Tuesday, November 19, 2013

(229) peeecan pie

                                                                     18 Nov 2013

this week was definitely an eye-opener. we were plugging away like always and nothing was working out, we went days with almost everything falling though, and we knew something needed to change. we've been more obedient than ever, and we were working hard, but I felt like something was missing. our investigator pool wasn't progressing, all of the potentials we got we haven't been able to contact, so it was kind of a hard week. but it was an opportunity to set some new goals!

it is hardest to see people who have a testimony but start getting scared, and put off making the commitment to be baptized. so we really have had to pray a lot to know how to help them, but it always comes back down to the basics. so we've been starting over with the basics by reading preach my gospel in our studies and going over the main lessons, and seeing how we could focus on the doctrine more, and really planning to use our time better. it's so easy to get lost in numbers and to do lists and forget the purpose of all we do, so we've been talking to EVERYONE and inviting everyone we see, and we've picked our potentials back up. we had zone conference this week too, which was awesome and helped jump start us in our new goals.

of course talking to everyone means chasing down some people on the street...and then you get the awkward moment of walking in the same direction. and then walking a half a mile out of the way just to act like you didn't just chase them down. even though you did. But hey, beats tracting any day.


LOWlight of the week: we've already had two thanksgiving dinners already and I felt like I was going to die after each one. so. much. food. I can't wait to choose how much I eat when I get back. but we had two baking adventures (catashtophes)...we had to make pumpkin bars for FHE but we forgot our eggs at the church...and we got really creative (didn't turn out so well). as for the pie for the thanksgiving dinner...hopefully no one ate it. we didn't have half the things the recipe called for, and we couldn't go to the store because P-day was over... Moral of the story: don't ask missionaries to bake things. We don't have time. Or money.

(223) he's a peach

                                       12 Nov 2013

sooo we are having way too many adventures here.
but really.  we'll be driving and start talking and literally forget where we are going...till we realize we drove waaay past where we were supposed to turn. it's really bad.
but I have never had such an awesome, obedient companionship and it is so much fun. we talk to EVERYONE and I love it. we've gotten more potential investigators in the past two weeks than the past 2 or 3 transfers.

some highlights of the week: we have been working with a less active family for a while, and finally got in with the kids (okay we brought them ice cream). but the grandma's testimony is really there and she can be the one to really bring them all back, so we are hopeful! I love the rescue SO much. we officially took over a lot of the work in central park this week so it might be a little crazy for a couple of weeks but hopefully we'll be working more over there soon.

our investigators are doing well, plugging along, but no one has made much real progression. the family that we work with to teach a couple of them is hunting with the royal family in scotland...so that's normal.

we also got to work with the young women a lot this week, which was so fun. we did a missionary activity on tuesday and spoke at young women in excellence on Sunday. I really love working with the youth and teaching kids. they are so much easier to teach than adults, seriously. the primary program in centerville was this week and there were SO many people there it was incredible.

oh and then we go to an appointment with a boy we met on the street, who's mom is brazilian! so we knock and this guy answers, who is his stepdad who is also from brazil. so we chat for a bit and all of the sudden all these brazilians come to the door who don't speak english and they are all seven feet tall and it was terrifying. but I guess I made sense! hopefully we can teach him and his mom soon! we also are going to teach an afghani lady english, and we have an appointment with an Iranian man to talk about the book of mormon (in farsi!). I LOVE FREMONT.

funny story for the week: so we are at dinner with an older lady in one of the wards, and I had warned sister voyles that she would mention one of the guys in the ward that just got back from his mission and is over at school, because she always does. so we are in the middle of dinner and we made some comment that lead her to say, "you know....there is a guy who just got back from his mission....that so-and-so....he's just...a peach!"
sister voyles literally busted up laughing. so hard. but thankfully the lady thought it was a sneeze, and went off about all the cat hair in her house...and I just looked like a horrible companion that was laughing at my companion dying over there. it was so bad. but she didn't even notice.

oh and the centerville elders keep telling all the members that I'm sassy...no one believes them. I have successfully kept the sarcasm within the missionary zone and I am very proud of myself. I can be pro.

have a great week y'all are the best!

(215) sister, what is cheese?

                                          3 Nov 2013

(sorry this didn't send last week, promise I wrote it!)

so transfers happened and guess who my new companion is SISTER VOYLES!!

I told everyone all week that sister voyles was getting trasferred so she was going to be my companion, no big deal. and then they announce us first at transfer meeting, we were kind of freaking out. I seriously have been so incredibly lucky with companions, this never happens. I think it's the blessings of being a visa waiter, and that president is perpetually apologizing to me for putting me in a trio. either way works for me!

so this week has been amazing! sister voyles is so obedient, and works so hard, and loves contacting, which if your companion loves contacting, it makes it fun. If they don't, it's horrible. so this week has been so much fun, we've spent most of our time walking around and talking to people, which was really fun on halloween. and we found not one but TWO BRAZILIAN FAMILIES!! one we have an appointment with to teach this week, but the other was referred by his neighbor, so we haven't caught them at home yet. vou ensinar no portugues esta semana! finalmente!

so we're currently taking over the central park ward, since ASL is down to two and elder le beau wants to focus more on the deaf branch so elder domingo, the dear elder, can teach more. elder domingo finally gave me a name sign! it's the sign for sister, then you make the letter C and basically mime wavy hair...because I have a lot of hair. but I feel so special now. he's also working on his english, so he'll take the phone sometimes and text us, which is hilarious. when we said we were going to a cheese shop for pday, he asked us what cheese meant, and he'll phrase things in the funniest way. So much fun. still working on my ASL!


speaking of languages, I think the Lord put me in Fremont because I'm the only one crazy enough to try to contact all of these here. week 1 was all persian and hindi, then it was telegu, then tamil, now russian and punjabi....we ran out of persian book of mormons! it is SO fun, I love it here. we're going to start a persian branch soon, just wait.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

(209) trespassing

                                                                  28 Oct 2013

transfers............sister ikegami is leaving.
and i'm not.
whaaaaaaaa
visa waiters never pass off areas so I did NOT see that one coming, now I have to remember everyone's names...and possible drive...the malibu...

anyway so this week should be super exciting. half of my heart's leaving with sister ikegami but hopefully my new companion is super awesome and has driving privileges (because we all know how much I love driving). we will find out tomorrow!

this week started off with Japanese Day...President took us all out to sushi down in San Jose (us all meaning the three japanese missionaries and their companions) which was soooo good. and then halfway through the week we finally went to the afghani restaurant we have been dying to check out for 10 weeks now. TOP 5 DISHES OF MY LIFE. Salong's. everyone come to fremont and eat there. So those two meals alone just made my week, it's like nothing else matters for another month or so.

but the missionary work (ahem i'm working, promise) is coming along well, one of our previous investigators is back into town, another has a baptismal date, and another is super uber potential and knows it's all true, so that should be coming along nicely soon. with any luck four of them will be ready for baptism in the next transfer (we'll see but hey, why not dream). we got to teach a lot of less active members this week too, who some of them are really going through hard times and have lots of problems right now, so it's been nice to be able to help them a bit.

funny story of the week: got kicked out of a gated apartment complex for trespassing since the member that we drop by every week didn't know we were coming, but the lady didn't know we had the car in there...so glenmoor had to come rescue us and get the car so she wouldn't see us going back in, because none of the members that lived there answered their phone. we had these little notes on a couple of people in our records that said "evil complex lady"....so now we know what that means!  

the best thing about three wards is three halloween parties, I was sister Ikegami for two of them (it really threw people off, all we did was wear each other's clothes and switch nametags) and elder rollins REALLY WANTED US to be stick people with them for glenmoor's so we did that with glowsticks. it was fun though, a lot of people invited their friends and we got some investigators there. with any luck we'll get some potentials!

entao, this week is going to be an adventure, but I'll probably end up with an amazing companion and it'll be so much fun and I'll be heartbroken again when I/she leaves but that's life I guess. I'm making too many friends. goodness. and everyone has to leave. but that's okay, it's worth it. thankfully only one of the elders is leaving, and I still have time to work on my ASL! and one of our investigators wants to come to the asl class so we get to to go this week! I had a five second conversation with elder domingo (the deaf elder) yesterday so that was exciting. so far the most useful sentence has been "don't trust elder le beau, he's a liar."
I'm learning wonderful things.

tchau! ate proxima semana!