Here is what happened this past week:
Last Monday for our zone activity we played our own version of "the newlywed game" but like the new companionship game. So we saw how much we really knew about our companions. Haha we didn't do too hot, but not too bad either. but it was super fun and funny!
We are stopping by a lot of less active families that we are discovering are also part member families! So we have a lot families we are working with to try and teach some people for the first time but also help reactivate other people.
We had some new investigators this week. One was Jose! He is an older man w/ some LDS grandkids. He lives on this property with like 40 goats (a lot of cute baby ones) and turkeys, etc. it was a little different, especially for Hermana Peters. Southern California is a lot more ranchy than either of us expected! haha!
This week we found this really cool investigator, Edith! She has a lot of potential. How we ended up finding her is a pretty cool story! It all starts last transfer on my exchange with Sister Reagan. We had 10 extra minutes so we pulled over to a nearby street and sought with faith. From there we met a man name Juan who told us we could come by another time. We did, but met Yaritza instead (in that same house). She became a new investigator and we set up another appointment. Well Yaritza wasn't there for that next appointment (now in this transfer with Hermana Peters), so we did some unplanned finding and met Javier. We set up a appointment with him for the next day. Well Javier also wasn't there for his appointment so we did some more unplanned finding (all of these seeking with faith and unplanned finding moments take place on the same 2 streets) and met Juan and Elizabeth who told us we could stop by a different morning. So a different morning we stopped by their house, but it turns out they don't live there. Instead we met Edith (finally!) who immediately told us we could see her the next day. We stopped by the next day, but she wasn't there (yet again). So we did aun mas unplanned finding, and by the time we got back to our car, there was a car in Edith's driveway. So we knocked again and she was there and let us teach her!
Hopefully that wasn't too confusing. Either way, it took a lot of small little moments to be lead to Edith. It reminds me of chapter 9 of Preach My Gospel when it explains that people around our investigator/potentials are being prepared also to receive the gospel. It took us a lot of time in that neighborhood to finally be lead to Edith, but we found her (and many other potentials along the way). She is really cool! She was raised catholic but knows it is not true and it is just the tradition of her family. She wants to come to church and read El Libro de Mormon. We are super excited to keep working with her!
|This is DAVID!!! What a great man!|
|We went on exchanges and ended up matching! (her skirt looks more red in person)|
Sadly, the husband of the daughter-in-law paused us again. He told his wife to tell us he doesn't want to continue right now. I have faith that he'll keep learning and one day be ready for the gospel.
Lol that day on the blitz there was this mom and 2 daughters trying to close their garage door to go to a soccer game, but the garage door wasn't working. So I showed them the trick- that you have to create a shadow on the garage door camera to make the door go down all the way (because the sun messes with it). And it worked!!! Haha, thanks mom! Lol, they weren't interested, but they learned something new from a Mormon missionary! :)
Haha,for our dinner lesson we were talking about peace. Then the family started talking about hippies, and this cute little Hermana from Chile held up 2 peace signs and pointed them towards her husband and said, "la ppppaaaaazzzzzzzzz!" hahaha too funny
|Had to say goodbye to Hermana Buitrago :'(|
Yesterday we had a multi-zone activity! With the southern half (better half) of the mission! Mostly is was social hour(s) for me! Fun to see a lot of sisters, hermanas, and elders I have served around from the last... 11 transfers. Sadly had to say some goodbyes (but we still have multi-zones and MLC up ahead, so not goodbye to everyone yet!), including to Hermana Buitrago :(
At the zone activity they announced 2 major changes for the mission in the upcoming months. First, in April the mission will get ~TECHNOLOGY~!!!!! Yep, smartphones. Lol, barely missed it. I remember even in MY training hearing all the hype about when we'd get technology. And then they'll get it my first transfer home. But I'm not mad though, really. I'll enjoy feeling old school saying we had a paper area book and used paper planners. Super old school!
Also in the next few transfers our mission will be downsizing. We have about 170 missionaries now, and they want us to have about 130. So they will be sending some English elders to other (I assume neighboring) missions (and still have new ones come in so there isn't a dry period). So that'll be weird. The whole mission is changing, but I won't be there for it! ~weird~
Yesterday since we had to end our pday early since we couldn't email until today, we stopped by this potential, Ana. Hermana Peters and I had visited her our first night together, but couldn't teach a real lesson b/c her granddaughter had a fit. Well Ana read the restoration pamphlet since then and said it was "different". We started to teach her, explained how God has always worked through prophets in the past, and since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then He should have prophets today! Then she told us it was all a little weird to her and confusing compared to how she has grown up in the Catholic church and politely paused us during the first lesson, haha. No biggie- it is MUCH better when people tell us right off if they aren't interested. But as we were leaving an elote van pulled up and she asked if we wanted elotes.
|We ate our first elotes!!! (lol, in her first transfer and my last) y nos enchilaron!|
Now, I know many of you must be thinking, What are elotes? Elotes are corn on the cob with mayonaise, parmeasan cheese, and this chile/spicy sauce. Elotes are super famous in Spanish land. Now I have been out for 17 months and have not had an elote because EVERYTIME I have seen an elote man it has been either right before or right after a dinner. And for that reason alone, I have never eaten an elote on my mission. Well I told Hermana Peters earlier that it is my goal this transfer to eat an elote. Well the opportunity came to us, it was right before our dinner, but WE TOOK IT! Haha, so we both had our first elotes together! It wasn't as bad as it sounds. Actually was ok, except a bit spicy! Maybe I'd get another one in the future, if it was less spicy.
Then we went to stop by a part member family/less active family. The daughter, the non member, wasn't there, but the Hermana finally was! We had a really good time with her! She is really happy her daughter has met with us and I think it is giving her motivation to come back to church. We'll see what happens!
Well out of time! We got a busy week ahead of us!
But forgot the spiritual part! From my email to President:
And finally, during My Plan this week I loved what one of the returned missionaries said in a video. He roughly said, "The genius of the mission is taking people at the most selfish stage of their life and ask them to not think about themselves. That is why it is the best time of your life- because you are focused on others and serving them." I super loved this! That is one of the reasons I came out on a mission- to forget about myself. Reflecting and seeing the change that has occurred in me because of this focused and dedicated time is truly incredible. I will always be grateful for this consecrated time I have had to forget myself, focus on others, fight the natural man, serve like the Savior, and be molded in His hands while doing His work.