but, then he ended up staying for the entire meeting and completely opening up to us! it was just incredible. he expressed a desire to be baptized into god's true church and felt that he had been deprived his whole life since he was baptized by someone without the priesthood. then he asked us to continue taking the lessons and coming to church. i kid you not, he had a complete 180 degree change from just the day before! and it all came down to how welcomed he felt at church. fellowship is more important than you all think it possibly ccould be! conversion is dependent on if the individual feels comfortable. if they don't feel comfortable, they will not be able to feel the spirit and learn of the truths.
also on sunday, kimberley, which is the step-daughter of a member in the ward came to church as well! we had invited her a few times and she hadn't been able to join us, but this week she was able to come. she really enjoyed it and has expressed an interest. we have dinner at their home on friday and are planning on asking her to take the lessons and learn more. it was so wonderful to have her there though. her stepmom was teaching relief society and had asked us to take ten minutes of the lesson and to teach. so she got to see us teach and her step mom did a wonderful lesson as well. we have become friends with her and have done things with her since my first week of being here, so now it is the transitioning into the lessons! we are so excited to see how this progresses. kimberley is just wonderful and seriously the sweetest girl on earth!
ALSO, coming up. a member from the ward called us to tell us about his barber. his barber is a less active member and whenever he is having a haircut they discuss church. well this amazing member asked his barber if he and his wife would be interested in taking the discussions from the missionaries. they said sure. he told us this story and we were like, "sweet that should be pretty cool," not thinking too much would come from it and he gave us their number. we called them and the wife answered, we explained the situation and said, "oh yes, i am so excited to begin meeting with you!" she is not a member and this basically never happens! so we are starting to meet with her and her less active husband this week. ohmygosh. so much is coming up for us!!!!!!!
to be continued next week! there will be much to follow-up on all of these absolutely wonderful miracles happening in oregon city!
love you all so stinkin' much. keep writing me and praying for me, i definitely love and continually need all of your support. the church is true!
Here are the rest of my pictures that I've just forgotten to post!
oregon city district
canemah park looking over williamette falls
sister stone and i on the hike
oreos from the squires!
sister stone and i with lindsey and serena - both leaving on missions from OC 4th ward
saving money on postage
OC district plus the ZL's
happy one month to me!
sis stone and i
xoxoxoxox- Sister Kerr