Hey Fam & Friend's!
I'm in Chico! There has already been quite the memories made here! Haha! I'm sure you'll all get quite the kick out of these next few months of emails if it keeps going this same direction! here's the exciting things for this week!
Sister Singleton is the bomb!! She's from South Jordan and she's been out 3 months! She is KILLIN' it taking over though! Man! It's impressive! ️ she's a great missionary! I have loved being her comp already because she is just so chill! Haha. We're both super chill so things are just easy. Haha. We also have the same appreciation for a squeaky clean apartment! Haha. So that's always awesome!
Well! the first night, Sister Singleton and I were just talking while we were in bed. Then we just went quiet and started to fall asleep. My bed is right up against the the wall with the window and we started to hear a flappy noise. Well I started to freak out because Whatever it was, it sounded HUGE! I knew it was probably a moth and I HATE moths so I was freak'in out. So we got up and turned the lights on and I smacked the blinds to make it come out. And it did..... it was a GINORMOUS moth.. Singleton smacked it with a dust pan. She had to smack it like 5 times to kill it... and since it was almost 11 we just left it on the floor and went to bed... well. You see, when we woke up in the morning, the moth was gone...... Singleton came out of the bathroom and she was like oh, thanks for cleaning that up. And I was like.. uh. I didn't. Haha. So that's cool.... moth zombie somewhere in our house...
The people here are nuts! Hahah!! So many good stories and it hasn't even been a week! lemme tell ya! So!! Let's first start with our "the people of Chico" moments!
First we will start off with a dude named Tyler! So we were on our way to visit this LA lady who wasn't home. But then we saw Tyler over there by this picnic table just pacing... haha. Odd. I thought he was homeless.... but apparently looks can be deceiving... So we go over and say hi to him and share the Prince of Peace. We asked him what stuck out to him. He mentioned the part where it talks about how Christ turned water into wine. And he was like "Christ turned water into wine.. why doesn't he turn the ocean into wine so we can all have a good time!?" *crickets*... good questions Tyler... hahah! then he said we could come back and share more with him. We suggested a time and he was like "oh.. no. I'm usually skinny dipping at that time.." 🤣 ohh!!!! Alrighty then!
Aw yes. Next on our list is Thelma and Vivian. You see, Thelma is a LA who has the mental capacity of probably a 10 yr old or something like that. Vivian ('gator) is probs a little more with it, but still not quite up to speed, if ya know what I'm sayin. so Thelma is working on personal progress so we're just helping her along with that. Vivian is just moving in with her right now so she just happened to be there. So during our lesson, we decided we wanted to sing "Where Can I Turn For Peace". Hahaha!! Well, usually the hymns really bring the spirit, it was seriously like how we sing happy birthday on the phone... but they were really trying.. haha. It was quite the interesting experience! BUT! It was awesome because they said they felt a lot of Peace after that!
Oh! Now my personal favorite for this week is Rebecca! oh man! She is AMAZING! So as we were going to visit Thelma, Rebecca saw us in the parking lot of the apartments and was like "Sisters! Sisters!!" This never happens so it was kinda scary.. especially in Chico. Haha. So she comes running over to us and introduces herself. She said she was a member that just put in a referral for sisters to come by because she moved her from Alaska about a year ago and was inactive and wanted to get back into it. So! She was telling us how huge of a miracle it was that we were there!! (It actually was a HUGE miracle which I will explain later..). So you must know... we are standing on the sidewalk. She was standing close the edge of it where there was a little ledge and then a bush right behind her. Well! As she was explaining all this too us, suddenly she just starts flapping her arms like she's falling backwards and she's like "whoaaa whooaaa!" And basically falls into the bush behind her! now I know I'm a terrible person for laughing so hard at this because she does have a brain injury. But it was just the perfect set up and hahahah!! Oh man! It was just hilarious! Seriously.. she and her boyfriend are my favorites so far!
And then there's Linda and Colby! Linda is a member that we help a lot because she flips houses and stuff. So we do service for her often! And her son, Colby has been investigating for awhile now. He is one of those logical people who are just too smart for their own good... so that's interesting! But! We have come to the conclusion that he knows baptism is a HUGE commitment and he doesn't want to not live up to that commitment. But that makes me think he doesn't really understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ because none of us live up to that commitment fully without His help... so yeah. Super awesome though! We eat with them every and see her thru out the week!
As off the MANY miracles this week.. well. First I'm just gonna tell you our numbers because this is through back to Corning here! W/ baptism date: 3, Sacrament attendance: 5, New 'gators: 6. This hasn't happened for MONTHS! Man!! I get SO pumped to just baptize this whole town! Haha. So that alone was so huge! We are INCREDIBLY blessed here in Chico! There's tons of work!
First we will start off again with Rebecca! That was just perfect how everything happened! After that whole incident, we set a time to come back. When we did, it was AMAZING! So her boyfriend, Stressly (yes.. that's his name...), had questions for us and stuff that he had told her about. So she invited him to come and sit in! Best ever! So we just talked with her for awhile because he was in the shower and it seemed like he was avoiding it. But eventually he did come out and sit with us! He is SO nice! Super cool guy! We had a lot of fun with them both! ️ what was crazy though! The member we brought with us, Janet, she offered to pick Rebecca up for church. And so Stressly had just come in the room and Janet was like Stressly! Why don't you come too! And he has like sure, why not! haha. Rebecca's jaw DROPPED! she couldn't believe it. Apparently it was pretty huge! Then we shared the Prince of Peace video! Singleton and I BOTH saw tears in that mans eyes! We don't care what nobody else says! They were there and he felt it! Haha. So! We are jump'in on this, man! Unfortunately, as we were talking about the video, before we could get it him, he got a phone call he had to take.... BUT! They both made it to church and they really liked it! Oh man! It was amazing! I'm so excited about them! so much love!
The next SUPER cool miracle was with a LA named Sue! She's an older lady who we don't really know a whole lot about. But what Sister Singleton does know is that she transferred her records to a different Ward because of things that had happened in our ward.. but we still reach out to her to let her know we love her and everything. So the other night, our lesson fell through so she apparently just popped into Sister Singleton's mind so we stopped by. It was crazy. We went in and talked with her, shared the Prince of Peace and suddenly she just unloads all this stress and these burdens that she is carrying around with medical issues, feeling kind of alone and forgotten. Man... she really just cracked. She expressed how she didn't want to go to church because she's so emotionally sensitive right now and she doesn't know anyone in her new ward so that has been hard for her. She said it blows her away that we showed up because she has been kinda conflicted about going to church . And we said to her it was a sign that she really needed to be there. So that was a really cool miracle! Super cool that we were exactly where we needed to be!
We also met a couple other cool investigators we are going to start teaching this week! Man! It's been crazy. We are so stinkin busy! But yeah! Those are just a few awesome things that happened!
One more cool thing that is more personal than anything is this. So at the beginning of the week, I was struggling because I was homesick for c-heights. I was feeling like it just got ripped out from under me and I was just kinda struggling to adjust. But when we were with Rebecca and Stressly, sharing the video with them and really feeling such love for them. I was thinking about being here and the spirit spoke to my heart and mind and said something like "I told you you would love it." It really touched my heart because I felt like even though I was being a bum Heavenly Father still was trying to tell me that He placed me here for a reason and that He hand picked these people I am working with to bless my life and hopefully bless theirs too. It was such a powerful experience. Since then, I have just loved it and I know that this is where I need to be right now. As bad as my heart my ache to be in c-heights with all my homies again, I remember that this is what missionary work is all about. Loving people as the Savior would and bringing them closer to Him. Super cool. ️
Welp! That's about it for this week! Lots more to come next week, I'm sure!! Love you all! Have an awesome week!