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Life as a Missionary in good o'l San Clemente is such a dream! I am completely in love with the weather, the people, the gospel, the ocean, the wards and the culture! It still blows my mind every day that I'm so blessed to be serving and living among such amazing people in such a beautiful place. God is SO good.
This week, just like every week, was super jammed packed with tons of lessons, meals, meetings and contacting. On top of all of that craziness, we also had a exchange this week! My companion is a Sister Training Leader which allowed me to venture over to Wood Canyon this week. Don't ask where that is, because I literally have no idea. Anyways, my new companion for the night's name was Sister Phinney. She is from this super small town in Canada and literally has never had electricity until she came on her mission! So nuts right? She was telling me all of these stories about how she felt when she first saw a shower and I died laughing! We have so much to be grateful for and I left realizing how much we really take advantage of.
Anyways, we had a super special experience which I thought would be worth sharing. I'm not 100% sure where to start to best explain our experience so bare with me as I start at the beginning in attempt to tell the experience justice. So, our day started with really good intentions. We had compiled a long list of 15 or so people that we wanted to try to stop by and see and we were so excited and ready to conquer the day! We knew that we probably wouldn't be able to see everyone, but never would've expected so many doors slammed, so many angry yelling, or so unanswered doors. Long story short, we went to every single house with no success. We were both pretty discouraged, but determined to not give up. In a last attempt effort, I recommended that we just go contacting in a park that I had seen a couple miles back. Sister Phinney wasn't too thrilled with the idea of walking a couple of miles in the complete opposite direction of the car; however, she put up with me and my "greenie fire." Man, I'm so glad we did. In the process of walking to the park, we ran into an awesome Mother and Daughter. The Mom was recovering from a torn ACL and was going out on her first official walk with her daughter and dog. We had this immediate connection and became instant friends. We were able to share with them the whole message of the Restoration, give them a Book of Mormon, and schedule a return appointment. I have never had such a powerful experience in my whole life as I was able to be a instrument in the Lord's hand. I could feel the Spirit so strongly as I bore testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of how it has changed my life.
It's the special moments like these that make all of the doors slammed, yelling, and rejection worth it. It's moment's like these that keep us going and remind us of why we are here. We are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have come to share our good message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which enables us to know how we can become more like our Savior and eventually return to live with him again.
I am so happy. I love my Savior and his amazing gospel! I'm so blessed to be able to share it every day!
I love you all so much!