This week was pretty busy, but not a ton of news to share.
today is a very crazy day! it is transfers and we are running around doing a lot of things! Hermana Buitrago and I are staying together for a 2nd transfer!!! yay!! we are excited! Hermana Hernandez Sanchez is leaving us, going back to Moreno Valley and Hermana Moran will be joining Hna Padilla! We're also getting a new elder in our ward. But most of our zone is staying the same so that'll be fun!
|Who knew you could find this in sun city?!|
We'll start with the big stuff!
Yesterday I got to go back to Hemet!!! (I LOVE HEMET SO MUCH). It was likely my last time in Hemet, but you never know! The Hernandez family was baptized! It is a pretty cool story: 1 year ago I was finishing my training in Hemet with Hermana Jensen and Hermana Rowe. On Christmas Eve a little bit before our dinner we had some extra time and no plans. So my trainer parked the car and said, "We are going to do some unplanned finding!" So we walked around for maybe at most 20 minutes. We found nobody interested and walked back towards the car to go to our dinner. Then we saw Daniel Hernandez, walking to his apartment after buying some groceries. We talked to him and he wanted us to come by another day. Flash forward and we were teaching the family, and soon after Hermana Chandler came to Hemet. They were progressing well, but Daniel's work schedule didn't allow them to come to church, the family got really sick for a long time, and we ended up having to pause them. Then around October the new sisters in the Ramona Ward started teaching them again! Daniel's work schedule changed and he could finally go to church! Now they are baptized!!! It was great to see them again and talk to them again. Lol- I always worry these people won't remember me but they remember all their missionaries.
I loved seeing a lot of the ward members there as well! There are a lot of favorites in that ward! I think that ward will always be my favorite :)
|Back in Hemet for the baptism of the Hernandez family!|
This week we had our ward christmas party! Like half of our ward was sick, but a lot of the hermanas still prepared food. We ate pozole (of course! it is christmas time!) and us 4 sisters sang/played the first noel (la primera navidad). Then we had to leave and go work! But it was fun while we were there!
|ward christmas party selfie!|
We taught 2 new and really cool people this week! First there is Maria! She just left her husband (like left, like worked with a social worker to completely leave him). She is a former from the Riverside hermanas. She now lives in our area in like a woman's refugee place. She called the Riv. hermanas because she needed help finding a ride up to Riverside and so we found a member to take her. Anyways long story short we taught her (in a cemetary, that was interesting) and she is interesting in learning more with us and coming to church!
We also taught David (was had 3 appointments w/ 3 Davids this weekend. 2 w/ the same last name). The sisters in Lake Elsinore taught him once and then realized he lives in our area. He is super cool! Super willing! He told us right away that he has been away from religion/God for a long time but he wants to come back completely. He wants to come to church, and basically everything! He is super prepared, I don't know how else to describe it!
We are working with two recent converts to help them prepare names to take to the temple! We'll meet w/ one this week in the family history center!
http://we had the Christmas devotional w/ the south half of the mission! It was great! Fun to see a lot of people, including Hermana Chandler who goes home (it feels like just yesterday we were comps). If you want to read/see more, go to President and Sister Hammon's blog:
|Menifee zone- Christmas devotional!|
|Hermana Chandler! She goes home tomorrow! We were comps 11 months ago|
We worked a lot with less actives this week as well!
And that's about it, and all the time I have.
Hopefully we'll be able to get in with people this week despite the holidays. We are excited for Christmas!
To end, here is a christmas-ish quote from Elder Maxwell: "The same God that placed that star in a precise orbit millennia before it appeared over Bethlehem in celebration of the birth of the Babe has given at least equal attention to the placement of each of us in precise human orbits so that we may, if we will, illuminate the landscape of our individual lives, so that our light may not only lead others but warm them as well
|I think this picture is really similar to the real nativity...|
|maybe this one is more accurate...|