Lluvia means Rain! And we had some! It was wet, cloudy, and then muddy. I use to love rainy days back at home, but on the mission I prefer the sun!! Either that or I'm a cali girl.... which is very probable.
This past week is kind of a blur- not sure why (also if I spell words wrong it is because this keyboard has issues with some letters)
we had an FHE with our ward mission leader, a recent convert, and David our investigator! They are from El Salvador and Hermana made pupusas!! (yay!) Then we talked about the restoration and watched the restoration video! It went really well! David is doing so well! More on him in a bit.
Usually every week we have service at a train museum in Perris. It was super muddy after all the rain! We went to this one shelter place and swept up a ton of dust and dirt around this old train cars/cabooses/etc. Super dusty! That day I was on exchanges in Spanish land! Both of the lessons we had that day we could speak mostly English, so that was a bit different for me, but good!
We also celebrated Hermana Padilla's birthday that day! Yay! She has, well now, less than 2 weeks on her mission! Crazy!
we watched President Monson's funeral at a member's house (she is the bomb!). It was neat that we were able to watch it, weird to just jump straight back to teaching right after (weirder that past few days not being able to say while teaching, "and we have a prophet today named Thomas S Monson").
I think I mentioned before the 40 day fast our zone is doing. Last week we fasted from lame church invites (so we wanted to teach the doctrine of keeping the sabbath day holy in every lesson, not just mention in our lessons what time church starts, etc.). It was awesome! We had 3 investigators at church- more about that up ahead. This week we are fasting from music. It is day #2 but it is already hard, haha! But I'm loving listening to talks in the car, but my attention span isn't super long sometimes (especially while driving).
The exchanges I had this week went went! These sisters were doubled-in to their area and have been trying to build it up for the past month. They are finally finding success and discovering what works best in their area. They have been super diligent and now are reaping the rewards of their efforts.
at our blitz I got to be with Hermana Caldes, an hermana who is serving in Lake Elsinore. She was on exchanges w/ the other STL in our zone. But she is also a type 1 diabetic! And she wants to go to BYU and study film! wow! My transfer prediction is that she'll be my next companion (you know what's better than 1 diabetic hermana? 2!!!!!)
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Ok now so some of our investigators:
Margarita was sick for a long time over the holidays but we finally saw her again! She read in the BoM and is in 2 Nephi! Wow! She wants to keep learning and hopefully come to church soon and maybe go to a BoM class us missionaries teach each week.
We finally taught Cesar again! We found him last transfer on exchanges and haven't been able to see him again! His family was taught in Mexico a few years ago. He has been reading in the BoM during his free time at work! How cool! We are hoping to be able to see them more often.
David is doing really well! At first when we started teaching him, he wasn't reading, praying, or going to church. Now he is doing all 3! We had a lesson with him (on exchanges) and brought an awesome couple from the ward! He loves our lessons, said he loved the BoM and when he went to church last week! We had a ride to church all set up for him, but morning he wasn't answering his phone so the ride didn't go. So we were pretty bummed that he wouldn't be there. But at the end of sacrament meeting we turn around and he was here! He borrowed his son's car and came! We are seeing him again tonight!
Then Edgar. Remember him? He is the husband of a recent convert family. We were teaching him but then he didn't want to take the lessons anymore. Well we stopped by morning to teach his nieces and he told us he wanted to start the lessons again! He came to church later on that day! Wow! We saw him last night! He said the first time he took the lessons he just did it for his wife. This time he is doing it for himself. He has some drug issues, but has been clean for 1 week and feels really different- a lot better. He already told us he wants to be baptized! This time he already seems to have a lot more of a desire and a lot more of an ability to learn and understand. It is awesome and a huge miracle! We are excited to keep working with him! He has his whole family supporting him!
Overall that was about it for this past week! This current week will be sin musica, we'll have multi-zones (Sister Mackley and I will be giving a training on Overcoming fear), and normal missionary stuff!
Hope you all have a great week!