So, on Monday we packed, emailed, did a bit of cleaning windows and service and then we had the best lesson of the week. We met with a part member family we have been teaching, Hannah and Roger. They have been struggling to come to church and read the scriptures. We brought their home teacher with us who is a member of the bishopric. It was great, the spirit was there for sure. We read D&C 59:9 with them and promised them that their family would be stronger if they came to church and showed God that they were willing to keep his day holy. In PMG it says that everything in society is negatively affected when we get careless in our Sabbath day observance. So if we keep the Sabbath holy then every aspect of life will improve.
On Tuesday we drove to Santa Rosa. We left at 8:20 and got there at 12:40ish. It’s a beautiful drive; through redwoods and pot fields. Ha-ha, jk, they wouldn’t put them in plain sight, but they are there.
It was fun seeing all the missionaries again and meeting all the new Elders. We had a big dinner at the mission home and we all introduced ourselves. There were 8 new English Elders. But they don’t tell us who our new companion is till the next day. So we stayed with a senior couple, the Kenny’s, till Wednesday.
Wednesday we all met at the church and had a meeting. We were taught by the AP’s things that will help us train the new Elders. Then we had a meeting with all of us. President Alba called a trainer forward then called who your new companion is. They do this after much interviewing and praying. I know it’s done by inspiration. My new companion is named Elder Samuel Smith. He is from Ferrin Utah and he is the second youngest in a family of 11 kids. He is so cool! He has a full head of hair too. He is a humble funny guy. We have had a great week together. We drove up to Arcata, did a bit of shopping and went street contacting. We didn’t get home till 8:00ish so we didn’t’ contact long.
Thursday, we had district meeting then ate lunch, and went to see peeps. We had a few appointments fall through which was rough but it happens. We saw Sister Armstrong and we started on the new missionary training thing called the 12 week program. It’s the same thing I was trained on. It’s a little over 2 years old now. It helps a ton, I love it. I’m excited to go through it again.
On Friday we did weekly planning,which was great because it helped Elder Smith learn the new area quicker. We had a sweet experience too; we were tracting around 8:00 pm and found a guy named Able. He was sweet; we taught him the restoration and even quoted the first vision. We gave him a Book of Mormon and set up to see him again. But he’s 26 so Elder Goynes and Elder Camper get to teach him! Dang singles Elders, taking all the fun.
On Saturday we helped clean the church in the morning. We then went out to Manila for some tracting. We met this sweet guy named Jon. He was very interesting to say the least. He says he talks to God all the time and finds out how to live life from him. Some of what he said was right on. He then asked a cool question. He said “I know who God is and all that, but where does Jesus fit in the picture?” We were like YES! Let us tell you, we read Alma 7:11-13 with him. He was like, “hmmm, I need to thank him. How can I do that?” It was amazing. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said we could come by again if we were in the area. It felt good to bear testimony of the role that Jesus Christ plays in the plan of salvation.
Sunday, we went to church. I felt bad for Elder Smith. He probably said 10 prayers through the day and had everyone giving him a hard time. He took it like a champ. We were able to see another guy named Frank after church. We gave him a pamphlet last week. The best part was that he read the pamphlet and actually remembered that we were coming by! We taught him most of the restoration and gave him a Book of Mormon as well. There’s a problem though. He’s 26…… Dang singles elders, taking all the fun. This is a college town though.
But we did have an amazing experience at 8:00 that night. Elder Smith and I went to see a referral from the singles elders. (Pay back.) we met a couple named Andrew who is a member and Lori who isn’t. Andrew still has a testimony but is in bad shape. He has cancer and has justified in his own mind that medical marijuana is ok. We bore our testimonies of God’s love for him and invited his wife to learn more. It was a powerful experience.