California Anaheim Mission,
2500 N. Bristol St,
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Monday, August 6, 2012
Letter for August 6, 2012
Another quick week out here in the mission field. it just feels like that every week is giong by faster and faster. I feel like yesterday that we were just here in the library emailing our weekly letters.
So this week as far as teaching was pretty slow again. We have been teaching this guy named richard this week. He is a really interesting fellow. He has no believe in God. We were thinking about dropping him, but then something told me at the end of the second lesson to set up another appointment and then ask him if i could give him a call later the same night to remind him about reading, praying and confirming our next appointment. I called him back and we confirmed the appointment. We went over the next day, and he expressed to us about a lot of problems that he was having right now in his life. He is out of work, he is having problems with his wife right now. He was thinking about getting a divorce with her and everything. When I called them the night before he was actually in the middle of a fight with his wife. He was so upset, but then he was also thinking about us and how we could help them right when i called him. "it was really weird" he said. We taught him about prayer and the power of prayer. He told us that if God was really there he would give him a sign. So i told him to ask and pray to him to ask for work, and a better relationship with his wife. We came back the next day and he told us that he went and prayed. He was very nervous, because he hadn't prayed in over fourteen eyars. But then later on that day he had some experiences and he ended up getting into a better relationship with his wife. He would tell us that after he would pray he would feel something very specail. IT was a very good feeling and he felt positive and hopeful. He has also been getting appointments for job interviews. So He is totally feeling the spirit. but he jsut doesn't know it. Still, he doesn't believe, but its a start. He has made a ton of progress and we are going to work with him little by little.
The other day we passed by a girl that we had dropped earlier in the transfer named Rachelle. WE talked to her about he baptism that she went to last sunday. She really liked it. She said that someday she wants to be a missionary like us. she told us that when she is seventeen she will be baptised and then go on a mission. She's twelve right now. We were like why would you want to wait until your seventeen? she did not know. We taught her about the plan that God has for us, and the blessings that come from making covenants with God. So we agreed to set a date for her to be baptized on the 26th of august. we are very excited and hopeful that she is dedicated to this goal we have made with her. In fact the last time we went over there we saw her older sister and talked to ehr and taught her the plan of salvation. She was amazed that after we die we will get our bodies back in a perfect form and live forever. She told us that she would pray to know that it's true and be baptized if she feels it. We invited them to church. but they couldn't come this week. Because her mom wanted to buy them some stuff. So we aregoing to work with the mom and get them to church.
Oh yeah and I have a crazy story. I don't know if you had ever seen this dad. So we went out with a member to go and teach an investigator. She wasn't there. So he took us to a less active members house. We went in and started talking about why they were'nt coming to church. first, the dad likes to play soccer on sundays. The next weird part is this. The wife told us that she doesn't want anything to do with the chruch anymore, and that she wants to baptize her kids into the catholic church. When I heard this I was first like "what the heck" This couple have been members for at least five years. The husband holds the Melquisedec preisthood. But yeah...I'm guessing the problem is that the mom (who pretty much is the one who wears the pants of the family) and the family stopped going. They hadn't gone in over a year. I bet that her friends talked to her about being in the church and have kind of converted her back into being catholic. So we are going to try to re convert and less active. Wish us luck.\
We found a sweet family of five last night to start teaching. They are really receptive. Hopefully they will continue to listen and accpet to be baptized.
Haha that's pretty much our week. Oh yeah we've been having a weird infestistation of ants in our apartment. I don't know where they came from, but we have them all over the apartment now, they even got to some of our food, in our bathroom, and everything. Its been kinda gross, but we are going to get it taken care of.
That's it. Still working hard. I'ts been tough, but we are not giving up in this area. Thank you for your support and I love you all! Hear from you soon.