This week has been really good. We're baptizing a lot of people so we've had to go out and find people. We found three new investigators this week, two of which are Jehovah's Witnesses. It'll be fun . . . they have a ton of questions.
We rode our bikes for the first part of this week a lot. Sister White has her license for skin stuff, I forget what it's called, but she always tells me to put on sunscreen. So, I didn't. haha. But I was humbled when we were eating STEAK (delicious, on the BBQ steak) with our ward mission leader and his wife when they said that I looked really bad. So, they gave me an aloe leaf to squish up and put on when I got home. Aloe leaves are really slimey. And they smell like B.O. But I'm hoping it'll turn into a tan one day.
We've been teaching a couple, Shawn and Monica. They are so cool. The first time we met with them a few weeks ago they asked about missions for their daughters and before we even had met them, Shawn had changed his work schedule around so he could come to church. Before our second lesson with them we heard from her boss that Monica already said she wants to get sealed in the temple and be baptized. We taught them the Plan, and they already knew everything before they even knew it. It's crazy how in tune with the spirit they both are. They were definitely ready to hear the gospel! So their baptism is June 8 :)
We went to the baptism of Selia (Emilio and Veronica's granddaughter). And Emilio baptized her :) It was cute to see how happy he was.
Anyways, it was a super good week. Oh, and I am starting not to like the trailer park now, just because of how many wandering dogs there are. We got into a few chases this week, one of which at night - and BIG dogs. It stinks. I wish we could carry around a big stick. Dumb dogs.
One of our wards asked us to give talks yesterday, so I gave mine on Elder Holland's talk, "Lord, I Believe." Normally I HATE giving talks. I get nervous and my voice shakes. But this was the best talk I have ever given. First time people have ever asked for my references :)
Well, I love you!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Saturday we had two baptisms, a 9 year old little boy and Estela. Estela is the woman whose door we accidentally knocked on when we were trying to find a different former investigator. It took us a little bit to get her to realize she needed to be baptized, but it happened! And! Guess what?! Andres baptized them! He was so happy! He gave me and Sister White a gift - he gave me a glass angel playing a violin. And . . . we gave him an illegal hug. But don't tell anyone. It was much needed and it was a fast one. haha.
And interviews with President went really well. I asked him for a blessing, and it was one of the best blessings I've ever gotten. It was like a second patriarchal blessing. He mentioned things that I didn't know that I was really worried about until he said it. He said let go of your concerns of what you're leaving behind and giving up at home -- as you're here the Lord is preparing your future. It was really cool.
This week also Sister White made me and Hermana Adams bike to the trailer park to teach our Spanish investigators the plan of salvation . . . At first I wasn't too happy with her. "They're going to think we believe in reincarnation and hate us and kick us out!!" But, I drug my feet there anyway. And it went really well :) They understood everything and ended up coming to church on Sunday. Their names are Jose and Viviana. We met Jose because he was our maintenance man at the Colony Apartments and was always our favorite person there He'd always ask us what we were doing. So one day we were in the trailers and knocked on a door and he opened it! Every once in a while we'll get a reminder that someone's guiding our feet as we walk.
This week we had to ride our bikes a lot. We rode 24 miles in 105 degree weather on Tuesday and 21 miles on Thursday. We'll be riding our bikes all this next week, and I actually like riding that much. It makes me feel like a real missionary when we're drenched in sweat knocking on investigators' doors :)
Oh, and we found out this week that the Tempe mission was supposed to trial test iPads for area books, but the Mesa mission got them instead :( BUT by the time I leave the mission we will all have iPads instead of having to carry around these bulky area books. So, that's cool.
P.S. While biking to the trailers, in their one green harvest field I glanced over and swear I saw a deer and got really excited. But then I thought . . . wait. I'm in Arizona. And I looked again and it was just a brown plastic bag. Que triste.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
I don't really have anything special to say this week except that this week I learned that I don't like transfers. They were supposed to call us last night, but we got a text from our zone leaders that said they are not going to tell us anyathing until tonight at 9 p.m. So I don't know if I'm staying or going yet . . . and then they sent another text message that said that President expects us to be inside our apartments today from 2-6 and we are expected to clean our apartments as if the whole mission will be leaving, and we need to update our area books. I really hope I don't leave Casa Grande. We are teaching so many people and the members are so great. But I guess we'll see, and I'll tell you Sunday!
We had dinner at Teresa and Andre's home this past week. It was so sad - he opened his fridge and it was bone dry. But somehow they made us an amazing dinner of sanoradogs - - so good! They asked the branch for help with money because Andres is still out of a job. But when the people came to give them help, they somehow offended Andres, so they refuse to use the money they gave them. It's really hard, and it sucks to see. They're the coolest investigators I've had, but Sunday when I saw them they were sitting all by themselves. But they told us . . ."The people aren't perfect, but we know the church is." Rad people.
This week too we had a full authentic Mexican fiesta meal. Carne asada! Mmm, soo good. I had cactus - -it's really gross and slimy - who would have known?! And I had a squid leg -- very salty. They gave us an entire homemade cheesecake to take home, too. It was the best meal I've had in Casa Grande so far.
I love you! Can't wait to talk to you on Sunday! Can you beleive I'm already 1/6 of the way done?? Craziness.