This week was good and kinda crazy! Sister Blanchard is no longer in our trio, so we are no longer a trio! 😦 A sister we were close to ended up getting really sick and was sent home, so now Sister Blanchard is in Eastvale with a Sister I came in with, Sister Parker! They are in my district so I will get to see them a lot! 🙂
Sister Thomas is my new companion and she is just beginning her mission! She is really great and I am learning a lot from her ,although we are very different. She is very good at connecting with people and it has been cool to see this last week. At the beginning of the week, she was struggling with wanting to be here, and I didn’t know how to help her because it was something that I didn’t struggle with. She got a blessing that really helped her and now she has a fire for the work! It is awesome being with Sister Thomas because she is really good at noticing small blessings we have each day! She also loves horses! She has ten rescue horses at home that she really misses. At the trainer meeting after she was assigned as my new companion, I got to hear her testimony and I knew that she was out here to serve the Lord. I felt the spirit strong!
We are teaching a few people, but none of them are solid enough to come to church or keep commitments, so this week we are focusing on finding the prepared!
We are going to have a great transfer together! We also got matching bracelets today that mean “I can do it and I will”. Sister Thomas is going to have a great start to her mission, and I am going to have a great finish to mine!
This week was crazy! We had a good lesson with one of our investigators, Mirna, who is struggling raising her teenage boys. One of them doesn’t have a belief in God and it really hurts her. We were able to take some other members up with us who she totally clicked with which is always awesome! She is ready for us to come teach her whole family about the Restoration. She read the Book of Mormon and thought it was amazing. We will be teaching her whole family next week! She wasn’t very interested when we started teaching and the spirit helped her want to know that the message we share is true. It is amazing how much love God has for his children and how much he leads those that are prepared for the gospel.
We are very close with the other sisters serving in our zone, Sister Banks and Sister Da Silva — they serve with the Eastvale Ward. This week Sister Banks got really sick. Sister Blanchard stayed in with her for three days while Sister Da Silva and I went to work. It was Sister Da Silva’s last week in the mission and it was cool to learn from her! She is a great missionary!
This week we did a foot cleanse with our home share, Mama B. It was gross because the color of the water was from all the toxins in our body. According to the color of it, Sister Blanchard and I had it all come from our liver.
Oh yea, and transfers just happened and I am training a new missionary in Jurupa! Sister Blanchard will also be my companion so we will be in a trio! I am so excited to finally be in a trio! I will be picking up my new companion tomorrow.
Preparation – that has been the subject of my study for my whole mission. It is something talked about in my patriarchal blessing and it is something that we as missionaries are always doing. We start every week with a day to prepare, we plan nightly, we plan weekly, we set goals and work towards them. We are always preparing and it truly makes all the difference. It is a big part of who I am becoming. This week I read in Alma where the armored Nephites fought the naked Lamanites. Their preparations for war made all the difference. I know that same armor is what we put on as missionaries in a metaphorical way. We do so by being obedient, having faith, and the list goes on. I have loved learning how much preparation is talked about in the scriptures. That has really helped me this week!
Our home share, Mama B (Sister Burola), had a huge party this week at her home with all the single adults that live in Southern California! Some of our favorite people from Anza came and it was a very happy reunion! Since her party was so late (and we have a curfew!), we ended up staying the night with the Eastvale sisters which was really fun!
Sister Blanchard and I went to Urgent Care because we thought she had pink eye, but she ended up having some inflammation. They put this cool dye in her eye that made it glow bright green under a black light.
This morning we played kickball with our zone and the other Jurupa zone! The weather here has been so humid!….reminds me of home! 🙂
Another great week! The highlight was definitely going to the Redlands Temple! Right after emailing last Thursday, I signed on to familysearch.org in hopes of finding a name to take to the temple and I did! I printed the card for Maria Dischinger, who is a relative that lived in the 1700’s in Holland. After I saw the card, I noticed that her baptism and confirmation had been done in Chicago in 2014. I then realized that I had done her baptism my last trip with my home ward as a youth. I was able to do her initiatory and endowment. I felt so much love that day! It was cool to do initiatories also because I hadn’t done it since I took out my own (for those of you who have been to the temple). Also, one of the workers in the temple was my Bishop’s wife in the ward I am serving in! #tendermercies We were also able to do a session with someone who was deaf, so we got to see captions during the session which was cool!
This week we also had exchanges! Sister Jensen, a Hermana that I had served with before, came to be with me for a day. It was cool to see how much of the area I knew! We also had a blitz that day and I was able to go “seeking with faith” with a new spanish sister in the mission, Hermana Chandler. While we were walking, we met this woman who we said hello to and when she turned around she said, “oh my gosh, it’s sister missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!” She was a less active member and seeing us was an answer to her prayers.
I know that by following the still small voice of the Spirit, the Lord will always stand by our
side! I love the mission and I love the Lord!
On a side note, we had crossfit today with the top half of the mission. I was dying, but it was so much fun! 🙂