Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing thanksgiving and that you ate way too much food!
This week was super great! It was a little slow as far as the work goes because of the holiday but we still stayed super busy and had lots of fun!
On Tuesday we had service at this little aquaponics farm! They grow food for low-income and needy families and we got to help them water, prune, and trim the vegetables and fruit trees! It was super fun! And they have chickens which is awesome but I almost stepped on one.
Wednesday was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time! We had exchanges and Sister Smith came here in Acacia Park with me! It was so amazing and we saw so many miracles but I think this is just how it is for Sister Smith all the time??? Cause she’s just an amazing missionary and a miracle worker??????
Just one of the amazing things that happened is that after the Thanksgiving interfaith service that we went to in downtown Fullerton, we didn’t have any plans because we thought the service would be longer so we decided to get baja blasts from Taco Bell and just see where life would take us. Sitting in the corner of that tiny Taco Bell was a man that we knew we needed to talk to! So we went up to him and Sister Smith was literally like, "We felt prompted to come talk to you, is everything okay?" And he recognized that we were missionaries and he told us how he just got baptized this past Sunday. So in my mind I was like, "okay peace out" but we just kept talking to him and he accepted a Book of Mormon and said he would read it! In that conversation I tried to stay involved but I just wanted to like record it or something because it was so good and hopefully one day I’ll be as in tune with the spirit as my amazing Sister Training Leader. Also we are working on a rap song to the beat of "Fergalicious" so if anyone wants to send me the file of the karaoke version that would be great. I’m trying to get our zone to do a zone talent show! So far none of the elders are on board.
Thursday was THANKSGIVING. We woke up and did our studies like usual and Sister Nichols and I were like, "……it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving." Also it was 95° out. But then we had an early dinner with our ward mission leader and his fam and OMG it was so so so dang good. And dad, they made spam musubi! They had a 22 lb turkey that had been smoked in the meat smoker in their back yard for like hours and it was honestly the best turkey I’ve ever had. We had to leave kinda quickly though cause we had service at the Honda Center! They had a big event there for feeding all the homeless and low income families in Anaheim. It was so big and crazy and our whole mission showed up to help them take all the tables and chairs down and clean up everything. It was so fun seeing everyone! Perks of having a tiny mission is being able to see your friends across the mission like once a week. Even though it was super hot it was great to serve. I have so much! It feels so great to share with those who don’t have much!
Friday we did more service! Our STLs have an investigator who is the sweetest lady probably ever. She doesn’t have family around so we went to decorate her house for Christmas and eat more turkey. It was so fun and I’m so ready for Christmas! Afterwards we had a lesson with Ismael and he and his mom had just finished making tamales when we got there so we got to have second dinner. I love second dinner. We read Enos with Ismael and we talked about how Enos had prayed all day and all night long and I was like, "isn’t that crazy?"And he was like, "not really I could see myself doing that." So we commited him to pray about the Book of Mormon to have the spiritual confirmation that it is true! He knows it’s true because he’s read from it, he knows in his head but not in his heart yet. When you know something is true from the heart, that’s when changes start to happen. So we’re waiting for him to receive that spiritual knowledge! Which can only come from God!
This email is getting pretty long so I’ll just finish up by talking about church on Sunday! We were asked to give talks in sacrament meeting a few weeks ago, so we were cool with that and then last Sunday we were asked to teach the Gospel Principles class, which was also fine but kinda funny cause we were just thinking how everyone was gonna be sick of hearing our voices. Then Saturday night we got a call and the Gospel Doctrine teacher was sick and he asked us to teach his class and we got a text asking if we could teach sharing time in Primary. So Sunday was the missionary show staring us and it was the most exausting Sunday ever. But we ended up not teaching Primary because we couldn’t be two places at once. But it was great to see that our ward trusts us to pretty much run church.
My talk was about the things I’m grateful for so I spent a lot of time talking about my mission, my family and the best book around: the Book of Mormon!
It’s truly the word of God and I love sharing it with people!
Here’s lots of pictures! Have a great week everyone!