Monday, June 20, 2011

Exchanges in Oroville (and more photos!)

Hey mom!!! This week has been another great one. Its weird to think its already p-day again!!! Time flies.
We have met alot of the members. People really like us i think. We get dinner usually six nights of seven. Its sweet. and yeah with the exercise i am getting i will lose some serious weight. its crazy!! although i try to eat as much as i can. Elder osejo notices i think. he thinks i eat alot [aka snack alot]. Its fun though! We have a ton of fun!
So we went on exchanges with our zone leaders on saturday and i went to Oroville and we had like ten lessons ready. So i was pretty nervous cause we are still working on getting people to teach besides the members. It was pretty new so i was kinda nervous! But i prayed really hard and i felt better. So we were driving all around Oroville (the lake up there was awesome).

Elder Galovich and Elder Simons in front of lake near Oroville
We got to talk to a bunch of people and teach lessons. but a couple stood out to me above the rest:
This lady named Betty who was about sixty and had about a second grade education. We were teaching her about the Plan of Salvation. We had to get little visual aids. We taught the lesson and i know she felt the spirit while talking about the beautiful Plan of Salvation. In a way i learned so much from that lesson. Because zone leader Galovich has been out twenty months and he knew it so well and he taught it on such an easy level. I can't explain what i learned, but i truly felt the spirit so strong and it testified that the plan of salvation and all its complexites is very simple. I love it and i may or may not be getting a bit teary now.
Second i guy named Wiley [not Willey but Wiley]. We were teaching him the first lesson and i felt the spirit very strong and even after the first lesson he said the Book of Mormon was more important than TV which made me happy. but something way cool is i saw this kid out of the window throwing the football to himself and i felt like he was....well i felt he was important.. so we finish up with Wiley and we start walking back to our car and i look at the kid from across the street and i pretend to put my hands up to catch the ball and he smiles and then i look away for ten seconds then look back and he throws the ball to me. and i made a pretty sweet catch if i say so myself. but then we go over to talk to him (and mind you Oroville is twenty minutes away from Gridley) so we talk to him about what we are about and he was like "yeah come talk to me". and we were like where do you live? he said "Biggs". which is right by Gridley and its in our area!!! so we got a potential investigator!!! it was so nice. i know that Heavenly Father prepared all of that. He is such a genius. It just goes to show that the Lord is preparing people for you specifically to teach.
Man i am happy. i know this church is true and i know that everything that i teach is true. i love the gospel and i love teaching it to people who have no idea about what i have known my entire life. its a blessing.
Dad is amazing. he has taught me so much and i have learned so so so soso much from him. So many skills that i have picked up from him i am using daily here! i hope he had a great Fathers Day!

The Elder Simons we all know and LOVE!
And dang sometimes i smile too! {Note from editor: I had written to him that thinking of him on a mission just makes me smile all the time} Cause its like wait...i am on a mission?? i am just a kid! But i love being out here! Really! I am glad i have a way supportive family though! You guys are all so awesome!! I love you to death everyone!
Be happy! and always be living your life as Christ would. because there is always someone watching.
I love you people!
Love Elder Simons!

Also one last quick thing!
so we were at dollar store picking up some paper and i have made a goal to talk to more people more often. So i decided to talk to this worker lady. i was so nervous. and Elder Osejo will admit that he had no faith in the situation! but i went up to her and talked to her about the gospel and we totally have a lesson with her planned on Wednesday! i was so happy i was jumping around like a wild man. it was the best! see ya later!!

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