It is labor day and four missionaries are sharing one computer so I will have to be quick! This week has been cool. We took advantage of having McFarland as our area and headed over there early in the week. We had some trouble finding all of the people that the other Elders were teaching, but we did meet some really great new people. The Ruvalcaba family is awesome. They were baptized very recently and love the church. We showed up and they were barbecuing and they invited us to eat with them. Then Arnold, the dad, took us to visit some of the people he had been visiting with the other missionaries. It was really helpful. He is a great member to have go out with us. He has such a strong testimony and love for the Savior.
We also found a bunch of new investigators this week. We met this really cool kid named Isaac the other night. We were just walking around Delano doing some street contacting and we met him. He is only eight years old and he is so funny. We talked with him for a little bit and he told us to come back to visit him and his grandpa. He also pointed to some guys standing around a car. He was like, "Stay away from those guys. They're cholos." We told him that we were going to talk to them because everyone needs to hear about Jesus. He just looked at us with this shocked look on his face and said, "You are not down!" haha We were cracking up. So we went back the other day and taught him and his grandpa, Eliceo. They are such nice people. They are going to have us over this week for a lesson/ barbecue.
Everything else is going pretty well. We are teaching a lot of the same people, but we are trying to focus on finding more people. Yesterday at church was funny. The Spanish congregation needed a chorister so I volunteered, thinking it would be no biggie. It was one of the most awkward experiences of my life. All of the hymns they had chosen were hymns that I had never heard before and there was nobody playing piano. So I was up there trying to lead this Spanish song that I had never heard before. Nobody else knew the song so I was up there doing a solo. All by myself! And I was totally making up the music/tune. Gosh it was terrible, but it was funny. The other Elders were in the back cracking up. I think I am getting better at super uncomfortable situations like that. hahaha
Oh and one of the new Elders to Delano is Elder Flores. He is awesome. He is straight from Mexico. We mostly speak in Spanish, but his English accent is super funny. He is a hard worker and a lot of fun. Delano is awesome, I love it here.
Oh and they are switching our apartments. Our new address will be:
1200 County Line #241
Delano, CA 93215
Thank you for all of the emails, letters, and support! Sorry this week is so short, but we have to run. Love y'all!
Elder Chad Thompson