Monday, March 19, 2018

Elizabeth's Baptism

The week in general went well. We had a really good turn out at Elizabeth’s baptism. The Spirit was definitely present and the people in attendance really enjoyed it. Her confirmation was done on Sunday, which went well. We had ward conference so it was really cool to be able to have that on the same day. 

We had a good day Friday. We have been struggling to find people to teach recently, compared to when we first got here. On Friday we really tried to focus on having better contacts with people when we met them. We only had a couple of hours to be out and contacting people, but we were blessed with a ton of people to talk with. We also had a cool moment where one of the people that we have been teaching saw us outside and came out to talk with us. He has been having trouble with one of his neighbors and he wanted to pray with us to help himself forgive her. This was a really big step for him because he hasn’t been too open or anything with us. So we were able to pray with him and then give him a chapter in the Book of Mormon to read and he read it. Then we went by the next day to read with him and had a good experience. After we read, he texted us a question about the reading, which was another big step, so that was cool. 

This week should be good. Crystil and hopefully Anthony will both be baptized on Saturday, so we are excited for that. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Upcoming Baptisms

We are teaching a 9 year old, Elizabeth, who will be baptized this upcoming Saturday. We are excited for her. We are also teaching Crystil, who will be baptized in a couple of weeks. She is doing really well. We taught her about the word of wisdom and she has totally given up everything that she has needed to. She feels the Spirit really strong, so it has been really cool to watch as she has embraced the Gospel and has felt good about it the entire time. 

We had another cool experience this week. We have been teaching a guy named Ryan who has been living at a friends house for a few weeks. Apparently, we found out this week, that he has been taught by the Zone Leaders for a long time, but they recently lost contact because he lost his phone. When we found out that it was the same Ryan, we were going to try and get them in contact with him again, but when went back to his friends, he wasn’t living there any more. Well, a few days later we were riding our bikes and started riding next to some guy that we were talking with and rode all the way to some apartment complex. As we were talking with this guy, we saw Ryan in the background! He apparently moved in with a different friend. It was crazy how we were guided to him. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Staying in the High Desert

We are doing well. Transfers are this Tuesday. Elder Holt and I will both be staying in High Desert. The work has been going really well out here. The ward has been doing great. We are teaching a family; Crystil, Anthony, and Angelica. They have been coming to church consistently and it has been going great. We taught the word of wisdom this week and Crystil has been 100% on board to live it and has been doing great the past few days. She is preparing to be baptized on March 24th, so we are excited about that. This week Anthony committed to work towards April 7th as a date for baptism. It has been really well. The ward has done a great job in fellowshipping them. 

We had Stake Conference this week. President and Sister Tateoka were there to speak. One of the things I learned from them is that when you speak at Stake Conference, you need to stay on time so that the Stake President has the time he needs to speak. Well, the first few speakers took a ton of time. There was only 30 minutes left by the time President and Sister Tateoka both still had to speak. they were the last two speakers before the Stake President. It was really powerful because they both kept their talks short and powerful to allow for President Stevens to have all the time he needed. President and Sister Tateoka are amazing. One thing I liked from President Steven’s Talk was that we need to believe. He said that a lot of people say that seeing is believing, but truly believing is seeing. As we believe in God and have faith, we will see Him more in our lives. 

Oh by the way, the Edwards in Newberg got baptized, so that was cool to see! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Baldy's BBQ, Bend, Oregon!

Brother Sauter took Elders Klima and Holt out to dinner on Monday. Here's what he posted to his Facebook page (and sent us) about the experience.

"Tonight for Family Night it was having the Elders take on the Baldy's BBQ "BBQ Extravaganza" for dinner and the Elders won! A full rack of baby back ribs, 1/2 smoked chicken, pulled pork, brisket, chipotle potato salad, fried, baked beans, and honey-jalapeno cornbread! For appetizers BBQ rib tips and smothered fries (twice fried french fries smothered in ulled pork, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce). And the Elders won. Elders Klima and Holt are the very first to have successfully completed this challenge. Although they did warn me they were hungry after an exhausting "P" day!"



Monday, February 26, 2018

Zone Conference

The week here was really good. We had Zone Conference, which was fun. On Wednesday, we were on exchanges, and we got a call from President saying that he wanted to come out proselyting with us since he was in town for the Zone Conference the next day. That was fun! We had some unique experiences. We went to talk to some guy in one of the apartment complexes and he was not happy about it. He got pretty upset with us and was telling us that he was the assistant manager and that it was private property and that if we were not off the grounds in 5 minutes then he would call the cops. The problem was that we had an appointment with a less active Sister in the apartment across the complex, so we told the man. He said that we couldn’t and that we needed to leave. We said that we were going to go over, and so we did. The Sister, when we opened the door, told us that he wasn’t an assistant manager and he was lying to us. As we talked with her, President felt that we should just go in and teach her, so we did! Lo and behold, the cops were never called and we were able to have a great lesson with her. 

We also had Zone Conference this week! It went really well. It was good to see President and Sister Tateoka and to see Elder Patterson again. It was a really good Zone Conference. I was able to talk with President afterward for a few minutes, which was nice. 

The rest of the week was good! After our Zone Conference, we did a power exchange with the Burns elders, so I was able to work with Elder Oswald a little bit again. That was fun! It has been fun to see how much missionaries grow throughout their missions. 

Things with Elder Holt are great. He is a really good missionary and he is extremely talented at playing the piano and all of those types of things. He played the special musical number, a Hymn by John Schmidt, and was able to pick it up and learn it in only about an hour. He’s great. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Miracles Continue

Things here have been busy, yet good. We are seeing a lot of progress and miracles that the Lord has been giving us. I found out of a really cool miracle this week over email. 

So back in September, I believe I told you about Yana. She was a girl from the Netherlands that was working in Oregon over the summer. Elder Oswald and I were out walking in the rain one day and she pulled her car over to us and started asking us if we were Mormons. She had some previous exposure to the church. Well, she went on to tell us that she was leaving town the following Wednesday. During our conversation, we started talking about temples, and we offered to go with her and some members of our ward to visit the Portland Visitors Center on the upcoming Monday before she left back for home. We went to the temple with our ward mission leader and his wife and they had a great time. Yana really loved it. We gave her a Book of Mormon and told her that we would send the missionaries near her home to give her a Book of Mormon in Bulgarian, which was easiest for her to read. Last Monday, I felt prompted to send her an email and see how things were going. Here is a little piece of what she sent back in her response this past week..

 “I got in contact with missionaries a week after I arrived in the Netherlands. They brought me bulgarial version of book of Mormon. I strated to read it and going to the church. They gave me some lessons and after 4 months I decided to get baptised. The seremony was this weekend. I realised that I after I have meet people from the church my life has changed to better.”

It is pretty amazing to see the way that the Lord is working! He put us in the right spot on that day, we were able to have the right conversation with her about temples, and eventually take a temple trip and she felt the Spirit there. Then, because of the technology we have we were able to help her get missionaries to her home and after 4 months she was baptized! It is really cool to see how the Lord is hastening his work and how we can have a small impact in one way that leads to a huge miracle in a different part of the world. I thought that was pretty cool!

We are about to go caving with some of the 18 year old priests In the ward, and then after that we are going to go “snowshoeing” with the Preims.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Renewing Friendships

The week here went well! We had a lot of good things happening. On Tuesday morning, we were on exchanges, and I got a call from a number we didn’t recognize. It was Brother Graham! He and Sister Graham were in town, so they called up and took us out to lunch! It was really good to see them. I really do appreciate the opportunity I had to serve around them. It was good to catch up and talk with them about everything. 

The week overall went really well. We are working with a lady named Crystil and two of her children, Anthony and Angelica. Crystil has a best friend who is a member and has been for a long time. She said her friend has been trying to convert her forever. On Wednesday, the kids came to Mutual and it was a combined activity and they loved it! Then on Thursday, we had a lesson with them. We had a couple from the ward come with us, and it was perfect. The couple we brought did a ton to help Crystil overcome her fears of coming to church, and then on Sunday, they all came to church! They stayed all three hours as well and really enjoyed it! We are excited for them.