Monday, April 20, 2015

Corvallis - Week 48

It's been a good week, well pretty much every week is a good one.

Monday 4/13:  This morning we woke up early because I had to drive to Newport.  It was a fun drive.  Elders Myers, Smith and Garrard rode with us so it was a packed little car.  It was awesome being on the Coast because I haven't seen it for a while now.  We had a Specialized Training Meeting as a zone with the Russell's and the A.P's.  I guess the Russell's are concerned that our mission isn't as obedient as it should be.  So we had a good talking to about Obedience.  So after the meeting was over we all got changed and rushed over to Agate Beach.  It was rainy and super windy so we just rain out on the beach and tried staying warm.  The beach only lasted like 30 mins then we were all frozen haha.  It was so much fun just being on the Beach though.  Newport is a cool little city.  Tonight we had dinner with the Grimmers.  

Tuesday 4/14:  We finished up P-Day today.  Basically just chilled and did some shopping.  Still super tired from yesterday.  Had dinner with the Morrill family.  They are a great family haha.  Nothing really happened today.

Wednesday 4/15:  This morning we went to COI to do some service.  So what we ended up doing is reorganizing the food pantry because people don't know to read labels and put stuff where it belongs.  Later in the day we did some tracting with no success.  Then we enjoyed doing some family history work.  Sister Wills was helping me try to find more information for my Mexican side.  It's hard work.  We also coached the Haslams team today which was fun.  We had dinner with the oldest Kings here in town.  Brother Reed King is awesome and has a super strong testimony.  He said that when we run into people who say they aren't interested we should say," how do you know that if you haven't heard what we have to say?  If you listen then you will come to know what we say is true."  I want to start using that haha.  So we did some tracting on Hayes street tonight with not much luck and mainly grumpy people.  So as we were headed out we decided to knock on one last door.  A elderly man named Rufus answered the door and let us right in.  He has known many Mormons and knew all about us so we got to talking and turns out this guy is super smart and knows his stuff.  We talked a lot about life and he gave us some advice.  He told us that if we want to be successful in life we need to be good at reading, writing, speaking, computer literate, know how to invest, and do something we like.  We had a great discussion with him.

Thursday 4/16:  This morning we had an amazing weekly planning session.  I feel like we are prepared to kick some satan butt haha.  We had dinner with the Waites family who recently moved into a house out in the boonies.  It was a trek getting there.  They have a sweet house with a ton of land.  The house is a fixer upper but it's a sweet spot.  Tonight we were finally able to teach N. again.  Hermano Islas came with us and when we got there N. sister L. was there as well so we taught both of them.  They are really receptive to what we teach but they have no desire to act on any of it so in the end they will not progress which sucks.  Hopefully their hearts will soften and they will realize what they need to do.

Friday 4/17:  So this morning we had a great District meeting.  We had a lot of snacks to eat which was awesome.  We talked about Church Attendance.  We went out to Local Boyz finally.  It's been too long.  We hung out with Jeff.  He's going to be a member one day I just know it.  Talked to D. today who's super cool and I think he is somewhat interested.  We also taught J. and A. today.  They are so solid!  We taught them about the Plan of Salvation and they were just soaking it up like a sponge.  Elder Thompson asked them if they would be baptized once they come to know this is true and they said yes.  So now all we need to do is teach them haha.  Such a golden family.  For some reason Elder Thompson wanted to get stung by bee's so he grabbed two bees and got stung on both hands.  It was hilarious to watch.  We had a fun potluck dinner tonight with 3rd ward.  It was nice seeing everyone.

Saturday 4/18:  Normally Saturday's are filled with service except today.  But that's okay because we had an awesome day.  Hermana Lupe made us dinner which was mole and a ton of other things.  It's was probably the best Mole I've had before.  Today Elder Thompson and I made some hilarious videos about "How people think missionaries get up VS. How we actually get up."  Quality videos haha.  Tonight we stopped by R. and turns out the Brambila family knew them and were there having a BBQ.  So we had a great discussion with R. and his nephew E. was there as well.  He's from Southern California.  He comes from a rough past full of gangs and drugs.  Basically everyday he survived to live and die another day.  He said he moved up here with his Uncle to try to start a new life.  He wants to follow God more in his life but he said everyday is a battle between God and Satan.  He wants to be better but it's hard for him.  We probably talked to him for like 1 1/2 hours.  He said he use to see the Missionaries down in So-Cal and he would scare them away but he said he felt like he should talk with us and he actually accepted a Book of Mormon for the first time.  I gave him Mosiah 27 which is about Alma the younger and how he changes which I thought was a perfect fit for him.  I know he moved here so we could be Gods instruments to show him the way.  He's totally ready we just have to show him what he's missing. That was definitely one of those testimony building lessons.  It was intense!

Sunday 4/19:  The Jimenez Family came to church again this week.  Two weeks in a row!  I guess work is slowing down now so it's time to baptize them!  At church we talked about the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  It's a great one to learn from.  We should always be searching to serve our fellow Brothers and Sisters.  Don't pass by them and think someone else will help them but you take action and help them.  During a Priesthood a man visiting from Utah was talking about missionary work and he said, "A mission isn't a sacrifice, it's a blessing."  And it's totally true.  It's not a sacrifice at all, it's a huge blessing in my life.  After church Brother Grimmer asked us if we could help him give a blessing to a lady he hometeaches.  I had the great opportunity to anoint her with oil. It's always a great feeling giving or being a part of a blessing.  We must always exercise the Priesthood.  We had dinner at the Islas home and had some bomb chicken with carne asada seasoning.  It was a pretty chill Sunday.

This week I have been reading "The Living Christ".  It's awesome so read it!

Les Amo Mucho!!!

❤️Elder Perrine


Corvallis - Week 47

This week the work has been on fire and it's awesome to see this area starting to progress and get better.

Monday 4/6:  Pretty average P-Day today.  Played some ball, emailed, and shopped.  Had dinner with the George family.  Pretty cool family. 

Tuesday 4/7:  Went to Community Outreach today and just wasted a bunch of time waiting for the delivery truck that never showed up.  Then we went to south town and did a bunch of tracting there at a trailer park.  We talked to a lot of people.  This one lady talked to us about all the crazy church's out there haha.  Then we talked to a 70 year old lady who was hiding because she was smoking and she was suppose to be quitting.  It was like she was a little kid or something.  Tracting stories are the best.  We had dinner with the Clark family.  Brother Clark is from Monterey which was awesome.  Great finding day.

Wednesday 4/8:  So we did some Family History work today.  It's always fun but makes your head hurt at the same time.  It sucks when you find someone and their history is just a mess and you don't know how to help them.  It's the worst!  Today I also ran soccer practice for Sister Haslam.  I had so much fun doing that.  I can't wait to be a Coach.  I think it would be so much fun!  I had a great practice I think.  All I had was my memory of drills and what not.  I put them to work haha. I wish I had a whistle I could of used though.  I just like being in charge, it's what I do best.  We had dinner with the Gullerud family. 

Thursday 4/9:  Today was a crazy day!  We went to lunch with the Zone Leaders today.  They took us out to Burger King which was awesome.  I love those guys!  We also did a ton of finding down in South Town.  We tracted more of the trailer park on Goodnight and I was surprised at the amount of people we actually talked to.  We met a Jehovah's Witness and we had a great discussion with her.  I know she felt the Spirit but she didn't want to believe that what we were saying was true.  She did take a pamphlet and a card which I was surprised because she's the first I've actually been able to give something to.  We also met B.  He's a guy from Alaska and is a huge outdoors guy.  He also served in Vietnam so he told us stories about him getting shot multiple times and also how he got hit by a grenade and flew pretty far.  He's a cool crazy old guy.  I definitely need to check Alaska out one day.  So tonight Hermano Jose Amaton came out with us to some appointments out in Philomath.  We talked to a good amount of people and Hermano Amaton connected instantly with them so it made teaching very easy and Hermano was just preaching it to them.  It was awesome.  Also R. moved so we were bummed and didn't know how we were going to find him but then we talked to good ole K. and he actually knew where he moved too.  It was crazy!  The Lord knows how to help us out when we need it.  We talked to E. tonight as well and she and her husband are great people and seem super interested.  Her kids use to attend church with a member when they were younger.  I think they have some great potential so I'm stoked to teach them.

Friday 4/10:  This morning we had ZTM which was a blast!  We learned that we need to remember our purpose more and make sure our investigators know our purpose and know why we are there.  So we had some left over food from dinner that we wanted to give to a homeless guy.  As we were driving we saw one on the sidewalk just chilling that we knew from the colds men shelter.  So we went over and gave the food to him.  This is why I love being on a mission because I can serve others 24/7.  He had the biggest smile on his face and it just brightened his day.  So crazy miracle that happened today.  We went to contact an old referral and as we knocked on the door a guy opened it up and was super happy to see us.  His name is J. and he invited us right in to talk with him.  I guess him and his family just recently moved in.  He has two kids H. and K. who were super awesome kids that actually like church and both have a bible.  J. was super interested and had a bunch of questions.  Long story short we taught him the Restoration and he said he would come to church.  GOLDEN FAMILY!!!  After the lesson we didn't know what just happened.  It was so unreal!  So as we arrived at home we noticed a Uhaul down the street so we walked over and the Uhaul was packed full.  So we asked if they needed help and they said of course.  So we just went ham and unloaded the whole thing and then they went a got another load so we unloaded that one as well.  They were soooooo grateful that we could help them.  Their names were Jason, Terra, Jessica, and Steve.  Super awesome people and hopefully we can teach them soon.  Day full of MIRACLES!

Saturday 4/11:  This morning we went over to the Rios family to do yard work for them and to see Hermana Rios.  Hermana looks completely fine but I guess at any moment she could pass away which is crazy.  She's so calm and still her happy self.  She was cracking jokes.  It's an amazing thing how the Gospel can bring us that much peace and comfort for when the time comes that we should pass on we know everything will be fine and that's it's not the end.  Hermana Rios told Hermano Rios, "I'll be waiting on the other side for you, so take your time."  She's always super funny.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to see her.  Today we went ham on finding.  We talked to a ton of people and got some return appointments which is awesome.  Tonight was a huge miracle.  We were finally able to see the Jimenez family.  We talked to them for like 2 hours or so.  They have been super crazy with work.  We had a great conversation with them.  I was so stoked to finally see them again.
Sunday 4/12:  So today as we were sitting in Sacrament the Jimenez family walked in so we were so excited that they were there.  We had dinner with the Haslam family today and they have pigs now so we had fun chasing them and picking them up haha.  Today was a pretty average day though.

So this week I studied the Standard of Truth.  It says...

“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” (To Fill the Earth)

It is a great reminder that God is hastening his work and nothing is going to stop it.

Love you all!

Elder Perrine

 Super model poses.  Haha!  Such a handsome man.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Corvallis - Week 46

Buenos Dias!  Como le va?

Monday 3/30:  Today was good day.  We didn't have a ton of miles so we didn't really go anywhere so we just chilled at the church building.  We played basketball and volleyball.  It was actually a lot of fun and it was good exercise.  Elder Thompson and I didn't have a dinner so we made some chimichangas and baked some cookies that we had with ice cream.  I kind of enjoy cooking and baking now a days.  It's fun and the food is even better haha.  I also got a bunch of books from the church the other day because they were in a table that said free.  One of them I started reading tonight called, "Master of Your Self", by Robert L. Backman.  He was the President of the First Quorum of the Seventy.  It's a book about being successful in life and how to accomplish it.  It's awesome and I've learned a lot already!  I've come to like reading books.  But more on the side of Gospel books.  I can care less about any of those made up garbage books.

Tuesday 3/31:  This morning since we are out of miles in our car we rode the bus down to COI and we worked at organizing a room full of all kinds of stuff.  While we were cleaning we found a BOP IT game and started playing it.  It was super fun and that was probably like the first time I've played it.  We also ate at Cibellis Pizza.  It's New York style and the place is cool and the Pizza is bomb.  You can get a giant slice for a couple bucks.  Sister Dye also brought us some dessert from Jillicious which is owned by a member.  It was bomb!  So today we rode the Bus everywhere!  Including to Philomath.  Bus rides are always interesting and you always meet some odd people haha.  When we got to Philomath we still had to walk another 2 or so miles to get to the Haslams.  We ran like the last mile or so because we were already late haha.  It was an awesome adventure.  I just LOVE the Haslams.  They are a super awesome family.  Tonight after dinner we dyed Easter eggs as we wore lady bug aprons because we didn't want to get anything on our clothes haha.  We also helped Brother Haslam clean his Orthodontist office tonight to return the favor of helping us out.  As we were there he also checked our teeth and cleaned them for us.  I love awesome members who help us out.  The Haslams are definitely one of my favorites.

Wednesday 4/1:  Today was just a pretty plain day.   We did some family history which was a blast and I was able to find a bunch of people and link them.  There's just something about doing family history work, it's just a great feeling and we can find relatives, learn about them, or fix their information.  It's awesome!  We also taught Hermana Lupe tonight and we had a great talk with her.  She loves having the missionaries over.  While we were there a friend came over named Elena and we started talking with her as well.  Lupe started bearing testimony about some Gospel Principles and them she just jumped into the Restoration so we went along as well.  Lupe just started teaching her friend and bearing powerful testimony.  It was so awesome.  We need to start taking Lupe out to lessons with us more often because she can teach haha.

Thursday 4/2:  So today Elders Howard and Swanson came into our area because both of their comps had to go to Eugene for a meeting.  So in the morning Elder Howard and I were together and went up to Adair Village to track down some Hispanics.  We talked to a few people but we couldn't find like any Hispanics.  We talked to some white people who were super rude.  People in Adair Village don't like to be bothered.  They are non social haha.  We did find a trailer park out in the middle of no where full of Hispanics. It was nice hanging with Elder Howard for a bit.  After lunch Elder Swanson forgot he was suppose to go teach Bruce and since I knew him I wanted to go see him.  It was nice talking with him and seeing how's he doing.  Seems like everytime I see him things are getting better which is great.  We also helped a lady load up her Uhaul.  There was so much stuff.  And of course every move needs a piano.  So the piano dolly broke so another guy and I just picked it up from both sides and carried it outside and up the ramp and put it in the Uhaul.  I just went beast mode! Haha.  The lady was like, " wow are you guys body builders", haha.     Since we didn't have a dinner today Brother Lewis who was at the move invited us over to eat.  I love the Lewis's.  We had a great dinner with them and Brother Lewis told us some stories about his mission in New Zealand.  He said when he was finished with his mission it took him about a month to get home because he basically flew to every island in the pacific and stayed there for a few days then flew to the next.  I wish I could do that after my mission to be able to see all those places for free haha.

Friday 4/3:  We had a great District Meeting this morning.  We talked about the tools that we have as missionaries and the importance of using them.  I taught about the importance of daily scripture study.  I had a great time teaching that because I learned a lot for myself as I studied it.  We also did a fun activity and Elder Thompson was blind folded and had to go through obstacles to find tools that missionaries use to teach investigators.  It was so funny!  Then after District Meeting we went and helped Renee again with her floors.  She's such a pain to work with because she doesn't know what she's talking about so it slows down the work.  Crazy people drive me crazy!  Then Brother Haslam picked us up and we went out to Philomath to help with soccer practice.  Sister Haslam is a great coach and she put us to work.  I was dying haha.  I didn't realize how out of shape I am.  We did some fun stuff and I was able to help out the kids.  We did a PK shoot out and I was one of the goalies.  I felt like I was back at the District Cup Championship.  I was beast mode and stopped a bunch of goals diving all over the place haha.  I forgot how much fun it was to be a Goalie.  We also went over to Hermana Lupes tonight and laid down some carpeting in her house and fixed a couple chairs.  I love helping people out because they are always so grateful and happy.  It was an adventurous day!

Saturday 4/4:  So today was the first day of conference!  We went over to the Kings for the morning session.  Sister King made us bunny pancakes.  They were so awesome haha.  After we watched conference we played some golf on his simulator game.  Then we tried throwing a baseball as fast as we could haha.  We had a blast at the Kings!  We watched the second part of conference at the Stake Center with some other Elders.  Nobody was there because everywhere was at home haha.  In between conference and priesthood session we went over to Hermana Lupes because she made us a snack called Juevos Abogados (drowned eggs). It was bomb!  I loved this Priesthood session.  I felt like the theme for today was Marriage and Families.  We had dinner with Hermana Lupe and the Islas family tonight.  I love hanging out with them.  

Sunday 4/5:  This morning we went over to the Haslams to watch General Conference and spend Easter with them.  They had some of their older kids and a bunch of other friends there so it was good to meet them.  Conference was great as always!  We had a good lunch with them.  I made some bomb cookies and helped make these cool potatoes things.  We also went over to the Islas for dinner today.  I love that family.  Even though they have so little, they are willing to give all they have to help others out.  They are some amazing examples.

This week I read this talk given by President Thomas S. Monson in the January 2015 Ensign called Follow the Prophets.

I would not hold the position in the Church I hold today had I not followed the counsel of a prophet, had I not prayed about that decision, had I not come to an appreciation of an important truth: the wisdom of God ofttimes appears as foolishness to men. But the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and His children obey, they will always be right.

It has been said that history turns on small hinges, and so do our lives. Decisions determine destiny. But we are not left unaided in our decisions.

If you want to see the light of heaven, if you want to feel the inspiration of Almighty God, if you want to have that feeling within your bosom that your Heavenly Father is guiding you, then follow the prophets of God. When you follow the prophets, you will be in safe territory. (Follow the Prophets)

If we want to be safe and guided then we must always follow the Prophets.  I was grateful for this weekend where we were able to listen to the Prophets and Apostles.  They are men of God and receive revelation that we need to hear.

I love you all! =)

Elder Perrine

Corvallis - Week 45

It's been a pretty good week.  The work is starting to progress here.

Monday 3/23:  So last night Elders Blackwelder and McConkie spent the night.  Elder Thompson for some reason was making noises and moaning sounds in his sleep.  I was wide awake because I couldn't fall asleep with that noise and just as I was about to hit him to shut him up he woke up and was like, "What???  NO!  Is that me making that noise?  I seriously just woke my self up with my own noise. No Way!"  I just started laughing so hard.  It was hilarious.  This morning we had to wake up at 6am and we drove to the transfer spot to say our goodbyes.  It's sad to see all my homies leave.  Out of my group that I came up to C-Town in I'm the only one left.  Everyone left already which is super weird.  So today it's just been raining all day long.  Transfer P-Days are always a weird one.  We just chilled all day, shot some hoops, and then Elder Thompson and I went shopping.  We had so much time to kill that we just went to a ton of different stores.  We had dinner with the young Lewis family in Philomath ward.  Brother Lewis is a Oregon State Trooper.  He's a super cool guy.  He said not to go into Law Enforcement.  It's a headache and everyone hates you haha.  They are a great family though.  For the dinner message I was talking about being Fishers of Men and sister Lewis said, "You are Fishers of Spanish Men." Haha

Tuesday 3/24:  So today we worked at Community Outreach.  They got a food order in so we had a blast stocking all the shelves.  Later in the day we went to find a potential and found a huge trailer park that we knew nothing about.  We found the Hispanic jackpot!  We are going to have a blast trying to tract all those trailers haha. A guy stopped us when we were out and about there and turns out he's a member returning to full activity.  He told us," Satan can go to HELL, for all I care".  I thought that was hilarious. He told us where a lot of Hispanics lived so now we have the hook ups with Brother Potter.  As we were talking with him a old beater car pulls up to a trailer right next to us.  A guy who looks like a homeless guy comes stumbling out of the car with a big Coors Light beer can in his hand and says to us, "Well boys now you can get me for drunk driving hehe".  We were like what's going on here haha.  We had the Book of Mormon class tonight.  The Jakobsens showed up.  It was good talking with Arne (Brother Jakobsen).  He's a funny guy and he's in his 80's but has a ton of energy.  I hope I'm that energetic when I'm that old.  We made some goooood brownies tonight and put some ice cream on top.  I'm going to get fat... Haha

Wednesday 3/25:  Today we went ham and got work done.  We did some Family History and Elder and Sister Wills (Senior couple) helped us out.  I connected the Chapman side so now I can see all that work and I also added the Perrine Grandparents and also both of their parents.  It's so much fun learning about my ancestors.  I also went back to like years 40 and I have a ton of Royalty in my blood.  Lots of Kings and Queens, Emperors, and knights and what not all over the place.  Sooooo cool!  We also contacted a ton of people and got a lot of return appointments and met new people.  We talked to a guy named Josue who is from El Salvador and is a preacher here at a Spanish church.  We also taught Rosa about the Book of Mormon and the whole time her husband up stairs was yelling, "We don't want to change", in Spanish of course.  Not sure how it will go but we will see.  I felt like today was a very productive day.  

Thursday 3/26:  This morning I called Elder Dixon to do a damage report on the car to make sure everything has been documented.  Turns out the car has never been documented and 5 drawing diagrams, 48 pictures, and 18 emails later it's finally done.  There are scratches and dings all over that car.  That's was a lot of work and a pain but I'm glad I was able to help Elder Dixon out.  We also taught Jaqueline Lopez today which was awesome.  I was so glad to finally meet with her.  She seems super solid and has been taught by many missionaries so I'm hoping to find out what's holding her back and help her to enter into the waters of Baptism soon.  We also had dinner with the Dye family out in Philomath.  They are from Wisconsin and Minnesota.  They are a cool family and Brother Dye loves the outdoors.  As we were leaving he was getting ready to go on a Night Mountain Biking Trip.  I guess he goes with some buddies including the Stake President and Bikes all through the night.  It sounds legit and I definitely want to get into that when I get home.

Friday 3/27:  This morning Elder Thompson passed off some stuff then we had a district meeting about asking inspired questions.  Today I went on exchanges with Elder Smith in his area.  We walked all over the campus and my feet are killing me.  Elder Smith and I had a blast walking around trying to contact people on campus.  It's spring break so no one is out and about so we had nobody to talk to.  We hacksacked it up in the library courtyard and the few people that walked by looked interested but when I asked if they wanted to join they said no.  We thought it would work but there needs to be more people out and about.  Dancing Mike also talked to us and taught us some dancing moves.  He's a crazy old guy. A bunch of Indian college students were in a courtyard playing cricket!  It was crazy to watch them play.  Who does that in a middle of the courtyard haha. Elder Smith and I went out to Tokyo Steakhouse which was bomb!  I miss good sushi!  At night we didn't have anything to do so we rode the bus hoping we could find people to talk to.  I guess no one rides the bus at night and the only guy that got on and that we talked to was a member.  Just our luck haha.  At the institute building there's also an old baptismal font down in the creepy basement.  It's was sketchy stuff and it looks extremely old.  So overall it was a super adventurous day.

 Saturday 3/28:  Service Saturday's.  This morning Elder Smith and I went with the Chinese Elders and the College Hill sisters to a members in Philomath to do a bunch of yard work.  The members are selling it and it needed to look nice.  They called the right person for the job.  I mowed the yard and edged and weed whacked it.  We pulled a bunch of weeds and some other things as well.  Also once we exchanged back Elder Thompson and I went to the Dyes in Philomath and helped dig holes and plant flowers on this steep hill.  It was a crazy leg and core workout trying to keep balance and not slip or fall.  It was awesome getting to know that family even more.  They told us a place called Jilllicious that a member owns that we need to check out. Heard there's some good desserts there haha.  We had dinner with Tom today which I was totally stoked about.  We went out to his crib out in the sticks.  He made Salmon, vegetables, and potato salad.  It was bomb and I've never really liked fish but Salmon was actually pretty good.  We also made some brownies and man they were so good.  I'm going to get fat if I keep eating brownies haha.  The drove home was awesome driving out in the sticks in the dark.  I love back roads. 

Sunday 3/29:  Today was Fast Sunday since next week is General Conference.  We had a combined Sacrament meeting with Philomath ward since it was 5th Sunday.  This one guy got up and started talking about how everyone is going to make it to the Celestial Kingdom even his son who doesn't obey the word of wisdom and other commandments.  He was just up there preaching false doctrine.  You could just feel the Spirit leave instantly.  I talked to a guy there about the same age as I am, named Bryce Martin.  He's from Elk Grove and recently got back from his mission in Philadelphia.  He said he got the hook up and is on his way up to Alaska to work up there helping the Resorts with their finances or something like that.  I want to check Alaska out!  We had a combined 3rd hour as well and they discussed the "He Lives" video.  This video is awesome so I'm so pumped to use it!  We had the Potluck today at the church and a good amount of people showed up including Jaqueline and her daughters so that was awesome.  There was so much good food.  Yum!  Fiestas are where it is at!  We also taught a guy named Ramone who is from Jalisco, Mexico.  He was a nice guy and opened to talk with us.  We showed him the "He Lives" video which he thought was great.  We are going to go back to teach him more but he seems like a solid guy.

I read a talk this week called, "He is Risen" by Thomas S. Monson about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  It was given on Easter Morning in the 2010 April General Conference.  The whole talk is great but this section stuck out to me the most.  I encourage you to read this talk.

At the last moment, the Master could have turned back. But He did not. He passed beneath all things that He might save all things. His lifeless body was hurriedly but gently placed in a borrowed tomb.

      No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary when, on the first day of the week, they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord. Spoke the angel:

    “Why seek ye the living among the dead?

      “He is not here, but is risen.”
      Our Savior lived again. The most glorious, comforting, and reassuring of all events of human history had taken place--the victory over death. The pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary had been wiped away. The salvation of mankind had been secured. The Fall of Adam had been reclaimed.

      The empty tomb that first Easter morning was the answer to Job’s question, “If a man die, shall he live again?” To all within the sound of my voice, I declare, If a man die, he shall live again. We know, for we have the light of revealed truth

      “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead

      “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

This is a great talk to read especially during the Easter Time.  Remember it's not about the Easter Bunny and the Eggs it's about our Savior and how he Atoned for each and everyone of us and that "He Lives, and He is Risen".

Love you all!

Elder Perrine

Corvallis - Week 44 (Half-Way!!)

Buenas Dias!

Monday:  This morning we went to the Lewis to do our laundry.  So grateful for them. Then we just chilled the rest of the day.  Did some emailing, ate lunch, then we had to take our car in to get some work done on it which took forever so it wasted our P-Day which sucked.  We had dinner with Bishop Gibbs of the Philomath ward.  Cool family. The wife is from Hollister so we talked about Monterey and what not.  So they have a tradition, every new Elder that comes to their house gets a new tie and they have a huge rack of them.  It's super awesome.  I got a green pasley.  We did some contacting after dinner and ran into a guy named K.  He use to meet with the Elders and is a recovering drug addict.  He's a good guy and just wanted to come talk with us and thanked us for our service.  I love people like that.  

Tuesday: We went to work at Community Outreach today.  Elder Thompson and I organized the food pantry and I labeled all the shelves so people would stop destroying it.  Now it's looking good.  We also helped install some security cameras which was fun.  I love watching people on them haha.  Our house was a disaster so we decided to clean it up and now it's super clean.  I hate messy places.  We had dinner tonight with Tom or technically he had dinner with us at our place.  We made Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and a Salad.  Bomb food!  I'm pretty impressed with my cooking skills haha.  So Tom also made prison cookies.  So what he did is he took roman noodles and cooked them in water in the microwave for a bit.  Then he took a cereal box and cut a circle out of it and put the noodles on it and put it back in the microwave.  He cooked in 2 min intervals and then sturred it until it was finally a little tan and crispy.  Then he took Hershey's chocolate and peanuts and melted that then took the crispy broken up noodles and mixed it together.  Then he put them in cookie size shapes and put them in the fridge until they cooled down.  It was soooooo good.  I was super surprised.  You can basically put anything with it and it will taste good.  We also went to Book of Mormon class which no one showed up so we had story time with Tom.  He told us a lot of his experiences and how he came to know God even better.  He said there were so many times where he was just depressed and thought the whole world was coming down on him.  He said when he felt like that he prayed, then everything was better.  I love Toms stories. Awesome Guy!  He also showed us these killer workouts that we are going to start doing now.  We did some tonight and I thought I was going to die.  It was also St. Party's Day today. Woooooooo!!!

Wednesday:  Today we tracted half of Hobart St. which is a heavily populated Hispanic street.  We ran into some good potentials to go back and contact and we also talked to some cool college students.  I love serving in College towns because there are just so many different kinds of people from all over.  One girl we tracted into was Jordan.  She was super cool and we basically taught her the whole restoration on the doorstep and gave her a Book of Mormon.  Then we also talked to a guy named Joshua.  Total fitness guy so we got really along.  Turns out he grew up around Mormons so he knew what we were all about and we had a great discussion with him.  He told us to make sure we learn all we can while on a mission and really get to know people and their beliefs.  We haven't done some tracting like that in a while so it was good to get Elder Thompson some more experience.  We had a great dinner with the Grose family.  She made these cake pops that were to die for. Yum!

Thursday:  Elder Thompson led out in Weekly planning today which was great.  I'm starting to put more weight on his shoulders and having him take control of more stuff so that when I'm gone he won't freak out and not know what to do.  So far he is taking it very well.  So today was my HUMP DAY!!!  It was a blast.  I wore my sweet Hump Daaaay shirt whenever I could.  A big group of us went out to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch and man that was good.  I love the napkins because they say, When in doubt just Wing It, haha.  That's kind of what we do as missionaries except we have the Spirit to guide us when we have to wing it.  I burnt a white shirt and since I forgot to burn a tie at my 6 months I added that in too.  I thought we were going to get the fire truck called on us because it was just black smoke and smelt bad haha.  It was awesome!  We had dinner with the Brambila family tonight.  Sister Brambilas sister was in town and they had friends over so their were like 15 kids running around.  It was insane!  We also saw K. again tonight.  He had us sign his Book of Mormon and Bible for him.  He said he's a "Gick" which is a Gangster/ Hick, haha.  Great guy!

Friday:  We had a good District meeting about having more sincere prayers and using the scriptures more.  We did service at Renee's again.  Elder Ricks and I did some more flooring and it's starting to look like a floor now which is awesome.  We had dinner at the Eric Kings home tonight which I was totally stoked about!  He showed Elder Thompson around the house and he was just freaking out haha.  Brother King gave us advice to start saving up as soon as we can and not to touch it.

Saturday:  So this morning we went to the OSU Campus to help out at the Special Olympics.  This thing was legit.  We helped with the Basketball side of it.  We got these sweet Nike Special Olympics shirts which was awesome.  I had a blast helping out there.  I was in charge of the score sheet so I had all the pressure on me during the games to make sure everything was right haha.  The players were actually pretty decent.  It was super fun to watch.  This one game both teams scored like 8 three pointers total which is unheard of.  Everyone was freaking out when a crazy shot up in the air from behind the three would just magically swish right in.  It was awesome to see.  Then as we were leaving and checking out one of the head ladies stopped us and told us that a big Alumni VIP party was getting ready to leave and that there was going to be a ton of left over food and she wanted us to eat it.  We were so stoked.  We just chowed down on some gourmet stuff.  I love blessings haha.  For dinner tonight we went over to Jeff and Sables with other Thompson and Chang.  We had a blast there and the food was super good. Burgers and Chicken and lots more stuff.  I also baked some brownies for dessert. Yum!  It was nice being able to hang out with Jeff and Sable and get to know them better.  Oh also we got transfer calls and of course I'm staying but like half the zone is leaving which sucks. Elder Beasley is coming here though so I'm super happy about that.  Elder Myers is going to be my new ZL and I've heard he's super cool.  It should be a interesting transfer.

Sunday:  Church was great today.  Sister Morrison and Brother Tryon spoke which was awesome.  So sad news that we received is that Hermana Rios is on her bed rest and will pass away in the next couple weeks.  It's so weird because when I first got here she was totally fine and super happy.  We did yard work for them and ate at their house and then all of a sudden she's super sick.  It's crazy to how fast someone's life can end.  Hermano Rios is a tough guy and is handling it pretty well.  It's a hard time for the Rios family that's why I think it's just an amazing blessing to have this Gospel in our lives and to know the Plan of Salvation.  We had dinner with the Islas Family. Tonight we had a Zone get together to say our goodbyes and sign each others journals.  I'm so sad to see all my homies leaving.  Half the zone and all my close friends are leaving.  They do this to me all the time.  Time to make even more friends.  Popular life you know.

So Tom shared Psalms 32 with us and it's amazing...  Christ Atoned for us so that we may have the opportunity to be forgiven and cleansed from our sins.

1. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Psalms 32:1-5

Love yall!!
❤️Elder Perrine

Corvallis - Week 43

Buenas Dias!

Monday:  So today we had a Zone Activity at the Haslams'.  To start it off we sang the EFY Medley to her since she does so much for us and because she also has two sons out on their missions right now.  We had a blast playing nerf war, capture the flag, pool (not water, but with pool sticks haha), drums, fooseball, football, tennis, basketball, basically they have a sweet house where you can do just about anything.  The ultimate hang out spot.  She also bought us American Dream Pizza which was awesome.  We all pigged out on pizza, chips, soda, and candy.  There was so much food.  It was a blast being there and we really appreciated it.  The Haslams are awesome!  So today we also had to get our car all ready for inspections tomorrow so we had fun cleaning all of it out and making it all pretty.  We had dinner tonight with the Grimmers who I thought were awkward at first but then turned out to be super cool and funny.  They all know a million jokes so that's basically all that went on for the whole night haha. 

Tuesday:  This morning we woke up at 5:45 and quickly got ready so we could be on the road by 7.  We had a good drive there.  Just wish we didn't have a Tiwi haha.  Zone Conference was filled with ton of great things.  We learned a lot about the Priesthood, Prayer, The Atonement and lots more.  It was also the Kleinmans last Zone Conference.  It's going to be sad to see Sister Kleinman leave because she's super nice and awesome, Elder Kleinman on the other hand is the one in charge of the cars and is also grumpy.  The Dixons are replacing them and they seem super nice and awesome so I'm super excited.  We also got our new IPads today.  32 gigs!  So awesome.  I love it already and it's going to be an awesome tool to know how because I'll be able to download just about everything haha.  

Wednesday:  This morning I had a great study about Pondering the Path of Thy Feet. It was a talk given in the October 2014 General Conference by President Thomas S. Monson.  He talked about how we need to make sure we are walking as Christ walked and that we are always following his example.  We also went and worked at Community Outreach today making a bunch of food boxes for people that come in. We spent a good amount of time today downloading a lot of stuff.  There's just so much to download haha.  Another super cool thing is they now have a weather app and Duolingo which is a Language learning app.  It's awesome!  I'm totally going to learn a ton now.  I wish I had his app a lot sooner.  We also watched a lot of the District Episodes tonight.  They talked a lot about the importance of planning and that if we plan we will be successful.

Thursday:  So today we did a lot of contacting trying to find referrals, potentials and what nots.  We had some really good luck today talking to people.  Brother Morrison came with us to see the Zavaleta family.  Cool family who were being taught by the missionaries but it's been some time since then.  But it seems like they are ready again so I'm super excited.  We had dinner with the Beaton family in the Philomath ward and they are really strange. Haha.  We did some finding after dinner and nobody was home that we needed to talk to but as we were walking back to the car we passed a lady who was probably in her 60's sitting on her front porch watching the sunset.  We passed by and said hi. As I was about to get in the car I had the prompting to go back and talk with her. I really didn't want to but I decided to follow the prompting and went back even though she was white haha.  Turns out she's a super nice old lady who has a lot of faith in God.  We talked to her about the Plan of Salvation and she seemed to really enjoy it.  I learned tonight to listen to the spirit and follow the promptings.  Don't second guess yourself.  

Friday:  This morning Elder Thompson had training.  After that we exchanged and Elder Hales came with me to my area.  We had a great day and actually contacted a ton of people.  We talked to this one lady named Carina and she was chill.  She told us if someone isn't answering the door we should yell at them to open it up because Jesus knows you're there.  She might of been a little crazy too haha.  We did a lot of walking and talking to peeps.

Saturday:   We went back to help Renee with her house.  Elder Ricks and I laid down laminate flooring which is a pain but we did a really good job.  Rene is just cookoo so it's annoying working around her because she has no clue what she is doing so we just do what it takes to get stuff done.  We had dinner with the Workmans in Philomath.  They have like 8 kids so it was a packed party house.  It was insane but they are all cool.  Tonight we also went to help out at the Cold Men's Shelter.  One guy came in with a messed up shoulder so we had to call the paramedics.  Firefighters showed up which was super cool so I was able to witness the whole thing go down which was awesome.  The stretch bed thing they use is intense.  Cool stuff. Oh and it's finally raining again.  Oregon is back.  It's been sunny forever which sucked haha.

Sunday:   Church was great today.  A youth from the Philomath ward spoke in our sacrament meeting today about the importance of the Sacrament.  He's taking Spanish in high school right now and did a really good job.  A high councilor also spoke about the importance of hymns and singing.  He said that the hymns need to be used more often in Sacrament talks and lessons during church.  The rest of church went very well.  We had a good meeting after church today with the leaders of the group.  They are super missionary tuned and really want to help us out anyway they can.  I love Spanish groups and branches because everyone there is missionary tuned because they are there because they want the Spanish group to grow or they are recent converts and want to help others see he truth.  Spanish is the best.  Most white members in wards are just there because they go to church nothing else to it and you can really see the difference.  We had dinner with the Islas family like always except Hermano Hernandez and Hermano Amaton came to do their hometeaching so they joined us as well and shared the spiritual message for the night ha.  It was nice just relaxing and not doing the teaching.

So in that talk Ponder the path of thy feet that I read this week some main parts that stuck out to me were...

As we look to Jesus as our Exemplar and as we follow in His footsteps, we can return safely to our Heavenly Father to live with Him forever.
One woman, each time she related experiences she had during a visit to the Holy Land, would exclaim, “I walked where Jesus walked!”
She had been in the vicinity where Jesus lived and taught. Perhaps she stood on a rock on which He had once stood or looked at a mountain range He had once gazed upon. The experiences, in and of themselves, were thrilling to her; but physically walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking as He walked. Emulating His actions and following His example are far more important than trying to retrace the remnants of the trails He traversed in mortality.

We read in Proverbs the admonition, “Ponder the path of thy feet.” As we do, we will have the faith, even the desire, to walk the path which Jesus walked. We will have no doubt that we are on a path which our Father would have us follow. The Savior’s example provides a framework for everything that we do, and His words provide an unfailing guide. His path will take us safely home

There's many more awesome things in the talk so read it!  

Love you all,
Elder Perrine

Corvallis - Week 42

Another week in the past.
Monday:  Today was a chill P-Day.  We played a bunch of basketball and did some shopping.  I did the most healthiest shopping I've ever done today.  Time to eat good.  Got vegetables, fruit, chicken, and protein powder and a bunch of other things.  Good stuff.  We had dinner with the Haslam family.  One of the coolest families ever.  He's the old Stake President and the wife is just an awesome lady. Dinner was great and it we had some good conversations.  They have two sons out right now and one has a medical condition and was assigned to Portland Mission so I talked to the parents about my health condition and how I've come to see the positive in it and how we are all called to serve where we need to be.  They are a sweet family though!  They gave us a ton of food to take home.  Awesome!

Tuesday:  Today we helped a lady do a lot of work on her house that's being remodeled.  The whole zone showed up so it was a huge party.  When we hear of service you better bet there will be a ton of missionaries there haha.   I'm glad we were able to help her out because she was old and couldn't do much anyways.  This zone is a good one.  We got a beater bike from a member because I really need a bike so now we are going to start riding but I couldn't find my light so we didn't ride today but maybe tomorrow.  We had dinner with the Case family.  He served in Brazil and his kids have some sweet names like Thor, Hazel, and Atlas.  Unique names are the best.  Then we enjoyed walking like 4 miles home which took over an hour.   Walking is the best... NOT!

Wednesday:  Today we worked at COI with Jeff making food boxes and all that good stuff. We also ate at Local Boyz.  I love that place!  Jeff has been opening up to us which is awesome.  He told us a story about his first encounter with Missionaries when he was in his younger crazier stage.  (Felt it was too personal to add to blog)  When Jeff told us that story we started busting up laughing.  Haha.  Today we also biked to dinner and it's been a while since I've biked so it was good to start doing that again.  We had dinner with the Sherry Jr. family.  His parents are in the 3rd Ward.  She speaks Spanish and so do her kids so that's cool.  

Thursday:  Woke up at 5:35 this morning to get ready to go to the Temple.  It was about 1 1/2 hours to get to Portland so it wasn't too bad.  We went through two missions.  The Salem and the Portland missions.  Pretty awesome.  The Portland temple is pretty sweet.  The tower things are pretty tall.  Today I did my first endowment for a family name.  One of my great grandfathers named Carmine Casamassa.  It was an amazing experience.  The Portland temple inside is super awesome.  I've now been to 4 different temples.  Sacramento, Mexico City, Medford, and now Portland.  Time to keep it going.  We took some sweet pictures there as well.  It's all about those pictures.  On the way out we met the Portland Mission, President Ballard which is the Apostles Ballards son.  I even shook his hand.  Super cool!  We also stopped at Costco and Elder Wes Thompson bought a bunch of stuff in bulk.  I haven't been to one of those in a while.  When we got back we played some more soccer with those Hobart street kids which was fun and shared a message with them.  They are all great kids.  We decided to bike to dinner tonight which was a 6 mile adventure.  Man I'm out of shape haha.  It was a struggle but it was a blast.  They were impressed we biked out to their house in the boonies of Philomath.  We ate with the Bushnell family and they are a super cool family in the Philomath Ward.  I love eating with different members in the stake because I get to meet all the cool members.  They told us about the awesome crab fishing there is in Newport so I'm going to have to try that out someday.  What was great is they actually gave us a ride home which was amazing because that would of sucked riding home haha. Cars are a blessing.

Friday:  We had training in the morning for Elder Thompson.  Then we had a super good district meeting.  We had an activity where we had to shoot these balloons with a nerf guns that had pins on the bullets and what topic we got we had to teach about it.  It was fun.  We had lunch with Tom at Baja Fresh.  He treated us which was sweet.  It was good seeing him.  We had dinner tonight with the Buys family.  Super cool newlyweds in 1st Ward.  Sister Buy is a convert and was born in Cuba and speaks Spanish.  She was super cool. We also had family game night where we played a bunch of basketball.

Saturday:  So today was another Service Saturday.  Best day of the week.  So around 10 Jeff picked us and 2nd Ward up and we drove to Junction City to help him pack up his Uhaul.  We drove in his PT Cruiser with the top down.  I had fun playing Tetris with all the stuff and I actually did a really good job packing his truck up.  Oh and we finally met his Significant other Sable.  She's pretty cool.  When we got back to Corvallis the unloading part was super easy.  We then made a dump run and had some fun throwing stuff and breaking it.  It was excellent therapy.  We then went to the Chinese Buffett and pigged out and ate a ton of food because we were all starving. Chang was driving Jeff crazy, I'm surprised Jeff didn't kill him haha.  We also went and helped out at the Cold men's shelter tonight.  It was a crazy night there.  This one guy was super drunk and tried picking fights with everyone.  He punched one of the old guys in the face and then stole another guys juice and then all heck broke loose.  It was insane.  I thought that drunk guy was going to get jumped haha.  This one guy walked up to me and said, "talili talili talili... jackoff!  I'm not sure what I did haha.  Then later in the night a guy was talking to us about Christ and said that he believes Mary was abducted by aliens... what?  It was just one of them crazy days in the service of the Lord.
Sunday:  The time change threw me off this morning...  The church was really good.  Lots of good stuff taught.  After church we went and chilled with Philomath Elders for lunch.  It's pretty sweet!  We did some tracting today in an apartment complex in Philomath and talked to a lady who we are going to refer to the English Elders.  Then we found two other Hispanics.  One guy was actually super interested and invited us in which was awesome.  We haven't had any success tracting here till today.  Now we have a new investigator so that's awesome.  He's super curious and wants to learn more so I'm excited for the next lesson.  We had this bomb ceviche and it was the one time I actually liked it because it has some good flavor.  Good stuff. We later stopped by Jeffs and picked up two desk chairs.  It was a blast trying to get them both to fit but we did it. We were both smashed into the windshield in the front but it worked out. It was hilarious!  Jeff hooked us up with some BBQ chicken too.  Yummy!  

It's been a great week!  Weeks are such a blur now a days.  I don't know where the time is going.  Crazy!

Something I read this week.  Good stuff.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles described the “tender mercies of the Lord”:“I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are real and that they do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Often the Lord’s timing of His tender mercies helps us to both discern and acknowledge them.

“… The Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindness, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly the Lord suits ‘his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men’ (D&C 46:15).
Tender Mercies

Love you all!

Elder Perrine