Jan. 23rd 2017 – Best year by far

Hello my beautiful family and friends!
This week was awesome!
We had Zone Conference in Medford this week. It was incredible. It was
mainly focused on repentance, and how we can help our investigators
with addiction recovery. It was incredibly powerful.

So the first presidency have changed the way we do exchanges! Instead
of splitting up into different wards, we are all in the leader’s area,
and we split up in the leader’s ward for the 24-hour period. And then
we all sleep in the leader’s apartment as well. So we had a sleepover
with the sisters! It was a good time. And in the mornin’, I was makin’
waffles. 😂

So last week, Ty and David walked into church! David is a member and
Ty is not. And David is from Mesa aayyy 👋🏻. We asked Ty if she was
wanting to learn more about our church and she said yes! We gave them
our card and told them to call us if they needed anything. She calls
us and we set up a lesson to teach her!! We met her where she told us
to meet her… Rogue Roasters. A coffee shop. ☕️😂 it was such an
Oregonian place. It was like an epiphany of my mission. We gave her a
Book of Mormon and set up a lesson to teach her in a member’s home
after church the next day. The lesson was INCREDIBLE. The spirit was
amazingly strong. I asked her towards the end, “What would it mean to
you if this was true?” And she said, “I already know it’s true.”
What?! It was so cool! She continued to say how she knows God lead her
here and she knows this is true because she felt God’s hand on her
shoulder the entire time she was at church. I then asked her if she
would follow the example of her Savior Jesus Christ, and be baptized
be someone holding the priesthood authority of God! And she accepted!!
She’s on date to be baptized February 25th!! I love that girl. I am so
happy for her. She’s awesome.

I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of me. I am
eternally grateful. I love each of you so much! I love my mission! I
am so grateful for this time that my Heavenly Father has allotted me
to be a full-time missionary in the Oregon Eugene Mission. I have
grown to love the people here as I have served them. I know my
Heavenly Father loves me and He loves each of his children
individually. I know without a doubt that my mission is called of God.
I was called and have served in Klamath Falls, Springfield, Coquille,
Creswell, and Grants Pass to teach certain people. I have loved
serving my Savior. I know this is His work. I know that He lives!

I love you all! I’ll see you tomorrow! Bet’cha didn’t expect that.
Lol. My migraines have no chill. And no doctors have figured anything
out.
With so much love,
Sister Dobbins

Last pic with sister Alldredge! Pic with Aredelia! Pic with Art! And
the last one is with Ty!

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Jan. 16th 2017 – The Promised Land

This week though 👌🏼
So during our weekly planning, we are very precise and particular. We
plan for every 15 minutes of every day. We know exactly what we will
be doing. We prayerfully and very carefully plan. We pray for guidance
and direction and we pray that our Heavenly Father will lead us in the
direction of where He needs us. So here’s where Pia comes in…

Monday night, we were eating dinner with the Morrison family in our
Ward. Brother Morrison was telling us about an experience they had
earlier that day. Pia is a friend of their’s who isn’t a member of the
church. She was over at their house for lunch that day. She was having
a super hard time, and she poured her heart out to them. Brother
Morrison offered her a priesthood blessing. She accepted. In the
blessing he assured her that God loves her and He’s aware of her.
Brother Morrison said it was an incredible experience for her. He told
us her name was Pia. And we were like, “What is her last name?!?!” And
it turns out that this same Pia is in our area book, and she was in
our plans for us to see her that very evening. Crazy stuff! We went
over to her house and asked her about her experience having a
blessing. She loved knowing and feeling of God’s love for her. We told
the story, and how it was no coincidence how we met her that night.
She was in tears. She was so grateful that we listened to the Lord.

So we met with Art again! First off, in the morning of Art’s lesson,
we were prompted to put our hymn books in our bags. HE’S SO COOL!! We
read Joseph Smith’s testimony in the beginning of the Book of Mormon
with him. He loooved it. He was like, “How could anyone make this
up?!” Lol. Love that guy. Art has been going through a lot. He kept
saying how he knows God sent us to him. He kept saying how he needs to
find peace and direction, and he knows he can find it, he knows he’s
on the right path. He told us so much that’s going on his life. It’s
so sad. We decided to pull out our hymn books. We opened up to hymn
#124 Be Still My Soul. And we sang it for him. He was so grateful. It
was exactly what he needed to hear, and it brought such a beautiful
spirit that touched his heart. It changed his life. It wasn’t us
singing, it was angels.

We met with Aredelia!! We taught her the Plan of Salvation. Love it.
And she loved it!!! It was a great lesson. She said, “the celestial
kingdom is definitely the goal!” Wahoo!!! I’m so grateful for the Plan
of Salvation. I am so grateful for the knowledge that we will live
after this life and that we can be with our families for eternity!

So many miracles are happening in Grants Pass. We are so blessed to be
serving here!! It’s so cool to be here! This pic is just a selfie of
us tracting, doing a zone blitz after district meeting! We found 3 new
investigators! 👍🏻 Sister Alldredge, Sister Fjerstad, Sister Roach,
and I!

Love you!
Love,
Sister Dobbins

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January 9, 2017 – Survived a blizzard

This week was incredible!
We had to drive to Eugene for a meeting. And the weather was
ridiculous!!!! We had to leave at 5 AM, and then we didn’t get home
until 8:30 PM. We were driving over the passes at the worst times of
the storm. It was so snowy and the roads were scary. President Russell
called us like every 30 minutes to check up on Sister Alldredge and I.
I said, “We’re good. We have a blanket and a box of Cheez-Itz.” He
replied, “….that’s scary Sisters.” Lol. We got home safely.

We had Zone Training Meeting on Friday! Love that stuff. We focused on
the power of the Book of Mormon, goals, how to prepare to teach, and
many other good things. I love ZTM because it’s a great time to get
together as a zone to discuss the needs of our investigators, and
discuss what our leaders feel our mission needs. President called us
the night before ZTM. “Sister Dobbins! You have a chiropractor’s
appointment tomorrow. He can get you in sometime tomorrow, but we
won’t know what time until tomorrow morning. You will be going to it
no matter what time it is at. If it’s during ZTM then Sister Alldredge
will teach your segment by herself and Sister Dobbins will go to the
appointment!” It was stressful. Lol. Then Friday morning we find out
that the appointment is at the ending part of the meeting. So we got
to teach our segment and then we left early! Haha. But then the
chiropractor appointment sucked. I was super sore afterwards. I felt
like I got in a car accident.

Friday we got to meet a couple of awesome peeps! We knocked on
Patricia’s door and set up a lesson for the next day. Then we saw her
neighbor smoking outside and decided to say hi! His name is Art. He’s
a fellow native so we bonded. We gave him a Book of Mormon and set up
a lesson for the next day. So we go back, AND IT WAS THE MOST SOLID
LESSON EVER. We had a wonderful discussion about how the Book of
Mormon can bless his life. He opened up and told us his trials. We
promised him that the Book of Mormon can bring peace into his life. He
is so humble and open minded to learning about how the Book of Mormon
can bless him. We invited him to say the prayer at the end. He said,
“Yeah, I better do that.” And he prayed right then and there and asked
his father in heaven to reveal the truth to him. It was incredible.
I’m so excited to continue to teach him!

And then we met with Patricia! Basically the same thing happened with
her….. haha! She’s been through so much in her life.  So she’s soooo
open to learning how this gospel can help her. Her prayer at the end
was beautiful. She was so personal with her Heavenly Father. She knows
He is there. She has so much faith. It’s incredible!!

We met with Noah! He’s the 12 year old who came to church! We talked
to him about the Book of Mormon as well. Love that book. We invited
him to read and pray about it. Then when we saw him at church the next
day, we asked him about how his reading and his prayer went! He said
he prayed to Heavenly Father and asked him to show him where the gold
plates are. That little stinker! Lol. Love that kid.

I came up with a beautiful pun: Sister Alldredge and I made cute
little cards for each Zone member, to get ’em pumped, with my favorite
quote on them. They said “Get on your knees and pray, then get on your
feet and work.” -President Gordon B. Hinckley and it also said “DONUT
give up” and guess what we gave them donuts. Doesn’t get any better
than that.

I love you all. You are all beautiful and wonderful!
Love,
Sister Dobbins

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January 2, 2017 – White New Year’s Day!

We didn’t get a white Christmas but this is what we got. We literally
got a white New Year’s Day!! Hahaha it’s been snowing! It’s so
beautiful and magical and I’m not even that cold! It’s glorious. But
I’ve also been super sick. Sister Alldredge and I have been DYING in
the apartment. The smallest of tasks were EXHAUSTING. The entire week
was super rough. But today we’re feeling basically better! And we were
able to play in the snow. #blessings

So we have an investigator, Noah, who is 12. And he’s been on lockdown
because he got in trouble at school. So he hasn’t been able to meet
with missionaries or go to church for like ever! But now he’s
ungrounded! And he came to church!! He’s an awesome kid. I’m excited
to teach him!

Seriously not much happened. We’ve been so sick. Sorry for the short
email. Some of the pics are from the other sisters in the zone, they
came over this morning to drop off their laundry, and we came outside
and they had drawn all over our bridge and car! Love those cuties, and
love this snow!

I love you all. Hope you have a fantastic week!
What are your goals for the new year?
Love,
Sister Dobbins

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