Thursday, May 22, 2014

Happy Mothers Day!

Dear Fam. Okay here is the run down of the week. So here is what happened. I don't really remember.
-We had a cinco de mayo party last week, and it was so fun! got a paisa piƱata and everything! Super fun.
-Our investigator Mayra taught us how to make enchiladas!
-ummm we aren't on bike anymore. So no more worrying mom ;)
-We taught he COOLEST homeless man. well first he was a referral, so all it said was Benjamin, go to the park on magnolia and Tujunga by the Amelia earnheart statue at 4. So we did. And we taught this super cool guy, who is from Honduras and has only been in the US for 10 months. He is homeless yes, but so cool! He even accepted the invitation to be baptized june 1st! The only problem is after that day we lost him. We spent the end of the week knocking on every homeless persons shoulder trying to find him. no luck.
-we found 13 new investigators this week. UH yeah that was crazy unreal. We actually taught this family of four girls on Monday, and they are all super sweet! We'll see what happens there.
-We are learning how to teach simply, and I is so awesome. I am finally coming to really understand the gospel, and know what it really is to be converted.
-We had two exchanges this week. One with Hermana Blacker, and it was super fun. She is just a hoot and I love her. All our plans fell through and it was a terrible day, but she is just so good and down for anything.
-Exchanges with Hermana Simpson did NOT go as well. Hermana Simpson is going into law. Nuff said. She is an excellent missionary, it's just super intimidating to be her leader! AH
-The last thing that was maybe my most favorite part was the opportunity to talk to my sweet family. If there are two things I know to be true, it is that God gave us families because he loves us. Families are so important and I love my family with all my heart. And the second thing is that the gospel blesses families. This gospels changes lives. It makes bad men good and good men better. When we apply the teaching of the gospel in our families we can have so much joy and success in our homes. I testify this gospel is true. I love it with all my heart. I love you all so much, have a wonderful week.
Love Ness
p.s. sometime during this crazy week I hit my 1 year mark! ah crazy!

Story time

Hey Family what's new? Okay so I am just going to play story time with you this week, and tell you about my favorite little investigator Andres.
So we had a lesson with them on Friday. Well we were running a little late, and by the time we got there Andres is sleeping on the couch! Dangit! so Hermana Umana gives us cheesecake while we wait for him to wake up. About five minutes later, he comes rolling off the couch like a grizzly waking up from hibernation. And so we teach the plan of salvation to him, and he was absolutely hilarious! we invited him to be baptized on June 15th with another little girl in the ward, and he said, "no then my water will be cold!"
somewhere during the middle of the lesson we were talking more about his baptism, and he just says "I just want my water to be warm."
He is so the cutest little honey ever! hands down my favorite investigator. Him and his cute mom Maria. They are the sweetest. Maria even memorized the scripture and gave it during relief society! they are just a golden little family!
We have another awesome investigator named Victor. He surprised us this week by being AWESOME! so we invited him to church and all that jazz. Well come sunday morning we call him and text him and he is just not answering. Dangit Victor! Well we go to church and sit by our sweet Golden family, and all of the sudden who do we see in the back row? VICTOR! so I think I really have come to learn never to give up on people. They will surprise  you. The people who really want this gospel won't need a lot of pushing from the missionaries. They will make it happen.
The last and saddest news is that Hermana Barnes is getting transferred. To BIKE! that lucky lady... (not the transferred part. the bike!) but. I am going to miss her a lot. It's been an amazing three months. Its probably safe to say she has been my favorite companion. She has just helped me grow so much, and become a better missionary. It has been really refreshing not to have to worry about companionship drama or anything, and just focus on missionary work. I have seen the area blossom, the people change, but most of all I have seen the change in me. I am grateful for every life that has touched mine for the better. I only hope to be able to touch others lives and help them become better people as well. I love you all so much! Have an amazing week.
Oh. Other things we did this week you might want to know.
Fed a homeless man a sandwich
Died in the super hot 100 degree weather.
Had awesome zone conference with president (p.s. we totally won the cleanest car award! yay!)
and accidentally drove out of the mission! (again!)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bike Week!

okay, so here is the deal. Sometimes I get really bored doing the same thing every day, so I have to think of fun ideas to get me excited about life. Well. Here was the latest. Bike Week! It's like shark week, except without the ocean, or the sharks, and instead of a whole week we only went three days.... but other than that exactly like shark week.
So we rode bikes this week. and. it. was. so. FUN!!!! (sorry I didn't tell you about my genius idea mom ;)) why have I never been on bike my whole mission! It is the funnest thing I ever knew! Except we are super sweaty and look nasty and people probably think we are crazy riding bikes in skirts! haha but let me tell you, it was just a hoot! our first day on bike we rode 18 miles! we may or may not have had trouble on the way home... Hermana Barnes chain was being a sissy and kept breaking, but this very friendly skateboarder with the mouth of a sailor ended up helping us out! cute him. What a miracle.
okay enough about bike adventures, I will tell you some cool story adventures. So we are teaching this mom and son, Maria y Andres. My favorite little family. Well we were at the church Tuesday night talking to sweet Andres, and we asked him how his reading in the book of Mormon was going. He said good I'm already in 2nd nephi like 25! so we read with him 2nd nephi 25:26, and it ends by saying "that their children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." and cute little Andres just looks at us and says "speaking of sins, I think i'd like to be baptized." WHAT!!
okay so we say "well why do you want to be baptized andres?"
and he says "I just want to be clean from all my sins"
"Well what kind of sins do you have Andres?"
"well, sometimes I tell lies. One time I told my teacher there was a zombie in our classroom. I think I just want to be clean of all my sins and have a fresh new life."
Stop everything he is the cutest honey I ever knew!! We're going to get him baptized!!! (hopefully. Pray his older brother can have a soft heart)
And last my favorite thing ever, my sweet investigator Martin from Burbank was baptized yesterday. We got to go, and it was so special. It was especially amazing because Hermana Barnes and I taught him his very first lesson in February when we were on exchanges. He is our little miracle we found together, and now he has made covenants with heavenly father that will change his life forever. I am so grateful for this gospel. So grateful to be a missionary. I love every single day of it. I can't believe it's almost been a year! It's so crazy how fast the time goes. I love you all and miss you, but there is no place I would rather be than here in California serving the Lord. I love you! Have a great week!