week twenty-six: hasta la bye bye garden grove

Hi hi everyone! Wow such an amazing and sad and crazy and awesome week. Missions are such a roller coaster of emotions hahah but I love it. So here are some highlights…

Monday night we stopped by Sam’s (our investigator who is on date for baptism) house. Sam has a daughter who is a freshman in high school and he told us she might not be ready to take the lessons yet but she definitely has a lot of questions about the church. So the young women’s president in our ward and some of the young women had the idea to go visit Sam’s daughter, Rosie, and invite her to the Wednesday night activities! We went with them. It was just supposed to be a nice and friendly visit, nothing church-y or Jesus-y about it…just an invite to hang out with other girls her age. So we go and Sam is excited about it but Rosie is pretty upset….she started asking us some questions about things she’s probably read on anti-Mormon sites. Things like: “don’t you guys believe you’ll become Gods if you’re faithful to the religion?”, “if my dad drinks wine do you believe he’s going to hell?”, and asking why we aren’t allowed to swim….not true by the way. She just had a lot of questions, which is fine, but most of them were asked in a very rude way and she was pretty much bashing us. I felt bad for Sam, he wants this so badly but he just as badly wants support from his family. Hopefully Rosie can have her heart softened and have a better view of the church.

Other than that awkward visit with his daughter, we had a super awesome lesson with Sam this week. In this lesson we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which covers the five main points of faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. It was so great! He understood all of it really well and is still really excited for his baptism. He keeps all of his commitments (reading the Book of Mormon, praying, coming to church) and is so prepared it’s insane. At church yesterday, a member in the ward asked Sam if they’ll be seeing him next week at church…Sam proceeded to say, “oh of course! I’ll be here next week, the week after that, and every week after that.” Does it get anymore golden than that?! We didn’t even look for him. He just fell into our hands. Such a tender mercy.

Saturday night is where the emotional roller coaster comes in. It started out with our stake’s musical revue called “Oh the Places You’ll Go” (a la Dr.Suess). It was so good and there were so many amazing musical numbers and musical theater just makes me so giddy. I was so happy the whole time. But midway during the musical, I started to get super nervous. Later that night was transfer calls, and I honestly wasn’t sure if I was leaving or staying or what was happening. I wanted to stay so badly for just one more transfer, mostly because I want to continue to see Sam progress and get baptized. But at the same time, I think I was finally ready to leave Garden Grove. Basically, I was going to be fine either way.

Then the time came! After the musical we had transfer calls….so nerve wracking. Well, I found out I am leaving Garden Grove…and going to….*drum roll* Anaheim! I will be serving in the Anaheim 1st ward in a TRIO! What what!!! Not gonna lie, at first I was super sad and in shock. But then I got super excited and now I’m totally comfortable with it. Although I still kind of feel like a baby bird leaving the nest for the first time. Garden Grove became my home! I love the ward, I love the people, and I’m so grateful that I was able to serve there for the first 6 months of my mission.

My last Sunday in Garden Grove was bittersweet. I was sitting in sacrament meeting just looking around at everyone and soaking it all in. I love everyone there so much. I don’t even know everyone but the love that I feel is so strong. I remember specifically when the plane landed in Orange County from SLC, I just felt this outpouring of love for the people here. It sounds a little crazy to love so many people that you don’t really know, but I really really do. But I know I will love the people in Anaheim as well and I’m so excited to serve there. I grew SO much in Garden Grove, it will forever hold a special place in my heart.

I know this gospel is true. I know that I’m doing the Lord’s work right now. I know Christ lives. I’m so grateful for all that I’ve learned and will continue to learn on my mission.

Have an amazing week!

Love,

Sister Martinez πŸ’•
My last Garden Grove zone picture!

District swag.

An example of people I love in this area. πŸ’•

Another example! ❀️ goodbye brother beserra

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