This week was good! I feel like my faith has been growing in this area one step at a time. 🙂
Last Monday we didn’t have a dinner appointment, so one of Sister Nai’s sisters who served in the Anaheim Mission, Samoan speaking, knew someone in Corona and hooked us up for dinner. It was so nice! We were able to teach them and the pure love of Christ filled me and Sister Nai’s heart. They haven’t had missionaries over for as long as they had lived there and told us that us coming by was much needed. As missionaries, members are always doing nice things for us and I always felt bad and I don’t want people to go out of their way to serve us. That’s why we are here is to serve them. However, we had a lesson in Gospel Principles class on service and how when we serve we put off the natural man. When we deny others to serve us, we ourselves deny others to do the same. SHOW OTHERS YOUR LOVE FOR THEM BY LETTING THEM SERVE YOU 🙂
One day, Sister Nai woke up with a really bad pain in her shoulder so we went to a physical therapist. I don’t know why, but lately all of my companions get sick….probably because I stress them out to much! 😉 haha just kidding!
Our apartment had been smelling lately and we couldn’t figure out why. We also had fruit flies everywhere and it was disgusting! So one day when I had enough of all the flies, I cleaned out our fridge hard core. The smell hadn’t gone away so I started opening cabinets and found a bag of rotten potatoes. IT WAS SO DISGUSTING! I had never been so grossed out in my life. It was like we had found a hive.
The entire Riverside Mission is doing the scripture marking activity on page 114 of Preach My Gospel! It is so cool because I did the same activity at the very start of my mission. It is crazy how much more I mark compared to then. I love the Book of Mormon! Sometimes it freaks me out how much it can apply to me in the moment!
Missionaries are allowed to wear hats now! Sister Nai and I really love to rock it! Especially due to the 100+ degree weather this past week!
This week was filled with car troubles that seemed to take forever. Monday we got a bolt stuck in our tire and had to get it fixed and a sweet member picked us up. Sister Saunders to the rescue! 🙂 Then Thursday we had multi-zones and the Elders who manages the cars told us to get one of the tires replaced. So we did and the place ended up closing without our car being fixed yet so we left it overnight and we accidentally left our apartment keys with them. So we ended up staying the night with the Spanish sisters. We picked it up in the morning and as they gave us the keys and we got in and tried it start it, it wouldn’t start so they had to replace the battery.
On a more spiritual note, we were able to pick up a new investigator name Sal. He is the husband of the woman I talked about last week whose daughter was murdered. Sal was super nice and interested to find out for himself if what we are sharing with him is true. He also told us that he has a son that is part of the church. We taught about the Plan of Salvation and he said that is just made sense to him.
We also had our multi-zone conference with the Riverside zone. It was super good and I’ll have to send some of my notes from it next week.
Sunday was great! A non-member who had been coming to our ward the last few Sundays accepted us coming by this coming Wednesday. He wasn’t feeling well when we talked to him at church so I asked him if he wanted a blessing and game him a brief explanation of what it was. He said yes, so I went hunting for some Priesthood holders from our ward. Since it was after church, the people I was able to find was a brother who had just transferred his records to our ward from the Spanish ward, and Brother Luedtke who had just gotten ordained to the Melchizadek Priesthood just a few minutes before. Haha what a group! But they were great! Since the brother from the Spanish ward didn’t know it in English, we used Sister Nai’s white handbook. Brother Luedtke gave his first blessing. He didn’t know what is was even for, but he had a lot to say that came out. After, he explained to us that he didn’t know why he was saying those things. It was cool! Our investigator felt better after the blessing.
We had dinner with Brother and Sister Luedtke right after. We found out that Sister Luedtke was the recent convert to Sister Nai’s boyfriend…what a small world!
Sister Nai is such a great companion and I am so lucky to have her to help my missionary fire burn! We worked so hard this week and it felt good to hit the ground running. Even though we didn’t see as much success as we would have liked, it felt good to work hard and I know that is the true success as a missionary.
It is super cool having a foreign companion! It’s really interesting to hear about what Australia is like and to watch people freak out (in a good way) over her cool accent, although this week we taught a spanish guy that had no idea what she was saying! haha! This week I showed her how to make her first s’more and she loved it! I think she has made one every day since! haha!
This week I was also able to go on exchanges with Sister Da Silva. She is so cool and I learned a lot from her. It was a pretty fun day and we were able to get a lot done, including picking up a new investigator. It was a very interesting experience because she told us how her daughter was murdered by a crazy guy. I told her that she could be with her family forever and that she can really know that for herself through praying about it to our Father in Heaven. We are going back to see her on Wednesday.
What a week. Sister Roberts went home yesterday to Napa, Idaho. It was hard to see her go, but I know she is doing what the Lord wants for her! She has gone through so much on her mission health wise that I know she needed a break to recover. She was such a good companion and I will miss her dearly!
My new companion is Sister Nai. She is from Sydney, Australia, and I can tell we are going to be able to get a lot done in this area! She is so fun! She is also teaching me a little bit of Samoan. 🙂
Last week with Sister Roberts, we weren’t able to get much work done because she didn’t have the strength, but we were able to have a blitz in our area Saturday morning. A blitz is when the whole zone gets together and walks around an area trying to find people to teach. It was such a blessing to have the help from our zone! While we were walking, I complimented a guy on his flowers and he went out to his backyard and got a plant for me to have. It’s those kind of yellow tropical flowers with yellow in the center. It was so nice! I still need to plant it.
A lot of the sisters from the ward helped us this week in driving me around and taking care of Sister Roberts! Although we didn’t see immediate success with it, this week we have a lot of set appointments which is such a blessing! Sister Nai and I have a lot of work on our hands 🙂 Also, four different members dropped us off ice cream just to be nice. The Corona ward is the best!!
Thanks to my family and friends who sent notes with my last package from home! Loved them all! 🙂
On Wednesday, Sister Roberts woke up with an ear ache and didn’t tell anyone, so Thursday morning when the pain really started to get bad, we went to the Urgent Care in Norco and they gave her the wrong medication, so on Friday we went to the Urgent Care in Riverside. Saturday she woke up and the pain was unbearable and the pain had moved to her jaw. We went to the ER in Riverside where they gave her some new stuff to take. Then the missionary health people wanted us to go back and get a second opinion. That was our crazy week. Sister Roberts still doesn’t feel much better. 😦
Being in the ER was crazy! I had never had to go there before (at least not that I can remember). It was so interesting to watch all the people there and what they were doing. There was this cute little Spanish man who was waiting for his wife that we became friends with. Turns out he was a member in Riverside. I couldn’t believe how many strollers there were in the ER. I felt like I was at Disneyland!
I’m grateful for the extra time I’ve had to read from the scriptures. It’s crazy how much the Bible and the Book of Mormon go together!
We ended up having to stop teaching five of our investigators this past week and we are ready to find people that are ready to do the work to grow closer to Christ. I know those wonderful people we had to stop teaching will be able to do the same down the road, but they are not ready for that now.