Thursday, July 9, 2015

7-6-15 People, Fireworks, and Water Gun Bandits

Hello all you Beautiful People!

How has your week been? Mine has been pretty great! Granted it's been a long one and I've been working super hard, but I feel great about it!

This week, we talked to a lot of people, mostly because in Huntington Beach there's a lot of people to talk to! Haha! We have been trying to build up our teaching pool because pretty soon our investigator, V, will be baptized and we'll need someone else to teach by that point. So we've been looking for a lot of referrals from members and people on the street. This is some pretty lengthy work when you think about it. From receiving a referral to contacting and teaching and baptizing can take months for one person! But the reward is great compared to the work that we put in. People ask all the time what our incentive is and why we're doing this. the simple answer is that we're all brothers and sisters, and God is our Father, and He wants each of us to return to live with Him after this life. Knowing that, I want to help everyone to be able to get there! I think about the scripture that says that "the worth of souls is great in the sight of God." My favorite part is at the end though because it says "How great shall be your joy if you should labor all your days and bring save it be one soul unto me." I can 100% agree with that. The opportunity to see someone come closer to Christ and Heavenly Father is such a great one and I love that I get to see that kind of thing every day.

So I've officially had the opportunity to experience the 4th of July in Huntington Beach, and it was CRAZY. All week as we talked to people we experienced a lot of hype concerning the 4th. Everybody had plans and the town was abuzz. On the 3rd however, everything was quiet. It was like the calm before the storm. Then the 4th came. People were out on their bikes headed to the beach and the sun was shining. My area is a huge tourist spot, so there were cars EVERYWHERE (especially in the tract that Sister Skelton and I wanted to work in that day) so we couldn't find parking ANYWHERE. We drove up and down the streets where we wanted to work (pretty slowly too, maybe 5mph due to all the bikers and partygoers) At one point, two men walked out and stopped our car, pulled out two water guns, and started squirting our car. That was probably the funniest thing. After that, we went home and parked and decided to walk to our appointments. We helped one guy fix his motor bike, I contacted a man in HORRIBLE heavy portuguese/spanish, and walked around a little suburb for a little while. We worked on foot for most of the day until dinner and then went to grab the car to work in the evening. On the way home, there were fireworks literally 3 stories above us (they're going to ruin the car nooooooooo) but it was fun.

Other than that, there's not much to tell. Anyways, I love you all and hope you have a great week! You're all amazing!

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