This week has been crazy! Sister Olsen is going home and I’m getting transferred to a new area! They are switching me from the smallest area in the mission to the largest! I love the area I’m in now–I know every street and most of the people in this part of Hemet know who we are. We would be walking down the street and have a bunch of people say “Hi!” because we’ve talked to them before. This part of the mission has a lot of success–Sister Olsen and I hit mission standard every week.
My new area is Anza and Idyllwild and I’ll be driving a truck and living in a trailer! lol! The houses are super spread out and most of the work is done through referrals. My new companion is Sister Springer who is super fun! I have a bunch of pictures of her already on my blog.
I’m really sad that Sister Olsen is leaving. She is the best missionary and the most Christlike person I have ever met! She will take the short end of the stick in every situation and she will go out of her way to make anyone feel good. For example, she bought some doughnuts for a group of homeless men this morning. She offers to make me food every day and has never said a bad word about anyone. She is so very patient with me and most importantly, she is close to the spirit at all times. She is always recognizing ways we can do more service and improve as missionaries. I know that the Lord’s hand was in the decision to put us as companions. I was put with her to learn how to be more compassionate to people and to stop thinking about myself. I have learned and grown up so much from her example and she will be very missed by me and all of the people here.
The area I’m leaving is the Valle Vista Ward in Hemet. It is one of the strongest wards I have ever been in and all of the families here are powerhouses! I love Brenna Fouts who is leaving for a mission in Mexico at the end of September; Kelby Romeril who just got home from a mission in Argentina; and Sarah Maness who got home from her mission in Boise, Idaho, the weekend I got here. Sarah took me on my first split the first day in the mission field and I remember being terrified! There were a few different areas the Valle Vista West covered, including 3 mobile home parks. It took us 15 minutes to ride our bike from the top of my area to the botton. The Hoover’s, our recent convert family, is doing great! Dawson passed us the sacrament Sunday which was really cool and he’s been going to seminary every day before school! Last night we had pie with them…I love that family! Sister Roberts and Sister Da Silva are taking over the area so I know it’s in great hands! 🙂
Besides my companion and I being super sick this weekend, the week was great like always! We had one of my favorite lessons so far on my mission with a young mom named Samantha. She struggles a lot with drinking and she just wants to be the best mother she can to her young kids.
We brought this woman from the ward who had the same struggles when she was younger . It was one of the best fellowshipping experiences ever! They connected on a level that I didn’t think anyone could who had just met. They talked for the first 30 minutes before we even got to share the lesson we had planned. It was so great — the spirit was strong as the sister we brought testified of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
This week I have really worked on following the promptings of the spirit. Something I’ve come to know is that sometimes the spirit is the thought in your head that doesn’t make sense. Yesterday, we were riding to a members house and there was a lady we stopped to talk to. I remember that as we were pulling up to her, I had the thought to just say flat out to her “can we share a spiritual message with you about Jesus Christ?”. I kept fighting it because I knew that if we opened the conversation with that, she would probably reject us. So once Sister Olsen had started to with hello, I asked her. As it turns out, she pays money to a company that sends her spiritual thoughts every day and she happened to not get it that day. She is now one of our investigators! 🙂 The spirit is so essential in missionary work!
The hardest thing we had to do this week was to pass off one of our most promising investigators, Armond, to the singles ward. He was an ex-gang member who had kidney failure. He has a strong desire to follow God. I know that Elder Godfrey and Elder Rayes, my Zone Leaders, will take good care of him. I love this area and being able to grow as a missionary every day! I’m really going to miss Sister Olsen, too, because she will be finishing up her mission in a few weeks!
This week has also been crazy fun! The whole mission was able to go to the Lake Elsinor Storm game. It was “Stormin Mormon” night so a lot of stakes in the surrounding area were invited! It was so cool to be with the whole mission and I almost got a baseball in the face! The best part was when I got to see Madi Stephan, who is a great friend that I met at college last year, because her stake was there.
Every other transfer President Mullen (my Mission President) does a crossfit workout for each half of the mission. So we had it today and it was really fun! I was kind of dreading it, but being on a bike every day has helped me out a lot! haha!
I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that Heavenly Father is waiting to bless His children that come unto Him. I am so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I know that it was restored through a man named Joseph Smith who was called as a prophet. I know that there is a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, to lead and guide the Lord’s church. I know that the true head of this church is Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a lifestyle, one that isn’t popular in the world today. I know that it’s worth it, that Heavenly Father knows what is best for us, and he gives us commandments to make us happy and keep us on the right path. People like to think that God is an easy God that doesn’t challenge us to grow. This life is the time to prepare to meet Him, that isn’t by just accepting Christ, but living the way he did. I know that the adversary works hard on us to stop doing good by deceit and distraction. In the end, we know the winning side, we just need to make the choice of which one we’re going to follow. These things I know.