Thursday, June 19, 2014

Glendale Week 44 * June 16, 2014

Hi there!

This week has been rather slow. Slow, as in we have not been teaching
many investigators. We have been talking with everyone on the street
 and that has been going great! We are meeting lots of new people 
and all but it seems to me that for all the nice they are, they are
 not interested in learning. They just like where they are at.
 I can see where they come from. I mean if a Catholic asked 
me if I wanted to learn more about there religion I if would probably tell
them that I already have a church and politely move on. That's exactly
what happens to us. But hey we keep going. We found this kid named
Jet. He is from the Philippines and has only been in the U.S. for two
years. He was walking to the bike shop because his car broke down and
he needed a mode of transportation. He told us one of his friends is
serving a mission in the Philippines right now! We were so stoked. We
knew he would want to know what his friend believed in and why he went
on a mission. We offered to go to his house and teach him and he said
yes. We exchanged information and off he went. When we got home we
looked up the address and he lived outside our area! Dang! But I sent
the information to the right missionaries and I hope they were able to
get in contact with him!

We went to dinner with our ward mission leader to get some pizza and
the girl at the counter seemed like she needed to hear about the
church. So our ward mission leader set the ball up on the tee and we
were able to introduce ourselves and get an appointment with her. She
was super nice and really did seem interested. I was blown away. It
really is crazy just how much people are willing to listen to you if
you are nice to them and if they care about God. She had no religion
in her life up to this point so we were excited to teach her. But...
Are you ready for this? She lived outside our area too! Haha. Double

Our ward has been super helpful when it comes to giving us names of
people to go by and see during the week. They are really doing some
good work. When we don't have these appointments we are going and
meeting ALL the less actives in the area and inviting them to come to
church. No luck yet but we will prevail! We did talk to this one lady
named Penny Roper who lives in a retirement center. She cannot come to
church because of her health so we went to her. She talked and talked
and we just listened. I think she liked talking. She told us
everything. It was so cool to see her open up and be so proud of her
grand kids and children. I think she needed someone to talk to more
then anything. We didn't mind at all. I found out that she used to
live in Simi Valley and went to the Santa Susanna third ward! How cool
is that! I thought it was quite amazing.

Brother Fullmer goes into surgery tomorrow at 7:00am to have his knee
replaced. If you could keep him in your prayers that would be amazing.
He will be out of the house for three weeks so we are going to try
really hard not to burn it down... Maybe you should pray for us to!

I love you all! Thank you to Hannah, my Grandma and everyone who has
been sending their love. It really helps!

Until next time,

Elder Cole Safford

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