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!
Sister Dobbins

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