Tuesday we had an extremely unique experience involving a burrito and an entire fried fish and if you want that story you’ll have to email me for it 😂
Wednesday we had zone conference! It was the first one with our new mission president and all I can say is just that I’m so happy to be serving with him for the next 14 months. At the end the missionaries who are leaving this transfer all stand up to give their testimonies and it’s usually sweet and a little sad but this time it was SO SAD cause a few of my good friends are leaving and I will miss them and their support so much. We are all responsible for strengthening our own testimonies but I think we’re also allowed to lean on each other a little bit when times get hard. Missions are hard all the time and it’s been a blessing to have so many strong missionaries around me to help me stay up.
After zone conference we had a lesson with the same kid that went to the baptism last week. After we sit down he just starts with, "So I haven’t told you yet but I’ve decided to be baptized with the LDS church." I was literally speechless and Sister K was like, "You’re talking about our church right? Like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints???" And he was! What a miracle! He’s gonna get baptized at the end of August and we couldn’t be more excited for him.
Thursday we got to volunteer at Mary’s Kitchen again, which is the place that serves hot meals to homeless people and it was so fun. I got to pass out hard boiled eggs and desserts. Sister K got stuck washing dishes 😊
Friday was awesome too! We got an appointment through some elders with a guy that we hadn’t been able to meet yet. But we finally got to teach him and he is so solid! He has read so much of the Book of Mormon and he knows the blessings that come from living the commandments. He doesn’t really understand the Atonement but that’s what missionaries are for. We can’t wait to keep teaching him.
Overall this week was so great and full of weird stories but lots of progress for this area! Today we’re having a little barbeque for some of the departing missionaries and that should be fun. It’s probably mine and Sister Kaufusi’s last week together which makes me so sad but I know that God is taking care of us and we’ll be fine with whatever news that transfer calls bring. I love this work and I love my Savior. I love all of you and I know that Jesus loves you even more. Have a great week!
Dang, this week was hot. I’m so grateful for our car and for air conditioned church buildings. But it’s hard to meet people in our car and church buildings so we spent a lot of time in this unreal Southern California sun. It’s so hot….
It’s kinda hard for me to think about the stuff we did this week because the heat was the thing that stuck out the most but I know we did fun stuff cause we always do fun stuff!
Two of the investigators we met last week are moving next week 🙃
But! There was a baptism on Saturday and one of the guys we’ve been teaching went to it and felt the Spirit! When we invited him to join us at the baptism he was like, "Like to be baptized or just watch it?" Haha, one day it’ll be his baptism but he did come to watch and it was awesome.
On Tuesday we got to do service at the family history library! We got to count entire file cabinets full of microfiche and it was totally not boring at all….
It was fun to be around some silly elders though. And they fed us pizza so we can’t complain.
On Friday just Sister K and I went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner and as we were going up to pay a nice lady from the next stake over paid for our meal! I thought that kinda stuff only happened in Utah! It was such a blessing and it made us feel good on a kinda crappy day.
Other than that it was a normal week! We’re still teaching and finding more people to teach. It’s been so hot but we are keeping our heads up! This week I really felt like I am supposed to be in this mission and in this area; I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else right now! I love the gospel and it’s such a great blessing to share it with the people I love (which is everyone I meet, it’s weird.) Thanks to my awesome Dad and his cute primary class for the letters and package! And thanks to everyone for their prayers and support! Love you all! If you didn’t know that Jesus loves you too, now you know. Have a great week everyone!
This week flew by and I can’t really remember what we did….
But on Friday we got to go to the temple with Sister Sturgill! We started having FHE every week with her and her girls like the first month I got here and I’ve seriously grown to love them so much! Being with them is like being home and I felt so honored and blessed to be with her as she went through the temple for the first time.
Saturday we found 3 new investigators within like 4 hours so that was awesome. We have an appointment with one of them today and I’m pumped.
Blaine is still doing great! Ward Council is praying about a calling for him and I can’t wait to see what they have him do! He’s excited to serve the ward and be even more involved. Ben is doing pretty good too, he’s still struggling with coffee but we’re trying to help him best that we can. I’m so grateful for the Word of Wisdom that has protected me from addiction and kept me safe!
We had a really cool experience Thursday! A random former investigator that we had never met called us and asked for the missionaries! He said that some elders years ago gave him the phone number and told him to call if he ever needed anything. He told us about how he needed help moving and he remembers that all the missionaries he’s met in the past have been so kind and helpful! So yes, we dragged 6 elders over there with us to help him move. Luckily they’re only moving 8 houses down the street so they are still in our area! We are gonna keep visiting and serving them and I know one day their hearts will be prepared for the gospel! They are such cool people! Also it was so fun serving with our goofy elders, love those dudes so much.
I think that’s about it for this week, we tried to do a lot of finding, we had lessons with our usual people and just tried to stay busy. I’m learning more Tongan everyday from my lovely trainer which has been so fun. Once again thank you all for the kind words and prayers, I am so grateful for this life of mine and all the people in it. Love you! Jesus loves you! Have a great week!
People in California take the 4th extremely seriously and we’d been hearing fireworks for like the past month. But on the actual 4th it was for real like a war zone around here and by like 5pm you could barely see down the street because of all the smoke. And you can’t drive anyway because all the streets are packed with people and their tents and grills. It was scary and super fun. We ate so much food obviously.
But sad news of the week is that Blake didn’t get baptized. We’re gonna wait until he moves back here permanently in January which we all agree is for the best. It would’ve been super cool to have a baptism on the 4th of July but it was just not what Heavenly Father wanted. But Blake is still a rock star and I’m so glad I was able to meet him and hear his testimony.
This week was kinda hard and slow. Everyone is out of town because school is out and for the holiday. So I don’t really have any cool stories, we just knocked doors, did service, went to Joe’s and tried to find people to teach.
I gave a talk on Sunday! They asked me to talk about missionary work which…. yeah I guess was kinda predictable. But it was for another missionaries homecoming so it was cool to be part of such a special sacrament meeting.
Short email this week cause nothing too crazy happened except trying not to get blown up by fireworks. I hope everyone has a great week! I love you and Jesus loves you too!
I’m not even sure where to begin or what awesome experience I should tell first but I just want to express how grateful I am to be a tool in the Lords hands and to be able to do His work here in this little but special part of Zion.
Saturday we got to meet our new mission president, President Golden and his wife Sister Golden. They are the two biggest sweethearts I ever met and I am so excited to serve with them for the rest of my mission! President Golden is kind of a good ball and I already love him so much.
Later that day we went to go see Blaine to read the Book of Mormon with him and to do some service for him. When we got there we met his friend Terry who was spending the day with him because the water in her apartment was shut off for a few hours so she just didn’t want to be home. Isn’t it crazy how Heavenly Father can lead people to where He wants them to be? We asked Terry if she wanted to read with us and she agreed. We grabbed her her own copy and started at the beginning. At the end of the first chapter we talked about what happened in the story and it was really good for Blaine too because he was able to explain to his friend how he came to understand and know the book was true! Terry told us that she felt like something was in her heart and whatever it was felt like it was too big to fit. She said she thought it was the Spirit. We told her it was. She is such a sweet lady and while this was all happening I was thinking like, "Wow this is such a miracle, who would’ve thought this could happen!" And it is a miracle! But only because we were there at the right time and the right place. The feelings she received from the Spirit that day because she read the Book of Mormon isn’t the miracle part because those feelings are what we should expect. Reading from the Book of Mormon and testifying of Christ are the quickest ways to invite the Spirit! It wasn’t a miracle that she felt it because it’s what can always happen if we are ready and open to receive it. I learned something so important that day. God doesn’t need to send me crazy miracles everyday because He already sent me the Book of Mormon. And I am going to try better to use it to invite the Spirit because we can depend on it to always do that.
Sunday. Sunday was the craziest day of my life. It all started out normal until this young man walked into bishops office and started introducing himself to everyone after ward council. He was carrying a little scripture case and he looked sharp with his nice white shirt and tie and he talked about going to school in Salt Lake so we naturally asked him, "So where did you serve your mission?" But THE DUDE WAS NOT A MEMBER. He has read the entire Book of Mormon, gone to church for 2 years, has been going to seminary and knows without a doubt the church is true and he wants to get baptized. And I was just like, is this even real life….?
He wants to get baptized here so his Grandma and little sister can come and I knew this was too good to be true because he said he goes back to school on Wednesday. So we were just like dang, I guess you’ll get baptized when you get back in January. But our ward is literally going into military mode or something because they are actually organizing everything for this kid to be baptized on Tuesday, like tomorrow. We just met him yesterday! I’ve never met a kid with a sweeter more sincere testimony in my life and he just wants to get baptized because he knows it’s what Jesus did and that it’s the first step to everything else in the gospel. So we had a nice chat with our new mission president to ask if this was even possible and hes still is gonna get back to us but yeah… were planning a baptism for tomorrow if all goes well and we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off. What a blessing.
Wow this email is long, but if you’re still with me there were a lot of other cool and fun things that happened this week! We went to the temple with Blaine! And we all got to do baptisms and it was so special and awesome!!!! Blaine got to be baptized for his dad and he said he really felt the Spirit and that he loves the temple. We’re happy missionaries.
On Thursday, Sam took us out to breakfast at the most delicious place ever and when he was blessing the food he said "Thank you God for bringing this chef to life and for putting this restaurant on the earth." I could give a strong Amen to that one because the food was for reals out of this world. Also we went to Joe’s twice with the Samoan sisters and it was so fun and I love them. They invited us to go with them to the zoo today and I can’t wait! I know there was so much more that happened this week because we were so busy but my mind is like, going crazy with all that we have to get done and just missionary life in general is crazy. But I love you all so much, Jesus loves you so much and I’ll talk to you next week!
Shout out to my cutie Angy girl for the greenie package! Everything in it was perfect and it could only be more perfect if you put yourself in there. LOVE YOU ❤