Hola familia y amigos,
Firstly, Juan was BAPTIZED! It was great! It was a little hectic and up to the wire. We called about 30 people to get one thing or another from them each. The craziest thing was the towels!!!! We forgot to tell Juan to bring one so we called a member close by to bring them. She’s like the busiest lady ever, so she couldn’t come. We called her on the phone and she rattled off and we couldn’t understand her she was talking so crazy fast. But apparently she gave them to someone else, and there wasn’t a problem… We didn’t sit down for the longest time, I was just scrambling to do things. After awhile, things calmed down. We had everyone write down their testimonies while Juan was changing and that was good, to know it happened, and I had a part in that. It’s amazing to see him. He has such a strong testimony of the truch, and he doesn’t want to stop progressing, which is all we could ever hope for. Now we’re just off to teach the lessons after baptism (temples, service, missionary work etc)!
So here’s the other exciting, scary, intense news… We’re training here in Rimgrove! Yes that’s right. Two will soon become three once again! We have no idea who she is or anything about her, we just were told last night at 10 that we have to pick her up at 3 today. That means training new sisters begins now for me! It’ll be way interesting since we’re both training her, I feel more on the still being trained side of things though. But this month will be great! Training is so awesome!
This last week, we had some really wonderful things happen, including receiving three new investigators! And we’re hoping for a couple more tonight! We kind of ran out of investigators, they all were dropped or baptized, so we’re starting from scratch. This will be perfect for this new sister!
Life is good here in Rimgrove. I’m not sure if I ever said what the area covers exactly (since I didn’t really know at the start). We cover La Puente, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar (though we never go there), CA. It covers part of Los Angeles County. I really am content to be here, sharing the gospel in this mix of Spanish, English, Korean and Chinese people. It’s super exciting and fulfilling. It truly is fulfilling knowing that when people accept the gospel into their lives, they can change, have purpose in life and become the people they and Heavenly Father want. My testimony has been tried since coming on my mission, but I’m still here, still believing, and still loving it. I can see that this mission has changed me, it’s been a little rough at times, but that’s a part of it. True change only comes when you are in the fiery furnace, uncovering the diamond within. And that change will keep going until the end of my life, just through Christ!
Anyways, I hope you all have a great week! Love you all!!
Hermana Laura Johnson