 8 was super smart.  Little genius.   It was a packed day full of adventure.

Thursday we went to the temple which was AWESOME!  The temple is always a great experience and gives you a spiritual boost.  We took some sweet pics as well.  I love pictures haha.  The rest of the day we did a lot of walking and talking haha.  We taught a less active family, the C's the restoration.  It went really well.  The husband isn't a member and I think he is starting to open up to us. We also scarred a seminary teacher tonight while we were at the church.  It was all dark and we were just walking in the hallway about to leave when he came out of a room.  He looked like he had a heart
attack haha.  I guess we are scary guys. :)

Friday we had an awesome Zone Training Meeting.  We talked a lot about goals and the importance of Goals.  We have to have Goals not just in the mission for teaching people but it's also a good thing for the rest of our life to always be making goals because they help stretch you further and help push yourself.  We also had 3 invitations from President Russell:

1) Step into the deep (Matthew 14:26-31)
2) Give all that we can (Mark 6:32-44)
3) Leave neutral ground, both feet in (Matthew 16:13-19)

Always since it is Christmas time it's a time to remember our Savior Jesus Christ so the Church made that video, "He is The Gift".  It's a powerful video to show people.  We also have new pass along cards made for He is The Gift.  The church is really trying to make this a huge thing.  It's all over Facebook and it's going to be on the front page of YouTube, it's all over New York on those big TVs on the buildings. They are making this thing huge to try to get people to remember the real meaning of Christmas, The Birth Of Christ.  They also gave us those new cards during Zone Training meeting and have us 15 minutes to go into them neighborhood and pass them out and talk to the people. It was super awesome because we were all pumped up already so we just went ham and have them to a ton of people.  The neighborhood probably thought we were invading the place because there were about 25
missionaries just walking around the streets haha.  It was awesome. We talked to this one lady who seemed nice but she had a crazy daughter in the background yelling at us saying we suck and that she
hates Mormons.  We just told her that wasn't very Christlike and just talked to the mom.  We always just laugh at people like that because they are just don't know the real purpose of life.  It's sad to see people just throwing their life away because they are all children of God and have so much potential but they just don't care and don't understand.  But we are to find those elect people and the rest will get theirs in the next life. The rest of the day we just talked to a ton of people and handed out a million of those He is The Gift cards. We also talked to this old guy named Victo who is from Italy.  It was super cool talking to him and hearing some of his stories.  Really nice guy.  We meet people from all over the world here.  I love meeting new people!

Saturday we went to St. Vinnys to work in the Thrift shop in the later morning.  We helped put together a ton of Christmas Trees which was super fun because it felt like Christmas time.  Nobody here has like
any lights up.  It's pretty sad.  But we found this one tree and wasn't too bad but wasn't super nice so we asked how much they wanted for it and they said $9 so we grabbed it to buy it.  It's a 6.5 foot tree.  It's pretty decent and we bought four strands of lights and since we are volunteers they hooked us up so we got the tree and lights for only $6 dollars!  Score!!!  (Yah!!)  We have it up in our apartment now.  It really feels like Christmas here now.  I love Christmas time with the music and lights!  We taught F. and D. and their kids today.  It was a really good lesson.  Taught them about Prophets and the Word of Wisdom.  We are going to switch out their coffee for Hot Chocolate haha.  We also had to push their baptism date to January 3rd because we need more time to teach them. We felt bad because F. is so ready to get baptized.  They are a super awesome family.  We had dinner with the Torres family and she forgot... Oops haha.  We felt bad that she forgot but she went to Carls Jr and got us some good food
which was awesome.  Hermano Torres is a super awesome guy.  Reminds me a lot of you Dad haha.  We were also doing some tracting in this Trailer Park and knocked on two less actives houses.  It was crazy haha.  They just invited us in and we were like, oh boy... What now... But they were members so it was cool. Met Brother Hoops and Sister Clark.  Both super nice people they need to go back to church.  They are white so they can't come to our church though haha.  Then at night we were able to come back to our apartment and turn on the Christmas lights and it reminded me a lot like back home with the Christmas tree. (Awww.)

Sunday was fast and testimony meeting of course.  Church was great today.  Since I've been studying a lot about Christ's life and the Apostles as well, I bore my testimony on them and how it's important to
focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  J. also got the Aaronic Priesthood today which was super exciting.  He is really progressing and is a great guy.  We had dinner today with the Rojas family like always.  We ate dinner and watched the Christmas Devotional with them.  Bomb dinner with a Bomb Devotional was pretty awesome haha.  So I guess THE RAIDERS BEAT THE 49ERS!!!  Thats pretty funny since the raiders suck, which means the 49ers suck even more.  I beat Jeff and Jacob were crying.  There was a member today at church giving me a hard time about the game because he's a 49er fan.  I can't wait to see him next hahahaha.  We stopped by a family that we just found the other day because they told us to come back a better time so we did but just as we knocked we saw the father on the couch hurry and get up and told his kids to hid. We could watch the whole thing through the window haha.  We were like really... We can see you guys trying to hid... Toooooo funny!  I love it!  (Oh no!  That is too funny.  I feel bad for the Elders though)  We also taught a newer family, called the Valencia and they have family in Morelia, Michoacan which was pretty cool.  They said its beautiful there.  I can't wait to visit Mexico after the mission.

This week I have been reading a lot in the New Testament about the Life of Jesus Christ because it's Christmas time and also President Russell told us it was a good idea.  I have really grown closer to our
Savior this week reading about his life stories and what he taught. It is just so powerful.  I want to invite you to read in the New Testament.  Matthew is a good place to start.  I know you will grow in
your testimony by doing so.  It's an amazing feeling learning more of our brother Jesus Christ.

24 ¶Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7)

Let us be like the wise man and build our house upon a rock which rock is our Savior Jesus Christ which is a sure foundation and our house shall never fall.

Love you guys!!!

Elder Perrine

His letters are so long and packed full of great experiences.  Love it!!!

Medford - Week 28

Hola Padres,

Monday was a blast.  We all got together again to play some flag football which was super fun!  Man I should of been a quarterback or a kicker for the football team because I'm a beast haha.  (Once again, my humble son,)  It's nice playing sports because it helps to calm down and just relax and play sports.  Good stuff.  This night we also contacted some Hispanics at a trailer park and tons of them actually answered their doors and told us they would like us to come back.

Tuesday we helped at St. Vinnys again.  It's always nice doing service and helping the needy.  Elder Allen and I had to clean up a poopy mess that someone left out on the floor.  I guess they messed themselves and left.  That was fun... Not! (Oh my gosh!  That is so gross.  I can't believe he picked it up.  He doesn't handle that stuff very well.)  Then someone threw up all over the coffee maker.  We luckily didn't have to clean that up though.  So there's a guy there named J. who I'm now Facebook friends with.  He's a super cool guy. Kind of looks like Grandpa Perrine and acts like him haha.  It's super weird because his name is also J.  It's really fun talking with him. He does a lot of woodwork and makes a lot of cool stuff.   We had a lot of small miracles today finding people at home and just talking to a lot of interested people.  If we are listening, the spirit will guide us to those who are ready to listen to us.  We had dinner with the Balero Family.  The ones that remind me of G&G Perrine.  We took them to see F. and D. and taught them another lesson.  They are really starting to progress now.  We set a baptismal date for the 20th of December.  I'm hoping they will continue to progress and be ready for baptism that date.  Super exciting.

Wednesday we worked at St. Vinnys again.  This time Nadine and Meg weren't there.  Just Paul the Chef and some missionaries.  So I called up some more missionaries and we went ham on preparing food and doing everything.  I pretty much know how to run the place because I've been doing it for so long so I just took charge telling people what to do.  Then on top of that Paul the Chef had to leave early so I had to finish cooking some food.  (What??  Who are you and what have you done with my son.  Cooking? :)  But all in all it went really smooth to my surprise.  It was a lot of fun as well.  After coming out of St. Vinnys we noticed that our tire was flat so we had to put the little donut on and take it to les schaub to get it fixed but they just ended up putting two new tires on the front which is nice haha. So after that headache was fixed we just went around visiting people and inviting everyone to the big Spanish branch potluck on Thanksgiving.  We also knocked on one door and a lady told us to get lost.  I thought it was super funny.  People are just crazy but it's fun talking and meeting random people.

Thursday was Thanksgiving!  It was a blast!  About 30 of us including 10 or so missionaries played football at a high school on their nice field for about 3 hours haha.  It was really good exercise and
everyone thought I played high school and college football but they were shocked when I told them I never played haha.  I guess I should of played football.  After that we just relaxed all day and visited
members, played board games with Elders, and then at 6:00, the Spanish Branch had a huge potluck dinner.  There wasn't that much food there. Kind of lame but it was decent.  There was also really good Spanish music playing.  I think the whole neighborhood could hear it.  Spanish parties are the best!

Friday we had District meeting and talked about how we can better prepare and study to teach our investigators and also how we can have the Spirit lead us more.  It was a good meeting.  We always learn something new.  Today we had exchanges and Elder Sorenson, my District leader, came to my area.  We also got paid today!  Money! Haha. But we got a lot of work done.  We went down to Ashland because he's never been down there and Ashland is a just a cool and crazy city haha.  He
also wanted to try the nasty Lithia water.  That was pretty funny. There was also a huge city parade thing going on so streets were blocked off and there were tons of people so that was fun getting around.  We taught a new investigator L. and his mom F.  Had dinner at La Burrita.  It's nice eating there because we can just relax.  Went and saw the Fuentes family and also L's, who are less active and shared a spiritual message with them.

Saturday Elder Sorenson and I went to work and St. Vinnys thrift shop and worked on checking Christmas lights and putting together Christmas trees.  Also got some Christmas music to listen too.  Favorite time of the year!  I love Christmas music!  We later on switched back companions and continued on with the work.  It's hard having a companion that doesn't speak Spanish on exchanges because I'm doing all the talking.  Today we taught a new investigator and also a bunch of less active families.  There are a lot of good families that need to come back to church.  I think if everyone came it could be a ward instead of a branch.  Also learned of Edward Hunter who I guess was someone important in the early years of the church who I never heard of.  Spanish makes my head hurt haha.  I have come to the conclusion that talking isn't my strength.  I'd rather just do some physical work haha.  But just like in Ether 12:27,  God gives us weaknesses that we may be humble and turn unto him, so he may make our weak things become strong.

Sunday was a nice day.  We had 6 investigators at church today which was super awesome because that's a lot.  (That's awesome.)  The work is really starting to progress more and more.  F. and D. also said they want to be baptized on the 20th of December so we will continue to work with them.  We had dinner with the Rojas Family like every Sunday.  They are awesome!  It has been a really great week full of a lot of great success.

In my studies this week I read a talk called, Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy by Ezra Taft Benson in the May 1971 Ensign.  It is a really powerful talk about keeping the Sabbath day holy and the importance of
it.  I encourage you to read it.  But my favorite part was this...

As Latter-day Saints, we accept Sunday as the Christian Sabbath and proclaim its sanctity. We believe that in this dispensation of the fulness of times the law of the Sabbath has been revealed and reaffirmed unto the Church.

“And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

“For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;

“Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;

“But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.

“And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.” (D&C 59:9–13.)

By direct revelation authority, the Church teaches that Sunday is the acceptable day for Sabbath observance as the Lord’s day. President Joseph Fielding Smith, commenting on the Lord’s day, said: “The Lord’s day was, of course, Sunday, and on this day the Latter-day Saints have been commanded to observe the weekly Sabbath. So far as the Latter-day Saints are concerned, the Lord has spoken. This settles the question.”

What a powerful statement made by President Joseph Fielding Smith.  A lot of people that I talk to always ask why we have church on Sunday because that's not what the bible says.  It might be true that it was on Saturday but after Jesus Christ Resurrection which was on a Sunday we know that he changed it to the Lords Day as the Sabbath day.  We also have modern Prophets that have told us this as well.  It just shows the importance of the Prophets in these modern days to lead and guide us.  I love the part, "The Lord has spoken, this settles the question."  Boooooyahhhh!!!!  (Haha!)

Hope your week was amazing!

Mom hope your birthday was also a blast and that you got my card!

Love you guys!

Elder Perrine

Medford - Week 27

Hola Padres,

So Monday was a good one.  We had transfers so Elder Thacker is gone and now I have Elder Allen.  It's cool being companions with him again since I know him already.  We played some fun basketball.  It's nice having a companion who is athletic as well.  We are going to play a lot of soccer and basketball.  Had some bomb dinner at the Clantons as well.

Tuesday was a good work day.  We had a fun morning working at St. Vinnys. Elder Allen and I also went hard contacting people.  We did a lot of driving around knocking on doors.  Talked to a couple people and got return times.  It's nice working with Elder Allen again.  I'm learning a lot from him already.  His Spanish is super good so mine is about to get a lot better.

Wednesday we had St. Vinnys in the morning.  Elder Allen got to meet Nadine haha.  That was pretty funny.  Then the rest of the day we went ham finding and contacting people in our area book.  There's a
lot of people but most of them aren't interested so we have to find those elect that want to learn.  After dinner I didn't feel good, thought I was going to die so we went home and I passed out around 7
and didn't wake up till 3am, then I went back to bed.  I was in a coma haha.  (Poor guy.  Working himself to his sick bed.  He wouldn't have it any other way.)  Elder Allen thought I was dead.  But the next morning I felt completely fine.  Sleep does good things.

Thursday we actually talked to a good amount of people.  Not sure what their interest level is, but I guess we will find out.  We had dinner with the Pool family.  They are a white family.  She plays the piano for the branch.  We taught F. and D. again this night.  They seem to be progressing a little and are still super interested.  D. had a dream that Jesus Christ appeared to her and told her to follow him.  Super crazy dream.  I want one of these haha.

Friday we had a great district meeting where we talked about the blessings of the Spirit in our lives.  It's a great subject to study in the scriptures.  We talked to a lot of new people today.  We were
lead to a lot of people who actually invited us to come back.  It's really cool to talk to all the Hispanics and to talk to them about where they are from.  Lots of people that are from different parts of
Mexico and also Guatemala.  The Hispanic culture is way different from an American culture haha.  Hispanics are funnier to talk to also and are all super kind.  They have a lot of crazy stories to tell us too. It's a blessing for me to have this opportunity to learn Spanish and to teach the Hispanics here in the OEM.  My inner Mexican is coming out haha.  Spanish is so much better than English.

Saturday was a really fun day.  This morning we had a missionary pre-turkey that investigators and members were suppose to show up at but no one did so all the missionary's and a really really cool member who is a firefighter played some flag football.  It was pouring rain and super windy so it added intensity to the game.  It was awesome! The rest of the day we knocked on doors and talked to people.  Went to the thrift shop at St. Vinnys and did some service there as well.  We had dinner with the Barajas family and I found out he is from Michoacan.  What part of Michoacan is Great Grandma from?  He was wondering.  We also taught the Fuentes family.  It's super cool being able to work with them again.  We are working with them to get them to the Temple.  Also taught L. and R. who are both less active but super cool guys who have strong testimonies.  It's fun working with less actives because they know this church is true.  It's just helping them continue to grow their faith and to get them to come back to church.

Sunday was a good day at church!  F. and D. came and really enjoyed it.  They seem to be really progressing and the Spirit is working within them.  I think they will be ready for baptism soon.
Had a good dinner with the amazing Rojas family.  They have family in Sacramento so they might be coming down this week.  Also Nadine from st Vinnys has family in Roseville that she is going down to visit for thanksgiving.  It's weird to think that Sacramento is so close haha.

It has been a very good week full of lots of tiny miracles.  (Yah!!)

This week I studied a lot of the Blessings of the Holy Ghost in our lives.  There so just so many but here are just a few scriptures that I really liked concerning the Holy Ghost...

45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the
doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever. (D&C 121)

If we are worth the Holy Ghost will be our constant companion forever.

61 Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all
things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment. (Moses 6)

The Holy Ghost is the Comforter and can do all things.

19 And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.

20 Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. (3 Nephi 27)

The most important is that the Holy Ghost sanctifies us.  It is what cleanses us through baptism and throughout our lives.  Through the Atonement, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost we can
return to live with our Heavenly Father with our families for all eternity.

Hope you guys had an amazing week!

Love you all!

Elder Perrine

 Bye Elder Thacher

 Pre-Thanksgiving Bowl