This past week was pretty busy! We saw a lot of people! Here is a quick run down!
Oh- and we'll save the best for last :)
We picked up this family the elders taught when they worked in Mira Loma. Mom and 4 girls- the girls are pretty funny! A little bit sassy to each other, haha. But apparently when the elders were teaching them they could never go to church because they didn't have a car. But now they do! Yay! They seem a little scared of meeting new people/going new places, but they have a lot of potential!
While seeking with faith we talked to this funny man named Miguel. He is just hilarious- no way to describe it. He was telling us the story of Noah and the ark and just the way he said it was too funny! Anyways so we taught him. He is visiting from Mexico, but said he might be able to go to church next week if he doesn't go back by then. He has seen the missionaries a lot in Mexico and seems pretty cool!
We had dinner with a returning less active hermana. Last sunday she came for the first time in a long time and she came again yesterday! At dinner she told us she knows she needs to come back, even if her family isn't super supportive (her husband isn't a member) but she knows she needs to do it, even if all by herself. She is super determined and it is awesome! She legit just came to church by herself last week. She called up an hermana to ask for a ride all by herself. Awesome!
|Hna Cruz- post splits. She is the FUNNIEST|
|Hna Cruz's daughters!|
Inocente! We asked him why we wants to meet with us/what he expects form our visits. It was a very good talk! He understands better how this message is unique, how he needs to really seek for an answer to see if these things are true, read the book of mormon, etc.
We are beginning to enter the "winter schedule" of missionary work it seems. The typical do studies in the morning (because everyone is at school or work), seek right before dinner (when there is still light and people are coming home from school and work), and try people throughout the night. GONE are the days of seeking past . Gone! Yet as we are going back to a more traditional winter schedule, the car said it was 97 degrees yesterday...... confused, or is it just california?
At service this week w/ the old folks, we made puzzles. But ours was super easy so I spent the rest of the time talking to the lady, Patricia. She told me all about growing up in the great depression, being the youngest of a family of like 10.
|Chaba- actually smiling with teeth|
We had a lot of people potentially coming to church , but in the end only Chaba could make it. Funny man. We called him in the morning to make sure he was going so we could get him a ride. He was sold on going once we told him it was the PRIMARY PROGRAM! yay! it has been forever since I've seen a primary program! It was way cute, and I loved listening to the songs in spanish and hearing all the kids say their lines in spanish. Chaba really liked it! We'll see him for a lesson because it has been awhile since we have seen him. Really the only thing preventing him currently is drinking alcohol. We'll see what we can do!
Ok so the best part- is a man named Alberto! Last Sunday he came to church w/ a returning less active hermano and his kids. They are brother in laws. It was his second time coming to our ward. We taught him and the hermano's kids night and invited him to read the book of mormon. we saw him again and taught the Restoration. He had read the introduction and testimonies of the book of mormon. He agreed to read more and pray about it. He loved the lesson, has good questions, and is just HAPPY during our lessons. As soon as we mentioned baptism, he said he wanted to be baptized. He wants to change, become a better person. He is so cool!!! The only thing is either he will go back to mexico (he lives in the states for a few months, then goes back to mexico for a few months, etc.) this coming week or the end of November. Hopefully the end of november!!! Then we saw him . We taught him the plan of salvation. He prayed and asked God the night before if this was a good path. Right after, his wife in Mexico called saying his son hurt his foot. Then Alberto asked us about opposition, but he still wants to keep learning. But because his son is hurt he might go back to mexico sooner. We saw him again and finished teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ from . the english sisters texted us inviting us to a baptism. So we called and invited Alberto so he could see what is was likely. He and hermano came, but sadly right after they finished the baptism and closed the curtains. But he still saw the stake center, gym, and what the font looks like. Sadly they didn't come to church yesterday because they are working on completely redoing hermano's back yard so they were working all day. But we'll see him , see how he is doing, how his son is, and when he is going back to mexico. So we saw him 5 days out of the week, had 4 lessons.
He is so cool! He wants to change so bad and is very kind and humble. Definition of real intent right there. He always smiles when he sees us. For both Hna Flores and I, he reminds us of some golden people we taught in our first few months of the mission. He is elect and we are so lucky to be teaching him!
And that's about it! This coming week we have multizones in Riverside so that'll be fun!
Today for our pday activity we hiked "the pumpkin" in norco. Very dusty, but a pretty cool pumpkin/rock! happy halloween!
|Pumpkin or rock?|
|The La Sierra Zone|
Hope you all have a great week!
|we saw this today for the english ward....|