Thursday, January 26, 2017

a crazy 1.5 weeks worth of an email

Hi everyone!
So yes it is Thursday. We have pday today because we get to go to the temple! yay! So this email will be especially long and confusing because it is a week and a half's worth of stories, plus new transfer/companion, and a lot of things to talk about! So excuse the mess and here we go! (it'll be worth the read, I promise!)
I will try to do this in chronological order as best as I can. Last Monday I had to say goodbye to Hna Jensen which was so sad! But now she is at home and doing fine! My new companion is Hna Chandler. She is from jonesburrow (something like that) arkansas. She is the oldest of 8!! First kid on a mission. She went to arkansas state studying dietetics and is a runner for the university! she's been out for about 7 months. and she loves fuzzy socks! but who doesn't?
I got a grand inheritance from my mission mom (hna Jensen). Included is food stroage, lots of office supplies, more food, hand sanitizers, etc. It was quite the grand inheritance.
So the beginning of the transfer was a little bit hard. Saying goodbye to Hna Jensen was sad and it was my first time changing companions completely (meaning not being in a trio and having one companion remain with you). I wasn't worried about taking over the area, but still the change of being with a stranger who does things a little differently was a little hard at first. No worries- all is very well now!
Even though last week started off a little rough for me, it quickly improved. I'm not really sure what happened, but every since like a week ago I have been feeling much more content being a missionary. Obviously I've been enjoying being a missionary these whole past 4 months, but even more so now. I come each day and think, wow being a missionary is a super great thing. 
Without being in training, we have a lot more time to work! It feels like we have at least like 2 extra hours each day to work, but I'm not sure how that really works out! Some days we've been able to have multiple lessons in before dinner/seeking time which is amazing!
Last week we were able to do my first church tour with part of the Hernandez family (the mother and daughter). Neither of us had done a church tour before, so it was a new experience, but a great one! As soon as walking into the church, Hna Hernandez kept talking about how she knew they needed to come to church. She enjoyed learning more about the different classes/organizations for her and her kids. Obviously the best part was going in to the chapel and having our lesson of keeping the sabbath day holy in there. Everyone could feel the spirit and Hermana Hernandez knew they have to make this a priority. She kept saying yes we need to come and I need to talk to my husband about changing his work schedule so he can have sunday's off. It was a super cool experience! Sadly, they did not come to church because it was the daughter's birthday. but we are working on them for this coming sunday!
On night we had a member with us and we were trying to see if this potential was home. The address is in the little old folk's circle. We get out, and the potential's neighbor was standing outside (remember it's dark). So our Hna says "buenas noches" and this lady just stares at us. Anyways we go up to the house and the potential isn't home. We walk back to the car and the lady outside asks who we are and what we're doing. We explain. She then says, "well this is a senior community and we don't like it when  people drive in here at night and run around doing things! So I suggest that you don't go running around here at night!" it was funnier/weirder in her exact words, but I will say we were not running around this little old folks neighborhood. 
It was super rainy this past week! and cold!! but we survived. Everyone- I am such a wimp. It'll be 50 degrees and I was on a coat. I am such a wimp! But it is really cold haha. The only bad thing is when we have to tract in the rain, your planner gets wet and all the pages messed us. And it is a brand new planner! :(
Let's talk about Sunday! Crazy day that was!
First rain. We heard it was suppposed to rain a ton on sunday. We got out of sacrament meeting (so it's like 2pm) and got a text saying President wants everyone to be in their apartments in 15 minutes b/c of flash flooding. Unless you are currently in church. Then finish church, go to dinner, and go home until further notice. So that's what we did. Yes the roads were partially flooded (California has like no sewers basically), but not like a ton more than I've seen before. So not much got done Sunday.
But let's talk about the other part of sunday! The crazy part! Now begins the story of Carlos: (i'll tell it how we learned it because you can understand our confusion better)
Sacrament meeting ends. Our elders come up to us saying there is a man who lives in our area sitting by them who is talking about baptism. We go up to him to introduce ourselves. He says I've talked to him in the street before. I didn't recognize him at all (we talk to like 100 people in the streets every week). We tell him we can talk more in the next class, and he goes out to tell his ride he'll be staying longer. We wait for him to come back. He doesn't. All we know is his name is Carlos and his street name. Find out later he talked to an english bishop and he said something about wanting to be baptized so they took him to our ward's sacrament meeting. 
So! The next day we determine we need to find carlos. We drive to the street he lives on, not huge but not small. I start to remember seeking there before w/ some of the english sisters. Then I remember talking to him and vaguely what the house looks like. So we're driving slowly down the street trying to reach back into my memory (we probably looked creepy driving that slow). There's multiple houses that I think might of been it. We're thinking we might just have to try these houses and see if a Carlos lives there. Keep driving and I remember the house, and Carlos is out there working on his car!!!! We talk to him, get his information and an appointment for the next day. He kept asking when can he go to church next? multiple times a week? Anyways we set an appointment for the next day at the church. 
Next day at the church. In walks Carlos w/ a woman who turns out to be his cousin who is a member of one of the english wards. Apparently on sunday she said, hey lets go to church and they did. I guess he talked to her bishop and got into our sacrament meeting. We start by doing a mini church tour. First question he asks- I want my children to be baptized. THey live in san diego. Can we do that? Second question later on- what to i have to do to be baptized? Wow. All this before the first lesson, even a first prayer!!! So we have the lesson. Spirit was so there folks. So there. Put on date for baptism on Feb. 26. Wants to read the scriptures. Wants to pray. REALLY want to go to church again. He said he grew up catholic but never felt anything there. But he feels so good in this church, especially sunday. He said he believed everything. And he wanted to meet again the next day, so we did. When he said the closing prayer, he asked for help to find work. (we didn't know he was unemployed). 
So yesterday was our second lesson with him, again at the church. We asked him what he read in the book of mormon, and wow his face just lit up folks. He only read the introduction, but loved it. We teach him more about the book of mormon and keeping the sabbath day holy. At one point he tells us, last night I prayed to God to help me find work. This morning I got a job. It's not a job in his field (he lays tile, the job is construction), but he got a job. (and he has sundays off thank goodness). Let me just say this man is so ready! So prepared! I am just so lucky we found him- that he came to church which started it all, that we could recognize his house and find him again, that he feels the spirit so strongly and wants to feel so often, that his prayer got answered so quickly. It is super cool! I can't wait to update y'all more next week!
Thus ends the story of Carlos. For now.
More about yesterday. Crazy one again but for different reasons. We started off having a worldwide broadcast for missionaries. First part was training over the doctrine of christ and our purpose as missionaries! all very good stuff! The next was announcing various changes. (get ready to freak our RMs). It appears they haven't put it out on yet, but I'm sure they soon will. They are changing the key indicators to only 4: baptized/confirmed, investigators on date, investigators who went to church, and new investigators. This is to help us focus more on the really MOST important parts of missionary work. The other change is to the missionary schedule. Each mission president can customize the schedule according to the area. Like how in some parts of the world missionaries should really be inside as soon as it gets dark b/c it is so dangerous. But in other areas it is best to work at night when people are home from work. (I didn't get to write down all the changes so this is just what I remember). Lunch is now only 30 mins. We do daily planning each morning. On pday we only do personal study, so we have more time on pdays (yayyyyyyyy). the 12 week training program is only 30 mins. each day. Companion and language study can be between 30-60 minutes each day, depending on the needs of the missionaries and the daily schedules. As missionaries, we can decide where to put these things in each day. So right now we do all our studies in the morning and leave after lunch to work all day. But we could maybe do like 1 hour of study, go out and work, maybe finish studies in the afternoon, etc. just depending in our schedule for the day. Also we can go to bed between 9:30 and 10:30. So we don't have to wait til 10:30 anymore! yay more sleep! I'm not sure how this will effect us in riverside. In like 2 weeks President will announce in meetings what our schedule will look like. But for now everything is normal.
Also yesterday. We were leaving the church from the broadcast and Hna Chandler went to close the gate to the parking lot. Well the gate like attacked her, and while walking back to the car, she realized her foot is bleeding- and not like a little bit. So we rush back into the church, try and clean up the wound to check it out. Not it's not like spewing blood, but it's not like a little scratch either. So we call the nurse, put pressure on it forever, etc. Go home to put antibiotic on it and the nurse/sister mullen tell us to go up to riverside to go to urgent care (because health care in hemet is always a little sketch). So we drive up to riverside for like 45 minutes (it's not so urgent when you have to drive all the way over there) to get her checked out. by this time the bleeding has calmed down but still not stopped fully. They glue her up w/ skin glue and stick on stitches, wrap her up in an ace wrap and send her off. 
Anyways that has been our week more or less. (make that less). Things are going well here in Hemet! It's sunny now, a little chilly, but we're staying busy! Hopefully this coming week will be a little less crazy.
On Monday (yay a normal pday) I'll probably send a shorter email and pictures. Because now we have to leave to meet the member who is driving us to the temple. Yay! 
Thank you for your diligence in reading this long and crazy email. I hope it was worth it and maybe you got a laugh out of it somewhere.
Have a great.... 4ish days!
Hermana Schooff

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