Monday! It was my last full day of work in Woodland. We spent the day using me saying goodbye as an excuse to get in some doors that are harder to get in usually, he he. They didn’t even see it coming. We got Debbie and Larry to go to the Empty Nesters FHE group in the area. All the older couples get together once a month and have an FHE for everyone who’s kids have all left. The last non-members who used to go to that got baptized. So this was my last attempt to get them stuck in the ward before I left. I think it should work. They had a great time and are planning on going next month.
Tuesday! It was Transfer day. I said by to Larry my neighbor and got a pic with him. I’ll miss that guy. He was so much fun. We then drove to Santa Rosa (and passed through Fairfield on the way) switched cars and companions and came back to Fairfield. On the way we stopped at the first food place we saw because we needed sustenance. It was a Taqueria. Those are everywhere. I got a Pollo Burrito. When I bit into it I found something hard, which turned out to be a bone! I feel like I’m in another country sometimes. We then got to Fairfield, and I had my first Hmong dinner. They eat very healthy food, a lot of rice, cooked vegetables, and meat. And its SUPER spicy. But they don’t make you eat the spicy stuff. They just laugh at you when you try it.
Wednesday! We went to work. Fairfield is very hot in the day, but around 2 it gets really windy and starts cooling off. When the sun sets it starts getting really cold. I love it here! We got to see a Recent Convert named Alex who has her member boyfriend on a mission. We are just going over the last couple commandments with her and she is set. Her boyfriend’s family was basically teaching her as we showed up. We then saw a guy named Pete. He is way cool, he’s very humble. He recognized that God is not a big part of his life and wants to change that. He saw the missionaries last week and asked them to come by. I’m very excited for him.
Thursday! We did weekly planning, which helped a lot so I could get to know all our investigators and people we are focusing on. It’s tough to learn a new city and new set of names and faces. We got to meet one of our investigators named Steven. He’s a fun guy, he’s had problems in the past but he’s turning his life around and is doing his best. It’s funny cause he doesn’t have a car but he keeps finding his way to Vacaville and Napa. I’m not sure how he does it.
Friday! We had District Meeting, which was cool, our district leader is a sweet guy. We are going to have a lot of fun this Transfer for sure. We then taught a lesson to a girl named Adrianna. We watched the restoration DVD with her and talked about Joseph Smith. It was hard to focus because she has this crazy green parrot who kept trying to attack me. We still were able to teach her and give her a Book of Mormon. Now it’s up to her to read it.
Saturday! We ran a 5k in Vacaville. So Sister Bunker had breast cancer last year and has since recovered. She ran a 5K in Sacramento on Saturday for a breast cancer fund raiser. And President Bunker being the boss that he is decided to surprise her. He had the entire mission run a 5k on the same day. He got us all matching pink and black shirts to wear and had all the zone leaders take pictures and videos of us to send to her. It was so fun! I am also super sore. I managed to run half of it. I also managed to go at the exact right speed to get separated from everyone and get lost in Vacaville! But after wandering around for 20 minutes I found my way back to the church, so no big deal. We had a devotional afterwards which was very good.
Sunday! We had 4.5 hours of church. The singles branch was fun. I was really surprised to see how small it was though. The Hmong branch was awesome! There were kids running around screaming everywhere. It’s all just the Yang, Vang, or Vue families, and they are all related. Most of them speak English but the older ones aren’t very good so they speak Hmong and English at church. They can switch back and forth so fast that you can’t even tell. I was amazed by how good they were at it. After church and calling home for Mother’s Day, we taught a referral named Sessie. She is an Indian girl who is about to graduate from High School. We taught her about the Book of Mormon and said if she prayed she would receive an answer. The first thing she asked is how will I receive my answer. It was sweet! I love it when people ask good question like that. We both told how we recieved our answeres and it was great. The spirit was very strong in that lesson.
Then I went to bed, and woke up, studied, and drove to the library where I am currently sitting.
Well I love you all!