Monday, April 28, 2014

Last week sure started off with a bang . . .‏

April 28, 2014 
Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
Serving in: Federal Way, Washington 
Companion: Sister Goble 

ahahahahaha. Oh man. Sometimes, I crack myself up.

But as I'm sure most of you know, yes, I did in fact get in a car accident this week. Here's the story:

We were driving home from FHE (Family Home Evening)  at the stake center and were going through an intersection (my light was green) and an old couple was turning left on a yield on green, timed it wrong, and turned into our car. So we got out (notice how we both walked out just fine) and went to the other car to see if they were alright and they ended up being an 83 year-old Ukrainian couple who spoke no English at all. Fortunately a guy from their church pulled over and was able to translate for them. It was a little embarrassing though because all the YSAs were leaving the stake center, so we got funny looks from all the members as they drove by. Looks like "you missionaries. why'd you crash the car?"

Picture of car accident. 

Not my fault dudes.

So the police came and started doing their thing, our zone leader and an AP came (they were on an exchange) to help us out since Elder Bryant couldn't come, and then we got to stand in the rain for an hour while we waited. I lightly hit my head when we got hit and Sister Goble was worried about me (she thought I was going to die because of it) so she made me tell Elder Bradford, who made me tell Sister Nowlin, who made us go to the hospital. I told Sister Goble if I had to go, then she was getting checked out too. So Elder Cook and Elder Bradford drove us to the hospital in Auburn, we got there around 10:30, and then they left at 11 when the Nowlin's (a senior couple/she's the mission nurse) got there to sit with us. Until 3am.

in the morning.

we were both dying of boredom. and we were the last ones to be seen because we didn't look like we were on our deathbed.

We had Sister Nowlin get out her tablet so that we could watch Mormon messages on Mormon channel to pass the time. And then something cool happened around 2 a guy named Shawn came over and started talking to us, and we had a really good lesson about Jesus Christ with him. He said he would like missionaries to come over and visit him but didn't know his address. Because he wanted it so bad, he looked up his address on Elder Nowlin's computer so that we could get missionaries over there.

I have a firm testimony that God puts people in our path who are ready for the gospel, and puts us in their path as well. We both believe that we were in an accident, and taken to the auburn hospital (when there's one in fedway) so that we could talk to Shawn.

Missionary life is great.

We went back and saw the doctor at 3, and they determined I have "thoractic strain" which I think is a fancy word for "your seatbelt hurt your shoulder when you were jerked forward" and sister goble was diagnosed with "cervical sprain" which we think is a fancy word for "whiplash." So we're fine. She got x-rayed, I got 2 ibuprofen, and we were good to go. We left the hospital at 4:30, and got back to our apartment around 5.

And now that we don't have a car currently, we're on bike. . . and . . . I'm trying to make myself love it. It's definitely brought some interesting stories, and biking in the ran is actually really fun. We did get a bus pass on Saturday too, so we'll be able to use that to do mirror lake stuff while we're in limbo waiting for our car.

We get to bus around federal way!! What could be more entertaining than that?

In other bummer deal news, Mary got antied and has decided baptized. We're giving her some time, because we know that she's felt the Spirit, and she even told us that she knows Joseph Smith was a prophet. So in a few weeks we'll go back and see what she's willing to do with her testimony.

So just about everything that could have gone wrong this week did. But here's the cool thing about it: I'm okay. We were dropped by Mary about 30 minutes before I had to speak in Hylebos (the stake president was there ps) and my topic was on the fact that the Lord is preparing people to receive the gospel. I wasn't feeling it a few minutes before sacrament started, but it ended up being the perfect thing because I was able to build my faith up, and I'm really excited for this week, and we're expecting some pretty big miracles to happen.

I hope everyone's doing well though and that you all have an amazing week! Love ya!

Sister VerHoef

Monday, April 21, 2014

Day of Service and Week of Sore Muscles

April 21, 2014 
Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
Serving in: Federal Way, Washington 
Companion: Sister Goble 

Do you remember Mary? She's a rockstar. We've been teaching her a lot this past week. On Thursday we felt prompted to ask her about her testimony of this church and of Joseph Smith and she said "I thought Joseph Smith was a little weird at first, but after I prayed about it I believe that he is a prophet." Four months ago she was given six months to live and she was starting to see some of the symptoms of her health failing this week, so we asked her if she would want to move up her baptism date to April 27th. She said she would love to, and so she's getting baptized on Sunday! Our bishop wants to do a fontside confirmation so that we don't waste any time with her health. She's awesome. When she told us about her six months to live she said "well, that's what the doctor told me. I'm planning on sticking around for the next 26 years though."

How great is she??

We were in a lesson with Mary and she told us that if it weren't for Romney running for president and showing the world that Mormons are normal people, she probably wouldn't be talking to us then. Isn't it interesting to see how and why things play out? The world now has an answer as to why Mitt Romney ran for president.

We also got to do some other fun stuff this week like:
Institute! They like to have missionaries there in case someone brings a nonmember friend and since we're part-time YSA we got to go. It was really good, we talked about the book of Helaman and the parallels in it to our day today.

We did a zone service activity too on Friday at a place called Funland. They're building a park and we got to go and move piles of dirt and dig trenches and pump water out of trenches and spread gravel and do random stuff that I never thought I'd do on my mission. It was really fun though, we got to be in the sun for a few hours and serve the community.

Day of Service 


AHH it feels good to work!!

Of course, Sister Goble and I were so sore the next day from shoveling that we had to literally roll/fall out of bed and onto the floor to say our good morning prayers, and I basically crawled out of our room into the living room but that's beside the point. Serving others is the best.

Easter was good, after our 7-hour run of church we dropped off an Easter basket to one of our investigators and then ran to a member's house for dinner. It was loud, and there was lots of good food so I felt right at home :)

Sorry it's lame, I can't think of anything else to write about. Hope you all have an awesome week! Love ya!

Sister VerHoef

Monday, April 14, 2014

Because of Him‏

April 14, 2014 
Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
Serving in Federal Way, Washington 
Companion: Sister Goble 

Pre-mission thoughts: "I'll go on a mission and try and pay back a little bit of what Heavenly Father has done for me since I've been so blessed my entire life"

I've learned this week that that will never happen. Every time I turn around I see another blessing and witness another miracle and can't even keep up with how good God is. So I try to do my best, and to share with every person that I see how blessed they can be by receiving the fulness of His restored gospel. Here's a couple of miracles from this week.

Last Monday we got a referral from our zone leaders of a woman named Mary. We went over and taught her on Tuesday and she is the sweetest woman I have ever met. She has stage 4 brain cancer, but doesn't let that get her down. She loves to make people laugh and to inspire people with her experiences. We've taught her twice, and she came to church on Sunday and absolutely loved it. The ward was so welcoming and inviting, it's really hard to not feel at home. She's excited to get baptized in May :)

And then Walter. I was on an exchange on Saturday and we were walking around a complex visiting Hylebos members that we don't know (aka everyone) and were talking to people outside as well. We had a good conversation with a girl from Russia, and this really cool guy named Diamond (yes he was wearing diamond earrings, I was sure to check). As we were starting to walk back to our car, a man with some kids in a car drove by us. We waved, he drove by, we kept walking, until he honked his horn, backed up, rolled down his window and asked if our church had any good programs for youth.

Um yes??

And now the lesson I learned about why seed planting is so important: Walter told us that some missionaries helped out his son in Colorado a few years ago, and so he's always had a huge respect for our church and knew we were people he could trust when he saw our tags.

He invited us in to come and talk with him but there wasn't another woman so we weren't able to go in right then. We got his information and invited him to come to church to see what we were all about, and then he actually came to church the next day! He ended up getting up and bearing his testimony and shared a little bit of his story. The ward totally welcomed him, and our bishop had a really great conversation with him and said that he was going to reach out with his son so that Walter's grandson who is struggling will be able to feel welcomed and have a place to turn with some good friends.

Those are just a few of the many many miracles I've witnessed this week.  The members here are getting so excited to share the gospel, and some walked up to us at church yesterday telling us about people they're working with or people they want us to go visit. The work is hastening.

I had one (okay lots of) embarrassing moment this week. We were helping a less-active sister set up her new TV and thought it would be a quick thing and we would be on our merry way. 45 minutes later we had the TV on but couldn't figure out why the stupid picture wouldn't show up. We unplugged and re-plugged every single cord you could into every single hole it could possibly fit in, and I was getting incredibly annoyed because yes i am smarter than a TV. I decided to check her VHS/DVD player to see if the DVD we put in was actually playing and I noticed a little light by the VHS part and a button that would switch it over to DVD when you pressed it.

Are ya freaking kidding me??

My name is Sister VerHoef and I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a BYU student, and I am not smarter than a fifth grader DVD player.  

I'm gonna give you all a super duper easy missionary opportunity this week. Go to of him or just and share it, tweet it, email it, pin it, hashtag it, throw it, whatever thing people are doing stuff with now. Talk about Christ, rejoice in Christ, share the good news of Christ and His atonement, and most importantly: use His Atonement.

"For behold, I, God have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink
—Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men."
-Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19

Love ya!

Sister VerHoef

Monday, April 7, 2014

You get the beeeeeeest of both worlds!!

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
April 7, 2014
Serving in Federal Way, Washington 
Companion: Sister Goble  

okay. I have more new area/transfer update and I'll just say this at the beginning: my ysa freak out was a little unnecessary. Well, it was a little necessary because I thought i was just going ysa but we actually cover three wards in federal way

-Mirror Lake (ysa)
-Dash Point

which I'm really excited for! We get the fun ysa activities and stuff, but we also have family wards and get to keep working with amazing members and i still don't have to cook 100% of the time. blessings. (This is the part of the email where you put on Hannah Montana and start singing "you get the beeeeeest of both worlds!!!!")

I'm in fedway, I'm on a mission, life is good. Life is also busy since we white washed the area and opened it we literally started out with nothing. nada. Our area book was completely blank and we didn't get planners until tuesday night. We decided to meet with the bishops and relief society presidents of each of the wards to get some names of people to visit, we talk with everyone we see, and we have been putting a big focus on working with members.

and it's starting to work. We've seen some crazy miracles because of it. Here's one example:

We went and visited a member who just had heart surgery a few weeks ago and her extremely less active nephew and his nonmember girlfriend were there visiting them (we just stopped by randomly. only like 20 members know we're here). As has happened in the past, our presence seemed to spark a . . . spirited debate between the two of them but after a few minutes the conversation moved to the Book of Mormon and we asked if we could teach the restoration and then talk about it. The mood and spirit of the room completely changed. By the end of the lesson his heart seemed to be a little softened, his girlfriend seemed to be touched, they both committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, and we have an appointment set up to teach them next Sunday at the members home.

My testimony of member work has increased exponentially this week. Three times this week as we've gone to visit a member we've walked out with someone we can potentially work with, whether it be a less-active or a nonmember. I feel like I'm starting to understand more how crucial members are to this work because each of these people are someone we would not and could not have found on our own.

And conference was absolutely outstanding! I'm so grateful for a modern prophet. Some of my favorite quotes from this one include:

"The bumper-sticker question "What Would Jesus Do?" will not always bring a popular response" -Elder Holland

"Sometimes, it's hard being a missionary" (the whole stake center *aka all the missionaries in the room* burst out laughing at that one)

"You are infinitely more precious to God than a tree" -Elder Anderson

"Don't let the whirlwinds get you down" -Elder Anderson

"50 million people can be wrong" -Elder Nelson

"God can do more with my life than I can do on my own"-Elder Scott maybe?

"How much do we miss waiting for the rainbow before thanking God for the rain?" -President Uchtdorf

"I would have never asked for this trial, but I would never give it away"-I don't remember. missionary brain.

And many more. Conference is the greatest thing ever. It's like the Superbowl for missionaries (you only think I'm kidding).

Oh yeah, you're all gonna want to know about the new comp. Sister Goble is a budding film artist and gave up a filming career to come and serve a mission.
ok i totally lied. But she does have a blackbelt in taekwondo, long blonde hair, and a super strong testimony of this gospel. So I have an amazing companion to teach with, and will always feel safe walking around federal way. (again, start singing "you get the beeeeeest of both worlds!!!")

Love ya!
Sister Jordyn VerHoef

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My whole mission is proof that God has a sense of humor

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
April 1, 2014 
Transfer Day
Companion: Sister Goble 

White-wash Ridgecrest while training? check.
New mission? check.
Don't know how to speak Korean? check.
Serve in a Korean branch? check.

Dropping Sister Choi off at the mission home
Her mission is completed..South Korea here she come. March 31, 2014 

And now my new area that I'm going to today. You ready for this?

Everyone that knows me knows that I absolutely despise YSA. I hate the movie, I could only survive one sunday there, and I never went to fhe because I thought it was super lame.

Where else would I go other than a YSA ward??

I'm going to a YSA ward.
I am going to YSA.
I'm going to ysa????

Which is funny beceause when Sister Dudek and I were together she would say all the time how she wanted to serve in a ysa ward because she feels like it would be so much fun and every time she said that I was all "psh! I would never want to go ysa."

Heavenly Father is absolutely hilarious!

And get this, my new companion's  Sister Goble who was trained by Sister Dudek and then Sister Kartchner was her companion after. So now all that needs to happen is kartchner and dudek together as companions and then we'll all have this weird switcharoo thing going on throughout our whole missions.

oh man, transfers are always fun.

But honestly I'm excited! I'm nervous! I'm feeling the same way I felt going into the Korean branch! Ah!

So here's what's going on with the branch:
-Sister Choi is officially dead (may she rest in peace) [not literally. just mission-wise]
-I'm leaving (obviously)
-Seattle elders are gonna work here for the next couple of months
-They're both korean but one of them doesn't speak korean. Needless to say, I felt for him
-To quote president eaton "I told Salt Lake that I have a korean unit in my mission and a bunch of white missionaries" so they're gonna be sending more korean missionaries here in the future, and can rotate in and out.

On Sunday the new elders came down with president Choi so that we could give them the run-down of how things work here. I found out the two of them have only been out for 3 and 4 months! One of them said that logically, he was not the one to be picked. Which I really liked. Logically, I wasn't the one to be picked either, but it is definitely for a reason. It was harder to say bye to everyone than I thought it would be, as excited as I am to speak english again.

I've gotta get running though, Transfers await! I promise I'll give more info on what's going on next week once everything isn't as crazy.

Love ya and stuff!

Sister VerHoef