Sunday, April 27, 2014

February 24, 2014

I got some nice new shoes for cheap, so I used birthday money :)
Here are my highlights this week. It was a sweet week!
The stake had two baptisms this weekend and I knew both of the people really well, so that was nice.
On Tuesday Elder Deakyne (pronounced Deacon) arrived in Orange County California and spent his first day at the mission office until 4pm when I got to become his companion. That night we went over to the Well's house and taught them the first lesson. The Well's were the ones that called about coming to church last week and they came again this week! Casey Wells is not a member, but she has a pure and intent desire to learn more about Christ and is willing to follow Him!
On Thursday the 11 year old scouts asked me to come in and talk about science and my potential career plans to become a doctor, so then we did a science experiment with them.
On Saturday night the choir had a performance at our stake center and there were about 600 people there. By far our biggest audience ever! And about 1/3 of them were not Mormons. That was fine with us :) Then on Sunday Morning we sang at an Episcopalian church and none of them were Mormons.
Sunday night Elder Risk had a dinner at President Orgill's house and about 15 missionaries went because Elder Risk was going home. And then I stayed the night with just me and Elder Risk. So we went to bed about 2:30 this morning and got up at 4:30 to get him to the airport. He is such a good friend of mine and I am going to miss him a lot. Good thing he only lives in Virginia!
I am so excited for the miracles that are happening every day!
oh, this is the last thing, and probably my favorite thing of the week: Thursday we three Elders left the apartment and were going to go visit a referral who lived close by, but as we walked, as we always do, we talked to the people on the way. On the way out of our apartment Elder Deakyne asked that we would be able to help someone in the way that God wanted us to help them. So before we got past our car we saw a woman getting something out of her car and we started talking to her and she was FURIOUS! We asked if there was anything we could do to help and she yelled NO! and she said to leave her alone unless we wanted to do laundry for her. We said we would love to help her with her laundry and she said we were being dumb (censored for young readers), and started walking away, but we decided to follow her and insist and persist that we were serious about the laundry thing. She finally said fine we could help and we went to her house and helped with laundry. While we were doing laundry, her countenance changed. her husband was very depressed and he left. She started to become friendly. Then she had to get something from her room, so us three Elders started just reading scriptures on her couch waiting for her and her laundry to be ready and when she came back she was crying and told us that our mission was not to come do her laundry, but it was to pray for her children. Her husband came back at that point and they told us a very serious story about how her children had been put in tough circumstances and tossed around in foster care until they were finally adopted by her and her husband. Her children were high school age and had already been exposed to the worst that the world had to offer. It was so sad and heart wrenching. We shared a scripture in James. I think it is chapter 4. or 5, but it is verses 13-16 and talks about if there are any afflicted or sick among you, let them pray so then we all said prayers together. We are going over there for dinner on Friday and we are praying for their children every day. I really love these people that I just met one time.
I will send some pictures of the week!
Love, Elder Chandler

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