Thursday, February 25, 2010

Missionaries Moments

So today started out a little stressful... I went to the dentist to get some teeth fixed. He got to use the laser on me, my first time. It was great I didn't feel a thing. Maybe it was because the whole top of my mouth was numb from the 3, count that THREE shots he gave me. As my wonderful mom came to pay for it we found out that they had a credit on the account (don't know where it came from, but are not asking questions) so it wasn't as much as we thought it was going to be (blessing #1).

Then I had a missed call while at the dentist with a voice mail. It was the sister missionaries. They had an appointment with a male investigator (they didn't know how old he was) and needed another sister there. I called them up and told them I would be able to come. Looking at the clock I had 30 minutes to get cute & meet them down at the Visitor Center. I made it there just in time. And I matched the sisters... we were all wearing red, but not red red but more of a maroon/dark red. The investigator, Jeff, was about my age (so it was a good thing I was there).

We went into this little room with a piano in it. They always start an appointment with a song & prayer. They asked me to play the piano, it was I Am A Child of God. Even though it was just the sisters singing you could already feel the spirit so strong. After the prayer the sisters asked Jeff a little bit about him. He had grown up going to a church & would always come with his family to see the temple lights. He had heard of The Church but didn't know that much about it. He had a good friend that was a member and he had the thought for a long while to come see what the church was about. He came last week to the visitor center and watched the video about President Thomas S. Monson and received a Book of Mormon.

While reading in 3 Nephi chapter 11, the sisters asked him what he was thinking. We had been reading about when Christ appeared to the Nephites in the America's after he was resurrected. Jeff had a feeling right then and there that this was the true church and he loved the fact that the Book of Mormon read and sounded like the Bible. So he knew it had to be true (blessing #2). Because we were short on time, Jeff had to go to work, the sisters asked him to finish reading the chapter. And explained that it talked about baptism and asked him to prepare to be baptized in the next couple of weeks. He said he would, he was excited about it (blessing #3). And that he was going to come to my single's ward on Sunday. I think when I see him I'll sit next to him so that he will know someone. He said the closing prayer and thanked God for sending us into his lives and showing him the truth and answering his prayers (blessing #4).

After he left I was talking to the sister missionaries and they were in shock. They said they were so nervous they didn't want to say anything wrong. He was READY and he was an answer to their prayers. To be able to experience that was... words just can't express. I guess I get a little taste of what my brothers have gone through. It's an amazing thing that these men and women go through to have the faith and conviction to go out and teach the gospel to those that are ready or will be ready. It ended up being a wonderful day. It's a dramatic difference it makes to having the gospel in your life and to have the spirit there as well (blessing #5).

P.S. If you would like to know more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint you can visit the visitor center at the temple or go to www.lds.org

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Enchiladas

Over the weekend my friend Nat made some enchiladas and they were delicious!! So I had to make them for my family. As I was preparing it I had to open some cans, I was a little irritated because our can opener doesn't work for me. Come to find out that the one I was trying to use is broken. My mom showed me the new one and guess what... it's AMAZING!! I love it! It's so easy to use & it won't cut you because there are no sharp edges.

See it cuts the side of the can.

And there are no sharp edges.

This thing is amazing! I'll have to find out where my parent's got it.

I'm thinking I should put up the recipe for the enchiladas. 
Ingredients:
1 yellow onion (chopped & cooked)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can olives
4 chicken breasts (cubed & cooked)
1 bunch cilantro (I didn't put this in the one I made because we don't like it)
1 can green chili enchilada sauce (pictured above)
tortillas
cheese

Combine all ingredients except tortillas & cheese and about 1/4 cup enchilada sauce. Get a 9x13 glass pan put a little bit of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan so that the tortillas don't stick. First layer is tortilla, tear them in half so that you can cover more surface area. Second layer is the combined ingredients (filling), third layer is cheese. Repeat once. On top put a layer of tortillas, enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake in the oven @ 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Let it cool for a while it will be hot.

Hope you all enjoy it. P.S. It tends to be a little bit spicier the next day after it has set awhile.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A trip to the airport...

This morning when it was still dark outside I got up with the rest of the family and went to the airport. Zach was ordained an Elder last night and was leaving to go to the Provo MTC (Mission Training Center) today. We spent the last little bit with Zach watching him eat breakfast and reminiscing about the good times with him. There were three other missionaries and their families there seeing them off as well. One thing that was amazing to experience, there was a Tongan who is going to Brazil just like Zach. About 10-15 of his friends and family stood infront of him and did the Haka. It was I can't explain it... they drew a croud and I got super excited. I even teared up a little bit. Then we took pictures with Zach right before he went through security. I got a hug first so that I wouldn't cry. Then Jenny went & cried for all of us! Good thing his tie was water resistant. As he was walking away it hit me that Zach really was leaving for 2 years.

 
Check-In
Breakfast!

The Haka

The parents

Zachy & his sisters

Leaving

The house was really quiet today. We will miss him.