week four: turkey, for lack of a better word

Helloooo everyone! How was everyone’s thanksgiving?! How are you all in general?! It’s been an awesome and crazy and stressful and amazing and hard week here in garden grove. Just pushing along 🙂 my mom tells me all about everyone who says they read my weekly emails/blog posts and wants to see how I’m doing and it seriously brightens my day! I’m so grateful to have so many amazing people in my life. And I really appreciate all of the emails and cards! Seriously the best thing to receive as a missionary.

I don’t even know where to begin! So after P day on Monday night, we had dinner with this elderly couple, the Waldrons. They are in their 80s and have so many stories to tell us about their lives. They’re so cute that sister burns and I could not stop laughing the entire time. Seriously it was ridiculously hard not to crack up out loud right in front of them. They’re just so cute and their stories weren’t actually funny but to us they were and we couldn’t hold it back. We felt so bad hahahha but they were so cute. They must’ve thought we were crazy.

The next night we met some amazing people!! Hugely potential investigators. We were tracting and met this man named John. He doesn’t go to a church but he believes in Christ and said he would start reading the Book of Mormon, and that we could come back 🙂 and then the next house we knocked on, we met a guy named Fernando, he was waiting for his wife to get home from work and they have two little kids who were running around like crazy. They were so cute. Anyway, we taught Fernando about the restoration and gave him a Book of Mormon, and read two paragraphs of the intro with him. I think the intro to the Book of Mormon is overlooked a lot…it’s so amazing and I love it!! Anyway, Fernando already goes to another Christian church but he still seemed super interested. And while we were teaching, his wife Kat pulled up. She was sooo nice too, and we all prayed together. The spirit was so strong. I’m so excited to go visit them all again this week!

Thursday….thanksgiving! It was a very strange thanksgiving that’s for sure… Not like the usual. But it was so good! We had a big thanksgiving lunch with a family in our ward, the Youngermans, along with 25 of their friends and family. One of their friends had tons of family from England in town. They were hilarious and we spent our whole lunch listening to their stories. The food was delicious, but it was definitely super weird to be having normal conversation that doesn’t have a whole lot to do with missionary work. Like so weird! So as missionaries, holidays are just like any working day. But it’s hard because nobody wants to make a teaching appointment with us on thanksgiving, so the only thing left to do is tract…which we did…for 4 hours. And it was freezing (aka it was 63 degrees..sorry but not). So we met a lot of angry people who were in the middle of dinner and we saw this sign at one of the houses…hahaha I’ve actually seen a bunch of different variations of this same sign. These are the only houses we don’t knock at. A couple days ago we saw a sign similar to this and we stood there for a couple minutes contemplating whether or not we should knock. While we were contemplating we could see a man coming to the door and he locked it right in front of us while shaking his head. So funny.
Thanksgiving night while we were tracting, we knocked on a door and a woman answered, before we could even ask her if she believed in Jesus Christ (it’s part of our spiel) she insisted that we come in and sit with them at dinner. Her whole family was there, and coincidentally her brother in law who was there is an inactive returned missionary…like how crazy is that!! Anyway, he was super respectful and I think we brought back a lot of good memories from his mission. The whole family was super nice and wanted to hear all about our missionary life. After being there for about an hour, we shared a message with them before we left. We read Alma 37:37 (amazing scripture) with them. It’s about prayer, and we invited them to pray in gratitude for all that they have. Then we said a prayer with them and the spirit was so strong. We don’t know how interested they are, but they said we could come back anytime. And it was such a blessing to knock on their door when the rest of the night we were mostly getting doors shut in our faces.

The rest of the weekend wasn’t too interesting..just normal missionary stuff. And I gave a talk in sacrament meeting yesterday about living a Christlike life. Let me know if you want a copy!! I’m about out of time but I’m so grateful for the chance that I have to share my experiences with all of you. I know this is the true gospel that I’m sharing everyday. I know that my savior lives and loves me and all of you. I’m so so happy to be a missionary and I know this is definitely a part of God’s plan for me!! I hope you can all try to find ways to come closer to Christ this week.

Sending all my love,

Sister Martinez 💕

Cute random lemon tree

The only picture we took on Thanksgiving…we’re normal.

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