Then get this. We had another lesson with her a day or two later and 1) she brought us VIETNAMESE food and 2) she introduced us to her non member boyfriend and 3) she said, "So my boss officially knows that I'm not coming into work on Sunday. And she knows that if she doesn't find someone else, she'll be short a manager." :) She rocks. It's fineee.We also had our first round of exchanges this week. I went with Hermana Kneip, it's her first transfer in the mission and she's so excited to be here! There was one experience we had that really touched me. During our companionship study, she said, "I started studying the 10 commandments to teach the Alvarez (less active) family, but it just didn't feel right so I think we need to share Alma 7:11-12 and talk about the atonement." Cool, sounds good! So later in the day, we stopped by the Alvarez home, without a set appointment, and just happened to arrive right as they were getting home. Hermana Alvarez was in so much pain because her wisdom teeth are beginning to grow in. We sat down and started talking a bit and all the sudden, Hermana Alvarez just began crying and crying and crying because of the pain. We moved to sit by her and hold her and after a few minutes and lots of silent prayers of faith, she sat straight up, began talking normally, and said, "They don't hurt anymore!" Alma 7:11-12 became the perfect scripture to share and when we walked out, Hermana Kneip just said, "That was such a miracle! I'm so grateful for what God can do. I could just cry right now." It was so tender and I was so grateful for the gentle reminder of the Lord's hand in His work and for Hermana Kneip's recognition of Him.
This week to go along with the focus of the Sabbath day, I ponderized the sacrament prayers. It was so neat! All week Hermana Brown and I were counting down the days until Sunday and the sacrament. One thing that really stood out to me is that the sacrament helps us to become sanctified. In the sacrament prayer it says, "bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it." Therefore, the bread--or body, sacrifice, and atonement of Christ, is sanctifying us to help us become more perfect. I am grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. This week I am going to strive to remember that I am renewing all my covenants as I partake of the sacrament, particularly the ones I made when I came on my mission.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we will begin serving with the Rain Project here in Camarillo. It's sort of a like a halfway house for people and families who have lost their homes and are looking for work and need a place to stay for 3-6 months while they get back on their feet. We will be working in the kitchen with Ana Victoria, a cute 70+ year old lady from Mexico. She's a fireball! We'll be working hard with her :)
I love missionary work and I love my Savior.Have a great week and thanks for all you do!