June 18, 2012
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