So this was a pretty jam packed week full of adventure and suspense!
After emailing on Monday, we went down to Eugene to take Elder
Bassett's suit to get tailored at Men's Warehouse. We then walked
around the mall for a little and got lunch before heading to the River
Road building for basketball. Unfortunately no one wanted to play half
court so we did nothing. So we drove back to Junction City and looked
around a member's antique store. I ended up buying a Rubik's cube for a
buck! Elder Cook and I had FHE with the Gambee's and we helped them
set up their family search.org accounts! It was so cool seeing them
get so pumped for family history!
Tuesday I officially met Renee, a recent convert who had to move back
to Junction City from Springfield for a number of reasons and was
living in her mobile home. She is staying at the boardinghouse in town
so we went over and talked with her before helping Brother Gambee move
some furniture... Out of the boardinghouse! We had the idea to ask
Brother Gambee if he could help Renee get some stuff from her old
place and he agreed. It took us a little while before she got
everything she needed and we ran a tad late to our appointment with
Charlotte! Oops! It's ok though because the member knew what we were
doing for Renee! We watched Woman's Conference with them and talked
about covenants. We had our Book of Mormon class that night and we had
an awesome discussion about the Tree of Life!
Wednesday we saw Dotti and shared a message with her before heading up
Camp Alpine, a church-owned camp ground just outside of Monroe.
There are two senior couples who live up there and they bring us up to
do service and have dinner. It was raining for most of the service
(splitting wood using a splitter and then stacking it in a different
location) but we were under trees and a roof so we didn't get too wet.
We had breakfast for dinner and man it reminded me of home!
Thursday was perhaps the most up and down day I've had. Ever. We got a
knock on our door and there stood Elder Kleinman, our vehicle
coordinator. Our Ford Fusion had reached the end of its mission life
and was being retired so Elder Kleinman came to give us our new
car.... A 2014 Subaru Legacy! Oh it is so awesome! The process of
switching cars ( Elder Kleinman had to take the TIWI out of the Fusion
and put it into the Legacy) took forever so we had an hour for weekly
planning! We had a short lesson with Bob and Margaret, mainly because
we were going to show them a video cassette movie but their VCR ate
it! I played doctor and opened it up to pry it out! We had service at
Gleaners and as usual they gave us a bunch of food. With Renee not
having a car and not having a lot of food, we felt as though we should
go take it to her. As we got back into town, it was getting closer to
dinner and the food wasn't going to go bad if we didn't take it to her
right away. Yet, we felt like we needed to go see her. She hadn't
responded to our texts or our calls so I thought she was sleeping.
Elder Cook and I, however, still went up and knocked on her door. We
heard her dog bark and she mumbled something about coming to the door.
We motioned out the window to Elders Bassett and Enman to bring up
food right as Renee said "I think I suffered a stroke". Umm what?!
Elder Bassett and I stayed at the door (it was locked) and tried
talking to her as Elder Cook and Elder Enman got the manager. As we
stood there, straining to hear her, this guy starts cooking a fried
egg on the public stove on Renee's floor. We couldn't hear her over
the crackling of his egg! Ugh some people... Anyways, they got the
manager and she opened the door and when she looked inside she turned
back to us and said "call 911 now!" The paramedics came in a couple of
minutes later and confirmed she had had a stroke. Heavenly Father used
the four of us to save her life... A single middle-aged woman living
alone probably wouldn't have very many visitors...because we listened
to the promptings of the Holy Ghost to go visit her on that night,
just days after moving back to Junction and just a couple of weeks
after baptized, she is alive.
Friday was not as exciting as Thursday (thank goodness!). We helped
Brother Thorenson clean the church in the morning. The building has
almost the exact layout as the one in Houston! The biggest difference
is that the gym has wood flooring, not carpet. So I spent most of my
time sweeping then mopping the gym! It reminded me of working at
MTC-West hah! We had a quick lunch before driving over to Brother
Melvil's place. He has a TON of chickens and he loves all of them. We
cleaned up poop and battled chickens for their eggs! We had a lesson
with Charlotte afterwards and saw Dotti for a little bit.
Saturday we were out the door at 8:45 to end down to Santa Clara to
have interviews with President Russell. When we got there, the AP's
had a Jeopardy! game set up for us to learn the Online Missionary Work
booklet. After we got our butts kicked, we watched Meet the Mormons!
It was super good! Unfortunately I missed out on the Candy Bomber
segment because I had my interview with President. I love President
Russell! I know for a fact he was called to the OEM for a reason! We
got back to Junction City and Elder Cook and I helped out Mick with
his hedges and ivy. It was so awesome until I accidentally cut the
extension cord... Oops!
Sunday we found out we don't have to go to PEC or Ward Council
anymore! I get to wake up at 6:30 on Sundays again! President and
Sister Russell came to church and sat on the stand. I got to help with
the sacrament and I loved it. I miss doing the sacrament! I didn't
sleep very well the previous night so I slept through lunch! We tried
seeing some people but they weren't home so we shared a message with
the Goodwins. We then shared some messages with Brother Thorenson to
finish up our night.
So that was my week. It was a full week that showed me that the Lord
is using me and the other missionaries as instruments in His hands. I
am grateful to be a missionary!! I hit five months tomorrow! It has
gone by so fast!
I love you all!