Hello my wonderful family and friends!
Wow, this week, especially Sunday, was fantastic! First of all, for transfers, I will be staying here and finishing my mission in the Camarillo YSA Ward. Elder Gerber is leaving to go home in 2 days, and my new companion's name is Elder Rasband. I've talked to him a couple of times, but I've never served around him before. From what I've heard, he's a great missionary and other people say that we have similar personalities. Should go well then! I'll keep you posted.
SO. Sunday was amazing. Laura came to church for the first time! She absolutely loved it. She is definitely progressing in the Gospel. It's kind of a slow progression, but it's a progression nonetheless. Personally, this is what I believe. She knows that the Book of Mormon is true and that the church is true, but she's afraid to act on that belief. She knows baptism is necessary and essential, but she seems to lack the faith to pray for whether or not she should be baptized. She will keep moving along I'm sure, and I really want to help her with that.
I think I mentioned it, but she has been bringing her friend Jennifer to the lessons too and we've been teaching her. She's pretty shy and doesn't speak much unless we ask her a question, but she has been liking the lessons so far too. They both have great fellowship as well. I love the YSA Ward because people are just awesome fellowshippers!
So this lady in the picture I sent is Karen Crawford: the second person that I have been privileged to interview for baptism! The other missionaries we live with taught her, and Karen is a great lady. She has a strong desire to serve others, and after a lifelong search for God and Christ, she feels that she has found Them with this church, despite her husband's lack of interest and some less-than-supportive friends.
The best part of the week happened last night though. All the missionaries in the mission met in Ventura for a meeting, but it was a mystery who was going to be there. We gathered and waited, and to our surprise, David Archuleta walked into the chapel. Apparently he was going to be in Los Angeles that weekend, and he wanted to speak to the missionaries on the way down. We were the lucky ones (being the mission right above LA). He talked to us for a good 2 hours and sang great hymns such as "Come Come Ye Saints", "Be Still My Soul", "Amazing Grace", "I Believe in Christ", and "Glorious"--a 2012 EFY song. He shared stories with us about his mission and he also talked a lot about grace, and the experiences that he had on American Idol. He said that even though he never got a lot of sleep while he was on the show, he always made the time to read the scriptures, and it made all the difference in the world for him. He has a great voice! He doesn't need any computer touch-up programs. He is legit!
I'll be honest, he was a lot more humble, genuine and spiritual than I thought. He really is a great person and he chose to speak to us out of the goodness of his heart. I really gained a lot more respect for David Archuleta yesterday. We got pictures with him as zones, and I'll send those next week or whenever President Felix sends them to us. It was great!
Well, that's about it for me. I hope that everybody has a great week, and I will talk to you soon!