So um today is my 2 month mark and I am not so sure how that went by so fast!
But all is well in Palmdale and I couldn't be happier serving the Lord in Cali! :)
This week was good! First week on bikes-- so that was an adventure for sure! We have figured out that we bike around 16 miles a day, at the least. BURNING CALORIES HOLLA! Since the members feed us so well, this whole bike riding thing is going to save me a lot of money buying clothes that would fit! ;)
We live about 4-5 miles outside of our area, so we get to bike those miles uphill every afternoon (about 40 minutes) and bomb down those hills every night! (don't worry mom I will be safe hehe) At least I am wearing my helmet always and I look super awesome. (but we just look soooo ridiculous and it is hilarious hahaha helmets, skirts, bags, the whole shebang and it is so funny)
This week was awesome though!
Monday-- we bought our bikes and got all situated for the week. We had Family Home Evening at the Vickrey's again and played spoons! They hadn't played before so they loved it!
Tuesday, we lived in fear the whole day because our car was going to be taken at some point throughout the day and we didn't know what time. But we were blessed and got to keep it the whole day! :) That evening we went over to the Evan's home for a lesson with Letty (our ever progressing investigator whom I love so dearly and will forever be friends with) She was taking a big exam the following day to get her Loan license and has a lot of other things in her life that she needed some comfort and guidance in and so we had Brother Evans give her a Priesthood blessing! It was the coolest experience. When we were walking with her back to her house, she was explaining how great that felt and that she felt the spirit and that she has faith that it will all work out.
Wednesday we got to teach a woman who found one of our Family History pass along cards that we put in people's doors if they aren't home with our cell phone number on it just incase they have questions. She called us that morning and wanted us to come over and teach her about family history and how to use it because she is trying to find her father! She doesn't know if he is alive or dead and it is just cool to see her so excited about her genealogy. We took a member, who is awesome, with us to help her out. MIRACLE-- they ended up knowing each other from doing PTA when their kids went to elementary school together! So awesome! :)
Funny thing-- all day Wednesday we were struggling on our bikes (cause we thought it was the first day and it was just hard) but little did we know that our brakes were hard core rubbing on the rims of our bikes making things so difficult so we were hating our lives. But the elders fixed them and now we love riding our bikes everywhere :) So it is a good thing we had it rough the first day so that we are now forever grateful for functioning bikes :)
Thursday-- we went over to Letty's and she TOLD US SUCH GREAT NEWS! She passed her test and got news of a possible job opportunity that she went to interview for the following day and the other issues she was dealing with in other areas of her life are clearing up and she received SO many answers to her prayers! Also she was struggling with the idea of giving up coffee and caffeine, but she got test results back from the doctors that she could no longer drink coffee or caffeine because it would cause her to develop a condition! She was like, alright that is definitely an answer to my prayers! So awesome! She called us her angels because we showed up to her house at the perfect time she needed the gospel in her life.
Also Thursday evenings (I don't know why I haven't included this in my emails before because we have this every week) we have SCRIPTURE STUDY CLASS! It is the greatest thing. The elders and us that serve in the same ward together alternate teaching each week about a subject or chapter found in the scriptures and we learn with each other and from each other about how the scriptures have everything we need in them! From the Bible to the Book of Mormon we are able to find the fullness of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our investigators and other ward members come each week and participate and learn more about the scriptures in general. It is a really good experience and I really enjoy it :)
Friday-- we had our District meeting (about 4 sets of missionaries all together) and we got a new District leader this week! He transferred from the Sierra Leone mission in Africa because of that deadly virus that is now spreading in NY I guess!? Crazy stuff! But he is super awesome and from Utah.
Also Friday our dinner appointment didn't work out so Sister Sarabia made us some sammiches and chips and fruitsnacks! :) And we ended up eating it on a member's driveway because we didn't want to bike a million miles and also because the member wasn't home haha. But it was an awesome picnic. :)
Saturday we went over to Letty's again to teach her and let's just say the Lord truly knows each of our individual situations!! MORE OF HER PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED! Seriously anything is possible if we have faith!! :)
She got a job and got a call to start a second job soon as well! And then she told us that she wants to be baptized on September 13th! And she wants to do it with her MOM! :) Her mom only speaks Spanish so she has been learning from the Spanish elders this whole time! HAPPY DAY! It was so awesome! I just can't even contain my joy and happiness!!!!!!!!! :)
We also met a new family-- the Davis family! They seem pretty interested and are willing to learn more! Definitely super stoked to start teaching them more!
I love this work so much. I would not change my life for anything.
I LOVE YOU ALL!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT!
Stay strong and true! Love you all so much and I am so grateful to be surrounded by your virtual and spiritual love ;)
The church is true I promise.
PS: We also played basketball again today and it was wonderful and I loved it and we also helped someone move in today so that is one of the pictures. Yay for wearing normal clothes! Haha XOXO