As I told hermana Alvey this week, "El aire es como un fuego". Man, it got hot this week! I'm sure it'll just get worse! The car said 120 degrees once, but I think it was more like 110. One thing I've learned is sweat is real. real gross. But something I have to live with (basically constantly) for the next 2-3 months. awesome. Nobody said missionary work is a glamorous work.
Our 4th of July Celebration was mostly on the 3rd. There was a fire work show at the high school across the corner from us. and Sister Burrola (our homeshare) had her family over for a pool party, food, and to watch the fireworks. so we had dinner with them (really good food. Haven't had a bbq in a long time! the best was the carne asada though). We actually got 2 lessons that evening! then we got home just in time to see the finale of the firework show.
One of the investigators we taught is Baltazar. He went to church a few times, but we had a hard time meeting with him. so we finally saw him . sad story. He is here and his family is back in his country. So he's trying to get money so they can come here. but his older son tried to cross the border and apparently got kidnapped by a mexican cartel and is being held ransom. So Baltazar is trying to find all the work he can to get more money to help his son. It is so sad! We're not sure how he found this out or anything. But we are planning to have some hermanos from the ward give him a blessing of comfort soon. so that'll help!
4th of July! We did our studies and then had "Meet the President". It was good! The Hammons seem super nice! Decently young as well. They're from utah, he was like associate vice pres of UVU, they served in the Dom. Republic together doing like welfare type things, but also working in the temple and D.R. MTC. so that's super cool. His Spanish is like way good. And I think Sister Hammon speaks spanish pretty well too- so that'll be awesome! We got to know them more, they got to know us, and then they gave us a training about missionary work in general and some things they want to focus on. It was great! The day before the ZLs asked me to do a musical number, so luckily it worked out. I played I stand all amazed on the flute. We went to grab dinner and ended by getting my fav- JAMBA JUICE! the first jamba I've had on my mission. The girl working there is the relief society pres. of the YSA ward here and gave us medium cups for $1 #BLESSED that evening we had a zone activity with both zones in the stake. we played sports (aka volleyball for the sisters) and talked mostly. it was fun!
|Thanks nice Jamba Juice lady! totally worth $1|
we went to stop by this investigator and she was cooking lunch so she ended up feeding us! some kind of soup (lol she had us cut some potatoes but I think we went too slow for her) and some carne asada tacos (the meat was like red, but it was cooked. she said it was weird but fine). Had a quick lesson with her and her husband and son.
|What says America more than tacos? That fish taco was really good FYI|
Later that evening Hna Alvey felt sick. Sis. Burrola's family brought a stomach virus with them it seems and Hna Alvey got it (I didn't so that was good). So we stayed in and . But we got a split with us- a returned missionary named Jocelyn. She served in Honduras. She has been looking for a job for awhile now. I guess she told her mom before she left that she was going to come out with us since she doesn't have a job and hopefully she'd be blessed with a job. BAM! DONE! We were driving to our first person and she got a phone call of a job offer. Then at the end she got a phone call with another job offer as well. Blessings! It was awesome!
we had service at the old folks home. We played bowling (the bowling bowl is a hollow rubber ball). Some were actually pretty good at it! Sis. Burrola had a party she has every July for her friends (like an unofficial bday party). So we had some tacos from a taco guy she hired (I can never go back to American tacos. You need to have a corn tortilla, good meat, onion, strong salsas, and most importantly- cilantro. can't have a taco without cilantro). But the house got so hot that evening! It was a hot day already! By the time we went to bed I think it was 90 degrees in our bedroom. A little rough, but we made it. Like I said at the beginning, sweat is real. We took cold showers before going to bed that night, and like 5 minutes after we were already sweating again. oh well... moving on....
|mira loma though|
We met with one of our investigators. Sadly he fell back into drinking again. He got mad about some events in his life and started drinking. So we shared a message about Peter walking on water and faith and focus. We set some goals with him and hope he'll stick to them.
We met with Valerie again. She is still being weirded out by some weird spirit thing in her house. I don't know, it kind of weirds me out. But we taught her the plan of salvation and she agreed to be baptized! yay! She said she'd come to church, but didn't. We're not sure why yet, but will find out!
Yesterday was the first time I actually got like scared by a dog on my mission. We were walking up this street to contact referrals and 3 dogs run out of this open gate: 1 little and 2 big. First time they ran to Hna Alvey and I wouldn't look at them but just kept walking. Second time they ran to me and the big dark one literally like ran right up to me barking. It kind of freaked me out, but all I could do was walk on the grass like 3 inches above where he was. It was a little scary. But all that happened is I guess the little one bit Hna's shoe.
craziness of yesterday! So we went to church and well I don't know a lot of the people yet (week 2 you know). But by the end of church the elders tell us that a lot of people were there from our area who aren't members. what? our bad, we should've talked to everyone. So after dinner, we were searching for new investigators and hopefully some of the people who went to church. We found one, a neighbor of an investigator who cancelled on us. Then we stopped by this PMF family who went to church to pick up the father and son (non members) as investigators again. But they were busy eating, so we teach a lesson anyways, and 2 visitors of theirs (who also went to church) sat in! Milagro! So we got 3 new investigators yesterday and 2 of them went to church. Awesome! Most of the week was hard for us work wise, with meetings, holidays, sickness, service, etc. so it felt like we didn't get much work done. but we did the best we could and the Lord blessed us in the end. Legit the very end though. Like that PMF was the last people we had time to try last night. Milagros!
our ward is doing an FHE. We invited a lot of our investigators and less actives. Some of them have been a little flaky lately, but we hope lots of people come!
Lol- yesterday at dinner I realized I can actually make like some jokes in Spanish now. Ok maybe not jokes is the best word, but I can make humorous comments in a conversation now. Progress- it is real! I asked this hermano where he was from and he said the largest country. I assumed he meant Mexico, but I asked "Russia?" they thought that was so funny. turns out Hispanics will call people russians when they want to call someone mean or cold. So they thought that was funny. Turns out he is from El Salvador (don't ask me why that's the biggest country)
|lunch today- I broke two forks while trying to cut some chicken.|
One cool thing I liked from my studies this week was reading about Pilate in John. When Christ is crucified, Pilate puts up a sign that says "Jesus Christ King of the Jews". People wanted him to write that he said he was kind of the jews. But Pilate wrote a statement- King of the Jews. The couple of times Pilate questioned Jesus, he asked him if he was a king. Christ bore witness of himself and His kingdom, which is not of this world. In these moments, Pilate gained a witness/testimony that Christ was a King. And he showed this in the end by writing that statement.
Anyways I think that is it for now!
Oh! So today we saw a video some elders made- called The Mission Office- like a spoof of the Office, but about the mission. I think it is on facebook (maybe in the california riverside mission page). Look for it! It was awesome!
Also the Hammons will be starting a blog if you want to look at it: http://
Que tengan una buena semana!
|lol today since we forgot to take pictures of us this week.|