Hope everything is going well for everyone!
Craziness! I hit 1 year in the mission! That doesn't seem real at all? The time really does fly by! Weird to think 1 year ago I walked into the MTC. It really has been 1 amazing year! A year of a lot of laughs, smiles, learning, and growth. But I love it and wouldn't change it for anything. And I have 6 more months to work hard! Time to get back to work!
But here is what happened this past week:
Antonio- we talked with him again about the Word of Wisdom and helped him realize the real question is if Joseph Smith was a prophet. And that knowledge comes by reading the Book of Mormon, which he hasn't been doing very much. So we told him that is what he needs to do. We have seen him since, but he texted one day saying he read and it was beautiful. We'll see what'll happen!
Our ward mission leader and his wife the relief society president gave us this referral a while back, and we taught 2 of them for the first time 2 weeks ago. This past week we got in again and taught the rest of the older kids. The Gonzalez family! They have a lot of potential! It was weird, part way through the lesson one of the sons and his girlfriend walked in and sat in on the lesson. At first the girlfriend seemed pretty opposed, talking about the pope a lot. But by the end we taught about the Book of Mormon and that it was written by people in the Americas. The girlfriend thought that was really interested and asked for one. We talked with the mom after the lesson and she wants to keep learning, she wants to go to church and see what it is like, and says that baptism is a goal she has. Lots of potential! Fast forward- the mom came to church ! And afterwards she asked for a priesthood blessing! She stayed for the second hour and said she felt peace and felt very welcome! It went so well! We're excited to see them !
we had multizones! yay! We went to Moreno Valley and were w/ the MoVal zone and the Mnt Rubidoux zone. A lot of missionaries I have served with in the past were there, which was a lot of fun. There were a lot of Spanish missionaries there too! Basically it was a party. I played the flute for a musical number and it went pretty well! It was a very good multizone! The Hammons are great- super loving and just sincerely want to help each and every missionary. The trainings were great and were super needful. There are like 8 or so elders going home , and like 6 of them were in our multizone so we got to hear 6 outgoing testimonies. It was a great day all in all!
|The La Sierra zone!|
a missionary serving from our ward came home and so there was a welcome home party . Good food and fun to be with the ward. Everyone was so happy- but nobody more happy than the mother of the elder, haha. She has been so excited for this day for the past month! he gave his homecoming talk and an Hermana who used to serve here and reactivated the elder also talked (Hna Castrellon).
Church was a little crazy! we called some of our investigators to invite them to church, etc. Chaba said he couldn't come because he was going to a festival or something. But morning he called asking if we could find a ride to church for him! This amazing recent convert Hermano picked him up. At first when church started, we looked back and nobody that we are teaching was there. But at the end we looked back, saw the Mom of the Gonzalez family, Chaba, and a returning less active hermana who just moved into the ward and her family, including her nonmember boyfriend! So we stayed pretty busy during church!
|When you call Chaba and then he plays you a song|
night we went on splits and I went to one of my favorite hermanas in the ward. She doesn't have a car so sometimes we go on splits with her and help her do her visiting teaching. There is an hermana in our ward who has had cancer for a few years. A few weeks ago she was in and out of the hospital, but this past week they put her in hospice. So we went to see her quickly. Super sad- oxygen tubes and all. She seemed really tired and weak, but her family was all around her. This hermana I went on splits with recently lost her mother to cancer, but she was unable to go back to Honduras to see her or even be at the funeral. She hugged this hermana so hard and they cried together. It was a very sad moment, but just another reminder how great it is to know of the plan of salvation!
So after our splits night, we were just one new investigator to hitting our goals. And not that hitting our goals means everything, but we were determined. So at like we try this young man we met . His grandma answers the door and lets us in even though her grandson is out. Funniest lady ever!! hahaha!! We sat down with her and her husband and soon after her grandson came home too. I don't even know how to explain, but she was just super funny. Very nice family too! But just another De Anza last minute miracle. I feel these happen every week. Last try of the day, last day of the week, etc. A lot of the times the week starts out rough- few lessons, few new people to teach. But by the weekend everything turns around and we are swamped with miracles sometimes.
The heat has stopped! I don't know if we'll go back to the 100's again! We've been a little cold lately, need a cardigan on at night or if there is a breeze. It is only getting down to like 70 degrees, but man we are getting cold. Soon I'll need a jacket, and then my coat. I'm wimp, I'll admit it.
Last week of the transfer! Anything can happen! Like 27 new missionaries will be coming in, only like 8 leaving (like a ton of sisters coming in and only elders leaving), so there will be a lot of changes coming up. Anything can happen!
That's about it for now! Hope you all have a great week and talk to you next week!