HEY HEY HEY!!!!
Life is pumping down here on the coast. It is beautiful and the air is fresh. People are happy to be free from school and busy because of some crazy thing to do with soccer....might be the world cup or something like that :) All I know is that soccer should not be a higher priority than the gospel....oh well.
Well that is it, the Huber's are taking over America. Seth I am so proud of you and I can only imagine how awesome of a mission Washington D.C. is going to be. Does it get better than that? (Only if you are in southern California) Leah I hate to break it to you but your mission is still last on the list of places we want to revisit someday. You can always meet up with us on the beach or in D.C. after your visit with the dusty plains of New Mexico :) Seth, between the two of us we are now owners to the two most beautiful temples in the world. How lucky is that? You really are going to love being a missionary!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are going to be so good at it.
My 5 month birthday was yesterday so we made chocolate cake, gluten free of course, and ate it at 10:30 at night. That is the life of a busy missionary. YSA is different because it is really hard to get meals. I ate 4 different dinners in church kitchens out of cans this week :( Not quite as glamorous as what I am used to. Mom- please feed the singles ward sisters in our stake. Tell them it’s from me. Make sure to give them a treat because if we do get dinner we rarely ever get a dessert. It will make them so happy. I am trying to figure out how to stay on a tight budget in an expensive part of southern California and still eat decent food. Any creative ideas? I am open to anything.
I love my YSA ward! It is a huge adjustment because nothing is organized, nobody holds appointments, they have crazy work schedules and so on. But they are good people and they are so real. It is kinda nice to be talking and just have someone start telling about the time they drank or what not. It makes it so much easier for investigators to understand and feel accepted because it is so apparent that we are all on the same journey together. I love having people in lessons also because they are all RM and just so on their game. Like half the time I feel like I should just sit back and watch. They don't even scare me anymore. I have just decided to be me and work hard and let everything fall where it will. Working out so far. It is interesting though because the ward has campouts and activities that we can’t attend. This makes it hard because any active member that would feed us or come to lessons with us are gone. It makes finding people a lot harder. Next week we don't even have church due to some big conference in San Diego. How does one get investigators to church that isn’t happening? Hmmmmm we shall see. I guess I will go back to Encinitas this week. That is also strange.
So we got this referral from media. It just had a name and address and a request for a Book of Mormon. We went over and knocked on the door. He opened the door and saw we were missionaries. Immediately he goes, "Do you have the book?" I held the up Book of Mormon in my hands and he got so excited. He kept saying, "I can't believe you actually have the book right now" "I get one right now!" I proceeded to hand him all 4 of my copies because he was just so excited. I told him he could have as many as he wanted :) Haha anyway he told us how he talked with a missionary in the Czech Republic and heard about the church. He told us he was atheist but wanted to now serve a mission. I asked if he believed in God and he said yes. I told him he wasn’t atheist and he again got excited and said, "I guess I'm not atheist!" We think the person he talked to in Europe was a general authority, so that is kinda crazy. We don't know how his information got on Moromon.org because he didn't put it in. Somehow we got the referral though. It was an around neat experience. I can't wait to teach him!
We have such cool investigators. I can't really tell you about them all right now but just trust me. It is interesting to see a theme with people. So many of them have lost a parent or loved one. Lots of word of wisdom troubles. I am getting good at teaching these principles. I am also coming to understand them better for myself. I am grateful for that. One boy we picked up last night has a father in prison. He drove ten hours to see him on father’s day. His dad found the church in prison and now teaches gospel principles every week to the people in there. How cool is that?! We get to teach his son and he wants to get sealed to his dad when he gets out. Amazing stuff...the gospel heals and fixes lives. The gospel blesses families. Another boy lost his dad and his mom is dying. He is the most upbeat person I have ever met. He bore his testimony on fast Sunday. It was his first time at church. I wish I had the faith of some of these people. They inspire me. Unfortunately he is out of town for two weeks so that is slowing his progression. But he is getting baptized on July 12th when he gets home. I got to set that with him! I love asking people to get baptized.
Robert. That is a story for a whole book. It is one huge reason I needed to stay in the Del Mar stake. He is now transitioned and is being taught YSA. So I am now teaching him again. I know without a doubt I have to be the one to teach him. I don't know how to describe it but I just know it. When I left Encinitas I felt like I tied up all the loose ends expect Robert. It never felt like it was over with him. I continued to think about him and receive revelation for him. This week the choice was made to move him out of the family ward and into YSA. I am now the missionary who has stewardship over him again. I guess that is why I didn't feel finished. He already loves YSA and has friends. Soon he will actually be ready to be baptized. The process of conversion is lifelong. Sometimes faith means stepping when it seems very dark. He will get there soon.
AHHHH it is so crazy to be a missionary!!! Sometimes you want to cry and most times you want to curl up and sleep. BUT all times you are happy and glad to be alive. I will keep trying to figure everything out and let you know what I learn.