AUGUST 5, 2013
First, please let the YW know that Sister Perry and I say THANK YOU SO MUCH! Their candy grams were so cute and really touched us. Neither one of us was expecting it. So thanks you!!!
(Editor's note: The Young Women in Mik's home ward made candy grams for all the missionaries serving from the ward. They contact the missionary's mom and asked for 2 of their favorite types of candy. The Young Women were working on a Good Works Personal Progress experience. Mik's mom had the Young Women make a candy gram for Sister Perry as well.)
To answer your questions really fast: It depends on the week if we have a lot of meals or not. Last week was a tender mercy and we were fed every day. But some weeks we do cook for ourselves a lot more. I do use my i-pod shuffle. We listen to it in the morning while getting ready or during a meal. It’s been a real blessing. No washer and dryer in the apartment. So we just take it to a laundry mat. Nothing too exciting. I use my blue fuzzy blanket all the time. It’s basically my favorite thing; it’s just so soft!!!! We don't have a set number of hours for service, we just try and do it whenever we can. This week I think we will be helping cook food for Youth Conference. And yeah when I was in Hollywood I spend just one night there.
I love that we have the opportunity to email you each week, but it’s frustrating because so much stuff happens and I just don't have time to type it all. This must have been what the ancient prophets of old felt like trying to carve the scriptures. Well, more or less. I'm sure they had more patience that I do.
Anyways... the highlights! So some exciting news is our ward will be starting an English class for the Spanish population. The Chinese in our mission developed a program and it’s LEGIT. They have handouts with copyrights and a website. (Check it out... www.losangelesenglish.com) So we are the first area to translate the program into English, and we are excited. Hopefully all goes well. My companion and I will be teaching the intermediate class. I'm so excited, but really nervous too. I have no idea how to teach a class so once again I am referring to my motto of the year "building character." I'll be sure to let you know how it goes. The first class is August 13.
Other cool stuff, I met a ton of really cool members this week. First would be T. L. He's in the English Ward so long story of how we actually met him, but he took us out for REALLY good Mexican food this week. And he's the coolest guy ever. He has been in the producing business for a long time and apparently worked with some really famous people. I was blown away with his stories. He's been a convert for about 12 years and his conversion story is the coolest!! Plus he's been helping us find some referrals. So basically, he's the man.
He asked us to go visit an elderly woman in his ward, which we did yesterday. Her name is Mary Ellen Y. and she's 92 years old! 92 years old!! People that is a really long time!!! She's so cute and very little, but I love her. She's legally blind and her hearing is fading (so my telephone call with her to let her know where were coming was a bit interesting,) but her memory is great and she has the cutest stories. Her husband died when she was in her seventies so she said she's been a widow for a very long time. But she said that she has never had an interest in marrying again. Her direct quote was, "I was married to the best man in the world. Why would I want another one?" Ahh man it was really precious. And I felt so privileged just to meet her. She' has lived through so much history its amazing! I seriously cannot wait to go back and visit her.
Yesterday we also had the chance to meet with our ward mission leader. And I'm obsessed with his and his wife's life. They have traveled the world together and have the coolest pictures. Also, something very interesting, he likes to carve wands. So he gave us a tour of his wand collection yesterday. I felt like I was in museum. And in all honesty, they were really cool. He's really good at it. They are just a really cool couple.
Someone else who I have already met, but is so cool is Rogelio. He's one of the recent converts in the ward and has basically become our third companion. He accompanies us on a lot of our lessons, which has been a great help. He's gotten some people that have dropped us to agree to go to the Visitor's Center. I'm amazed. Plus even on the street, he will go up to people and offer them a pass along card and tell them to meet with us. He's the best and been a huge blessing in our lives! His testimony has really helped me and really shown me not to take the Gospel for granted. We are privileged to have it in our lives. So it’s our responsibility to share it.
In the scriptures lately, I've been reading in Mosiah about King Zeniff and his people. When the Lamanties went to attack them, they knew they had the Lord on their side, He protected them, and they prevailed. The Lord really does protect us in our times of need. It’s been amazing to see how He protects his missionaries and on top of that how He even comforts them in their time of need. I love this Gospel and the joy it brings me. We are very blessed, so blessed. It’s crazy.
Well those are the highlights.
Thanks again for all your prayers. Not a lie when I say I can feel them.
Love you all so much.
Hermana Mik Pillar