Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'm not even getting transferred and I still have to move apartments. This is bogus!‏

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
September 16, 2014 
Serving in: Kent Washington 
Companion:  "We will get the deets next week" 

Sister VerHoef
Kent, Washington
September 2014

I remember way back when Elder Piper came and toured our mission last June. To show how old I am, this was back when I was still in the Tacoma mission. But once upon a time he told an elder who was heading into his last two transfers that the last two transfers of your mission show what kind of life you want to have or something like that. At the time, little greenie sister verhoef thought that day would never, ever come in a million years and now I'm basically in shock. I have 12 weeks left? Those numbers have obviously been reversed. I really have 21 weeks left. No? Ah!!!!! It's time to go ham!! (shoutout to sister dudek)

Sister Keele is getting transferred unfortunately :( But I guess people down in Enumclaw need her more than in Kent. I'm staying, but they're having us move . . . so I still have to pack. I just unpacked 6 weeks ago. And 11 weeks before that. This is bogus. But it'll be fine. On to more important things. 

Sister Keele & Sister VerHoef 

I'm excited to stay! I really like Kent and this ward. I'll give ya all the deets on my new companion next Monday. 

.....Like I said....
I really like Kent!!!
{you have to love Harry Potter to understand this}

This last week together was a fun one! We got to do a lot of service. On Wednesday our zone went to a baseball field and pulled weeds to prep for little league. Claim to fame: We were told that if you check out the "kent little league" facebook page there's a post or a shoutout or something about us. :) share it, like it, do whatever people are doing these days. 
We also had our day of service on Saturday and cleaned up Kentlake high school. More weed pulling and using of the clipper things definitely brought joy to the lives of the missionaries in Kent that day. I'll send the picture to prove it.

Day of Service 
Not the whole district...
just those who stayed to take a picture 

Our ward had an activity on Friday night--we played a bunch of "minute to win it" games. I have to say the highlight was our zone leader trying to shake ping-pong balls out of a kleenex box tied around his waist. 

Bobble Head Competition

That and the bobble head competition. You would think watching 10 people with pedometers on their foreheads seeing how many times they can shake their head up and down in a minute would get boring at some point, but it doesn't. It still cracked Sister Keele and me up the 4th time haha. 

GREATEST THING OF MY LIFE!!! Okay, a little dramatic, but I do have a cool story. So once upon a time in high school I went on a choir tour to Seattle. We did all the touristy things and went to a Thunderbirds game. When I first got to Clark Lake we were driving down the hill to go see someone in an apartment, and we drove by a stadium that looked 

strangely familiar. Yes friends, the Thunderbirds hockey stadium is not only in my mission, it's in my area. I came to my mission a good 3 years before I even knew I was going to come here! Crazy! I definitely was meant to come to Washington. I love it here!

I've gotta get running, but I hope you all have a great week! 
-sis verhoef
p.s. the service picture isn't our whole zone . . . just the people leftover who wanted to take the picture. 

 More pictures that came with her e-mail


Monday, September 8, 2014

Another email from your favorite missionary‏

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
September 8, 2014
Serving in Kent, Washington
Companion: Sister Keele 

I feel like I just sent an email less than a week ago . . . oh wait. 

Man, the weeks sure do fly by. 
Well, here's the happs of my week here up in Kent:
-I had someone ask me if the scars on my knees are from surgery . . . I wish I could draw what her face looked like when I told her they were from me serving in a YSA branch and skinning them on the gym floor. It was something like this :O
-While on exchanges we talked to some drunk guys. I feel like because we survived our conversation with them we were blessed with a family to talk to right after. God is good. 
-Also while on exchanges we had dinner with some members here and they told us that their daughter got a Ken doll recently. They had always taught her that she could never have any boys in her room so the first night Ken slept on her dad's nightstand until he and Barbie were married the next day (in the temple). And now he's free to sleep in the barbie house. Ken and Barbie now have a child on the way. Brilliant way to teach about chastity to young children? I think yes. 
-I've been thinking a lot about the Book of Mormon this week; how much I love it, what it's done for me, and what I've seen it do in other people's lives. I asked our investigator how she is different because she's been reading it the past few weeks and she told us that she is cussing less, she's more motivated to do things, and she's able to go out and go to appointments by herself (she has really bad agoraphobia). Which is AMAZING!!! Sister Keele told me that I've only seen about half of the change in her since I've been in Kent, and I've seen a lot. I love that book! It really does work miracles! Everybody read it! 
-We finally got in contact with someone who said they wanted to be baptized like 3 months ago . . . pray that we'll stay in contact with Nicole
-A less-active family that we've been working with since I got here came to church on Sunday, and the dad even went up and shared his testimony! Miracles happen!
-Everybody lied when they told me Washington never stops raining. I don't even remember the last time I saw rain and today is the first overcast day we've had in weeks. 

That's about all I can think of! Sorry it's pretty lame, my pdays keep getting crazier and crazier the longer I'm out. I hope you all have an awesome week and see awesome miracles!
s. verhoef

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Only in Washington could they make getting a cup of coffee something sexy"‏

Jordyn's weekly letter
September 2, 2014 
Serving in Kent, Washington
Companion; Sister Keele

This is her mother speaking...I can't for the life of me...figure out where she comes up with her titles to her letters...maybe some day she will tell us. 

First of all, can anyone else believe that it's already September?? But but--2014 just started! There is absolutely no way I only have 3 months left. 

I may cry. 

*clears throat* moving on.
So my family requested more info about my area:

Clark Lake is a great ward! They're really missionary minded, and the ward boundaries cover some ghetto-ish places so it's pretty fun as a missionary. It's really long and skinny and is kind of shaped like a hat.

Highlights of this week include:

-I made a cat meow when I knocked on a door this week

-Sister Keele turned 21 on Saturday and got a giraffe cake from one of our investigators. It was tres leches cake. muy bueno.

-I'm pretty sure a less-active family that we're working with thinks I'm married

-I learned how to sing head shoulders knees and toes in marshallese this week from one of our investigators. After our lesson was finished she went, "Okay! Now we sing it together!" So we did.

-Sister Eaton came out with us! Our area probably freaked her out though. We had a member lesson and then headed down the hill to go and contact a referral. Since we share this area with Elders we get all the female investigators/referrals so we went to go and contact someone named Cynthia. As she opened up the door we all quickly realized that she was not born a she, and is either dressing up as a girl or has had a surgery. . .

Ha ha ha ha ha! Of course we have our mission president's wife with us when we finally get in contact with her! Sister Eaton looked so shocked on the doorstep but the los angeles came out in sister keele so she jumped right on it and we were able to save ourselves from being super awkward. #blessings

-We have this amazing member in our ward named Brother Johansen. He's essentially home-bound and only ever leaves the house to go to church. His daughter takes care of him full-time, and he has a caregiver come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help her out so she can have a break. She is literally the only nonmember that he comes in contact with, and we taught her last week. Amazing! No one will ever have an excuse to not be a missionary ever again.

Have an awesome week!
Sister VerHoef