Hey Everyone, another busy week in North LA! It's been so hot lately. Our Car was saying it was 118 degrees yesterday...It was a rough day knocking doors. You step outside and you don't even feel your body start to overheat...you just sweat immediately. Needless to say...these white shirts won't last past this summer. We went to the Temple this Friday as a mission! It was nice seeing friends and just being with all those missionaries in the Lords house. We also got transfer calls week. Silva and I are getting split up...we're both pretty sad about that. I'll be moving to the Burbank 3rd ward!
I'm going to be whitewashing again with a new trainee and I'll be the District Leader still. It'll be a challenge for sure but It'll be fun. Oh and I'll also be on bike....R.I.P to me hahaha. It'll be super fun though so I'm not too worried about the heat. Elder Silva will also be training next transfer and he will be stepping in as the District Leader!! He's going to do an awesome job! Gonna miss this guy so much.
We had an awesome miracle with Daniel this week. We felt like he was just hitting a roadblock in his conversion and we didn't know what to do so we prayed real hard about what we needed to do. We both were impressed to just do a refresher on Jesus Christ's baptism and the need to receive the Holy Ghost. He really understood the need for the holy ghost after our lesson and we set a baptismal date with him for July 3rd! We asked him how he felt about it and he said "I'm excited! And I know this is what I need to do. It's what we all need to do. I want to learn more." He's so prepared! His heart is softened and he is willing to live the Gospel! He also came to church on Sunday and loved the lessons and classes that were given. He really feels the friendship from the ward and that's making it so much easier for him to come each week.
We also got to meet with Charlie again this week! He's such an awesome guy. He's been trying to set up a lesson with us for a while now but he's been really busy lately writing scripts and stuff for his job. But this week we had an awesome lesson on the Restoration of the Gospel. We didn't even have to commit him to baptism! He did it himself! He really is seeking the truth and I know Elder Silva will be able to help him find what he is looking for!
We Taught the word of wisdom to the Mata's this week. Michael understands it perfectly now! He talked to the Bishop again this week and he now has a baptismal date for August 7th! I'm so excited for him! The Bishop really wants Sister Mata to be on board so that Michael will have good support as he grows up. So Elder Silva will continue to meet with them for probably the rest of his time in Van Nuys. I'm excited to visit for the baptism!
Elder Silva went to Canada this week! It was so weird going to the airport and dropping him off because it feels like I was just arriving at that airport a few months ago...but it's almost been a year. Crazy to think about. Anyway, I spent the day with our roommates in Spanish work. Then we picked him up at the airport that night. We were all holding signs that spelled out "Returned with Honor" Hahaha it was super funny! It's been so much fun living with all these guys! I'll miss them.
We met with Marius again. He's been having a rough time. His girlfriend has cancer so he has been taking care of her and it's really wearing him down. It's sad cause we never see him at church anymore and that would really strengthen him through all of his trials. We did a little service for him and cleaned up around his house so he could rest. Life is impossible to take on alone. We have to look out for each other and always keep the gospel as our main focus. Only then will we be able to endure to the end.
Well, I love you all so much and hope you have a great week! Sorry for the short email this week!