This week has been great as always! We were able to get together for Multi-Zones on Friday, which is when a bunch of missionaries get together and they have a lot of different things they train you on. It was so great and I learned a lot of things that I need to improve on like retaining our investigators through setting expectations and putting them on a baptismal date. We have a lot of families we are teaching and are hoping that they meet a bunch of the ward members for a fun game of volleyball this Saturday! I’ll have more pictures of the people I’m teaching up next week! Love and miss you all! :0) I hope you have a great week! I never know what to put in these blog posts so if you have any ideas or what you want to know more about, shoot me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
The beginning of this week was pretty rough. Everything we had planned with people had fallen through, so we started by making plans to visit members who live in our area to share the ward mission plan. We gave each family a challenge to help us get 10 non-members to the Pioneer Day activity (they go all out here for pioneer day!). We also gave them a list of all the people we are teaching so they could pray for them by name. We were then able to pick up 8 new investigators in a day and 12 this whole week! The mission standard for a week is three and we have the smallest area in the misson. The Lord really blessed us! There is so much work to do here and I’m really excited for this coming week!
We ended up having only one non-member family show up to the pioneer activity because it was raining the entire day! We still had so much fun! 🙂
This week was pretty normal. Sister Olsen and Sister Castrillon are STL’s (Sister Training Leaders) so they were on exchanges a lot! Sister Roberts and I had a lot of fun in our areas. We just always make each other laugh! I love all these sisters so much! Saturday was my first transfer, which means that I could be moved to another area. However, Sister Olsen and I are still together in the same area which I’m really happy about! Sister Castrillon is being transferred to Spanish, which we are all really excited for her. Plus, we are still serving in the same stake so we will still see her a lot. 🙂 The new sister that’s coming to our apartment was also trained by Sister Olsen and was MTC companions with Sister Roberts which is cool.
Anyway, this week was a good week! We were blessed to be able to find a lot of new people to teach. Even though I’m here in California, I have been able to teach a lot of really cool people from all over the world. One investigator we had was from Egypt and she has had a really hard life. Because she was in Egypt and was Christian, someone actually threw a rock at her head making her epileptic. We have taught her about the plan of salvation and where we go after this life. We also taught another person from Africa who was so promising but had a lot of family against her learn more so she didn’t want us to teach her anymore. I love all of our investigators and one of my favorite is a guy from India/Philippines–we taught him a lot about the atonement and he wants to get baptized, but he’s on his was back to the Philippines and doesn’t know when he’s coming back.
I love teaching people more about Jesus Christ and one of my favorite things about being a missionary is inviting people to get baptized.
We had a crazy experience in our apartment. I usually don’t have bad dreams but ever since I had moved into this apartment I’ve had one every night. Sister Castrillon had a really hard time falling to sleep, so much so that she would only get a few hours of sleep a night. Sister Roberts and Sister Olsen also had bad dreams. Our AC broke so the other sisters moved their mattresses in our room since it was a little cooler. The morning after Sister Roberts saw something during the night that really freaked us out. Luckily, because we are blessed with amazing zone leaders, they called us to meet up for interviews. After that we had them come over and rededicate our apartment with a blessing by the holy Melchizadek Priesthood. That night we all slept great. The blessings of the Priesthood!
My favorite scripture to share this week has been Helaman 5:12 that says “And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”
I know this to be true as I’ve seen it in my own life and in the different people we teach. If you build your foundation on Jesus Christ, you cannot fall.