Happy New Year everybody! Man these weeks continue to whiz by...everything is going great! I'm loving California, and I'm loving being a missionary! New Year's Eve was pretty quiet...until midnight struck. Then a HUGE firework explosion woke us up. Santa Maria's been quite crazy lately. We hear gunshots practically on a weekly basis after we're inside, and a couple of people have been killed. It's probably on the news somewhere. This world needs the Gospel!
As far as missionary work is going, the past couple of weeks have been slower than usual, with it being the holidays and everything, but I have a feeling that things are going to pick up this week. But what HAS been happening are a bunch of new people that we've met. We have been blessed with some referrals lately (some from members and others from missionaries). There's been some good experiences as we've contacted them too. The Hermanas ran into somebody named Benji and told us that he has a lot of questions. We were on exchanges so I wasn't able to go, but Elder Gruwell said that they had a nice sit-down lesson with him. We also ran into a guy named Caesar and he said that we could come back. Plan on doing that tonight!
The exchanges were really great. I got to go back to 3rd ward and see some of the people that I used to teach! We said hi to Elena Thomas (a recent convert that I taught) and she's doing well. It was great to hear that she is recognizing answers to prayers and searching the scriptures. Hearing things like that brings me absolute joy.
But yeah, basically this week was a lot of finding, because our investigators weren't really available.
I love you all! Happy New Year!