"And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things for myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 46. Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God... 48. I say unto you, that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name. 49. And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren."
"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness."
Wow I am beat. It has been a super productive week. We got 11
new investigators this week, but I'm not counting ;) I can not believe how
ready so many people are to hear the gospel. It just astounds me every time,
and even more is that I have the amazing opportunity to teach them. Its a great
This week Sister Zollinger and I biked and biked and biked and
biked, and hiked! lol we have an investigator who lives at the top of a hill,
but its a good time because its a good view, and because Bobby and Vinny are
really interested in the gospel! Some of their family members got baptized a
while a go and Bobby has come to church a couple times now which was good, but
he said it was mainly for the organ. We will see where it goes though!
Chris and Jake, the two brothers we have been teaching are doing
splendid! They also live up a hill. Jake is 8 and Chris is 10 and they want to
be baptized on the same day. Even though it can be a challenge to teach them,
they want to learn and that is the first step in receiving Gods blessings.
We found a ton more people this week, so now we hope we can get
them all to progress and come to church. Sister Zollinger and I gave talks last
week along with the Elders, so it was a great missionary meeting. I'm trying to
learn more and more that missionary work is not just for missionaries but for
members also. Just because we leave our missions doesnt mean the work ends.
Some things might be different but the work, and the reward is the same.
I'm grateful to be a missionary at this time and I am grateful
for so many of the Lords blessings that literally carried Sister Zollinger and
I through this week. I know that without Him we wouldnt be able to have a full
knowledge or understanding of why things are the way they are and that, for me,
makes all the difference.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Rowland Heights Area
Sister Zollinger and I eating crab!
Sister Briscoe, Glendora companion, and David who joined the church after quitting smoking for 50 years! David is truly an amazing individual!
I finally got your package Mom! And the cookies were still amazing and delicious!
Oh. my. miracles. I know I say this
like every email, but this week was a miraculous week!
Monday: met my zoey, optimistic, loving,
laughing, intellectual, nice, gorgeous, eats everything, righteous companion,
Sister Zollinger, my new companion! And it was Halloween and we had to stay
inside :( but it was good because we got to clean :)
Tuesday: met the amazing and soon to
be famous David Apodaca, who is ready to be baptized on the 17 of December!
Also I did something scary, I road on my bike through what is called the cat
walk... at night which probably should not be attempted with out lights, but
look at me. I'm alive!
Wednesday: biked up a mountain, yes
mountain, to a potential who told us he is potentially atheist, his name is
bobby. He's going to be baptized.
Thursday: met Neil and Shiro! Ok they
are adorable. Neil just got recently baptized and his friend Shiro wants to
listen to our lessons. Their English is, shall we say, progressing, and their
spirituality is booming :)
Friday: You know how like when someone
is drowning and your like "hey I have a life preserver let me throw it to
you to save you!" And they say, "nah man, I'm good with drowning. But
sit there and talk with me as I drown." THAT is what it's like as a
missionary. Some people are stubborn, and yet we don't give up hope.
Saturday: Service for Sister Reeves who
is just one of the sweetest ladies I have met in my
Sunday: .... wow can't even remember
yesterday.... well fast and testimony meeting you know? It's amazing. I really
felt apart of the people there. Daniel and Shiro came. The lessons on
commitment made me tear up a bit because I know that no matter how hard the
difficulties we have or the afflictions that are faced before us or in our
past. If our foundation is sure, if our testimony and commitment to the gospel
is strong, than no force on earth can tear us down.
I know I normally don't do those week
format things but it just felt right to do this time around. I hope you all are
happy. I hope you all are healthy. I hope my grandma and grandpa had a splendid
birthday in Washington! I hope you all hold on to what is true and
My new companion, Sister Zollinger. She is from Minnesota and her sister served her mission with my cousin, Arien, in Fresno, CA, Spanish speaking! Small world - I love that!
Everyone got their costumes ready? Got that over priced candy in
bowl ready to give out? Wow. What a great time of year.
gets me excited for Christmas. Did you know that there are 55
until Christmas? I just can't wait.
Alrighty this week- here's a funny story/miracle this week:
One day Sister Briscoe and Sister Plumb were knocking on
doors, sharing with them a message that can bring a smile to
face, and hope into their lives. As they made their way
a door, a friendly, toothless Chinese lady opened the door. They
her how happy they were to see her, and how much they wanted to
their message with her, but of course- she did not speak
in Sister Plumb's very pathetic and broken Chinese she said-
chuanjaoshi- we are missionaries. She gave them a very toothless
and welcomed us in 😳. NORMALLY THAT APPROACH DOESNT EVEN WORK
IN ENGLISH. They were speechless. She told them to sit on the coach as she went to the other room. After
about 15 min of the shocked little sister missionaries sitting on the coach
trying to figure out how to
give the first lesson to this lady in Chinese, a young Chinese
came through the door and yelled back to his mom (in English)
missionaries are here!" Turns out....... our friendly Asian
lady was a
member and that her and her family were feeding the missionaries
tonight, but they are in a different Ward, so they were feeding
different missionaries! The awkward part is that they are really
our Ward so that was good laugh for us all, as we all ate pie.
boy’s mom’s name is Irene and she is going to be helping us with
and her family, with translating gospel terms and
were so relieved to find her so that she can help us!
Also I'm saying goodbye to good ol’ Glendora!... hence the title
this email. I have been transferred to Rowland Heights! Yikes!
that call near close to Halloween. Probably the scariest thing
has happened this season – haha.
My new companion’s name is Sister Zollinger and she is
Can't wait to get Rowland Heights rollin’ along! lol I gotta