Monday-- We took the newbs out! :) We took out the new missionaries, the freshest from the MTC out knocking doors for their first time! The Sister I went with was super scared, BUT.. Miracles! The first door we knocked on was super interested and SUPER nice! So basically we taught her the Restoration and she is solid. Too bad it wasn't in our area, so I'm not sure what's going to happen with her! We gave the elders in that area that information, so we shall see!
We had dinner at the Haner's house! They are the cutest family and they just joined the church 5 years ago. They were really involved in another church, but they kept receiving answers to go to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While sitting outside at a table on their porch eating dinner, they told us about their conversion story and then we started singing primary songs with them and their four kids, and I can't do justice in explaining the way I was feeling. The spirit was so overwhelming. Just knowing that 5 years ago this family didn't even know that their family could be sealed together for eternity, and now they are. It was just the happiest of moments and right then, life just slowed down for a minute. I could feel God's love for me and I knew He was aware of who I was and who this amazing family was. I feel like THAT is what heaven will be like.
Tuesday-- We had a lesson planned with Brother Lindley to come with us to Tim's. Tim cancelled like fifteen minutes before the lesson, and Brother Lindley rescheduled his whole day to come with us. Pretty disappointing, but leave it to Brother Lindley to make our day! He treated us to lunch at Chipotle and it was just hilarious. He told us some pretty dang funny stories from his mission and also he is just the most hilarious human so it was entertaining.
We went to the church that night for going out to visit the less active members and try to find people we haven't met before! Lots of people came so it was a success!! I went out with Sister Despain and it was so great! We had some pretty great contacts and talked to some pretty nice people. :) Also Sister Despain is so great, I just love her.
Wednesday-- We went to Mission Leadership Council (MLC) in Tehachapi and that was exactly what I needed. I was able to get new ideas of how to work better with our sisters and show them love and build trust with them. I also just love going up to Tehachapi. Crazy to think it's been exactly a year almost since I first was sent there to be with Sister Kay! :) Time sure flies.
So remember Eric, the Native American guy from a couple of weeks ago? And how we met Clarissa, his fiance last week? Well, this week we knocked on their door again, to try and catch the both of them and met, yet another roommate- Trevor! He is pretty dang awesome and said he'll come to church this coming Sunday! He worked this Sunday, so he didn't come. We have a lesson with him set up for Thursday, so we are excited for that.
That night we went to the Mayfield's with Brother Haney and taught the Plan of Salvation. It went so well! I just love that family. They didn't come to church, so we were pretty bummed, but we will help them come this week.
Thursday-- We taught this lady named Jasmine, she is pretty awesome! I actually taught her a lesson with Sister Dodson when I came on exchanges here a couple of months ago! :) Sadly, Jasmine is not interested.. after trying to teach a lesson with twin 3 year old boys going psycho, she said she didn't want to waste our time, but that she loves when we come over. Sad day! We just want people to get this gospel! IT WILL BLESS YOUR LIVES! I just want to tell people, to sit down. Listen up. This is going to change your life, if you let it, so let it.
We taught Tim a lesson, last minute. But it turned out well! Taught him the Plan of Salvation as well, and he seemed to understand it pretty well. He's not really keeping his commitments, so we are trying to work with him on that.
Friday-- Zone Training Meeting went really well! I didn't have to do any training, it was kind of nice to sit back and listen to everything and not be nervous about anything. :)
We prayed really hard to find a prepared family and we found Tammy and Tony! We were walking by their house and they were in their garage so we walked up to them and started a conversation with them. At first they weren't too interested, but we kept talking with them, which was totally easy. They are sooo nice and had awesome questions for us! We taught a tiny section of the Restoration and gave them a pamphlet and asked if we could come back. Tammy said, "I would love you to come back! I just love you girls!" :) YAY someone loves us! hahaha :) We're calling her tomorrow to set something up!
Saturday-- We watched Meet the Mormons finally with Tracy!!! :) Woot woot! We were able to teach her the Restoration as well. She's still not willing to commit to anything, BUT she did say she'll come to church this coming week.
We knocked on a door, and started talking to a girl named Sophia. She's 16 and she invited us in because it was too hot outside. (The only good thing about the blazing heat of Bakersfield) She asked us some way good questions, but she is suuuuper catholic, so we shall see how it goes! I spilled my cup of water she gave me on their carpet and felt like idiot. Hahaha oops. After I cleaned it up awkwardly during the lesson, all was well and we have a return appointment this week with her. Wish us luck!
We ate dinner at Sister Nowak's and we didn't know this was happening, but when we got there, her sister-in-law Windy and her granddaughter, Courtney, were temporarily moving in! Appearantly Windy's name is really Linda. But in High School people called her Lindy.. and she's a wind surfer, so therefore, people call her Windy. :) So we helped them move some stuff into the apartment and then shared the message of the Restoration with them. It was awesome! We invited them to be baptized and Windy said she'll want to learn more and she'll just listen, but Courtney said she would! So we set a date of October 10th with her and she is way stoked!
Sunday-- No one came to church... but it was still a good day!
Brooke taught the Sunday School lesson and it was on missionary work. She did such a good job! :) After church Natalie Martin (a young woman) came out with us to go see some of the people we are teaching and it went really well! We just scheduled appointments with people because they were busy, but that, was a miracle in itself that we scheduled some appointments haha. Then we read some of the Book of Mormon with Courtney and Windy and it was perfect. :)
That night Sister Burdick went out with us and we visited someone who is having a really hard time in the ward right now. We showed a Mormon message about how Christ can lift our burdens. I bore my testimony of the reality of the Savior in our lives. I don't want to take of this name tag. I love wearing a name tag with my name and the Savior's right next to it. I love being His representative. I love doing His work. I love being a missionary. I love teaching people about this amazing gospel. I loooove love love testifying of Christ every single day of my life out here. Even though it can be disappointing, and people don't understand the change that can occur in their lives, and they don't keep commitments, being a missionary is so rewarding.
But I, Nephi, have written what I have written, and I esteem it as of great worth, and especially unto my people. For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry.
I know this is Christ's true church, and I know He loves us, and wants each of us to succeed.
God loves you all and so do I!
Have a good week! :)
The Newbs! :) Aren't they so cute
snack last night after call-in's with the sisters... Nachos are always needed.