Lauren arrived in Rancho Cucamonga, CA on Tuesday. We look forward to hearing where her first area will be! We received this photo from President and Sister Hobbs (the mission president and his wife).
What a wonderful group of missionaries!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Dear friends and family,Well, I have made it through the first week.
My companion's name is Sister K and she is Tongan. She's very interesting and I'm learning how to be patient. That is all.But I have been learning so much stuff. I've been memorizing scriptures like no other. We have been teaching our teachers who are pretending to be investigators during class as well as each other. We have taught Joseph (Brother C) 3 times and we have committed him to baptism. We taught the first lesson after having taught him more about Christ because he did not have any religious background (he just moved from Kenya to Minnesota). Brother C actually taught Joseph on his mission so he was pretending to be him. We also have a TRC investigator and her name is Patty. Her son just died and she is feeling depressed and full of grief. We have only taught her once but we were there for an hour. We taught her about Christ and His Atonement. We taught about the enabling power of the Atonement (Alma 7:11-13) and the Spirit was so strong. We are teaching her again tomorrow. I can't wait.
When Jesus was being tempted by Satan, after fasting 40 days, He sends angels to John not to himself. That is the character of Christ. After suffering in the Garden and being betrayed by Judas, Jesus heals the guard's ear. Bednar asked, "If we had just come from that would you have cared about that guard's ear?...Christ turns out when we would turn in". That is the character of Christ. Christ was doing missionary work and forgiving others while He was suffering on the cross. That is the character of Christ.
"If you think you can't do something then you're probably right. But in the strength of the Lord you can do it".
I also got a haircut today and I chopped off 11 inches. Haircuts are free at the MTC so I figured why not.
We also went to the Provo Temple this morning. We got to watch the second new film and it was awesome! If you haven't seen it then you should go!
We leave next Tuesday (P-day in the MTC) so I will probably not write, but the following Monday (P-day in the field) I will write from California!
Hope to hear from you soon! Love,
P.S. Just kidding about the 9 inches. I was only 2 inches :)