More Interviews in Moses Lake!

2017-8-19 Interviews ML (2)We had our last visits this morning in Moses Lake with Elder Taele, who is leaving soon and with his companion, Elder Ence.  These are our Zone Leaders here, serving in the 11th and YSA Wards.  2017-8-19 Interviews ML (3)Elder Taele:  I’ve learned to discern needs–being able to look at someone and feel what they need.  I’ve learned how to ask inspired questions to help gain clarity and understanding.  I’ve learned some communication skills.  Everyone wants to feel important, special and valued.  I try to listen before trying to be understood.  I’m memorizing Matthew 24:32-33: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”

Elder Ence:  I’ve learned how to get along with people, be personable and love others.  I’ve learned to recognize my strengths and weaknesses.  I’ve learned to be able to rely on Heavenly Father.  I’m memorizing 1 Corinthians 8:6: “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom areall things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

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Dinner with the Wilson Family in Moses Lake!

2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (32)Elder Turley and Elder Nelson and the other Elders we saw today in Moses Lake invited us to join them for dinner with one of the wonderful member families there this evening after we finished interviews.  We went to the Wilson home and had a feast!2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (34)Wow, what a wonderful family, with their extended family and friends, and all of us!2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (35)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (36)Here is Elder Taele’s first plate of food!2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (37)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (38)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (39)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (40)Thank you, Luz, and all your helpers for this kindness to us and to the missionaries!2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (41)Adios, Amigo Elderes!2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (42)

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Interviews in Moses Lake

2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (1)This morning we headed north again, 2 hours to Moses Lake to finish interviewing there. Because of the departing missionaries and their extra long interviews, we’ve had to make a few extra trips this transfer to see everyone.  We enjoyed another day in Moses Lake with these good missionaries.

I continue to ask each missionary for 3 of the best skills they’ve learned/are learning as a missionary, and which scripture they are currently memorizing.

Sister Castle and Sister Thayer, serving in the Moses Lake 4th and 7th Wards 2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (2)Sister Castle:  You have to get right back on the horse when things don’t go as planned.  I’ve learned how to talk to people and relate the gospel to them personally.  I’m learning to study for the people we’re teaching, to know how to help them.  I’m memorizing 2 Nephi 4:20: “My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.”

Sister Thayer:  I’ve learned that missionary work takes a lot of patience.  I’ve learned how to love everyone openly.  I’ve learned you have to be able to laugh at yourself.  I’m also memorizing 2 Nephi 4:20: “My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.”

2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (3)Elders Taele and Ence dropped by on their way to a service project.2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (4)

Hermana Lin and Hermana Hurst, serving in the Moses Lake 1st and 9th south Spanish (happy to get a new phone!)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (10)Hermana Lin:  I’ve learned to go out of my comfort zone to meet new people.  I’ve learned to be better at budgeting and meal planning.  I’ve learned to use my time wisely and fill it with meaningful activities.  I’m memorizing 1 Nephi 3:7: ” . . . I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

Hermana Hurst: I’ve learned to talk to everyone!  I’ve learned to make tortillas, potstickers and cheesecake!  I’ve learned how to stay calm even when life gets stressful.  I’m memorizing Moses 1:39: “Porque he aqui, esta es mi obra y mi gloria: llevar a cabo la inmortalidad y la vida eterna del hombre.”

Hermana Lin made homemade potstickers for us!!  They were fabulous!2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (7)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (8)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (12)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (13)

Elder Spitzer and Elder Carroll, serving the Moses Lake 3rd and 10th Wards2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (14)Elder Spitzer:  I’ve learned communication skills–being able to talk with people about anything.  I’ve learned self-reliance–to work with what I have (clothes, food, etc.).  I’ve learned how to budget.  We live on $135/month.  I’m learning to make that last all month!  The scripture I’m memorizing is Moroni 7:33-34: “And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.  And he hath said: Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, and have faith in me, that ye may be saved.”

Elder Carroll:  I’ve learned to recognize the Spirit, to serve others and I’ve learned patience.  I’m memorizing D&C 82:10: “I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.”

Elder Spitzer is ready for the historic solar eclipse next Monday!2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (15)“Sister Lewis, sorry we’re eating junk food!”2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (17)Helping Elder Spitzer find his family members while Elder Carroll had his departing interview.  I LOVE these hour + long times to sit with the missionaries and teach them about Family History!2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (20)2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (21)

Elder Draper and Elder Nicoll, serving in the Moses Lake 6th and 8th Wards2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (22)Elder Draper:  I’m learning to be a bringer of hope.  I’m learning to teach with the Spirit.  I’m learning to be the best missionary that I can be.  The scripture I’m memorizing is 1 Nephi 3:7, ” . . . I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

Elder Nicoll:  I’m learning patience and understanding for others.  I’m learning charity and love towards all of God’s children.  I’m improving my ability to plan and prioritize.  I’ve also learned to style my hair!  The scripture I’m memorizing is Mosiah 4:30: “But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watchyourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.”2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (24)

Elder Colunga and Elder Klossner, serving in the Moses Lake 9th Branch north and the 5th Ward2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (27)Elder Colunga:  I’ve learned how to talk to people and listen to them, having more conversation.  Now I talk more about them than about me.  I’ve learned how to best help someone–the best way is through service (like Ammon).  I’ve learned to lead by example.  Christ taught “Come follow me” not “Do what I say.”  I’m memorizing Alma 5:26: “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”

Elder Klossner:  I’ve learned to plan and set goals and how to be diligent (vs. being busy).  I’ve learned to teach–you talk 10% and let them talk 90% of the time–let them discover it.  I’ve learned to follow and recognize the Spirit.  I’m memorizing 3 Nefi 11:7: “He aqui a mi Hijo Amado.”2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (28)

Elder Turley and Elder Nelson, serving in the Moses Lake 9th Branch, central area2017-8-18 Interviews, dinner ML (29)Elder Turley:  I’ve learned to overcome fear.  I’ve learned to recognize the Spirit, and I’ve learned to be more personable.  I’m memorizing Alma 26:5: “Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.”

Elder Nelson:  The skills I have learned are 1. humbling myself/repenting.  2. Teaching well.  3. People skills like resolving conflict or misunderstandings.  I’ve also learned to make jam!  (These Elders even brought me some!)  The scripture I’m memorizing is 3 Nephi 9:13: “O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteousthan they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?”

Elder Turley and I spent some good time doing some Family History work.  Theodore Turley is my 3rd great-grandpa, and his 4th.  We are family and that makes me happy.  I enjoyed getting to know members of his branch of the family a bit better.

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Welcoming the McKeens to Yakima!

2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (21)Our new Senior Missionary Couple, the McKeens, have arrived in Yakima!!  We are so excited.  Elder and Sister McKeen will be serving with the Young Single Adult Branch here in Yakima.  They’ll also be teaching Institute classes and helping in many ways, to strengthen the young adults in the Yakima and Selah Stakes.

Today while we were doing interviews and on the road, Sister Edward and Sister Garcia put together a fabulous Mexican fiesta spread for us.  We walked in the door after a long day, to find friends and food waiting here for us.  What a great evening!2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (3)2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (4)We had enchiladas and a fabulous Tex Mex casserole, cilantro lime rice, salad, chips & salsa, and watermelon.

Members of our Mission Presidency and their wives came, along with the office couples and Pres Finch and his wife and son from the YSA Branch here in Yakima.2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (5)2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (9)

The Garners and the Reynolds, left and right:2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (7)The Smiths and Calls:2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (8)2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (10)2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (11)2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (12)2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (13)The Finches:2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (14)Bro. Smith, serving up some apple crisp made from his own apples (I picked them in November!).2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (16)2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (17)The McKeens introduced themselves:2017-8-17 zzDinner Mission Home McKeens (19)We are so thrilled when new missionaries join us!

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A Hospital Visit

2017-8-17 zElder Kneip hospital (1)Elder Kneip is doing Much Better without that appendix.  It seems that was the problem all along.  They think it burst, then self-healed, but leaked some bad stuff, and that’s what’s been making Elder Kneip feel so miserable these last few weeks.2017-8-17 zElder Kneip hospital (2)Elder Hamblin has moved from Yakima this week to be with Elder Kneip.  They make quite the team, here at the Ellensburg Hospital!

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Interviews in Ellensburg

2017-8-17 Interviews zEllensburg (1)After Quincy, we moved on to Ellensburg.  Here are a few more of our fearless missionaries serving here!

2017-8-17 Interviews zEllensburg (4)This is the Family History Center where the missionaries come to email on Mondays.2017-8-17 Interviews zEllensburg (5)When there’s time, we squeeze in a little Family History work and that’s always VERY fun!  Elder Sorenson showed me some photos of his ancestors and the home where they lived in Yakima!2017-8-17 Interviews zEllensburg (7)2017-8-17 Interviews zEllensburg (6)

Elder Hanna and Elder Sorenson and Elder Hanna, serving in Cle Elum2017-8-17 Interviews zEllensburg (8)Elder Hanna:  I’ve learned stress management–I recognize what I can control and what I can’t.  Also that you don’t look back to drive forward.  I’ve learned to listen to and care about others.  I’m trying my best with what I’ve got.  I can exercise faith.  Right now I’m memorizing 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Elder Sorenson:  I’ve learned to be happy, even when things are kinda hard.  I’ve learned how to talk to people and not be afraid.  I’ve also learned how to plan and help those around me.  I’ve been memorizing Alma 7:11-12: “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictionsand temptations of every kind; . . .  that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”

Hermana Petersen and Hermana Powell, serving in Ellensburg, Spanish2017-8-17 Interviews zEllensburg (9)Hermana Petersen:  I’ve learned how to search the scriptures–personal study prepares me for teaching each day.  I’ve learned to use the Topical Guide and Preach My Gospel in my studies.  I have found faith in Christ.  Heavenly Father will take care of everything if we listen to the Spirit with faith.  I’ve learned to fix myself and focus on what I need to change, not on what my companion needs to change.  I need to work on me first.  Right now I’m memorizing John 15:16: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Hermana Powell:  I’ve learned love and how to love.  I’ve learned how to help people feel understood and I’ve learned to understand them.  I’ve learned to listen to people.  I’m memorizing 2 Nephi 2:6: “Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the HolyMessiah; for he is full of grace and truth.”

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Interviews in Quincy

2017-8-17 Interviews Quincy (4)Today we went to Quincy to meet with the 4 Elders serving there.  Quincy is a crossroads in the mission, a nice place to be.  2017-8-17 Interviews Quincy (5)

Elder Bonny and Elder DeBry, serving in Quincy West2017-8-17 Interviews Quincy (2)Elder Bonny:  I’ve learned conversation skills, like how to read body language, make eye contact, the importance of smiling, and how to listen.  I’ve learned effective study skills.  I make my study interesting by studying in ways in enjoy–looking for patterns, studying many topics, making connections, unlocking squares, taking notes, and highlighting things.  I have also learned to drive in the snow!   I’m memorizing Alma 26:27: “Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.”

Elder DeBry:  I’ve learned to study.  I’m actually learning stuff and studying things I can apply.  I have good prayers before and after I study, I expect to learn and grow.  I’ve learned communication skills–with others and with my companions.  I try to be myself, not closed off.  I’ve also learned to manage time.  I write things down–people, thoughts, and things I want to study.  The scripture I’m memorizing right now is Helaman 5:12: “And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation . . . ”

Elder Wunderlich and Elder Richardson, serving in Quincy East2017-8-17 Interviews Quincy (8)Elder Wunderlich: I’ve learned how to communicate with others–how to have good conversations, how to hold yourself and how to smile.  I’ve learned to recognize the Spirit and go with my first impressions.  I need to be confident and be worthy to receive inspiration.  I’ve also learned to speak Spanish!  I’m memorizing John 3:5: “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enterinto the kingdom of God.”

Elder Richardson:  I’ve learned to love everyone.  I’ve learned to rely on the Lord.  And I’ve learned how to preach the gospel.  I’ve memorized Matthew 11:28: ‘”Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

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