Monday, March 20, 2017

the week when NOTHING went as planned

hola! como estan?

This week basically nothing went as planned! it was a crazy week! but to get a full understand of this, I basically have to do a day by day explanation. Are y'all ready for an adventure? Because here we gggooooo..............!

So last tuesday we had pday! After emailing we dropped off our 11 bags of water bottles to the recycle place and got like $24 from it! Yay living in california!!! we decided it'll become treat money.... :)

On wednesday we had zdm (zone development meeting). it was super good! So with this current transfer, I think a good amount of STL (sister training leaders) went home or like this current transfer is their last so a lot got released as STLs. So there are 4 less STLs than normally. So our zone does not currently have STLs right now (which is why Hna Tobler who is up in Moreno Valley is my STL- speaking of which, exchanges thursday!!!!). usually the STLs each give 1 training, but our to ZLs had to give all of them! poor guys,  but they did well. Trainings on the doctrine of christ (a president mullen classic- but I love it!), being a consecrated missionary, etc. It gave us super motivation to get out and work!!! So afterwards we quickly ate lunch and as we went to our car to head off to a cita (spanish for appointment, but cita is so much easier to say and type), Hna Flores turns on the car and then like 5 seconds later the car just completely shuts off. And it won't turn back on. So we wait a couple minutes and then it turns back on but with a check engine light on. We call Elder Thorne (he's basically our bff right now, but he's the vehicle coordinator for the mission) and he tells us to take it in to the car dealership (which luckily is like super close to where we live- we drive a chevy cruze right now and it is one of the oldest cars in the mission) but we can stop by our cita first. So we are calling other sister missionaries to see if they could pick us up from the car dealership, etc. and we got to our cita and pick up a new investigator, Maria! I'll talk about her later, let us just go for the craziness that is life first. After that we drop off our car at the dealership and we get a ride to the stake center so we can get some family history center training. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I did learn a decent bit. I really know very little still, but that's ok! It will be different helping recent converts with their family history, because most of them will have nothing in once they log on. We got dropped off at our apartment to do studies, and luckily a dinner picked us up and an Hermana came out with us for the evening. ALSO- Hermana Flores' back has been bothering her more lately so Sister Mullen told us to rest for 1 hour everyday. (she has arthritis in her back). 

Thursday our car was in the shop. Hna woke up and decided it would be  best for her to rest the whole day, which worked out perfectly since thursdays are typically weekly planning (mass planning session for 3ish hours) and we didn't have a car anyways. We had a teamup already lined up for a cita, so I just went with the team up (she just came home from her mission like 1 month ago! from brazil I believe). His name is Daniel- and I'll talk about him later on too. That day we did our studies, weekly planning, working on the area book, etc. Our dinner sent us a pizza. We got a lot of work done (and cleaning) and Hna got to rest which was good.

Friday! Friday was supposed to be normal. In the morning we went and picked up our car and came home to finish studies. As we got in the car to head out for the day, when Hna Flores first turned on the car it gave all sorts of weird, random warning lights, including the check engine light. She turned it off and then back on and the only light that was there was the check engine light- again! She then tried to reverse the car, but the car wouldn't budge (the parking break was off, we aren't that ignorant). After turning it off and on again (that is the recipe for success folks!), it would move, but Elder Thorne told us to take it back to the dealership again!!! the same day! The guy at the dealership told us the guy who works w/ transmission won't be there until Monday (today) but we coudln't really drive the car anymore. anyways we got a member to pick us up from the dealership and drop us off for a quick, last minute changed cita with Maria again. Then we walked around that area trying some people until a different Hna picked us up for a relief society activity/dinner. We celebrated the 175th anniversary of the relief soceity with food (spaghetti- not what I was expecting) and little comments from the bishop and various hermanas. We got a ride home from Hna Kinder who lives not in our apartment complex, but a complex super super close to us. Hna Kinder has saved us this week. And her kids are adorable. 

Saturday! We had a blitz and got a ride there with other sister missionaries (there are 2 other companionships who live in our apartment complex). I was with Sister Pielstick who was in hemet with me all of my mission, so it was like reliving the old hemet days (them old Hemet days... ahh...). Went home for a quick lunch and Hna Kinder dropped us off in an area to work for the afternoon. We taught a new investigator Miriam (I will talk about below), tried by a lot of people, and saw the Orozco family and got to finally have a lesson with the one brother who would never sit in with us! I'll talk about that more below again. Anyways we walked about from 1 until 5:30. We have a lot of work in "old downtown" lake elsinore (around main st.) There are a lot of hispanics in that area. Then between that area and our apartments is an area we call the "avenues" (because a lot of the streets are called avenue 1, avenue 2, etc.). But those two areas are not connected, so we had to walk on these dirt paths to get there. So we did a lot of walking and a lot of work done in that time! It wasn't until we finally got home that we realized how tired we were and how much our feet hurt haha. In total we walked for 6.5 hours on saturday. So we ate dinner (another pizza delivery from an Hna), finished studies, and let Hna rest her back. 
All of these are from Saturday- our walking day! So here we are, our personal scriptures in hand, scriptures to give out, etc. ready to go!

random little road we found. yes, we walked down it too. 

building on the right is "El Unico". We ate there last pday. Yum. REALLY good horchata. And the lake!
walking for 6 hours selfie
eventually the sidewalk ended. but the little dirt paths kept going!


Carless sunday. The Kinder family gave us a ride to church. Hno Kinder plays the organ and the first song he played for prelude sounded like we were in the conference center in salt lake with that organ guy playing. He is really good. MARIA CAME TO CHURCH!!! It was so awesome! That has been the first time in our area someone has come to church since the end of January. She really seemed to like it! She said she use to have all these crazy ideas about mormons but by coming to church she realized we really do believe in christ and that's like all we really focus on. We see her tonight again. What I just said will make more since once I explain more about her. Then we had lunch with Hna Magadan- pasole! yum! haha and she gave us nachos with our pasole. We got a ride back home so we could start our studies. During studies Hna Flores started to feel worse, so we decided we would just try our one cita for the day and then come back home to finish studies and let her rest some more. Our cita wasn't there either haha. So we watched a couple of movies (the testaments, etc.) and did studies. Tonight we are going to visit these two new member of our ward. They are english but the stake president I think asked them to start attending the El Cariso ward. He went on a spanish speaking mission but she doesn't know spanish at all. So we'll visit them, plus he is a chiropracter so we're going to see if he can help Hna Flores at all.

Good news about the car. When we dropped it off friday, the guy who had been working with us said when he called Elder THorne, elder thorne said they had already ordered us A NEW CAR!!! yay!!! we hope that is true, but elder thorne hasn't told us anything. But likely there is a Malibu in our near future. Which is great. The malibu's are super nice! A lot of the sisters here in Lk El have them. You can put 2 USBs in at one and listen to their music combined (so you don't have to flip USBs) and it has wifi!!! So once we get ipads, malibus will be AMAZING! 

One of our days for language study, I showed Hna Flores some of my spanish grammar books. She was telling elder rivas (he is from mexico, is a spanish elder but is currently serving in an english ward for probably like 2 transfer to learn english more) that she doesn't know anything about accents in spanish (like accent marks, not like southern accent, etc.). So I was able to kind of teach her about that and other grammar things she knows but doesn't really know. Haha native speaker problems. But pros at the same time. 

We also came up with our companionship name. We came up with it when Hna heard me say something. She thought I said "Flo-scho" but I said something else. Anyways our comp name is FloScho now. cool cool.

So our investigators!!!
Maria! She is probably in her 60's. She has meet with JWs before and she told us they invited her to go to church but she didn't want to. But when we invited her (before she told us that) she said she felt good about it and would come. The second lesson we had with her she said she feels so good when we visit her (#holyghost) and that she knows everything about joseph smith is true. She told us she would have her husband drop her off at church, but he seems not 100% supportive so we weren't positive if she would actually come. But she came!!! and really enjoyed it!!! It was perfect: so we had an Hna, Hna Pinzon, in mind for a perfect team up for Maria! They just seem like they'd be pals. Hna Pinzon doesn't drive, so with our car troubles we haven't take her with us yet. But Maria and Hna Pinzon walked into the chapel at the same time and Hna Pinzon automatically helped her get a hymn book and sat next to her- all before we could make our way over there to sit with them! it was perfect! our dream fellowship didn't even need to be asked. We're excited to see Maria tonight!

Daniel! He has visited with missionaries before, like 6 years ago in another city. The like 5 years or so he has lived here in Lk El he has never seen missionaries, so when he saw the elders he felt like it was a sign. He speaks really good english, but wants us to teach his wife as well who only speaks spanish. apparently they even went to church a couple of times 6 years ago. We meet with them again on tuesday- hopefully with the wife. He is a talker though! Which is good, just that Hna Flores and I are still working on interrupting people so we can take better control of the lessons.

Miriam! She is so cute! She is super tiny! We thought she was our age, but it turns out she is 33 and has like a 12 year old kid I think. Anyways, her family is super catholic and won't let us meet in her house. But Miriam really does not like the catholic church. She wants to learn more about other religions. She doesn't have a car, and neither did we, so we just quickly shared a video with her outside. We are meeting with her wednesday in a park for a little bit better of an environment than just outside her fence. 

Then the Orozco family! We really did not know what to do with them. We felt like the last lesson we had we just pushed too hard. So we stopped over and decided to try to focus on the one brother who has never met with us before. He is 14 and pretty shy. We found them outside their house so we spent a decent amount of time just talking to them more, getting to know them. It went pretty well. Then we asked to share a lesson and we taught a simple plan of salvation. The brother sat in with us so we were able to pick him up as well! and he seemed to really like it, especially when we talked about Christ and the atonement. They said they might come to church next week, so we'll work with them this week. The hard thing is when the mom is there, she isn't against us teaching but she will often try to take control of the lesson and throw in weird things. The oldest sister who is 21, she only speaks spanish but the rest of the 3 kids prefer english, so that's hard too. And the baby of the 21 year old is often a distraction. We really want the youth of the ward to help out with them, but it sounds like they are not very good at fellowship which is sad. We will keep working!

That's basically it. Kind of a long email! But now you know the full story of what happened this week. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Schooff

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