Well I was all sorts of excited to come share about what happened this week...thinking it was a pretty big week for me......
but goodness...hooper, utah was all sorts of poppin' this week.
-everyone tell my sister CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING A MOTHER. Good timing, Sister. I get to meet a whole extra human *that's named after me* *cough *cough on the skype call. what what. I think all the missionaries in the zone are annoyed about how dramatic I was opening all the emails with pictures....but literally I'm having a crisis because I don't even know when her birthday is.
WELL I could talk about things going on at home, but your all at home and you know those things.....so I'll talk about FRESHNO CALIFORNIA.
Sister Kelly really got it right this week when she said...
'You know being called to Fresno....half the time I feel like I'm in Utah....and the other half of the time I feel like I'm in Mexico.'
Which is almost the truest thing I've ever heard...but personally I would include the moment's I've felt like I was called to
-the local Psych ward
-the homeless shelter......actually have been referred to a less active member there....ask me about her voicemail in 18 months
-also hawaii once in a great while when you see the beautiful flowers...
FUN/CRAZY/DRAMATIC/SPIRITUAL EVENTS THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK.
(before you read this.....remember that I'm fine)
Wednesday night we were driving home, when we got a call from the Elders that live in the same complex as us that went like this....
Elders: 'Sister's are you ready for a fun night?'
Elders: 'Well....our apartment complex is on fire."
Just a few minutes after that conversation we had a really good one...where we taught the Elders...that when you tell someone that their apartment complex is on fire....you should probably mention that it's not actually their building that is on fire.
All is well our....apartment complex is huge and so it was literally like a half mile away because we lived on the exact opposite end...but we did end up staying out all the way till ten o'clock at night. (my goodness I don't know why I ever desired a later curfew....night time was made to be at home) They weren't letting us in the complex...but no worries good came out of it. The next day half the ward texted us making sure we were okay. How sweeeet.
Also this really was a miracle...because in one complex there are three sets of missionaries and two member families in our ward....and all five of us are in different buildings...and we are all safe.
Friday.....we went to the hospital because a potential investigator asked if we could go pray with her friend's dad. We of course said yes....and although both his brain and his body function are realllllllllllyyyyyyyyyy low...it was an incredible opportunity to feel the spirit. We also basically taught all of lesson one. Mee is amazing...she's already....listened to all of first Nephi....it did get a little interesting when she asked if she could pray.....and for a few long minutes I think we may have been witnessing an attempt of an exorcism.
SATURDAY WAS LITERALLY EVERY MISSIONARIES DREAM.
-You know how you come out on a mission and you think you just have set appointments all the day long and nobody mentions that the case is actually quite different than that...and your not just racing from appointment to appointment and it's not just all teaching and baptizing.
Well if you were a new missionary on Saturday with Sister Kelly and I...absolutely no dreams would have been crushed. IT WAS LITERALLY RACING FROM APPOINTMENT TO APPOINTMENT...AND TEACHING AND SETTING BAPTISMAL DATES......
Our day was AMAZING.
-Some Sisters surprised us so we ran with them....including a tour of the ash filled pool from the fire....had great super effective studies.
Then we went and taught Chris...and also started teaching his little sister....and then we went and (only low part of the day) had a lesson fall through...but found two new investigators right outside of her house....and then had a super effective lesson with a less active family that we've seen progress sooooo much......then went and taught another lesson with SUSANA AND ZION in a members home...she's praying about baptism the 29thhhh!!!! Then we went and taught a lesson to Eugene....(the most fit 92 year old man you've ever seen) then we literally had ten minutes left for dinner......SO WE WERE RUNNING INTO THE APARTMENT....and as soon as we opened the door the Elders were stepping outside of our apartment....nobody had signed up for dinner but some members dropped it off...so the Elders knowing our situation had served food ready for us to scarf down....with only enough time to tell them how amazing our day was....before we were running off again....to go to a baptism with Susana and Zion....Susana was crying during the confirmation because she 'felt sooo much love' and NOW SHE IS GOING TO REFER HER BOYFRIEND IN FINLAND TO THE MISSIONARIES. Then we once again were off to go teach another lesson with Shy....our nine year old investigator.......and by teach a lesson....she really taught us a lesson because she's got the sweetest little testimony ever. Then we walked just a few doors down from Shy's apartment to her great Aunt's where we had shy come and teach with us. Literally having an investigator come teach and bear testimony with you. IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER.
*ALSO THAT MORNING I FOUND OUT JACK'S MOM (remember Jack...my other favorite 9 year old investigator in my first area) IS GETTING BAPTIZED.
-apparently the dad is okay with her getting baptized but is still a little hesitant for Jack.....
but ohhhhh my what a day.
what a week.
-I can't even tell ya'll how much I love being a missionary....
It's the happiest message of all....and I get to share it.
-YOUR PRAYERS ARE BEING FELT.
LOVE YOU ALL.
Have a great week, tell everyone I love them...tell everyone Heavenly Father loves them.
*Another note I was just reflecting on how important the gospel of Jesus Christ is and wanted to tell you all that....:
God loves you, because you are His. He sent His Son for you.....and no matter who you are reading this...it is quite a long list..but wither you are my friend, family, someone I met a few times, who for some crazy reason wanted to keep in touch I know that God also sent you to your inbox today to be reminded that Jesus Christ is your Savior and what He taught is the MOST important thing.
Love, Sister Rendon