Monday, October 21, 2013

Rancho Cucamonga, California -October 21, 2013

Hello again family,
Another week has gone by.  Only two more weeks in this transfer.  Time is just flying out here.  I am glad that everyone is still doing so well at home and everyone is still alive.  That is a good thing.  I would love some dehydrated apples, if you have any left over.
Well onto this last week.  Elder Robbins came for a few days.  On Tuesday night he had a devotional for any recent converts, less active members or investigators.  We were able to get Bill and Nancy Bevacco there.  It was really good and we enjoyed it.  He talked about how the Book of Mormon really is the key to knowing and even if you don't feel ready, it is okay.  None of us are perfect and we are all still working on becoming better, so it is time to just take that step and trust the Lord. 
On Wednesday, we met at the mission office at 10 in the morning and didn't get back until 830 at night.  We got bused up to Apple Valley and met with the two zones there for the zone conference with Elder Robbins.  We got our flu shots and took care of a few other things.  We then listened to Elder Robbins from 130 til 530.  He spoke along with Sister Robbins and President and Sister Hobbs.  It was really good.  Elder Robbins talked about planning and how helpful it is and things like that.  He also talked about hope and striving to develop that Christlike attribute.  He took about an hour and a half to do a question and answer session.  He only answered about three questions because he really answered everyone.  He didn't leave a loose string in any of those answers.
After we left, the car I was in went out to dinner.  I was with three elders and two sisters who are not my companion.  We had six sisters going and they had to split us up 3 and 3 so Sister Pollard and I split.  Which I am okay with because Sister Beagly, who is one of the sisters I got put with is a hoot.  She is so funny.  We were basically laughing all day long.  We had a fun time together, and Sister Hudrlick, who was the one that drove us, is also super great and everyone just loves her.  If you ever see Sister Schiess (spelling??) around, you should ask her about Sister Hudrlick (it is pronounce hurdlick though...weird spelling)  On Wednesday Sister Hudrlick was actually talking about Sister Schiess.  So I know they know each other.
Yesterday at church, the Chamberlins came.  They stayed for all three hours again.  This time the mom, Erica, actually came and stayed too.  Richard, the dad was telling us how much the three kids loved church last week and couldn't wait to come back again.  Erica was listening to them, threw her arms up in the air and said, "Well I guess we are going to be Mormon then."  So that was great.
Saturday all five of them came to the church to practice for the program and then they all came to church.  We sat front and center with Richard and Erica.  It was so cool to see Isabella, Bianca, and Talon up there with the rest of the kids participating just like they had always been there.  The teachers made sure that Talon was in front (because he is little for his age).  It was amazing to see them singing along and speaking and making friends with all the other kids.  I think that will really help Erica as well.  I think having her see how welcomed we made the kids feel and how we just took them in and let them do everything all the other kids were doing will really help. 
They love the primary president, who is amazing and promised her that they were coming next week to church and Erica said she would be there too.  I am really excited to see where this will go.  They are planning on going to activity days on Wednesday as well.  I told Darcy I would get a picture of them and send it to you guys soon.  Hopefully I will remember to do that.
Well that is about the most of what happened here this week.  The weather is just beautiful and pretty and nice :) I hope you are all jealous.  I hope you have a good week and I will talk to you next week
Sister Woodward

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