This week was interesting and seemed to go by pretty fast. I wasn’t feeling good all day Saturday and Sunday so some wonderful people took care of me while my companion was working hard. It was so cool to see Sister Thomas really excel in taking over the area. 🙂
Sunday at church was also interesting. I was feeling better in the morning so we were able to go to church! Before sacrament had started there were a few of us waiting in the chapel when an older gentlemen from the ward stood up and yelled at everyone to be quiet and that this was a chapel of the Lord and he was trying to meditate. It was a rather aggressive moment and pulled away the spirit. He did it again as more people filled into the room. He ended up doing it four times and then a member of the Bishopric escorted him outside the chapel. It didn’t stop the spirit from coming back into the room as the sacrament was passed.
Then we were able to hear from some great missionaries including my companion!
Just wanted to share some of my favorite scriptures from this week:
“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” Ether 12:27
“And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?” 2 Nephi 31:10
“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.” 3 Nephi 5:13
This week was great! On Tuesday, we had an orientation to serve at a therapeutic riding center which Sister Thomas is really excited about! She loves horses! Then when we got home and started our studies, I wasn’t feeling well and it turns out I was suffering from heat exhaustion.
Friday was the last multi-zone conference I would have on the mission, so I got to give my outgoing testimony. I feel like just yesterday I was giving my incoming testimony. It is always amazing to hear the testimonies of the missionaries leaving! Just the other day, I was reading the entry to my first multi-zone conference and it’s crazy how much I have grown.
Some things that stood out to me in the meeting was when my Mission President talked about exact obedience. He taught that we are not perfect and that God doesn’t demand that from us, but the two principles within being exact is obedience and repentance. The Lord’s love is always there but that trust needs to be earned.
We met a guy this week while walking on the street and we taught him a lesson. It was crazy because he had said that last week he was looking at the BYU website and wants to go there. He said that he loved the values of the school and asked us if we had a book he could read….of course we do! 😉 He was definitely prepared by the Lord!
One of the people I had taught in Corona was supposed to be baptized this week but the day of his baptism, he didn’t show up to church So Sister Nai and her companion went by his house and no one answered so they went into his backyard and found him sitting on the couch watching TV. They had a lesson with him and he has chosen not to get baptized. It makes me sad because I know all the blessings he is missing out on. Hopefully, down the line he will be ready to make that sacred promise with God.
General Conference is the best holiday on a mission! I loved the talk by Craig C. Christensen about Joseph Smith because he had given the same talk to our mission in May! This time around it really helped me gain a greater understanding of Joseph Smith! I loved Elder Oaks talk on missionary work! The simple things he invited each of us to do was:
Pray for a desire to help with missionary work.
Speak to others with an invitation to learn more about Christ.
Be authentic with loving concern.
Do not be limited to your circle of friends.
Wards should hold invitation Sundays.
Invite those that need it.
Social media give us opportunities to reach out.
This is just from my notes and probably not 100% perfect from what he said, but I know that as we apply this and strengthen our desire, then we can be the means of bringing more joy into the lives of our brothers and sisters! I love the Gospel!
This week we saw many miracles! Our focus this week was to rely more fully on the Lord, then on our own abilities. With that, we were able to pick up nine new investigators including two families! 🙂
Our new investigators include…
Velma — we met her husband while “seeking with faith” and he said we could come back. He ended up not interested, but his wife is. 🙂
Jasmine — this cute young mom raising five little boys, mostly by herself. Her husband works all over the country and she only gets to see him five times a year. She told us about her love for the Bible and how much of an impact her mom reading it to her at a young age had on her.
Notel — he requested a Bible online and so we were the ones to deliver it! 🙂 He had been taught by missionaries before, but stopped when he didn’t feel ready for baptism, although he has a strong desire to come closer to God.
The Andrade family — We have been teaching the mom, Mirna, for a few weeks and she finally got her family to meet with us. They are really hoping to read the Book of Mormon together as a family. We even had the Mancilla family from our ward come to the lesson. Some of them even ended up being friends from school! It was cool to hear their testimonies!
Esther — she is this cute little Latino woman some other missionaries had referred to us. She has a close friend who is a member and always invites her to church.
Christina and Junewin — super nice family (as they all are!) and they were really excited to have us! They are very interested in the gospel.
I also got to watch the General Women’s Broadcast last weekend and it was the bomb! I loved the reference to the story about Christ and the woman at the well. She was teachable. Christ can give us living water if we seek it like she did, and then she went and shared this witness with others! I feel like this is a basic version of my experience as a missionary. I have learned to be teachable, to rely on the Lord, and to share my witness! I love the scriptures! I love this gospel!
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! 🙂