Thursday, February 5, 2015

Corvallis - Week 36

Buenas Dias,

Monday we decided we were going to hike Mary's Peak which is this big mountain.  Luckily the road took us all the way to the top which made things easy.  It took about 40 minutes to get to the top but the trip was beautiful.  Everything was just so green and there were all these waterfalls on the side of the road.  I had some fun driving the windy roads.  When we finally got to the top we had to hike a little till we finally reached the top.  It was cloudy so we were unable to see the ocean but it was still a nice view.  I love Mother Nature.  On the way down we took a time lapse video which was super fun making but it was about 1 hour or so of filming but the video goes so fast that it's only 29 secs.  Lame!  We are hoping we can slow it down some how.  That was the fun adventurous thing we did on P-Day.  We heard there are also other sweet spots to hike that, so we might try them out as well.  We played some football at Corvallis High school and that was a good time hanging with all the guys.  Elder Roller tore his ACL we think when playing so we are hoping he won't have to go home.  We didn't have time to change back into pros clothes so we had dinner with the Hosletters in our P-Day clothes which they were totally fine with.  They live in a sweet house out in the Oregon country.  That's where most of 3rd ward lives.  It's beautiful country so they are lucky.  They are a really cool family.  We also taught the Jimenez family in our P-Day clothes as well.  I've never just taught in regular clothes before.  It was kind of cool haha.  We had a great lesson about Baptism.  They are both so ready but they want to make sure they get baptized because they really want to, instead of them feeling pressured too which is totally fine with me.  That's how it should be anyways.  I just hope they choose soon. Haha.

Tuesday we went to Community Outreach.  We didn't see Jeff as much which sucked but we moved a lot of stuff around, organized a office, and fixed a paper shredder and that was a project haha.  I really enjoy helping out there and they are a blast to hang out with.  Lots of great people there.  We ate lunch at China Blues.  It was $1 Tuesday porked fried rice plate.  A great deal.  The plate fills you up and it's only $1.  The guy that I think owns the place is really funny and was cracking jokes every time he walked by our table.  For dinner today we went to Toms sweet new place he moved into out in the boonies.  He is house sitting for some peeps who only live there 3 months out of the year.  It's a beautiful house. I would love to live there.  It has lots of land, perfect house, and beautiful view.  He made his special recipe lasagna that he learned on his mission.  The food was bomb and we had a great time talking with him.  On the way back we thought we were going to run out of gas because the light was on but we made it haha. So for BOM class we read Alma 13/14.  I really really like Alma 14.  It's such a powerful chapter.  From it we can learn that everyone has afflictions and hardships but if we but our trust in God and have faith that according to his will everything will work out.  But the key word is according to HIS WILL.  We have to accept what he wants.  We can also see that Alma's word were words of comfort.  Of not to worry because they are being received into everlasting life and those wicked people will be judged.  It just shows the Faith of these two men of God of how even though they were watching these people suffer they didn't go against God and his will.  Now that is some Faith.

Wednesday morning I was bored so I decided to bake some cookies which was yummy.  I made a huge cookie that turned out pretty good actually.  That was a lot of fun.  We saw Jesse and he was close to finishing the Book of Mormon which is great.  We encouraged him to keep up the work.  2nd Ward picked us up and we went to the Walnut building to make some fliers for the Book of Mormon class, F.H.E night and for Family game night.  We have a lot of activities to invite peeps to which is great.  The Chinese-speaking Elders then picked us up and we did a mini exchange for the night.  I went with Elder Hsuing and we had a good time walking around the OSU campus. I've never been on campus so that was awesome.  We walked the soccer fields and the teams were playing soccer and I so badly wanted to join in haha.  Them we met a girl who just moved here from Junction City for school and she was a member so we showed her where the institute building was.  We had dinner with the Curtis Family and Elders Garrard and Eldridge came.  We pulled a funny prank on them.  We weren't quite at the church to pick them up yet but we told them we were on the East side so told them to come to this side of the building.  As we pulled up into the parking lot we called them and told them we were now on the west side and asked where they were.  They finally came out and were like sorry guys we couldn't find you.  It was hilarious!

Thursday we had weekly planning in the morning.  Then 2nd Ward picked us up and we went to the Harrison building because we needed to plan our activity for district meeting tomorrow.  It took longer to plan it out than we thought but it was a lot of fun.  The Worley family took us out to dinner tonight and really spoiled us.  Brother Worley isn't a member which is too bad.  They've had a couple kids serve missions so they love missionaries.  They took us to Applebee's which was delicious.  They wouldn't let us get basic stuff so we got ribs which were bomb and then they even got us dessert which I got chocolate cake.  I was so full I couldn't move but man it was good.  They are an awesome family!  The Beavers were playing UCLA in basketball so that was hard not to just watch haha.

Friday we had district meeting in the morning.  We went a little early to set up for our activity lesson.  So for our small lesson we taught about finding families. We talked about tools we have such as The Family Proclamation etc. and also strategies to find families such a signs of toys, family stickers on vans etc.  It was pretty funny talking about that stuff.  So for our fun activity we had a treasure hunt for them to do.  We set up sticky notes that gave clues to where they needed to go.  They finally ended up back to a room where they had to do a door approach using a Family Proclamation.  It was a super fun activity and they all enjoyed it.  So during the treasure hunt there were little clues to find candy(or an investigator) but they had to make sure they were paying attention to get the clue.  The elders of course got it but the sisters missed it so they didn't find their extra investigator.  We told them we need to make sure we are finding families but not to be so focused on families that we pass up individuals as well.  It went really well.  Elder stiles also had a sweet activity planned.  He had the Chevy Cruze in the parking lot with a tow strap attached to it with a 2x4 on the end.  As a companionship we had to push the car using the 2x4 and we had to make sure we were using unity otherwise we would over power each other and go off balance.  It was a sweet activity.  I them decided to pull the whole car 20 or so yards because it was fun haha.  We had a good lesson today with J.  The mom invited us to come over Thursday which is awesome because we really want to start teaching her.  We also saw Jesse again today and he finished the Book of Mormon which was awesome.  He really likes to read.  We also went through the wet lands near our apartment to check it out.  They had like a mile or two long Boardwalk that we could walk on and it was really cool and beautiful.  We took some sweet pics of course.  We had dinner with the Jakebsons tonight.  Brother Jakebson was being his crazy normal self.  He told us some funny jokes.  One of them was, "A Man was driving down the road when he noticed he had a flat tire so he pulled over.  He got out furious and kicked his tire.  As he was changing the tire he took off the bolts but they accidentally fell down the drain.  He started cussing and kicking the car even more.  He then heard a voice.  He turned around a saw a crazy man standing behind a fence in an Asylum center.  The crazy man said how about you take one bolt from your other three tires so we can at least get home.  The man acted surprised and said if you're so smart how are you locked up in there?  The crazy man replied, I may be crazy but I'm not STUPID! Hahaha". Dinners are always great with Brother Jakebson. 

Saturday morning we helped Hermano Rios grandson pack up a huge Uhaul.  They are moving to Eugene.  They have toooo much stuff haha.  It was fun helping move someone because we got to work without wearing ties haha.  We saw Ron today as well and of course he wouldn't turn off the TV so we just talked for a while then showed a little church video.  He likes watching stuff so we are going to have to teach him using videos haha.  We also saw the Ertels today.  They went for the first time to the Temple and they loved it.  We had a great talk about that and they can't wait till July so they can enter into the temple for their endowments.  We had dinner with the Luis family.  They are a great older couple who really care about missionary's.  Probably one of my favorite families here.  We had a great dinner message about being spiritually prepared.  Had a lesson tonight with the Jimenez family.  Hermano Hernandez came with us which helped a lot.  I told Hermano Hernandez I was mexican and he was no way!  Haha. He said I could get some good scholarships at BYU for being Mexican.  Sweet!  Got letters from G&G Perrine and G&G Hughes tonight which was nice.  I now have 3 names to take to the temple. ( My mother has extracted 800 names from Italy this past year and we are working on getting their temple work done.  Kevin wanted a few names to do while on his mission.)

Sunday we had Ward council in the morning just like every Sunday at 7:30.  Seems so early for meetings.  We had the older Merten couple talk about employment.  They are going to start an employment class which is pretty cool.  He talked about how we need to have a great resume that talks about our accomplishments, we need to dress nice, need to know to have an interview, talk with confidence.  It was good to listen to.  We do a switch today.  I went with Hermano Elton to the Spanish group today and Elder Lucas stayed with the 3rd Ward.  It was nice being away from a companion for a couple hours haha.  So sacrament meeting in the Spanish group was great.  Hilary Bender spoke and she just returned from Chile on her mission.  And also a sister from 4th Ward gave a talk.  They both talked a lot about having Charity and loving one another just like Christ taught.  Something I also got out of it is that we need to make sure we are being great examples to others always because as members of Christs church we are always representing him.  We also went over to the young Merten family today and talked with them about starting a family mission plan.  We also drove up this mountain and got above the fog because it's been foggy all day.  We took some sweet pics on top of the world.  There were some sweet houses up there too.  We stopped by Brother Weeden and talked with him a while and read some scriptures.  He's an awesome old man.  We had dinner with the Islas family and they talked to us about when they joined the church and they thought it was weird that some boys were knocking on their door trying to teach them.  He said if they can live that way then I can live that way.  They also talked about how their friends try to give them a beer when they are visiting and they always refuse and say no but they always keep asking them.  One day Hermano Islas told them that every time they ask him, he thinks of him touching a piece a poop.  He says its stinky and you would never do it.  Beer is the same, it's stinky and nasty.  It was super funny listening to him tell that story.  The kids were watching Lion King and I so badly wanted to watch it because it's been so long.  But I shared that quote from the CES Devotional about Lion King and how we need to always remember that we are children of our Heavenly Father.  They thought that was awesome. Later in the night we were at the church syncing our iPads and Elder Roller was there and we saw some deer outside so we went out.  There were about 8 of them so since God said to teach every creature we started yelling at them teaching the Restoration.  Then we pushed he panic button on both of our cars and the alarms went off and the deer took off.  Then we couldn't turn off the alarms for a while so we probably woke up the whole neighborhood. Haha oops.  (Too funny.  I wonder what the neighbors thought.)

Some scriptures that stuck out to me this week are these...

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
Moroni 7:47-48

We should always have charity and remember that we are representatives of Jesus Christ. One thing I love in verse 48 is that it says, when he shall appear we shall be like him.  We need to always strive to become more like Christ everyday by developing Christlike attributes.

Love you all,
Elder Perrine


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