This was the fastest 6 weeks of my life! But this past week was one of the best weeks on my mission so far! I guess time flies when you’re havin’ fun.
Last Monday, to celebrate Sister Greene’s birthday, we went to the Fullerton Arboretum! It was 105 degrees out but we still had fun looking at all the plants and watching Sister Greene eat some weird fruit that she found. She’s still alive.
Then we went to this awesome ice cream place called "Afters" and they do ice cream filled donuts. So perfect on a hot day or any day cause it’s so dang good. Then we just enjoyed our pday and emailed and played volleyball and stuff.
Wednesday was Sister Greene’s birthday!!!!!!!! She had an awesome day and I’m so glad I got to tag along! We had a lesson with Ismael and he suprised her with a cake! It was so tender! Then we had a lesson with our freshly baptized friend Nolan which was so so great as always. Then we went to Jacob and Joey’s for dinner! They ordered Panda Express cause that’s Sister Greene’s fave and that made a cake and we carved pumpkins! It was so fun and as we were walking down the street back to our car with pumpkins and cake in our arms Sister Greene was still trying to street contact and she was like, "Can you please listen to me, it’s my birthday."
Thursday was Jacob and Joey’s baptismal interviews! They passed so easily just like we knew they would! I can’t wait for their baptism on Saturday! Then we got to volunteer at Mary’s Kitchen and I’m still poor so I got some more food from them #blessings
Also we helped the Korean elders with their English class! One of the students just got back from her trip to Isreal and brought us some treats!
Friday was the wards Halloween party which was so fun! We were chosen as the judges for the chilli cook off which is a surprisingly hard thing to do. There was like 13 different chillis and Sister Greene and I have really different tastes. Sister Goodwin couldn’t judge cause she’s allergic to tomatoes. But we did that and then helped pass out candy for the trunk-or-treat. And ate lots of it ourselves.
Saturday we had exchanges! I stayed in Acacia Park this time with Sister Cottle and Sister Goodwin! We met SO many people! But the best thing is that we found Eddie! We had met him once before and he lives in his car so it’s not like we can put an address down but he is so prepared for the gospel! He read the Book of Mormon that we left with him last time and when we asked him what he thinks he could do to get closer to God, he said he needs to pay his TITHING. Like is this person even real. He says he knows God will help him if he pays it and that he’ll be blessed to get out of the situation he’s in. We testified that God would help him more than he could ever expect!
For dinner we went to this build your own pizza place with a member but before that she asked us to help her assemble a bunch of doll furniture she ordered. Service.
We got transfer calls that night and Sister Greene and Goodwin are leaving and I’m staying in Acacia Park with a sister I’ve never met before, Sister Nichols! Yay for new friends!
We had a great Sunday at church as my companions said their goodbyes to the ward and we ran around visiting people. They packed and I got to take a nap. I love not moving 😊 But I’m really looking forward to what this new transfer has in store! I hope every one has a great Halloween and sends me pics of their costumes. Love you all! Jesus loves you more!
We had another amazing week in Fullerton! The Juarez’s were baptized! Even though it took lots of planning, last minute phone calls, and panicked pleas for help it was so so so worth it in the end! Everything went so perfectly and you couldn’t help feeling the strong spirit that was there. It has been the pleasure of my life getting to teach them and see them make this beautiful step towards returning to live with our loving Heavenly Father. They were so grateful for all the work we put into their special day and it was so nice to see how appreciative they were. Afterwards there was "refreshments" at our church building but it was actually a huge feast of pasole and enchiladas which was the perfect way to end such a happy occasion. The ward seriously loves them and in ward council yesterday everyone was already fighting for their callings. Also they posted a bunch of sweet posts on Facebook about their baptism and said when we got to the area they "hit the trifecta" and that they consider us their "personal emmisaries" in the gospel. Bless their hearts.
One awesome thing that happened at the dinner thing was this little girl was doing Sister Goodwins hair in crazy ponytails and braids and decided she wanted to "dye" it. Before Sister Goodwin could stop her she put a huge glob of dark chocolate frosting in one of Sister Goodwins ponytails and smeared it all the way down. Sister Greene and I tried to help but we almost died laughing. We didn’t have time to go home after so she had a wet sticky piece of hair for the rest of the day. Bless her heart too.
In other news, on Tuesday we went on exchanges! Sister Greene and I joined Sister Johnson in La Habra! We were walking to this lady’s house and I found a dope straw hat on the ground so I picked it up and this random dude from across the street yelled, "Hey that’s my hat!" and I was like, "Sorry, finders keepers." But the guy was just kidding. We gave him a Book of Mormon and set up an appointment to teach him and his family. And I kept the hat.
On Thursday we helped the YSA elders with their table at Cal State Fullerton! It was super fun and we were able to talk to so many people in just a few hours! Like more people we would’ve talked to in days normally! It was fun and I got to see my girl Sister Kaufusi which was such a nice surprise.
Friday we got to help at Mary’s which was awesome as always. And it was such a blessing because they let us take food home and I am super out of money so now I can eat 😊 and I got Tony’s Gumbo! Im pumped to make it for my comps
But this was another really great week and I’m still pumped to be out on a mission. I’m having lots of fun and going through lots of thinhs that are helping me grow into a better person (I hope.) Anyway I sure love y’all a lot and Jesus loves you too! Have a great week!
There’s no way I’ve been gone for 7 months! Time is flying like everyone said it would and I didn’t believe them till now.
This week was great! Nolan got baptized! It was so crazy getting everything ready for his baptismal service but in the end it worked out so perfectly and it was a spiritual experience for all. Afterwards we went out to lunch with the other trio of sisters (that has a different Sister Green in it) and the Juarez’s came! We went to Cafe Rio, which is a decent burrito place but I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not better than Moe’s. But it was fun because the Juarez’s are fun! We’re all so excited for them to get baptized this Saturday!
We had interviews with our mission president on Thursday which was nice as always. I love President Golden and his wife. They are so so so amazing. And I love being in the mission home because of the sweet spirit you can feel there and because Sister Golden gives us treats.
Other exciting things that happened this week: On Saturday we were visiting a member and we heard fireworks super loud and they don’t even live that close to Disney but we ran outside and these awesome huge fireworks were getting set off like right behind their house! We watched them for like 10 minutes! They still don’t know where they were coming from but it was cool so I guess it doesn’t matter. Also, on Thursday the Juarez’s cooked us steaks as big as our heads and took us to this cool place that has like 100 different types of popsicles. I love them. On Sunday night the ward had a fireside about family history and everyone brought heirlooms and different things that were passed down through their family and presented it! It was basically like an adult show-and-tell but it was super interesting and we got to learn more about the members families!
Today we did our chores and then walked around downtown Fullerton! It’s still so hot out so hopefully Fall will come soon!
Love you all so much! Jesus loves you too! Have a great week!
We had zone conference on Thursday! It was so great and we got the green light to go ahead and start using Facebook for proselyting! To be honest at first I was a little hesitant to use it because I didn’t think it would be effective or super helpful but after our training we’ve all become a little more comfortable with the idea! It’s an exciting time for missionary work 😊
Also General Conference! It was so so good as always and if you haven’t watched it yet you should! I can’t wait to start applying the counsel of those ordained servants of the Lord.
We have an amazing investigator named Donna, she is the most real person I’ve ever met and it’s been awesome teaching someone that literally can’t stop herself from speaking her mind. She’s been progressing v e r y slowly but on Saturday we got her to come to a tour of our chapel! We had to bribe her by telling her we’d play basketball with her (she’s like 70) but she came which is what matters. And she loved it! We were worried because she is used to going to churches that are loud and people are singing and shouting and she really loves like traditional gospel music. So this was on a Saturday, and we walk into the chapel and a random lady from Riverside was in there practicing the organ! Normally it would’ve just been quiet but God granted us a tender mercy by providing music and I’m so glad that lady followed the prompting to go play the organ at our building right at that time! Such a blessing! Donna really felt the spirit in our church and we’re looking forward to her progression.
Other than that, this week was pretty routine. We taught lessons to all of our other amazing investigators, tried to find people to teach and now we’re going to Joe’s. What a life.
I love you all so much! Jesus loves you too, make sure you listen to His prophets word! Have a great week!