Monday, August 15, 2016

It's the circle of life

Hello one and all! It's been a fun week. Hermana Johnson is learning about the joys of being in a bike area (she nearly died a couple of times, but it's okay, she's taking it like a champ), we have some
awesome investigators, we have been eating a ton, (Sunday consisted of a barbecue where we each ate a hamburger, a hot dog, a bag of chips, salad, an ice cream cone, and then dinner which was 3 slices of pizza and 2 slices of cake about 3 hours later. The elders ate even more. (Don't ask me how), and then of course there was the stake activity. More on that later.

Our investigators: Yuri is still doing super well, and is becoming a little missionary. She's trying to get her older sister to start coming to church with her and is encouraging her to get baptized as well. It's honestly the cutest thing I have ever seen. I think little kids are the best missionaries, just because they know the gospel makes them happy and they just don't get embarrassed about telling people about it because they want other people to be happy as well. We also have started teaching a man named Jose. Hna Schmutz and I found him at the end of last week, after we both had the feeling we should knock the neighbors of one of our other investigators. Jose was taught by the missionaries for a while in Mexico, but couldn't get baptized because he wasn't married. Now he is living alone, and is totally and completely prepared to be baptized. He told us he would do everything he needed to do, up to quitting his job so he didn't have to work on Sundays so he could come to church. Basically he's awesome.

The hero of the week: Darlene. Darlene is one of our branch missionaries and is probably one of the cutest people in the world. She's awesome because she loves coming to help us on lessons and if
she can't come at the time we ask her she tells us when she is free to come with us. She is also totally cool with giving us rides or just walking around and talking to people which is a lifesaver. She and her husband also like to make sure we are being fed. This week we had lunch with them on Tuesday, then dinner with hem after the stake activity (they took us to Pieology, it's like Subway, but with pizzas) then invited us over for lunch again after church with the elders. Basically they are some of my favorite people in the world right now.

Finally the stake activity. It was an ice cream social, and each congregation was asked to preform a song from a musical/movie. The Chinese ward did Mulan, which was beautiful, and then the Samoan ward did Lilo and Stitch. And then there was our little Spanish branch. Something you should know about the Los Altos branch, we go all the way or not at all. And so when they told us Lion King, we gave them the Lion King, complete with scenery, costumes and choreography. Another thing, it was all hand made, basically out of things they found in the junk room of the church and the dollar store. It was definitely the highlight of the whole night. Each organization in the ward had a part, the little girls were birds of paradise, the older kids were leopards, the young men were antelopes and zebras, the elder's quorum were the large animals, the relief society sisters the birds, and the young women the lionesses. The missionaries provided labor, support, and a recent convert to be Rafiki. It probably was the best way to build branch unity.

All pictures are from the prep for the performance or other random pictures from the week.

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