Thursday, February 5, 2015

Corvallis - Week 37

Buenas Dias,
 Monday we had a chill P-day.  Brother Luis made us breakfast in the morning while we did laundry and emailed which was awesome.  We did some shopping in the morning and I was finally able to find some nice tan church shoes because my other brown ones have been done for, for a while now and also a new white shirt to replace my brown ones haha and a new gray sweater.  I also bought a sweet OSU tie I found at Goodwill.  We also played some football and soccer at the turf field at OSU then we got kicked off by a coach needing the field.  We had dinner with the Henigers and ate some good stew with bratwurst, bacon, carrots and green beans.  It was Bomb!  We had a great lesson with N. tonight at well. We or actually I just taught her the restoration.  She took it well and said she would continue to read The Book of Mormon.  The problem I think is going to be getting her to church since her husband works every Sunday and takes the car.  Hopefully some members can take her though.  We also talked to L. for about an hour on her doorstep and she talked to us about her conversion story of how she found the missionaries and they answered more of her questions and she said when she went to church for the first time she felt at home and knew this was the true church.  I love hearing people's conversion stories.  Then since we didn't have a car we had to walk like two miles to get home and didn't get home till like 9:40.  It was a nice walk though haha.

Tuesday we had community outreach and the food order got there early so we busted it out.  We also made some sweet time lapse videos of us working which turned out pretty sweet.  (It was pretty funny.)  We armed wrestled Jeff again.  We talked to a lot of Hispanic potentials today and got return appointments with them.  We taught Jesse today and talked to him about the Plan of Salvation because he was a little confused about some things.  We got pizza tonight and Tom came over.  Then we armed wrestled for some reason and he destroyed us.  He has a quick reaction and you don't even see it coming.  It's over real quick haha.  We had a good BOM class tonight as well.  Elder Roller has a big decision to make to choose to stay on his mission and have surgery on his knee afterwards or go home and have surgery now then come back out.  Man that's a tough decision.  

Wednesday we met with a member named Andrew who was on the recent move ins list.  I think we were lead there by the Spirit because he's been going through some rough times and was grateful that we passed by.  He's in his mid 20's and has heart failure so he's been in and out with the doctors so we had a good chat with him and I talked to him about my kidney surgery and my high blood pressure.  We shared Mountains to climb and that really struck him.  He has really strong faith and told us a lot of stories of his mission.  He's a great guy and I hope he does okay.  We did a ton of walking today.  We saw Hermana Lupe Hernandez and her daughter Isabel who is in her early 20's.  They both needed blessings so we gave them both blessings and the Spirit just filled the room.  It was an amazing feeling and Hermana Lupe was just crying.  They've both been going through some rough times and Satan has been working really hard on them both so they were extremely grateful.  Priesthood power is an amazing thing.  We had dinner with the Palmer family and had a great talk with them.  According to Hermano Palmer I look like a firefighter so he said that's what I should be. (Well, I guess if you look like it you should do it.  Haha.  That is basically what he was thinking about doing before his mission.  We shall see.)  But I still can't decide what I actually want to be quite yet.  Then we started our long journey home.  Luckily Elders Walton and Roller saw us as they were driving by and picked us up and saved us.  It was amazing.  Elder Roller also decided to stay on his mission which is great news.  I'm glad he chose to stay.

Thursday I was going crazy in the morning and bouncing off the walls haha.  I have no clue why I was doing that but I was.  (Since he was little he would get in these moods and just start going crazy and literally bouncing off the walls.  I had hoped he would grow out of it, but apparently not.  Haha)  Today we tried to get out to Philomath by taking the bus and getting rides from other missionaries and then we thought of how we wouldn't be able to get back to Corvallis so we just said forget about it.  Then we had to walk from the campus all the way back up north which was about 4 miles and that took over an hour which sucked.  We luckily got a ride from Oldest Brother King to the Grose family for dinner.   The family is white but both parents served in Spain so they all speak Spanish including all the little boys.  It's pretty awesome!  They have a sweet house out in the hills.  It was a day full of lots of walking.  My feet are killing me haha.  We also somehow called every single companionship today in the Corvallis area which is about 8 companionships.  We feel very accomplished haha.

Friday we had district meeting where we talked about the Importance of Church Attendance and really putting emphasis on going to Church with our investigators.  That's where they can feel the Spirit and really get to know what we are really about.  We got more money today which was awesome so we went to Chipotle.  Love that place!  We saw Bruce again today and met him at his new place that he moved into.  We talked forever with him.  He needed someone to talk to so I'm glad we were there.  We had dinner with the Rogers who are an older couple and they are super nice.  We also saw Sister Collins tonight and her dad.  The Collins are a super young couple in the Ward.  Sister Collins is super cool and made us these Bomb cookies!  They were delicious!  I missed homemade cookies.  These members spoil us so I'm definitely going to get fat. Haha. Then we exchanged with Elders Stiles and Hails.  Elder hails and I are going to be talking all night.  He's a cool kid.  Found out that his girl cousin was in the same zone I was in when we were in the CCM.  I saw a pic of her on his desk and totally remembered her.  It was super weird.  It's a small world.

Saturday Elder Hails and I did a ton of walking.  It was freezing cold too so it wasn't too fun.  We walked a lot around campus so that made it better.  Ate at subway and warmed up some.  Then we walked through campus and saw that a Rugby game was going on so we watched some of that which was sweet.  They were also having a women's basketball game so everybody was coming to campus.  Wish we could of watched that.  We went to see R. again but he wasn't home which was lame because he's a cool guy.  We basically walked around for like 5 hours and my feet were killing me.  I traded a tie today with Stiles and got rid of my silver tie for his sweet brown tie.  Good stuff.  Had a lesson with the Amaton family and they were all sick so hopefully I don't get sick.  The house was full of family so we had a big discussion which was nice.  We had dinner with the Hollon family and they are super sweet.  He was the old Bishop and he really likes sports so we talked a lot about that.  He also has visited Roseville a lot so he knew where I'm from which was cool.  Super awesome family.  We also saw the Ertel family tonight and they seem to be doing good.  Lots of blessing have been coming their way so they talked about that with us which was good to hear.

Sunday I had a great day at church.  I had the opportunity to get up and bear my testimony.  At first I felt prompted to talk about the importance of the Sacrament but it looked like Elder Lucas felt the same way so instead I talked about Obedience to God and the blessings that follow.  I really can't remember a whole lot of what I said because the words just flowed out of my mouth but I can remember the feeling that I felt as I stood up on the stand.  It was a peaceful relaxing feeling which was really cool.  For Gospel Principles we talked about Obedience which was cool because that's what I talked about.  It was a great chapter and I felt like I learned a ton from it.  We joined the Priest Quorum which was cool and it brought back a lot of memories from when I was in their shoes. It just feels like yesterday.  Brother Davis, the young men's president taught about the Plan of Salvation and how we need to always look at life and choices in an eternal perspective.  And as doing so we will always choose the right.  Brother Evans who is in the navy as a civil engineer was called today to be our Assistant Ward Mission Leader which is awesome because he's a great guy and likes to get work done.  He's already doing an awesome job so I'm excited.  He's actually from Carmichael and went to El Camino High School which was totally crazy.  It's a small world.  

This week I've been doing a lot of studying of Recognizing Gods Hand in Our Life's Everyday. There's a mormon message called Oh remember, remember where President Henry B. Eyring talks about recognizing the blessings we receive from God everyday.  He also taught that at the end of each day we should ponder about our day and write in a Journal the Blessings that we received that day.  By doing so we show God that we are grateful for those blessings and in return he continues to bless us.  There's a talk given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf called "Grateful in any Circumstance".  The whole talk is great but there's one section that connects really well with this topic.  He says...

"How blessed we are if we recognize God’s handiwork in the marvelous tapestry of life. Gratitude to our Father in Heaven broadens our perception and clears our vision. It inspires humility and fosters empathy toward our fellowmen and all of God’s creation. Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes! A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.
The Lord has given us His promise that those “who [receive] all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto [them], even an hundred fold, yea, more.”
May we “live in thanksgiving daily”--especially during the seemingly unexplainable endings that are part of mortality. May we allow our souls to expand in thankfulness toward our merciful Heavenly Father. May we ever and constantly raise our voices and show by word and deed our gratitude to our Father in Heaven and to His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. For this I pray, and leave you my testimony and blessing, in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ, amen."

By keeping a journal of our blessings it shows our gratitude to our Heavenly Father that we are grateful for all our blessings.  It also is a great thing to look back at when your having a bad day to see all the blessings that you have received.  So I want to challenge you to keep a blessing journal and to write in it every night if you can.  Doesn't have to be long just a few sentences is good but if you can I encourage you to write more.

I love you guys so much,
Elder Perrine :)

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