Date: September 24, 2012
Companion: Hermana/Sister Randall
Hna Randall will make me breakfast while I am in the shower!!!! It’s so nice. She is spunky and a talker which is good because I like listening.We live at a member’s house which I LOVE I am so happy that we live here! They are the Smith family and they are so nice. Their youngest daughter goes to BYUI so they are currently empty nesters. I was secretly hoping that I would live with member’s for a majority of my mission and I found out that there is only one area for Spanish sisters that they live in apartments, the rest live in member’s homes. Wahoooooooooooooooooooo! I am SO happy about that. Because it is just so nice to live in a home and I love getting to know the members, they are so kind to us. I am completely SPOILED here. It’s unreal how kind they are and how much they give to the missionaries. And how much they WANT to serve us. I have been so blessed to be here. We are very well taken care of.
would forget all the Spanish I have learned (well maybe because everyone in the MTC said that would happen, haha) but NO! I absolutely LOVE teaching and talking to all the Hispanic people here. They are so kind and receptive to the gospel. We are teaching a lot of people who are just so ready to here it. A lot of the people we are teaching are Catholic, a lot are just Catholic “by belief” and a lot are strong in their church. It’s interesting because a lot of them have doubts about the doctrine such as the trinity, infant baptism, praying to the saints, priesthood authority, who Jesus IS and so we come in and say look! This is the truth. And it clears out doubts. Some of them hardly even know the doctrine of the Catholic church but have that Christian base which makes it practically easy to teach them. Not that it is easy to baptize them… but we are working on that. This area (well in Manteca, the old boundaries of our new area) has not seen a baptism for 6 months! Which is a lot for this mission because they convert people like crazy here! So Hermana Randall and I are going to CHANGE THAT! We are determined and we have at least 2 transfers together. So we will make it happen because there are so many people that are close to the waters of baptism but not quite there yet.
nice to plop into bed each night feeling completely exhausted of energy though because you know you worked your hardest that day. I feel so blessed to be here and I’m so excited to be able to SERVE! If I ever get tired or lazy as a missionary, remind me of this email. Haha. I thought that I would be more scared/nervous to do all of these things as a missionary but I really just love it so I’m thankful the Lord has allowed me to have the opportunity to be here. I find it easier to be here than I did at the MTC, ha! Although I did still like the MTC and learned a lot there. INCREDIBLE things are happening!
Grandpa THANK YOU for the story you sent me, I absolutely loved it. Also the Moleko family sent me a letter and some drawings which was SO SWEET of them. Well I need to write my letter to the President (ahhh I didn’t even get to tell about my first day on Tuesday! Well it was really great and I love President and Sister Lewis, I am glad they are the ones in charge). I love you family!!!!!!!!! Be safe and I want to hear from you soon!
OH I FORGOT TO SAY! This mission is actually THE most diverse mission
in the world (so I’ve been told), there are missionaries called to serve
here in 16 different languages! Not including ASL! WOW. My
anthropologist heart is happy. On Wednesday we are having a language
conference with the missionaries that speak Cambodian, Lao, and
Hmong…. I am excited.