Monday, April 3, 2017

APRIL

Hola!!!

Happy April! How did that happen? Usually March feels like it goes on forever, but that was pretty quick! Speaking of quick, this is the last week of this transfer! How did that happen?!? Transfer predictions are all over the place. I'm guessing at least Hna Flores will leave. I will likely stay, unless this one Hna gets put back in here (where she was trained) to be a trainer. We'll see what happens!

There wasn't super much that happened this week. I'll explain why:

Monday! We had dinner w/ this English family who are attending our ward on an assignment from the stake president. The Hno knows spanish thanks to his mission, but the Hna knows no spanish. They cook really good mexican food though! 2 of their children have been disney princes/princesses at disney parks around the world! It was crazy! Anyways Hno is a chiropracter (or however you spell that) and offered to help Hna Flores with her back! So we did that Thursday and now she is feeling a lot better!

The Lake Elsinore zone at multizones! 
Classy people


Tuesday we had multizones! It took from like 7am-4:30pm. Wow. It was long, but great! We got trained on how to use the Easter video #PrinceofPeace or #PrincipedePaz. With the Christmas video, we would share it with people in the streets. Now we talk about the themes of the video with people in the streets, but use the actual video in how to begin teaching (or the very beginning of the lessons). We also invite our members to share the video and have a gospel discussion every week. It's pretty good! go see it at mormon.org! There are also cool little videos about principles of peace (different videos in spanish and english! We also got trained on receiving revelation, following the Holy Ghost, the why and what of missionary work. Our Why is simply to help others become clean and What we do is find constantly, teach repentance, baptize converts. Kind of funny/awkward story: right before the end of multizones when we have a testimony meeting, president mullen goes to give a few announcements. One was a reminder to not "counsel" other missionaries of the opposite gender. He told the sisters to call sister mullen if they need anything, then he began to tell this story of how once a sister had to call sister mullen to leave their apartment after hours so they could get some "lady things." Then president said, yes call sister mullen for that, but I also know what lady things are. It was like the weirdest moment ever. Then he just sat down and we started the testimony meeting. Haha super awkward.
Well after sitting for almost 9 hours straight, Hna Flores' back really hurt. So by order of Hna Mullen, we took it easy that night and the next day. So we weren't able to go out and do much work. But on thursday she got her back adjusted and life was better! But our only normal day this week was friday. So not a lot of work got done this week. We had 1 lesson with 1 investigator this week. So that's what our week kind of looked like. 

Everardo! we met with him this week and had a miracle! We were actually able to teach him teach him! like multiple things! Like we basically finished the restoration with him! He actually listened, still talked about his life and such a little repetitively, but we were able to teach him! He wanted to go to conference on saturday, but couldn't in the end because he had to stay extra time out of town with his sister. But he still has that desire to come to church! Also during the lesson, he started to sing us a song he learned as a kid at church. I mean he wasn't a bad singer, but it was still a little awkward. But he is such a sweet man!

We paused the Orozco family this week. Since the one brother just barely started attending the church they go to, they have really just been confused on what to do and probably feeling pressure from both sides. So we paused them and will give them more time. Hopefully in the future there'll be a better time for them.

Like all of our appointments fell through this week! Appointments with investigators, members, even dinners! So with the limited time we hard already, the falling through didn't help us out much. 

One cool experience! One day this week we were out trying people and it was like 8:25, so we had time to try like 1 more person. Oh it was friday, so the end of the month, so we had some miles to burn. We decided to try this former investigator who lives on "the farm", this weird community of "glorified trailers" that randomly transitions into a normal neighborhood, but all of the streets are farm type names. So we knock on the door, and an Hna answers the door. This Hna i've met once at church. They have somewhat recently moved in and are less active but are starting to come back to church! So I met her last sunday and we didn't know where they lived, etc. But they lived there with the former! So we got to share the easter video with them and set up another appointment with them for tomorrow! We barely got to say hi to the former, but she attended part of a general conference session on sunday! so that's a good sign!

We weren't able to do a lot of seeking this week w/ Hna Flores' back, but I felt that we should seek sunday afternoon after conference, even though we don't usually seek on sundays. It was actually really successful! We got a decent amount of spanish potentials, which we haven't for awhile. At one point, I remember we were supposed to call an investigator at 5, but it was 5:30. So we stop right there to call them, but no answer. Right as we are done with this phone call, a family of a near by house leave and are heading to their car. We started off in Spanish, but nobody really responded to that so we switched to english. Then one of the daughters talked to us and said  we could come back tomorrow (so today monday) even though they already go to a church. We asked her to tell her parents that (they were in the car already). 1 minute later the car of the family drives up next to us, and I thought, oh no the parents are going to say we can't come anymore. Nope! The mom says "my daughter said you are coming tomorrow to share a message." we said yes and asked if that was ok with her. The mom was totally cool with it and super nice! So we are excited to meet and teach this family tonight! Speaking of family's, we have another family we've been waiting to teach for awhile and we have a cita with them this week too! We are pumped!

Let's talk conference! (yay!) Lots of plan of salvation talks, being disciple talks etc. Some of my favorites have to be... President Nelson, Elder Sabin (oh yeah!), Elder Rasband, and Elder Clayton. And may I just humbly mention THE SHOUTOUT TO THE CA RIVERSIDE MISSION! OH YEAH! think- how many missions got a shout out at conference? probably like 10 or so. And we were one of them (of course talking about that missionary couple but still, shout out!) I love conference as a missionary! Last conference in the MTC it seemed like there were a ton of talks about missionary work! Not so much this time, but I still got so much out of it! Things for me and for my investigators and other people we work with! But really, if you want to get more out of conference- be a missionary!
Sisters post general conference- we were all super tired


For dinner last night, we had soups and sandwiches with this Hna. It was some kind of fish soup, but it was super creamy and yummy! ahh... still dreaming of it. it apparently was from costco. 

Oh and this morning we went on a hike as a zone! so those are what those pictures are!

Artsy

Hna Flores and I!

Lake Elsinore sisters!


Took a hike this morning for pday! some of our zone members and I

View from the hike


So in the end for this week, our numbers were all zeros. No baptisms, people at church, people on date for baptism, or new investigators. It was kind of a bummer- the first time that has ever happened to me. But overall this week was a really humbling experience. Humbling with what happened and with conference. There are so many things I need to do better- as a missionary and as an individual! Hna Flores and I were talking last night and she mentioned how she always wants to become a better missionary, but always planned on being better in the future. But now she knows NOW is the time to improve, to change, to repent. I think we have both been pretty humbled as of late and are now super ready to change and become better missionaries!
Despite this week not seeming super successful, it was a really important week for me. Humbling, receiving revelation through conference, etc. It was one of the first times I have found that even though almost everything went wrong/not as planned (and you know how much I love when things are planned) and the work was hard, I still LOVED the work. Being a missionary is the bomb! I recommend, 10/10! Yes sometimes I have fear, I have weaknesses, I don't 100% understand what people are saying, people reject us, but the work is amazing! It is truly a wonderful opportunity to be a tiny little missionary in this grand work. I'm ready to take this next year and just run.
As they say at papillion la vista high school- it's go time!

Until next week! I hope you all have a great week!
Hermana Schooff

Bright sun, windy day

Canyon Lake! The lake looks so blue and everything else is decently green. I think things are starting to dry out again


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