|Elders Asenjo, Lutz, Kemsley, Garcia, Pao, Woodcock, and Sisters Huang, Mann, Candice, and Me|
|Thanh, Sisters Mann and Huang, Elders Dean and Garcia|
|Sofia, Sister Mann, Candice, Me, Sister Martin, Thanh, Sister Huang|
MORE Sunday Night Treats have started including new converts, investigators, and a devotional. These are gatherings we have all loved and are now sharing with new friends outside of just a missionary circle. Lots of girl power!!
MORE ongoing outings with the Bunker's, including an exotic dinner at a Lebanese restaurant and production of "The Wizard of Oz."
MORE missionary lessons to witness the Spirit. Elders Garcia and Dean found a wonderful way to teach Thanh in her native Vietnamese language, by skypeing Vietnamese elders in a different mission in the LA area. It was inspiring watching her vision expand as she understood the gospel in her own language. We are reminded in Alma:
"Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of EVERY people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my thanksgiving." (Alma 26:37)
And we also learn from Alma how Heavenly Father feels about his children learning the gospel in their own language:
"For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true." (Alma 28:8)
So a crowning event occurred when Thanh made the choice to be baptized, despite lack of full support from family members.
|Thanh on her baptism day|
|Elder Garcia, Thanh, and Elder Dean|
|Sister Hobbs, Sister Huang, Me, Sister Martin at Sake Sake|
AFTER sharing a little MORE time at Frootopia for frozen yogurt!!
|Frozen yogurt to top off!|
|Sister Gong, Sister Mumford, Sister Martin, Me|
MORE food at our next stop at a great dessert bakery to meet Sister Gong and her English-speaking companion, Sister Mumford. We enjoyed incredible pastries, cakes, or muffins together. And Sister Gong is still learning MORE English every day. It's been a bit of struggle, but she's doing it!
|Sister Plumb, Sister Xia, Sister Martin, Me|
Next stop, another faraway place in the mission to take Sister Xia and her companion, the lovely Sister Plumb (Janessa's first companion) to dinner at a fun retro place, Legends. MORE great food. MORE laughing, tears, fun. We took turns reading a cute children's book to Sister Xia, which she took back to Chengdu with her. It was called, "You're Here For A Reason," by Nancy Tillman. I knew she would love it because it is loaded with illustrations of animals, including pandas. And the message was priceless.
|Sister Martin, Sister Xia, Me|
MORE laughing and tears when it's time to leave her to go. She laid herself on the hood of the car and...MORE tears. And laughing. She was here for a reason.
|Dragon fruit -- MORE delicious!|
Party on! MORE food, fun, and farewells with Effy leaving the Center for Ogden. She can hardly bear the thought of leaving exciting, wonderful LA for... "cow-town" Ogden, Utah! What a surprise she's in for! Fortunately I will see her in a few short months. We had days of parties because MORE people wanted to tell her good-bye and wish her well. MORE food. MORE farewell.
|Dianey and Effy eating YUMMY b-b-q chicken and corn on the cob, cooked by the Bishop's Storehouse staff|
One recent P-day, we enjoyed MORE time on Olvera Street with our good friend, Theresa Gilliam, from the ward. She knows everything about the area and the early beginnings of Los Angeles and we had MORE fun! And MORE food. I am quite certain I will be coming home weighing MORE than I did when I left. But I will also have MORE beautiful, memorable, and blessed memories from these wonderful times in my mission.