Hellooooooooo beautiful people!
Let's see.. This week.. Well, we've been playing futebol with Mexicans for the past 2 p-days and it's been a BASK. Brazil preparation, anyone? This week was good. Long. Still a struggle. Still not feeling at home. Still figuring the companionship out. But it was good. On Tuesday we contacted a referral from the Spanish Sisters, her name is Rhoda.. She kinda lives in the ghetto-ish part of our area, so biking there is a party. We talked to her and got ourselves a new investigator, and on the way home we met a bunch of guys across the street.. We started talking and THEY were the ones talking about Jesus to US before we could even get a word out. They're a bunch of sketchy-sketch lookin' guys, all tatted up and what not. Turns out it's rehab housing and there are like 4 duplexes full of em. We started talking about Jesus Christ and how He's helped them through their process, and before we knew it we were passing out Restoration and Gospel of Jesus Christ Pamphlets galore. We were giving them some reading and they were SO pumped about it "I LOVE READING THE WORD." "IMMA GO READ THIS RIGHT NOW." "Thanks ladies, I love me some gospel reading"... I've never met anyone so excited about reading a pamphlet about Jesus Christ, much less so MANY people. Haha it was neat. We're gonna stop by again. They're fun.
Sister Johnson got a flat tire, so I had to pull out my man skills and fix it for her, then Sister Poole (the lady we live with) tried to "fix" it herself, then I had to re-fix it, then Sister Poole touched it again and she popped the tube. We spent SO MUCH TIME fixing and refixing that stink of a tire, and by the end we had to go to the bike shop and get a new tube. It was a looong day. While we're talking about man skills, the other sister missionaries here are such GIRLS. I mean cool, it's whatever. But on p-days their idea of fun is "Oh, we should go to the apartment and bake cookies and make valentines together and do other cutesy things and sew and stuff" and I'm just like "Can we go outside and kick a ball or rub our faces in dirt or something?" Let's do something fun guys. Come on. We need to play sports. I enjoy doing womanly things sometimes I guess, but let's live a little bit sistas. I'm not butch, promise. I just appreciate having a good time on p-days. That's all. There's a lot of estrogen in Manteca.
HEY GUYS. I PASSED 9 MONTHS THIS WEEK. How crazy is that? Time is FLYING, I can't believe it.
Wellllllll I've gotta go, but please enjoy a little news/requests/info/whatever from President Lewis + the mission office :)
Love ya guys!
Just a lil bit from the Sac Mission: Mail info and our mission fast.. feel free to join :)
“Boxes and packages should be sent 1st Class or Priority mail, not standard post. Use padded envelopes when sending small objects, not flat envelopes. Use sturdy boxes and packages that will hold up in the mail process. UPS and Fed-ex packages and boxes cannot be forwarded and are held in the office until the next monthly Mission Leader Council meeting when they are delivered to zone leaders for delivery to missionaries
Mission Fast: Because we are behind in our goal to baptize 801 truly converted people during 2014 we held a Mission Leadership Council Fast on Thursday to petition the Lord to bless our Mission with more baptisms based upon our faith, obedience and hard work. At the end of that day sister training leaders, zone leaders, assistants and Sister Lewis and I held a conference call so we could end our fast with a prayer together. We also discussed and decided that we would like to invite all of us in the Mission to fast this coming Sunday, March 2nd to again plead with the Lord to bless our Mission with more baptisms based upon our faith, obedience and hard work. We read Helaman 3: 35 “Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.” As a Mission we desire to become stronger in our humility, firmer in our faith and to yield our hearts to our God. We desire to bring many souls unto Him. Our 2014 baptism goal was inspired. Now we must urgently do all in our power, including petitioning our Heavenly Father to bless us with sheaves upon our backs as we thrust in our sickles with our might all the day long as we labor with Him in His vineyard. Will you please join us in this fast? In addition we felt we should ask you to invite your families at home to join us in fasting on March 2nd, a regular Fast Sunday, in our petition to Heavenly Father.