I've officially made it to Irvine California! Leaving the MTC was a bittersweet experience but being out in the field for almost two weeks now has been absolutely the best!
Bright and early atin the morning we got up to leave the MTC and rolled into Irvine around lunch on Nov. 10th. After a ton of meetings we had our first transfer meeting where we got our first companion! My companions name is Elder Everett! He is a convert to the church as well and has been out on his mission now for just over 6 months. He is really an amazing person and has been such a great trainer for me!
These past 2 weeks have been insanely busy! Missionary life/work is the best though! My companion and I were whitewashed into an area (meaning neither of us had been in the area before), and the area had also been closed for 12 weeks. So its been really interesting because at first neither my companion or I knew much about the area or any of the members here...and on top of that they did not give us a GPS! But its actually been a ton of fun figuring everything out and it has helped me learn how important it is to rely on the spirit when planning out your day and when going from place to place! So in a way, no gps has been sort of a blessing....kinda haha.
The area we are assigned to is Dana Point. We live just 2 miles from the beach! We cant go out onto the beach because of mission rules but we have in the morning for our workouts ran to the beach and back! The people in the area are very nice and the members are super helpful!
One thing I've noticed is that there is always so much to learn. One of my favorite hours of the day is-9, the hour we have personal study. It's such an important part of the day for me. Each day that I have had a good focused study for myself and the people I will be meeting that day, I have felt a greater confidence in myself and I have had plenty of times where the spirit has brought back to my remembrance small things that I didnt even think would have an effect in my day!
Last Saturday my companion and I had an interesting experience. We ran into a few sour faces while out contacting. As they came to the door they just started going off on us. Screaming all these different kinds of profanities at us we just stood there till they finished, answered their questions the best we could, offered to help in any way possible and left. It wasnt the first time someone had gotten mad at us, but this one hit us in a little different way. As we walked away my companion turned to me and said "She must have been having a bad day...I'm glad we could be there for her to blow some steam off. Better us than someone else. We can handle it." And we could handle it. It was a nice lesson for me. Christ suffered so much because he could handle it all. My companion and I could never know completely what Christ felt; but at that moment we felt a little closer to Christ, and I was reminded of a verse 2 Peter"For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow in his steps.."
I'm grateful for my mission and the opportunity I have to be a representative of Jesus Christ every day. I have a knowledge that this church is Jesus Christ's true church on the earth and that the Book of Mormon is divine proof of that knowledge... everyone can know it is true for themselves by simply reading and praying with a sincere heart to know the truth of it! That is the message I go out and share every day!
Stay posted next week to hear about our stellar investigators we just started teaching! Moe, Jefferey, Willy, and the Rosie family! We met them last week and they are all so excited to learn more about the church and work towards baptism! Cliff hanger I know right....wish us luck! Keep them in your prayers!