Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Missionary's Dream Call


Mom you have the cutest life ever. Making cakes and substituting and genealogy and such! I love it. Also that note from Addey was the best thing ever. I was cracking up in the library. That girl attracts crazies! (Addey sent her an email describing a weird conversation she had at school with a girl who REALLY wanted Addey's lunch)

I have been out 3 months now! Wahoo! It's so crazy because I feel like I have definitely been away from y'all that long but I also feel like I've been in Washington for like 18 seconds. Time is crazy. The transfer ends next week so I might be pickin' it all up again and switching around. Also I've gotten kind of attached to the lake house. I think 1 transfer is too short to be in an area and 5 is too long but 2 or 3 or 4  would be sublime. So hopefully I get to stay a little longer.

Oh and since transfers are next week, P-day will be on Tuesday.

Your genealogy thing reminded me of this lady (the one who was teaching us to knit). She was doing some family history and found out her dad has been baptized. But like 5 years ago and he died when she was 8 months old. So he definitely was baptized by proxy in the temple and she is the only member in her family and has no idea who did it. Do you know if there is a way to find that out?  It's a mystery! and she is so cute and really just wants to thank whoever did it!

You asked about how we get our investigators and right now its really mostly through our own efforts but I think the church is kind of shifting missionary work more to be on the responsibility of members.  We now, under the direction of Mission President and our Area Authority, are meeting with members a lot and encouraging missionary efforts. Investigators are more likely to be interested in learning about the church and then eventually be baptized when they have had a member/friend involved in their journey.  I know this is a slower approach to missionary work as we spend time encouraging members to be their own missionaries instead of just spending that time teaching investigators ourselves, but it will, I think, yeild great results in the end and help build more lasting conversions in those being taught. Also sharing your testimony not only invites the spirit and strengthens those around you, but strengthens your own. 'Tis a win-win.

I can not believe Kenz and Ericas calls came so fast. Insane! And Kenz is going to speak Korean! So funny! I am so excited for her and Erica both!

I think thats all I have to say. Also I love you:)

Sister Orr

Hey dad!

Something awesome and crazy happened this week!

I don't know if I mentioned but last Sunday, we got a call on the church phone in the hallway, and luckily someone picked it up and got it handed off to us.  The guy on the phone told us straight up that he is looking for truth and thinks we have it!  So basically a missionary's dream scenario!!!!  We met him on Wednesday and he told us that he read good and bad things about the church online, but wants to hear from us what we have to say.  We taught him the restoration and he was very receptive and interested and even expressed a desire to be baptized on April 11th.  Our lesson was at the church and he told us that he loved the way he felt there and wished he could stay all day!  We met again on Friday and taught about the plan of salvation and then he came to Sacrament Meeting on Sunday.  Every time he has come he mentions the peace that he feels about what we say and the atmosphere of the church. It's not often these extra prepared people just fall into our laps. His name is Andrew Johnson and he could for sure use some prayers as he is taking steps toward the straight and narrow path. 

So that's SUPER cool. :) Also i bet Addey could beat me in horse now, as apparently she is a baller, and I have no practice.

Have a good week!

Seester Orr

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Birds, Knitting, Valentines, and Bicycles...

Hello Mom :)

Yes, sorry about the no email yesterday. Twas Presidents Day so the library was closed!

It's OK because yesterday was fun and crazy! We went to an old lady's house in the ward. She's kind of inactive because she has a lot of medical type things so she's a little homebound. But she LOVES knitting so we went over and chatted with her and let her teach us how to knit. I wish I could have been a more satisfying student for her but I could NOT comprehend what the even heck she was doing with her hands. She showed me this crazy motion she did with the yarn like 40 times and I still have no idea what she was doing. I guess it was basic knitting but I'm gonna need to read up on "Knitting For Dummies" before I go back. Also right after that we went over to a members house for dinner and they had two parrot/cockatoo type birds that would just fly up and sit on your shoulder. (I have to stop Erin's story here to interject that Erin has somewhat a an intense bird phobia)  The guy, when he saw my face, when I first saw the birds asked me if I was scared of them, so I was like "yeah" and he just told me not to look like I was scared or they would tease me!  So I did a pretty good job of that until the end when one of the birds tried to sit on my shoulder and I screamed and ducked like a sensible person.  THEN I was hiding behind my companion because the bird knew I was scared so it was looking for me. And it kept calling me a chicken and making chicken noises at me.  So that was delightful.  Also the people didn't even do anything about the bird. So I just had to hide until we left. 

The substitute teacher thing sounds so fun! You didn't tell me it was Sister Richins class. That's so fun. Sounds like a fun week! Did you guys do anything date-wise for Valentines Day? 

Me and Sister Frischknecht both were sick with fevers this week for a couple days so Sister Eaton said we weren't allowed to leave the apartment. I healed up a couple days before el companion though so I just went on splits with ward members which was actually really fun! For Valentines Day, me and a Laurel named Sabrina, who I love went and washed windows (SO GROSS) for an inactive lady who thinks she's active. She is so cute and her voice sounds just like Piglette :). When we got there she was making red velvet heart shaped cake, and cupcakes for us. And some herbal tea. In the middle of our cleaning she had us decorate the cake with valentines m&m's. And afterwards we had a tea party with just the three of us. It was so dang adorable. By the end of our visit she had gathered a few houseplants and a bunch of lotion that she wanted to send us home with as well as the cake.  So that was my mission valentines experience.

I'm excited for the music you're sending! Thank you!!  Also I loved the valentines package and Sister Frischknect is a Sherlock fan and especially appreciated Emily's valentine.

I just love you!
Thanks for being my mom!


Good morning Dad!!

Addey is just the best! Looks like she got an extra sprinkle of athleticism than the rest of us! so cool! Her team will be getting some prayers from Washington this week:)  (Addey is on a basketball team that happens to be undefeated and Garret keeps Erin updated on their season in each letter.  This Saturday is the last game so we're hoping that they maintain their record)

This week we had Zone Conference.  Between Zone Conferences, which are every other month, President has a focus for us, that we talk about in our weekly district meetings. The last one was consecration and this new one is going to be the Holy Ghost and his role in every aspect of our lives. So that's what the whole Zone Conference was about. Which was insanely long by the way. It was from 9:30 to 4:00.  One thing that really stuck out to me was President was talking about how he had a mountain bike and for a long time he only knew about one set of gears that the mountain bike had and one day as he was riding, he found out that there were way more gears than he knew about and that he had had this really nice mountain bike but was living below his privelege. He related that to us a members of the church. We have the gift of the Holy Ghost but don't really try to use that gift for all it is worth. So that will be my goal for the next couple transfers is seeking out the parts of the gift of the Holy Ghost that I have been under-utilizing.

Also there is a book that is part of the missionary library called "Our Search for Happiness"  It's KILLER!  It's really simple and explains really well everything that we believe in like 100 pages.  So good. I would get it and give it to someone! I want like 8 copies to send to people. You should for real check it out!

Also guess what! I'm turning 20 in a couple months!  They sang me "happy birthday" at the Zone Conference.  I started thinking about that last night and holy guac! I am so not ready to not be a teenager anymore! Haha it's so dumb but it's seriously weirding me out!

Well I love you!
Have a swell week!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Car Accidents and Baptisms

Hey mamma:)

I love that story about Bob and the ukulele. I started missing mine so bad this week!

By the way if you ever wanted to send me music I love:

The Lower Lights (band)
Lamb of God - by Rob Gardner
The Forgotten Carols? I think we used to listen to that?

Dead lions is fun for all ages! I could destroy at that game right now. Ever since the car wreck Sister Frischknect and I have been SO TIRED. I didnt know that was a thing but it is undeniable.

So yes the car did indeed crash and I dont really know how to describe how it happened effectively, so I'm not going to try. Sorry! But it was definitely the other girls fault so that was a new one for me:)  But they made us go to the urgent care the next day to get checked out and we were diagnosed both with "neck strains" and prescribed muscle relaxers.  So that should be fun. Good news though: the girl that hit us, I had totally talked to before at the library and we had a good long conversation. and now since she "ran into us" again, I'm pretty dang sure God is telling us she needs to be taught. So since she is YSA, I'm going to get Sister Halford on it!

You should send me some more healthy recipes.  That would be good for sure. We get fed everyday in the family ward.  Which is for sure a good way to meet the members but I really miss coming home, and making my own food, and doin' my own thing, and not eat 4000 calories at the same time.  Haha

There IS other excitment you should know about!  Me and el companion sang a duet in sacrament meeting this week!  The music coordinator didn't even ask us if we could sing or if we would do it. She just told us we were and to pick a song. So we did. We sang Savior, Redeemer of my Soul - composed by Rob Gardner. Sister Eaton got the arrangement for us and we practiced like twice and got people to play violin and piano with us and it didn't even sound half bad. What do ya know?

Oh and as for your requests:

Best part of the week: Ted was really excited when we talked about the temple this week and is really determined to have us there when he goes through. So that was cute:)

Ward: Really cute wards. I'm over two, have I mentioned that?  They are called Crestwood and Lake Sawyer. Crestwood is pretty old and the gospel principles class is pretty quiet. It always reminds me of the bingo part on Hotel Transylvania. And Lake Sawyer is really young and fun:)

District: My district is pretty fun. We have the zone leaders Elder Hilton and Elder Wilcox in our district. Elder Wilcox is really social and funny and Elder Hilton is more serious. And then my district leader Elder Thomas is awesome.  He is in a tri-companionship and one of his companions comes from an island somewhere and is brand spankin new and is just learning english. And the other one is visa waiting. He is actually called to Taipei Taiwan.  I think thats how you spell it? So they are all speaking different languages at this piont. But still pluggin' along. So dang cute! And that's the whole district. Plus us!

Love you a bunch!  Erin

Hello my fahduh!

I needed that spiritual insight for sure! I think everyone does but as a missionary trying really hard, I tend to need to be remind myself that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

So some cool things happened this week!

Eric Rojas, I think I mentioned him last week, is a 9 year old afraid of dying lately, which is really sad. When we talked to him last week I gave him a picture of Jesus and told him he could look at it and not be scared.  So then yesterday a week later, I went to his house and his mom told me that he had told her that one night he was scared in his bed and got out the picture and hugged it and he said he felt a hand on his shoulder and wasn't scared anymore and was able to go back to sleep.  So that was so good! 

Also TED GOT BAPTIZED!! Mom asked me to tell her, but I forgot to tell her that that guy in the picture closest to sister Frischknecht is Brother Dent. He is Ted's doctor and the person that fellowshiped him.  He baptized and confirmed him and gave the talk on the Holy Ghost. Twas too cute. Ted is just so dang sweet and wanted to bare his testimony but didn't know what to say all day and he was really nervous about it but didn't know what to say.  And then he said after his baptism he just felt so full of love and gave the sweetest testimony ever. And President Eaton came and spoke and it was really just great!

Also Addey is the coolest person I know! Of course her team is undefeated!

love ya!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Erin's good stuff for the week :)

hello mamma dear!

I love our family. fact. im so glad everyone is doing so good! and yes i got your "heads up" game me and sister frischknecht (that's my new companion, i dont remember if i told you that's her name) lurve it. you thought of quite a few things but we went through them all in a day:) 

the super bowl was honestly insane. even since i've been up here everything is blue and green. everything. and when the super bowl started there was suddenly like 5 people in church. bishop called us the faithful few, it was good stuff. also the streets were pitch empty. not a single person was on the road. a member showed us later that last play though where they completely choked. so dumb.

but we didn't really have trouble finding a place to go. we had dinner at a members house who told us she HATES, very strongly, football. so we were indeed fed.  and then after the game, this less active family, the Rojas, had us over to teach their son the plan of salvation. he is 9 and has been really upset about the thought of dying lately so his mom had us over to talk about what happens and such. as soon as we got to the part where we die he started crying. it was pretty darn sad.we had a really nice talk about it all though and i hope it brought him some comfort. but he could use some prayers. his name is Eric. 

but anyways they are really good cooks and wanted to feed us so we ate a bunch of their superbowl food. it was so good. also they have a super nintendo and we were talking about the games and stuff and brother Rojas said " have you ever played the Lion King game? I HATE that game!" so that was good to know that its impossible for everyone else as well.  and i was really proud of all the people i saw repping their seahawkes yesterday, even though they lost.

i have a very favorite food that i eat everyday and its vegan (except for the cilantro dressing from trader joes)
its a wrap that includes:

a spinach tortilla
black beans
green onions
and the dressing..................i think thats all. but you should definitely try it.

after i email today i will be attending a lady's funeral in the ward. she passed away this week during an open heart surgery. we had been at her house the day before the surgery talking to her about it and asking if there was anything we could do and such. and then she died the next day. i had only met her the one time but i had never experienced that before. talking to someone one day, and them being gone the next day. that was a new one for me. her husband could use some prayers as well. his name is Matt.

I'm so excited for Ben! and i talked to bethany and she is so excited she doesn't report till the end of april, i guess i'm the only one who didn't get a 4 month mission call :)  and kenz is working on her papers too. so awesome. 



Hello my dad!!

wahoo! addey is killin it. more that the seahawkes are! and i'm glad everyone is doing good and figuring out salt from sugar and such.

TIM'S BAPTISM WAS ON SATURDAY. it was awesome. honestly so beautiful. the talks were great and there was so much love in the room.tim was glowing and hes not a very outwardly excited person but you could just sea the peace and happiness in his eyes. in convert baptisms the missionaries give the first lesson of the restoration kind of like as a talk while the baptizee is getting changed. and tim wanted me to have a part so we decided me and sister halford would do that which was stressfull all week because we had no time to practice, so when i got there and saw the program, sister halford had put her and her new comp doing that ( just because they could practice and it was easier). so they had me being the chorister and saying a prayer and bearing my testimony. i was up there aLOT. felt like the star of the show. haha -- just kidding, but it was great.

we have an investigator who is getting baptized next week whose name is Ted. and he is 75. he is so dang humble and sweet and adorable. he says the word jeepers a lot, which i love. i just love him. he came to tim's baptism with us. when the actual baptism happened he whispered "that was beautiful" to me. there was a musical number at the baptism with a violin, a flute, and a piano. he loved it and asked them if they would do that same number next week at his. so cute. i'm so excited for him. and he is really really excited too.

i don't know if i mentioned that kaul moved to california? we were reaaly questioning weather he would actually try or be able to hook up with the missionaries there but they called sister halford and told her he is still looking to be baptized to that's GREAT news!