Monday, November 23, 2015

This week has been good and I am liking my new area a lot!

We met with our progressing investigator J. a couple times this week.
She is doing well, but we changed her baptism date to January 10,
because she decided not to get married until January. She is doing
well and is liking church and our lessons.

Our recent convert, I. is doing well. We met with her this week and we
are starting to get things ready to take her to the recent convert
baptism temple trip that is happening later this month. We are really
excited for her to do that.

We also had contact with G. this week. He is the son of the woman we
made carnitas with last week. We aren't sure if he is interested or
not, so we gave him a book of Mormon and invited him to read it.

This week we had a lot of success visiting less active members. Some
have not had contact with missionaries for a long time, but we were
able to visit them this week. A lot of them are going to try and come
back to church and we are really excited for them.
"heart attack" for a less active member

Driving in Maryland/ DC area is really crazy, but it has been good. We
have a device in our car called Tiwi, that will record when we drive
above the speed limit, so far it has only marked me down once....
our hot rod

We have really sweet members in this area who like to feed us a lot.
The meals are great and it helps us get to know and connect with them.
Some of our investigators like to feed us as well - but this
week I had to eat cow tongue, again!

Things have been great here! Thanks for all the support!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hey Everybody!

We had transfers this week and I am now in Landover Hills which
includes a few other cities as well. . I love my new area and I love
my new companion! Its great here but its pretty different than Gaithersburg.

My New Companion!

New Apartment

For our investigators this week we met with J. She is doing well and
is ready to be baptized, but she has to get married first. She is
doing really well and we are excited for her!

We went to go meet with two investigators who are brothers this week
but they weren't home. We ended up talking to their mom for a little
bit and ended up helping her make carnitas and pupusas.

One cool experience that my companion and I had this week is we were
driving looking for a place to go tracting and she suddenly stopped
and said that we needed to start here. So we stopped and got out of the
car and about a minute later as we were walking and ran into a man from
El Salvador. We found out that he was baptized into the church in El
Salvador a few years ago and stopped coming when he moved here. He
told us he was ready to come back to the church, but he didn't drive
and didn't know where the church was. We were able to find him a ride
from a member who lives nearby.

Since I'm done with training I am also allowed to start driving, and
driving in Landover Hills is super crazy!

I had some really good food this week! But I also had to eat tongue.........

On Sunday we went to the Visitor Center event, "Why I Believe", and J.
came with us! It was also really cool because I was able to see my
friend Carrie from college! It was such a good day.

Carrie from BYU Hawaii

My new ward is great! I like it a lot, its pretty crazy because the
children in the ward have behavior problems. Apparently a few weeks
ago one pulled the fire alarm in fast and testimony meeting. This
week they were screaming things into the intercom. Its pretty funny,
all of the sacrament meeting talks were about helping children be
reverent haha.
P-Day Sightseeing

Botanical Gardens

who walks by a pile of leaves and doesn't jump in?

Thanks for all the support!!
Hasta Luego!

Monday, November 9, 2015

We started this week with C.'s baptism. Its was a really cool
experience. A lot of family members and friends came to
support her. It was a really nice experience and we are so excited for
her and her family. She was confirmed in church this last Sunday.
C's Baptism with Her Family

C's Baptism Day

J. Is doing really well. We have been getting to see her pretty
consistently and she is progressing well. She likes to learn and her
family is very supportive of her. Hopefully she will be able to come
to church as soon as her baby gets a little older.

We have been working with a really sweet part member family from
Mexico for a few months. The parents are members and the two kids are
not, but the father does not want his children to be baptized or go to
church, but the kids and the mom want us to come over to teach them.
We have started getting the two boys involved with scouts and they are
really excited to start scouting.

We were able to find a really cool family from Honduras this week to
teach. We got a referral on our area book, that said the family wanted
some bibles and we dropped some by. It turns out one of the children
in the family wanted to learn more about the bible and more about
religion and figured out how to order one off of They were
really sweet and wanted us to come back to teach them more.

This week my companion had to go to all the different zones in the
missions and we got to see a lot of different areas of the mission. I
also got to go on some fun exchanges this week.

This week was also my companion's birthday and some members took us out
to eat and me and my companion went to go get ice cream!

This week we had our call-outs and I will be leaving. I'm the only one
in my apartment going.  Wednesday I will find out where my new area is!!!
Winner-Winner Candy Dinner - P-Day Zone Activity

P-Day with the Zone
Hasta luego!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

This week has been good and fun!
Fall in DC

We started off meeting with our investigator J. Who has a newborn
baby. The baby is doing well and we had a really good talk with her
about baptism and living the gospel. She loved it and really likes the
church and what we have been teaching. Our progress is slow because
she wont be able to go to church for a while with the baby but she
likes to learn and is really open to what we have to teach.

We met with C. this week and she is being baptized tonight (Oct
2nd). Everything went well with her interview and we finished
teaching her the last lesson this week. Her husband is less active and
her parents in law whom she lives with are active in the church and
the whole family is really excited for her.

We taught E. and her family again this week. They are from El Salvador
and teaching them is always a crazy adventure. The mom doesn't really
pay attention and keeps getting on her phone and zoning out and the
three kids are really crazy and are running around breaking and
spilling things during the lesson, and to add to it there are four
dogs that run around like crazy. I also had to teach that
lesson by myself because I was on exchanges and my companion didn't
speak Spanish - hahah.

I went on three exchanges this week and all of them were with English-speaking
sisters, but they were pretty fun and the sisters I was with were
really sweet!
My Friend from Spain

For Halloween our ward had a trunk or treat on Friday. It was really
fun but me and my companion ran out of candy in the first twenty
minutes. C. Was there with her family and her baby, it was really cool
to see her there and they had a fun time.
Trunk or Treat

Halloween was really fun, we had to be in our apartment at 5. We went
and got some pizza with the roommates and then
carved pumpkins and cooked pumpkin seeds.
Halloween - Home by 5pm!

Today we are spending the morning in DC with the other Sisters from the mission
  and then we have to get things ready for the baptism!
Kennedy Center Tour

Famous Cupcakes

Baptism Trip

Dinner at Dennys

P-Day with the Sisters from the Mission

Thanks for all the support!!!