September 9, 2013

Well another week has gone by.

Last P-day was Labor Day and a ward member invited us to his cook out. It was really good Samoan food.

Labor Day feed at a member's house
Labor Day feed at a member’s house

I also got a picture with his dog. It looked pretty sweet with shades on. I think I might get a pit bull later in life.

Pit Bull doggy friend
Pit Bull doggy friend

Saw a cool Captain America tire cover on the free way. Go ‘Merica!

Captain America SUV
Captain America SUV

On Tuesday I had training with everybody that came in the same transfer as me. Which means I got a picture of all the elders from my MTC district that are left.

Elders from MTC time
Elders from MTC time

Our ward had a talent show on Friday. We actually had a less-active family come and they brought a nonmember friend! It was pretty fun and the funniest part was when the bishopric did a rap dance routine!

Ward Talent Show - Bishopric Rap Dance
Ward Talent Show – Bishopric Rap Dance

On Saturday we were biking and came across a motorcycle/stunt bike show in the middle of the street. Took it as an opportunity to get lots of cool pictures, and talk to people. I handed out 10 Book of Mormon pass-along cards in 20 minutes. I think I might be interested in buying a bike.

Motorcycle Man
Motorcycle Man
Street motorcycle/stunt bike show
Street motorcycle/stunt bike show
Motorcycle/Stunt Bike street show
Motorcycle/Stunt Bike street show
Motorcycle/Stunt Bike street show
Motorcycle/Stunt Bike street show

The last pictures is of the California sky at twilight. Look familiar?

Night moon shot, and Venus?
Night moon shot, and Venus?

We were teaching a lady, but she had her baby and now she won’t let us come back for another two weeks. On Saturday we met this man Had a really interesting, great first lesson. He knew a lot about the church from the internet, which is either false or severely slanted. He was very open though. We invited him to church and he said that he would pray about it. Well he didn’t come to church. Kinda disappointed. We are going back on Tuesday to talk some more. The work is very slow in our area. We don’t have any progressing investigators. There is supposed to be people just waiting to hear the gospel, but I haven’t found them and don’t know how to. The other elders in our ward had a lady show up to stake conference and ask them to baptize her! She will be getting baptized this Sunday. I know that, that is remarkable, but I want to find people who are prepared. There are really great missionaries, zone leaders who have been out 18 months and have only one baptism. I could easily see myself going a year without anybody. The field is supposed to be white, where are they?

I went to Target today to buy personal items. The Target was really cool, it had escalators and a parking garage. Bought: Spanish-English dictionary, gel pen refills, trunky journal, protein powder ($20), and more socks.

Love you guys,

Elder Valdez