Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2015

Another great week of missionary work! Miracle story: so we had just
tried this person who used to investigate the church, and she totally
shot us down. We walked away feeling a little discouraged when we hear
someone yelling at us from across the parking lot. This girl yelled
"Hey! What church are you from?" So we walked up to her and told her
and she told us that she has been looking for a new church because the
churches she goes to lack the presence of God. We shared "He is the
gift" (Awesome video btw, go watch it) with her and she loved it. She
agreed to meet with us again and it was just such a cool experience!
The weather here has been crazy. Super windy and northwesterners don't
know how to handle the wind. We have had a lesson in the dark because
of power outages, so that keeps it interesting. A girl in the ward
invited her friend to the potluck we had on Monday, and then later we
found out that her dad had passed away that night very unexpectedly.
It was a cool opportunity to testify of the plan of salvation, but
really hard to watch her struggle. Our other investigators are doing
well, and we have one that is really ready to be baptized but is
having a hard time committing to a date. We just need lots of prayers
for those we are working with! This morning we got to go up by mount
saint Helens to these caves that you can hike, but once we got up
there I realized I shouldn't be climbing around on rocks with my hand,
so we just had to enjoy the nature while everyone else hiked. It
amazes me every day how beautiful it is here! I will never get tired
of the green and even the rain. I am so grateful for this opportunity
to be spreading gods word here in the most beautiful place! Thanks for
all the support and prayers! I love you all. Have a fantastic week! :)
Sister Henderson

December 8, 2014

This week has been so great! We had the opportunity to go to the temple on Tuesday as a mission. It was so refreshing to feel the peace that the temple brings! After our temple trip, we had a Christmas program as a mission. The spirit was so strong and really got me excited for Christmas. Christmas time as a missionary is the best! People are a lot more receptive to us and are more willing to meet with us. We had to drop a few people this week, which was really hard. It always breaks my heart when we have to drop people because they aren't progressing. We went tracting this week a few times in the pouring rain. I actually really love it! I don't think I will ever get tired of the rain. Thankfully I got a good raincoat so getting wet is the least of my worries :) I now know why missionaries gain so much weight. People won't stop feeding us. On Saturday one of our recent concerts fed us dinner. She still hasn't told her mom that she was baptized because her mom has a history of chasing away missionaries and screaming and yelling at them, but her grandma lives with her and knows about everything. Her grandma is from the Philippines (and is so TINY) and wanted to make us dinner, and her mom showed up halfway through our dinner. Sister Thomas and I were preparing ourselves for the worst, but her mom just sat down and started eating with us and was very pleasant. We were so shocked that she was so nice to us. The lord really does provide miracles! Our investigator, Vivian, still won't commit to a baptismal date. She knows it's true, but she just isn't ready to make that commitment. Hopefully she will realize how important it is and choose to make that decision. Our other investigator, Rose, is doing great. The only problem is that she lives with her 16 year old boyfriend. They are both so interested and just love everything we teach them. They got really excited about the plan of salvation. Well that is about it for this week. I am still plugging along even with the pain I am in with my hand. Thank you for all the love and support! Have a great week and remember to be nice to the missionaries :)
Sister Henderson

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 1, 2014

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Mine was so wonderful. We had two thanksgiving dinners and then we got to go to the mission president's house for pie that night. I think I might have gained 400 lbs just from that one day, but it was so worth it :) This week wasn't too exciting, a lot of people were out of town so we didn't have much success this week. Hopefully things will start picking up again this week. I want you all to know how grateful I am for all the love and support! It has been a hard week with how much pain I am in with my hand, but I can feel the prayers and love from all of you. Sorry this is pretty short, I can't type too much without it hurting. I love you all! Have a great week!
Sister Henderson

Cutest puppy ever

November 24, 2014


It has been the crrraaazzziiest week! Good news: I'm done with training! I can't believe I have been here for 3 months already! Time really does fly when you are having fun :) My week was pretty normal until Friday. We did some service at Meals on Wheels for their Thanksgiving lunch, so we got to spend quite some time with a lot of old people. I am NOT used to old people, since I serve in the Young Single Adult ward, so it was definitely a different experience than I am used to. We all picked a table, and we had to serve the people sitting at our tables. I have never heard the phrase "I need more coffee!" in my entire life and I have never seen anyone drink as much coffee as these old people. What was even funnier was watching all these missionaries trying to make these old people coffee. None of us knew how much cream and sugar to put in so we all just guessed. We sang Christmas songs at the end with the band that volunteered, and lets just say that the crowd went wild. They just loved it. That took almost our whole day, and then we had to finish some last minute details for Minji's baptism. We ended up not having anyone to make refreshments (And you all know how important those are) so Sister Thomas and I ended up making cookies and brownies until about 10 pm. We then got a call from some sisters who didn't have a place to sleep that night, so we had to drive about 25 minutes to pick them up and bring them back to our house to stay the night. We didn't end up getting to bed until about midnight, and then we had to be up by 5:30 the next morning to prepare everything for the baptism. Thankfully, everything worked out and Minji was baptized. Her whole family came and they are so supportive of everything. This whole experience with Minji has just been surreal! We taught her everything in 2 weeks and she was so excited for her baptism. She is one of those people that every missionary dreams of teaching. She is the definition of elect! She was confirmed on Sunday and her family came to church to be there when she was confirmed. She was just crying and so overcome with the spirit, and it was really neat to see! In other news, no transfer letters! That means that Sister Thomas and I get one more transfer together! She will be going home at the beginning of January, so this is her last transfer. I am loving Vancouver and couldn't think of a better place to serve. The people here are so amazing and the members are so supportive! Thank you for all the prayers and support! I love you all! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving :) Eat lots of food, but don't get too fat!
Sister Henderson
Minji's Baptism

Missionaries in my zone that helped at the Meals on Wheels