Monday, May 29, 2017

the weird things we saw and heard and ate week


Not a ton to say from this week. 
This week it was hard to get in with people. Lake Elsinore is a weird area for finding. Most people here work out of town, and especially with Hispanics they typically leave early in the morning and get home late at night. And when they are at home, they are either cooking, eating, or relaxing w/ friends and family. Life in Lake Elsinore is just really relaxed and it makes it hard to find and teach sometimes. Also this week was a holiday weekend and some big soccer games it sounds like. 
But here's what did happen!
Hno Aguilar! We will have to move his baptismal date. We are trying to help him recognize that he has a testimony. We only got to meet w/ him once this past week, but tomorrow night we are going with obispo Valencia! It'll be good! Hno didn't come to church because he was cooking again for a big fiesta for one of their relative's birthday. I'll tell you more about that later!
Maria! We met w/ her a couple times. She is reading in her book of mormon and loves it! Last time we met w/ her she was only in 1 Nephi 4, but she gets so much out of each chapter! It is amazing! Maria is always worried she's not understand, but she understands a lot! He husband has been w/o a job for like 6 months and had 2 interviews this week. She said she'd come to church if they were in town (apparently her husband will say randomly that they're going to tijuana and then they go), but she didn't so we'll see if they went to tijuana or not. 
We started teaching this man named David. He met w/ missionaries about 6 years ago and went to church like 10 times! He has 2 book of mormons and is reading from them! He is pretty cool! He was out of town this week and we only had a short lesson w/ him, but we are excited to meet with him again this week! 
We are starting to meet w/ bishop Valencia once a week to go over the ward list. We started last week. It is so nice to work closely with bishop! We get a lot of information from him and we can tell him about the people we visit. You can tell he is also getting excited to work with us more too!
I went to redlands for a doctor's appointment! It was cool to drive really quickly in downtown redlands! so pretty!
Then there is the list of weird things we saw and heard and ate this week!
We went to try this referral and there was this cat who had captured a baby chipmunk. It would let is go and chase it and then try to bite its head and neck. It was kind of freaky. We didn't actually see the murder happen, but we're sure it happened after we left. 
We tried this former and she opened the door. In the background, there was a huge speaker playing some Mexican music and then suddenly it started playing (oh here goes my spelling) the song Opum Gangnum Style w/ like still like mexican music behind it. but it was like part of the song. Weird moment (sorry I totally explained that poorly)
So the family we had dinner w/ yesterday went to the Aguilar's fiesta and so they told us to come too to have dinner. So we did and we ate GOAT! Wow! It really wasn't too bad. But not my favorite either. Kind of like a soft steak, but maybe a bit slimier. no se. This week we also almost ate tacos de lengua (tongue tacos) but the Hna said she knew we wouldn't like it so she gave us money. 
While seeking w/ faith, we met this agnostic man but at the end of the conversation he asked if we wanted a water bottle so we said yes. Then he said, "yeah, just in case you're right and I'm wrong". Never heard that one yet! Nice man!
Also while seeking we turned into the nice, cute looking circle. But it was a party! There were 2 events: 1 was some man in the military was being advanced to an officer so there were people all dressed up in their uniforms and they had like a restaurant van thing come to cook food for everyone. Just like 10 feet away was this group of teenagers dancing in the middle of the street. Turns out they had a competition that day and were practicing and they just made up the dance routine the night before. It was impressive! But a crazy little walk around the circle in this quiet neighborhood. 
And lastly a lady we talked to while seeking this week. She seemed pretty cool at first. She was a Jehovah's Witness for like 30 years, but 4 years ago decided to not be JW anymore and she currently isn't attending a church. So we sat down with her in her yard. Then she tells us how her son showed her some information online about the iluminati. Beyonce is the princess of the illuminati. This lady also has written books on how to cure cancer. It is a 7 step program. She says in the JW pamphlets, there are encrypted devil signs that you can only see if you hold the pamphlet up to the mirror. And she learned about living green by unplugging cords when you aren't using the electronic device, but she also discovered that if you leave the cords in, that's how evil spirits enter your house. But if you unplug them, then you are living green and the evil spirits can't enter your house.
Southern California. Got to love it.
Have a great week!
Hermana Schooff


in our apartment parking lot! a squished lizard! gross! 
so this week we found a book to learn english in the apartment. we loved looking at these pictures

area codes: hmm... there's one state missing... NEBRASKA! what? lame!

we talked to this guy w/ his iguana! not my type of pet!

Monday, May 22, 2017



And another transfer is completed! Crazy! Time really flies! Here's transfer 7 for you! Hna Godoy and I are both staying here (yay no packing or arranging rides, etc.)! We are excited and it was what we were both expecting. There are a lot of cool things we want to do this transfer: go on a hike where you can see the ocean (inland mission problems), celebrate halfway to Christmas on June 25th, and more! This transfer is only 5 weeks and it is President Mullen's last 5! Then we'll have a 7 week transfer with the new mission President, President Hammond (I think that's spelled right). 
Our whole zone is changing. Hna and I are the only companionship that isn't changing. So we'll meet the new zone on Wednesday
This past week:
I got a haircut! A member in our ward offered to cut my hair and it needed a trim so we did it! I'm pretty happy with it- shorter will be nicer for the summer!
Haircut! Kind of hard to see, but it is a decent bit shorter than it was

Speaking of summer- it was actually pretty cold a lot of this week! One morning we were walking around and it was like only 60 degrees! We were so cold! All I had was my cardigan, but I could've used a heavier jacket. Wow, I am becoming a wimp. 60 degrees is cold. But it also got hot this week. The weekend was mostly in the mid 90's. I think summer officially starts in like a month... so that'll be fun.
my fav purple flower trees

We found Maria again!! yay!! She was finally back from tijuana (TJ) but wasn't sure when they'd be returning- it could be anytime. She said she'd come to church if she was in town, and she didn't. So we'll probably stop by tomorrow morning and she will probably be back out of town. Then we'll send the info we have off to the missionaries in TJ. 
AAHHH why is Mexico/TJ so close!! They steal all our investigators!! I'm sure this is less of a problem in even just central california. Southern california.... too close to mexico for Spanish missionaries!
This week we got ASL training! We have 1 companionship of ASL in the mission, and actually they also work in different missions too. They taught us how to do a general ASL contact which goes like: I don't sign good. My friends sign well. Can you write down your name and VP (asl phone number) and they can call and chat with you? Thanks, have a nice day.   It was pretty cool! But I'm glad I'm a spanish missionary and not ASL. I'd be so bad!
Hno Aguilar! He is doing pretty well! He is reading in his Libro de Mormon and is praying about it. He came to church again! He told us friday he could only go for sacrament meeting, but he stayed for it all! The men in the church are doing a great job with him! They are more than willing to come with us to his lessons and are becoming good friends with him. It is great to see! Tonight we are taking a recent convert who was in like the same situation as Hno Aguilar (wife is a good member, young kids attend church, husband not a member) to our lesson. It should be good! We are trying to prepare him for a baptismal interview, but it might take more time. We'll see! He already knows a lot and has a great understanding too!
This day we were walking outside and these two big dogs run over to the fence towards the street where we are. One dog starts to bark this deep, big dog bark. We wait for the other one to start too, and then it does except it sounds like a chicken. Legit. This big bull dog looking dog was barking like a chicken. It was the weirdest thing.
This week was a little rough for us. We tried really hard to find new people to teach, but either people weren't home or were busy. We ended up contacting 15 referrals but only taught 1 new investigator. But asi es Lake Elsinore sometimes. Everyone is super relaxed, it is super dark, and everyone is at work, eats, and goes to bed. So it is hard sometimes.
lake elsinore!

We met this cute lady from Cambodia. Her name is Sun! She was telling us about her plants on her front porch and then offered to give us one! She was so cute and from what we understood she lives alone and maybe her husband and son died. But she really struggled with english and we don't know of anyone in the area who knows Cambodian.
This weekend was ward conference! Saturday night we had a noche de talentos (talent night). There was a ton of food and then talents! We could only stay for part of it, but there were these 2 little kids who did a traditional mexican dance, a girl singing/dancing, an Hno telling jokes, the young women did a traditional dance, the primary danced, etc. It was so cute and a lot of fun. Our little gym was PACKED! A lot of ward members were there with their family and friends! Then sunday was awesome! Good talks from the stake leaders. The ward is slowly improving and we are excited to still be here to work with them!
Noche de talentos! 2 cute kids from our ward did a traditional mexican dance. they were good!

Yesterday we had dinner with the Perez family. The daughter in law is Mexican, but is pretty white. So we compared our arms, and I am WAY tanner than she is. So I am tanner than a 100% mexican. 
I've slowly been working through reading the book of mormon. I'm in 1 Nephi 17 I think. It is crazy how many things can apply in so many different ways- as a missionary or even as a normal person! I've never read it this slowly before, but it is pretty cool!

That's all I can think of for now! Here goes another transfer!
Hermana Schooff
Lake Elsinore doesn't usually have as good of sunsets as Hemet, but we've had some good ones lately!

mas sunsets

Shadow pic- emphasis on how huge our feet look :)

Peace! Because I'm always making peace signs

Monday, May 15, 2017

feliz dia de las madres!

Hola! Feliz dia de las Madres!

It was great to skype the family! Kind of weird too I have to admit! I know skyping is pretty distracting for some missionaries, but it hasn't been for me so far! It happened, we finished, and we went back to work! I think I'm at a really good spot of my mission: the end is still far enough away, but I'm getting better and more comfortable everyday, and going out to work is the best! So skyping wasn't really a distraction. 

The non-member husband of our primary president! Hermano Aguilar! We taught him twice this week! He accepted a baptismal date for early June! He told us he wants to keep learning so he can be prepared to take this next step in his life and be a better husband and father. He has so much desire and has great understanding of the lessons so far! He was starting to read his book of mormon even before we started teaching him. We are super excited to be working with him. Sadly he didn't come to church this week because he was preparing a big mother's day dinner all morning. But we are seeing him tonight and it'll be swell!
Lol sign in a member's bathroom. TRUTH

Tuesday we had multi-zones w/ the Menifee zone! A LOT of people I knew from my Hemet days are now serving in Menifee so I got to see a lot of people I already knew which was lots of fun! A lot of BOMB trainings. Multi-zones are the best but also a little overwhelming because you always know there are so many things you need to do to improve. But the spirit is so strong, you learn a lot, then you try to apply things in your area and you see more success!! We talked a decent bit about finding and seeking with faith- and as we applied those things we found a good of amount of english referrals or potentials/new investigators for us!

Multi-zones! Lake Elsinore zone (minus the spanish elders- they were sick). Also you're favorite hermana is looking pretty tan in this pic! ;)

So we go for a funny pic and the Elder complain that President and Sister Mullen never do anything but smile. So President goes and kisses Sister Mullen on the cheek. And EVERYONE freaked out. I'll try and get that pic from one of the sisters
here it is, in all it's glory!

That night we went to eat with the Magadan family. They said they invited some of their neighbors over to eat with us- so we're thinking non members. Nope. They are members of the english ward and just happen to be their next door neighbors as well! The sister served a mission in Germany many years ago! She spoke a little bit of german to me. I was surprised that I understood what she said, but everytime I went to respond it was Spanish. So I can still mas o menos understand German, but the speaking is basically gone. I can't even remember the basic sentences of German other than "ich bin gut." Right now I can't even remember how to say my name is __. Mi nombre es.... Yo soy la hermana schooff..... me llama....! Everything is spanish! which is a good thing haha

Last week the hermanas in Menifee gave us this referral. They called him and set up an appointment and then found out he lives in our area. The weird thing was when they sent us his address, we were legit parked like 3 houses down from where he lives. WEIRD. Anyways his name is Martin. Apparently 8 months ago he went to temple square and watched a movie about Jose Smith (Joseph Smith, haha Spanish) and wanted to meet with missionaries. He was a Jehovah's witness before, but at this time he had distanced himself from that faith. Turns out somehow the missionaries didn't contact him for 8 months until now (not sure what happened, technology, area confusion, etc.). Now he is back practicing w/ the JWs, but is still curious and has a lot of questions for us!

Wednesday! It was Mexican Mother's day. I'm pretty sure Mexico is the only place on the Earth that doesn't celebrate Mother's day on the 2nd Sunday of May (don't quote me on that). In Mexico they celebrate Mother's day on May 10th. Always May 10th. 

Folks. I ate pupusas for the first time. Pretty life changing. Pupusas are from El Salvador (I'm 99% sure). It's basically the masa (corn dough stuff you use to make a lot of hispanic food) with meat and stuff inside (we had queso y pollo) lightly fried and you put this salad stuff soaked in salsa on top with even more salsa! so good. 
PUPUSAS! For the first time! Real good, folks. Like too good. Watch out. 

Hermana Godoy has won like awards for public speaking and pronunciation. So she is working with me to improve my accent right now. Sometimes I have "gringa-native" moments (when I sound native enough that she thinks people will be surprised I'm a gringa). It is still a work in process. Basically I just learned that to sound native, you really have to chill out your entire mouth. Make your mouth relaxed. Less stress, harsh sounds (cough cough, german, cough cough). So it's getting better!

The recent converts in the ward just got callings! The 27 yr old is going to teach an elders quorum class once a month. And the married one is the secretary for the ward executive secretary. We are so excited for them both! Actually Hno Aguilar reminds us a lot of the married recent convert. Dream team up! We'll  make it happen!

The ward had a mother's day activity saturday (I forgot to take pics). They decorated and had pictures of all the mothers. The men served the sisters catered olive garden, there was music, dancing later on (lol we weren't there for that), and a trivia game to see how much the kids actually know about their moms. It was cute and fun!

Yesterday was mostly full with church, skyping, dinner, and studies! We went to try this referral sunday night. It was weird. This 9 year old girl comes out and we ask if Chico was there. She asks like who we are and what we do. She had no idea what missionaries are. We said we share messages of Jesus Christ with people. The girl asked, "Oh. Is that a bad thing?" haha nope it is a good things. It seemed like there was a party going on inside the house. Chico wanted us to go in and teach him and the girl (his niece), but we were like hm well maybe another time will be better. Then this either super drunk or high guy comes out and points to the trash cans and says "stinky. You can come inside b/c it is stinky." he than offers us something to drink and we decline. He asks if we like dancing and the girl says no they're church girls. The guy says, "oh. well you know David danced to praise the Lord." and the guy starts dancing a little bit. Luckily Chico came back at the point and we scheduled for a different day. 
downtown neighborhoods! There are these trees w/ beautiful purple flowers that are popping up everywhere!

This morning we had crossfit! the last crossfit (most likely unless the new mission president decides to do them too). It wasn't too bad. It was a lot of fun to see everyone in the south half of the mission! Lake Elsinore, Menifee, and Hemet zones. Got to see a bunch of hermanas, catch up w/ Hermana Chandler, etc. Haha Elder Rivas, he came into the mission with me and is serving in my zone but english speaking this transfer, he is from Mexico City. But he was wearing a border control shirt. The Elders died. 

Wow that was a longer email than I was expecting! Anyways we'll work hard this week! Saturday the ward has a talent show/dinner! Sunday we have ward conference! Saturday we'll get transfer calls! Ah! We'll see what happens!
Next transfer is only 5 weeks and then we'll get a new mission president! It doesn't seem real!

Hermana Schooff

will this companionship stay or go? find out next week!

OUR NEW CAR! It is nameless so far, but we have some ideas


Monday, May 8, 2017


Hola! Como estan?

FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO! Just kidding, cinco de mayo is like nothing, unless you like in Puebla, Mexico. That's what I learned this week.
So it was a shorter week since pday was on tuesday. We had dinner with the Kinders, a super cute/young family in our ward. The youngest, Emma, who is like 18 months old or something like that, got to say the prayer at the end. IT WAS THE CUTEST THING. Hna Kinder would tell her what to say and Emma would kind of mumble it back. She can't like say words words, but she got pretty close. It was way cute.
Tuesday night we went to visit the Primary President and have a little message/missionary invitation for her. So we sit down and this cool patio they have out back, and while we are still making small talk, her visiting teachers show up to share a message! Hermana says her husband, who isn't a member but we know has met with the sister missionaries before, wanted to sit in on our lesson. So he listens to the visiting teachers and then we share our message afterwards! So we picked him up as an investigator and he came to church on Sunday! Apparently he never went to church when the hermanas taught him in the past. I guess he said in Elders Quorum that he wants to be a better husband/father and support his wife more in her calling/church. We are excited to keep teaching him and see how it goes!
Wednesday we drove up to Riverside to pick up OUR NEW CAR! We trade our "old' Chevy Cruze for a red 2017 toyota corolla! We finally have a USB port again and can listen to more music! It is a pretty nice ride I must say! Hermana Godoy can't drive b/c she needs to renew her license, so as long as we're together and I'm here, I am the designated driver! Riverside is very pretty but a little bit confusing w/ like weird intersections, etc. I decided I am NOT a city person. I don't mind staying in places like Hemet and Lake Elsinore- at least while I'm driving. We haven't taken any car pictures yet because it was kind of dusty and we will wash it after emailing. So you will get car pictures next week. 
It was pretty hot this week until the weekend when it started to RAIN! YAY! I really love rain. the Lake looks SO GOOD now too! Blue and full! compared to green and ehhhh... 
Friday was cinco de mayo! And it wasn't a big deal. at all. A decent amount of our members aren't from mexico. A lot are from Argentina/Paraguay/that part of the world. But of course a decent amount are from Mexico. We didn't see any big celebrations. The most celebratory thing we did was we had some really good fish tacos at a members house. 
We are starting to work with our ward mission leader a lot more now! He's a cute, old man, but now we are really working better with him and the ward.
Saturday we had service. The city had another bring in your weird trash day (so like TVs, big yard trash, furniture, etc.). So we helped people unload their trash from their cars/trailers into dumpsters. It started raining once we got there, but then it dried up and all this dust was flying around. So once we were done we had all this dust and dirt stuck to our faces, necks, ears, even in our nose. It was crazy! 
Don Juan apparently might have gone back to Mexico. Apparently he was visiting here until July, but it sounds like he might have gone back already. We'll make sure this week. But we brought this cute old hermano from the ward to be his bff. it was going to be great.
On Saturday we had dinner w/ a family from Argentina. During the dinner their friend from Brazil walks in and tells us all these weird stories, like when she had her first child. It was crazy hearing the same language, but accents from venezuela, argentina, and brazil. There were all pretty different- especially the brazil one! 
We had the weird gospel principles class yesterday. The original topic was the spirit world, but then we went on into the law of chastity, homosexuality, and even pot brownies. It was weird. pero asi es los barrios de espanol!
We also began teaching this former investigator. She is 15 and a freshman. We taught her family as well. She is super cute, sweet, and shy and we're excited to get to know them better. 
This week! We have multizones tomorrow. Saturday the ward is having a mother's day activity! Oh, the husband of the primary president who we are teaching will be the DJ since the original DJ cancelled or something. So that'll be really good!
That's all I can think of! If you're family- I'll talk to you Sunday!!

Hermana Schooff

This morning for a zone activity we hiked around the "Ortega falls". Here it is! Luckily it looked pretty decent thanks to the rain we got this weekend! (yay rain!)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

el dos de mayo

Hola! como estan?

We had interviews with President Mullen yesterday, so we have Pday today!
last week! 
I ate fried cheese. It was kind of weird. REALLY salty. maybe too salty. 

Tuesday we taught the couple who were former investigators. You know, the guy who was kind of rude? Luckily I found some charity for him. So we're good now. But they aren't willing to act right now, they just want to have a nice bible study which is NOT what we do. Sorry. But they have this 24 year old girl who is living in their house and she seems pretty cool and open! So we have a cita w/ her tonight, but since it is in the house of these formers, they will still be there and will sit in on the lesson. But we want to pause them for now. So awkward.... We'll figure it out.

Wednesday we started w/ personal study and then went out to work. It was a super productive like 1.5 hours! We contacted like 4 people and found a family of 3! It was this older couple and their granddaughter who is either 15 or 16. She is doing independent study for high school and seems pretty cool! And they gave us some referrals! So we were super excited!

On May 21 (last saturday of the transfer) our ward is having a noche de talentos (ward talent night). We had dinner with our ward Primary president and she was telling us of the dance the primary will be doing and one her son will be doing, etc. I AM SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS ACTIVITY! haha I don't even know why I"m super excited, but I am. We are trying to think of something us and the elders and maybe the ward missionaries can do for a talent. The only we thing we can think of right now is a hymn, and that's not bad but not super cool (especially since together we have limited musical abilities). We'll figure something out... hopefully....

Wednesday night we started exchanges! Our STLS are Hna Chandler and Sister Diamond who are serving in Hemet. And I got to go back to Hemet (well technically the San Jacinto zone, but it's the Hemet Stake)!!! It was super weird folks! So the transfer I left Hemet, the Hermanas switched apartments with some english sisters (sister diamond). So for this exchange I was back in my old Hemet apartment!! IT WAS SO WEIRD! Just driving into Hemet that night, it seemed so familiar, yet so far in the past! Being in that apartment again was the weirdest. I got to sleep in the bed Hna Jensen always slept in. I used my old, rather ineffective shower, and cooked in that tiny kitchen. It was so weird folks... especially without Hna Jensen and because they rearranged the furniture. I could just feel that it was NOT my area. It used to be, but I could just feel that I was not in my area. Sister Diamond is the bomb! She is a super awesome missionary! Their area is just booming now! We had 2 really cool lessons together. One was with a lady whose son died about 9 months ago. He was shot outside their apartment and they all saw it happen. It was so sad! It was fun seeing Hna Chandler again too and get updates of how things are in Hemet! The Ramona ward is in good hands! I also got to meet Hna Chandler's trainee, she's super cute and seems like a lot of fun! Hnas Godoy and Chandler had a pretty successful day in Lake Elsinore as well.

During exchanges Hnas godoy y chandler taught a part member family for the first time! The grandparents are members, but the grandmother can't come to church b/c of a heart medication. We think one of the parents is a member and the other isn't, and none of their kids are baptized. The lesson they had was just with some of the kids and the grandparents. We are meeting with them again tomorrow!

Usually on Saturday mornings we have a "blitz". A blitz is when the whole zone meets together and you get assigned another missionary who is not your companion (but of course sisters and with sisters and elders are with elders) and you go and seek in 1 english area. So all the missionaries go and seek in 1 english area and they get lots of referrals (hopefully). I was with Sister Birch, who was in the Hemet stake up in the mountains (anza/idyllwild) when I was in Hemet! She is super cool and a wonderful missionary! Last transfer up in anza they got in a car accident and recently Sister Birch's neck has been bothering her. Yesterday she went to see a physical therapist, and she has to go home in the next few days to get an MRI and probably a decent amount of physical therapy. But I'm super glad I go to know her better at the blitz on Saturday! We meet this really weird guy. So this shirtless man in like his mid 40s turns the corner and starts walking on the other side of the street from us. He sees us and starts to smile and yells, "HEY! ARE YOU CHURCH GIRLS?" We're like yeah! then he yells, "ARE YOU THE MORMONS?" So we're like yeah! He comes over and talks to us. he says his brother served a mission in tennesse but now is excommunicated. But he's catholic and will never change. Then he asks our names and man he liked the name Schooff. He tells us how perfect we seem, and wow this man is just animated. He didn't seem 100% there, but not like too off either. It was weird. Anyways he was just super animated and funny and it was the weirdest contact I've had in a long while. I can't even tell the story well.

Don Juan! Hna Flores and I met him while seeking with faith at the very beginning of April! He lives all the way on the other side of the Lake, and we haven't been over there in a while, but on Saturday we finally went to try him. His grandsons recognized us and then Don Juan came out and told us he was wondering when we would come back (sorry man, we got a limit on miles). So we taught him a little bit. He wants to change his life! Straight up told us that! He wants to come to church with us this coming sunday and accepted a baptismal date! He is a sweet, old man. Hopefully we can meet with his family too this weekend. 

We taught this inactive Hna this week. She has been studying with the Jehovah's Witnesses recently in the past. So we asked her to share her testimony and then her testimony of the restoration. She has a testimony, but not of the restoration. She has a lot of questions too. We weren't really sure where to start, so we just shared our testimonies of the restoration. I shared that I really love the message of the restoration because it really is a message of love! God loves us because we are his children and he gave us a plan for this life! Because God loves us he gives us families! Because God loves us he gave us prophets and sent His Son to the earth to teach the Gospel, establish a church w/ the presithood, and paid for our sins, pains, and died for us. Even though people rejected Christ and the gospel, because God loves us, He restored His church by calling a new prophet. Because of His love we have these truths back on the earth with the Priesthood authority so we can enjoy all His blessings. 
a SOLID restoration (of the gospel of Jesus Christ)

This week we picked up 7 new investigators! It was great!
Yesterday we had interviews with President. The Mullens only have like 8 more weeks left in the mission :( that's sad. We are allowed to ask President a question at the end of our interviews- any question we want. So I asked him how the transition between new mission presidents work. They get some training at the MTC, then they come to the mission, meet the office missionaries, meet with the old mission president for 2 hours and then bam! That's it. Crazy, huh? I was not expecting that. Then the mission president will do a tour of the mission and interviews to meet the missionaries. 

Yesterday we had a lesson w/ 2 recent converts here. We taught about missionary work and we made them role play with us! haha! As missionaries we practice a lot of things: talking to people on the streets, teaching lessons, extending invitations, etc. So we had them practice answering questions some of their friends might have. It was so funny to watch them role play with us! They are both a little shy but sssoooo friendly and nice. They were both baptized around the end of January and received the Mel. Preisthood about 2 weeks ago! They are progressing quickly!

We have awesome news. WE'RE GETTING A 2017 COROLLA TOMORROW MORNING! We're excited. Goodbye Chevy Cruze! Thanks for not completely dying on us! But we are excited to get a new car, and specifically a car with a USB port so we can listen to more than just CDs. So we'll drive up to riverside tomorrow morning, they'll move our tiwi (check your speed!) to our new car and we'll be on our way! Get ready for some car pictures!
dumpster pics! #classy

This week I started reading the Book of Mormon again, but this time I'm marking for 3 things: things about missionary work, any reference to Christ, and commandments and promises from the Lord. I'm only in 1 Nephi 2- but wow! It was so cool! I'm finding so many cool things! Before my mission, I thought a knew basically everything about the gospel. But there is always so much to learn, and to apply things in a different way! I love being able to have dedicated study time everyday. Our 1 hour of personal study goes by in a flash. 1 hour feels like 15 minutes most days. I love it though. I always want more time to study!
I've never completely read the old testament before, so I'm starting to do it now. I found out if I read like 4 pages everyday from where I'm at now (exodus) I can finish the whole thing by the end of my mission. So that basically shows us, the old testament is really long :)

This week is going to fly by! Pday today, new car tomorrow, weekly planning thursday, DDM friday, blitz saturday, church sunday, then another pday! And how is it may?!?! Like what? April went by so fast! So will May- I can already tell. 
I'll let you know how cinco de mayo goes. Apparently not a lot of hispanics actually celebrate it. It is mostly an american made celebration. But I am in america still. I'll let you know. 

I think that's it! I hope you all have a great week! Talk to you Monday (for really this time)

Hermana Schooff