Monday, June 23, 2014

(448) "To reach a goal never attained, you must do things you've never done" - Elder Richard G. Scott

23 June 2014

Sorry this is going to be a short email, I've run out of time. BUT we had a great week! Lots of improvement! We finally got in to see a lot more people this week, and made some great progress getting to know more ward members and finding some more new investigators. It was one of those weeks where we worked so hard the whole time and didn't really stop for air until the end of the week when I realized that we actually met and exceeded a lot of our goals, so that was a nice surprise.

We also got to go on exchanges this week, so I got to be in Las Colinas for a day (and we set a baptismal date with the most AMAZING woman, I miss being in Spanish SO much), my very first exchange with an STL (on month 15? yeah...). Anyway it was really fun! It was hard to be away from this area for a was like leaving my newborn child, I've realized that I've become kind of obsessive and could probably slow down a bit, but that's okay. The closer the end gets the harder I've been working, and the more utterly exhausted I've been every night, but it's a good feeling. (Plus Mom I've been running every morning for 25 minutes, you should be so proud!)

We have two investigators preparing for baptism, one is moving to Palo Alto (bummer) but the other is really excited for July 12th, so we are preparing her for that! The Mission Peak ward has been amazingly supportive, we have an incredible bishop and I got to speak on Sunday, and the bishop offered to have us teach 5th Sunday lesson from Preach my Gospel (!! DREAM COME TRUE), so I am so excited for the work in that ward! Things are looking up!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

(434) wo shi cooper jiamai

                 10 June 2014

sorry this letter is going to be a little short...we went to santa cruz again yesterday. 

We had SUCH an amazing week though. It was one of the first times in a while that I've really had to get down on my knees and flat out plead for miracles, I love this area and the people here, but we really needed a fresh start and some new investigators. We set goals as a companionship and later as a zone to find a new investigator every day, so every day we planned to find our new investigator..and it worked. miracles. SEVEN! (one of them was for the spanish sisters, but it still counts) Faith is an amazing thing. Do all you can and then petition the Lord for his help, it happens.

We've been doing a lot of housekeeping this week (figuratively and literally, I had to do my requisite purge of the supplies cabinet and send two boxes of stuff to the mission office), but our area is officially color-coordinated and organized, so I can finally breathe normally. We had a really fun week though, it's amazing how happy I've been here. I think I've really just learned how to love hard work. I love that they include that in the For the strength of Youth now. It really is a Christlike attribute. Because we are certainly busy, I haven't been this exhausted since Los Alamitos! Plus I've been running every morning and I totally made Sister Savila run home twice this week because we had to be home by nine and got carried away...but we made it!

I also started studying chinese, one of the elders gave me his pinyin book so I've successfully learned like two words. Tried to use it in a contact...I think they were confused. But hey, I try. Hopefully I'll get to full on sentences within the next two months. It's so much fun though. one of the elders is from China and he made us chinese food for dinner one night, so good. Except on Monday, we had dinner at an Indian woman's house, and both of them can't handly spicy food (really)...but of course when I pile on the sriracha (she couldn't believe how much I put on), Elder Zhang had to try to show me up and had one bite before he started coughing and gasping for air. So Elder Fisher naturally has to challenge him to finish his whole plate...elders. Made for an entertaining meal, and I've officially become the crazy person at the table who has to eat crazy spicy food. One of my new talents I suppose?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

(426) fremont forever!

                      2 June 2014

So of course by transfer meeting on tuesday, I've planned pretty much all of the areas I expected to go, so I'm waiting as they are calling names and all of the sudden President calls me to the Fremont-Evergreen area, it was completely out of left field! My companion is Sister Savila from Samoa and she is CRAZY and I love her! We've had so much fun this week and she is so willing to work hard. and remember how I was joking about going to the tongan ward this transfer? Now I get to learn Samoan and we got transferred to Mission Peak, which has the chinese group with the fremont zone leaders. so now we have language study every day, so I can devote one day a week to spanish, portuguese, french, samoan, chinese, and let's be honest, english. Sounds like heaven to me.
We cover the bottom chunk of fremont, the mission and warm springs districts, as well as Milpitas, so we are in the san jose evergreen zone/san jose stake still. But I'll get to see everyone from Fremont at stake conference, and hang out with sister monson AND sister voyles on p-days so I'm so excited! The area is huge so it's quite the change from Marina and its two main streets...where maybe 20 people came outside on a good day, so there are SO many people here and in warm springs everyone speaks chinese or is from india/vietnam/the phillippines, so same old, same old. I love it though, I'm so living here someday.

We definitely have a lot of work to do! Sister Savila can't drive and doesn't normally use the phone, and they didn't expect the other sister to get transferred so it was completely out of the blue and they were a little unprepared to hand off the area, so I kind of feel like I'm whitewashing, but at least I know how to get places! we work in between the 680/880 so the traffic makes things a LITTLE frustrating but that's okay. we set a personal and a zone goal to find a new investigator every day this month, and so far we found one amazing one yesterday! we are seeing so many miracles and SO many people were willing to set up appoinments with us for this week so I am excited! we work with the zone leaders in fremont and our zone leaders in milpitas so we have awesome elders and there is so much potential here!