Monday, May 5, 2014

The District!

Hello Family!

So this has been a crazy week! I don't know where to begin and what
all to share...

On Monday we had a good time at our zone activity and had a good
lesson with one of our investigators.

On Tuesday we had exchanges from noon Tuesday to noon Wednesday.
Before we exchanged we did a presentation at one of the retirement
homes on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It went
well. We showed a video about an introduction to the church. Then we
went back to our pad and went on exchanges. I went to Arcadia with
Sister S! Turns out they told us wrong that they are in
Arcadia not Azusa. Sad but it was fun to be with my mom again! (my
trainer) We helped out in the office and that was really fun! We
helped with the new missionary lunch. While eating with some of the
elders I also got hit on by an elder and that was interesting. He
found out I went to BYUI and he was shocked I didn't get married. It
was awkward. Then we went out and proselyted. We tried by a former
investigators house but they hid from us. So we went to dinner and
then went on splits with his daughters. It was really weird to be on
exchanges in a different area and then go on splits. We went by a few
members and that was good. We also stopped by a potential and that was
an interesting experience. We met this girl and she was really excited
and ready to learn it was awesome! Her mom however did not like us
there and she told us to get off her property and was really upset.
She said we can not contact her at home or at college. Which is really
sad because she is so ready for the gospel. But it was a good night.
One of the members we visited had two Tesla cars. They're nice! We
went back to their apartment, it is pretty nasty and Jimmy the squirrel
lives in the ceiling, not really.

On Wednesday we had an awesome lesson on the plan of salvation. It was
amazing to see the peace knowing this life is not the only life. We
then did some office work then we exchanged back. We had lunch at one
of the members house and then went and taught a less active lesson
then got a new investigator! He is awesome! He had been taught by
elders a few years ago and had a baptism date. Something happened
where he couldn't be baptized then but we committed him to baptism and
he said yes! He is so excited too. Sadly we have to pass him off to
the YSA elders. He would do better in a YSA ward. Then we had a lesson
with the investigator who got baptized (Kim) and then the other
amazing sister we are working with (Missy). She is doing awesome
missionary work and sharing with everyone she is friends with!

On Thursday we had an awesome district meeting. The week before we
were challenged to have a baptism invite in every lesson. And Sister
M and I did that! It was amazing to see the blessings that
came out of focusing more on our purpose as missionaries: to invite
others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel
through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, BAPTISM,
receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. We
taught more lessons this week then we ever have. Granted we saw our
investigator who got baptized every day. After district meeting
we went out to find some more. We set up a return appointment with one
man we came across. Later that night we taught two more lessons.

On Friday we planned and then got things all ready for the baptism on
Sunday. We brought her clothes to try on to make sure something
worked. We were able to serve a couple in the ward that helps us out a
ton! It was really nice!

On Saturday we did Helping Hands and helped paint a fence around a
pool it was a lot of fun! Then we went out and taught lessons. We had
a really good lesson with one of our investigators.

Sunday! Baptism! Our investigator was baptized. It was amazing
how many ward members came to support her. It was a good baptism. Her
friends from Corona came to see. They'll be coming next Sunday to her
confirmation too. Our other investigator came and loved it.
She is excited when she will be baptized.

After all it was a good week. I learned a lot of cool insights. Now
today we are at a members house with the elders where we had breakfast
and then played games and frisbee and I went on the tramp! It was so
fun! That's why it's taken so long to write. But I love this work and
I love the unity in our district and with Sister M! It is so
fun how close we've gotten and how much we help each other out. (Hence
the title of the email...) 

Love, Sister Celeste Riches

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