Monday, September 22, 2014

Ostrich Farm ~ Week 9/15 - 9/21‏

My 3 month mark is this week! Crazy sauce!!! And it is the last week of the transfer this week! 

This week was a blur! We ended up finding the dome house that we were searching for! We found Josh and Brittany and it was the happiest day ever! We haven't been able to teach them yet, because they have been really busy. But hopefully we can this week.

We currently have 8 investigators that we have picked up in the last 10 days! Faith brings MIRACLES! This area hasn't seen a baptism in a while let alone a new face at church for a LONG time, so 8 people to teach is a wonderful start! 

We are teaching a man named Charles-- he is 1/30th Native American... we aren't really sure how much he has in his blood, but he is white as can be. He has been friends/ neighbors with some people in the ward and he just loves them so much! He has studied a lot about the church and really wants to become Mormon! He just has some concerns since he is practicing as a "pipe-carrier" in a tribe and he doesn't want to go to church as a hypocrite and practice things that are not in line with the commandments. So we are hopefully going to help him resolve those things and help him realize that giving those prestigious things up in his tribe will be okay, because the Lord is ultimately who we want to please and follow. He is a Vietnam vet, and a complete character! Love being able to teach him and learn more about his life experiences!

Joanna is another person we are teaching-- she is such an awesome mother and role model to her kids! She is going to be reading the Book of Mormon and wants to meet with us more. We are super excited to see her progress and her faith increase in Jesus Christ.

The Brunners (pronounced brooner) are some of the ward missionaries and are super awesome! She works for NASA and he is a retired chiropractor and loves spreading the gospel and being a missionary. We took something to their house and when I was in the middle of knocking on his door he swung it open and yelled super loudly, "WHAT?!?" Hahahaha we screamed and i almost had a heart attack, it was the funniest thing ever and he really enjoys scaring us missionaries. 

Sister Smith in the ward is taking us to the temple tomorrow morning! We get to go because it is my birthday month! She is so awesome and helps us out so much!

We are getting to know the ward members more, and it has been awesome. I loooove love love meeting people and getting to know them and their families. The gospel blesses families so much! 

The stake that I am serving in had a change in the presidency, so a member of the quorum of the Seventy came to reorganize the East Bakersfield Stake. We had a Zone Conference with all of the missionaries on this half of the mission and Elder Schwitzer and his wife as well as President & Sister Wilson talked to us on Friday and it was super awesome! We talked about the importance of understanding repentance and baptism. The cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real, and I am so grateful to be spreading this good news to the people in Tehachapi :)

We had to drive up to Bakersfield Friday morning, as well as Saturday evening and we stayed the night at some sister's apartment and then went to the Sunday morning session for Stake Conference. It was amazing and I am so grateful to have been able to be there! The spirit was super peaceful and powerful.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Love you all so much!!!!

Sister Loar


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