The beginning of last week we had Elder Keetch of the 70 and his wife touring the mission! night we had an MLC at the mission office. The multizone in the North half of the mission was just ending, so I got to see so many people, including Hermana Flores!!! It was fun to catch up and see a lot of people I haven't seen in awhile. We ate some MLC pizza and then had a training by President and Sister Hammon and then by Elder Keetch. The Hammons spoke about spiritual gifts- really good! And with Elder Keetch we basically had a discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the mission and what we can do as leaders to help the mission overcome those weaknesses and help that no other missionaries in the mission will fall into those weaknesses. I won't explain it all in detail for times sake, but he gave this analogy of a man who sees a whole in a sidewalk and falls in multiple days in a row, sometimes because he doesn't care and sometimes even when he tried to avoid it. Eventually he finds another sidewalk to walk down, and finally he goes back and repairs the hole so nobody else will ever fall in again. He said we need to be the ones repairing the holes we have fallen in so the missionaries we serve won't fall in again.
|South Half of the CRM!!! With Elder & Sister Keetch|
Then we had the multizone with the south half of the mission (the better half, cough cough). It was fun again to see a lot of people I haven't seen in a long time- like Hermana Chandler (in her last transfer). So basically I saw the whole mission . Pretty fun! Wow we talked about a lot of stuff! One thing I"ll share is from Elder Keetch. He served in Germany on his mission and only had 1 baptism. He lost contact with this man and always assumed he fell out of activity in the church. The day Elder Keetch was sustained as a member of the 70, the next talk in conference was by Elder Anderson (I'm pretty sure) and he started telling a story of 2 couples. One of those couples was Elder Keetch's baptism and his wife. They did not fall out of activity. They ended moving to the Ivory Coast (where there weren't even missionaries there yet) and starting a school class w/ this other couple. This couple lived there and basically helped started the church there and just completed a mission serving in the temple. Elder Keetch told us to never underestimate the work we are doing and the influence it'll have in future generations. We may not be able to see or hear about the effects of our service, but they still exist.
|MLC w/ Elder and Sister Keetch|
This week we met w/ one of our investigators, Herminia. We read the testimony of Joseph Smith and she loved it! She was super impressed by his comments and experience. She wants to be baptized and already has a testimony of Joseph SMith and the BOok of Mormon!
We gave some service this week at this train museum/kid place. We moved old bails of hay and swept up the old hay. It is a pretty interesting little place!
We found this new investigator, Rafael. At first he seemed pretty normal, we didn't have much time to meet with him. But he gave the closing prayer and gave thanks that we came by and he really wants to learn with us he said!
We also met w/ a less active lady. The hermanas have met w/ her a few times before, but this time she just completely opened up to us. She said she has been out of work for 8ish years now and has lost hope of ever getting a job again. She was praying and telling God about this fear, when we knocked on her door. We helped encourage her and lift her up and we talked about service. She says she really just wants a job where she can serve others, so we told her she should do community service while she keeps looking for a job. She loved the idea! It was a really cool lesson!
Lol we went to open an investigator's gate, but it was like impossible to open. I kept trying, and trying- and then suddenly it like flung right up and I let out a little scream in surprise and almost fell down. Haha :)
So met w/ the son/husband of the recent convert family again! It is amazing! Last week he had already planned to start this week to stop doing drugs, etc. He should be starting today. We haven't even taught the Word of Wisdom yet! We are going to try and see him everyday to support him! It is awesome! We wanted to bring an hermano with us this week who has had some of these same issues in the past, but we couldn't think of anyone. Then yesterday school was about the WOW and the hermano teaching it has some majors issues with it in the past- AKA we found our teamup!
We started teaching the niece of that family last night! She is 8 and already knows quite a bit!
Our Ward list is a bit of a mess. A lot of people are less active, or at least we just don't know them. We are finding a lot of people have moved. So we are trying to clean up the ward list and get to know all the members in our area. It is a big project, but it will hlep us and the ward a lot! THe ward is focusing on retaining recent converts and bringing back less actives. So this will be a lot of our work, but of course we'll keep working with investigators as well.
I had my first 2 exchanges this week w/ the other Hermanas in our ward. In one we gave some service at a food bank unloading frozen turkeys and putting them in a freezer. We had a cool experience that night! A less active daughter of a sweet, older hermana in our ward called us saying she had a bad day and didn't know who else to call. Within the past year, this hermana has drifted very far away from the gospel in her lifestyle, but still has a testimony. We told her we were already on our way over. When we arrived to her house, she broke down crying and my comp comforted her and listened to her. This hermana explained to us how she was tired of her lifestyle, but also tired of trying to come back to the church but falling. She received a letter from the Corona MidSingle Adult ward (a super new/tiny ward recently started) and felt like the ward could really use her help. Receiving that letter and picture of Christ really touched her and she kept thinking about it. It was amazing to watch my comp comfort her, lift her up, motivate her, and literally be a shoulder to cry on. At the end of our visit this hermana said she would like to receive a priesthood blessing and have an interview with the bishop.
Lol sorry I copied that from my email to President Hammon #savetime
The next day w/ the other hermana we had a lesson w/ one of our investigators- except she was caring for an older lady, Juanita, who has dementia. Basically we couldn't teach b/c this lady loved to talk, but none of it made sense. But we were nice to her and listened. Also that day we were seeking- we tried talking to this guy who was working on his car but he wouldn't talk to us. Then we kept walking a saw this dead dog. We made sure it was dead, but then the guy we just tried to talk to starting yelling out "Is anyone there? hello! somebody?" So we went back and tried to talk to him. But it turns out he was yelling at somebody in his house and then he starting cussing. NICE! (lol not). But in that time a man in the next house came out. He asked if the dog was ours and we starting talk to him. Turns out he is from Mexico and has been taught by missionaries before! he said we could come back a different day.
|Lol we took this at the parking lot of the library because we keep forgetting to take a pic together|
we are making arepas w/ a recent convert family! #prosofhavingaColumbiancomp we have interviews w/ President. I'm not 100% sure what we are doing, but we are having dinner w/ all the missionaries in the ward w/ Hna Gonzalez (super cute) and we'll have a zone activity. Also sometime in there 2 more exchanges w/ some English sisters. Crazy!
That's about it!