This week was definitely the craziest week of my mission.
Last Monday, we went to the mall and saw Santa! I wanted to get a picture with him so bad, but it costs $20 to get a stinkin' picture with the jolly old man. As soon as he saw us, he gasped and said, "Sisters! Santa's a Mormon too!" We almost got a free picture with him, but then a lady said we couldn't because Santa wasn't in charge. But he's Santa, of course he's in charge. He then went on to tell us that while he served his mission in Texas, he was companions with an elder whose grandmother wrote the famous primary song "I am a Child of God." He also says that while he's on "Santa duty," he lets all of the kids and their parents know that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father. WAY TO GO, SANTA!
Tuesday, we were kicked out of our apartment because the elders needed a place to live. We are now living in a home share in Devore with Sister A---. She is so cute, but very feisty. Haha! She's not afraid to tell you what's up. She is 85-years-old, but SUPER active! She's quite amazing. Her house is huge! There are so many rooms, I might have to use my new GPS to get around. That's really why I needed the GPS, mom. :) She has had three prophets, Thomas S. Monson, Gordon B. Hinkley, and Howard W. Hunter, as well as other apostles and members of the Quorums of the Seventy, stay at her house. It makes me feel very honored to live here.
Wednesday, there was quite a bit of an uproar here in San Bernardino. As many of you may know, there was a shooting that involved 3 gunmen, killing 14 people, and injuring 21. You know it's serious when your phone is being blown up all day full of text messages and phone calls, making sure you're okay. And when you realize basically the whole world knows about it, and the President of the United States is talking about it on TV. (Yes, I glimpsed the TV in our home share.)p Practically, the whole city was on lockdown. I feel very blessed knowing that all of the missionaries were kept safe. The more I thought about what had happened the previous day, the more I realized that the Lord was really protecting us. All of the missionaries have District Meeting on Tuesdays, but because some of the elders in our zone were moving into our apartment that morning, they decided to have their meeting on Wednesday. Their district meets in the Waterman building, which is on the same road the shooting happened. While the shooting occurred, their district locked themselves inside the churchp for a while. If they had decided to have their meeting on Tuesday, who knows where they could have been the next day. That same morning, we were going to pick up, K---, who was gonna go to Valley Community College with us, to help set up our booth. Instead, she said she would just meet us over there. If we would have picked her up, we would have been on Waterman the same time the shooting happened. We also weren't that excited to move out of our apartment, especially since Sister B--- had just unpacked all of her things. But thinking back on it, I now realize that it's been a huge blessing for more reasons than one. Thank you for all of your prayers!
Thursday was my baby sister, Sarah's birthday! HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY, Sa-Rah!!! BUT GUESS WHAT, it was my birthday too! I'm officially a 1-year-old missionary! That's a big number ————>>>> ONE! Sister B was even kind enough to buy me Cold Stone. :)
Friday, our investigator, A--- told us that he wanted to get baptized! His parents aren't too thrilled about it, but he knows it makes him happy. HE WAS SO DANG PREPARED!!! He'll be getting baptized this Saturday. A--- read the Book of Mormon in three days! THREE! He's reading it a second time, only this time, he's taking notes on it. When he finished 1 Nephi, he had twelve pages of notes! TWELVE! He looked like a little boy on Christmas Day when we took him on a temple tour, and even asked if it was Fast Sunday yesterday, so he could have the chance to fast. He also wrote and shared his testimony on faith with us, and gave us a copy of it because we thought it was so beautiful. We are so excited for him.
So there's my week. I am so grateful for all of the prayers, and I'm especially grateful that the Lord keeps careful watch of His missionaries.
Have a great and safe week!
Sister Emily KaeLynn Sommers