Things are going great here in Hemet. There’s nothing too exciting to report this week, but our investigators are doing AWESOME and we have 3 people preparing to be baptized on specific dates in November (including V! He’s the COOLEST. We’re doing an FHE with him tonight at a member’s home.)
Big things happened this week!
We had a nice visit from Elder Evans, of the 70. It was so great. He talked to the whole mission, in 2 groups. I got to see him and all my friends that are serving in MoVal and Menifee. He talked to us about teaching by the Spirit and not “some other way.” It was a real eye-opener and it kind of abolished some common practices in our mission. Like OYM-ing in parking lots. I can’t really say that I’m all that upset about that. It wasn’t my favorite. He also talked about the importance of being obedient to ALL of the rules in the white handbook so that we can have the Spirit with us to find the people that are just waiting for the gospel. It was really powerful and I came away feeling very motivated and excited about missionary work again. It really is SO COOL, what I have the chance to be doing right now. I get to spread the news that God loves us each SO MUCH and that He still talks to us today!
I also got to go on exchanges this week. Sister Spencer went to my old stomping grounds in MoVal, and Sister Dulong came to spend a day in Hemet with me! We taught some great lessons and learned a lot from each other. I love it when I have the chance to learn from other missionaries. Sister Dulong is great and teaches really well, and she really shows her concern for the people she’s teaching.
We picked up a bunch of new people to teach this week- including a guy who used to live in Idaho and Utah and said that if he was born again, he’d definitely be a Mormon. And a part-member family that just moved here recently that had been talking to missionaries before and have been to church a bunch of times. And a 14-year-old girl whose friends invited her to mutual last week. She said she loved it and would like to be baptized.
We had another AWESOME lesson with V and taught about the first principles and ordinances of the gospel which are: first, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, repentance; third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. And then enduring to the end. It was so great- it was exactly what he needed right then. It seemed like at the beginning of the lesson, he wasn’t so sure if he was ready to keep going forward learning about the gospel, but the Spirit was SO STRONG and by the end he was solidly determined to keep going. He came to church again this week and one of the talks was just perfect for him. He is SO cool.
This week was crazy awesome.
To start, we got to go to the temple on Tuesday! Yay! It was kind of bittersweet though, because I realized it was the last time I’d get to go while I was on my mission. I did feel a great peace and comfort as I sat in the House of the Lord, and I felt reassured that God has a plan specifically for me, both for now and for after the mission. Luckily I still have FOREVER left on my mission and I don’t have to think about any of that other stuff.
After the temple… I got sick. But just for a couple of days. I was pretty miserable for a bit, but I’m all better now. :]
The coolest thing this week is probably our investigator, Victor. He’s an older guy that we met a while ago, but it’s been hard to see him very often. This week we taught him about the Plan of Salvation and we brought a member of the ward with us and they were INSTANT BESTIES. It was awesome. Victor is super cool and loves everything we have shared with him. He says that there’s been something about this religion that’s been calling to him. He’s had some rough times lately- his work isn’t very consistent and he recently got diagnosed with cancer. But he’s so positive and is letting his trials bring him closer to God rather than push Him away. He came to church for the first time this week, and stayed for nearly the whole 3 hours… even though his daughter had had a baby the DAY BEFORE. He reads the Book of Mormon and understands and learns from it. He’s planning on being baptized in the middle of next month (but it might even be able to happen sooner at the rate he’s moving!)
Me and Sister Spencer at the temple!
Just some old people going for a nice afternoon stroll together, Hemet style.
This week, Sister Spencer and I got to be superheroes. Kinda.