Tuesday, December 27, 2016

it's because they know martial arts (Dec. 27, 2016)

Ok I'm at a public library and I'm not sure how much time I will have left on here so here I go!
Explaining the subject line: after Jacqueline's baptism we were all eating refreshments and Jacqueline's little brother was running around and falling down. So one Hna says, "wow kids must be made of plastic b/c they never get broken." Another Hna says, "yeah so are the chinese, because when they get into accidents they always just keep going." Another Hna says, "yeah, that's because they know martial arts."
So Jacqueline was baptized! Yay! A classic almost half and hour late spanish baptism, but it still happened!
Jacqueline's baptism!
Jacqueline seemed excited and nervous at the same time. She should be confirmed next sunday. Not many people came since it was Dec. 23, but people did come. And we got to see Hna tobler again which was so much fun!
The Hermana Rowe story: So on wednesday we had a 1/2 the mission christmas devotional and at there we got to pick up Hna Rowe! We were so excited! Then Thursday during weekly planning we got a phone call saying Hna Rowe is being emergency transferred Monday (yesterday) b/c a sister went home sick. So Yesterday she went to Jurupa but in an english area! Weird weird, but we miss her already! I am hoping after these 3 more weeks in this transferred she'll come back here with me!
last time seeking as a trio!
It's been pretty cold and rainy the couple days before Christmas. It feels more like fall here than winter. 
Our Christmas plans were super crazy! So we had plans with one family like at least a week in advanced. Then on Thursday we called the same family asking if they could come with us to a lesson. Then I say, ok well we will see you sunday! The hna goes, no it is saturday right? Anyways she thought we were having christmas eve dinner with her instead of christmas and skyping. They were maybe planning on going to Tijuana (or however you spell it) on christmas but weren't sure if they were going to go or not. So we were trying to think of other families who would be in town and could either feed us or let us skype on Christmas. tiny bit stressful folks. But then saturday morning I think it was they called and said, no we'll be here so you can skype and eat here as planned. yay!
Christmas eve w/ hna Fonseca

Christmas w/ hna cuevas

Hna Fonseca gave us all cardigans so we took classy pics w/ them

keeping it classy

the children sometimes have to support the mom
Christmas Eve we did all our studies, a little bit of seeking w/ faith, then just trying some people before dinner. We had dinner w/ Hna Fonseca- tacos! yum yum! Then we had a zone activity. We watched the movie Scrooge- an old movie/musical that it President's favorite christmas movie and he let us watch because of the themes of redemption, etc. 
Christmas we woke up and opened presents! Then we still had to do our 4 hours of studies- Christmas is not a holiday for missionaries says President. So by 8 we started studies, went to our 1 hour of church, ate lunch, and went to go skype. The daughter of the family was supposed to let us in b/c the couple was at the church w/ the elders for a lesson. But the daughter I guess wasn't feeling well and literally slept the entire day. So we started skyping later but it all worked out in the end. We ate pasole verde! I've had a rojo one a month or so ago. But it is good stuff. We had a giant bowl of pasole! Then the rest of the evening our zone went out christmas caroling to various investigators/recent converts/less actives, etc. It was fun!
Awkward moment this week: Hna Jensen was gone on exchanges and Hna Rowe was still in Riverside, so one of the sister in the english trio in our zone came with me to "spanish land". Anyways the Hna we were having dinner with had somewhere to be in the evening and nobody in her house would be there. So she told us where she would hide her keys outside her house and then we could come and get the dinner. So I'm picturing like a bag of food we would take home and eat. Nope. We walk in and she set up plates and everything on her table. So we ate dinner in her house even though nobody was there. 
I think that is basically it! And I'm probably about to be kicked off this computer.
pretty cool name- for a street and a person!

​is it a skirt or colonial pants?

is it a harry potter broom stick or some palm tree debris?

cali skies

cali skies

oranges for days

seeking by the orange orchards!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Hermana Schooff

Monday, December 19, 2016

discovery channel is not always truth

Hello all! You will have to keep reading to understand the subject of this email!

I'll start with my favorite 8 year old- Jacqueline! This week we were able to teach her a lot and on Friday she had her baptismal interview and passed! Yay! So her baptism is friday night (christmas eve eve) and hopefully the members that are in town will show up. We still have a decent amount of things to do to prepare for then, so it'll be a busy week! Jacqueline was pretty nervous once our district leader came to do her interview, but it is awesome to see how much she is remembering and how she loves to read the book of mormon (we gave her a kid one eventually but even now sometimes she reads from the normal one)! We've asked her a few times if she has prayed about the book of mormon and if she should be baptized and it is cool to see how even an 8 year old can understand what the Holy ghost feels like and when she has an answer.
The mom of Crystal and Luis- so we are continuing to stop by and teach crystal and luis since they are recent converts and both parents are always there. this last time though, we focused on the mom and just really blatantly (spelling? gah even state side spanish ruins your english) asked her if she was interested. Sadly she said no, but she did say she can't say for the future. So we'll continue to stop by and teach the kids and she should be there for all the lessons. I'm sure one day in the future she'll be better prepared and have a softer heart.
Ok now I'll explain the subject line of this email. So on tuesday I think it was, Hna Jensen was in riverside for an stl/zl meeting, so Hna rowe and I had the whole area to ourselves! jk! But we did have one cita during that time w/ Margarita. We only met with her one time before and really nothing got taught because our member did all the [random] talking. But before this cita she read the whole restoration pamphlet and said she wanted to know more about Joseph smith. So we taught all of the lesson and when we're talking about joseph smith she says (keep in mind half the time she is saying john smith instead of joseph smith, but we think she was meaning joseph and just said the wrong name) that she was watching the discovery channel and there was a show about joseph smith and how he talked to aliens. yep. Also keep in mind this is all in spanish, so hna rowe and I were kind of struggling to understand but luckily we had the perfect team up with us who helped out. anyways we tried to address that, but she still wants to study more about who joseph smith was. Which I totally understand. We're going to show her the restoration video next time.
Hna Rowe has not been w/ us the last few days. There are 2 hermanas in riverside and 1 of them had some kind of surgery on thursday and needs a few days to heal. So President asked hna rowe to go w/ the other hermana so they could get some work done with the other hna rests at the mission home. So she left Thursday night I think it was and comes back wednesday morning. 
Bishop asked us yesterday to do a musical number for church sunday. so we need to try and whip up something. 
This week for part of my training I had to do this grammar test online. I got like 63% haha but most of what I got wrong was subjunctive because I have been avoiding that on purpose, but now I realize IT IS TIME TO START LEARNING SUBJUNCTIVE! no matter how much i'm dreading it, it is time to learn it and put it in practice. I feel like w/ the rest of my spanish I know a decent amount (obviously not everything) but I'm just working on putting it in practice with real conversations/lessons. But it is going pretty well. 
It has been pretty cold lately. I got some gloves for $2 the other day at a garage sale! score!
So on saturday I think it was- oh yes! So saturday we had planned on getting 2 YW from one of the english ward to come seeking w/ faith w/ us so we could get double the time in since we were behind. But they fell through and we were all bummed. So we didn't end up seeking at the time and place we planned one. BUT in that hour and a half, we had 2 lessons (in spanish) with people we just met on the street and entonces we picked up 3 new investigators in 1.5 hours (in the cold folks, we sat down outside). But so that was awesome b/c so far I have never had people let us teach them right then and there. One of them, his name is Josefino. He was super open and receptive. As we taught him, he told us something about how he was baptized into the church one time when these missionaries (this was in the 70s FYI) were baptizing a bus load of people. And I guess he was one of them. But he never got confirmed so it isn't a complete baptism, and he never came to church I think. But we will continue to teach him and he wants to come to church.
This coming week is going to be crazy! tomorrow hna jensen has exchanges and won't be in our area, so the other stl is also in a trio and she'll be in her area tomorrow with her exchangee, so I'll take her other two companions and we'll be in our area. Yay only spanish speaker? Wednesday we pick up hna rowe and we have a christmas devotional for this half of the mission. THursday hna jensen will exchange out again. fridaywe have the baptism. saturday is christmas eve and we have a zone activity at night. sunday we will do studies, go to church, eat lunch, go skype, eat w/ the cuevases, and i'm not sure what else. Plus we have to do everything else including 7.5 hours of seeking, trying to get lessons, studies, district meeting, weekly planning, etc. crazy but it'll be good!  
I think that's all! I took like 1 picture of a sunset so I'll send that next time and will take more pictures since it'll be christmas!
Merry Christmas everyone! Feliz Navidad!
Hermana Schooff

Monday, December 12, 2016

the week of crazy stuff, folks!

Hola!
So first our new companion! Her name is Hna Rowe! She is from Nashville, TN. So she technically has been out 6 months, but she was home the last 3 months recovering from a concussion. But now she is back and well and we both get to finish our last transfer of training together with the lovely Hna Jensen. Funny thing: Hna Rowe and I were at BYU at the same time. We lived in the same building of Heritage Halls. She lived on the 4th floor and I lived on the 2nd, so we were in different wards. She played lacrosse for BYU! Wow! She wants to go into the nursing programming. She is super fun and our trio is such a blast! In a lot of ways we are the same person: both tall, dark hair, we literally eat the same lunches (sandwhich, fruit, other classic school lunch foods), BYU, etc. There's more, but we haven't even know each other for a full week yet, so give me some more time. But this is another amazing trio!

We tried taking Christmas pictures after a super long day, but you can't see our christmas tree in the background. 


Other news: I am the designated driver!! Yay!! Which also basically means I should have at least one more transfer here after this current one. But I'm excited- hemet is great! 

There were some weird but cool experiences this week, so keep on readin' folks!

Trio life is so awesome because you only need 1 member to come out with you to do splits/double work! So this week I went w/ an Hna in our ward, Hna Morales, who is super cute and animated and just a bunch of fun, and we went seeking w/ faith together. She doesn't speak much English but did great in spanish contacts! It was fun to talk to her and practice my spanish non-church conversations. My Spanish is nowhere near anything great, but I can tell it is improving- in speaking and understanding! Yay! Also this week Hna. Rowe and I got to go seeking w/ just the two of us and literally everyone but like 2 people we talked to in 1.5 hours spoke spanish! it was really great practice for both of us! 

Now time for the great seeking with faith stories! Ah, I'll have so many of these by the time I'm done w/ my mission. #1: Hna Rowe and I were seeking w/ faith together and this one guy referred us to his neighbor across the street (he said something about how the devil is at his neighbor's house and they need a message of Christ). So we go over there because his neighbors are in their driveway, and we talk to this guy. He turns around and he is wearing a BYU-Idaho shirt. So we're like "oh, byu idaho?" he's like "yeah." turn out he didn't go there. His friend went there, but was not a member, and gave him some shirts. He knew very very little about the church, but we showed him the christmas video (light the world) and invited him to do the service and we are coming back this week to follow up on his service and teach him! Just so weird he was wearing a byu-i shirt the day/hour the missionaries were walking down his street.
#2: Hna Jensen and I were seeking together, trying to rush back to the car b/c we were going to be late meeting Hna Rowe and her team up and we walked kind of far away. So we're speed walking and we hear these teenagers behind us being teenagers. They run up behind us and then one of them asks us to stop. They were both being awkward and laughing and I thought they were just doing a prank or a dare to talk to the mormon missionaries and refer one of their friends as a joke. The girl was like "I don't know how to ask this.... um do you guys do like home visits?" we say yes and she says she wants the missionaries to come visit her. So we took down her info to give to the english elders. I guess she used to live in salt lake right next to temple square and now that she's gone she's curious about the mormons? Idk but Hna Jensen was like, I've never had anyone run after me before, let alone to to a self referral! 

The biggest miracle/coolest story of the week! Yesterday we walked in to the chapel before sacrament meeting and the elders came up to us, pointed to a man and said "hey that guy said he wants to talk to you." we never had seen him before. So we went up to him after sacrament meeting. He recently moved here from El Salvador I think (I wasn't actually in this conversation so my knowledge is limited). He is not a member, but before he moved it sounds like the missionaries basically taught him everything and he was just waiting to be baptized, but had to move before he could actually be baptized. So he will be baptized here and he is in our area. So we will see him tomorrow and we will call President Mullen tonight and ask if we can call his old missionaries and if we need to reteach him everything. So literally a baptism just moved into our area. And I guess Hna Jensen and Tobler before I came were praying for a miracle of that exact thing! Wow!

The ward christmas party! There were a pretty good amount of people there! Sadly no hispanic food, just ham, potatoes, rolls, but we did have punche and aqua de fresca. It was funny, last sunday the bishop's wife came into relief society to teach all the hermanas how to make funeral potatoes (b/c that is the food the relief society was in charge of). It was literally like a 10 minute conversation/debate of what funeral potatoes are, how to make them, and what is in them. But they turned out well! Also funny, we're standing in line to get the food and this Hna asks if she can take our picture with her kids. So she takes a few. Turns out none of us knew who she was. but she wanted our picture w/ her kids. But yes, food, songs, primary nativity, then we had to leave to go back to work. But it was a lot of fun! A lot better than my first ward fiesta my first week in the field when I didn't know anyone! Also, I now consider myself to be a decent singer. Songs in church can be... a little rough. Yeah, that's what we will call it.

The primary did a nativity and sang songs. And Hna. Jensen got a 5 minute warning to play the piano for them.
 

We're continuing to teach Jacqueline! Her baptismal date is Dec. 23 and she'll probably have her interview this weekend! yay! we finally got a kid's book of mormon for her and the next day she told us she read 5 pages! so that was great!

The ward christmas fiesta! The girl on the left is Jacqueline, who is being baptized on Dec. 23, and the right is her little sister Josie. They were wearing matching dresses! Cuties!


We got offered so much food yesterday. A big pan of cookies, some cheese rolls, pan dulces, banana bread cupcakes, a giant dinner, leche gelatin, and cupcakes. I think that's all. So do not worry about me being hungry. Actually, worry about me never feeling hunger for the next 15 months. 

We are continuing to teach crystal and luis. We really need to find out how much interest the mother has right now. The hermano has marriage papers, but doesn't have the money for a lawyer right now w/ their divorces and mexico and all of that lovely stuff. 

This week we worked really hard at contacting references. So now we are trying to get back in with our investigators (which has been really hard lately) and turn potenciales into investigadores. 

Well that's basically it and my computer time is done! Until next week!

Hermana Schooff

Monday, December 5, 2016

Transfers!

I have very little time now so here I go!
Transfers! Hna Tobler is leaving us and is going to finish the training of an Hna who came in w/ me in Moreno Valley.
Hna Jensen and I will stay here in Hemet but Hna Jensen is an STL and will be DOUBLE TRAINING! yep! So an hermana came in and did 1 transfer a few transfers ago, but got a concussion. Now she's coming back and we will finish our last transfer of training together. Her name is Hna Rowe and we pick her up tomorrow! I'm so excited trio life lives on, but sad to see hna tobler leave!

Last dream team trio pic! :(

We went to La Michoacana (something like that) which has super yummy ice cream (and other stuff). I got ferrero roche (or however you spell it) and it was for sure some of the best ice cream i've ever had. still dreaming of it......

classy photo

last 'hood pics. There was a ton of stuff in our dumpster, including this super cool like tricycle that was next to it. 

We are fierce! especially sister jensen. Holding up that trike w/ such strength

We were seeking the other day and went up to this yard sale. No ordinary yard sale. Jehovah witness yard sale.
Our elders went up to idyllwild (mountain area) and brought back snow! yay so I've already touched snow in my mission. 
Saturday we did a "blitz", where everyone in our zone meets together and we all seek in 1 ward's area. I was w/ sister mcculloch, one of my stl's. We met 2 pastors on the same circle. And this crazy guy in his truck came up to us. he warned us of his neighbors up the street where we were headed. "they have this box behind their garages doors with these lasers. the lasers can zap you and dissinigrate (no time for spelling perfection) the hardest of your bones! they've targeted me already! once you've been zapped, it'll make you want to take heroin and start shooting your gun like a crazy person!" and so on for like 5 minutes. fun stuff folks.
Cool thing from this week. We taught this girl, who is about to turn 9, for the second time. Her mom is VERY less active, she was baptized at 8 and only attended church til she was like 10. The grandma of the girl takes her to church. But we were teaching the girl part of lesson 1 (in english which is the weirdest thing when the parents speak spanish) and asked her if she wanted to be baptized. she said yes so we asked the mom for permission. we were expecting her to be super difficult, but she was just like yeah that's ok. So Jacquelin will be getting baptized probably on Dec. 23! Christmas eve eve! yay! And now the girl is super excited and loves to learn more about the lessons. way cool!
Well that's time! Talk to you next week!

Hermana Schooff