The answer was "No," but at least we tried!
This week has been a week full of so much emotion and adventure I can barely keep up with it! We talked with a whopping 87 people this week, and found two new investigators!! Amaaaazing! We're working on trying to find super solid investigators, but we love the ones we have and are working as hard as we can to prepare them for baptism.
Interviews with President were this week, and after every interview, we get to ask a single question. I had been debating my question, because you have to make it count, you know? So I went with a question that I've been asking several people for the duration of my mission: If you could ride an animal into battle, what would it be? President Mullen would ride a rhinoceros into battle. His logic was that they're already pretty protected with their armor and thick skin, and they're pretty mean so he'd be intimidating.
We went on back to back exchanges, so I got my first taste of Rubidoux. We were with a Spanish Hermana, so I got to whip out my Spanglish here and there:) We talked to several Marias, talked to a few very scary men, we were offered water by laborers (they know how hot it gets and didn't want us getting sick), and met a wonderful family who is interested! As we were walking, though, there were tags everywhere. Hermana Stone pointed those out and said, "Those are from the Crips. This is their territory." "Wait a second," I said, "You mean Crips as is the Bloods and the Crips??" "Yup! They're pretty nice to missionaries." I love my mission sooo much.
After Spanish Land, we did exchanges in English Land where we didn't have many exciting gang stories to tell. But we did do a lot of walking and a lot of talking. The fun thing about Eastvale is that a significant portion of the population is from China and they don't speak a lick of English. So we met a few of those, but we do have an English class that missionaries teach every Wednesday and Saturday, we we can introduce them to the Gospel that way:) We had a dinner lesson with a wonderful family. She's a member and he isn't. We tried putting him on a baptismal date (he's been taught by missionaries for months now), but we quickly found out that he has a lot of hurt inside that isn't going to be healed as quickly as we thought. We love him, but are going to give him space for a while. We'll still visit, but our intentions aren't to push him.
We did a blitz for a companionship in our zone! For the blitz, I hung out with Sister Bradshaw. She is absolutely wonderful and we talked about everything under the sun! We talked about family, school, the mission, the grumpy people that we were talking to... We especially talked about cats. And I found a street sign. But at the end, our Zone Leaders brought us bagels to congratulate us on a job well done! I suppose we'll keep them:)
I love all of you, and I'm thankful for your prayers. Life is going to hurt, but the Atonement of Jesus Christ can heal all wounds.
There is no greater expression of love than the heroic Atonement performed by the Son of God. - M. Russell Ballard