This week felt really long but not a ton happened. My new companion is Elder Mosher and we've been doing great thus far. But since we are white washing the area, we are just trying to get to know the area better. We've been getting to know a lot of the members this past week and visiting and getting familiar with our investigators too in order to find what their needs are. So we have been doing a lot of drop-bys and calling a lot of people to kind of figure things out. we did a lot of service and we helped set up and take down for the Lamb of God performance in downtown San Jose and got to sit and listen to it. They did it in this Cathedral which was really cool too. Other than that, nothing too exciting happened, we've just been running around trying to take care of the area the best we can so we can keep moving forward. This area is a lot different than my other one, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Just trying to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the ward and zone so we can adjust to what the needs are.
One thing that is a staple of missionary work is the invitations that we leave with people. It's the same basic things that even the primary kids learn and know, which is go to church, pray, and read the scriptures. We call it "CPR" for Church, Pray, and Read. So the idea is that just as CPR helps somebody stay physically alive, the "CPR" of Church, Prayer, and Reading is what keeps us spiritually alive. It seems so simple, but it's true. Those are the 3 most basic ways that we exercise our faith in Jesus Christ. And if we stop doing those things, our spiritual health slowly diminishes. But as we continue to do those things, our faith continues to grow and be strengthened. It's such a basic formula, but people see and experience miracles in their lives through those simple acts of faith as we invite them to follow the savior. But anyways, missionary work is awesome and things have been going pretty smoothly so far, hopefully we can have a lot of success here in the area as we keep working.