This week was pretty busy and it was a lot of fun! It started out with the temple trip on Tuesday. Our entire zone goes to the temple the same day, Elders at noon and Sisters at 1:30. It was another video that I hadn't seen before so I'm 3 for 3 with the new videos. It was also a really cool experience, because we had someone from our ward with us who had been through for the first time only a few weeks ago. He's been through the temple more times than I have already though, he's so pumped about family history work and the temple and everything. It's great!
Elder Walker is adjusting just fine. I really am enjoying living in a 4-man apartment. I think it helps both of us be more comfortable. I know it helped me when I first came out. We are both kind of quiet people so if it was just the two of us it'd be super quiet. But having a couple other missionaries to have fun with makes it so much better. Elder Walker is really good at making sure we pray all the time. I tend to forget to have one before we start a lesson or other times throughout the day, but he remembers really well. He also is excited and willing to do whatever we decide to try.
I'll make it quick. I didn't have my comp on Monday because I'm training! Surprise! So when I said he's coming from far away, I meant Provo! I got the call Saturday morning from President, and everybody was super excited for me. I was excited too, but also kind of nervous. I also found out that Sister McCulloch, who came out with me, is training, and so is Elder Ferrin! So I was comps with Elder Ferrin for a few days before we got our "stripling warriors" as they are called. So I guess you spoke too soon when you said we would never be comps! But anyway, in other exciting transfer news, we had some Spanish speaking elders move in with us, so that was sort of crazy. We moved the beds and desks and stuff all around, so that made for a busy and stressful P-Day
Elder Camper has completed his 2 year mission and will be flying home tomorrow.
Until we meet again . . . .
This post will probably be rushed and all over the place, so I apologize for that. When people are actually moving around in your zone and apartment, transfer P-Day is ridiculously crazy. But we'll get to that.
This past week was a lot of fun, but it was sort of bittersweet, for Elder Camper that is. For me it was much less so because I was fairly certain that I would be staying here in Prado View a little while longer. It was great to see how many people loved Elder Camper and would miss him. And he's already planning his return trip next August because some members in Corona are going to be sealed.
A really interesting thing I've read in the past week is the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi. Now I don't profess to understand all or even a majority of it, but I did learn some things about them. There was a footnote that said that of the 400+ verses in the Book of Mormon that can be compared in the Bible, over half of them have been changed in some way or another. If that's not proof that the Bible has been changed and edited and re-written and translated incorrectly by man, I'm not sure what is. I also think it is interesting that Isaiah said his prophecies will be understood once they come to pass. I wasn't too sure about that because a lot of it still seemed pretty confusing, but there was one chapter(2 Nephi 27 I think) that talked about Joseph Smith and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and it was as clear as day. I was so surprised by it because it seemed so clear to me, how could people not see it? So I went and compared it to the chapter in Isaiah, and half the verses were missing and the other half were barely recognizable. So that just goes to show that the Book of Mormon really is the most correct and true of any book like Joseph Smith said. And if that's true, then everything built on it must be true as well. I don't know why all that seemed so amazing to me, that's what we tell investigators as part of the first lesson. But experiencing it right before my eyes this week as I did my personal studying and reading was an entirely different experience that sort of astounded me.
We have one really promising investigator, his name is Dylan. He is the person that contacted us a few weeks ago and asked to meet with us. We met with him on Wednesday morning with David, and it went really well. Apparently he is friends with some members in a nearby ward and so they told him he should call the missionaries. He is really smart and catches on quickly and he seems really open about the whole thing. We put him on date for November 29th for baptism, and as far as we can tell that won't be a problem. We have another lesson with him tonight and we'll set one up for later this week. Also, he came to church on Sunday, which was super awesome. But we soon realized that this week was Fast & Testimony Meeting which always puts a little bit of fear in a missionary's heart from what Dad has told me. But it was actually a really good meeting, no 20 minutes stories with no point or anything like that, just a lot of members of all ages who got up and shared their testimony about reading the scriptures or praying, which is really cool because those are the things we're asking Dylan to do. We'll see tonight if he has read over the chapters we asked him to, but I have a feeling he has, he seems really committed. When the Sacrament was passed around he didn't take it, but he leaned over and told me "I'll wait until after I'm baptized to take it." He will get baptized as long as we teach him well and he feels ready to make that commitment.
I'm a missionary for the LDS church, teaching the Gospel while soaking up some California sun!