So on Monday I said my see-ya-laters to Roman and Hannah and everyone else that I've grown to love in little ole Tehachapi and let me tell ya, it was super hard! But I will be back to see them before I know it!
Transfers.... well it was hard to say goodbye to Sister Anderson and Sister Lazzarotto and I have missed them terribly this week, but I am so glad to be a full-fledged missionary now! YAYYYYY!!!!!! I'm no longer a trainee!!! :D :D :D
So Lancaster is boiling hot. I'm going to crack an egg on the sidewalk this week and see if it cooks. I'll tell you guys more about it in a bit though.
So this has been a fantastic week. We have 4 investigators and one of them is getting baptized this Saturday!!! His name is Travis Pree. I don't know all of his story yet, but he's been through lots of crazy stuff in his life and he's only 24. He lived in Vegas for a while with his cousin and had a crazy lifestyle. Then eventually he moved back home to Lancaster because he had no way to support himself. So he's been searching for answers and for a job and what not and then one day he prayed to God to know if he was real. Then a couple days later, Sister Athay and Sister Winnie (her last companion) tracted into him. He almost didn't open the door because he thought they were selling solar panels, but something just kept telling him to open the door. So he did and as soon as he saw the Sisters, he felt something incredible start to stir within his heart. They gave him a Book of Mormon and invited him to read and pray about it. Well he did and he couldn't put it down and he said he's never felt so happy in his life before. So he's been taking the lessons for about 1 1/2 months now. And he keeps his commitments to the very T. We've taught him three times this last week and he just soaks it up like a sponge and he just loves it. He always has questions to ask and he's so spiritual. Sister Athay says that he's changed ten-fold in the last little while and that he's an entirely new person. And I am so excited to be a part of it! So on Friday night he called us late in the evening and asked us if he could bump up his baptismal date from the 27th to the 20th. So this weekend he's getting baptized and he's so excited!!! and so are we!!!
I really haven't gotten to know our other three investigators yet. I've met them and they're super nice, they've just been hard to pin down for appointments. So that's upcoming :)
We do a lot of tracting in this area and I actually enjoy it, except for the overwhelming 107 degree heat. PLEH! Pasty Idaho girls and 107 degree heat is not a good combo! But I have pretty much bathed in sunscreen this week, so I'm just starting to tan instead! WOOO HOOO! I'll be tan-er than all y'all when I get home haha!
But this week we did get hit by a sudden crazy rain storm and flash floods. It was nuts.
We had a ward BBQ on the East side of Lancaster (super ghetto part) and it was fun. I got to meet more of the members.
So for the interesting things this week, yesterday we made cookies and then found out the hard way that the AC was broken. It's been working all week!!!!! STUPID THING!!! So it was 107 outside and 95 inside. KILL ME NOW!!! And then later that night we made dinner and ate it on the porch because it was so hot and opened all the windows and then slept with cold washcloths on ourselves and had a spray bottle by the beds and didn't sleep with any covers on. SOOOO HOTTTTT!!!!!!!!
Also, I saw the Delorian... you know the one from Back to the Future? Yeah it was parked in someone's driveway and I flipped out and paparazzi'd it. And then Also this week, a flipping bird pooped on my arm as we walked under a tree. STUPID BIRD! It was nasty.
I got letters from Mom and Dad and Calli Jo. AND I ALSO GOT YOUR YOUTH SYMPHONY THING!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! So many squeals and craziness when I opened it!
So for the spiritual part, Travis told about his favorite scripture and he told us that it changed his life forever. It's Mosiah 5:2. He said that when he read that verse and the following verses that he felt a burning in his heart and exceedingly great joy and he knew at that moment that he found what he'd been looking for and that he wanted with all his heart to be a part ot if. He also expressed his love for the scriptures and how from the first moment he started reading them, they just pulled him in and he loves reading them and he can't put them down.
Anyways, that was my week. It was incredible. And I love Sister Athay to death. I feel so privileged to be her companion again and we're having a blast with the missionary work here. I love her so much <3 <3 <3
Anyways, love you all!
Enjoy your Idaho weather ;)