Elder Cornaby, Nick, & Elder Young - Nick was baptized at the end of June and he is very enthusiastic about missionary work! He has already been called as a ward missionary and he usually goes out with the Elders twice a week.
This past week we held Multi-Zone Conferences. Our Zone met with Jurupa Zone, which is also one of the smaller areas compared to Moreno Valley and Corona. We received training on having faith to baptize, working with members, and supporting mission leadership. It was a bit stressful though, because we were hosting and had to do all the set-up and conduct the meetings. But the training was super good and I learned a lot! At the end of the conference was a testimony meeting, and all the outgoing missionaries for the next 2 transfers shared their testimonies. Elder Hoyt, Elder Smith, and Elder Dyer are missionaries that I have served around and they are in the group that will be going home in the next 7 weeks. It was really weird for me to think that they have completed their missions, I can only imagine how strange it feels to them.
Elder Moss, Elder Frost, Elder Cornaby, Elder Smith, Elder Young - The five of us were all part of the same incoming group from the MTC and arrived in the California Riverside Mission on July 14, 2015. One year later we are all serving as Zone Leaders (Elder Murphy photobombed the picture. He was in the group of missionaries that arrived 6 weeks after us.)
Elder Cornaby & Elder Ferrin outside the Mission Office.
Elder Ferrin was my District Leader in Corona and is currently serving as a Zone Leader also. He will be completing his mission at the end of July.
Our investigators are doing well.
We met with Vanessa again this week and finished talking about the Plan of Salvation. She is still praying to get an answer about whether to be baptized or not, mostly because that involves choosing between "Christianity and Catholicism" (her words not mine). It's so funny because of all the mainstream, born-again Christian churches, all these other Christians don't identify as Christians. But anyway, she has been going to FHE and really enjoys it. She wasn't able to come to church though because her family was having a birthday party that she wasn't able to skip.
Alright so we had a couple of really cool teaching experiences this week. The first one that comes to mind is from Friday when we taught Vanessa. So this was our third time meeting with her and we were teaching the plan of salvation. We had Nick (our recent convert) and Miranda (an RM in the ward) with us. The lesson was going pretty well, she had read some of the Book of Mormon and she remembered the things we talked about before. As we were teaching the lesson we got to the part about the Atonement, and we talked about how baptism helps us to access the Atonement. So we invited her to be baptized on August 7th, and at first she was hesitant. But that gave us a chance to let Nick share about what a difference being baptized had made for him, and to talk about how we receive answers to prayers, and the Spirit was there super strong. She said she'd pray about it but that she thought it would be okay. So things are going really well with her.
Elder Young, Elder Moss, Elder Olsen, & Elder Cornaby
Three of us in the Riverside area were celebrating our one year milestone as missionaries. (Elder Olsen came out with a different group of missionaries.) We splurged and went to Red Robin for lunch that day!
So I'm super short on time today, because of the 4th of July Holiday. All of the libraries were closed on Monday, so we have to e-mail on Tuesday this week and we aren't supposed to take very much time because it's cutting into our regular proselyting. I'll try to answer as many questions as I can!
Yes, I did have to wear my regular missionary clothes while playing Ultimate Frisbee at FHE last week. It was interesting to say the least and kind of hard to run in dress shoes.
I'm a missionary for the LDS church, teaching the Gospel while soaking up some California sun!