Wow what a week! I still can't believe I got to talk to you all and see and hear your voices. That is something that I miss the most, your voices. But it was SOOO great to talk to you all and catch up :) I sure do love and miss you tons.
This past week was good, a bit slow, but the holiday sure helped.
Monday after emailing we got all our shopping done and then headed back to the church to do a white elephant gift exchange and in the process of the gift exchange I picked up this box and it felt like there was a balloon with water in it, and on the box it says "don't shake"...Hermana Lau looks at me and is like "shake it!"...haha so I shook it. So then I sit down and I open the box and come to find out inside the box was a LIVE FISH!!...haha. We all died laughing!! In the end I got two mini ping pong paddles! They will be used :) That night we finished the cupcake run and tried to stop by a few investigators but later I was super dizzy so we went in early and I headed to bed early after planning.
Tuesday morning we got a call from our Branch President to come help deliver turkeys to families in need in our ward, so after we loaded about 4 turkeys in our trunk we headed off to drop them off and all the families were so grateful! It was a really cool way to wish families a Merry Christmas. We then had a lesson with MIGUEL! It was so good to see him, we haven't had a lesson with him in like a month! But we did like an over view of what all we have taught and he remembered almost everything! After his lesson we did a bit of contacting until we headed to dinner with a less active. After dinner we joined up with the young women in our branch and went caroling! Oh and Miguel came and caroled with us! He loved it! haha. But singing was fun and all those we visited loved the music. I mean it's Christmas music, who doesn't love that!? We then had a lesson with the Valdez family and their Dad/grandpa/husband was back into town from working in MN, so we had a lesson on the priesthood and talked about how much we need/needed the priesthood in Christ's church.
Wednesday (La Noche Buena) we had the chiropractor in the morning and then headed to a companion study we had with the AP's and other STL's on this side of the mission, and we discussed how we can help our Hermanas' more in the work, and we also talked about how much the Atonement can really help us in all aspects of our lives, not just when we make mistakes. but when we are sad or frustrated or lonely- the Atonement of Jesus Christ covers ALL of that. And that is something that we need to help our Hermanas' and the whole mission understand. We then had dinner #1 with the Rasch's and that was great. All the family was making tamales for later that night. After lunch/dinner we headed over to Pedro's and taught him how to bless a house because there is a lady in the ward that asked him to do it and he talked to us and was like "I have no idea how to do that!" so we helped him out and hopefully he feels more comfortable about it. We then brought him to a lesson we had with Miguel and we read the scripture in 2 Nephi 19:6 and answered some of his questions. We then had dinner #2 with the Gutierrez family (the same family that fed us for thanksgiving) and then we met up with our district and went caroling with them to some of our as well as their investigators. Then at 12pm Hermana Lau and I decided to join with our Hispanic friends and open some presents. That was fun!
Thursday (Feliz Navidad) We woke up and did some studies and then we opened our presents! It was so awesome! I felt like I was at home...well kinda. We then headed to the Miranda's and skyped family! :) It was SOO awesome!! It was so good to see and talk to family. We then had a lesson with Miguel and we brought Pedro! And we read the Christmas story in Luke 2. We then ran over to the Valdez's and ate some tamales and read the Christmas story with them too. After that we ate dinner with the Rojas family and it was really nice of them to feed us, both our dinner and the Elder's dinner cancelled for Christmas, so that was a miracle! After dinner we went caroling with the zone to some more investigators and less actives and it was fun! It sounds better for sure when you have more people singing with you! haha.
Friday we headed to district meeting and then did our planning since we had no time on Thursday to start it. After a bit of planning we contacted a bit and found and talked to a guy named Randy. He was super cool and has talked with missionaries before, so that was a good house the spirit told us to knock on! We then had dinner with Miguel and Pedro- we ate tamales in his garage and taught about the 10 commandments, keeping the Sabbath day holy and the Law Chastity...lets just say that law of Chastity lesson was THE MOST AWKWARD lesson I have ever taught on my mission. We then came back and planned some more.
Saturday was not super busy, we headed over to Hermana America's house and did some service with her- helping her make pupusas. We then finished our planning and after that headed out and had a lesson with Miguel and we started the Book of Mormon with him, and something that I have come to realize is that Miguel is one of those prepared people that we aren't even teaching...it is ALL the spirit. It is so cool. He just soaks everything up! He looked at lds.org about temple and was just fascinated by all of them. After that we had correlation and then stopped by Carmen and talked to her for a bit.
Sunday was good. Sadly none of our investigators that planned on coming came. After church we had to run to Palmdale to help some of our Hermanas' out, and then we got back and headed to dinner with the Miranda's and then passed by the Juarez family and talked about New Year's Eve goals!
Well family, this past 2014 has been so great!
I have seen the change in myself, just from the time I left on my mission to this Christmas. I love this work and I don't want to stop it. I love the Savior, I know he lives and loves me and loves every single one of you. I know this church is true and can bring us lasting happiness.
I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year's Eve. Watch the Ball drop for me :)
I love and miss you all so much!
Love, Hermana Aase