Monday, March 6, 2017

Unicorn, Hippo, Horse?

Sisters Mortensen and Twitchell???

This week’s email includes a game.   Try to figure out what animal looks like a "unicorn hippo horse" by the end of this feast of spiritual miracle mania.  I can't believe it's two weeks until I  come home and it feels like I just started figuring some things out.  I will make sure to share with you some stories you shan't forget.  BTW the reason I am doing the game has a story as well. Miracle #1 on the list includes a miracle of feasting and fasting frenzy.  We felt a moment of inspiration on Saturday afternoon and we texted 9 members for assistance in finding the elect.  We asked all 9 if they would fast for us tomorrow to find a great young family interested in being baptized and remaining active in the church forever.  All agreed to fast!  We started knocking doors on a street around 6 o'clock and got a couple quick rejections and we just about left... when we felt something tell us to stay. We kept knocking and three doors later we knocked on the door of a burly looking country boy.  He greeted us with a friendly hand shake and listened to us bear our testimonies for a few minutes until he said, "Yeah guys, I'm a member and have been for my whole life.  My wife and I just had a baby and we are looking for a church to raise our kid in".  How’s that for an answer?  We are going over for dinner and a lesson next Sunday.  We then decided to call these members and text them to tell them of this glorious bounty.  The work is REAL GOOD.  We realized we just really don't have to do all of this on our own. Miracle #2: After a long day of talking to missionaries, having mature conversations with E Pabst & talking to all sorts of people we found a bounteous tender mercy.  We offered a sincere prayer for someone to find that simply needed our help.  We prayed, we felt the spirit and we went!  The very home we knocked on said they had zero interest. We thought we should knock some of the neighbors’ doors to figure out the reason we felt inspired to come here.  We knocked one door, and then heard some movement in the front of another house across the street (keep in mind this is 8:50 at night). We spotted our target!  Someone was walking in the front yard and we walked up to this young fella and asked, "Has there been something on your mind lately?"  And he said, "Suicide". We quickly told him our message and it brought a smile to his face!  Now we will be in contact with him for future lessons.  Miracle #3:  Expect some pics of a baptism next weekend!  Ryan & Summer will be baptized at 4 o'clock this Saturday at the Vancouver Stake center.  Bring your chips, bring your kids, bring your best dress and enjoy the show.  We enjoyed a dinner at our 2nd counselor in the mission presidencies home located far, far up in Kalama where the sasquatch most likely lives.  We went to Costa Vida and did some name tag swaps for the week. The answer to the question I asked at the beginning of the email is… a rhino.  A member of the ward showed us a picture of missionaries serving in South Africa and told us a story that rhinos are kind of like roaming dogs are here in the U.S.  In fact, you just might see one as you walk around and knock doors in South Africa on a mission.

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