Monday, December 30, 2013

I'llll be homeeeee next Christmas . . . youuuu can couuuunt on meeee. Unless I decide to stay in Washington.

Jordyn’s weekly email 
December 30, 2013
Puyallup, Washington 
Companion: Sister Dudek 


Oh man, it seriously doesn't feel like Christmas was this last week at all! I hope everyone had a great one, mine was definitely my favorite Christmas yet! (no offense to the family)

Christmas eve we had district meeting, visited people all day, and then had dinner with the Bushnell's. After we visited people/delivered cookies before heading over to the Murray's to say hi. We ended up getting into an intense game of apples to apples. Which I was super close to winning before Gavin ended up snatching the last green card before I could get my fifth.

bummer deal.

But that's okay. Gavin and I are still bffs

So on Christmas we got invited to brunch at the Whittingslow's and we got the most delicious breakfast I have ever had in my life! I may come back next year just to eat sister whittingslow's food. While we were there we got to say hi to their son who is on a mission (over skype), and then watch their daughter open her call. She's going to San Diego! Woooo!

Fun fact! On my mission I have now seen:
-2 farewells
-1 homecoming
-1 call opening

The homecoming was definitely the weirdest/most uncomfortable one, so we won't talk about that. (p.s. the guy that came home is married now. his homecoming was in october.)

After brunch we went and saw one of our investigators, visited some other people, and then went back to the Bushnell's and skyped. Most of the people who read this email know what happened then, so we'll fastforward to after that.

We went to go visit a less-active family and then as soon as we got there our bishop called us and said that dinner was ready so we told the family that we would be back in a few hours to visit them and then rushed off to dinner. Which was one of the funniest dinners of my life!

They got to talk about seeing their son on skype, we talked about what happened in our skypes, and then Bishop Critchfield told a bunch of mission stories about putting laxatives in brownies, painting rabbits pink, knocking in the snow, and picking on sisters in the zone.

Elders never change. But we did get some good ideas of what we can do with the animal problem outside of our apartment . . . more details to come.

Their family gave us the best Christmas present ever!!! (after the BYU stuff and the calendar obviously) We got flashlights to see where we're going and for the creepy streets where there aren't any streetlamps, and then a golf ball to knock on doors for when it's freezing outside.

Brilliant!

After the Critchfield's we tried to visit some more people before going back to the Zavalas and seeing how their Christmas went. I was able to redeem myself for apples to apples by beating Matthew in ping-pong, Sister Zavala made us cookies, and then we shared 1 Nephi 11 about the birth of Christ. It was really interesting to have the feeling in the house go from silly and goofy to as soon as I started reading from the book of mormon, the whole feeling in the house changed, and the spirit was there instantly. That book is definitely a powerful one.

Thursday we taught brother jennings,

Friday I got my future husband picked out for me (again),

Saturday I played at a baptism for one of the members sons,

and Sunday Sister Dudek and I spoke in sacrament meeting. Ahhhhh!
It went fine though. The best part of being mormon is that people will come up to you and tell you how much they loved what you did even if you did horrible. That and the spirit really can touch people's hearts, but mostly the first one.

So we survived speaking, and then hung out at the church for two extra hours while brother jennings got interviewed. He passed, so we're officially clear for Tuesday at 8:30!

Starting 2014 off right!

p.s. I can't believe it's almost 2014

We had our last lesson with brother jennings last night and went over the plan of salvation, and he's super excited for Tuesday. I absolutely LOVE the gospel of Jesus Christ, because it creates change. We focus a lot on change at this time of year, and we've been pondering a lot about lasting change. What's they key to keeping a resolution? How can you make it last? The key, is to let the Savior help you. There is nothing and no one too lost, too least, or too broken for him to fix.

Love you all! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Love,
Sister VerHoef

Shoutout to:
DALLAS!!! CONGRATS ON YOU CALL!!!!!

And to finish off, we have our Line of the week:
We're sitting in district meeting and Elder Blaney asks Elder Dawson a question. I don't remember what the question was, but Dawson's response was the most true statement I have ever heard a missionary say:

"I don't know, I just want to survive the next two years and maybe someday get married!"

Well said Elder Dawson, well said.

I'llll be homeeeee next Christmas . . . youuuu can couuuunt on meeee. Unless I decide to stay in Washington.

December 30, 2013
Jordyn's Weekly e-mail 
Serving in Puyallup, WA 
Companion: Sister Dudek 

Missionary Christmas

Guess Who's Mom made her Miss BYU just a little bit!! 

Drawer Full of Candy...Going to the Elders...They eat everything! 



Oh man, it seriously doesn't feel like Christmas was this last week at all! I hope everyone had a great one, mine was definitely my favorite Christmas yet! (no offense to the family)

Christmas eve we had district meeting, visited people all day, and then had dinner with the Bushnell's. After we visited people/delivered cookies before heading over to the Murray's to say hi. We ended up getting into an intense game of apples to apples. Which I was super close to winning before Gavin ended up snatching the last green card before I could get my fifth.

bummer deal.

But that's okay. Gavin and I are still bffs

So on Christmas we got invited to brunch at the Whittingslow's and we got the most delicious breakfast I have ever had in my life! I may come back next year just to eat sister Whittingslow's food. While we were there we got to say hi to their son who is on a mission (over Skype), and then watch their daughter open her call. She's going to San Diego! Woooo!

Fun fact! On my mission I have now seen: 
-2 farewells
-1 homecoming
-1 call opening

The homecoming was definitely the weirdest/most uncomfortable one, so we won't talk about that. (p.s. the guy that came home is married now. his homecoming was in October.)

After brunch we went and saw one of our investigators, visited some other people, and then went back to the Bushnell's and Skype. Most of the people who read this email know what happened then, so we'll fast-forward to after that.

We went to go visit a less-active family and then as soon as we got there our bishop called us and said that dinner was ready so we told the family that we would be back in a few hours to visit them and then rushed off to dinner. Which was one of the funniest dinners of my life!

They got to talk about seeing their son on Skype, we talked about what happened in our Skype, and then Bishop Critchfield told a bunch of mission stories about putting laxatives in brownies, painting rabbits pink, knocking in the snow, and picking on sisters in the zone.

Elders never change. But we did get some good ideas of what we can do with the animal problem outside of our apartment . . . more details to come.

Their family gave us the best Christmas present ever!!! (after the BYU stuff and the calendar obviously) We got flashlights to see where we're going and for the creepy streets where there aren't any streetlamps, and then a golf ball to knock on doors for when it's freezing outside.

Brilliant! 

After the Critchfield's we tried to visit some more people before going back to the Zavalas and seeing how their Christmas went. I was able to redeem myself for apples to apples by beating Matthew in ping-pong, Sister Zavala made us cookies, and then we shared 1 Nephi 11 about the birth of Christ. It was really interesting to have the feeling in the house go from silly and goofy to as soon as I started reading from the book of Mormon, the whole feeling in the house changed, and the spirit was there instantly. That book is definitely a powerful one.

Thursday we taught brother Jennings,

Friday I got my future husband picked out for me (again),

Saturday I played at a baptism for one of the members sons,

and Sunday Sister Dudek and I spoke in sacrament meeting. Ahhhhh! 

It went fine though. The best part of being Mormon is that people will come up to you and tell you how much they loved what you did even if you did horrible. That and the spirit really can touch people's hearts, but mostly the first one.
So we survived speaking, and then hung out at the church for two extra hours while interviewed.Brother Jennings got   He passed, so we're officially clear for Tuesday at 8:30! 

Starting 2014 off right! 
p.s. I can't believe it's almost 2014

We had our last lesson with Brother Jennings last night and went over the plan of salvation, and he's super excited for Tuesday. I absolutely LOVE the gospel of Jesus Christ, because it creates change.

We focus a lot on change at this time of year, and we've been pondering a lot about lasting change. What's the key to keeping a resolution? How can you make it last? The key, is to let the Savior help you. There is nothing and no one too lost, too least, or too broken for him to fix.

Love you all! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Love,
Sister VerHoef

Shout out to:
DALLAS!!! CONGRATS ON YOU CALL!!!!!
And to finish off, we have our Line of the week:

We're sitting in district meeting and Elder Blaney asks Elder Dawson a question. I don't remember what the question was, but Dawson's response was the most true statement I have ever heard a missionary say:
"I don't know, I just want to survive the next two years and maybe someday get married!"
Well said Elder Dawson, well said.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Heart Full of Love‏

December 23, 2013
Jordyn's Weekly e-mail 
Serving in Puyallup, WA 
Companion: Sister Dudek 
Merry Christmas Week!! 

This is how is snows in Washington....Not very much!! 


Pre-Zone Christmas Caroling Puyallup, WA 2013
lft to rt. Sister Goaslind, Sister VerHoef, Santa, Sister Sheffer, 
Sister Babb (a mini- missionary) & Sister Dudek 


Zone...Christmas Caroling
..Sister VerHoef will have to name everyone 

First of all, skype. We're still not 100% sure what's going on, but Sister Dudek's family wants her to call at 3, so I'll probably call from someone's house at 2 Washington time (so 3 Utah time). Sorry! I don't have any more info than that. But we will talk on Christmas. Promise. 

We went caroling as a zone on Tuesday! It was really fun! We went to an assisted living place in one of the areas and sang to the seniors there who loved it!

I had a cool experience this week where I realized how different I really am as a missionary. Everyone talks about how we have a different spirit about us, and I've always brushed it off because I didn't feel it and have never been around missionaries before. On Tuesday we were talking to an investigator who has a big decision to make, and isn't sure exactly what to do. We taught her about prayer and revelation, and it was awesome to watch her understand what we were saying. She was in tears by the end of the lesson and said something along the lines of "I don't know how describe what I feel with you girls, but the best word I can use to describe it is a peaceful feeling." Cue Galations 5:22. 

It was cool though. I felt so much love for everyone recently. As I've prayed for charity more and studied it more, there hasn't been a home (member or nonmember) that I've walked out of in the past 2 months where I haven't had my heart feeling like it's about to overflow. It's a lot different than anything I've ever experienced before, but I absolutely love it. Never want to stop feeling it. 

So . . . miracle of miracles this week! We got pulled into teaching primary so for the last hour we did that. After we found Will Reins after church and gave him their Christmas present from us, and then as we were walking to find our bishop we got pulled over by Robert and his home teacher and they were like, "We're trying to plan a baptism for New Year's Eve and you need to teach three more lessons to Robert. When can you come over?" 

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Yeah, I think we might be able to fit that into our schedule. 

So we taught Robert last night, and it was one of the sweetest moment of my whole mission. Get this: Sister Dudek and me teaching the commandments. Robert sitting across from us, his wife next to him supporting him 100% with this decision. Brother Bryan there as fellowship, and Robert&Lavae's home teachers there as well. Guess who they are: Brother Steck and Brother Reine!!!

Life is good out here in Puyallup. 

That's not even the best part. At the end of the lesson Brother Steck turned to Will and was like, "Brother Reine just got baptized 3 months ago. How was your conversion?" And then every missionaries d.r.e.a.m. happened after that. Brother Reine turned to Brother Jennings and said, "What you're feeling now, I was feeling 3 months ago. I used to drink like a fish, I don't miss it. I used to smoke like a chimney, I don't miss it. I used to drink coffee like it was nothing, and I just don't miss it. I'm a completely different person now that I'm baptized."

I almost cried in the middle of our lesson! To hear my recent convert testify to my investigator put me on to love-overload. 

We also had our mission christmas party this week. Just to let ya'll know, I have theee best mission president in the world! We're singing some birthday song to some elder and all of the sudden President Eaton jumps out from behind the piano playing the accordion. 

nbd. 

If I could send the video, I would. It's fantastic. 

I also played the piano for Sister Goasling who sang O Holy Night. I love being able to play for her for two reasons:
1. Gets me out of any possible singing
2. I get to reflect on the words that are being said. 

As I've been able to ponder about my Savior more this Christmas, I love the last little part of O Holy Night:

"He knows our need, to our weakness no stranger; Behold your King! . . . Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love, and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother, and in His name all oppression shall cease."

I love being able to celebrate Christ's birth, but I love even more being able to testify of his life and what He has done for each of us. For me and for you. He truly does understand everything we go through, and because of him we can be free from the bondage of sin. "God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son."

I love you all! I hope you have an awesome Christmas!

Love,
Sister VerHoef

I biffed it in front of a general authority. What'd you do this week?‏

December 16, 2013
Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
Serving in Puyallup, WA 
Companion: Sister Dudek

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 


Sister Bryan is the ward mission leaders wife
who works with the Sister missionaries 

Sister VerHoef says she knows Santa???
I really wonder about that!! 

Sisters quilting with Sister Diane Bryan...WOW Jordyn!!! 

















This week was wonderful! It seems like it flew by, and I can't believe it's already Monday again. 

Tuesday was definitely the highlight of the week. We had a mission tour with Elder Corbridge of the seventy who taught us what the most important thing for us to teach is. But before I get into the spiritual stuff, let me tell my embarrassing moment of the week. 

So since I've admitted that I play the piano, I play the piano at everything. No lie. Every single district meeting, every single zone meeting, every single zone conference, accompany singing families in sacrament meeting, and now mission tour. I also get asked to accompany people for their special musical numbers (meaning Sister Goaslind will get asked to sing and then asks me to play for her). She sang at the mission tour on Tuesday so we decided to meet at the stake center at 8 that morning to run over the song a couple of times. 

She and her companion weren't there when we pulled up so we were gonna wait in our car for a few minutes because it was cold outside (and it snowed!!!! finally!). Of course with our luck, President pulled up in his car right after so we decided to get out and talk to him. Also with our luck, Sister Eaton isn't in the front seat, it's Elder Corbridge. 
-_-

To top it all off, as soon as I put my left foot on the ground, I fall flat on my face because of the snow. embarrassing right? The missionary from California is completely fine, but as soon as the one from Utah tries to walk in the snow, she's on the ground.

all i can say is thank you mom and dad, for not naming me grace.

So after President ran over to see if I'm alright we got to meet Elder Corbridge a little earlier than all of the other missionaries! And on the bright side, he'll most likely remember that one missionary that fell flat on her face in front of him (aka, Sister Verhoef). 

After that little episode we went inside and got taught things that totally change the way I do missionary work now. In the briefest way I can say, we learned that the most important thing to teach people is about Jesus Christ and his atonement. Constantly referencing back to it during lessons and teaching it with all of the points. Focusing on how we can become clean through that, and because of that we do other things. It was amazing, and as we implemented that in our teaching later this week, Martha committed to be baptized on January 4th! Happy new year!

On Tuesday we also went to young men's and had an activity about missionary work with the deacons. They were split into companionship's and taught Sister Dudek and me about the priesthood. Seriously one of the funniest nights of my life, but I have to explain it in person because it's not funny over writing. Sorry folks. 

On Friday we had our ward Christmas party which was awesome. I got to slice meat which was exciting. And Sister Dudek and I got our picture taken with Santa! We had a couple of investigators come with members and they seemed to really enjoy it. 

And Saturday we knocked a lot! Got all the best parts of missionary work in this week :)

Meddi Kirijmoj!


Peace on earth,
Sister VerHoef




Monday, December 9, 2013

Proud Mother Moment!

Monday December 9, 2013


This is an e-mail 
Lori got from a member in Puyallup that Jordyn has worked with, I feel it important to share with her mission experience...Words can not express how much this meant to Lori and how proud she is of Jordyn (Sister VerHoef)  


Dear Sister VerHoef:
I'm the Ridgecrest Ward WWMLWM (Wife of the Ward Mission Leader Ward Missionary) and part of my job is to interface with the Sister Missionaries serving in the Ridgecrest Ward.

I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER!!!!!! Absolutely, positively LOVE her! I have been so very blessed to have been able to work with her since I was called to this position in August of this year. She has been so kind and tolerant of my "Green-ness" and I am grateful beyond words for your lovely daughter.

Over these few months she has truly blossomed into a very competent and capable missionary! Her teaching skills have improved exponentially since her first days serving here. She and Sister Dudek taught our Relief Society lesson this Sunday and it truly was one of the best lessons we have had. They were confident, asking questions, listening to the answers, bearing testimony and witnessing the Truths taught like it was second nature!  (that was Sunday Dec 8, 2013) 

Your daughter, although technically the junior companion, usually takes the lead in the lessons, but not in an inappropriate way in the least. This companionship I think is truly ideal. They both are naturally shy but both have very strong testimonies and are doing all they can to do their absolute best in serving their Lord.

I love going with them when they teach! I only wish I could do it more and help provide more opportunities to teach with them.

I want you to know that our Bishop is wonderful and very missionary-minded. He knows it is our (the ward's) responsibility to find and fill the Sister's schedules. We aren't "there" yet in the process that is required to change the natural culture in our ward, but I promise you we are making great efforts to make the changes necessary. Your sweet, wonderful, patient daughter is helping make these changes possible. I am blessed beyond words to be able to serve with them at this great time in the history of the Church!

I am attaching a few pictures of Sister VerHoef. I'm including a picture of Sister Kartchner, her previous companion here in the Ridgecrest Ward. The majority of these pictures were taken when Sister VerHoef & Sister Dudek were over helping me prepare dinner. (she is going to learn how to cook one way or another) 





I hope all is well with you and your family. If there is anything you know of that I or our ward could help in serving your daughter please let me know! If there's something special we could get her for Christmas it would be wonderful as well.

I have 5 daughters, with only 1 daughter really active in the church. I love your daughter as one of my own and in some ways feel closer to her than to some of my disobedient daughters. Thank you for sharing her with us!

Much love,

Sister Diane Bryan

#Christmas Devo‏

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
December 9, 2013
Puyallup, WA
Companion: Sister Dudek 
NO Pictures this week :( 

So Sister Dudek and I have a goal to figure out how to do member-missionary work. We've been doing visits every night to see what they're doing to share the gospel, and then what else they can do. They've been awesome, and the ward has really seemed to started to catch the spirit of missionary work. It's been interesting to see as well: as we've become more involved with them, they've become more involved with us. (!)

So we got asked to go to mutual with the young women on Tuesday. They did a Q&A session,so Sister Dudek and I got to talk about ourselves for 45 minutes. They asked us a million questions that ranged from "what inspired you to go on a mission?" (beehives) and "do you always have to wear flats?" (mia maids) to "do you have a boy back at home?" (good 'ole laurels).

So that was fun. We got to know the girls a little bit better, they learned that we're normal people too, and also got to help them with short things they can say when they get questions at school.

Then we had like every sister in the ward last Sunday invite us personally to the progressive dinner that our ward was doing. So we went to that and Jennifer came with Sister Wayne! It was awesome to see her get to know the sisters in the ward in a more casual setting than church.

If that's not enough, we got a call on Saturday from the first counselor in the RS presidency asking if we could teach the next day because "who better to teach about Joseph Smith than our sister Missionaries??"

Anyone Sister Crandall, Anyone

Thank goodness for the Spirit though! We had no idea what we were going to say, read the lesson, had no idea what we were going to say, got to church, had no idea what to talk about, got to relief society, had no idea what to talk about, got up to teach the lesson, and then the words came. And we like to think it went well, but hopefully we won't get asked again.

Every year Puyallup does a Community Christmas Concert where a bunch of people come together and sing Christmas songs. It was pretty fun, our stake choir did an interfaith choir with a Presbyterian or Methodist church from Downtown, and they were fantastic! It was also really funny: the college choir that came sang Bethlehem and for the very final song they had everybody stand up and sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Even in Washington, I can't seem to get away from Mountain View High School Choir songs

#bruinpride

That's about it! When you combine a slow week with my lack of desire to write the email's gonna be short. Buuuuut, there's a party going on this week. SO expect a good one to make up for this week.

Until we meet again,
Sister VerHoef

Monday, December 2, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
December 2, 2013
Serving in Puyallup, WA 
Companion: Sister Dudek 


I don't think I've laughed as hard on my mission as I did this week. Sister Dudek and I had a nice week full of:
-Food
-Bone chilling weather (wind+rain)
-No miles on our car
-Lots of weird people as we knock on doors

Awesome! I love being a missionary for this very reason. Testifying to people in the pouring rain of the truthfulness of the restoration is something that I never saw myself doing, but something that I never ever want to stop doing.

On to my week though.

My Thanksgiving was FANTASTIC! We were basically out of miles on Thursday so we carpooled with some other Sisters in the zone to Auburn and had a mission activity. President split the mission in half, so half went to Federal Way while the cool half of the mission partied it up at the Auburn stake center. There was basketball, volleyball, board games, and some sort of movie going on, and it was really fun! I had a little embarrassing moment when I had what I thought was an elder shaking my hand and after I realized it was President Eaton in a t-shirt and basketball shorts. So I got to watch him play basketball with the elders (and kick most of their butts!) which was really entertaining.

my president's cooler than yours


 Sister VerHoef's district..Puyallup, WA
November 2013


Stephen Giles was there too. It's still weird to see someone from high school up here!

After we got back from Auburn we changed and ran to Thanksgiving dinner at the Owen's. This was most definitely the smallest Thanksgiving I've ever had: Brother and Sister Owen, their four kids, and me and sister Dudek. The food was

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

Oh my goodness. We had the entire thanksgiving works, and to top it all off: pumpkin cheesecake (aka everything JoLynn hates for dessert).

We went into a little food coma for a few minutes before we weekly planned. Thanksgiving as a missionary=best thing EVER!

So that was fun. Black Friday was interesting to proselyte because everyone was in a turkey coma and didn't want to talk to missionaries.

But Althea did invite us over to have to have a lesson. We taught her more about the gospel, she taught us how to make fried chicken, and we got to eat it.

Althea McDaniel
(an investigator Sister VerHoef & Sister Dudek are teaching)  

Sister VerHoef learning how to cook.
NOTICE she doesn't have the fork in her hand!! 
"It's a win-win-win situation!"

Sister D and I started our own new tradition for the day after thanksgiving. We call it Black "Fry"day

Hahahahahaha!














That about sums up the exciting stuff of the week. I wish I could have taken my camera to church and gotten a picture of all the member's faces when they saw Sister Dudek and I still here and together. I think they were mostly surprised to see me there.
 Some of the comments from members:
"You're both still here??" Yes, yes we are.

"You've already been here like 9 months haven't you?" Not quite. Give it two months.

"Let's just keep Sister VerHoef here her whole mission--she's been here long enough already" I agree Brother Bushnell, I agree.

I hope you all have a grand week! Until we meet again.

Sista VerHoef