Well, this week has been busy but it hasn’t flown by all that much. But it’s still been a really good week. I love my companion! Sister Diaz is so great, she is so relaxed and is happy to just go along with things. It’s great to have a companion where what you see is what you get and not have to wonder what she is actually thinking about everything. She makes me feel so good too. She isn’t afraid of telling me when I’ve done a good job or what I did well. It makes me feel good and finally good to hear from someone that I’m doing an alright job! We laugh so much. We have companion study in the evening and we are both usually exhausted by the time we get round to it and she just sounds more and more spanish as the hour goes on. Also we’ve had many discussions about the Falklands. Never say “I don’t really care” about the Falklands to an Argentinian. She makes me laugh with her craziness. I found her mourning on the sofa on Wednesday night as she found out her favourite football team, Rosario Central, had lost the Argentinian cup.
We were able to watch Bill’s baptism on Saturday. It was so awesome! He was so happy and it was so wonderful to be part of it all. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to be a small part in his journey. We also had another baptism on Saturday but neither of us had taught her, she had just been transferred to us from a sister who had gone home but it was still exciting to be able to speak to her on Monday and hear all about it. We had Elder Clarke come and speak to the mission this week. He is a really good speaker as we were with him from 8:30 until 3:30 and we didn’t get bored. He told us that they only sent exceptional missionaries to Temple Square – he is from the missionary department. I learnt to much from him and how I can be better day to day as a missionary and how I can really let this mission change me for the better. I took my first tour in Beehive house this week – first time I’ve even seen the inside of the place. It looks so interesting. But we were covering so Sister Diaz did all the talking as I know nothing about the place! We’ve had so much guest services this week and although I like it sometimes it would be nice to be on the square.
We saw David Archuleta on the square. The sisters were getting so excited. He was there with his friends. He is so short! Oh and I almost forgot – I was found myself a husband this week. Sister Diaz and I are walking and this guy who is about 5’2” stops right in front of us so we start talking to him. I ask him what brings him to Temple Square. He looks me straight in the eye and says “Why don’t you tell me?”. Both of us are so confused and offer some suggestions. He then stares right at me again and says “I am here to find my wives”. We ask if his wife is here and where he last saw her. He says “I’m here to find my wives. I don’t know who she is”. Sister Diaz just laughs and goes “Well go ahead, don’t let us stop you. Good luck!” But he’s still staring at me. He starts talking, mostly mumbling, about voice control centres and how we just need to tune in and how his voice control centre told him to come here. Then he stares at me again and says “You hear the voice too. You heard it for the first time yesterday. About 3pm” I’m creeped out and Sister Diaz is trying not to laugh and we make our excuses to leave. He tells us he accepts us both as his wives. A little later we see security talking to some sisters, they had called them because the man had said similar things to them. So security come and speak to us to find out what happened when he spoke to us and turns out when the security guy went to ask him to leave he refused because, well, he was god. So security told him he had to leave or he would we arrested for trespassing. This guy, who thinks he’s god, tells him that he’s fired and leaves. SO BIZARRE.
So we hardly have anytime in the teaching centre which means we have to make the most of the time we do have! So we have been e-mailing so many people and calling so many people. I finally got a reply from Cabie (who we had been teaching in my first transfer) and she told me that she was basically only interested in the church because she was in love with a guy who is a member of the church who said he won’t marry anyone who isn’t LDS and she’s only interested in changing for him. I haven’t replied yet. I was able to get in touch with a lady in Essex who has met with the local missionaries and gone to church since I last spoke to her. She is 52 and works a lot and is really looking for something that is missing! One of her missionaries is Sister Wen who is from the YSA ward! We found a new investigator this week called Sam who seems like a good potential. He is a single father of 5 boys – his wife left him about a year ago! I invited him to be baptised if he finds out for himself it’s true and he said yes! So I had this investigator called Marie who I was about the drop as I wasn’t getting an answer ever and I was making my last phone call and she answered! And she was in dire need to speak to someone. She has had a hard life and is just in desperate need of some hope in her life. I have requested the local missionaries to visit and she has a really good LDS friend who is helping her. I am excited to speak to her again.
Jacque is doing so great. Since I first met her, her countenance has just changed. She just has this new light in her eyes that just gets brighter each time I see her. Just shows what a difference of finding an answer for yourself makes! When I saw her 2 days ago she just says “I know Jospeh Smith was a prophet. I know he restored the gospel” When I asked her how she knew she said she finally prayed about it and everything changed. Good news yesterday – a less active I met in my first transfer is putting in his mission papers in on Sunday!!!!! He was really struggling when I first met him as he was having a hard time and didn’t feel like anything he was trying to do was working. We talked a lot and I saw him every week as he came by temple square after work. I hadn’t seen him for a couple of weeks and gave him a call yesterday and left a message. A little later one of the sisters tell me he is on the square! So exciting!
Anyway, that is all for now.
Today we have zone activity and we’re going bowling and to stuff our faces with food. So it’s going to be good fun. I’m a little bit nervous about Monday’s transfer conference. I feel Sister Peñalba and I are finally at a point where we know how to work well together and that we are getting closer so I really don’t want to change and adjust to a new companion! But who knows! The Lord puts us with whoever he needs us with. We have 34 sisters returning from outbound next week and only 4 going out so there’s going to be a lot more sisters here! So I’m guessing there will be a lot more changes.
This week has been really good and we’ve seen a lot of miracles. As always it’s had it’s ups and downs but I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of this missionary malarkey.
A bit of sad news, that isn’t that sad, is that Bill has postponed his baptism by 1 week. The reason is that the guy who referred him wants to be there and Bill doesn’t want him to be away from his family on Mother’s day. We are of course sad for selfish reasons as it would have been amazing to have a baptism this transfer. Jose is not on date yet and we haven’t actually been able to see him this week as he has had to work but he is still going to church and reading the Book of Mormon! We finally spoke to Shauna on the phone! We didn’t get to speak too much as she was in the ER with her daughter (they still aren’t well) but the good news is that she received her Book of Mormon and said she will begin reading it.
We have another investigator in Mexico called Oscar and we taught him last night and he told us he is getting baptised on 25th May! But he says he wants to wait longer, like a year. We asked if he had prayed about the date and he said he had. We asked him how he felt and he said that he felt that 25th May was the date he was supposed to be baptised. We had a really powerful lesson with him about trusting the Lord and I think he feels more confident in the answer he received. We also have an investigator in Peru called Judith (Who-dith!). She is just wonderful! We met her on chat, she came on and said that she had watched the women’s conference and that she wants to learn more and she wants her daughters to have the gospel in their lives. Her aunt is a member and her 6 year old daughter has a friend at school who is a member and apparently she has been nagging Judith to be able to go to church. So we’ve been teaching her but she has never been able to attend church because she works on Sundays. Well she told us this week that she has spoken to her boss and told him that she wants to go to church on Sundays and worked her last Sunday this Sunday just gone!
We’re so excited about the progress our investigators are making and so we are hoping we are together next transfer so we can keep teaching them together!
We went to the temple on Monday morning which was really nice. It was a nice reminder of why I was on a mission as we saw a young family being sealed.
Sorry this weeks e-mail is so short!