As a mission we had a goal to talk to 20,000 people this week. I talked to more people this week than I have any other week of my life. Interesting facts learned:
-White people were no less receptive than those of any other race, except Latino.
-Most people are more likely to take a business-card for the church than a pass-along-card.
-Surprisingly, Iranians here are in abundance, and are more likely to be a Christian than any other religion.
-2 out of 3 times that we went to the Costco parking lot we got a free lunch.
-100% of the people that wave signs for Subway or Little Caesars on the side of the street are church-going Christians.
-Groups of people of 3 or more are more likely to stop and talk to you than individuals or couples.
-No one ever wants to talk to you after they just talked to the Girl Scouts.
It was kind of a downer week. We lost 2 investigators. One wasn't really interested in taking the lessons, and the other got pressure from his family to not meet with us again. But church here always, ALWAYS without fail brightens the day. Before we even went in the building we got a referral from a member. During church we got 2 more. To put this in perspective, other wards I've been in have given maybe one or two good referrals in a month. And that's a good month.
P.S. Elder Serat has not found out any more about his family in Haiti. He is emailing the mission president there (who he used to play basketball with) to find out more info.