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Thursday, January 16, 2014

CHINO WEEK 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OKay..... so everything like EXPLODED this week. I don't even know how, or why. But we are exhausted. It is like we have worked so hard for so long in this area and been really obedient and all the blessings of that came THIS WEEK. It has been insane. We literally did not physically have enough time to teach all the people who wanted to be taught or we needed to teach. We are now having to drop investigators just because they are not progressing as much as other investigators and we physically don't have time to teach them. But it's just weird because we didn't do anything different it seems like this week that would have given us so many blessings. It is just like literally people are walking into us who want to be taught.
 
One guy, Manny, contacted us at a bus stop, came to a tour that night and accepted a baptismal invite. Stayed for ward volleyball, came to church the next morning, told us that he wants us to come over two or three times a week to teach him, nearly fainted after he said a prayer because he felt the spirit so strong. We were just like.... WHERE DO INVESTIGATORS LIKE THIS COME FROM??!!! And then in gospel principles we were teaching the lesson and it was on eternal families, and we asked something about what our purpose is here on earth and he raised his hand and was like "well we came to this earth so that we could get physical bodies so that we can be tested because our flesh is weak, and so that we could have to learn and progress through those tests to become more like God". We, and everyone else in the class, almost broke out in a fit of laughter because his answer was SO doctrinally spot on, and yet he had never been to one of our churches before or been taught by missionaries. The elders mouthed to us "where did you find this guy?!" and we were like "the street" haha. I don't know how. He is the funniest guy and SO cool.
 
My poor companion though, she got the flu like Wednesday night, and then Thursday through Saturday we had lessons scheduled all day every day. She was like dripping snot every where we went and just feeling awful but we just literally did not even have the time to stop to let her sleep. So then when Sunday came we both just like crashed. Sunday after Church we came home and she pretty much slept for the rest of the day. The poor thing. I'm listening to her cough even as I type this email. But then in the evening we went out and she was like "I think we should go to the neighboor of Hna. Montes de Oca". Who we had met but never taught and they hadn't been interested in being taught, but we went over there, and coincidentally hna montes de Oca was at their house when we knocked, and we went in and taught the restoration and won their hearts and got 4 new investigators. Basically, the moral of the story is, my companion, Hna. Stohlton is pretty cool. She's been sick pretty much the entire transfer though.
 
Oh, so another cool thing that would only happen on a mission. That one really dangerous neighborhood I once mentioned over in Pomona. So everyone in that neighborhood is a borracho "drunk" of some sort. There are the borrachos, the super borrachos, and then the people who stopped drinking because they used to be so borracho that they almost died and stopped. But anyways, we are teaching the borracho of all borrachos in the neighborhood. And so everyone loves us. The whole neighborhood comes up to us and wants to tell us how they support what we are doing and through Jesus Christ they believe that even Juan (that's his name) can quit. It is pretty funny. We are like public heros in the neighborhood for trying to sober up Juan. Haven't had much success yet, but I've never had an entire neighborhood who just LOVES the missionaries so much. And so we are like kind of teaching this entire neighborhood of borrachos. And we just go in like "okay, where's your beer, we are throwing this away right now. You over there, put down that bottle and say a prayer" and everyone respects us haha. It is a heartbreaking place though, because alcohol has ruined pretty much all of their lives. And they all want to quit but theyve all been drinking since they were like 5 years old and literally have to be drinking at every moment of the day or their body shuts down. One time we were teaching Juan and he was just shaking uncontrollably because his body needed alchohol but he knew he couldn't drink any while we were there (until we said the opening prayer, then he stopped shaking. Funny, how that works.) I just wonder what they think, two 20 year old white girls walking in there and telling the to sober up and throwing away their beer haha. Basically, the word of wisdom is true. Modern day prophets do recieve revelation from God. And to not drink alchohol was one of those revelations.
 
Well, anyways, keep up the good work
 
Love,
Hermana Bardsley

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