DEAR mom, (and now mom’s sharing with everyone else this week!)
This week has been crazy I honestly don’t know what to think. We got a call from PRES. Patterson Sunday night where he told us that we would be transferred the next day. He said, “I know this sounds crazy but the Lord thinks you too should whitewash again. (this is where they remove the missionaries currently in the area and put brand new one’s in, the new one’s begin the work all over again, making new contacts, meeting old contacts and creating a new network of service opportunities) This time in the West Grove ward. I didn’t want to do this to you but I couldn’t put anybody else there.” Me and Sister P “uhhhhh”
Pres”Yep. So you will be moving tomorrow and starting your new area tuesday. How do you feel?” Me: “wow. Can we still go to the temple Tuesday?” Pres: ” LAUGHS, YES! You are going to need all the help that you can get! Good luck!”
So. In a matter of 24 hrs we have completely changed our ward, our boundaries, our apartment, EVERYTHING. IT IS CRAZY. I am exhausted mentally and physically but I am SO PUMPED for this new area. The funny thing is I was fasting on Sunday for the strength to love the Cerritos ward. When we got home on Sunday I just couldn’t take it and started crying and asking God why I was even there because we weren’t doing much. Welp. I know now more than EVER that God had a plan and that His plan is greater and better than ours. Sometimes it just takes longer than we want.
I am now serving in the west grove ward. WHOOP. We met the ward mission leader last night and he is THE BEST. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. SO EXCITED. oh my goodness you have no idea how dang excited I am. This is an answer to my prayers and your prayers. This area is not rich at all do and I am excited for that too.
The temple was great today. I needed that. It brought me a lot of peace and strength. We missed our scheduled session so we stayed for the later one and that is why it is taking me forever to write you. Also. I HATE CARS AND TRAFFIC IT TOOK US 3 HRS TO GET THERE AND IT IS LITERALLY 20 MILES AWAY.
I am kind of a mess right now. So is our new apartment. The last missionaries were literally living in a PIGSTY. OH MY GOODNESS. I walked in and about barfed. I was so mad and so was Sister Petelo. Gross. So we spent the rest of the day yesterday cleaning the apartment. I am so grateful that you taught me how to clean. If you want an estimate to how dirty it was I scrubbed the bathroom so hard (especially the shower) that my shoulders and my forearms are SORE. THEY HURT. yep. It is crazy.
Disneyland is in my mission now AND in our zone. WHOOP. Our new apartment complex has a workout room HECK YES. I also love our new ZLS (zone leaders; the two missionaries in charge of their area they serve in) they are a blast.
I love you lots. Sorry I don’t really remember what happened the rest of the week!
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