I reached my 10 month mark this week! This is going by so fast! Transfers are this week and we're both staying! We're really glad. It's a good area, we love the people here. Sister Rudd only has 2 transfers left, so we think we'll probably both stay here for the rest of her mission.
And as far as we know, we can only use the car for meetings and shopping and emergencies indefinitely. It's way hot outside and I can't say walking and biking are my favorite, but we've been meeting a lot more people that way.
This week we met a family with a children named Ethan, Gillian, and Addison, and the mom was named Tiffany. So that was a fun surprise, they're basically like my family :)
A couple weeks ago a bunch of people were trying to guess my first name and nobody could. When I told them they said I didn't look like a Jordan, so sorry Mom and Dad, I guess you picked the wrong name for me :) It's really strange to have my name not feel like my name anymore.
This Sunday was probably one of the best Sundays of my mission. C. got to pass the sacrament for the first time and his "grandma" (she's basically his adopted grandma) gave a talk and she started crying and told him how proud she was of him. It was presh. :) And Ch. came to church! I may have talked about this before, but he has really poor health that's kept him from coming in the past. But last week he got a blessing and he promised us he would do all he could to come and he came! Although we're not sure how much he liked it or understood... He can't read at all, and his English is not the best. And we know from experience that our church is very different from his Haitian baptist church :) And I think he was snoring a little in sacrament meeting :) But he came and stayed the whole time. 2 of our other investigators, G. and W., came too. They're 15 and 10 and their teachers said they were answering all the questions in class. Correctly even :) They're really smart kids.
The rest of our Sunday was super busy, which is always good, and only slightly stressful :) We have a family in our ward who does YSA dinners every few weeks and this time there were like 30 people there, with probably like 10 non-members. It was a lot of pressure to teach all of them haha, but it was fun.
Our ward had some really fun activities this week, one of them was a relief society activity where we played family feud, and the other was a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the young women. They had a dessert auction and people were buying desserts for like $100 and then just giving them away. We got a lot of delicious, expensive cake. They're trying to fatten us up!
We also had a really happy accident- we went to an arts center because we heard there was a music festival and we thought it would be a good opportunity to find people. But we went and there was no one there... The security guard asked us what we were doing there. But it turned out that one of the workers there was a member in another ward and he gave us a tour of the museum. It's in what used to be a Catholic church, it's super pretty and I had always wanted to go inside. And he told us about some friends he wants us to meet. I'm tellin ya, we make a lot of mistakes but God is pro at making good things come from them.
We've met a lot of really awesome people this week. We've been working with a less active family and they have a 9 year-old son who we invited to be baptized. The mom started crying and said "oh my goodness, yes!!" It was really sweet. And we met another guy who we gave a pamphlet to but didn't seem to interested. And the next time we met with him, he had read the whole thing and loved it, he basically taught us the Restoration. The first thing he said to us was "I'd really like to read the Book of Mormon." We told him we could give him one and he got so excited. The gospel is exciting! :) He came to the YSA dinner the next day and even brought his friend.
We've been finding a lot of really prepared people, it's been incredible. And I know it doesn't have much to do with us, it's all the Lord, He is way too merciful.