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Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello From The Sunny Side

Hey everyone!

It's me over here in Oregon! 105 degrees outside + 95 degrees in the apartment= so fun to sleep in =)

Big happy birthday to Sarah today and Tyton on the second! I love you both so very much!

It has been a good week!  To start off with Maria Rodriguez.  We had our second lesson with her on Tuesday.  We prayed and felt that we needed to have the faith that she should be put on date.  We taught her the Restoration and then invited her to be baptized the 19 of July.  She said yes!  Which is super awesome.  But....We went over three more times in the week and she didn't answer....Didn't answer our phones calls…or come to church.  I still have faith in her!  She told us that she knows she needs to be baptized if she wanted to follow the example of the Savior.  We just need to help her gain her own personal testimony. Keep her in your prayers.  We really hope we can see her again this week!

Socorro….Well Socorro works in the fields picking black berries.  Because of the heat they have to work in the night so they don't ruin the fruit.  So unfortunately she has been sleeping in the days.  (Sounds like momma :) ) And, she got home from work Sunday morning at 8:45 so she didn't come to church either.  Nazario was telling us how we should be able to come by if we come in the time she is getting ready for work so we might just slip on by.

We taught Nazario about fasting this week.  He is learning so much, very quickly!  We taught Oscar the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He texted us one morning and said, "Sisters could you come over and teach me today, I would like to learn some today."  He is such a great kid.  He passed the sacrament for the first time on Sunday.  He did awesome!

With our other investigators one of our main goals this week was church attendance.  Church attendance has been one of the most difficult key indicators for me as a missionary.  We focused with every single investigator that we taught the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy and church attendance.  I really can say that this week we worked our very best to get investigators to church.  Unfortunately things don't always go the way we hope.  No one attended church this week.  Luckily no effort is wasted and soon these people really start progressing :)

So I have a couple of funny stories of the week-
There was a Hispanic man walking outside of an apartment complex so we thought we should go talk to him!  We asked him how he was doing and he said he was very sad because he didn't have a women to accompany him in his life.  We said, “Well we can't help you with that, but we know Jesus Christ can help you with all your problems”.  We tried to leave about 5 times and every time we walked away he would say, “Wait come back!  I would make you coffee every single morning”.  (Should've taught him the word of wisdom)  Haha! Fortunately one of our members happened to walk by and got us out of the situation.  It’s funny how many awkward moments you have as a missionary.

The other one happened today.  We had a zone activity for Pday.  We played an activity where you have a ball in the middle of the court and you have to run from different sides to get it.  Well Hermana Bunderson’s number 3 strength is competition and mine is number 1.  Hermana Bunderson and I both charged after the ball…and...we crashed into each other and basically tackled each other.  We laid there for like 5 minutes laughing our heads off.  Funny moments make up for the not so funny moments!

Well that about sums it up for this week! I am so grateful for every single one of you.  I know without a doubt that we can be together for eternity.  But, I know that we all have to strive to follow our Savior every single day and improve.  We can do it!!  I love you all!

Hermana Gifford

This is Cynthia who got her mission call to SPAIN. She is in the ward
and comes out with us to lessons all the time. She will be an awesome

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