Some of the successes from this week are that we started teaching Nick's sister. She is super awesome, and it's funny to see how similar they are sometimes, especially the way they talk. We were on the phone with Nick one night, and he said she was around. So we asked if she was interested in taking the lessons, so he just asked her right there and she said sure. So we've met with her a couple of times and she came to church and everything, so things are going really well with her and she's set a date for Oct. 23rd.
We met with a YSA couple. Christopher is a returning member, he kind of fell away for a while and he wants to go through the discussions just to see what it's like and to get him more involved in church. His girlfriend isn't a member though, so we've been teaching her and working with her to see if she wants to be baptized. I don't think he's forcing her to get baptized which is really good so that she doesn't feel any pressure. That way we know that she's doing it for herself if she does decide to get baptized. They came to volleyball with us last week and that was pretty fun. She has a baptismal date set for Nov. 6th.
We also had an awesome lesson with Vanessa and her mom. We took a couple YSA members who could speak Spanish and they pretty much talked to the mom and every 5 minutes they filled us in on what they said and asked if we had anything we wanted to say. It sounds like Vanessa's mom is really supportive, but her dad isn't. Her dad doesn't even know she comes to church, apparently she's been telling him he's dropping her off for a club meeting on Sundays. So we have to get that out of the way or we can't baptize her. Or at least we shouldn't because that might create problems, even if she is legally old enough to make that decision herself.
One last new person I want to talk about. There was a girl named Sasha at church. Apparently she was investigating the church back home before she came down here to attend UCR. She has pretty much taught everything by other missionaries, but the thing that is holding her back the most is her parents. But Bishop was telling us that there was a similar situation last year with a girl named Isabel (who just received her mission call a month ago), so he said we just need to handle the situation carefully. I guess that happens more often than you'd think. But we're excited to help her integrate into the Ward and the institute and help her figure out what will be best for her.
The work here is great right now. I love the area and the people! I can't wait to see how the rest of the transfer unfolds.
See you soon,