I hope you are all having a great week. Things are going well in Lake Los Angeles. It was pretty warm and there has been almost no wind. It has been a perfect week to be a bike Elder. This week has been kind of interesting. I have had a lot to do this week and we have been super busy. On Saturday, the other Elders had a baptism. It was really awesome, especially because there haven't been many baptisms here in the past. When baptisms happen in my District, I have to conduct the baptismal interview. The baptismal interview is just to make sure that they are ready to be baptized and to make that special covenant with the Lord. This was my first one that I have ever had to do, so I was super nervous. Lucky for me, the little girl who was getting baptized is one of the sweetest girls ever. She is 9 years old and her name is Angie. Since I was so nervous, I bought her a big bag of candy to give her before the interview so that I could get on her good side....... and it worked! She is a sweet little girl with a pretty sad story. A couple of months ago, she was diagnosed with cancer. She has been out of school and they have been doing tests and treatments on her for the past couple months. She is really sick, but she is so energetic, bright and happy. You would never know how sick this poor little girl is. Her baptism was really awesome and we were so happy for her. I was grateful to be there on her special day. This week we also had a Zone Training Meeting. I was asked to give a talk at the meeting. I get nervous about speaking in front of people sometimes, especially when I feel like the people I am talking to people who know so much more than me. I tried my best and I think it went pretty well.
This week we have visited a lot of people like Alicia, Vanessa, Manny, and Margarita. When we visited Alicia, she told us that her sister that she had been caring for, had past away. It was so sad when she told us. Alicia's sister, Estella was a really sweet lady. She enjoyed our lessons loved learning more about the Savior. I am sure that the Lord has a special place in his heart for Estella. Margarita is having a rough time. We are trying to figure out how we can best help her. Vanessa is doing well and is progressing. She has been reading from the Book of Mormon and committed to come to church next week. She is a super sweet girl and loves learning more. Manny is doing great. He has been reading the Book of Mormon every night and came to church again. We taught him about the Plan of Salvation he enjoyed it. His sister is staying in town a little longer than she planned so she can keep encouraging Manny.
All in all, it has been a bittersweet week. We had exchanges with some English Elders which means I have to do all of the Spanish teaching by myself. It is a great way to get practice. Sometimes we have long days and we don't find many people to teach, but the great people we have met here so far make all of the long days worth it. I hope you all have a great week and I hope you all tuned in to watch the Buckeyes crush the Ducks (at least I hope that's what happens...)
Take care. I love and miss you all! O-H........
Elder Chad Thompson