Sorry for not telling you where my companion is from. I thought I did. Elder Ashcraft is from Rexburg, Idaho. He's been out for exactly 1 year now on December 2nd. I also had Thanksgiving dinner with the John's. It was a good dinner. Right after we left, the Spanish Sisters came, because they didn't have a place, so the John's reheated the food for them when they got there. They made tons of food for a bunch of missionaries. The poor Spanish missionaries just didn't have a place because all of the Spanish people went back to Mexico or other places to visit their families.
Yesterday, our ward got the news that we will be combining with Turlock 2nd Ward to make the Turlock 1st Ward, so now our boundary is huge having 2 areas made into one. It covers East Turlock, Delhi, Denair, and Hilmar, but I think we will still be maintaining our missionary areas just to keep things simple. We will just share the members now. Just when things were getting normal again for me, and chaos strikes again. The congregation was pretty big, but each individual ward is really small. I felt like I was at home again with huge wards. No more small stuff. We need big again. It was approved by the First Presidency. The bishopric is also already set up by the First Presidency. They have been in deep council of who will be in the new ward council now. We are doing our best to not get in over our heads.
This week, we have been able to continue teaching Guillermo. We read Enos together about prayer, and a little bit about faith. He liked the story a lot and tried his best to apply it to himself as he thinks about himself praying to God. He has a thing against me though. I don't know what it is. He likes to tease and have fun. I slide with it. Whatever. It's better to laugh with him then feel offended. It's just not worth it, but he's cool. I learn more about Mexican culture as Elder Ashcraft and I continue to work with him and help him progress to his desired baptism. It's interesting to note that those people like to get to know the missionaries/people in general before you talk more or share a message about the gospel with them.
On Saturday, we were able to witness a Christmas parade in downtown Turlock. This was a missionaries contacting dream. I haven't seen a huge crowd like that since Memorial Day back in Manteca, but this time was even more people. We street contacted and gave a bunch of the "Light The World" cards to everyone as they celebrate Christmas. Not sure how many people try to view the video. Today, I found one of our cards on the street all folded and torn apart. I said to myself, what a waste. It didn't even make it to that person's home who received it. We mustn't be too quick to judge. We should at least experiment upon any good word someone would want to share with us. That's about it for this week. Love you all.
Tyler at the downtown Turlock parade