I'm really working on this ya'll thing, it's pretty fun!
but really, where do I even start!? I love Georgia so much, I may not
like it in the middle of summer or in the middle of the winter but right
now is the perfect time and I love it!
Our area is the
best, I am not in the city (answer to prayer), it's almost like we are
in the woods. There are trees everywhere and you can always smell
the pine trees which I love. In some areas it actually feels like I am
up in Donner-pine needles all over the ground, dirt sidewalks, fresh
clean air. I'm loving it.
Our area is huge, I don't know
what other areas are like but ours is pretty big, there are three
companionships of missionaries in our ward, us and two sets us elders.
I'll admit probably the weirdest thing about being here are the elders.
The ward is a decent size which is nice and the members are great, they
love us and love to come teaching with us which is awesome. We've really only had about three days of work so far. I feel like so much has
happened the last few days.
I'll just tell you about the time I've had in Georgia. I arrived Wednesday
afternoon, the plane flight was horrible and I am convinced that I will
be driving back to Utah after my three months are over. Some elders
picked us up from the airport and drove us to the Mission Home. Again
that was a little odd. When we got there, President Harding was having
mission council and so all of the zone leaders and sister training
leaders were there. Of course he interrupted everything when we arrived
and had us come up front to introduce ourselves. That was great. Then
sweet Sister Harding fed us some food, we met with President and then
got paired with our companions and started off to get to work.
Then on Thursday
we had zone conference for half of the day which was great. It was like
the perfect thing to get me transitioned into working here in Georgia.
Since then we have just been working, working, working. We are teaching a
lot of wonderful people, people from all over the world! It's almost
like I never left Temple Square. There are a lot of people here from
Africa, Burmese, and Nepal. There are entire complexes with
families from these countries. It's fun, hard because the majority of
them don't speak any English, but still fun.
Harding's main thing is teaching and baptizing families, which is so
exciting since I haven't been able to teach a family really on Temple Square. We
have met some beautiful families that we are going to start teaching!
One was just a miracle, we were driving to go drop by and visit a less
active in the ward when we felt prompted to go visit another lady in the
ward, so we quickly made a U-turn and went to go see her. We had a
little spiritual thought with her and her grand-kids and then asked if
there was anyone she wanted us to stop by and see. This individual just
loves doing missionary work and really understands how important it is
for everyone to hear about the gospel, she's been rejected a few times
and so we think she was a little discouraged, but when we asked her she
perked right up and told us about a cute young family that had just
moved into the apartment right across the complex from her (there are a
lot of apartment complexes in our area) so we went on over! The member
walked over with us and we knocked on the door and the cute mom and her
kids answered the door, at first she told us that she had already found a
church and was pretty content with staying there but then we just asked
her if we could just say a prayer together (Georgians love to pray!)
and so she allowed us in and we asked about her kids and how everything
was going and what she would like us to pray for. She let us know of a
few things that were causing her some stress as a mother and so we said a
prayer with her asking for a few specific things, and it was awesome.
Her heart was touched by the spirit during the prayer and she was
totally open for talking with us more about the church afterwards. We
taught about eternal families and baptism and she committed to baptism
So many experiences like that have happened, I
could probably write for hours about all the people we have met. I wish
I could. We have met people who are so prepared and then we have
had the opposite, which is just fun :) The way people react when they
really don't want to talk with missionaries is just so funny to me. It
really hasn't happened that often, maybe like 3 times with the many
people that we have talked with over the last few days, so that really
surprised me. But it definitely keeps you on your toes.
funny experiences that I have to share because they just made my week.
For one, the members do feed us here, not a ton which is really fine to
me. But they will call last minute and just ask if we can stop by
and then they will have a little snack (meal) for us. Something that
happened which was just so funny, a sweet old member had us over, we are
teaching her granddaughter and she was supposed to be there but last
minute she had to reschedule, but the member still wanted us to stop by
because she had prepared a little 'snack' for us all. Well we were
starving that day because we had appointments all through lunch so it was
a little tender mercy. Well we start eating and I have no idea what it
is, she didn't say. But lets just say I wasn't liking it, but I was
eating it like a good missionary. Then she makes a comment that it was
cooked Salmon....... My companion just looked at me and I tried so hard
not to make a face while I just kept eating. Then the sweet member gets
us to grab something and Sister Perry just grabbed my plate and switched
with me. She's an angel. What's funny is we had brought a recent convert
with us to the lesson so she was eating with us and she saw the entire
thing! She just stared at us and then said "I didn't see anything, I'm
just looking at the paintings"- From all of this I can now say that I
have had fish and I do not like it.
Well there are other funny things but I am actually out of time-these computers have time limits-yikes!
tell you more of my Georgia adventures next week. We are teaching many
wonderful people! This is going to be a transfers of miracles! I can
just feel it in my bones :D