What an eventful week it has been! The week started out with K, A, and N all committing to be baptized on August 16th. They are progressing so fast. K asked us if she could go to youth conference and has been making a ton of friends at church. She truly has turned into a golden investigator.
Fire season is here! Wednesday three fires started in Bella Vista and burned quite a bit of land. They were by a few of the members homes so that was scary. Everything here is starting to look like fall because there is NO water. Trees are just starting to literally fall over because their roots are bad. Sad deal!
We went down to Chico this week to meet our new Mission President and his wife. President and Sister Marston are from Bountiful,Utah and are awesome! I am so excited to continue working with them. They told us their lives stories from birth until....the day they went into PRESIDENT UCHTDORF's office to get set apart! How cool is that! He has a great sense of humor so I'm pretty happy about that.
That same night we went over to a members home for dinner and guess who was there...K! We were so happy to see her and that they were doing missionary work! We were so happy!
Saturday we went to Shingletown. During our lunch break we went to all the little antique stores. That was pretty fun. One of the guys working at a shop says "oh ya Michael Jackson was to your church before he died. It was in some casino!" Haha Ok then!
We showed up at Sister V's(a less active) and she had a ton of food on her table. She had a surprise "non-transfer party" for us. Too cute of a lady! (See attached pic)
And now the most eventful day! Sunday. Just a little background. We have this homeless man that has been in town for almost 3 weeks now. He is crazy and can get pretty violent. He has a two story shopping cart he has made into a house. He gets in a bucket to get into it and sleeps in there. It's got to be a oven in there. Anyways we are sitting in sacrament meeting and us and the elders are sitting by the back door. This homeless man walks in and points his cane at us, we just wave and smile...thinking elders um....do something. Then he leans his head into the meeting and looks to the front. He walks to the front of the meeting in the hall then comes into the front of the chapel and points to the councilor and tells him to come. So he goes out and asks what he can help him with and they guy starts screaming. Thank goodness we have CHP(California highway patrol) in our ward.
Anyways we just shut the doors and kept the meeting going. That was quite interesting. After church he tried blocking the road so that members couldn't leave and had a picture of Jesus (a pass along card he had grabbed when they took him out) and was shaking his cane at him. Anyways that was interesting.
The gospel is great! Our Heavenly Father loves each of you so much!
Thank you all for your support and love!
“We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey. Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God, the Father of us all. The Apostle John tells us,
‘This commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also’ (1 John 4:21). We are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father and, as such, are brothers and sisters. As we keep
this truth in mind, loving all of God’s children will become easier.
“Actually, love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved. At the end the angry mob took His life. And yet there rings from Golgotha’s hill the words: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34)--a crowning expression in mortality of compassion and love.”
President Thomas S. Monson, April 2014 general conference
"Satan is on his home stretch and he knows it!"- Bishop Penfold
With Sister "V"
Sister Hardy and I ---- 5 months out
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