How's it going? I'm doing pretty good still. This week has been really great. On Tuesday, I went on exchanges with Elder Martinez, who is one of the coolest missionaries ever. He is hilarious and also an excellent missionary, I learned a lot from him on exchanges. So we knocked on a lot of doors and we met some really cool people, and then we went to an appointment with Angela. I love our appointments with Angela, she is such a good woman. We have been bringing a member with us to our lessons too and her name is Hermana(Sister) Martinez. She is sooo good. She hasn't just been coming to lessons with us, but she has been stopping by Angela's, seeing how she is doing and bringing her food. She is the best fellowshipper! Having a member come and be a friend to the people we are teaching makes so much of a difference. Angela really loves Hermana Martinez, and she has been great in the lessons too. So, we taught the importance of church, because Angela loves talking with us, but she has never come to church. She says she loves what we teach, but it is so different than what she is used to. So we just shared our testimonies and Hermana Martinez invited her to come to church next week. She said she will come, so we really hope she will.
So Elder Bennett and I cover all of Shafter, but we also cover a small town called Lost Hills. Last week we met someone who was interested, who lived in Lost Hills. So, we decided that Wednesdays would be our Lost Hills day. Lost Hills is in the middle of nowhere, just like it sounds. It is so awesome! You just drive for a while, with nothing but desert on either side of the road. Finally, we got to the tiny town. We knew the name of the street of the person we wanted to visit, so we asked the UPS man where it was. He just laughed at us and said, "It's a good 10 miles past this town. Y'all better get back on your bikes and get going." Hahaha Luckily, we have a car! So, we kept driving west, out of the town. After a while of driving through the desert again, we found the smallest town I've ever been in. All there is in that town is a gas station, Catholic church, and about twenty houses. So we found our street and starting knocking on doors until we found Beatrice, the lady we met last week at Carl's Jr. She was so nice and we got to share a lesson with her. On Wednesday, we are going back to teach her whole family. We got some interesting pictures while we were there too. I was glad that we found Lost Hills, and Beatrice.
Oh yeah, on Saturday we got transfer calls... I was so nervous all of Saturday. I really didn't want to leave. So we got our call, and everyone in my District is staying, except for my trainer, Elder Bennett. He is leaving to go train another new missionary. So I will be getting a new companion and follow up trainer tomorrow. I'm a little nervous about being the only one who knows the area and people, but I think I'll be alright. I'm also a little nervous about my new companion, but I am excited to meet him!
I have had a great week, and I am loving my mission. Being able to share the Gospel with people has been the best thing I have ever been able to do. There is nothing else I could be doing right now, that could feel more satisfying. Yeah, some days are hard, but the Lord always provides for us. I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have to serve. Well, I hope you all have a great week. I miss you all!
Elder Chad Thompson