Date: October 14, 2013
Companion: Elder Canzona
The title says it all. This week was pretty cool. Some downs, but some unexpected ups as well. Obviously going to the LA temple on Tuesday was awesome! The new SD card doesn't work with my card reader, so I'm going to have to buy a camera cable or something. I'll send the pictures next week. It was a 4+ hour drive from Atascadero to Los Angeles, depending on the traffic. We left at 6 o'clock in the morning and got there around 11. We hit the distribution center and took some pictures.
It's amazing how soundproof the temple is. Outside there is so many horns blaring and sirens, but as soon as you step inside, wow. Can't hear a sound. It was so peaceful to go to the temple. The first session a Japanese lady was there, so it was the old movie, but I didn't realize she was there until halfway through so I kept trying to see the difference, but I couldn't. It was kinda funny. So, we went through again, and I did get to see the new movie, it was AMAZING. I'm definitely going to go to the temple so many times when I get home now. We got back at 9:30 that night, it was such a great day.
Another cool experience to tell! So Wednesday, we were running a little bit ahead of schedule, so we decided to go to the local park and talk to some people. When we got there, Elder Canzona had to go the bathroom. As we were heading that way, I spotted a lady sitting on a bench with her mom. I felt horrible for doing it, since he had to go--but I said hi. She said something back, and I pretended to not hear what she said so I could step closer and start talking. Well, that simple "Hello" turned into a 45 minute lesson with this lady. All we asked her to start off with was, "What do you know about Mormons?" She kept telling us things that weren't true, (polygamy, etc.) and we corrected some of her thoughts. We taught her about the Restoration, and a little bit about the Plan of Salvation, because she told us her father recently passed away. We gave her a Book of Mormon, invited her to read it, and asked her if she would be baptized if she found out it was true. We got her address, and set up a time for us to meet with her. Time certainly went fast, and before we knew it, we were late for dinner. We found out she lives in the other Elder's ward, and we told them about it. They went by, continued to teach her about the Restoration and Plan of Salvation, and set up another appointment to meet with them tomorrow. She is now a new investigator of their's. And how did all of that happen? A simple "hello"! I may never see Vivian again, but I will remember this simple experience that helped build my testimony. This Gospel is true, and it is such a blessing to be able to share that with others!
This week is the last week in the transfer, so if any of you decide to send letters please send it to the address in Oxnard. Thank you!
Well, time is getting short, but I just want all of you to know that I know that this Church is true, and God really calls people in their weakness and qualifies them for His work. I've changed so much already by being out here on this mission, I can already tell. Thank you all so much for your examples to me. I love you all!