Monday, February 27, 2017

TRANSFERS!

Hello all!

So transfers! Might as well start there. I am.... being transferred! To..... Lake Elsinore (the El Cariso barrio!) Wow! Crazy! I don't know why but pre mission and thought I wouldn't ever serve in Lake Elsinore. Just kidding, area #2! My comp will be Hna Flores. She just finished training and she is a native speaker (but also fluent in english). All I really know is she is from Ecuador but sometime moved to South Jordan UT (I'm pretty sure). Either way I'll get there at 3pm today and I'll let you know more next week!
So let's just keep talking about transfers. Hna Chandler will stay here and TRAIN!!! yay i'm so excited for her! 2 companionships of hermanas are being doubled in to new areas so that'll be fun for them! We had stake conference this weekend so President Mullen was in Hemet and go to tell us ourselves with both the Hemet and San Jacinto zones where everyone was going, so that was pretty cool! So I'm mostly packed up and Hna Cuevas from our ward will drive me to Lake Elsinore this afternoon! But also- Hna chandler is moving apartments right now b/c there will be a trio of sisters here and they need to live in our apartment because it is big enough. So she also has to pack up all her stuff to move 10 minutes further down (luckily closer to the church). So it's a crazy day!
We had street tacos one day this week at our dinner- ah yummy!!! Street tacos are seriously the best (an Hno made them for us, so it is not literally STREET tacos).
Our elders in our ward were like super sick this past week between the two of them. They couldn't leave their apartment from last saturday until this saturday. 1 full week of being stuck inside your apartment. ugh. poor guys, but they seem to be doing better now. 
We finally had exchanges this week! I went to Wildomar, and english area in Lake Elsinore, with Sister Blanchard!
Post exchanges with Sis. Blanchard! She's awesome!

She is the best! She is actually being transferred here to Hemet so that'll be fun for her! During exchanges I got to meet the whole Lake Elsinore zone at a service project, so I "know" most of them already now. Also, english prayers. Wow. the struggle of the lifetime (lifetime of a spanish missionary). I said some very spanglish prayers. Also I decided that everything is just more awkward in english: phone calls, dinners, lessons, talking, etc. One part of Wildomar reminded me a lot of Hemet. It's called "the farm". It is "a glorified trailer park." A huge trailer park but there is a decent amount of space for people to have fancy-ish yards. and all the streets have like farm like names. but part way through it just randomly turns into a niceish normal neighborhood. Weird place, like hemet!
This weekend we had stake conference! I actually didn't translate, hna chandler did both session and did a wonderful job! I listened with headphones to make sure the technology kept working and helped flip to scriptures and look up words in the dictionary (people talked about debt, self reliance, sharks, octopus with pulsating colors (that one was president mullen), etc.). It was a really good stake conference, but even though I didn't translate I really couldn't focus too much haha. 
Can't believe I'm in my last like 3 hours in Hemet! Hemet feels like home right now (well home for my mission at least). I really really hope I can come back and serve here again later on in my mission. Maybe even end my mission here! that'd be perfect! That's the dream folks, to be born and to die in Hemet. What a life. what a goal. 
So yes we found out about transfers saturday night and so we had sunday to stop by some people and teach lessons/say goodbye.

Last pic with Jacqueline and Josie!
We stopped by Jacqueline and her family (it was actually her birthday yesterday- she turned 9!), Carlos, and the Pinedas. Carlos! Wow! he is progressing so well! We were so worried that he would just stop or just not continue to progress w/o a baptismal date, but that was so wrong! He is doing fine! He basically read all of Mosiah last week!
Folks- this is Carlos!! Yay! Next picture with him, a baptism picture! Some day!
We taught him about service and church callings and he really wants to have a calling! We also had him share a scripture and a thought and oh- I am such a proud missionary! It sounds like at earliest he could be baptized in August but nothing is official. I told Hna Chandler to keep me posted on him! Then we ended the day at the Pinedas house- kind of funny because I'm pretty sure the Pinedas was the first lesson I had when I came into Hemet, and also the last.
And the Pineda Family- where it all started in Hemet. 
Crystal, Luis, and Jacqueline are all doing so well!They are such fun kids!
It's hard to leave dear old Hemet. I'm not sure if I shared this earlier, but when I first came into the mission I really really wanted to serve in Hemet. I wasn't really sure why but it seemed kind of far off, maybe less city like and for some reason I just really wanted to start my mission here. And it happened!! And I got to have 4 awesome companions! I got to know so many of the awesome members we have here in our ward. Seriously, they are the bomb! Hemet is such a funny little place. The town designed to be an old folks town, but then overtaken by the thugs. Ahh... good old Hemet! (jk, it's not a lie but just a stereotypical way to describe Hemet). Hemet is so many crazy things in one area, but I love it. They say everyone loves their baby area, and it is so true!
Well I think that's basically it! I'm sure I'll have lots more to say about Lake Elsinore next week!

Hermana Schooff

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The week where almost nothing went as planned, but was successful!

Hi all! Sorry I just now sent all those pictures! 
So yes this week was a pretty crazy one! I'm emailing today because yesterday we had crossfit in Menifee so we couldn't go to our family history center to email and all libraries were closed so we're emailing today!
Hna Rowe and I- reunited! In our post crossfit glory

First things first, found out yesterday that Hna Rowe will be going home next week w/ the new transfer. Her head w/ her concussion has not gotten any better, but has gotten worse since she came back in November. So she's going back home for good this time. :( poor thing! Even though I only served w/ her for like 2 weeks, she'll probably remain one of my favorite companions from my whole mission!
Last pday we had a zone activity of going to "simpson park". To get there we had to drive through these mountainy streets! It was pretty up there and had some great sights! We had a picnic there and took pictures. It was super cool! 
Hna Chandler and I at simpson park! "All that the light touches is our area" (credit: lion king)

view from simpson park! Welcome to hemet!


Let us talk about Carlos. Wow, folks. Well this week started off with us having a few lessons with him before his baptismal interview thursday. We taught some of the last commandments (tithing, chastity, etc.) and he accepted them just fine!! We knew Carlos had some past issues so we had to get a member of the missionary presidency to interview him. Turns out he is all ready for baptism, except there is still one issue that is not yet resolved, which he has to resolve before his baptism to have fully repented. We are not sure how long it will take to resolve it, maybe a couple of months, maybe like a year or so. I just hope it'll be before I go home so I can attend his baptism one day! He is so strong and has a great testimony! At first we were worried he didn't understand the situation really or maybe was starting to have hard feelings, but we had another lesson w/ him on Sunday and everything is fine (HUGE sigh of relief). We will continue to teach him and have a lot of member help with him to keep him strong until he can get this one thing resolved. Then he will be 100% ready for his baptism! Hna Chandler and I were kind of stressed this weekend because of that. We both said this was probably one of the hardest things we had to do in our mission (or lives): to tell a man who is 98% ready for baptism and wants it with 1000000% of all of his heart that he cannot be baptized yet. And that we don't know when. When he walked out of that interview, he was so happy- it was probably the happiest I have ever seen him. But he is still doing well, but we have to keep helping him move forward!
Another reason this week was crazy: friday we got a text from the mission office saying that all missionaries in the mission needed to be in their apartments at 3pm and stay inside for the whole day b/c of bad weather. So hna chandler and I ran out to get some seeking done and then went back inside. I don't think it started to rain until 7pmhere in Hemet. And it did not seem bad at all. So we're guessing it was worse up north in the mission, but literally down here it was not much. Not even that bad of a storm for california standards.
So friday night we finished our studies, made planner covers for next transfer, and watched "legacy" in spanish! We also saw part of "the testaments" earlier last week. Parts of those movies are kind of awkward to watch as a missionary....
On Friday, when we were stuck inside. Missionary movie night- ft. our great apartment

Also b/c of the storm we did not have exchanges, but we will have them this friday.
Looks like I will be kicked off the computer soon so hopefully I will have time to go back on soon to finish this email.
I had sirviche for the first time last week! sirviche is a raw fish salad. It reallly wasn't bad- but I did put a decent amount of pretty spicy salsa on it!
ipads! no news here. during multizones last week we had a training of technology safety, but that's all. so it's still a mystery. i'm sure we will get them sometime before the end of this year though. 
Even though this week was super crazy, we picked up 10 new investigators!!! wow! our whole zone put together only picked up 22, so hnas for the win! it was a very good week!
This weekend we have stake conference and yesterday we just got asked to translate for it. wish me luck folks. i'm trying to forget about it for now. 
transfers are next week! we have no idea what will happen. there should be a trio of hermanas somewhere. maybe back here in hemet again. who knows? anyways predict is you'd like!
ok being kicked off! hopefully i can write more soon....

you know you live in hemet when this is an aisle in walgreens


well that was dumb, it kicked me off my computer but there were 4 other open computers. so I just switched computers. haha. 
crossfit- so president mullen does crossfit every other transfer. There are different rotations he does, but it is mostly the same idea everytime. This time was chair presses, push ups, jump squats, and then running. We went for like 20 minutes, doing various #s of reps- all the way up to 24 in a round! we are a little sore today haha. 
One family of new investigators is the sanchez family! One daughter got baptized 2 weeks ago in the english ward, but most (but not all) of the family speaks spanish so they are starting to come to our ward. Part member family. We taught the husband and mother in law (wife is already a member- and actually they aren't married yet but are getting married this saturday after 33 years of marriage) and put them both on date for later in march. yay!
we taught this lady yesterday who is a mexican actress. she is working on her 3rd movie!
we talked to this one guy last week and while talking to him, he said, "you know i'm a prophet..." and just kept on going. then he asked us to pray right then and there in the street if he was a prophet. he told us what to say in the prayer and said "let your yes be your yes and your no be your no." idk, it was a weird experience. 
Hemet zone sisters!

So yes next week is transfers!!! Before we knew hna rowe would be leaving, we had a good idea of predictions (Hna chandler would train here, i would go to corona to reopen it up with an hna who is going home next transfer). But w/o hna rowe the hermanas have an odd number, so there'll probably be a trio somewhere (and hemet is still set up for a trio. we still have 3 beds, 3 desks, etc.) We've made some predictions, but none of them seem more likely than another. So we have no idea what will happen anymore. I can see me staying here and being in a trio as hna chandler probably trains, or I can also easily see me going somewhere else (probably southern half of the mission, so either menifee or lake elsinore.) We'll get calls saturday night unless either one of us gets a leadership call saturday morning. 
Everyone here in hemet/the ramona ward has either been sick (like our elders right now) or out of town (like 1/2 our ward this last week). 
Think that's all! Wow. Have a great week everyone!
Hermana Schooff

zone pics at multizones- empty seat for Sister Mullen who had to leave early b/c she was sick

funny pic

from zdm- the funny pic

zdm- hemet zone: the nice pic

from like week 2 when we took Hna Chandler to an urgent care in riverside



Monday, February 13, 2017

missionary work in Hemet=scaring old people

Hello everyone!! Como estan?

This week it seems like there's a lot of little things to talk about so get ready for a random email! yay!
So yes, being in Hemet you're around a good amount of old people. And since it is winter it gets dark early. Old people don't like the dark. One day this week we went to try a few potential investigators in old folks neighborhoods. The first house had their lights on and music playing. We knocked... and again... we see a lady peek through her blinds... wait another minute.... they turn off their lights and their music. Then the next one we pull up to the house and are about to say a quick prayer before we get out. The lady in the house is already peeking out her window and just staring at us. And doesn't look away. Ahh poor old folks. We're just trying to do missionary work but we end up scaring them. Classic Hemet, folks.
Hna Chandler and I get to do a musical number for multizones on Thursday! We're doing beautiful savior for the primary songbook. Hopefully it works out well.
I am no longer the designated driver! Hna Chandler is now driving and she knows her way around Hemet pretty well already (plus she has a GPS so she is set). So I'm guessing I will be leaving Hemet in 2 weeks, but you never know. Hna Chandler was the driver for 6 days in her last area and then got transferred here. 
iPads? We still have no official word. At ZDM last week we got the technology safety manual thing and we have to read it before this thursday for multizones. So it will be discussed at multizones. I'll let you know next week!
We gave that soy sauce from last week to an Elder in our district who use to be a cook at a restaurant. Then last week he made some really yummy chicken with it and gave it to us! Wow! It was good!
Now to my current fav investigator- Carlos! (yay!) We only were able to teach him once this past week. Something is happening at the house he is living at and on Sunday he came to sacrament meeting only and said he was currently moving and he'd see us tomorrow. So we'll get more details tonight. Sounds like he is just moving within this area. He has not smoked within, well by now, almost 2 weeks! Yay! One guy who was living in the same house as him I guess was giving him some opposition, saying that we don't talk about Christ in our church. Which obviously Carlos already knew was not true because we always talk about Christ in every lesson! Carlos just told him that he feels welcome and the spirit in our church and that he's never felt that in any other church. Ah, he's doing so well! If we are able to meeting with him enough the next couple of days, he should have his interview thursday. So we'll see if we get in with him enough.
So our elders were supposed to have a baptism yesterday (Jorge Luis). But on thursday he went into the hospital because he was coughing up blood or something about a hernia. But at the hospital they found a tumor somewhere around his stomach and got that out too! Anyways he has stitches and such and is still in the hospital so the earliest we're guessing he can be baptized in the 26th. Can you say double baptism?
While seeking w/ faith this week we talked to this ex-Jehovah's witness man. He was telling us about how involved he was with the JWs in the past. Then he told us that he thinks the JW missionary work is "more intense" than what we were doing. I mean I admit I do not know a lot JW missionaries, but I know they don't leave their homes for 2 years or pay their own way, etc. I'm not sure what this man knew either, but we just kind of laughed.
We've eaten a decent amount of american food recently, but the other day we got tamales! yum!
There's this less active family we've been working a lot with. They haven't gone to church in about a year and our ward loves them, so at every dinner appointment the members tell us to go visit them. We saw them saturday and they said they're going to move their records into the english ward b/c their kids will actually understand and learn more there. So yesterday they went to the english ward for the second time! We're sad that they won't be with us, but now they're actually going to church and their kids are learning. So overall we're happy!
Our "new schedule" starts today! We really didn't get any specific instructions for this. Basically morning are basically the same, but we plan in the morning before studies. We can to companion and language study at any point in the day (so in the morning or afternoon, whatever is better for that day), lunch is only 30 minutes, and the rule still is if we're not in a lesson at 8:30pm then we head home. and now since we don't plan at night we can start going to be at 9:30. Those are really the only changes we have. So Hna Chandler and I are going to experiment a little bit with when to have studies, etc.
This week we really needed/wanted to find new investigators. For most of the week we only had 1 new. We just kept on praying and praying to find new people. Sunday comes. An hermana who manages some apartments brings this lady and her 2 kids to church. We quickly teach them and pick them up after church! Then after dinner we had 2 more lessons and picked up 3 new investigators! so in the end 5 in one day! That was great!
This week should be pretty crazy! Today our zone is having a picnic. Tomorrow is a normal day. Wednesday we're doing weekly planning. Thursday is multizones and hopefully carlos' interview. Friday night we're exchanging so Saturday I'll be in lake elsinore w/ an english stl. Saturday hna chandler is going up to jurupa right after church to attend a baptism. Crazy crazy!
I think that's all for this week! I'll go and send pics too if I have time (all the pics this week are on hna chandler's camera)
Thanks!
Hermana Schooff

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Special Soy Sauce from Mexico

Hola! Como estan?

Just a warning I'm at the library and my time might be a little cut off  so there is a chance this email will come in 2 chunks. we'll see what happens.
So first w/ the subject line- last Monday we went to our dinner. Part of our dinner was white rice w/ soy sauce on top. This hna told us when she went to mexico recently she bought this special soy sauce. Then she decided to give us her other bottle of soy sauce. Folks, it is just a normal bottle of soy sauce. You can buy it at any grocery store in the states.
Had to take a pic next to our "special" soy sauce

Anyways we gave it to this elder in our zone who use to be a cook at a restaurant. 
Also at that dinner, she said she made some cake for us. She goes to serve us this cake. She cuts 1/4 of this cake and puts it on a plate. We're thinking, ok yeah she'll cut that in half and one for each of us. NO. This hna literally gave both of us 1/4 of this cake. Wow. It was a lot. Then she apologized because she didn't offer ice cream w/ it. Oh hermanas.....
We have a new ward mission leader! He was called sunday. His wife was also called to be a ward missionary so that'll be fun! Their grandson comes home from his mission in the dominican republic this friday! So their whole family is just going to be a huge help in our missionary work!
Carlos! He came to church for the second time on Sunday. He really liked it, but we didn't have much time to talk to him afterwards. We taught him word of wisdom. He smokes but he just said, yeah i'll stop. We really haven't had time to follow up on his smoking yet, but one day we texted him a friendly reminder that said "no fuma!" (don't smoke) and he said "no hermanas." We're not sure if he thought we were asking him or what but he is more than willing to stop. 
This week we had dinner with a less active family in our ward. We decided to teach tithing on that day before we knew who we'd teach it to. We called various members to see if they could feed us that day, but they couldn't. Our last idea was to call this family, and hna chandler and I were both decently terrified to call and ask them, but they said yes! It was so much fun to get to know them better and tithing was actually the perfect lesson for them! They already have strong testimonies of tithing, and it was just a good reminder for them to keep going so they can have those blessings.
On Sunday the YW President asked if we could teach a short plan of salvation to start her class so we said yes. Man. It was rough. First off some of the girls really don't know that much spanish so it was a spanglish lesson. Then none of them wanted to talk! at all! I now publicly apologize to all my yw, sunday school, and seminary teachers for not talking as much as I should of in class. It is rough to be that teacher. 
This week we went to a member's house b/c we had set up an appointment w/ them. So we knock and no one answers. Eventually we hear this voice from above. Literally. A relative opens the upstairs window to ask who we are. And then she got the hno and hna and we got in. 
Folks- the ipads. They are coming. Very soon. We can tell. We had interviews w/ president yesterday and he gave our zl's these technology safety booklets. Hna chandler has seen them before and says they are ALL about ipads. So we might hear more about on thursday w/ zdm but either was they are coming soon! probably before like june is our guess!
So many changes are going to happen by the time I'm halfway done w/ my mission! Ipads, new preach my gospels, new mission president, new schedule, etc. Even more changes than I know now! 
classic hna schooff studies look- whatever I'm wearing for the day plus fuzzy socks, a sweater, and warm scarf. w/ drying hair

The word to describe this past week is: pausing. Within the past like 2 weeks we've paused like 12+ investigators. And we only got 1 new last week (and he'll be passed off to english elders in our next appointment). So that's our goal for this week. 
Our elders have a baptism this sunday so that'll be fun! Then hna chandler has a baptism back in jurupa the following sunday, and hopefully the last sunday of the month will be carlos' baptism! 
Ok I think that's it! Until next week!

Hermana Schooff
Palm tree in somebody's yard, but then turned it into a street light!