So this week was pretty rough overall, and Sunday was extra busy. It started when I woke up at 5 AM to shower (it takes a while when there's 3 of us), because we had a meeting with the stake at 7 AM. It was a meeting for all the missionaries and the ward mission leaders and bishops. We received some counsel and training on various topics. I was apparently the only piano player in the room so I was able to assist with the music for the meeting. Then when the meeting got out at 8:20 AM, we rushed back to the Norco building so that we could be prepared to give our talks. All 3 of our talks went pretty well, though there were also 2 musical numbers so Elder Anderson only had about 7 minutes to speak. Later in church we were asked to lead a discussion based off of the Finding Faith in Christ video in Elder's Quorum. We had a short break to run home and eat lunch, before going to the YSA Ward, where it was my week to teach Gospel Principles, but the Gospel Doctrine teacher was gone so I taught both classes combined which actually worked pretty well because there was more participation. Then we had a linger longer before we rushed to dinner at 5 PM, and that ran long so we rushed across our area to our lesson at 7 PM. So it was probably one of the busiest Sundays I've had in a long time, except maybe Sunday's where you have to pack for transfers.
There was a miracle this Sunday though. So we were sitting in sacrament meeting, which started out with about 15 people there 5 minutes before the meeting started, to being full back to the second divider with families and relatives. But someone we saw walk in was a family with triplets, the Espinoza family. I don't know if I ever told you about them because they've kind of been off the radar for a while. So about 3 months ago they were investigators of Elder Anderson and Elder Foy. Her cousin is bishop of the Woodcrest Ward in Riverside, and he helped them get in touch with people to move in over here. But then having recently moved and having triplets really threw a wrench in things and they told the missionaries that they had no time to meet with them at that point. They came to the Halloween Party, but that was really the only contact we have had with them. But they came to church all on their own and they loved it, and the members of the ward loved them and helped with the triplets and then their closest friends in the ward set up a lesson with us at 7 PM that night. The lesson went really well and we are hoping that we can start meeting with them on a regular basis. Their triplets are some of the quietest babies I've ever seen, the only hard part about them is that there are three of them.
One more interesting experience from this week was that it rained so we were able to do some tracting. At first I was kind of reluctant, I figured I might be able to go my whole mission without tracting because we are only supposed to do it when it is raining outside. But anyway, it was actually kind of a fun experience, and it was just funny because the first person we talked to was your typical "not interested" and shut the door before Elder Anderson could even finish talking. So it was definitely a fun one-time experience, and we talked to nearly 30 people in 2 hours which is pretty good. I don't think I would enjoy doing that all day every day for my entire mission, so I'm glad to be in a place where the weather is good enough we don't have to.
So this week we will just try to work our hardest and make the most of our last week in a trio(most likely).
From the West Side . . . .