Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Another Week, Another Dirt Road (April 13 email)

Well, this week was pretty great!!

Monday we didn't have zone activity, but we drove to Victorville (ghetto) to go shopping & find some hats for Sister O to send to her brother. We got home around 5 & I took a nap until 7 (we didn't have a dinner appointment), and then we stayed home the rest of the night preparing for our training in zone meeting.

Tuesday was CRAZY as usual & even crazier than usual. We have another set of sisters in our zone who live actually outside of our zone in Apple Valley. Last week they got into a car accident & their car was in the shop so they needed us to go & pick them up, which is TOTALLY out of our way to the stake center. But we were their only option, being the only other sisters in the zone. So we left the house at 8:30 (zone meeting starts at 10:30). We decided to follow the GPS since we didn't quite know how to get there, & this dumb thing took us down small, bumpy dirt roads, STRAIGHT through the desert. Come to find out, the settings were set on "shortest distance" instead of "shortest time". About an hour and a half later, we got to Apple Valley & I then figured out how to change the gps settings. Luckily, the hermanas (they're Spanish speaking) knew how to get to the stake center from there. 

We got to zone meeting at 10:31. Pretty darn good timing! We pull up in the parking lot & saw two people walking in the door to the stake center: "Uhh, President & Sister Hobbs are here!" Oh man, Sister O & I were freaking out a little, seems how we were giving a training... We ended up doing a really good job. We trained on Pray With Faith. We started out doing a role play of a nightly planning session. Sis. O's role consisted of her giving a really short, half-hearted, faithless prayer to start nightly planning, & I ended it with giving a sincere, faith filled prayer. Then we talked about how important it is to pray with faith & we read an account of Alma praying in Alma 31:26-end. We noted how and what he prayed for & how we need to pray as he does. Everyone seemed to like it & Sister Hobbs even texted us after telling us how much she & President enjoyed it & how we (as a mission) "don't do enough role plays". SUCCESS. 

It was just a really great zone meeting overall. The spirit was so strong & I had a renewed sense of motivation. Let's be real, after every district meeting/zone meeting I feel like I can take on the world aka missionary work in Phelan. Then we had to take the sisters home & I got to see Sister M (the one I was in the MTC with)!!  On our way back, we drove past Rubio's & then we decided that we were hungry & wanted fish tacos! So a few turns, switching lanes, and car accidents (kidding) later, we got to Rubio's to remember that it was TACO TUESDAY! Yummmm.

After lunch, we saw something super scary. We were sitting at a stop light & across from us I saw a car sitting at the red light & a car was coming up behind him with smoke coming out of it & you could hear the wheels screeching & BAM. The car must not have seen the one stopped in front of him & going probably 40mph crashed into it. It was a pretty shocking thing to see, but we could see that no one was seriously hurt. 

On our way back to Phelan, C, who we set an appointment with on Sunday called us asking what time our appointment was. We never set a specific time, so we said "4:15". One thing you have to know about C is that she HATES when missionaries are late to appointments. She is a former investigator from a couple missionaries ago & one time they were late coming to her appointment & she blew up at them. Yikes. Anyway, this was the first time for us to have a lesson with her. We did How To Begin Teaching (stating our purpose, setting expectations, etc) She told us how she really wants to be baptized & how she is "ready to be a Mormon". So we set a baptismal date for June 6th with her. After C, we went to the H's because brother H is fixing the scratches on our truck. From there we had a lesson with a recent convert, E, and his less active wife G, and then we had a lesson with a less active, S. Since we had a late lunch we figured we'd just have dinner later because no one was feeding us. 

Wednesday we had a lesson with B, less active, & M. After that we went home for lunch, then to the H's again because he was going to do more to our truck, but we got there & he wasn't there. We stuck around for a bit, looking at their horses, chickens, & dogs. After a bit, he got home & worked on our truck more. From there we went to E's to help her with dinner. We had taco salad! Yummmm. Then ward coordilation.

Thursday morning we had a service project with the investigator we found last week, L. We invited the Wrightwood Elders because we're passing her off to them because she lives in their area. After that, we went home to get cleaned up/have lunch then did We went to see J, an eternagator (eternal investigator). Her husband is a member & his mom is a member. She lives like a Mormon and has a testimony, she's just afraid of baptism. She is afraid to tell her family, even though she's an adult...(off the record, she also may be afraid of the water because she is maybe 3ft tall) Hopefully we'll be able to help her overcome her fears and learn to trust Heavenly Father! We had dinner with the Cs, & played a little basketball to work off our pizza haha.

Friday a member from Sis. O's last ward "down the hill" (this is a VERY common phrase up here in the desert meaning places such as Rancho, Chino, Upland, Ontario, etc. kinda like how we refer to everything north of where we live in Michigan as "up north") took us out to lunch & to pick up a package that Sis 'O is sending to her brother in Hawaii. After that, we went home to weekly plan.  For some strange reason that neither I nor Sis 'O can figure out is why the heck weekly planning takes about half the time in the desert as to down the hill...It's really strange, but really great as well because that means we actually have time to go and see people! But unfortunately we didn't get in to see anyone...haha

Saturday our zone leaders had a baptism in our ward building (our building is the only one that has a font in our whole zone! even our stake center doesn't have one.) We invited C & J, but neither showed up...and President & Sister Hobbs were there! Haha crazy seeing them twice in one week. Oh I forgot to say, on Tuesday Sister Hobbs told me she was trying to get a musical number together for zone conference. I told her a few months ago in Chino Hills that I have a really good medley of Savior, Redeemer & she really wants to hear it! But she couldn't put it together in time, because zone conference is this week on Thursday. But she promised that we'll do it before I leave! Haha 

We were able to visit a less active, V (88yo) & her daughter who we're kinda teaching that lives with her, D. Just that morning they found baby kittens who were just born outside their house that the mommy cat left! So we got to hold them, but they're not sure if they're gonna live. Also we had a lesson with a recent convert, M, & a less active, J (88yo). There are some OLD people in this ward. haha

Church on Sunday was pretty interesting. The speakers in Sacrament meeting talked on Jesus Christ & His Atonement. One of the men was talking about Mary Magdelene & said "in my humble opinion, Jesus' wife." I wasn't listening to intently on his talk, but I heard that part & turned to Sister 'Otuafi & said "did he just say Mary Magdelene was Jesus' wife?" hahaha oh boyyyy. I'm pretty sure that is not doctrine, am I right?! But Relief Society was really good, we had a great lesson about the Atonement & how testimony & faith are related. Then we went home to have studies, visited the Ms, but they were just about to leave, so we visited a less active couple, the Gs until dinner with a really awesome family, the Ls. Then went to visit the Hs again (yeah, we went almost everyday this week), but this time it was for a lesson. 

The last couple of days my studies have been really awesome. I've been reading in Mosiah, around chapters 18-27 right now, & usually in the past when I've read the Book of Mormon I can't quite understand the stories & what is happening in them. But I've totally been understanding it & keeping everyone straight, if they're Lamanites or Nephites & it's awesome. Maybe it's because I watched the cartoon Book of Mormon movie "Abinadi & King Noah". It's awesome. 

It's starting to warm up here...oh boy. I don't know how I'll handle the heat, but at least I'm in a truck with AC!

Well, I can't really think of anything else to write, but I think this email has been pretty informative, if I say so myself.

Oh, also you asked if Sis 'O & I are still getting along. YES. It's been so great. We're so similar it's actually crazy. :) 

Thank you for the love & support. I LOVE YOU!!
xoxo Sister Viraldo

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