Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Food, food and more food!


June 18, 2012

What's up?!

Hello everyone! We had a really great week and everything is going fantastic here in Anaheim. Our visit to the Santa Ana Zoo was really cool last p-day and the monkeys were really awesome. We had a great zone conference on Thursday. We met with three different zones so all of my old companions were there except Elder Johnson because he went home this last transfer. It was good to see Elders Tait, Hansen, and Parry. We learned about finding at the conference and President helped raise our vision a little bit more. The most powerful part was the departing missionaries’ testimonies. There is an Elder who was very obedient his entire mission and dedicated to the work and he got up and you could just feel his testimony. It was awesome.

We taught another great lesson to the Guitierrez family. Erica, the mom, started crying after the daughter bore her testimony. She just needs a little more time to get ready before she accepts a baptismal date. We are teaching a nine year old boy named Alejandro. His mom has been less active pretty much most of his life. But he really wants to get baptized and he is such a sweet kid. He comes up and gives us hugs and stuff like that. He and his mom came to church for the first time this week and we are shooting for the baptism on June 30. We will see.

Church was a little hectic because people showed up that we didn't expect which is always good. Plus we taught the 13 year old Sunday school class. But everything went really good.

On Saturday night we went to a Tongan graduation party with the Tongan elders who are in our district. That is the most food I have ever seen. There were pigs on the tables every couple of feet. Probably 30 or so in all. Then piled around each pig were mounds of other kinds of food. They especially piled it up around us because we are the missionaries. I ate so much. It was super good. The next day on Sunday tons of people invited us over so we pretty much spent that whole day eating also. I had to loosen my belt a little. haha. So awesome!

Love, Elder Arnold

PS Photos are from December 2011

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hi:)




Hello,

Well it was such a good week here. We were able to teach more than last week and connect with more of our investigators. A really cool family that we are teaching is the Gutierrez family. The dad and oldest daughter are members but the mom and the younger sister Jessica(16) and brother Sam(13) are not members. Kristina the oldest daughter actually joined the church in the Yorba Linda 5th ward about a year before I served there. I had heard people talk about her. She was dating one of the guys who went on a mission to Peru. I knew him when he came back and he was cool. They have been coming to sacrament meeting for the last month or so. We were able to teach them the Plan of Happiness. It went well. I think the most powerful part was when we taught them about eternal families. It resonated really well. Sam is such a stud and has been taking the Book of Mormon with him to school to read during reading times. So awesome!

We did a car wash with the Zone Leaders this week. We did it just to do community service but not very many people showed up and it was mostly members. But oh well good try.

We are going to the zoo as a district today which should be fun so I don't have as much time to email. I think it will be a good activity to get the sisters in the district involved instead of just playing sports.

Love,
Elder Arnold

PS  Yep I saw the transit of Venus! Aren't you so proud of me? At first I didn't know if I was hallucinating the little dot that I saw or what. At our dinner appointment I broke out the glasses so the family could see it. The mom had actually already heard about it and had wanted to show the oldest son because he was really into it. There was an investigator there as well that looked at it also. It was pretty cool but really small.



Monday, June 4, 2012

Ugh






Hey!

So it was a really good first week in my new area. I already love it so much and there is a lot of potential for missionary work in this area. We are excited to move forward and start teaching a lot.
The bad news of the week was that we got pretty sick on Friday. We think it was food poisoning from some food that some members gave us. Elder Munguia had it worse because his stomach kept emptying itself. I managed to keep everything in but have felt pretty under the weather. So we have tried to take it easy the last couple of days. A member named Sister Avila made us chicken noodle soup and it was soooo good! I felt a little better after that. But everything is a lot better now and I am back to 95% which is great.

I am really liking my new district. I am getting to serve around some great Elders and Sisters. It is cool to be able to cover the main parts of Anaheim instead of just a little piece. President Bowen actually lives in our district and I am not very far away from him. Maybe he needed to keep a closer eye on me. haha.
We are working with some cool people that I will tell you more about later.

Love, Elder Arnold