Fun fact: I ordered a Spanish tag! Now I can trick the Hispanic people here that I speak Spanish and then give them glazed looks when they start to speak to me.
This past week was pretty good. We had a really cool experience with teaching a guy named Darren. He's a really busy guy but he's also really receptive and he is able to feel the Holy Ghost when it's present. We went over to his house and began to teach him about the Restoration of the Gospel. He was receptive and he even agreed to watch the Restoration video! We are going back this week to speak with him and check up on his progress. It's been really cool to find people like him who are prepared and ready to hear the gospel. It's inspiring to see that the Lord truly does put people in the paths of his prepared servants. I'm so glad to be able to be engaged in such a great work as this.
I've had some of the best experiences of my life while I've been here in California. I love my mission and I do not doubt at all that this is the best decision I've made and it's probably the best one I'll ever make. The blessings that come from missionary service reach far past just myself. For my service I know that you, my friends and family, are being blessed as well and that's what makes it so great. It does not matter what I get out of being a missionary it's all about what others are able to receive from my service. I can tell you right now if I was doing this for myself, it would be impossible but I'm not. I'm doing this for Heavenly Father's children and I'm doing it for Him. There is no greater work, there is no greater cause, and yet there is no greater reward than that of being in the service of our God.
My friends and family, keep smiling and keep it real.