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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Transferred to Central Point, Oregon (08/25/2014)

ok, so now I am transferred and am in the Central Point 2nd Ward with an awesome Sister missionary as my companion. Her name is Sister Haugen and she is from Cali. So far she is just amazing.
Ok so the pictures.....
The ones with the picnic table and grill are members. It was a beautiful day out, so we had a picnic dinner. They are wonderful people and they are so cute! They sang to us a cute little folk song. Here is a part of the lyrics. "My heart goes boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang when you are near; boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang loud in my ear. It's such a lovely feeling when I'm in your arms. Don't go away. I wanna stay my whole life through boom bang-a-bang bang close to you." <Mom Note: of course I had to look up the lyrics. It is from a song called 'Boom Bang-a-Bang' sung by Lulu in 1969 in the United Kingdom.>
The wooden rocking horse is actually a wooden rocking LLAMA. Yep, a llama and it was super cool, so Sister Collins and I got pictures with it :)
The cat picture. I took it because I was so envious of it. Just flopped there minding its own business and having a nice lazy day. So not mission life, even on P-Days.
In the next 5 years or so there will be lots of changes and progress in missionary work. Especially when all the missionaries that came out in the wave (October 2012 - December 2013) will be home and eventually starting families and doing member-missionary work. Nashville Tribute even wrote a song about it :)
Only Elders really do anything to celebrate their missionary "markers", burn tie at 6 months, shirt at 1 year, suit coat at 18 months, and a whole suit at 2 years. Sometimes we take silly pictures like the "funeral" one. The pic of the elder laying on the table is his "funeral" since he is "dying" tomorrow (going home after completing his 2 year missionary service).
The iPads...we each have our own iPad-Mini. We keep it for our entire mission and then we can buy it or something at the end I think. Since the OEM (Oregon Eugene Mission) was one of the pilot missions for the iPads we didn't have to buy ours yet. 
In the last District Meeting we talked about being guided by the Spirit and sharing short, but powerful statements on the doorsteps or on the streets. The shining moment was at the end when we had our own little testimony meeting. It was awesome and super Spirit led. We all spoke about the Atonement and our Savior. Even if I don't have anymore people baptized on my mission I am so grateful for the testimony I have gained of my Savior and His Atonement. I'm excited to be able to share it with everyone when I eventually return home. I'd write it down, but I am most certainly not strong in writing :)
District Meeting in Eugene
In Primary, when Sister Collins and I were helping out a few weeks ago, we were helping a member in her Primary class because her co-teacher was sick and not at church. The lesson was on Gratitude and how we have a lot to thank our Heavenly Father for. We made a list on the chalkboard and then had to write our own letter to thank our parents. Sister Collins and I just shared our "gratitude testimonies" and helped keep the kids in line.
I will read "Lord, I Believe" (Elder Holland). "Cast Not Away Therefore Thy Confidence (also Elder Holland) is a very good talk. I read it back in Grants Pass in my early days :)
I really like "We Are the Architects of Our Own Happiness" by Gerald J. Causse. READ IT! IT'S AWESOME!!!
Love you!
Sister Duenas
Say Hi to everyone for me!
Pray always <3
& study the scriptures <3

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