I hope everyone had a good week, mine has been pretty good. It started off very wet. For the third or fourth time on my mission, it rained and it rained all day. It was the most rain I have seen since being back home, and of course I just happen to be in a bike area. It was actually pretty awesome at first. I was having a good time riding my bike and tracting out in the rain. It was pretty cool, it felt kind of like being back home in Michigan. The only down side we got super wet and muddy and so people really weren't too inclined to let us come into their home to share a message, which I totally understand. We did get a bit of sympathy and set some return appointments though. By the end of the day, I was completely drenched and my shoes were full of water. We were wet and cold, but it was a pretty fun day to be on a bike. I tried to enjoy it because I know it will probably be a while until I see rain like that again.
Later on in the week we had exchanges with the Lake LA Elders and I was with Elder McKnight. It was pretty fun, Elder McKnight is awesome. We served in the same District together back in Bakersfield for a couple of transfers. It was a pretty interesting day because he is an English speaking missionary and we only visited Spanish speaking people. So I got a lot of practice! We visited one of our investigators, Alicia, who is really great. She lives with and cares for her mentally handicapped sister, Estella. So we visited with them for a while and shared a message with them. Alicia really loves everything she is learning and is progressing quickly. She asked when she would be able to see her parents again, who have both passed away. It was really awesome to teach her about our Father in Heaven's plan. She told us she loved us when we were getting ready to go and invited us to come back for another lesson. Alicia is sweet and funny. She seems really prepared. It was different to teach all by myself in Spanish. It was great practice. My Spanish is getting better here. Elder Dee's Spanish is excellent. He is teaching me a lot and we try to speak the language as much as we can. I'm not as fluent as he is, but I'm getting better every day.
This morning, our whole District climbed one of the mountains here in Lake LA, which was so much fun. At the top of the mountain, you can see for miles and miles of desert and mountains in either direction. It was a beautiful view. It's hard to believe Christmas is coming up already. It's very different being way out here in this little desert town as opposed to being home, but I am loving it. I really am enjoying the holidays being out here. I think we can all enjoy the true meaning of Christmas, regardless of where we spend it. The best gift I have ever received is Jesus Christ. I may not be home for the holidays, but I will be grateful knowing that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us so much, that He was willing to send His son to pay the price for our sins. That is an amazing gift!
Well, I am doing great out here. I hope there isn't too much snow in Michigan yet. I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Elder Chad Thompson