Hello Family and Friends!
This week wrapped up to be a great one! There was a Pow-wow on the Pechanga Reservation here in Temecula, so twice as many people wound up at the great a spacious building this weekend (the Pechanga Casino) so it was slower than usual for a weekend. But we could hear war drums pounding almost all throughout the whole valley so it was neat.
We had our Zone Training Meeting, and it went great! Elder Smith is a really great teacher and is a rock at planning out meetings. I did something cool, where I took a graph of member present lessons, and turned it into a baptism symbol, which is pretty much a zig zag line with a little 'swoosh' on the end of it making it look like a looped arrow going in and out of the water. It seems simple, but it was totally inspired by the spirit. but, I also slipped up, I meant to say, in closing, that"Temecula is known for hot weather and great members!" but what I actually said was "Temecula has hot weather and hot members!". So that was pretty bad, everyone almost died laughing. I feel like it was okay, because at least no one can say that our meeting was boring, and they will actually remember something from it for once.
At the Temple, I got to see a lot of people from Twin Oaks Valley Ward :) I saw Sister Craney (I ate Thanksgiving Dinner at her house) and Sister Skousen (she was the RSP for a month or two when I first got there). And then, Brother Moore was one the officiator's and when saw him I was really excited, because I love his whole family, and I knew that his wife worked at the Temple at the same time as him usually. We ate dinner at their house at least twice a month while I was there, and I was there for 8 months, so I got really close to them. So I met up with him after and caught up a little, and then on the way out I saw Sister Moore standing at the top of the stairs! She is so awesome! I love that ward!
We got to meet with our investigator Garrison, he is in the YSA Branch. He is currently making a lot of restitution for some things that he did in his past, but he is being steadfast in his desire to follow Jesus Christ. I feel really lucky to be able to teach him, and be apart of his journey. His girlfriend, Abby is a member who comes from a less than active, non typical mormon family. They told me that after the first lesson, one of the reasons they wanted to keep meeting with us was because I complimented Garrison on his Wu-Tang Clan t-shirt haha. We were on splits to go to both of our wards again, so I was really lucky that it was my turn to go to YSA.