Monday, June 24, 2013
San Frannnn (June 25, 2013)
Things are so WONDERFUL!!!
Sundays are so great. Almost as good as Mondays since you all get to hear from me, but seriously.
Shout out to my mom, who even though I forgot to ask for socks, still sent me some!
And shout out to Shea/ Hermana Taylor headed to Afsdjlks, Mexico! Woohoo! (No that's not actually where she's going but I can't remember)
My toes are now officially a different color than the rest of my foot. Thank goodness I have freakishly long toes so there isn't an awkward stripe across my foot.
Weird request, but we get to listen to music! And I have none. So if anyone would like to make a mix CD of uplifting music with non-romantic lyrics, that'd be great. Obviously I miss Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz and Imagine Dragons and Tangled... but really anything is good. We are stuck with David Archuleta right now, who isn't bad, but it's been DAYS. OF THE SAME. 7. SONGS. Anyways, all I have to offer in return is a heartfelt letter. Which is better than money, since it's from me. Compliments are by far the best form of currency.
So we got here! Oh my goodness the weather is gorgeous and I love it. You can see the temple from the airport and it is sooo great. Unfortunately, the temple is closed for now, but it's still pretty. My area is Danville, CA, also known as the place where Phineas and Ferb live. Still looking for Perry. But me and my companion are over two wards! Alamo 1 and 2! And that means 6 hours of church! 9-12 and. Oh man.
My companion is Sister Slaughter! I think it was probably at some point Laughters, but the mister probably got upset. Anyways, she's awesome. She's from Sandy, Utah, where ever that is. I'm pretty sure it's sandy everywhere in Utah. She's been here for 12 weeks and she's got it all down. I'm just trying to learn everything as best I can, cuz there's soooo much. But I'm learning! We get to drive, which is awesome...ly awkward because since she's driving, I have to back her out of everything haha. I have no idea what to do so I tend to just do the robot. I actually don't think I'm allowed to dance so I should probs stop. Obedience. And for the sake of the poor souls who might be watching.
We had a baptism! I'd like to say it was an instantaneous conversion, but that would be lying. She's been meeting with missionaries since December, so it's about time It was so great though. Juliette really felt the spirit and we are so glad. She's 37 and currently going through some family issues, but she is staying strong. What a boss.
Strange application of language skills. We were teaching this Hispanic guy named Eli. Probably/definitely drunk, but anyways. He wants to learn Chinese so I was like "oh hey I speak that!" So we did for a little. It was odd though, I will say that. I never figured my language skills would work like this but, God works in mysterious ways...
We've taught a fair amount of people. Here the focus is on less actives, which totally makes sense. If you can't retain the old members, how can you retain the new? The people who have opened their doors are so nice. Like, some of the sweetest people I've ever met. And I guess I say that about everyone, but it's true.
First Sunday was great! In the 9 am ward I was kind of not really conscious. So I was kinda lame. But I woke up for the 12:30 and they had me go up and talk and I was like "I am SO STOKED to be here and-" and I was like wait I don't think I can say that so I turned around and asked the bishop and they said it was ok. So I continued like "I'm Sister Kwan, I'm from Philadelphia blah blah blah blah if there's one thing I've learned so far, it's that I know nothing." And everyone started laughing. I guess it was funny but I was being completely honest haha but the ward loved it. People came and talked to me about it, so we're praying for more dinner appointments. Haha jk but only sort of. And wasn't that broadcast last night great?? Every member a missionary. I just wish I could've been at the MTC, but it was still awesome!
We went to Costco today for p-day with the other sisters in our district. And we met the nicest lady! She bought us lunch and took pictures for us and sent them to our parents. Members are so great. She said she would never do that for elders though haha so today, I am grateful to be a sister.
Quick spiritual thought! So many people can't see Gods hand in their lives, but the thing is, it's in everything. So I challenge you all to look for it. Be it the people you meet or just little tender mercies. It happens ALL THE TIME.
I love you all!
Posted by PL at 9:52 PM