Its been another hot week. Pretty sure we hit 100° yesterday. Then again Arizona is cookin in the 120° range haha. Still, its hot when you are dressed as a missionary and stay outside NOT swimming haha. But tis well, people feel sorry for us and give us water, which makes us have to go to the bathroom a lot, haha. #missionarylife
Well, we had our last zone conference with President. We talked a lot about consecration. During our studies this week I found this guy: “Real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed!”
After zone conference we drove back to our area, 20 minutes later, our car was lurching, making weird sounds and the engine light came on. We pulled over popped the hood and there was oil EVERYWHERE. At conference, the staff inspects our cars and makes sure they are good, but when they forget to put the oil cap back on, usually they aren't good. Luckily, God provided for us in this time of need. Miracle 1, we were only a mile from an auto store. We start walking, its hot. Miracle 2, some members drive up and offer us a ride. They didn't even live in our mission! And they just happened to drive by?! We make it in the store. We buy a cap and some extra oil. Trek back to the car, fill up and drive back to the auto store, guys tell us our car is good but we need to clean all the oil off. Trip to the dollar store! Miracle 3, member finds us in the store, buys our things for us! We clean our car off, everything is good. Miracle 4, car is perfectly fine now :) what an adventure.
Cool people we met this week. We were tracting an area, without much luck. We saw these two guys under a tree, they were busy, kinda brushed us off. Well, the next day, we are in a completely new area. 15 min in, we talk to this guy in his driveway playing with his son. "Hey, have you ever seen missionaries before?" "Yeah! I saw you guys yesterday!" "...? We weren't here yesterday...?" "Yeah but you guys said hello over at my dads house. We were sitting under a tree!" "What?!" God led us to this guy, Arley two days in a row! Pretty cool! He was awesome, we set up a time to come back and teach his small family. :)
We met this girl Kimberly out on the street about a week ago, she told us we could come back. So we did. We end up teaching her mom, her and her younger brother. The mom kept saying "Ohh its so hard being a single mom, I just need some peace. We need to start going to church, praying, etc." Boy did they light up during the lesson. Its soo cool to see how someone's whole atmosphere can change within a couple minutes. We went back later in the week and taught the kids, and Kimberly accepted the invitation to be baptized. Fernando, her little brother is taking a long trip to Peru at the end of this month, but he was on board as well. He LOVES his video games, but he was so interactive in the lesson that it even surprised Kimberly. We are going back early this week to catch the mom, Gisella with them. Awesome family!
Here in Downey, I'm getting really good practice with my Spanish. Its been good. We had a 20min convo in Spanish all about how alone she feels and what Jesus can do to help her. She agreed to meet with the Spanish sisters and we hope all is going well. I guess God wants me to keep my Spanish.
Fun fact. There is a member in our ward that speaks Arabic. And she is white. :) #closeenough
|Areceli, her kids and the neighbor kids|
Also this is Areceli and her family. We met her last week, we stopped by and there was literally 10 kids running around. We were like... :O Turns out that 5 of the kids were a family friend, and they are MEMBERS! What?! So we taught Areceli (Mom) and her 4 kids and the neighbor with these 5 member kids :) pretty cool little tender mercy. :)
Happy Fathers Day! Also, this week is HUMP WEEK. What. Even. Is. Life.?