It was SO GOOD seeing all the family yesterday on Skype! Loved talking to you guys! Everyone has grown up so much, in just the last year. It is crazy to see all the changes that have happened while I've been gone. My babies are all grown up and savin' China!
This week was great!
Monday-- We had an awesome lesson with Brenden, the newest of our investigators right now. He had read the Restoration pamphlet the sisters left him the week before, and he basically quoted the first vision to us right there when we asked about it! It was so cool! He already has a testimony of the Restoration, it's amazing. He was really excited to start learning more. Hopefully we can meet with him this week. He is kind of hard to get a hold of!
Tuesday-- Happy Cinco de Mayo! We went out to lunch that day to a Mexican restaurant to celebrate... but we were like the only ones who were aware that it was Cinco de Mayo in all of West Bakersfield it seemed like. So we were kind of really bummed. No taco trucks on this side of town! :( We didn't have any lessons with investigators that day, but we met a couple of cute families in the ward and taught their kids the Restoration lesson and they were so good to answer the questions we asked!
Wednesday-- We went to Mission Leadership Council meeting in Tehachapi that morning. It was such a good meeting! We set goals as a mission, and we did so by the spirit. After discussing some ideas of what one of the goals should be, we would all kneel down, all 35+ of us missionaries along with President and Sister Wilson, and pray to Heavenly Father to ask if it was the right goal that we should set. We would all receive a good feeling of the spirit confirming the goal and then we would move on to the next goal! It was amazing! Such a powerful meeting.
We had lunch afterwards and it was fun seeing mission friends! And old companions! Sister Kurtz is a STL too! :)
We did some service at the Almond guy's house and he gave me a teddy bear! Haha he gives all of the sisters that do service for him teddy bears.. it's a part of his logo or something.. I don't know. But we were able to share a Restoration lesson with him so that was good! He isn't really willing to change his beliefs or anything so, that's too bad.
That night we went to an activity at the church. Glen Klepic, (we are teaching him- his wife is starting to come back to church) was teaching a self defense class! He knows Karate and stuff, so it was pretty fun! :) Brought me back to the days of Self Defense class at BYU. Then we got a call that one of the sisters we are over was sick, so I took them my teddy bear and we visited them to see if we could do anything for them.
Thursday-Saturday-- Sister Hirschi and I were asked to do a training in Zone Training Meeting about "Sacrifice" and being willing to sacrifice things that we are holding on to that might be holding us back from achieving our goals. It was a good opportunity! We had dinner with the Klepics and that went well! We had a lesson afterwards on Temples and it was pretty good!
We had a lesson with Ernie. This man is going to be 84 this week! What a champ! He is doing well. We went over the baptismal questions with him to see what he understands so far, and we have a ways to go. But he is still excited to keep coming and get baptized eventually!
We knocked on lots and lots of doors on Saturday and there wasn't much success from that. But it's okay, we talked to our Ward Mission Leader and hopefully we will start to get the Ward members on board with inviting the people they know to listen to the missionary lessons! It would be a miracle and quite frankly just amazing when that starts to happen. That is the way the Lord designed this work to go in these last days! It's the only way! :)
Sunday-- THE COUNTDOWN hahaha. It was so hard to stay focused because we were SO excited to talk to our families! Everyone asked about it at church and we were just trying to stay busy until we called! It was a good day though, we were able to contact a few people and also the Himle's had us over for lunch/dinner and it was super fun! Love them! :)
That night after talking to the fam, we had to go pick up a sister at the Mission Home. She was going home because of illness the next day and she needed to spend the night in our apartment. So we got to have a little sleep over. It was a sad one, but she is an awesome sister and I just love her to death haha. :) She was serving in Palmdale in my first area before she left! So fun hearing about people in that ward!
Then we also got a call from the same sisters that were sick earlier this week. One of them went to the ER to get checked out for a possible appendicitis. Luckily it wasn't that, and they are doing well! We were up talking to them in the middle of the night and had to get up at 4:30 to send the other sister off to the airport.
It's been exciting to say the least!
In Sunday School yesterday, we talked about Jesus Christ and the miracles he performed and really who He was. It was amazing. We talked about the woman being healed by touching Christ's clothes and about Him raising Lazarus from the dead. It was an amazing lesson and I love how it explains the true love that Jesus Christ has for his brothers and sisters. In John chapter 11 it explains the whole story regarding Lazarus.
Verse 33-When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
34-And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
36-Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
Even Jesus, who understood that death wasn't the end, wept with his brothers and sisters because of the loss of one of his close friends. He has been through everything we have, and we can turn to him when we are going through the rough patches and sometimes unbearable moments in our lives.
I love you all so much! I love this gospel more than anything.
Hope you all have a wonderful week and look for opportunities to serve those around you and to show them just how much you love them by inviting them to hear this restored gospel! :)