Dear Family and Friends,
My mission president went home this week and I lost my camera. It’s been the saddest week of my mission. Which means I’ve had a great mission ha-ha. I also got to eat Curry and Biriyani. There is an elder in our zone from Sri Lanka and his comp is from Texas but he is Thai. So they know how to make spicy as mess food. It was good; I had to drink half a gallon of milk with it though. So anyway our week didn’t get interesting till Wednesday. We had an all mission conference in Santa Rosa to say good bye to the Bunkers. It was a sad day, full of singing hymns as loud as we can and taking pictures. (Which you may have recalled from the top of my email I lost). It is indeed a bad time to lose a camera. But I will just drive down to Las Vegas after my mission and get another picture with the Bunkers. After that we came back to Fairfield and ate dinner and by then it was day over.
Thursday was busy, I went on an exchange with Elder Camper, who has been out 6 weeks less than me. But he is an amazing missionary, he is from Maryland. We worked in his area all day. And we had some sweet miracles happen. We got to do some service for a lady who needed some work done on her deck. She had some paint stripper that I’ve used before so it worked out perfectly! I knew how to help get it done. Then we talked to this girl named Shelby who didn’t believe in God. We talked with her for a good half hour and while we were there Elder Camper wanted to share a scripture with her. He asked if I knew where it was. And it turns out I had read that exact scripture that morning. It was way sweet. We had good times.
Friday I was still with Elder Camper and we got to teach a sweet lesson to a guy named Ishmael. He knows German! and English. He is 20 so we will be teaching him from now on but he had a lot of great questions for us and is going to read the Book of Mormon this week. We get to see him again this Friday. We then exchanged back at In-n-Out.
On Saturday we did weekly planning and taught a guy named Bobby, I may have told you about him before. He was taught almost everything by the zone leaders but we get to teach him now because he is coming to the singles branch. He is doing great; we are going to start planning his baptism this week. He did tell us that he wouldn’t be at church this week though. So we were bummed about that.
We did see something cool this week; we were walking down the street when we heard a lot of sirens. No big deal though we hear them all the time. Then we saw this Cop SUV fly around the corner and down the street at 70ish miles an hour. He slammed on his breaks and gets out. We saw another cop with his gun out pointing it at someone. Then we looked and 4 other cop cars all pulled onto the street at the same time. (It looked a lot like those cars from “the Truman Show” that blocked the road whenever he tried to leave) but it was crazy. They arrested some guy at gun point and they were looking for another so they surrounded a block of like 5 houses. It was SO COOL!
Sunday, we had 5 hours of church. We were greeting people at the singles branch when we looked and guess who walked in. Bobby! He came anyway and surprised us all. I enjoyed seeing him there. We then had a break the fast in the Hmong branch after church. Then we ran over to another break the fast for the singles. We then went to our dinner appointment with a less active family from the Hmong branch. It was a bad day for my stomach. But the food was great! We did survive.
Now I am emailing. This next week will be great. We get to meet President Alba on Wednesday and we are going to the Oakland Temple on Thursday. Finally! But I don’t have a camera…so I was thinking I might buy one today. Then if you could put money on my card I could buy an SD card on Wednesday right before we go. Cause my camera died the last time I went to the Oakland Temple and it is beautiful there. I need some pictures. So yeah.
The Gospel is true, the church helps us live it.
Love you all!