, I was with the "beach" sisters. My companion went to the departing missionary temple trip. We did service for the Catholic Church and it was pretty neat. They are putting together packages for those in need this Thanksgiving. It's really humbling to see tiny Huntington Beach homes with fifteen people living in them and to watch all these wonderful Catholic members work together to help these poor people have a fantastic holiday.
We also had a really neat lesson this week with M (the man) & L (the woman). M is a less active member who wants to be active again. L lives with him and both of them have had crazy life experiences. M's wife was killed in the hospital on accident by one of the nurses, and L's companion was shot through the window when she was in the passenger seat by a gang member. (Westminster has lots of gangs sadly). Both of them want peace, and both of them want to be happy. Missionaries have tried to teach them for forever, but have had little success. This week though, we decided to take them on a church tour, and we did and they came to church the next day! L has never come to church before so this was a huge step for her. They loved it!
C was also at church this week. He is this kid that was baptized about a year ago. He loves the church, he is 16. He was baptized by himself and knows more about Mormons than most 16 year old kids. He has had a rough few months, but I can only imagine how hard it would be being Mormon without a supportive household. I feel like my testimony is strengthened every time I talk to him.
T and her kids are doing good (the family that was recently baptized)! We think we get to go over to their house this Thanksgiving so that should be fun. They love the church so much!
We also taught S and C this week. They are fun to teach and talk too, I just wish they would progress more. C found out I'm gluten free and made us Creme Brulee! I haven't had that my whole mission!
I'm not sure what my "spiritual thought" for today should be. I think this week I learned about Joy. It's so important to always have joy. God can give us joy on good days, bad days, hard days, easy days... Joy plays more of a role in the Plan of Salvation than I think we realize. Why is the gospel so appealing? Because it promises joy! People generally desire to be happy, and by following his gospel, WE CAN BE HAPPY, no matter what. If you haven't had a chance to read Elder Nelson's talk on joy from the most recent conference, here it is! https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/joy-and-spiritual-survival?lang=eng&_r=1
I love you all!