Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Living Christ Fireside and Last Week of Transfer 2 in La Grande

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Can't believe it's the last week of another transfer.... I say that every transfer... haha.  But it's because it really can't believe it!  I'm almost to my year mark and I can't believe that either. It's almost kinda scary.

I can't believe Jade is going on a mission.  I didn't even know she was thinking about it.  She will do so great!

So this week was super super super crazy!  Started out with labor day of course, so we couldn't email until Tuesday.  On Tuesday the Enterprise sisters picked us up at about 1 and we drove down to Nampa.  Me and Sister Mackelprang walked around my old area looking for the Sayre's new house in the hot sun... but it turned out they were on vacation in Jackson Hole.  So we didn't get to see them or Bishop Minor.  But we did get to see the Stokes.  That was fun!  And we helped move their neighbor's couch up the stairs =)  Tuesday night we stayed in the mission home.  I love staying in the mission home!  The Cannon's are so sweet.

Sister Zavala
Elder Godoy
Wednesday was Zone Conference.  I loved seeing other missionaries!  It was so great.  And all of my companions were there! So I got to get an update on them =)  Elder Godoy from the 70's came and spoke to us.  He is from Brazil so he has an accent.  And he has an awesome sense of humor.  He is speaking in the next General Conference.  So look out for him =) I met him!  haha.  He probably won't be quite as funny in General Conference.  But he will still have his accent.  After Zone Conference we drove home.  The Sisters had some dinner at our apartment in La Grande, took little break then started driving back to their area in Enterprise.  That pretty much consisted of Wednesday.
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Sister Bailey
Thursday was the only day we were actually able to do visits.  We were able to talk to one of our friends, Cleo.  She is just so sweet.  Loves having us over.  Really wants us to come over for breakfast some time.  We had dinner with the Collins in Elgin.  They are 7th day Adventist.  She is actually an inactive member that we visited.  Then we started helping them in their garden, so they invited us to dinner.  It was great!  I'm pretty sure they were kind of trying to convert us... but we were doing the same.  haha.  We both shared scriptures from the Bible, and us from the Book of Mormon.  They explained why their Sabbath is on Saturday.  And to be honest, everything they said just made me more sure that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the one and only completely true church on the earth.  I tried to talk about the priesthood with them.  Because the priesthood is one of the things that makes our church the true church.  So many churches have lots of truth, and they are awesome.  They are centered on Christ and they have good values.  But they are missing an important gift that we have.  The power of God to act in his name.  If we don't have the power we can't act in His name to do his ordinances and his will.  Because of Joseph Smith we have the power.  If someone doesn't believe that Joseph Smith was called of God then they can't accept the true church.  Everyone on the Earth is promised that if we ask a specific question, actually wanting the answer, and being willing to act upon that answer... Heavenly Father will give us an answer to whatever question we ask.  So if anyone reading this doesn't believe in Joseph Smith, or in the Gospel... ask Heavenly Father a question!! Need help coming up with a question?... Is Joseph Smith a prophet?  Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the true church on the earth?  What can it hurt to ask a question?  The answer will either be yes, or no.  If it's yes it will change your life for the better, if it's no then it didn't hurt to ask.  I've asked... my answer was YES! I commit many people to do the same.  Some have done it, some have not.  The ones that have asked God a question have received their answer... you can too.  Ask the question even if you are kind of sure.  Get a sure answer.  Get and answer so you know with out a doubt what's true.  Don't second guess... don't take someone's word for it, just ask the source! Ask your Heavenly Father who loves you and knows exactly how to answer you in a way that you will recognize that answer.... hey, thanks for listening to me preach! haha.  I wasn't planning on writing all that.  It just came out.  So I really hope that long random rant helps someone.  I know you will get an answer if you will ask!  Just do it! =D

Anywho... back to the week =)  Friday we went to Baker for Zone Meeting.  Then we went on another exchange with the STL's.  This time I stayed in La Grande and Sis. Mack went to New Plymouth.  Me and Sis. Bailey had lots of fun. First we mowed Bob's yard.  He broke his knee and his neighbor told us he needed help.  So we went and helped him!  It's been a while since I've used a weed whacker. haha. I need some more practice.  Then we went up to the Bishop's cabin in the woods for a Relief Society retreat.  They were just telling some camping stories.  I told them about my girls camp experience with the rain and the tent falling on us as we scream "Mama Lurdle, Mama Lurdle!!" haha.  Good times.  We didn't stay up there very long, just long enough to say hi to everyone there and meet new people.  Then we went back down the mountain and got all the last minute people on the program for the living Christ firesideon Sunday.  We made programs at our ward mission leader's house, then went to bed!  We were exhausted.
Sister Mackelprang
Saturday we drove all the way to Ontario to exchange back.  Then me and Sis. Mack went to Elgin for a funeral of a baby.  It was so sad.  Sis. Mack spoke and did an amazing job.  She gave so much hope to the family.  I hope they know their baby is happy and they will see him again.  There were a lot of non-members there, Sister Mack was so brave, and did such a good job at speaking.  I was impressed.  We then had dinner at the Dutsons, then ran back to La Grande to print programs.  It wasn't working so we went to someone's house and tried and it wouldn't work there either.  So we went to our ward mission leader's house and finally got one to work so we could copy it.  Copied all the programs off then went to bed.  Exhausted again!  
Sunday luckily we had no extra meetings.  I didn't need that.  My stress level was already pretty dang high!  haha.  We went to church at 9, got out at 4, had dinner, then went to the church to set up at 5.  No matter how early you go to set something up there always has to be something you forget so you have to rush.  We got all the chairs set up by ourselves cuz the elders came later, and all the cookie tables and water and all that fun stuff.  Then all the participants started showing up.  I told them all what to do and how the program worked.  Then we waited for the audience to come.  Not sure how many people would come.  We had a great turn out!!  It was fantastic.  Had to open both overflows.  So at least 300 people.  Good thing too because there were a LOT of cookies!  We had so many talented people singing and playing.  I was going to play a solo of 'Redeemer'  But someone else played that with cellos and a violin.  So me and Sis. Mack had to play our duet again.  It was probably the best one yet.  President and Sister Cannon came, and loved it.  Everyone was so happy with it. We were too!  They get better every time.  And the last song, the congregational hymn 'I Believe in Christ' gets me every time.  It's probably the most powerful thing I've ever heard!  I love doing this fireside.  Even though it is so super stressful it makes us feel so good and it makes the members so happy with us and excited to do missionary work.  Love it!  I will continue doing it!  After, we went home and made huckleberry shakes to wind down.  Perfect stress reliever.  haha 

We don't have a car today... or tomorrow... or Wednesday... so we are walking.  Our car had scrapes on the bumper when we got it and Elder Short wants it fixed.  So, it's getting fixed.  I'll let you know how the walking goes.  haha.  Might be interesting.

So, that was my super duper crazy week!  It was so fun.  Probably the most exciting, busiest, and most fun week on my mission yet!  =)  Next week I may or may not be in La Grande.  So I'll let you know with that=)

I love you all! Thanks for all your support and examples to me!

Love, Sister Radmall

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