My entire mission I've heard "Oh there's no Spanish work in Bend, there're just no Hispanics out there". I would always feel bad for the Spanish missionaries who were sent there because everyone said it was like being exiled. They used to have a Spanish Group here attached to an English ward but it got shut down because it had been so small for so long.
Let me tell you, all those people who told me that were wrong. Since I got here, I've been trying to understand what in the world I'm doing in an English ward; why was I sent out here? We've been trying to ask as many people as we could if they knew, in general, where Hispanic people might live but no one could really tell us. We hit the jackpot this week. We teach a returning less active man who is the manager of a trailer park and we decided to ask him if he knew of any Hispanics living in those trailers. He literally gave us a list of THIRTY TRAILERS we could go to. We've only had time to visit one of them so far but just from that one, we found three new investigators! We are SO EXCITED. We also went on exchanges this week and were able to find two more Hispanic people to teach just within a couple hours. (Sister McCrite is in that ward so she'll be able to teach them.) It's been awesome. Such a testament to me that the Lord has a perfect plan and that He puts people exactly where He needs them.
We have this awesome investigator, Johnise, we just started teaching. She's SO amazing! Her fiancé is a member in California (originally from Italy). She is probably one of the most genuine and sincere people I have ever met. She accepts everything we teach her and just wants to know more. She is getting baptized on June 2nd. We are so excited. She came to a baptism this past week and also attended church for the first time on Sunday. She is the definition of golden-- no big concerns or objections, just loves what we're saying and knows that it's true right off the bat.
We also had the opportunity to go to the temple this past week! the Portland Temple is three-and-a-half hours away from Bend so it made for a long longgg day but so worth it. Below are some pictures of our zone and also of Sister Rosado and I.
Love you all! Have a good week!