38: To sum up the week in a word… wet.

This week we had a short break from sunny and clear California weather, in exchange for torrential downpours. It was good though- it was an answer to the fast that was held last month through most of Southern California to end the massive draught that’s going down here. Unfortunately it really messed up my hair and made our daily “OYMs” really difficult. Also the rain on the roof of the Barn is crazy loud (not to mention the thunder!) and we also discovered that the Barn leaks a little bit. But all is well! It was fun.
Sister Bowen also ran over a frog and was WRACKED with guilt about it. We flipped a U-turn to see if it was okay. It wasn’t.
Some other highlights of the week- we had a stake post-transfer breakfast with all the missionaries serving in the stake and several stake leaders talked to us. We talked about 1 Corinthians 12, how there are many members that make up one body. He related that to how sometimes we have to work with difficult or imperfect members and ward leaders, but it’s our opportunity to build them up and be more Christlike in helping them become even stronger. Then the stake president shared Mosiah 2:22, “And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hat said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.” We talked about how that applies to everyone. It applies to the people we’re teaching, in that as they keep the commitments we leave with them and learn about what God expects of them, they are able to receive more and more of God’s blessings and the strength and support they need to continue to progress. It applies to the members of the wards in that as they keep their covenants and continue down the path of righteousness, God will bless them and help them to be able to continue on. It applies to us in that as we obey the commandments and the mission rules, we’ll be able to have a greater measure of the Spirit with us and we’ll in turn be able to share that with the people we see every day, which in turn will help them to be able to live the commandments of God and receive even more blessings. I’m learning more and more every day that God just wants our happiness, and the commandments and standards that He’s set forth for us are not so much “rules” that restrict us, but a guide that shows us the way to acheive the greatest happiness possible. He loves us SO much! It’s wonderful.
On Thursday we were eating dinner with some of our recent converts, the C family, when they asked if we could teach them English. Mom C recently got a job at a convenience store and wants to better communicate with the people there. So we set everything up and taught our first English class Saturday night at the church. It was so fun and we’re totes pumped to see the progress of our favorite little familia. We’re spreading the word and everyone seems SO excited about it. We’re hoping to get a big turnout this Saturday. We anticipate that it’ll also be a great way to find more people to teach about the Gospel, as well.
Love you all so much! Hasta la proxima!
Hermana Howell
PS- Next week I’ll have multi-zones on Monday, so my P-day and emailing will be moved to Tuesday. :]

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