I can't believe another transfer is over. This is the last week and we get transfer calls on Thursday. It is always an exciting time to see were your new area or companion will be. It almost feels like another mission call! Super exciting!
This week we had a lot of service opportunities which made this week really fun. We had our normal service project of cleaning dishes at the community center for the elderly on Tuesday morning and then we had to take 3/4ths of the day on Thursday to deep clean the carpets in the church with the Elders. That was a ton of work, but so much fun! I haven't worn pants for a almost a whole day since....I don't even know when haha! Then on Saturday night, we visited one of our members who has started going less-active recently. She is from the Phillapeans and struggles fitting in with our ward because of the cultural differences and her children do not behave like Korean children. This is hard on her to feel like she is a part of the ward and that the members except her. We got to her house right after her drunk neighbor came in and yelled at her girls for their loud behavior while playing with the children outside. She and her girls were crying. My heart completely broke for her and all that she has to go through being a single parent in a foreign country from her own. We spent the evening with her helping organize and clean her home. I love the times as a missionary when you can see that you brightened someone's day and lifted another's burden.
It is getting harder and harder to meet with our investigators, and when we do, they are not keeping commitments or progressing. Most of this is because of family obligations and oppostition to them becoming members of our church from their parents or spouses. It is hard to see them struggle. We had a lot of extra time on our hands this week and spent a lot of time outside talking to people on the streets. I haven't had to do that kind of work in a long time, and I was happy to be out talking to new people again! We were able to make the mission goal of contacts received in a week! What a good feeling! I met a girl last night that was exercising with her mom. She came up to me and started speaking to me in English! She explained that she had lived in California for a month, while going to school. When I told her that I was from Sacramento area, she was shocked. She had gone to school at Sac State! I got her phone number and hope that we will meet again! We live in such a small world!
This week during Bible study, we talked about the sons of Mosiah and their desire to teach the word of God. The spirit was so strong as my companion and I shared about why we wanted to serve missions and our experiences. I shared many stories about my mom and her influence in my life. I taught about her example of prayer and fasting, and how she can feel, even half way around the world, when I need something. These women, all mothers themselves, were blown away by my mother's example and faith. One of them said that she knows that I have felt of God's love and was touched by my mother's devotion. I am so grateful for you mom and dad! I am the person I am because of you and your examples to me. You have taught me how to be strong and how to live this gospel in my everyday life. You have taught me how to rely on my Heavenly Father and have faith in Him and His plan for me. I am forever grateful for you! I love you two so much; more than words can express. Thank you for your love for Jesus Christ and for me.
I am grateful for this gospel and I am grateful for my growing testimony! I love you all so much!
Have a fantastic week!