Date

February 17, 2020

Area

Veneta

Companion

Sister Parslow

I'm going to jail

We're going on a hike today! I'm so pumped! Maybe I'll send pictures of it after, but if we're being completely honest, I'll probably forget so you'll all probably see it next week! Haha

This week was really awesome! We had 19 lessons! One after the other so I'm spiritually pooped you could say hahah. But I can't complain! The Lord is definitely using sister Parslow and I to do His work out here in Oregon and there's nothing better! :)

Funny story:

Went tracting thursday night. The sun sets here now at around 6:30 which is super nice because we tract until 7, so we are starting to have more and more sunlight when we go out. Anyway so we were tracting this one street which wasn't really that busy, but when cars came down they go pretty fast, so we wear reflective bands and carry a flash light so people can see us. So we went up to this door and there was just a little walk through gate before you go to the door, so we opened it, knocked on the door 3 times, no answer so we turned around and headed to the next house. As we turned around, a car pulled into the driveway and my thought was "oh good! They're home! God is good with His perfect timing!" Haha so we walked up to her window and she was super freaked out and only rolled down her window like less than an inch. She said "um...can I help you?" I said "I'm sorry! I'm sister white we are missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ! We are going around tonight and sharing a message about Christ." She didn't care. She said "how many times have you been here?" I thought that was a weird question. Sister Parslow and I looked at each other a little confused why she asked that and then I said "um we just knocked on your door once? I dont know what you mean". She said "it's just you two, walking around here, at night, knocking on doors." And then I added "talking about christ" as i smiled hahaha. I asked if theres anyone she knows that we could help serve! She said no so then I said "well it was very nice to meet you, we hope you have a great night! God bless". And then we walked to the next house. Through the next couple of houses, she drove past us like 3 times. Then on sunday a member came up to us and said "Sisters! Some lady reported you to the police this week! Said that there were two young ladies scoping out houses! I corrected her and just said that those were just our 2 sweet sister missionaries". Sister Parslow and I bust out laughing. That lady thought that two 19 year old girls, who wear the name of Jesus Christ on our chest, asking if we can help bring in her groceries, look like people capable of breaking into her house. I'm concerned for her, because if that's her idea of someone dangerous, she should never leave Veneta Oregon.

Tony is getting baptized this Saturday! We are super pumped! Tony asked me to sing and I feel very honored! It will be a great day! He is so excited to be baptized and the ward loves him! Its crazy to see the progression of Tony these past 6 months, and now we are finally here and I'm just grateful to God for giving him the confirmation that what he is doing is going to bless the rest of his life!

This sunday was ward conference. It was so spiritually uplifting! The sunday school lesson was about empathy and ministering to others. The speaker talked about when we empathize, we have to feel what the person feels. Put ourselves in their shoes. How we should never say "well at least you have ...." or "at least you..." but we should just listen and feel with them. That's something that I've been working on a lot in my mission. Everyone is their own person, and thier concerns are real to them, so I've really been practicing coming at it from their point of view and helping them through their struggles side by side instead of trying to "fix" them.

I'm so grateful for my Savior. I'm grateful for the person that I'm becoming on my mission. I'm grateful for my companion. And I'm so grateful for the many miracles God puts in my life to let me know that he cares and that He listens.

In my personal study this week I was reading in Mosiah 9: 17-18

17 Yea, in the strength of the Lord did we go forth to battle against the Lamanites; for I and my people did cry mightily to the Lord that he would deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, for we were awakened to a remembrance of the deliverance of our fathers.
18 And God did hear our cries and did answer our prayers; and we did go forth in his might; yea, we did go forth against the Lamanites, and in one day and a night we did slay three thousand and forty-three; we did slay them even until we had driven them out of our land

I like to look at this scripture and think about the "enemies" I might have in my life, laziness, inadequacy, expectations, bad influences, temptations etc. But If we have the strength of the Lord and humble ourselves to "cry out in might prayer" he will hear our cries and will give us the strength we need to keep going, just as he did with the Nephites.

Thank you for reading my email!

My address:
P.O. box 89 Veneta Oregon 97487

Love Sister Mags White




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