Tuesday, January 28, 2014

These adorable little girls call me sister Noodle, and I Love it!  They are taking the Lessons!
This week rocked my world! let me explain why. so Tuesday morning started out so rough. all out appointments called and cancelled and sister Lawson and I were both discouraged and just not the happiest of campers. so we decided to say a prayer to know what we should do that day. not even an hour later we get a phone call from president morby saying that if we had time we could go to the temple! it made so much sense that all of our appointments cancelled! we needed temple time! so we went! it was my first time inside the Portland Temple and it was amazing! i received so much peace and knowledge and ideas for our investigators and sister Lawson did too. we really needed to be in the temple that day.
so last week we were tracting and this young couple chewed us out so bad! they were completely ruthless. just keep that in mind. so on our way home from the temple our ward mission leader calls and says to go to a certain address because a less active family had moved in and they needed help. the street sounded so familiar and when we got there, lo and behold it was our friends that chewed us out last week! it was awesome! neither of us brought up the incident. it remained an elephant in the room the whole time but we got to know them pretty well and they invited us to come back! so we're seeing them again this week! the Lord has a way of softening hearts i'll tell ya that much.
 on tuesday a lady in our ward volunteered to come out with us which is the best thing in the world! she was so sweet and kind and knowledgeable in the gospel. you would never guess, but she is from St Johns, Arizona. her name is sister Rasmussen but her maiden name was LeFevre. i guess i better admit to sister nicoll that not everyone from st johns is all bad. that felt awful as i typed it though.
The whole week was just miracle after miracle. sister Lawson is so spiritually in tune. we were driving along the other day about to go tracting and she stopped the car and said we need to visit the simmons. the simmons are a recently converted family and they are awesome. the only people that hadnt been baptized was micah and his girlfriend alex. well, when we went over there alex was crying and hugged us and said we were an answer to her prayers. long story short, her and micah are getting married in two weeks and baptized shortly thereafter! Bishop calls sister lawson and I cupids because we keep getting everyone married haha.
so on friday we did service for a woman who is quite seasoned if you're catchin my drift. she has been all over the world! she was cleaning out all of her stuff and we went to help and she gave me a little glass bird from norway! its awesome and you're supposed to fill it with potpurri so that will be fun for me.
 that night we took D&G to the visitors center. it was amazing. they both cried as we watched God's plan for His Family. The portland temple has an atrium on the inside thats garnished with beautiful plants and we took them in there and they both bore their testimonies to us! then they said they want to serve missions when they are retired. keep in mind, they are 24 and 22. i was just awestruck. i looked at them like where did you come from? they are amazing and so prepared by the Lord! ahh!
 but, lets get down to the nitty gritty, shall we? I SAW ELDER CHRISTOFFERSON! yes! he came to our stake conference! he also did a special missionary meeting and spoke to us all there. then he came to the baptism of a twelve year old boy in our ward! it was awesome. i saw him in the hallway and he came up to me and shook my hand and said good morning sister udall. yes. he said my name. i said hi back but i accidently said it really loud.
I love everyone!  Thanks for all the letters and the support!  Thanks Grandma and Grandpa and Mom and Christie and Rachel and Chris for the awesome letters!  I love getting letters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So send more!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These pictures are of the sunrise in Portland.  I love it here!  It is so beautiful!

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