June 13, 2016
We had a pretty busy week this week. It started with Mission Leadership Council on Tuesday (Yes, Sister Syu is an Sister Training Leader). It was really good and I have been working on a few specific things throughout the week as a result. We were able to have exchanges with the Redondo sisters after MLC and it was fun. Sister K came with me and I just love her so much! I'll show you a picture another time though.
We were able to have a member out with us on Tuesday evening, and it was really great. She is so awesome, and loves to come out with us whenever she can. Her husband is a convert - she says it's a miracle, and we shouldn't try it. LOL. They are both musicians and help out with baptisms for the ward. She is also the ward choir director, and her husband is the accompanist :D I really enjoy having her come out with us because she knows what we do and just goes with it. We had some really great conversations, and have a few people to follow up with this week - one of whom wants to go to the Visitors' Center!! Isn't that awesome? We are going to give him a call on Wednesday and follow up with that.
After we exchanged back with our normal companions on Wednesday, we had the opportunity to go and help a widow who moved in just before I came to this area. She has five kids, all one year apart! Her living situation is not very well kept, and she has several problems with her neighbors, two of whom are members of the church on either side. So we weren't sure how this was going to work out. We have talked with her kids before, and they are the sweetest. She had us help get their room cleaned out and we got rid of a handful of garbage bags of clothes that weren't in good condition anymore. As we were working together she talked about how hard it was when her husband died and the struggles she and they have had since then. I was impressed with how well she was doing, given the circumstances, although it wasn't all that great anyway. She is working really hard and trying to get back on her feet, and we really want to teach her. Unfortunately though, one of the members who lives next door to her is the executive secretary or something like that, and he doesn't have such nice things to say about her. I can't say I blame him, but still the gospel is for everyone. We'll carefully consider that situation and handle it delicately.
After doing service we went straight to Inglewood for Sister Syu's dentist appointment. We decided the night before to go to this one part of our area that we don't go to very often. We haven't had too much success, but we are still working hard there. We met one of the investigators from a few transfers ago who the sisters hadn't been able to see since before I got here. It was pretty late by the time we got there, but we had a nice little chat about her experience with the church and sang a primary song for her and her son and niece who were there also.
Our weekly planning took longer than usual on Thursday because we needed to get our training for Zone Training Meeting figured out and had exchanges the next day. It turned out to be a good thing because I got a killer headache at a recent convert lesson right before going home for the night, and I went home and went to bed right after planning. Then the next morning we needed to be at the church earlier than I thought, so we ended up having very little time for studies that day.
Our exchanges on Friday were with the Hermosa Liahona sisters. I stayed in our area with Sister Christiansen and we only had two conversations that day. We had appointments after our exchange, and they each went late and we had to travel to a couple of them, so talking to people was kinda down the drain. BUT we did have a cool miracle! We have an investigator who's girlfriend was a less active member of the church. She died of cancer recently and he has been meeting with the missionaries for a bit. The problem is though that we are only able to meet with him every three weeks or so because of his work schedule. We went to see him on Friday evening, and had planned to talk about baptism with how to begin teaching. The conversation went in an entirely different direction though. He asked what we had been up to, and we talked a little bit about our trainings from ZTM. It was perfect!! We mentioned what we had learned about the four specific promised blessings of baptism (I'll have to explain those another time), and how cool it was to talk more about them. We definitely piqued his interest, because he asked for the scriptures we had mentioned and wanted to study it more on his own. WE WERE SO EXCITED!! He told us that he is pretty sure he has never been baptized, but we haven't a clue as to what his concern is. So we are looking forward to following up with him. It's going to be great!!
We had 0 appointments on Saturday, so we were able to go out and contact referrals and talk to everyone we saw. We made up for a lot of the lost convos, but not quite all of them. I feel good about it though. That evening after dinner we used the new families and temples pamphlet that we received at MLC to teach one of our recent(ish) converts about the temple and the priesthood. He is a little older, and Bishop wants to make sure he understands and is able to do what he needs to. (also tell you next time).
We had a pretty average Sunday. We were asked to give the RS lesson about True Greatness from the Howard W. Hunter manual. We were so busy during the week that we totally forgot about it until we saw the Relief Society president show up for ward council. That was rough. But it went well, despite the fact that it felt like 100+ degrees outside and the doors to the room were shut. But it was good. We had some really great talks in sacrament meeting about the priesthood and trials. I don't remember many of the details at present, but I remember that they were good!
I am looking forward to my last zone conference this week. It's sure to be a good one. Time has gone so fast lately. I am working really hard to apply the trainings I have received and the commitments I have made so that I can become whatever Heavenly Father needs me to become by the end of my mission. It's coming on quick! We will also have exchanges with the Chinese sisters this week, so that should be good!
Sister Hatch :)