Currently we are working with several different people. In the Auburndale Ward, our most solid investigator is a 9 year old boy. He wants to be baptized, and his mom wants him to be baptized, but she's not willing to come to church with him. It seems like that is a problem that happens a lot around here. There is also the family that came to the ward party, the Espinozas. They just had triplets like 3 or 4 months ago, so they got really busy right when the missionaries found them so meeting with them can be a struggle, but they have made good friends with some of the ward members and I see a lot of potential for them, even if it is a slow process. In the YSA Ward, our most solid investigator is a young man named Tyler. He was a referral from the Corona Sister's, and he seems to absorb everything pretty well. He is kind of quiet so we're never quite sure exactly how much he understands unless we ask him pointblank. But he seems to know a lot. He wasn't able to make it to church this week because he got sick. We have a few other names and potentials to work with, as well as plenty of houses to tract out. This week was kind of disappointing because every single person we talked to was really nice it seemed, but none of them were interested at all. I think we maybe got one potential this week, and it was the kind where they say, "I'll reach out to you when I'm ready."
The Ward Halloween party was on Saturday. It was decently fun, but I feel like it would have been more fun if I actually knew all the people who were there. Here's a tip, when a new missionary comes up and introduces themselves, that's the polite way of admitting they don't know who you are. PLEASE tell them your name! It was the most frustrating thing to introduce ourselves to 30 or 40 people at the party and on Sunday, and only have 10 of them tell us their names in return.
Here is a little bit of information on my two companions. Elder Anderson is from the middle of nowhere in Utah. He played pretty much every sport in high school, partly because he was talented and partly because there weren't very many people in his high school. He plans on going to Dixie State when he goes home and he has a combination academic and golf scholarship there. He likes country music and working hard. He's served in Hemet(Fruitvale), Riverside(Woodcrest), and now in Norco. He's been a Zone Leader for 3 transfers now, one less than me. Elder Brown is from one of the most densely populated Mormon areas in Arizona. He lives about 10 minutes from Gilbert and the temple there. He played basketball in high school and they went to state. He plans on going to ASU when he gets home. He likes politics, sports, and country music. He served in Jurupa(Foothill) for his first 6 months and then came here to Norco.
From the West Side . . .