It's transfer week and we found out that me and my companion are both staying in Twin Falls North Zone! We thought they'd transfer one of us since our district leader were very tricky when they called us. It was funny! But we're glad we're staying together for the holidays. We're losing some of elders and sisters in our zone but we're excited to meet the new ones. It's been a month since I got here. The first day I got here, I was like.."ughh time goes by so slow" but actually time flies by so fast. I felt like I just got here yesterday.:p
We had a good week! We went on splits this week with the 15th ward sisters and we met with some less actives and part member families. Some of them were just very busy and have work on Sundays that's why they couldn't come to church. But they were really nice. We will never give up on them. Hopefully they'll come to church someday.
Last week, we went to the Bridge view, a home for special and disabled people and met a very sweet lady. She was a referral from a member. She said she wanted to have discussions with us. It was really nice to meet with her. I was touched by her determination to know more about Jesus Christ though it was hard for her to speak.
We also met with an old man. He's kinda less active. He had a desire to get sealed with his wives in the temple but had a hard time forgiving himself of his past mistakes. I was surprised when he told me his life story. He's such a nice man. We talked about the atonement and how he should allow himself to be healed. We also talked about the importance of preparing oneself to enter the house of the Lord. We are still planning on some ways to help this man.
Thanksgiving is coming up! We got invitations from many members. I think we got invited by less than 10 families. We're excited for this day because we're just gonna member hop and aren't gonna proselyte. My companion and I planned to eat at just one house and mingle with the members at some houses. I hope it'll work out. haha
For our companionship, we are doing well. We made a goal to always be open with each other. Our companionship study every morning helped us a lot to learn from each other and work hard. We still tried riding our bikes though it was super cold but the blessing for that was a lot of members saw us in the streets and they offered us rides back home. I feel that I work so hard when I usually ride my bike and it's a good workout too. haha we were really busy last week. every night we would be like "ohh my back hurts" or my companion would say "i need a kyra practor." :p
Slowly, I'm adjusting to the weather and the way of life here in Idaho. I love looking at those wide fields we pass by every day because they remind me of my home town. I miss home but I know I am blessed to serve in Twin. People here, though most of them are rich, are very humble.
Serving a mission is tough and sometimes I feel like I want to quit. But I know great blessings will come by serving the Lord. One of the blessings that I got was that my grandma (a very devoted Catholic) is now taking missionary discussions and came to church last Sunday, according to my sister and brother. Awesome right!!?? Before I left on my mission, I was hoping that she'd take discussions and be baptized. The Lord heard my prayers.
I meet challenges everyday but with the help of the Lord I can overcome them move forward. I am grateful for the blessings I receive each day. I am grateful for the people here in Twin because though I came from a different culture, I feel belonged.
Funny moments from last week:
- In one of our dinner appointments, I was asked to give a prayer in my native tongue. I was excited then.. surprisingly, I couldn't find the rights words to say in Tagalog. I was soo embarassed and conscious of my grammar in Tagalog then I thought they couldn't even understand what I was saying. haha.. I'd pray so much in English that I think I'm losing some Tagalog words..
- Elderly people like to share their stories and that they talk soooo long. In one of our appointments, I was half asleep while listening to one of the less actives, who talked for like an hour long. It was embarassing cuz my companion noticed it and just laughed. haha
Thank you so much for all your love and support! Love ya all! Have a great week folks!