Monday, April 27, 2015

Alright well do I have some stories to tell this week!! Should I start off with the spiritual one or the funny one... I'm gonna go with spiritual because if I go funny first the spiritual one might get shafted....
So we did 2 exchanges this week. One was tuesday to wednesday, and the other was wednesday to thursday, back to back. On Tuesday I left and went to Hillsboro with a new missionary, and then on Wednesday I was here in Beaverton with an Elder from Portland. His name is Elder Gregory, he got to Portland (which is a pretty slow, hard area) when I got to Tigard, he was trained by Elder Goff, and came out right after Soriano. he is a farmer hick kid from somewhere in Utah...
and anyways since we've served around each other we've become pretty close. When I was his district leader, calling people every night, he was always very open and willing to ask for help. There have even been a couple of times this transfer when he's been having a rough time and has called me because he said that's what he felt like he should do after he prayed. Anyways, those are all unnecessary details, but the point is we know each other pretty well and we did this exchange because he called and asked if we could.
So anyways it was around 4 on Wednesday (this exchange had started at 2 after district meeting), and we were just leaving the library, we had been doing some online teaching on FB. As we were leaving, a man stopped us and asked us for money, explaining his story which I don't remember a lot of, but their house was getting fumigated that night and they needed a place to stay. Anyways, I've been asked by people quite a few times for money, and he seemed pretty legit. But, when he asked, deep down I really just didn't want to give him any. Elder Gregory pulled out his wallet and gave the man $7. As we were walking away, I felt ashamed for being so selfish. I remembered what President Eyring had said in Conference about helping others,
and silently said a prayer asking Heavenly Father that driving away from the library I would be able to see him again to give him some money. As we exited the parking lot my prayer was answered, I pulled over, got my wallet, and went to give him $3, but a 5 came out with it, so I gave him 8. Elder Gregory told me that the same thing had happened to him, he had only meant to give him $2, but the 5 came out. I felt better afterwards. Now here is the cool part. For dinner that night, a lady had signed up to feed us, and she didn't have any males in the house, so she just gave us $20 for the two of us. Curiously, she had 2 friends over, each of whom decided they each wanted to give us $5.... so we were up to $30. Elder Gregory had never had Sushi before, and here they do Sushi restaurants that just have like little samplers on a conveyor belt, and different colored plates are different prices. So we walk into the place, sit down, and start eating a few plates. There was no one else inside. About halfway through our time there, the cashier came and told us that someone had put $10 towards our bill. That was all we spent, so we got a free dinner. And the whole time I knew why this was all happening... it was because of the man we had helped. So although nothing huge, I feel like that was just a soft little reminder that God is watching over me.
Ok story time.  (edited for content :)  for details, please ask Elder Jorgensen in person anytime after July14 ;)
mom as to your questions about being a zone leader on sundays... there are 3 sets of spanish missionaries attached to our group, so the 3 of us cover the stake. we are an appendage of the Beaverton ward, but are in charge of the group. so no,thankfully no other meetings... the extra meetings are 2 district meetings every week instead of just 1, and MLC (mission leadership council) every month.
anyways... I love you guys! Have a good week! 
Ferzulis also got baptized!!

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