Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Me and Sister Gutierrez before Lloyd's Baptism!

Sister G, Lloyd and Me!


"The Gospel Changes Lives"

Hahah thought I'd start out with something different!
Well this was a good week. All weeks are good weeks I guess! But ya soooo
On Tuesday we had a lesson with Lloyd, we watched the movie Finding Faith in Christ. It was really good. Lloyd even teared up a bit. I could tell everyone was feeling the spirit, so that was great. I was feeling it, and for some reason in that moment it just became so clear to me that Jesus Christ made such a huge sacrifice! He really was here and really died for us. Its amazing to think about. We are all so blessed. After we had our lesson we had some HOT chili hahaha. We were at the Bigelows and his sister made it. Hahah Bro Bigelow was coughing it was pretty funny. After that we went to the library and did some mormon.org time hahaha aka we just went and creeped all the other missionaries in our zone. It was kind of funny seeing everyones pictures and stuff. Also, I could see the missionaries who are serving in our stake at home too! hahaah after that we decided to go visit the lady who we did service for one time. She wasn't home, but we ended up talking to her mom for a while lol. She was just some old baptist lady. It was impossible to keep her on topic of the gospel lol. Then we went to visit this lady named Julie whose husband is a member, but totally inactive. And Julie is really nice and actually agreed to have us come back on tuesday for a lesson! Turns out she didn't even know what the book of mormon was, so missionaries have been visiting her for ages, but no one had ever given her a book of mormon! so we're excited about that! Then that night after visiting some other people the spanish elders called us and told us something really exciting! They went to visit the lady we met in Thornton, and now her and her son are scheduled to be baptized on December 28! So thats super crazy and exciting!
Wednesday we started our day with our studies then we went to Lodi to get the brake and signal light changed on the car! The guy at the dealership did it for FREE! wow people are so nice to missionaries! haha we don't even know if he was a member or what, but he just said we were good to go! So that was so nice! Then we planned to have daily contact with Lloyd this whole week so we stopped by and gave him some fudge and read a story from the ensign, and then gave him the ensign to keep! Then we were supposed to have dinner with this part member family, but they cancelled :'( but they rescheduled for a lesson on friday. This is a super interesting family. The wife, Michelle is a member, but hasn't been to church since she was a teenager, and her husband is not a member. But they just had a baby, so they want to find a church to raise her in! So they are "investigating" even though shes a member. Hahah. they are reeeeeeally nice! Then carly also cancelled her lesson for that night. sad day. We went tracting  this day and haha it was actually a really interesting day. We met a Hindu man who was telling us allll about his beliefs and then every time he said Jesus he would say "Geejus" hahahah it was so funny. Ya so good luck ever converting a hindu! lol. Then we went and taught Karma, and she is just the smartest  little girl ever!
Thursday we had zone training! This was good, it was all about how we need to become really effective planners. When we got home my other package was there!! Woohooo! Loved it! Thanks mom and dad! And Darren for the adorable ornament hahahaha loved it! Also I can't wait to put the toilet seat cover on! HAHA so funny! love it! Then we had a lesson with Lloyd at the Bellvilles. We talked about the priesthood. It was a good lesson. We think Lloyd is really understanding and gaining a testimony of the priesthood after he got the blessing to help him stop smoking! After our lesson we had a voicemail from President Lewis and he told us he is going to try and do as little amount of transfers as possible! So chances are good that SisG is staying! I was pretty sure I was going to, but now we will probably both be here!
Friday was weekly planning. Which is now getting hard because we don't have any investigators.... i guess we can't complain though cause the reason we don't have that many is because they keep getting baptized :) ahaha. On wednesday we scheduled to have Carlys baptismal interview on this day, and she texted us and told us she couldn't. But we pretended we didn't see the text and showed up anyways hahaha. So then the elders came and she had her interview! Now she is all set for baptism except for she doesn't have a date planned yet....! gahhhh that's the easiest part lol. After that we went to have our lesson with Michelle and Jason (the pmf from above) It actually went pretty good. We taught the restoration but really focused about how it can  bless families! It was good. After that we had our ward Christmas Party! hahah it was kind of funny. My favourite part was the song that someone made. It was a gospel version of the 12 days of christmas. So each table had a different day and we would shout out our parts! It went:
On the 12th day of Christmas the Prophet gave to me:
12 apostles preachin'
11 Witnesses
10 Percent Tithing
9 Crafts to finish
8 Year old Baptisms
7th day as sabbath
6 Be's from Hinckley
5 golden plates
4 Standard works
3 sunday meetings
2 years on a mission
And my ancestors on a family tree.
Hahahah so it was very cute and a lot of fun! Ohhh and while we were there we saw Jim arrive but we didn't know where he went so we figured he went home, but then we saw him helping in the kitchen!! soooo great to see! He has really just dived in! It is great :)
Saturday was exciting! It was Lloyds baptism!!! woohooo! The day finally came! It was really nice! Great talks on baptism and on the holy ghost, it only took one dunk! annnnd him and the bishop both fit in the font! haha woohoo! It was really nice! Lloyd was really nervous before hand, but then it was all good!
Sunday was also a good day and guess what! There was frost on the car! haha i had to give my comp a lesson on how to scrape all of the frost off... and a lesson on how you need to scrape everything off or you can't see....lol. good times.....! Then Lloyd got confirmed! yayayay! He is officially a member of the church! very exciting! We are so happy for him! I can see the huge change thats happened in him since taking the lessons. Its really amazing! The gospel changes lives! yayaya! Then we went and visited some people, and its getting really hard to contact people, because no one will stand and talk to us on their doorstep cause it is too cold for them! And we can't go inside their homes unless there is a woman in the house! so i don't know how we are going to find new investigators and haha i've been thinking of all the missionaries back home...! I have no idea how they find new people or contact them lol. Its gotta be hard annnnd COLD! But ya in the evening we went and watched the Christmas Devotional hahahha it was really funny, they said they were broadcasting it at the stake center, so we figured a lot of people would be there but nope, it was literally just me and Sister G and the Lodi sisters. hahahahah great turn out. It was funny! But I really liked it! Russell M Nelsons was quite the production! hahahaha it was cute though! The song with all the kids was adorable! He looked like Mr Rogers with all the kids sitting around him singing to him! hahah very adorable!!!
Well This week we get to go the temple!! yayayayyyy! On wednesday! I'm very excited! We're also having some kind of Christmas party thing! It's all day, it's going to be a lot of fun! :)
Well anyways I will close here for now!
OH but you gotta tell Grandma thank you SOOO much for sending me the Campbell Chronicle! I loved it! And you gotta tell Grandpa he did a great job! It was a lot of fun reading about everybody! Hahaha the picture of Derek and one of the schlenkers at the parade made me laugh! hahahah! But it was really great to get a update of the year :)
WELL I love you so much!!!!!!
Sister Lacusta :)

"Wheres the Happy At?"

WOW! It feels like we just talked.... emailed ;) haaha. Isn't this great!
Well not a lot has happened since my last email But I will still update you!
Thursday was Thanksgiving, so we had the whoooole day for pday! We were so excited but then it ended up not being so great ahahah... we wanted to go shopping, but all of the stores were closed? It was so weird. So we ended up just going to walmart grabbing a few small groceries and then taking a nap! Haha so no complaints I guess! The Williams (the members who we live with) whole family was in town so it was a full house! They were having a thanksgiving dinner and playing together as a family! It felt being there cause we're not related.... we just live there hahaha. So it was kind of funny. Then we went to the Johnsons (who is the bishop) for thanksgiving dinner! Wow haha I honestly didn't even eat that much but i was stuuuuffed. I had to just sit there for a while and let it all sink in haahah. There were 9 different desserts and SisG tried a little bit of every dessert hahahahaha. Oh wow, so funny. Then we just kind of hung out at their house for a while, and actually neighbour to the Johnsons is Judie L, who is a less active sister. We went and visited her because we knew she was all alone. So we went and sang a hymn to her! Then haha oh ya I forgot, so at the Bishops there is this old old old lady (she is like 94 or something) who lives there. Her name is Bea, so anyways Bea was sick and super contagious so she was quarantined to her room. hahaha so we went to say hi (from the doorway) and we were like "Hi Bea! Happy Thanksgiving!" and she says " WHERES THE HAPPY AT?!?!?" hahaahahahahah oh my gosh. It was so sad it was funny! She was sooooo grumpy because she couldn't come out for thanksgiving. Maybe you had to be there, but whenever something bad happens me and SisG say "WHERES THE HAPPY AT?!" hahahahah then we laaaaaugh. good times! So it was a good thanksgiving day!
Friday was weekly planning! We usually plan separately for all of our investigators, and we were like "Oh! we don't need to plan for Lloyd because he is getting baptized!" Then like 20 minutes later we got a call from Lloyd. We said Lloyd how are you? He said "not good" We asked what was wrong, and he told us he smoked that morning!!!! Oh noooo! we were shocked! It was the last thing we were expecting! So we told him not to worry and we could come over. So we went to see Lloyd and told him that everything was okay, We told him we loved him, Heavenly Father loves him and that he could still get baptized but that we have to move it a week. So he was sad, but he was feeling better. Then we came back home and called a lot of people and told them we were rescheduling Lloyds baptism. Surprisingly no one asked why. So that was good! But it is scheduled for the 7th at 2pm! We are excited!  Then we visited more people and did more missionary things and had dinner at the relief society presidents house. Then at 6! We actually managed to kind of have a lesson with Carly! our 12 year old investigator. Haha what we did was watch "The Testaments" which is a grrreat movie that takes place in the book of mormon time. So we watched that and had popcorn haha it was good. Its really an amazing movie. When Jesus Christ comes (ooo spoiler sorry haha jk) the spirit is sooooo strong! It was just like wow! So if you guys get a chance you should watch it! If you don't have a copy, just ask the missionaries! haha :)

Saturday, well saturdays are usually horrible. hahah but this saturday was actually surprisingly great! Jim went to the temple with the ward and did baptisms for the dead! How awesome is that?? :D We were sooo happy for him! And you'll never guess what! YOUR PACKAGE FINALLY CAME!!! Woohooo! I was in SHOCK. Hahah i had called on friday and they said it should be arriving, but it seemed too good to be true. But sure enough! It came! WOW thank you so much! I am sooooo spoiled! Everything was just perfect!!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me and spoiling me so much! That gps is just wow. I'm speachless! Its amazing! And so high tech! And so personalized! :D I love it! And all the goodies! And the socks and everything! I just feel like I'm the luckiest girl in the world! Thank you so much!! So after I opened and saw my package and was in shock we went to Thornton. hahaha now I don't know if I've ever mentioned Thornton before, but it's this small town that is in our area. It takes about 25 minutes to drive there or something, and k I thought Galt was small, but Thornton is just wow, I don't know why anyone would voluntarily live there. It looks like one of those scary small towns that you see in scary movies. Where everything just stares at you as you drive by and where everyone is crazy hahaha. So we went to Thornton, and it was actually pretty successful! Which is super surprising! SisG taught this lady (all in spanish) and she is actually pretty interested! So we got a referral for the elders! And it was cool I was actually like understanding bits and pieces of what she taught. Haha i could tell she taught basically the whole restoration, about Christ coming to the americas and about the Plan of Salvation. After we got in the car I asked her if that was what she taught, and it was!! Wow maybe I have the gift of tongues. hahaha jk. I know I don't. But it was good. Then we went and visited a few less active people and then went back to Galt. We had dinner with the Huston family. Wow. The talk sooo much. It was exhausting. They started tell us all of their problems. hahah for some reason a lot of people think that missionaries are therapists. And let me tell you we are not! We are just normal people but we wear a name tag. hahahaha (which reminds me whenever we go shopping people always ask us if we work there hahahaahah Its like umm no sir, sorry I work for Jesus Christ!) Ohhhhhh and I just rememberd, Judie L the lady we visited on Thanksgiving called us today and said, can you guys come over sometime today? So we went over and she had bought us jackets!!!! How nice is that?!?! Wow, we were just so shocked. People really really treat us so nicely!
Sunday was a good sunday! Church was great! hahah its so funny, it feels like we are celebrities at church or something hahah everyone is saying hi to us and hugging us and wanting to talk to us! Haha it's so great! It was an awesome fast and testimony meeting! Lloyd came to church and we sat with him, and he actually teared up during a little boys testimony :'( so tender. Then we had dinner with Peggy Munn. She is so sweet (we had to call her and ask because no one had signed up for that day... haha probably because we just passed it around yesterday... ooops) But she said yes! It was a lot of fun. Then we went to visit the Trinnaman family, which is Karmas family. I'm not sure if I ever told you about Karma. She is 8 and the only thing she wants is to be baptized! She is sooo smart and knows just about everything you could! Her mom is not a member, and her dad is less active, but they live at the grandparents who are totally active. So we visited them and it was a gong show hahahaha. There is the brother named Jared who is 7 and we were just visited at first and then he cuts in and says " WHY AREN'T YOU TALKING ABOUT JESUS AND GOD?" hahahahahahaha it was so funny! So he knows what missionaries do! Which is great hahaha. We wish more people knew what missionaries were there for. So we shared a scripture (Helaman 5:12) cause Jared wanted us to, and then it turned into the whole room singing the wise man and the foolish man! hahaha it was so funny! Then we went to visit a few less active people then came home. Oh and by the way mom, I gave Judy the present and she loved it :) She said she is going to write you a thank you note! so then I'll email it to you! She was soooo happy and really loved it!
This week I really realized how glad I am here on my mission. Seeing other peoples worries and their problems, and they just seemed so small and didn't seem important. The Williams son had his girlfriend over and they were being soooo crrrazy and lovey dovey, and it was just like ya, wow, thats not what my focus is right now haha! I'm supposed to be here serving my mission! And even though its hard, it is good, I am learning A LOT. and hopefully helping some people too ;) hahaha. But ya, me and SisG just talked about that a lot how we are so glad we are here serving our missions, and how we are so happy to be doing the Lords work! And sometimes things don't work out the way we want them to, but then we remember this is the Lords work, not ours! So it is all good!!

WELL I love you so much!!!! STAY WARRRRM!