I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving. Things are going great here in South Bakersfield. The trio life is a BLAST. I really do love it! My two companions are the best. First off is Elder Hettinger. He is a new missionary from Chicago. He is really humble and already a great missionary. He is trying to start off his mission right and learn everything he can. He easy to get along with and very helpful. Elder Edwards is hilarious. He has been out for about a year and he kills me. He is so much fun. He says the craziest things and makes Elder Hettinger and I die laughing. I really love being in a trio. There is never a dull moment and someone is always talking. It makes the time go by really fast. That first week flew by. We are still working out the quirks of figuring out who talks when, during lessons, but other than that it has been awesome.
This week has been really great. We have gotten a lot done and visited a lot of people. Both of my companions are a lot of fun, but they're also really focused. They are great in lessons and are good Elders. We had some good lessons with Anthony, Alex and Jerry this week. We also found Lucy! She is the sister of a recent convert in the ward. She is really cool. We met her the other day as she was putting up Christmas lights on her house. We helped her put them up and then talked to her for a while. She has three little girls and opened up to us about how she is going through a really rough divorce with her husband. She says she is trying to do her best for her kids for the holidays, but it is really hard. It was a really good conversation and she says she really wants to get closer to God and take her girls to church. She is a sweet girl and its sad to see someone go through a tough time, but the hope that we can receive from the Gospel of Jesus Christ really can make our lives so much better and more fulfilling. She needs more hope in her life and we are going to try to help her with that.
Martha is doing well. She has been in Mexico visiting family for the past week, but is supposed to get home today. She is so ready to be baptized, it is just a matter of her not being sick or going to Mexico! haha She is a great lady and I'm excited to see her again today.
Thanksgiving was awesome. We had a huge dinner with a really awesome family in the ward, and I brought a big choco-flan that ended up not being too bad. Then we went to visit another family that night and they forced another plate of Thanksgiving dinner on us! We were very grateful, but it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I had my fill during my first dinner, so round two was extremely difficult. It didn't end well, but I won't get into that right now..... haha Other than that, Thanksgiving was awesome. I really have so much to be grateful for. It was good for me to take a day and remember all that my Father in Heaven has given me. When I take time to reflect on all that I have been blessed with, it is overwhelming. I am a lucky guy.
I hope you all have a great week. We are going to go play soccer. We have a Colombian in the District, who is one of the coolest missionaries I've met on my mission and he loves soccer. We both go home in January and I am excited to serve with him this transfer.
Take care and have a wonderful holiday season. Love y'all!
Elder Chad Thompson