This week was another great week and it amazes me how fast it is going by.
week we had a cool miracle. I pray all the time that
the Lord will help me recognize the people that he is preparing and
putting in my path so that I can recognize the opportunities when they
arise. Up here it's harder because there aren't very many Spanish
people so anyone I see could be that person. One day this week we
were exploring a city called "Coloma" that is just north of Placerville
and is where Gold was discovered when the Gold Rush started. We were
driving around and not finding anything that looked remotely Spanish.
All of a sudden we ended up outside the city and heading back towards
Placerville driving in between a lot of really big houses when in the
middle of it all there were two little houses with Spanish people
standing outside! So we parked around the corner and then walked back to
them to talk to them. We started talking to a guy named Adrian and he
was really nice and interested. He's been in jail and has some smoking
problems but he really wants to learn and come to church and
everything. We haven't been able to teach him yet but we are excited to
do so soon. The Lord really helped me out by putting a situation
as distinct as black and white in front of me so that I couldn't miss
The Yablonovski family (the family John and his companion live with) had some of their kids home for the Easter
weekend so that was a lot of fun. On Saturday it was Brother
Yablonovski's birthday so we had a big birthday dinner and then on
Sunday we had a big Easter lunch. I am teaching Elder Russell to stuff a
lot of food away even when you're not hungry at all but
you have to eat to be respectful. We had a huge lunch and dessert at 3
and then had pozole and more cake at 4 and Elder Russell struggled
through it but now he's more prepared when he's in a more Spanish area
and has to eat a lot more Spanish food.
I also had an experience this week where I kind of chastised the mom of
one of the families we're teaching. She and all the kids like what we
teach and want to come to church but the husband is really shy/ashamed
and is reluctant to go and just says they'll go to the Catholic Church
instead of none at all. The mom is ok with that because she just wants
to do everything as a family, no matter what it entails. On Saturday
night I kind of lost my patience a little bit and started lecturing her
and it lasted about an hour. When I started it was really dark in the
house and it was just her and I talking with my companion on the couch.
By the end of all that there were 12 kids that had come in, 2 uncles, 1
aunt, and they were all just listening intently to what I had to say. I
didn't even notice it happening but when I stopped for a minute and
looked around I realized everyone was focused in on what I was saying. I
was amazed because we have trouble keeping the kids' attention for a few
minutes but they were all listening intently. I don't know what
motivated them all to come in but something had interested them.
Unfortunately this family isn't going to be able to progress until they
make it a priority which is saddening to me but at least we've been
making a difference in their home.
I hope everyone is well at home and had a great Easter!