Another transfer call night has come and gone here in the California Arcadia mission, and it was a fairly quiet one in our pad. None of us (Hermana Glenn and I, and the English sisters) are leaving. There was much rejoicing when none of us got the call. There is just so much for us to do together here. Two elders in my district were transferred however, Elder Bair is being sent to Pasadena and our district leader Elder Bardsley is going back over to East LA. Elder Bardsley was also the branch pianist, so Hermana Glenn has stepped up. I had better start practicing too, just in case.
The run down of the past few weeks..
Zone meetings and zone activities: we had a wonderful zone meeting where we learned a little more about aligning our wills to the will of the Lord and then helping those people we work with to do the same. We have learned a lot lately about making sure we are converted, because we can't convert people past our own conversion. Then last Monday we had a zone activity with pizza, ice cream and volleyball. It's always fun to see different missionaries than the ones I usually see.
Progressing investigators! We have almost more progressing investigators than we know what to do with! We are still teaching Joaquin, who is progressing fairly well, then we also added Blanca, Mario and his son, and Maria. It's so interesting to see how all of these people found the gospel. We contacted Joaquin on my first day in Azusa, Blanca was contacted by the English sisters then sent to us, Mario was a self referral through Mormon.org and Maria was a former we decided to try teaching again because her son is currently being taught by the English sisters and her grandson is being taught by the YSA elders. (Yes there are 3 sets of missionaries visiting that house almost daily, we keep running into each other and accidentally interrupting lessons).
Exchanges: this week we went on exchanges with the sister training leaders, also known as the Azusa 1 sisters or our roommates. Hermana Glenn went with Sister Cardiel to the English area, and Sister Duncan and I went to the Spanish area. It was interesting because Sister Duncan speaks little to no Spanish, and most of the people we teach speak only Spanish. So I did a lot of teaching that day, which was good for me. We also got some help from the members, which was incredible.
Valentines Day: we celebrated Valentine's Day this year by Heart Attacking a few of our MVPs who help us the most with lessons and a few of our investigators. It was so fun! Then later we had the branch Valentine party, (for those who want to know Valentine's Day is usually called día de amor y amistad en español) complete with food, games and a dance. Best of all our investigator Mario and his family came and loved it!
Regional Conference: yesterday we had the wonderful opportunity to listen to a few of the General Authorities over a satellite broadcast to the people in the Pacific areas. It was incredible! Two of my favorite parts were when Sister Oscarson explained that the church is "more than a Christian social club" but is the kingdom of God here on the Earth on preparation for the Second Coming, and when a member of the 70 (can't remember his name and I don't have my notes) talked that every broken thing can be mended through the Atonement of Christ. All of the talks were incredible though.
That about wraps it up for this week, we'll see what this new one has to bring!
Hermana Anna Christensen