Monday- We went to Goodwill and then ate some frozen yogurt with the other Hermanas'. And then we came back to the apt and hung out there until we went to dinner. After dinner we had an FHE with the Vargas and Garcia families. We read a talk from the July Ensign about the Pioneers called "Oh, esta todo bien" and we talked about how all is well in the end, in the end of this life, at the end of our trials, etc. God is always with us and we must have the mentality that all is well. We then passed by the Mercado family and had a small FHE with them.
Tuesday- We did some contacting in the afternoon and everyone we talked too wasn't too fond of us, but at least we can go back in a few months and see if they are more ready to accept the gospel. We then had a lesson with Anahi and talked about our purpose here in the this life. We then passed by an older couple that we met a month or so ago and we sat and talked with them for a bit, but the lady has bad Alzheimers...so we probably won't teach them, but we gave them our card so we can come do service! That night we had a relief society activity for all the Hermanas' birthdays and we played some games and then ate fruit and ice cream. it was a lot of fun! And I didn't sit on a Hermana this time! After the activity we passed by the other Mercado family in our area and shared a small part from a talk about the Book of Mormon.
Wednesday- We went out early to try and contact a potential named Olivia, but she was busy. So we tried by a couple other people and then met 2 Hermanas' from the ward to eat some lunch and I ate the biggest pupusa! And it was delicious! We then had a lesson with Marcos and finished teaching him the plan of salvation and then took him door knocking with us! He loved it and was amazed at what we did. We then passed by the Sarabia's and shared a scripture with them and Marcos helped out. He is already a great missionary! We then came to dinner a little bit early and took Sara, the Garcia's daughter out to knock some doors. We then headed with Hna. Garcia to an appt, but Rosa wasn't there so we passed by Olivia again and she invited us in! She had some great questions and told us she is very open to learning more. And later we passed by Abel and Kody and we taught them about the Armor of God.
Thursday- We did our planning for week 6...! WHAT?! And then we went out contacting and passed by Rosa and had a short lesson with her about the importance of Church. And then we went by Hna. Miranda and shared a scripture and did an experiment having them think of a street that we can go knock while we pray. The members like it, it is different, but we get to see where they think we should go knock.
(This is our district!)
Friday- We had district meeting and we did a training on the importance of being persistent with inviting to be baptized and then trying to set them with goals and dates to be baptized. After our meeting we went to the CALM zoo that is here in East Bakersfield and we got to rake some leaves and make all the walk ways clear and clean. They have some really cool animals! I am just glad we didn't have to clean up after the animals haha. We then had a lesson with Guillermina and taught the Plan of Salvation. We then decided to go walking around our area, and we got to talk to more people and then we found a lady named Emma sitting outside and we ended up teaching her! She is so cute and was so happy that we came to see her and talk with her about the gospel. And then on the way back to our car we saw the Utley family and we got to talk with them for a little bit!
((left) Our free slurpees! (right) This is Francisco, the guy we were teaching a couple months ago.)
((left) Armor of God! (right) FREE slurpees at 7/11 with Marcos)
Saturday- Our lesson in the morning with Emma got cancelled, so we tried by another lady with Hna. Alaniz and then went back to her house for a drink of water and we shared the same message that we did with Hna. Miranda and picking a street for us to knock. After that we had a lesson with Marcos and taught him about patriarchal blessings and he thought that is was pretty cool! We then walked to the 7/11 with Marcos and got free slurpees!! We then had a lesson with the Trejo family and talked about the temples and family history, they loved it and told us that they were so interested in learning more! We then had dinner and then passed by Emma again to see what happened in the morning and she told us that she left with her son. So we taught her a little lesson about faith and reminded her about church.
Sunday- We did some morning visits to our investigators to invite them/remind them about church and we only got to talk to one of them. We then headed to church and guess what?!?! Marcos blessed the sacrament! It was so awesome to see him in a white shirt and tie! He was nervous, but Hna. Gonzalez and I both gave him the thumbs up and he did a great job! Then during sacrament meeting they mentioned me going home :( so they had me bare my testimony, so that was good. And it now just feels so natural to do it in Spanish. Not sure how hard it will be in English haha. After church we passed by the Rodriguez house and shared a message with all the grand-kids about the Armor of God. We got cardboard and everything and got them all dressed up! We then had a lesson with a potential named Eugenio and he was so cool! He loved what we shared and wants to learn more about the Book of Mormon. And then we contacted a little and then had a lesson with the Vargas family.
Well family, this coming week is my last week and I can't believe that it has come this fast. I wish you all a wonderful week and I will talk to you for the last time through email next week!
Adios, love you all!
Love, Hermana Aase