Pretty good week!
Monday we went to see the Xu's again. The lesson didn't go very well, she hadn't read so we went to read with her, she totally didn't understand it. I tried to explain and her husband tried to explain... but I think it just confused her more. She then asked that we not come back, but her husband protested and decided we could come back this Friday.. I don't really think she wants us to come back though. Her husband really wants us to try thought. So I am more than willing to. We also met with Winter. She is still doing good. She just needs to get married! We didn't get a chance to meet with Norris (her boyfriend) yet.
Tuesday we went to Corona again to visit Margaret and her really old Dad that is a member. He started talking a lot about the endowment... a little too much maybe. Margaret had eye surgery so she can't read the Book of Mormon, but we committed her to pray and come to church. They said they weren't sure about church and said to call on Saturday. So we did but they didn't answer. We tried again at night and they answered and I asked if they could come. They asked if I had set up a ride, I said I hadn't yet. They got all angry and said how can we go if you haven't set up a ride yet! Ugg. So I just asked if they would like to come next week when we have full Chinese sacrament meeting. They said ya. So we'll see. At night we went to the Deng's to practice teaching and ask for referrals. They gave us 3 referrals! They also fed us dinner. It was really good. Then we went with Brother Miao (WML) to a meeting with Elder Evans of the Seventy so we could translate. It was cool to go see.
Wednesday we got to go meet with Elder Evans. It wasn't what I was expecting. I thought there would be like this intense training and he would look at our numbers and give us suggestions to improve, sort of like DDM. But he spent 4 hours talking with us about scriptures he had assigned to us and answering questions. After lunch he talked about making sure we stayed with our companions, stayed away from members of the opposite sex and not doing anything stupid. Then he also told us we need to ask for referrals from EVERYONE and not forget, and then also to talk to everyone possible. He said this is way better finding than tracting or street contacting. So we are trying to do that. Wednesday night we met with Winter and Sister Zhang. That went well. Then we had English class. Wei Zhu and his wife were the only people there. He had seen something online that said Congress had tried to outlaw the church. I didn't know about that, so he told me to search it online and gave me his phone. I told him I couldn't and they were sort of shocked we couldn't use the internet to look at news. Then at the end we had texted a member to come help us teach a lesson to them. I called him and he came.
Thursday we met Melody at the institute building in Rancho. She hadn't read or prayed at all. We invited her to baptism, but didn't go for a date.. I don't know why. I just spaced it. She came to church this week though. At night we went to see Brother Xiong with Brother Miao. Originally Brother Xiong said he had no time, so I told him just 15 minutes. Well they talked a lot longer. It went pretty good. Brother Miao is an awesome fellowshipper, and got brother Xiong's wife to come to church. Brother Xiong didn't though, he was really busy with work. He also said he was worried about getting baptized. We assured him he was ready. The biggest thing is just coming to church. We also went with Brother Miao home teaching to see Morgan.
Friday we biked around in the morning. In the afternoon we met a lady we talked to outside our apartment complex. Her daughter is here having a baby, and she was interested in learning more. The lesson was ok, she seems nice. We just met her outside of our apartment community center thing. Then we met a former named Wade... not interested. We had English calls and a lesson with Zhu again. Then we met Sister Katey Zhang's new renter at her house. I thought her brother was there but he walked in half way through so we had been in without a guy... also her brother is sort of mentally not all there. So we have decided not to go there without bringing a guy again.
Saturday we went to Chino to see the referrals... no luck. At night we met with Yuyi and he was cool. Then Louis came and met with us and Winter. That was good.
Sunday we had 9 people at church! it was awesome. Wei Zhu wore a suit, Melody wore a dress. It was good. Although one member chastised me in a lesson for giving late notice to come help us teach. I had tried to text him the night before but it didn't go through. And even then I still gave him 7 hours... So after church I texted him and asked for help teaching Zhu on Wednesday. and apologized for not giving him enough time and promised to not do it again... he texted back... noted.
I am super stressed about having the trust of the members. I don't want to offend them or make them think we are bad missionaries.
also i didn't get dad's letter this week :(