Monday, October 27, 2014

"When you're with Jesus, there's always a party going on!"

This week's shout out goes out to the best soccer team ever- The Purple Dream Crushers. They aren't the best team with winning, but their name takes the cake. My goodness. 
It was kind of a crazy week. Monday we gave the Elders the car to go pick up their laundry, and we just walked around Walnut Creek, looking for food even though we knew the closest restaurants were at least a mile away. While we were talking to people, this car pulls over and he says, "Sisters! Have you had dinner yet?" And I was like no way. It was the bishop of the other ward but it was so cool because he just happened to live right there and we just happened to be at the right place at the right time. The Lord will provide. I also think it's funny that a lot of my miracles pertain to food. Just a side note. 

We had a sister from our apartment go home, which bummed us out pretty bad. There was this overwhelming feeling of sadness for days in the apartment. We kind of threw a party, so that was good. (Pictures to come!) Thursday when we dropped her off at the mission home was so sad. Man. So we were in a trio and it was kind of awesome since there was three of us. It was a blast haha kind of felt like Peter, James, and John. All of our introductions took forever because it'd be like, "I'm Sister Kwan." "I'm Sister Vaiangina." "And I'm Sister Anderson." And it took forever. We did have this AMAZING lesson with Emmanuel, who's from Nigeria, and he is very interested in the gospel. He read the chapter we left 3 times, and he was telling us that even though he wasn't quite sure if he could get baptized again, that's definitely something he wanted to think about, and if he did it, that he would really commit to it. The spirit was so strong. 

Then we went to a dermatologist for Sis Vaiangina's hand, which has had a super bad allergic reaction her whole mission. It was ridiculous. Like it was probably the worst doctor's appointment I've ever been to, and I've seen a lot. So we've been waiting for about half an hour/45 minutes and the doctor walks in. He asks a couple basic questions, does it hurt, does it itch, etc. Then he looks at her one hand, which has a rash. Then he looks at the other, which doesn't. Then he checks out her feet and I was like what in the world. He looks up and he says, "I think it's ringworm. The sign of it is usually one hand and two feet. It's weird though, because there's nothing on her feet." And I asked him if that was normal to have ringworm and not have that and he looked at me like I was stupid. So he prescribed some medicine and some cream for that, but it took all of 10 minutes for that to happen and he spent about a minute of it on the phone. He picked up his phone in the office, which was totally strange. We took the paper with the prescriptions on it to the pharmacist and she couldn't even read it. She said, "We go to school to learn how to read doctor notes, but this one... we will need to call him about it." And so it was a really long day. But we were able to meet with and talk to a lot of people! So there are blessings when you struggle haha.

By the way. If I'm not responding to your e-mails, I might not have gotten it. This e-mail system is like eating my e-mails and I don't get any until forever later. Also, San Francisco Giants. I've heard that they are doing well? In the world series?? I don't understand why it's called the world series when no other countries participate in it, but whatever. 

The Soliman's are doing alright. Their father is on a heart transplant list and is really suffering with illness, and his wife is trying so hard to find a job. Times are hard. Christien is doing alright but she is struggling with the rest of them, as is her brother. It breaks my heart, but the Lord wants them here for something. Their testimonies are strong and they are learning and loving every minute of it.

We have had quite the service opportunities lately- bishop storehouse, Mormon Helping Hands. It's neat what we can do to further the Lord's work in our communities. Especially with all the service needs that will be rising soon, there's something for all of us to do.

Trunk or Treat was this week! Talk about the cutest costumes. This ward is awesome. They brought so many friends over! We stuck a bunch of pass along cards to candy and handed those out. The kids really made my day. The Soliman's came and it was their first Halloween experience! And also, Sister Vaiangina's! They think it's the cutest thing ever. Which it is, but if you really think about it, it's kind of a scary day. We will be inside deep cleaning our apartment that night haha

Yesterday was awesome. We found ourselves in the right place and the right time... on bike. It's quite the blessing. We ran into our 2 new best friends, Skylar and Danelle. They were sitting at this garage sale table and I started talking to them. They were SO bored and they thought it was super funny that we were on bike in skirts. They are the cutest. We were able to talk to them a lot about what it's like to be a missionary. They're moving, but we sure do love them. Then we saw this incredible Halloween display and we were able to talk with the owners of the home. It was pretty neat. We've had some amazing contacts, and obviously I need a new brain because I can remember that they happened but I have no idea of the content. Come find me in heaven and I will play the tape back for you if you'd like ;)

This week's thought is on Charity. That's what I've been studying, and I think I might keep studying it because I didn't do as great of a job as I wanted to. It's interesting to note that as I've started working on this attribute, I think the Lord has blessed me with a greater range of love. I've been able to feel such a great love for those around us, and it's just like President Monson's talk from April 2014 I don't know what I did but it sent before I finished. Anyways, President Monson said
We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey.
And I know that's true. That's something that I've learned on my mission, and it's a lesson that I will never forget. God loves each of us, and He's asked us to love eachother if we love Him. I strongly recommend this talk. 
It's amazing! It will change your life if you let it.

Love you all! 
Sister Kwan

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