Our Zone Leaders called us shortly after and said that they are on their way to Los Banos because they just got news that they are splitting the area and another set of missionaries will be coming and they need to find them a place. So after the baptism, we went apartment searching. We were excited to hear about the upcoming change, but nervous. Transfer calls came later that night to which we found out Elders will be put in the Mercy Springs ward and the Sisters will be in the Los Banos ward. Hermana Miller is headed to Hanford, while I stay here and get Hermana Hammer. I've met her once, but I am beyond scared to run an area PLUS having it split and not knowing how that's going to be. Both Hermana Miller and I were confused with the transfers though because we thought us spanish speaking would be in the Mercy Springs while the Elders would be in Los Banos. Our Zone Leaders thought it was a mess up and Sunday told us it could be switched. That put me into even more of a panic because I didn't know who to say goodbye to or tell someone something and then have it not that way. It wasn't till yesterday that we got a text from them saying that they talk to the Assistants and they said that yes the Sisters will be in the Los Banos ward but cover all Spanish and will still need to attend the Mercy Springs ward to translate and be with the Spanish investigators. So I pretty much am still in both wards, but will work majorly with the Los Banos ward. I'm happy but sad. This is the hard ward. Bishop Lee is still really ill. He's having radiation and chemo treatment. Our dinner calender was sent around Sunday yet no one signed up. The dinner calender for Bishop however was full. It hurts that we don't get the attention or care that we should. Don't get me wrong, I love the Bishop and am so happy the members are taking good care of him, but it's hard to really love the members when you know they don't love you back or just are willing to help in missionary work. With the area splitting we will be having to share the car with the Elders which means yes, I will be out on my bike for once. But we aren't allowed after 6 and if the Elders need the car then, I honestly don't think we'll be doing much because it will be hard for us to find member rides. I can't help but feel sorry that I wasn't a very good member back home. I'm so glad I was able to help the missionaries when I could with rides, because I know how hard it is to find people willing to go out. I wish I could have gone out more with them.
Guess what Mark? I finally met someone from Torreon!!!! Not sure if you served in Coahuila, but I was talking to a family and asked where they are from. I always tell people "my brothers served and lived in Mexico! One lived in Torreon and the other in Mexico City." They were shocked to hear Torreon and just gabbed away telling me about it! I think I won them over to hearing more about the gospel because of that. Ha ha.. You need to tell me what areas you served in.
Well again like I said this week was crazy and stressful. Friday after hearing about the DeHerrera's, we got a text from Montserrat. She told us we can't come over any more. Her mother thinks she's being rebellious in listening to us. They got in a big fight and she just said that it would be best we stopped coming for a while. She said she'll keep reading though and praying. Our hearts broke. Our one good solid we had in the Los Banos ward dropped us. She was just starting to get it. I hope and pray the mothers heart will be softened and that we can get back and teach her. Please pray for her that she can know what we have taught her is true and that it can change her life as well as her families for the better.
We taught the Alvarado-Calixtro's the restoration this week. They were really intrigued by Joseph Smith and kept asking why they've never heard this before and why people didn't believe him. We gave them some Book of Mormon's to read and asked them to pray. They said they would and want us to come over again and teach them more about Joseph Smith. I told them we would watch a movie about him (the 1 hour film about him) and they are all just so excited. Now I just have to go find the movie! Hopefully a member has it. Ha ha..
Guess what? I get to work in the Vineyard this Saturday!!!!! I am so excited!!!! I will take lots of pictures don't worry. Hopefully it's not to rough and hot. It sounds like we are cutting the fruits off and leaving them to dry. (so probably making raisins).
Sunday Howie, Angelina, and Daniel were all confirmed during Sacrament. It was so exciting. Anthony Lagunas received the priesthood last night at the Bethams home. We were really happy to see him finally receive that. Brother Betham has been out of town so we have been waiting patiently for his return. I am excited to see him pass the sacrament next Sunday.
Last night we went and said goodbye to the Tauheluhelu family. Bro Tualou gave us giant Tiki's! Sis Anna gave us shell necklaces. They are such a sweet family. I'm glad it's not my official goodbye and that I will see them around still, but it will be sad not having yummy meals with them and working with them one on one. The Tiki they gave us represents love. When the homes in Tonga have them, it brings good luck.
Well I think that sums up this week for now at least. Oh and no we were not able to attend Bro Stenbergs funeral only because no one told us when it was. I was really bothered by it and really wanted to go but I guess life goes on. We will be stopping by to visit with Sis Stenberg later this week now that things have settled. But I have lots of pictures so hopefully I can send some. Thank you for all the love and prayers. This week they were very much needed. I know I will continue to need them as I begin a new transfer with a new companion, having the area split, leading the area, finding new investigators, working with the Los Banos ward, etc.
- hermana Sorensen