Anyway, we spent the day on the front lawn of the capitol talking to Deafies about the gospel. I had a bunch of UVU flashbacks and my fire against hearing people came back. I started to remind myself again about how passionate I am when it comes to Audism. I love Deaf people so much and I have such strong opinions about the politics of it all, I had to calm myself down a few times. haha. Its a good thing we refrain from things like that in the mission. My favorite quote that I saw said "Stop noise pollution, use ASL."
We cant seem to contact Lynda. She was supposed to get baptized on Saturday but she still hasnt quit smoking. The last time we taught her, she went to a member's home with us for a FHE. These members live in a fancy part of Stockton, and to get inside, you have to go through a special toll-booth to get a parking pass. Lynda accidentally drove her car through one of those crossing-arm things to get in and broke it off completely. The members later told us that they were going to have to pay $500 because she was their guest, and they DIDNT tell her. Lynda asked over and over if she had to pay for it, but they just kept saying "oh no, Lynda, its fine. Really. You wont have to pay a thing!" But what they didnt tell her was that even though SHE didnt have to pay, they DID. Talk about sacrifice. I was so overwhelmed with love for that couple I wanted to cry. They did it all for her.
We had a ward party on Saturday night. The whole thing was basically organized by our mission team. We had the idea of having a dinner and a movie night, and we watched 17 miracles, it was really fun. The whole night was a terrible mess. Come to find out, there were 2 baptisms scheduled during our activity (even though we reserved the building) but dont get me wrong, I am NOT going to stop convert baptisms! They were in the other room, while we had the cultural hall. Brother Kroff, our bishopric member, set up his projector and we had the big screen set up with popcorn and licorice. We even stole the couches and soft chairs from the foyers. Our only problem was people. Nobody came. The elders quorum was supposed to set up at 4:30. None of them came. We did it all ourselves, all the round tables and chairs, tablecloths...ect. We picked up the couches and hauled them in and set up more chairs. I was really disappointed in our ward. I love this ward a lot, but the members are struggling to be missionary-minded.
My one success from the night was our beloved Kathy. Kathy came late, but she was able to watch the whole movie. Afterwards, we asked her what she thought and she replied simply "I cant imagine being in love with someone THAT much like that pioneer couple!" Its all about love with Kathy. She wants to be loved. She was amazed that they were able to be sealed together in the temple a hundred years after they both died. She wants to see the temple.
I interpreted for 3 hours at church yesterday. 3 hours of interpreting will always cause a 3 hour nap aftewards. Its amazing how exhausting it is. I couldnt even think straight, and by the time we got home I ate lunch and fell over. It doesnt help that I have a cold, too. Nevertheless, its been a good week. Me and Sister Sellers did our best to be happy and make it through all these crazy days. We have been sooo busy we didnt even have time to think!
these are my cool tan lines.....
Love all of you!