December 26, 2016 – White Christmas

Christmas was WONDERFUL! I got to go to church, eat yummy food, spend
quality time with good people, AND SKYPE THE BEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET EARTH: THE DOBBINS GANG. Love those guys. It was incredible being able
to see their faces, hear them laugh, and see them cry. I love them so
much!! I am sooo grateful for this gospel and that I am able to be
sealed to my family for time and for all eternity! And I am so
grateful for the opportunity to be in Grants Pass, Oregon, spreading
Jesus Christ’s gospel so families can be with each other for eternity.
It’s amazing. And incredibly rewarding. I love it!

So this week was awesome, still seeing tons of great miracles. 👍🏻
love it here!
Also, we totally didn’t get a white Christmas. It was a nice day out
though! Haha, I did take a picture with some snow though. 😂

Anyway, I love this gospel! I know Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know
that HE LIVES! I know that through Jesus Christ we can become healed
from sorrow, sin, sadness, guilt, and shame, etc. It is through the
Atonement that we can have hope.

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas! Happy New Year!! Be safe! I love you!
Love,
Sister Dobbins

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And hey, zone conference was on Tuesday and it was awesome!!!! For part of it, President showed us this cool video!! You should see it. It’s ‘the test: you knew what I was when you picked me up’.
You knew what I was when you picked me up – click to follow the link
It was cool. Also I got called on to speak, out of like 40 missionaries, hahahahaha. Fun stuff! It was another talk about the Savior! Here’s my outline. It’s jumbled and disorganized.

Zone Conference Talk……….

Jesus Christ’s life: he was perfect and full of love.

We can come to know him in our heart by striving to become like Him.

  • Moroni 7:46-47 charity is the pure love of Christ. Lately, when I think of the word charity, I think of #Light the World! We had a miraculous experience sharing the video with someone. He was probably in his 20’s. We OYM’d him. He was super into it!! It was incredible. He said things like, “Yeah!” “That’s what’s I’m talkin’ about!” He was so grateful to us for sharing the video to him. We had a great conversation with him afterwards. He loved the video because it showed people showing Christlike love to others. He had such strong faith in his savior and in the pure love of Christ. As we were talking to him, I realized that the way he came to know his savior Jesus Christ, is by striving to be like him.
  • When I think of Jesus Christ’s life, I think of all the amazing miracles he performed. All of the people he healed. I think of his humility, his patience, and most of all, His love for everyone.
  • Matt 26:39 I learn from this because Jesus Christ was in so much pain. And he didn’t just say, “get me out of this, I give up.” He submitted His will to His Father. I know that as we remind ourselves of this, and humble ourselves, we can come to know Jesus Christ in our hearts.
  • Sheep, Shepherds, and Sheepherders: James R. Ross> “Have you ever seen a sheepherder in one of our western mountain canyons directing the sheep? He is usually at the rear of the flock, slouched down on his horse, sound asleep. And doing the work are half a dozen small dogs yapping and barking at the heels of the sheep. He is a sheepherder. A few months ago in Munich, Germany, I saw a true shepherd. There he was with staff in hand, singing, walking in front of his flock; and the flock followed behind him. When he turned to the left, the sheep turned to the left; when he went to the right, they went to the right. There were no dogs barking at the heels of his sheep. They indeed knew their shepherd and were following the pathway he took.”
  • I want to liken this to ourselves.
  • D&C 58:26-29> be anxiously engaged in a good cause.
  • As we are striving to be charitable, are we doing it as a shepherd? Or are we slothful like a sheepherder? We need to be striving to be like the savior, our shepherd.
  • John 10:1-15> parable of the lost sheep
  • “When a sheepherder finds a lost sheep, he sends it back to the flock with a swift kick and angry words, unmindful of why it was lost, what injuries it may have suffered as a result, and the difficulties it might have in rejoining the flock after being separated for a period of time. The shepherd treats the sheep very differently. And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders rejoicing.” (Luke 15:5.)

Love,

Sister Dobbins

December 19, 2016 – Miracles on Miracles

This week though 👌🏼
We’ve seriously seen sooo many miracles! Our every action has been so
spirit led. Sister Alldredge and I are killing it! Haha!

So we were sitting in the car deciding what to do, and we decided to
get out and walk to a less active member’s house. We started going,
and decided to take a different turn to go see someone else. When we
got there we then decided not to see them and to turn around. When we
turned around, about 20 feet away, a man was crossing the street
coming right towards us. We stopped him and started talking to him! We
asked him if he wanted to see the 2.5 min Christmas video we were
sharing and he said he didn’t have time. We just kept talking though.
He had met with missionaries before and stopped because he moved. We
ended up talking to him about our unique message for about half an
hour! It was incredible! His name is Frank. It was such a miracle that
we ran into him!

We went to contact 3 different people in the same general area. 3
potential investigators. One ended up being on their way to work, one
moved out, and one was too busy with the holidays and we were told
they weren’t home. So we looked around, and decided to knock on this
door. And Tim answered. He let us right in! His grandma, Sheila,
accepted the invitation to watch the Christmas #LightTheWorld video
and loved it! We introduced the restored gospel and asked if she’d be
interested in learning more, she said yes, so we taught her right then
and there! It was truly amazing. We gave her a Book of Mormon and told
her that if she read from it and sincerely prayed to know if it was
true, God would answer her prayer. I’m so excited to meet with her
next and see how her reading and praying went. It was totally spirit
led that we knocked on her door.

We were trying to contact a less active member of our Ward. And
Arelania answered and told us that she doesn’t know who that is and
she doesn’t live there anymore. So we told her who we are  and what we
do! And we shared the Christmas video because it’s so flippin’
awesome! And she looooved it! We gave her an intro to the Book of
Mormon, and we’re meeting with her to teach her the first lesson
tonight!

Okay there’s more! So we went to contact this woman, and she wasn’t
home. We turned around and looked at the rest of her apartment complex
for a second. I said, “let’s knock on that door.” Sister Alldredge
said, “I was gonna say that too.” So when we knocked on her door, we
knew someone prepared was behind it. A woman named Inez answered. She
let us in immediately. She has a strong faith in Christ. We had a
wonderful discussion about the savior and his gospel. We stayed for
about an hour!!

We were walking down the street and ran into a man walking his dog.
His name is Ronny. He was probably in his 20’s. He was suuuper nice
and super cool! He had a huge beanie covering his huge dreads. Haha.
He was super Oregonian! Lol. It was super cool as he was watching the
video, he kept saying how amazed he was. He said things like, ‘that’s
what I’m talkin’ about!!!’ He loved seeing in the video how others are
so Christlike. Haha! It was so cool. Love that guy.

This week has definitely set off this transfer to be miraculous. It was
awesome to see how the spirit led us to so many people who were ready
to hear the gospel. I love this work. I love my savior. I love seeing
people smile and rejoice as they see the #lighttheworld video. He is
the light of the world. And we are the light of the world.
Merry Christmas! I love you all!
Love,
Sister Dobbins

ps.. and we talked in sacrament meeting this week. 🙂

sacrament-talk-12-18-16 – click to open

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December 12, 2016 – Creswell to Beacon Hill

And I’m out of Creswell!!! I’ll miss it so much! Elders are taking
over Creswell. No more Sisters there! It seems like I should be sad,
but Sister Van Leuven and I feel really good about it. There’s someone
in a Creswell that they need to find! I was sooo tempted to leave at
apartment trashed. I’ve pink washed into elders areas almost my whole
mission, and everytime, without fail, the apartment was disgusting.
But I decided to be a good soul. We left it great.

It ended up NOT snowing in Creswell! But it got icy, so it was scary!

I am definitely looking forward to being here in a Beacon Hill! It’s
in Grants Pass. So far it’s a nice place. It’s colder than Creswell.
Wahoo! And apparently Dutch Bros was founded here, in Grants Pass. So
that’s pretty legit. They’re everywhere! I’ve heard wonderful things
about the Ward. I already love my companion, Sister Alldredge. She’s
from Herriman, Utah. We live in the cutest little cottage. We have to
walk over a bridge over a creek to get to it. So beautiful.

I love you all, I hope you have a fabulous week!!

Love,
Sister Dobbins

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December 5th, 2016 – Too cold

Hello!!!
Literally not much happened this week. We’re still teaching Sissy and
Echo. They’re awesome! Love those girls. Sorry not too much to report
on.

We tracted a lot, but didn’t have much success. We talked to this guy,
and as we turned to leave, I rolled my ankle and almost fell and it
was super embarrassing. But on the plus side… we knocked on this
lady’s door and she asked if we’re Mormons. And then she said, “Oh I
have one of your Book of Mormons and I’ve kept it for so long. I’ve
figured one of you would come by and I could give it to you.” And she
comes back with this suuuuuuper old Book of Mormon!!! It was so
awesome!!! It was sad that she didn’t want it anymore. But the coolest
gift ever!!!!!!!!! The things missionaries get excited about. 😂 haha.

So we go to contact this guy to show him the #LIGHTtheWORLD video.
Brad loved it! He thought it was so amazing. And he shared what he
thought. Earlier that day he heard something similar on the radio. A
man was talking about how his son had died, and the only thing that
gives him comfort is serving others. It touched Brad’s heart so much.
And when we showed him the Christmas video about being like Christ,
and serving others this Christmas season, he was amazed! It was a
miracle that we were able to see him at the right time and show him
the video that day! The Lord truly does prepare the people. Love it.

It’s getting cold here in Creswell. It’s beautiful! But I am
freezing!! Haha. It’s supposed to snow this week. Not too excited. I’m
going to be frozen.

I hope you are all doing well. I love you! Have a great week!
Love,
Sister Dobbins

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November 28, 2016 – #LIGHTtheWORLD

The most amazing video came out the day after Thanksgiving on Mormon.org! It is a Christmas video! I love it so much because it paints a beautiful picture of how we are the Lord’s hands here on this earth. It shows the Savior’s perfect example of service and love. And we can be just like Him this Christmas season. We have been showing this video to everyone we see! I love seeing what people think of it, the results are amazing. We taught a primary class yesterday at church. We sat there with all of the primary kids in sharing time as they turned out the lights and turned on the TV. It was the video! It was a different experience for me, seeing it from a different perspective with these little children. Then after the video, the children were asked, “How did you feel while watching this?” One little girl, probably 6 years old, said that her heart felt warm as she watched Jesus help people. It made her want to help people because Jesus loves them. One kid said he felt happy because he loves Jesus so much. It was such a blessing to be in primary with these cute kids! Their testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ strengthened mine. I know that He lives and He loves us! We can show that we love him by serving our fellow men. Go to Mormon.org and find out how! https://www.mormon.org/
So a former investigator texted us this week. And she asked us to come back and start teaching her!! Uhhh miracle! Literally every missionary’s dream right there. So we go meet her, she’s super cool, and she wants her and her kids to be baptized! She knows the church is true. She wants her kids to grow up in this solid foundation. Her name is Echo. She has a few things holding her back but we are here to help her. As we were teaching her, her children’s father walked in and he is interested in taking the lessons too! So cool! I’m excited to see how this goes! His name is Doug.
So yesterday I hear Sister Van Leuven from the other room… “Uhhh, Sister Dobbins! My thumb is stuck in an ornament! I don’t know if it’s bleeding!” Lololol I go out there and there’s literally and ornament on her thumb. We just look at it and crack up for a few minutes. She ended up being fine but it was hilarious and scary!
I love you all! Have a fantastic week!

Love,
Sister Dobbins

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November 21, 2016 – Adam’s DUNKED

This week was incredible!!!!!
I went on exchanges and I was in the Eugene YSA Ward with Sister
Nowell for Friday and Saturday. We went tracting Friday evening and
met this girl. We immediately ask her if she has a belief in Jesus
Christ. She says, “I consider myself a “Nialiss”. No idea how to spell
it!!! “It’s pretty cold outside. Do you want to come inside and I’ll
tell you?” So we go in. She tells us that she used to have severe
depression. She told God that he needed to show her, in the next 48
hours, a reason to live or she would take her life. In those hours she
came to the realization that there isn’t a god, she didn’t need a
reason to live, and there is no purpose in life. She decided not to
kill herself because she came to the realization that she was willing
to live with that perspective. It broke my heart, and my body ached as
this child of God told us this. I couldn’t understand how someone
could live with the perspective of having absolutely no purpose in
life, and no reason to be on earth. As she spoke to us, all I could
feel was how I needed to testify to her of her Heavenly Father’s love
for her. I did just that. It was remarkable as I did this because at
that moment, I saw her in God’s eyes. I felt extreme love for this
girl whom I had just met. I was able to see her how her Heavenly
Father sees her, and testify to her of how much love He has for her.
It touched her, and she was grateful to have us in her home. We stayed
for about an hour and a half just answering questions she had. Before
we left we asked if we could come back again. And she said it depended
on the context. When we told her that we wanted to teach her about the
after-life, she said that would be really fascinating. It was amazing!
Such a miracle. Being a missionary is incredible.

Another incredible moment: Adam got baptized yesterday!!!!! I love
that guy. He’s so wonderful. It was a beautiful baptism!! Adam is so
cool. I love being able to watch people progress. I am so blessed to
be teaching the people here in Oregon.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!! 🦃🍁🍽 My fav holiday. At least I will
be spending it away only once! Haha.

I love you all ❤️
Love,
Sister Dobbins

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November 14, 2016 – All is swell in Creswell

Hey!!
I am in Creswell! I love it. It is a cute little town! Oregon is so
beautiful this time of year! And I absolutely love Sister Van Leuven!
She’s amazing! We have so much fun together! And there is tons of
amazing work to do here in Creswell.

We are teaching two totally solid people. One of them is Adam. He’s
50. He has been meeting with missionaries since the spring. He is
dating an LDS woman and he went to her home for Thanksgiving, and was
astonished by the atmosphere. No drinking, no fighting, just love and
good company. Haha. Well he came to church and he told the bishop that
he wanted to be baptized! And he has come a long way. He is getting
baptized this Sunday!! Wahoo!!! So exciting!

And George!!! He’s so awesome!!! He is on date for baptism as well. He
is so cool. He is struggling with coffee and smoking, but he is
progressing and has so much faith! He is trying to have the worlds
biggest gum sculpture, so he is always chewing gum. I’ll attach a pic.
He doesn’t exactly know how big it needs to be but he’s just working
on it.

So we live with nonmembers. On one half of their house. It’s a cute old place!

So I read and loved this scripture:
2 Nephi 33:1 And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were
taught among my people; neither am I mighty in writing, like unto
speaking; for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the
power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of
men.

And I pondered this and found some awesome words from Elder David A. Bednar!

“Nephi teaches us, ‘when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost
the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth [the message] unto the hearts of
the children of men’. Please notice how the power of the Spirit
carries the message UNTO but not necessarily INTO the heart. A teacher
can explain, demonstrate, persuade, and testify, and do so with great
spiritual power and effectiveness. Ultimately, however, the content of
a message and the witness of the Holy Ghost penetrate into the heart
only if a receiver allows them to enter”.

I love this!! We need to allow our hearts to accept the teachings of
the Holy Ghost.
I love you all. Have a great week!!
Love,
Sister Dobbins

Attached are pics of sister Van Leuven and I, and I hit my 9-month
mark so we took a pic (barf I’m half way), us and our house, and
George and his gross/cool/idk gum sculpture

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November 7, 2016 – Coquille to Creswell

Today I am transferring to Creswell! I can’t believe it, because I
just got here!!!! But I am looking forward to it! It will be amazing,
I know it. I will definitely miss many people here, and especially
Sister Persson. LOVE HER!

This past week we had a meeting in Eugene with half of our mission. It
was awesome. President gave us a sneak peak of the Christmas
Initiative! It is an amazing video. You will love it when it comes
out. It made me tear up. It is so sweet. Speaking of tearing up….
President Russell talked about becoming a self-master. And he showed
us a clip from Mulan!!! It was like Christmas! It was so wonderful
getting to watch part of a movie. Lol. But it truly was amazing. He
showed us the part where they sing, “Be a Man”. AND IT WAS SO
INSPIRING. While watching that clip and reminding yourself, that you
are a child of God, you are capable of doing hard things, and with the
help of your Savior you can do anything, the spirit will testify to
you that Mulan is a boss. It was truly an amazing experience. I
absolutely loved and will never forget it. Go watch that!! And never
forget it.

This week was awesome. We met Angie a few weeks back while doing
service, and we actually ended up tracting into her! Perks of being in
the smallest town ever. And she invited us back!! But not to have a
solid lesson, but to just show her a quick video about Jesus Christ.
Well we go back and she says, “oh Sisters did you get my message?” We
didn’t. But she invites us in and we give her a message, and we end up
talking and answering her super solid questions for an hour and a
half! We leave and we listen to her voicemail and it said, “I’m not
feeling up for company tonight so please don’t come over.” Wow. It is
such a blessing that we didn’t listen to her message. Lesson learned,
throw away your phone. Angie is amazing. She has so much potential. I
am so sad that I’m leaving her! I’ll miss her. She’s awesome.

I love you all! I hope you have a wonderful week!!!!!
Love,
Sister Dobbins

Coquille Crew: Sister Persson, Me, Elder Johnson, Elder Green

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October 31, 2016 – Rain fo’ days

Happy Halloween!!!!!!! 🎃
This week was fantastic! We got caught in the rain ☔️ many many times
and I found out that my boots are not waterproof. So that’s awesome.
On the plus side at least my feet won’t be hot!!

On Friday we had the privilege of meeting an extraordinary woman. She
is going through an extremely rough time that I cannot comprehend. Her
husband was ill and he gave up and committed suicide. She was even
home when he did it. She feels so guilty and it was sad hearing what
she’s going through. We shared our favorite message with her. The
‘Because of Him’ video. It is because of our savior Jesus Christ that
we can overcome such horrible trials such as these. We can lean on the
Savior when we feel like we cannot stand. It is because of Jesus
Christ that our guilt can become peace and our sorrows can become joy.
Our Savior suffered for us, and He lives!

John and Casey, back in Springfield, got baptized!! I love them
soooooo much!!!! And in a year, they can be sealed in the temple! Love
it. They are so wonderful. I got to skype them before they got
baptized! I miss them so much!! It was great talking to them for a
bit. I sure love those guys!!!

President Russell had us study a talk in preparation for a special
meeting this Wednesday. It was phenomenal talk! It is The Power of
Self-Mastery by President James E. Faust. He talks about having
willpower to become who we know we can become. We only battle
ourselves. It’s only us stopping us from becoming the greatest person
that we can be.
“Self-mastery is a challenge for every individual. Only we can control
our appetites and passions. Self-mastery cannot be bought by money or
fame. It is the ultimate test of our character. It requires climbing
out of the deep valleys of our lives and scaling our own Mount
Everests.” Love it! Go read that talk!! It is from the April 2000
General Conference.

We also got to watch the Studio C Face to Face!! Love those guys. It
is so funny and awesome, yet so spiritual and inspiring. It was a real
tear jerker. Y’all should watch it for family home evening tonight if
you haven’t seen it!!!! I loved it! Studio C is a clean comedy group
and they’re amazing and I love them. The Face to Face is a live
interview. It’s in the Gospel Library. You’ll love it! 😀

I love you all!!! Hope you all have a happy Halloween!! Be safe!!!!

Love,
Sister Dobbins

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October 24, 2016 – He is Risen

Hello!
We got to go to the Medford temple on Wednesday. It was marvelous. I
love that place so much! It is so amazing that we are able to feel so
close to our Heavenly Father while in the temple. I wish I could go
more often. I am so grateful for temples on this earth, that we are
able to be sealed with our families for eternity. Marriage doesn’t end
at death. It isn’t ’til death do you part.’ We are sealed together for
time and for all eternity. We will be together in this life and in the
next. I am so grateful for that knowledge. My family means the world
to me. And that is why I am on a mission. I leave my family for 18
months, so others can be with theirs for eternity.

We went on exchanges this week! I was in North Bend with Sister Santa
Maria, and we were on bikes! It was a fun change!! I miss mountain
biking!! So it was awesome getting back on a bike again. We used the
zone leaders bikes and helmets. Haha. They had law of chastity
pamphlets in their helmets to help with helmet hair, and also so the
law of chastity is always on their mind. Lol.

I’ve been studying the words of our beloved prophet Thomas S. Monson.
We are so blessed to have a prophet on the earth today. Here is a
story from his talk in the April 2010 General Conference:
“I will mention just part of one such account. Two weeks ago I
received a touching letter from a father of seven who wrote about his
family and, in particular, his son Jason, who had become ill when 11
years of age. Over the next few years, Jason’s illness recurred
several times. This father told of Jason’s positive attitude and sunny
disposition, despite his health challenges. Jason received the Aaronic
Priesthood at age 12 and “always willingly magnified his
responsibilities with excellence, whether he felt well or not.” He
received his Eagle Scout Award when he was 14 years old.
Last summer, not long after Jason’s 15th birthday, he was once
again admitted to the hospital. On one of his visits to see Jason, his
father found him with his eyes closed. Not knowing whether Jason was
asleep or awake, he began talking softly to him. “Jason,” he said, “I
know you have been through a lot in your short life and that your
current condition is difficult. Even though you have a giant battle
ahead, I don’t ever want you to lose your faith in Jesus Christ.” He
said he was startled as Jason immediately opened his eyes and said,
“Never!” in a clear, resolute voice. Jason then closed his eyes and
said no more.
His father wrote: “In this simple declaration, Jason expressed
one of the most powerful, pure testimonies of Jesus Christ that I have
ever heard. … As his declaration of ‘Never!’ became imprinted on my
soul that day, my heart filled with joy that my Heavenly Father had
blessed me to be the father of such a tremendous and noble boy. … [It]
was the last time I heard him declare his testimony of Christ.”
Although his family was expecting this to be just another routine
hospitalization, Jason passed away less than two weeks later. An older
brother and sister were serving missions at the time. Another brother,
Kyle, had just received his mission call. In fact, the call had come
earlier than expected, and on August 5, just a week before Jason’s
passing, the family gathered in his hospital room so that Kyle’s
mission call could be opened there and shared with the entire family.
In his letter to me, this father included a photograph of Jason in
his hospital bed, with his big brother Kyle standing beside the bed,
holding his mission call. This caption was written beneath the
photograph: “Called to serve their missions together–on both sides of
the veil.””

It is such a sweet story. I know that it is because of the Savior that
Jason will live again. His family found comfort in a time of grief
because of this gospel. Our savior Jesus Christ provided a way for
each of us to return to our Heavenly Father. We are able to overcome
physical death. We will live again! And we are able to be with our
families for eternity! I love this gospel so much and I’m so grateful
to be sharing it on my mission!

I love you all, I hope you have a wonderful week!!

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