Today, while I was shopping at Target, I noticed the movie, Mocking Jay part 2. Gosh I'm jealous of you all. I still have to wait a little less than 10 months before I get to see that final ending. There were two covers. They looked really cool. But back to the missionary work.
I did get my bike repaired finally on Saturday. The bike shop ordered a blue fork with orange stripes only because they did not have black in stock. It's at least something. The bike shop also tightened my red cage that I bought for my water bottle. So now that doesn't wobble anymore and rattle while I ride. Lastly, I bought a new wheel since it was bent beyond repair, and the bar that holds the wheel on was slightly damaged before too. So now, my bike is almost completely new. I never knew that I would go through such extensive bike repairs on my mission. Elder Shepherd used the rest of his in store credit to pay for my repairs. We worked out a deal that I would return him the money that I owed him as I extract money from my personal account.
On Monday night, we had a new member lesson with Sharlene Fortuni. She was baptized back in December before both of us got here. Juan who is her husband was a returning member and she was already living the gospel, so she was convinced to be baptized so they can be sealed this next December. Next, their son needs to get baptized. The goal is to soon friendship him, and gain his trust in us. Once we have that trust, we will start teaching him too. We will see how this goes, and we may someday complete a family just like when I helped finish the Rutherford's.
We also taught another lesson with Maria Johnson and went over the 3rd lesson called the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It all makes sense to her so she never has questions for us. She is a solid member already. She just continues to learn, and relearn what she has come to know. Two Saturday's from now, she will be married to her fiance. It's getting exciting for them, and they are also jam-packing to get his house and property looking the best it can be before then.
Marsha Baker has "taken control of her life." Last Monday, I gave her some stuff that was included in the stop smoking program, which includes: Vitamin C to clean out her body, cinnamon mouthwash and toothpaste, and cinnamon gum. The cinnamon stuff has started to change her body along with her prayers that the cigarettes no longer taste good to her, so that's a bonus for her too quite soon. It's confirmed that she will be evicted out of her apartment, but she is going to court to get the eviction off her record, because for one thing, she wasn't the problem. It was her ex-husband. He won't pay up his spousal support, and the court order is taking way too long for her to sue him. Also, her renter is super rude, greedy, and lazy. She tells us how bad he is. He's in his 60's. He intrudes without permission and brakes many renter's rights. She can get him good if she gets the chance, along with all the proof. The renter wanted to increase the price from 1100 to 1400, which she can't do on her own. Sister White continues to fellowship her, and Marsha was able to learn lessons 1-3 and parts of the commandments. She loves the lessons that we have to share with her. She is going to get baptized soon. She has seen the light and is starting to run toward the great Tree of Life and partake of the bright fruit of the gospel.
On Wednesday, we had dinner with the Stake President again as a zone down in Tracy. It was Mexican again, but it was so good still. Thursday, we talked to Marianne finally after many weeks, and she looked better than when we last saw her. But she still has a long ways before she can be close to being healthy again.
Friday, we talked to Paul and Melissa Zimmerman at the top part of our area right after dinner around the church. They were all drunk and smoking and it was not a good time. We did see that the wife was still very aware of things and made sure her little boy did not go playing in the street. We were wondering why we stayed there so long. Then we knew. A friend of their's was also hanging out with the Zimmerman's and asked us about why we held such good morals. I presented to him the word of wisdom in a brief minute or so. He understood and took the pamphlet to read. He was on parole with one of those tracker ankle bracelets. He may want to change his life around, so he listened to us. We did learn from the wife that they are not intoxicated on the weekdays, so we will go try again this week and help them out.
These are the crazy things that happened this week. See you soon on skype. Happy Mother's Day to all!