Week 48: Going Carless

Hey everyone!
Guess what happened yesterday? We dropped off the car! It is gone for good, off to be sold! So we are going to be carless in my area, but only every other day because we are doing a car share (due to the lack of public transportation, inaccessibility our area would have without one). So from 5:30 on we were without the car! It was really fun. We walked a ton! We walked a good 4 miles, 1 in the heat, the other 3 late at night. We came back exhausted, but it was so fun! I loved walking at night.
Also, we had transfer calls. Dun dun dun. Suprise, H Hernandez and I are going to be staying for transfer #3! It was quite a shock, we thought that one of us was leaving for sure. So that means we will be together for 4 1/2 months. Wow. It’s pretty unusual, but I know it will be good. We did get a call, but it was for H Hernandez, she was called as a Sister Trainer. That means we’re going to step things up a notch here in Tujunga. We’ll have to! The sad thing was that E Knight got transferred to Chino. So our little district is done. And this will be E Long’s last transfer in the mission! So we’re going to make it a good one!
We had this hilarious dinner with our Bishop, his wife, the Elders this week. When the Elders got there, they helped Sister Fors cook the chicken on the grill, apparently it got to 900 degrees and everything was on fire! The chicken was charred but still bloody on the inside. It was super weird. The rest of dinner was good however. During the middle of it, E Knight stepped out to take a call, stood a foot away from a HUGE spider web. Like 5 feet tall. And right in the middle was a gigantic spider. We had a couple flame torches at our table, H Hernandez took one and tried to burn the web, the spider. The spider just crawled up the web even more, H Hernandez screamed thinking it was going to jump on her. It was so funny!
We had a cultural night on Saturday. It was awesome! We danced the hula, we had a really good time. There was a Peruvian dance, an El Salvadorean dance, and a few Mexican dances, we were just so impressed. So many people brought food, we sampled a lot! I was so stuffed. There were a lot of new faces as well, it was really great!
Also we had an incident with a cholo (gang member) this week. We were sitting outside, he ran past, the cops were looking out for him, there was even a search helicopter. We just watched this all go down, we decided to leave pretty soon after.
We had a good contact with some friends of a member. We tried to give them a flyer to the cultural night, they read the name of our church from off it, realized that we’re mormons. They immediately let us in, gave us juice, cookies. They’re super Catholic but they just love Mormons! The lady got a phone call, invited the lady she was talking to to the cultural night, she took a few more flyers to invite her friends. It was awesome!
Seriously, the gospel is the best. I love being out here, serving the people of Tujunga, CA! This is the best calling. I know that what I am doing is the work of the Lord, that I am helping so many people to learn about the restored church of Jesus Christ. I am so excited to be able to do that here, to continue on after this mission!
Love you all!
Hermana Laura Johnson



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