Hello! Wow, it has been one crazy week and it all went by soooooo fast. First of all, shout out to Carina, or now, Sister Brown! She went in to the MTC on Wednesday and I was just so ecstatic when I got her email on Friday! The MTC is soooooo great and she's going to be an amazing missionary! And also has a lot of great adventures ahead of her.
So, I got my new companion and her name is Sister Howard! She is from Nashville, Tennessee, and I already got permission to go stay with her when I want to go visit. She is doing awesome so far! She came in sick from the MTC with a sinus infection and an ear infection so we went to the doctor on her second day and she has been doing a lot of resting. But luckily today she is feeling a lot a better and looks like we're going to be able to pick up the pace this week! She is into hunting, fishing, and hiking, so that's pretty cool and her Spanish is really good for how much time she has. So it makes my job easy! She really is such a hard worker and I'm so excited to be her companion.
As for the branch were in, it is Escondido and it is very small. Our area is fairly big, not as big as my last one, but it's a good size. There are not a lot of members either but hat just means we have a lot of work to do! There definitely is a ton of work to be done in this branch and we are up for the challenge. It is already growing the work is! We actually had a baptism this weekend, it was all the work of the other sisters in our branch but it was really exciting! They are the Chavez family and it was the mom and her three children that got baptized! They are soooooo sweet and really had a huge conversion. We went to the visitors center yesterday and watched the Joseph smith movie. They ahead already seen it but wanted to watch it again because their son didn't t see it. So it's been really cool to see them take the decision to be baptized although we don't know them super well yet. It was actually really funny, when we went to go meet her for the first time we knocked on the door and she let us in and said " so you are the missionaries at are going to be visiting me." And we walked in and saw the English sisters in there. We were all a little confused, but the sisters were there to drop off a package from the Gladys knight fireside, and we were there to meet her because we were now her missionaries. And then when they found out she was getting baptized it was just all really funny. But we had a good time and we were able to sing a song with her at the end.
So it's been a bit of a crazy week but a good one! I'm sure we will have a lot of more stories next week but the Lord is already putting people in our path to talk to. I'm excited to see what this branch has been hiding (hahaha that was a Cee Ryle joke, you'll only get it if you know what Escondido means). But it's all good! Love you all so much!