Monday, March 27, 2017

how is it week 5 of this transfer?!?

Hola todos!

Hope everything is going well! Let us just jump right in!
Last pday we were supposed to play kickball but nobody brought a ball (we did that today instead), but we started to play knockout in the gym for a little bit. Guess who won? Oh yay, Hna Schooff won. I think I just got really like, I would swoosh the ball in the first shot like everytime except once I think. Don't worry- the zone learned I'm really not that talented in kickball today. 
Last monday we also cleaned our apartment because we had time and no car. It looks real nice now. In the afternoon we got a call saying our car is good to pick it up. Turns out tiwi, the system all missionary cars have to "check your speed", etc. sometimes gives a false check engine warning light. So that car has been fine every since! We'll see if Elder Thorne really already ordered us a new car or not....
We started teaching this 18 year old Kimberly. She is about to graduate from high school. She hasn't gone to a church in years, but really wants to start going to a church again b/c she has felt a difference in her life. So that's super cool! She seems to have a lot of potential, but it is hard for us to find her at home b/c of school and work and friends.
We received this referral for this lady named Elva. In the referral the missionaries (english) said that Elva apparently was looking for a church in the area to attend. Get there and nope. Elva is a very active missionary for a pentecostal (well spelling is a struggle) church. So we talked with her for a little while. She's NOT looking for a church to attend and was only in the area for like 4 more days visiting family. 
One day this week we were seeking w/ faith and ran into this cat on the street. Super nice. Its name was Junior. We started to pet junior for a couple of minutes and then went on our way to continue seeking. Junior decided to follow us. Since Junior had a name tag on his collar, we decided he was a missionary and we became A TRIO!!! yay! there'll be photos of that. It was a grand experience to be seeking w/ a cat.
Junior! We were a trio!

Also speaking of cats- one day this week we were leaving this house after trying a former investigator and there were like 10 cats out in the street. So we jokingly pretended to contact them. They were all really timid cats so they ran away from us. 
On Thursday we had exchanges!! Since our car has been in the shop for like a long time, we have lots of miles available for us to use until the end of the month. So we drove to and from Moreno Valley twice this week. It was so much fun being w/ Hna Tobler again! Just like old times, except w/o Hna Jensen and not in Hemet. We had a classic Hna Schooff lunch (sub sandwich, some wheat thins, and an apple w/ peanut butter). We got to see one of the Orozco girls and most likely we will be "pausing" them sometime this week. They really like the story of Joseph Smith, but aren't really willing to act. We picked up this new investigator, Everado. He lives in house w/ his 2 brothers, so no women. He works as a landscaper and his house is BEAUTIFUL. We haven't been inside yet (we taught him on his porch since there's no woman there), but his yard is just beautiful! and kind of girly. We were so surprised that no woman lives there. Anyway he is a super nice guy! Divorced twice and says he has been robbed from churches in the past (only could mas o menos understand the specifics, but he talked a lot $) and so hasn't been to a church in a few years. But he now wants to become close to God again and go to church. Yesterday he said he would come to a session of general conference this weekend! So that will be awesome!
We went to stop by for a lesson w/ Daniel and his wife this week. Their like 4 year old daughter answered the door (she is super cute). She was wearing this onesie pajama. We said, "Hi! Are your parents here?" She said, "No. ........ Come inside!" haha! I think she wanted us to play with her. Through further asking, she told us her mom wasn't home and that she took the car. Then she said her dad was in his bedroom, but would also later tell us he wasn't at home. We asked her is she could go tell her dad we were there and she just simply says, "no." haha she is so cute. We called Daniel and he was home, but he wife wasn't and since there was no woman in the house we had to reschedule. 
One day this week we didn't have anyone signed up for dinner, so we were going to go to Kimberly's house b/c apparently her family sells tacos every friday. But there weren't this friday I guess. So we got tacos somewhere else and ate it by the lake! ah it was great (and windy!)
That night we went on splits. I went w/ Hna Cruz. We tried a good amount of people w/o getting in anywhere. Then I felt like trying this referral for a less active Hna who lived near by. We stopped by and got to have a lesson with her! This Hna, Hna De Leon, was asking Hna Cruz about how all this other hnas in the church are doing. She said nobody has visited or called her in forever! I kept feeling like asking if she has visiting teachers, but I didn't. After the lesson Hna Cruz told me SHE was her visiting teacher, but her companion told her that Hna De Leon was a jehovah's witness and didn't like people to visit her. Nope. Not true. On our way out the door Hna De Leon told Hna Cruz she could stop by ANYTIME and visit her. Good work done!
While on the other side of the split, Hna Flores went w/ Hna Pinzon (she's the bomb! and super funny!). They went to have a lesson w/ 2 recent converts and they were going to talk about jesus christ's ministry, the apostasy, and then watch the restoration video. Well apparently some of the Hnos there just went off on this tangent about lost cities, and then during the video at the very part where Joseph Smith goes into the woods the computer dies. So Hna Flores begins just to recite the first vision, and then all of these Hnos from the Elders quorum just come in, open the door to visit one of the recent converts- all mid first vision. It was a crazy experience it sounds like!
We started teaching the Cortez family this week. They currently attend a pentecostal church (seriously, I have met SO MANY pentecostal people in this area. SO MANY. I don't know much about their beliefs, but they are all super solid people w/ great knowledge of the bible). Anyways it went well! they have a lot of good questions and good knowledge already. After teaching Joseph Smith and the first vision I began to testify, but at the end of my testimony I kept on talking but didn't know what to say. So I awkwardly stumbled through a "I know this is true w/ all of my heart"- ya know which is true but I had no idea what I was saying in the moment so it seemed awkward to me. But at the end of the lesson we asked them to pray if Joseph Smith was a prophet. The mom said, "Of course! I mean Hna Schooff just said she knew it w/ all of her heart which is such a strong conviction, so of course I will pray about it!" So that turned out better than I thought!
Saturday was women's conference! yay! The stake had appetizers before hand and then we watched. THE WINK THOUGH!! haha that was so funny I don't even know why. But I really enjoyed women's conference! Prime examples of teaching simply but powerfully. And Elder Eyring's talk.... wow! awesome! the holy ghost is super cool folks!
Saturday night I changed my insulin pump and then I taught hna flores how to use a syringe! (she has an eppi pen so she was curious how she would use it). So we used an orange and had a great lesson shooting water into an orange. Classic.
We also taught this 21 year old named Cynthia. Apparently she and her family are looking for a church, but her family was getting ready to leave so we only taught her. She wanted us to teach her in english, but her fmaily would be in spanish. And she seemed pretty interested in the YSA, so we'll see who will actually end up teaching her. 
Sunday after our dinner, the Hna wanted to show us her chicken coop. Hna Flores loves animals so we went. The little baby chicks were so cute, but next to them were the giant chickens and roosters. The roosters looked terrifying. Birds and I are not friends folks. I kept my distance. You never know when a bird will randomly decided to run after you and peck you or fly and try to land on your and peck you, etc. So I kept my distance. Plus the roosters had this scary looking mohawk hairstyles going on. And the dog that is really more like a wolf that they had tried to jump up and stand on me so that wasn't really cool either. I prefer Junior the cat.
Hna Flores still thinks I'm pretty funny (a great confidence booster), but what REALLY makes her laugh is when people try to pronounce Schooff. And I don't care if people pronounce it wrong- especially hispanics! So during our lesson w/ the cortez family, the mom wanted us to call us by our names (hna flores y schooff) and not just like the sisters or the missionaries. So she was struggling w/ schooff, and her son was trying to help and just completely got it wrong (i don't even remember what he said), but I was just like, yeah perfect good job, and Hna Flores just like lost it in the lesson. good times!
Also! I know there are a lot of people who are working on their mission papers or already have their calls! I read an awesome talk this week I would recommend to everyone who even thinks they might go on a mission! "Becoming a missionary" by elder bednar! do it!

That's basically it for this past week! Tomorrow we have multizones w/ Corona and Mnt Rubidoux so that'll be fun! And conference this weekend! yay!

Hermana Schooff

Went to visit a member who lives in a private, giant neighborhood around "canyon lake". 
my camera couldn't handle the beauty of canyon lake and decided to be blurry
flash made the background super dark

The yellow flowers are ALL over lake elsinore right now. super pretty.
Same w/ these pink flowers. They just popped up all over this weekend.

the lake!

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