This week, we may have found a few new people to teach. The first one is the grand-daughter of a member, but the complication there is that she may have already been baptized. There is the girl and her 3 younger brothers and they come from a very complicated and unfortunate background. The girl remembers being baptized, but we don't have her records in our ward, and she says she was baptized right around the time that social services was getting involved and all the craziness that led to them being adopted by their grandmother. The 3 boys are 5 year old twins and a 7 year old though, and being at their house and seeing them reminds me of the summers I did daycare which is kind of fun, but it also gives me a lot of empathy for their grandmother.
In our e-mails to the Mission President, we are supposed to write 3 things while we are "Stripling Warriors" (AKA Greenies). The first is our favorite scripture, the second is something we learned from our companion, and the third is a spiritual experience we had. Other than that we just write about our week, any struggles we might be having or more cool experiences.
One thing I have learned about teaching is that you have to take an active part in it to get anything out of it. The first few weeks I was kind of just sitting there, during lessons and even just when we were fellowshipping, because Elder Camper knew everyone and everything about Prado View and being a missionary already. But the more you teach the more you internalize and think about it. Another thing they told us in the MTC is that the Spirit can only testify of the things you say, it can't teach for you. I'd assumed that was directed towards the investigators, but the same is true for the missionaries. You can't feel the Spirit or get a stronger testimony just thinking about it. At all our training meetings, President Mullen says "Raise your hand if you want personal revelation", instead of "Raise your hand if you want to answer a question". Of course I didn't quite believe him until I experienced it for myself.
I'm starting to realize that there is rarely such a thing as a typical week for missionaries. Every week has some training or conference or event that makes it special. This week we had two big events, one was the Trainer/Trainee meeting, and the other was Stormin' Mormon night at the Lake Elsinore Storm game.
The other missionaries in my apartment are Elder Pratt and Elder Barton. Elder Barton goes home after next transfer, like 8 weeks from now. He's from Missouri and is really cool. He's always super upbeat and happy and excited. Elder Pratt is also cool, he has a lot of quotes from video games and animes. He's a huge Legend of Zelda and Full Metal Alchemist fan. They are Spanish speaking missionaries so they work in a larger area that includes Prado View, but they go to a different ward on Sundays, the Spanish Ward. We will go on splits with them once a transfer because Elder Camper is the District Leader over them, but other than that we don't really do much missionary work together. We do sometimes work out together and we just talk and hang out after we get home at night.
I'm a missionary for the LDS church, teaching the Gospel while soaking up some California sun!