This week started out pretty slow, as far as reaching our weekly goals for lessons taught, but luckily hit the ball out of the park as the week went on! (baseball reference because today is opening day & I'm slightly sad I'm not watching the Tigers play right this moment...)
Monday we played kickball for our zone activity. It was pretty fun. I'm really not very good, hence my knees getting scraped up. I was playing defense on second base & Sister O was running from first. Elder F had the ball & tried to throw it at her to get her out. Thinking he was throwing it to me to tag her out, I stepped in the way of her running & she plowed me over...a little blood & dirt never hurt anyone, right? Yeah, it hurt a bit then & still hurts a week later, but I'm fine! ;) We had dinner at the C's house where I got to play guitar! It was awesome, but I'm a bit rusty haha
Tuesday after district meeting & lunch we ventured off to find a referral we got named L. She actually lives outside of our area, so we used the GPS to find her address. This darn GPS that we borrowed from the Wrightwood elders took us on some crazy roads that were definitely not meant for cars or trucks, they were just paths for dirtbikes & quads. An hour later, we didn't find where she lived, but we DID find a snake! But it was time for dinner. We went over to the E's (ward mission leader & wife). She always likes having us help her make dinner & she teaches us in the process. This time we made chili & cornbread. It was DELICIOUS!
Wednesday we decided to find L! This time without the elders' GPS. And we found it! When we got the referral, we got conflicting information. One said she was a member, & one said she wasn't a member, so we didn't know. Come to find out she is not a member. A guy that was over working on her lawn who's a member in Redlands asked "if I sent missionaries to you, would you talk to them?" So he sent us. & boy did she talk to us. She asked so many questions about ALL different types of things. We started reading the intro of the Book of Mormon with her & got a couple paragraphs in & she veered the conversation off in a whole different direction. We taught her gospel principles, but it was one of the craziest "lessons" I've ever had. She wants us to do service for her, so we set up an appointment to come back this week (in which we invited the Wrightwood elders because technically she lives in their area, we're hoping to pass her off to them...) & said a prayer with her & left after being there for almost 2 hours.
From there we were going down the road & had to turn around, so we turned around going down a little dirt road right beside the main road. We saw a lady was walking towards us down the same road, so we thought we'd say hi & sorry for getting in her way. We rolled down the window & this lady seemed really off, we asked how she was doing & she said that she was really tired... not sure what was going on but she asked us if we had water, so we gave her a bottle of water, & asked if there was anything else we could do for her, she said "I don't think so..." but there was definitely something else going on.. we told her to have a good day & drove off. We drove for a couple minutes & I said "man, I feel like we should've talked to her more." We both felt pretty bad, so we decided to go to Burger King & get a hamburger & fries & try to find her again. So we did. It was about 15 minutes since we talked with her, & we found her on the same street as before! We parked, got out of the car & walked closer to her. We offered her the food but she said "no thanks" & walked away. It was one of the strangest interactions with someone I've ever experienced, & even though she denied the food & help, we both felt better that we did all that we could. Our conscious was clear.
Thursday was just a day of trying to find where people lived. We helped Sister C out with Activity Days. The girls were learning about what to write & what not to write to a missionary.
Friday comes along & like I said earlier, we were slacking on our lessons being taught. We had a weekly goal of 6 lessons with less actives, & thus far we only had 1! We had a lesson with 3 less actives this day! Wooo. And we had dinner at Brother & Sister B's house. Sister B is half Thai; thus makes AMAZING Thai food! It reminded me of the food Joey made. She made coconut curry with sticky rice, pad Thai & a delicious coconut rice dessert with mangoes on top! She even gave us left overs. :)
For the morning session we went over to the A's home. (they're service missionaries here; they are in charge of checking apts of us missionaries). They fixed us breakfast. For the afternoon session we went to the N's... In between the afternoon session & priesthood we visited a less active who is 88 years old! She's super sweet. Then we went to the H's to watch the Priesthood session & Sister H fed us dinner too. The Priesthood session was amazing. I loved Elder Ballard's talk about missionary work & President Monson was HILARIOUS.
Sunday- Happy Easter!!
We went over to the T's for breakfast & the morning session of Conference. My favorite talk was by Elder Nielson where he talked about the prodigal son, & his sister's story of how she became inactive, & for 15 years her family loved her & supported her & tried bringing her back to the church, & finally she did! I guess this talk really hit me because that was one of the questions I had in mind going into conference, and that was really an answer to my prayers. Be patient & love those who've gone astray.
For the afternoon session we went over to the A's again, & they invited over their friend, C (who is a former investigator here). Besides the fact she fell asleep a few times during the session, I think she liked it! hahaha we have an appointment with her this week, she seems to be ready to learn again. She is VERY interesting though. She was asking us a ton of strange questions during conference. Right after conference was over, we went over to a less active family's house for dinner. We made foil dinners just like at girl's camp! It was great. Then we visited the M's because we hadn't seen them all week, but didn't have a lesson with them because we had to go to the H's. They've had terrible luck lately with dogs. 3 have died within the past week...they were super down & sad. We just sat & talked with them for a while & had a really really great & spiritual lesson with them about prayer. Brother H opened up a bit about how he feels terrible about holding his family back from being active in the church. (side note: they're really great people who have great faith & testimonies, but have been offended a lot)
So you probably didn't do the math, but at the end of the week we crushed our goal of 6 lessons with less actives & got 8! Woooo!
I'm doing great here. Don't worry about me. I've been a missionary for 5 months, can you believe it? It's gone by so fast!
xoxo Sister Viraldo