This week was exciting because we had a lot of service opportunities. One thing we did was help a Presbyterian church move all of their stuff from one building that they were closing, to another building across the street. We also helped a lady move into our apartment complex. Her neighbors at the old complex were Elders and they had helped her move out so we were able to finish the job by helping her move in. The last service opportunity for the week will also become a regular service opportunity. We were able to volunteer at the Salvation Army's "Club 60", which is a free senior luncheon that they host on Fridays. I was on drink duty, so I was serving iced tea and coffee which was kind of ironic, but it was fun to talk with all the people and just see how excited they were to have us helping out. Previously, the San Jacinto Zone has had zero ongoing service opportunities, so this "Club 60" luncheon will be a great chance to serve in the community. It's also a nice break in the week to go do something different and work with other missionaries in a fun service activity. Of course every once in a while you get preached to while doing service. It happened while we were moving the Presbyterian church, and it was all about some ancient scroll they found that proved something or other about the translation of the Bible. It was interesting but it's frustrating because they always start out "I admire you guys so much and don't mean to shake your faith, BUT...". It's like saying no offense, right before you tear into someone. You can see it coming from a mile away.
I'm excited to be staying in the San Jacinto area for my last transfer and to be able to assist in progressing the work we started last transfer. I hope to help Elder Herald continue to grow and develop in his missionary service and prepare him for future assignments in the mission. Can't wait to see all of you soon and hope everything is going well for you.
From the West Side . . . .