how was your thanks giving? was it nice? how many thanksgivings did you have? did you have five? dont do five, your body will be committing mutiny!
also our shower broke so thats fun, they are fixing it now though so that is good!
can i just say how awesome it is to be a missionary? like really in 18 months i do not know how i am going to handle myself! i love being able to comfort people and just help them feel gods love and help them have a desire to change in their lives! its amazing!
yes missionary work is hard, but it is so rewarding and so amazing to just watch people feel the spirit and experience conversion. its really cool! i know that i can do that as a normal human without this rocking tag but still, it will be different!
it is weird thinking that soon i will have been gone from home for 3 months, in ways it feels like i left a day ago, in others, it feels like 2 years ago! i have been growing and maturing so fast here (but dont worry i am still a child at heart) its crazy!
i have a story to tell you from thanksgiving (well i guess two one is spiritual and happy goodness and the other is just like YUP thats me! havent changed a bit! anywho!!)
the spiritual happy one! so a family who has had a really trough time had us over and long story short her strange relation who i am just going to call and aunt was there and was like so what are your beliefs on the trinity? then we explained the Book of Mormon and it was cool!
we were t a members house and they gave us water (like manna here people) and they are a very very funny family, i like them alot! but any who they made me laugh as i was drinking water (yup can you see where this is going?) and not only did some water go up my nose SOME WENT DOWN MY WIND PIPE!!! i WAS LEGIT CHOKING ON WATER!!! yup so i basically died on one of my favorite families chair. but they were cool about it! hes like a seasoned marine and they teach jujitsu and are basically beasts and amazing so they were like CRAP ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO RESUSCITATE SISTER CORDON?
but luckily no, :) i am just a dork! who cant drink water correctly!
the video should be going up on evies youtube channel on the 29th and it should be going on mormon.org sometime just type in i know that my redeemer lives/silent night in youtube and it should come up on that day... it might take some searching, idk no youtube for me :)
any burning questions about arizona, Yes there are cacti yes it somehow is cold here (idk how, yes mom you were right should have brought a jacket and thicker sweaters..)
no made up songs this week, but we are working on a doozy!
also, ITS CHRISTMAS TIME DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS???
IT MEANS CHRITMAS CAROLS AND MUSIC AND JUST FEEL GOODIENESS IN THE AIR
ITS A MAGICAL TIME TO BE A MISSIONARY!!
MERRY EARLY CHRISTMAS!!
love Sister, Sestra, Hermana Cordon!!
us being cute for the video(i look like im crazy....... truth? yes) and a pretty sky
1, We have two overage youth on date for baptism! isnt that exciting!
2, we got in contact with some people who we havent contacted in a while
3, we get to be in a church music video? yup thats right folks! im going to be famous!! so mormon. org (an amazing site) is doing this 25 days of cristmas thingie, and evy abplanalp (ah-pla-nalp) our bishops daughter, is doing one because she is amazing and the church asked her too, and they want us to be walking some investigators (who i have never met because we can never get in with them #miracles) into the church building, and its going to be awesome! so that is going down tomorrow... but idk when the video goes up so watch mormon.org and lds.org through the month of December to see me in missionary action!
4. normally we are not out past 8 but one day we didnt have training hour and we were determined to knock on ten doors. well it was about time to go home, and we had 9 so we thought hey lets go knock on this random door because goals are good! turns out this lady has talked with missionaries before and she also needs help moving! so that is rockin! we had literally tracted an entire street, one lady shook her finger at us through the window after she red our tags untill we left, another might want us to come back, then just this random door! is like yeah i have talked to some of you girls before... and i heard you help move people for free. and we were like YEAH WE DO! so thats cool :)
also, yes we made another song, yes we are dorks, who are obsessed with baptism songs lately DEAL WITH IT :) in a loving way!
can i just say how much god loves us? like really he is pretty cool! he gave me cooler weather when i have been sad (yes cold weather is comforting to me... yes i am weird) he gave me this rocking companion who encourages my crazy (is that a good thing? maybe?) he gave me amazing friends, and family, and an amazing area to serve in. this is my gratitude list (feel free to read it at your family thanksgiving table if you so wish)
-i am grateful for God
-i am grateful for jesus christ and his sacrifice for me individually
_i grateful for arizona
- i am grateful for president and sister wheeler
-i am grateful for the senior couple elder and sister ord
-i am grateful for my housemate missionaries
-i am grateful for my district
- i am grateful for my zone
- i am grateful for magma ranch ward
-i am grateful for the MTC
- i am thankful for my missionary friends (here in gilbert, and abroad)
- i am thankful for my family :)
- i am thankful for eternal families
-i am thankful to my friends back home
-i am grateful for SISTER HENDERSON
-i am grateful for the atonement
-i am grateful to all yall who have been supporting me and reading my crazyness.... thank you for putting up with me:)
-i guess i am just grateful for everything!! (like really i have been blessed with so much and my hands are getting tired from typing :) )
i hope yall have an amazing beautiful week, dont forget to be grateful, dont forget to be humble! roses are red, the book is blue, heres something awesome the church is true!
Heavenly Father loves you, Jesus loves you, i love you, and satan hates your face!
love sister (hermana, sestra, whatever floats your boat) Cordon
we match... for the second day in a row (didnt get a pic of the first) comp unity? we have finally gone crazy? yes... yes to all
it does rain in arizona! see storm clouds!!! see!!
pretty flower (anyone know what it is because its kinda might be my favorite, more pics from the same bush to help in the links in the middle of my letter.. i think its some sort of rose?
once upon a monday, a member of the quorum of the seventy, who spoke in general conference named elder cornish flew to gilbert arizona. he spoke about how to get members to work with us missionaries. and how we should push our cows off cliffs because they are holding us back from progressing. then at lunch. a small little sister missionary, was looking for her companions friends companion so we could all sit together. then elder cornish told her to sit down! so this small green missionary, got to talk with elder cornish! and eat lunch with him and his wife!
it was so cool! and i learned so much! did you know that mission presidents do not hold the priesthood (the authority to act in gods name) for missionary work? just to preside over the missionaries. the priesthood power to accomplish missionary work lays with the stake presidents and the bishops of the areas where we serve. which means that the responsibility lies with the members of the church, missionaries are just the teaching specialists that come in and help (in a perfect world)
so that is pretty cool, he gave us a ton of ways we can work with members! and we are applying alot of it!
God is amazing! Like really! 1 he is our heavenly father, 2 he loves us enough he sent his son to die so that we never have to be alone 3 he loves us despite everything 4 he forgives us! 5 because JESUS CHRIST IS PERFECT 6 he created a perfect plan for us to return to him! 7 AND JESUS CHRIST FULFILLED IT!
so it rained alot here... and we got stuck in the mud... so that was fun, a member came and drug us out!
i know that Jesus christ lives, i know it because i have seen how that knowledge has changed peoples lives, i know it because i have seen him change mine! we met alot of people from other religions this past week, and they are amazing people! they are some of the most christian people i have met! one thing elder cornish reminded us is that we need to serve and love other religions. they have the truth too, they know and love jesus christ too. the only difference between them and us is that we believe we have more to offer. we believe in eternal families, and so much more! we believe that Heavens gates are open. we all believe in the bible, we all believe that jesus christ is our savior, that he suffered and died for us. some say, but you dont have crosses, how can you believe in christ? and its simple, we believe that he lives! i know it because i have a personal relationship with him, he is my best friend (no offense to my other best friends but... hes my savior) i know that he lives, i know that he knows each of us personally, i know that the church of jesus christ is his church restored to the earth. i know the bible and the book of mormon are the word of God, that we can find ways to become more like Him and make it back to live with God again in their pages. i know that only through jesus christ we can be saved. I love the lord, and i know he has each of our backs!
well thats it for this week! have an wonderous week!
sister, hermana, sestra, cordon (what ever you want to call it!)
also, God loves you, I love you, and Satan hates your face!
the elders helping an old man in the rain... i thought it was a cool mission shot!
when i say we were stuck
mud goes everywhere
and car checks are coming!
oh and we also got invited by a catholic friend to go to bible study... so we are going to ask president wheeler if we can go!