NEWS (INVESTIGATOR'S NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAINTAIN ANONYMITY)
August 12, 2013
"Goodbye 417, Temple adventures, Chile Relleno, Noche de Hogar, y Mula".
Hola mi familia! This week seems like it was two weeks long... but also as if it went by in a blink of an eye! It is a strange feeling.
So this week we started off by moving apartments! I realized I have lived in the same apartment for 6 months. I never even lived that long in my apartment when I went to college. It was sad to leave room 417 but its okay because room 207 is way better! New carpet and its on the second floor- cant really complain about that. We also had temple cleaning this week. We love doing service! Sister Foutz and I were able to get to the temple early before the rest of our zone got there so we were the only companionship that were able to do service inside the temple. The rest all went and helped clean the Patron apartments (they are remodeling one of the wings- thus why we had to move). Anyway we were able to serve in the laundry room. We sorted the shoes, and the baptismal suits, among other things. It was great to think of the service we were doing to help the Lords work go forward. Sometimes you don't realized the amount of work that goes into things. The neatest part however was when we began talking to one of the temple engineers and he took us on a "tour" of sorts. He showed us the highest sealing rooms in the temple that many people don't get to see along with the assembly hall and shared with us many spiritual stories of when David O. Mckay actually lived in the temple before it was dedicated. Even though the temple was being cleaned and fixed up there was still an incredible spirit we could feel there in the temple. I felt so blessed to be able to have that experience.
I have to share one of my favorite experiences this week! Sister Foutz and I went to eat lunch with our investigator Susanna. Our members Emilio and saul came with us. For lunch we had Chile Relleno (not sure how to spell that). As we are eating sister Foutz says it is super spicy! All of us were a little confused because we didn't think it was spicy As we continued to eat and our plates began to be cleared sister Foutz leans over to me and whispers in English .. I think I ate the stem... I love over at all our plates and we have all left the green stem of the pepper on our plates.. I look at sister Foutz plate and it was clean. I began to laugh so hard! I explained to the others what had happened and they all began to laugh hysterically! No wonder hers was so spicy she ate the stem of the Pepper plus all the seeds! It was so funny. The latinos especially got a kick out of it!
So Saturday night we decided to have a noche de hogar with our investigators Sus/Nar over at the Olivares. We had planned to share a thought and sing and play a game, but our members took care of everything by simply being themselves and sharing their experiences. We spent an hour listening to each person share how the gospel had blessed their lives and how it would bless Sus/Nar. The best part was when Sus shared her experiences of how it is already blessing her! We shared a small thought and sang and left with the spirit strong. Sus/Nar came to church yesterday and loved it! I just want to add my testimony that I do not believe they would have come if it weren't for the support of the members who friend shipped them. This work can not be done by missionaries alone! It doesn't work! It makes all the difference when members are involved! cough cough... this is me encouraging you to be missionaries and get involved;) Love you. And the thing that I loved was that it didn't take a lot for Sus/Nar to feel welcomed and loved. I left with tears in my eyes seeing our members testify and share their experiences of how they know the Church is true and what a difference it has made in their lives! So this week a lot of our investigators had some financial issues and one lost their home and is homeless. It was really hard to realized I could do absolutely nothing. It is probably the worst feeling in the world to feel absolutely helpless. It made me extremely grateful though for my family. Thank you mom and dad for taking care of us and working so hard so that we can have a home and food. I see these sweet people struggle everyday to make sure their families have enough and I am reminded everyday how blessed I am. Not only to have a family to support me, but to know the real purpose in life. To know there is hope and that this life isn't about waking up everyday and just surviving, but that its about growth, about faith, about love, and understanding who we truly are. Children of God. So many people have forgotten that. They don't know that they have a father in Heaven who loves them. I am so grateful to be here in LA reminding them who they really are and the real purpose of life. You see life as God wants it and you live the plan he has given and life may not change in an instance, but it does make all the difference. Hope is found and peace is given freely as we accept Jesus Christ in our lives and let ourselves change to follow him! I love this Gospel! And I love you all! Thanks for everything familia! Oh and Daniel will be getting baptized the 25th of August!:) Pray I don't get transferred next week... Transfers are next week so I wont email till Tuesday!
Pics- Me and sis Foutz. Other- Sis foutz and sis Ha- we went to Korea town last P.day for Sis Ha's birthday! She is now 21 in america and 22 in Korea! I didn't know they count the years differently..
Oh p.s We ate Menudo.... cow stomach... didn't know it till two days later...