Hola Familia! Happy Monday and Early Valentine's Day too! I hope it's just lovely haha. I hope you can feel some love comin from over in NoCal. We had a pretty good week this last week! It was good because I wasn't sick and we were able to get some good work done! That always feels so good! We were able to find some new investigators to teach which is such a blessing! One of which is this single mom named Victoria. She's awesome. Her story is basically like that of Joseph smith but here in Ukiah. She says she's been confused about which church is the right one and has joined many but just can't find what she's looking for. We shared a little with her and let her know that her search was over and that the emptiness she feels will be found in the gospel! We only have had one lesson with her but we are stopping by again next Saturday. She also has 4 kids (2 of which are over 8) that she wants to grow up in good standards and such. Exciting stuff! We found a couple others but we think she's the most solid we've found in a while. The Lord is truly looking out for us.
Thursday, we had interviews with President which are always a blast. I just love him and Sister Wright. They are some of the most amazing people I've met. He helped me out with some stuff and gave me some great counsel. We really have a special relationship haha. Friday, got some planning done and then went to a birthday party, dinner, and then went to visit another investigator we have which happened to turn out to be another birthday party for his niece. We walked in and taught like 10-15 people haha. It was awesome to see so many people interested in the gospel! And we were just in the right place at the right time. Saturday, we had MLC in Santa Rosa and it was just so good! I don't know why but this time all the sections and lessons were just on point. I learned so much and am excited to teach them to the zone next week! That was a blessing.
Sunday was a busy day. We went early to try to invite someone to church and then made it to 10 minutes of ward council with just enough time after to practice a song that I sang in sacrament Meeting. The English Elders were speaking in both English and Spanish Ward so we had to do mini exchanges while we figured that out and then I had to translate for one of those talks. After church, we had a linger longer and then went with a member to see some potential investigators, had some quick dinner, stake choir Practice, went and had that lesson with Victoria, gave a blessing to a member, with just enough time to make it back in time for our weekly call and numbers. We're a little busy to say the least haha.
This week we exchanges tomorrow, Zone Conference on Thursday, and Stake Conference on Saturday/Sunday. Should be a good one!
Overall theme for this week, God is good. Plain and simple. I love my mission and the opportunity to serve others. Gandhi once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." I find truth in that everyday. It's amazing.
I love y'all. Have a super week.
Elder Alexander Scott Joyner