Dear family and everyone else,
I am pleased to announce that Elder Shepherd and I will be staying together for another transfer, soI probably won't be seeing Elder Brown any time soon unless I see him at a Zone Conference that the mission is having on the 16th and 17th with Elder Evans and his wife. Elder Ashton (who came out with me), is coming into the zone all the way in Tracy. He just got released from being a Zone leader in Modesto and will be a co-district leader with Elder Guernsey, so that will be interesting. Elder Shepherd was totally right that Elder Guernsey would be the next district leader. I just wonder if Elder Ashton will be my district leader, then we can go on an exchange together and see how each of us have grown in our missionary work. The YSA elders are also being doubled out. The Ripon sisters are going to work their ward along with YSA which covers-Ripon, Manteca, Lathrop, Tracy, and Mountain House. That's as much news as I know so far. On Wednesday, we will be eating dinner with another member of the Stake Presidency up in the foot hills of the western side of the valley.
This week, we have been working with the Darby's, a less active-part member family. They are wanting to come back to church soon. They just don't know when yet. Tonight we will be helping their son in family night practice a job interview that he will be having tomorrow morning, so this will be good practice for him, and a mind awakening for us all. Soon enough, we will have discussion about the Book of Mormon and what different doctrines it has to offer to the whole world and for their family.
With Marcia, we went over the plan of salvation and the gospel of Jesus Christ with one of her friends that sometimes stops by to help out with things. Her friend was okay sitting in with the discussion, and we then gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon to read. Someday, the spiritual touch-point we left with her will awaken her feelings inside to fully investigate the church again after many years ago.
Next, the Spanish Sisters introduced us to the Garcia/Lopez family with their member kids. The parents aren't married and have lived together for at least 18 years, but that's for the Spanish Sisters to handle since they only speak Spanish. The kids...not so much. That's why we were introduced to them in the first place. So, when we start fellow-shipping them into the ward, they might just come back to church.
Giovanni is still a work in progress. We haven't seen him for a week, and when we finally got there, after a week's worth of intense study of the plan of salvation, we gave him a copy of a talk about "Adam, The Archangel," along with many scriptures that support the plan through the Bible, Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. He was eager to learn more. He's just super busy all the time. We will definitely call/text him for appointments in the evening since that's what he likes the best.
On Wednesday night, I made a strawberry smoothie, which was really good. It had me think of home back in the strawberry seasons we would have and make smoothies for days, so I definitely didn't miss out. Thursday, after zone/ district meeting, we went out to Wendy's and I had chicken nuggets. Well, I ate too much and when I got home, I fell asleep for 2 hours and then...sick!!! I emptied out my digestive system for 2 days. It was awful. I'm all better now, so we didn't get a whole lot done after Thursday due to that experience.
On Saturday, we had dinner with the Dye's. I made sure I brought over my fan chart to compare with his, and guess what? He is my 4th cousin through Mary Maiden Peek and Richard Dye, my 3rd great grandparents. That was an exciting experience. I was blessed to show information about the family of Adam, and here it is. I'm finding my lost tribes of family.
This is what was exciting for this week,
Love you all,
Strawberry Smoothie--I didn't miss out!