Monday, September 23, 2013

Mormon 9:15-21‏

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
September 23, 2013 
Puyallup, Washington 
Companion: Sister Dudek 

There are a number of little e-mails this week...and pictures hope I get it all right!! Here is the first one

So the other night we were driving home and we saw the moon like this and then this little star right next to it and we had been talking about the plan of salvation a lot so when we looked up we were both like, "it's the plan of salvation!" and then we took a picture and love to look at it now. 

This is the weekly e-mail that she shares.. 

This week was absolutely INSANE!!! Sister Dudek and I were talking last night about what happened, and how we were not expecting it at all. Get ready for this whirlwind of a week:

So last Monday we had pday and did various pday activities. Then we taught the Reine's the commandments. Brother Reine struggled a little bit with the word of wisdom but he told us that he was willing to work and try which is all that we ask. Wonderful lesson, strong spirit, cash money. 

Tuesday we had district meeting as usual, then went and taught Althea right after. She's super awesome! She told us that she was church-hopping and gonna keep doing that until she found the one that God wanted her at. 

And two mormon missionaries just happened to knock on her door 2 weeks after she moves here. what a coincidence. :) 

We taught her about the Book of Mormon and committed her to start reading it. We haven't been able to get back to her, but we're working on it.

We also taught Brother and Sister Reine the law of chastity Tuesday night while their kids were at mutual/playing in the back room. It was an awesome lesson once again, and probably the least-awkward loc lesson I've had thus far; which is also a success. 

Wednesday was where everything flew out of our control and I couldn't even figure out what went on until about 12:30 Sunday afternoon. So back story. One of the rules in our mission is that people have to live the word of wisdom for 3 weeks before baptism. Brother reine smoked, so we had pushed their baptism back to September 28th so he could do that. I've continued to learn out here that God has a better plan than I do, and we got a text at 6:33 am saying, "We have a baptism to plan! Interviews Friday evening? 1:00 Saturday?"

surprise baptism!!!

So we had a little freak-out about that because we were so excited, did the zone service sandbag thang again (we filled over 1500 bags today), and taught Martha the plan of salvation all in one day. We couldn't get everyone's schedules together to teach the Reine's unfortunately. 

But Thursday we did! We had weekly planning, went and saw people, and then taught the Reine's the gospel. It went awesome again, and they were all still super excited to get baptized on Saturday! (Sister Dudek and I were still slightly in shock that it was happening). 

Friday we took a stress test, and I think the test actually ended up raising my stress level. Good times. Then we taught Martha again and just read 2 Nephi 31 with her, which went really well! I love that chapter. After we went and saw a less-active family, and then at 6:00 we headed over to the church for the Reine family's baptismal interview. Our DL called in the ZLs because he didn't want to interview for like 3 hours because there were so many people getting baptized (serious problem right?) The interviews went really well! We ended up being there until 8:45 anyway because one of the interviews went really long and we had to do some things. But since Sister Dudek and I had to be there but couldn't interview we got to play dodgeball and basketball with everyone who wasn't being interviewed. 

So everyone passed and Saturday morning we got to the church at 10:30 to start setting everything up, and I got to hear my absolute favorite sound in the world: the baptismal font filling up

It really is the best sound ever. It means that in just a few hours someone is going to make a sacred covenant with God and start themselves on the path to eternal life. 

and for some strange reason I get to be blessed enough to be a part of all of these miracles. :) :)

So we filled the font, set up everything, got everyone dressed in white, took pictures (you're welcome mom), had an awesome baptismal service, and I got to watch six of my favorite people in the entire world take their first steps on the path to eternal life. 

Sunday they were confirmed and it took about 20 minutes :) Our ward starts at 11:30 and we didn't start passing the sacrament until 12:10!! It was an awesome thing to see and experience and especially see a family of eight come into the church. (six of them were baptized, the oldest daughter was already baptized, and the youngest son is only 5)

Moral of the story is Mormon 9:15-21. I've definitely learned this week that God is a God of miracles and if it's His will, it will happen. We have definitely learned to expect miracles out here in Ridgecrest, because they really do happen!

I love you all, and hope you have an awesome week!


Here is the fantastic family Jordyn had the opportunity to bring into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The Reine Family Children.. Post Baptism!! 
 This first picture is with the baptism..from let to right Sister VerHoef (Jordyn). Evelyn, Regina, Reina, and Roy  
Sister Dudek & Sister VerHoef (Jordyn) 
six people getting baptized=the most exciting thing on my mission! 
six people getting baptized also=why we're so exhausted :)

Eveline & Sister VerHoef
Both Beautiful ladies!!

  Eveline is the mother of the Reine Family!! Six members were baptized Saturday September 20, 2013!! 

What an exciting time in the Reine Families lives!! 

Sister VerHoef is have much success on her mission..she reported to the MTC (Mission Training Center) May 15, 2013; was there only 12 days then flew out to Tacoma..where her first interview with her mission president she was told that she was going to be reassigned to the new Federal Way mission which will open July 1, 2013..She has been in Puyallup, Washington since she got into the mission field and has loved that area so much..this is where she has had the opportunity to introduce the Gospel to not only one person; a sweet 12 year old girl and activate her mother plus a family of six was baptized. GO MISSIONARY WORK!!  The Lord really is in charge of the work... 

Reine Family with Sister Missionaries
Sister Dudek & Sister VerHoef

Reine Family Baptized Saturday September 20, 2013 

There is a light in these people's eyes and a smile of their faces that only the atonement of Jesus Christ can give. So grateful to be able to be apart of these amazing miracles!

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