Happy Pioneer Day! I kind of forgot that was a thing because they don't celebrate Pioneer Day in California. Well, the members of the church do. Our ward had a Pioneer Day picnic last week, but all of the investigators we invited to it were very confused by what we were inviting them to. Anyway, that was a random tangent.
This week has been good! Sister Losee and I are getting used to Yucaipa a little bit and we are learning our way around. We've met a lot of the ward members now and we've at least talked to all of our investigators, so we are making progress slowly but surely.
We had an awesome day on Tuesday. Our bishop came with us to a lesson. There is a woman that the elders who were here before us were teaching and she had grown really attached to them. So attached, that when they told her they were leaving, she told them to delete her number and not have the new missionaries visit her. However the elders recommended we go see her, but to bring Bishop Ochs because she likes him. We had a good get to know you lesson. She likes us now, so that's good. Later in the week she told us, "I love you and I don't know why!"
Later that day we had a lesson with another investigator. He wasn't quite so excited to have us come. He mostly preached to us and wouldn't let us talk. There seem to be a lot of those around here so it will be a good opportunity to learn to politely interrupt people. Yay.
That evening we had dinner with the sweetest family on the planet. The wife was baptized at the end of June and her husband isn't a member. He hasn't been very open while the elders were meeting with his wife, but we taught the restoration during dinner and he was very willing to listen. He said he would listen to and pray about the Book of Mormon. We get to meet with them again tonight and I am so excited to hear how it went! Also, their kids are adorable. They have SO much energy but they love the missionaries and they are already super attached to the sisters. :)
On Wednesday we met with the other Sisters in the Zone because we are doing a musical number for Zone Conference. It's sounding pretty decent. It's always good to get together with other missionaries.
We had another lesson with someone who likes to talk a lot. Gotta have at least one of those every day, I guess.
We also got to do some service at DI
Thursday was good. We weekly planned, found some service opportunities around the community, and contacted a part member family that we will hopefully be teaching soon.
On Friday we did some service for a less active member of the ward.
She called us and asked if we could do some yard work for her. We showed up and the yard work she had in mind was cleaning out a horse stall. I've never scooped horse poop before so that was a first for me. I decided that I never want to live on a farm or own a horse because we only cleaned out one stall and it took two hours! We were happy to help though and it sounds like we'll be going back again soon!
Saturday was a day of miracles. The very first thing we did was contact a less active member that the Stake President asked us to see. Her visiting teacher just so happened to be there when we stopped by and they had been talking about signs. The member we had come to see was planning to move and stop going to church all together once she was out of Yucaipa. However, she took it as a sign when we came by and now she is planning to keep going to church!
We also had a spontaneous lesson with a former investigator named Bree. She had been told some very interesting things by her pastor and we were able to talk to her about the importance of finding out truth from God and not from men. We testified of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith and the spirit was so strong. She agreed to have us back a few days later. Unfortunately, she texted us later in the day and told us she couldn't do it anymore. We asked if everything is okay and we haven't heard from her since. Hopefully We hear from her soon, but I think if she isn't ready to listen now, she will be one day because she has definitely been prepared to accept the gospel.
Also, we were in a trio on Saturday. Sister Jones from Yucaipa 2nd spent the day with us because her companion was at a baptism in 29 Palms. It was an adventure being in a trio. I had never done that before!
Sunday was a little crazy. We sang in Sacrament meeting -We had been asked a couple days before so we threw something together with the help of one of the women in the ward. Then we were asked the day before to teach Gospel Principles so we taught that class. The rest of the day was pretty much just trying to find people to teach.
It's been a good week. I'm still loving it here in Yucaipa!
Hope you all are doing well!
Sister Melissa Heiner