This past week has been alright. A lot of ups and downs but currently
things are more on the up side, so I guess that’s a plus haha. This
past week we’ve been doing a lot of contacting trying to find new people to
teach. We taught 22 lessons this past week just on streets or doorsteps of
random people. I feel like my approaches are getting better the more I
practice (duh). We meet a lot of interesting people here in Temple City
haha. There’s this Schizophrenic guy that we happen to see everywhere. He’s
convinced that God hates him and wants to destroy him because that’s what
the voices in his head are telling him. We try and explain that those
voices aren’t really reliable sources and that God loves him.
We’ve picked up a few new investigators this past week. Some of them
more promising than others but you never know! Tony is doing alright, he’s
still progressing, but we haven’t been able to meet with him for a few
days. He’s definitely not going to make his date of September 17th,
but hopefully we’ll get him in October. I guess he let the Jehovah
Witnesses in the other day and had a nice chat with them ?That’s not what
we wanted to hear, but he did tell us that he likes us better so that’s
We meet another guy named Tony this week. He’s super cool and is Black,
which makes him cooler haha. It’s not often we find someone who’s not
either Asian or Hispanic. We had a lesson with him on his door step and he
had a bunch of questions about the Mormon church. We meet with
him again tonight (hopefully).
We also found a guy named Adaleed. I guess he was big into gangs and
gangster thing about 10 years ago but during a rough time, he found God
and it changed his life. He’s now married with 2 kids and loves his Savior.
He was happy to invite us back over to teach his family about Jesus.
I had my first church tour on Saturday! We had someone that referred
themselves on the churches website come and get a Bible and Book of Mormon.
Her name is Zu Lee and she’s from China but she’s been
studying here in the states. We sat down in the Relief Society room and
taught her about the restoration. She was really receptive and agreed with
everything we taught her. She knew nothing about God not too long ago but
she had an experience while she was in school at Notre Dame. Since then
she’s been curious and has wanted to know more. We didn’t really get a
chance to show her the whole church, but she said she’d come to Sacrament
the next day (She didn’t haha).
Yesterday was fast Sunday as you guys know and a lot of good things
came about yesterday. Last Wednesday Sister Millsaps challenged us to bear our
testimonies so I was planning on going up about 10 minutes before it ended.
Just as I was about to go we had a less active decide he wanted to share
his. His name is Jimmy John and is very interesting… He’s probably around
his mid 40’s and is totally living in the past. He’s a hard core rock fan
and spent half his life following different bands around the country. As he
got up me and Elder Yoon kinda looked at each other like “Oh no” haha. But
as soon as he started the spirit was there. He gave the most heart felt and
sincere testimony I’ve ever heard. It was almost like a poem because
it flowed so well and sounded so great. EVERYONE in the chapel felt his love
for God. He even had an 11 year old girl sitting in front of us bawling her
It was very humbling to hear that. I often find myself humbled when I
question someone’s spirituality. You never know how someone’s relationship
with God can be. The people you expect the least often put you in your
place. It just reminds me to always talk to everyone I see no matter what
circumstance I see them in. You’ll never know who needs to hear from you
and who you need to hear from unless you open your mouth. I was called to
teach the gospel for two years but so far
I’ve been doing most the learning. Missions teach you things you didn’t
know you needed to learn.
To end I’ll answer your question haha. Yeah me and President Villanueva have
a good relationship. He’s so caring and loving. I’ve
only had a few chances to actually talk with him but all of those times have
been great. He’s taught me to be patient with my current conditions haha.
Which will hopefully change in the coming weeks?
Tonight we have Elder Soto staying with us on exchanges. He’s super awesome,
but also a rebellious missionary haha. It will be an interesting day
tomorrow. Tonight we have dinner with the Duffins like every other Monday.
They’re probably my favorite people in the ward besides the Marshalls and
Brother Stacey of course 😉 Sorry I don’t
have any pictures this week but I’m sure you guys will live 🙂 Love you guys
and hope you have a great day and a great week! Keep Elder Yoon and I in