Monday, July 27, 2015

Car rides, twisted ankles and lessons learned!

Ready set go

Okay after p-day we had dinner with the Sharrah family. I love them so much! She has 2 girls and a boy and they love missionaries! We have been getting them excited about sharing the gospel and gave them Mormon words that they have to use with their friends! They were so excited!

Tuesday we spent a good 5 hours in the car!! We drove to Waycross Georgia for district meeting, and then drove to Brunswick for our trade off. Then we drove back to Lake Butler! Haha it's been a crazy week but so much fun! Our first trade off I was with Sister Hudson! She was recently Sister Paskos companion so that was fun. We headed back to Lake butler and got caught in a horrible rain storm!!! We couldn't even see the lines on the road! The Lightning was so loud it sounded like we were being shot at! Ah! We made it through though so it was okay!

Sister Hudson and I

Then on Wednesday we had another 4 hour car ride to Brunswick again for the Brunswick district meeting and our second trade off! And guess what! My trade off was with my old companion Sister Snelgrove! Who actually served in Lake Butler before! So it was really fun for her to be back! We had a great time catching up and being companions again!  That night we had the scripture class and a member brought her granddaughter to young womens so we went with her and introduced her to the young women.   She loved her time there and wants to come back!  Yay!

Sister Snelgrove and I

Then on Thursday, was a car fast day for Kingsland zone. So the whole zone dedicated that day to biking and street contacting it was hard to work it all out but we were excited about it. We biked to the library
and helped out with a program they had going on!  While on our bikes we ran into some less active members so that was a miracle!  We biked back home, and then consequently had to use our car to trade back with our Brunswick sisters. But when we got there we found out that they had a bad bike day. Sister Dixon fell and sprained her ankle! I think I'm bad luck cause this is my second companion with a
twisted ankle! We got her some ice and a brace, and we had to spend the rest of the night inside so that she could rest it. :( we got it checked out and it's nothing serious so that's good! We got a blessing
too just in case! Hurray for bike day!

Sister Dixon with twisted ankle.

The next day we had weekly planning, which was good cause sister Dixon could elevate her foot for awhile! After that we had dinner with some recent converts the Moods. They are incredible! She is giving her first talk this Sunday and is so excited! After them we visited with a member that just moved into the Ward! Her name is Evelyn and she is amazing! She used to be in the Lake Butler Ward so everyone is super happy that she's back in the area! We had a great lesson with her and are helping her move in this week!

On Saturday we went with one of the librarian staffs and helped out at the Lake Butler museum! It was a lot of fun and very interesting to see all of the history here, they have a section about the churches in the county and there is even history about the LDS church! It was pretty slow but we loved to help out in the community! Later that day we met with Leslie again! She is so solid!! She has made so many
changes already that are bringing her closer to God! It's been beautiful to see! She and her daughter will be at church tomorrow and we are so excited! That night we had a huge turn out for volleyball!  One of our members had his friend and their family come! We also had a young man named Brandon come! They will probably be back next week as well!

 Sunday was great! We had Leslie and Cali come and they enjoyed every hour of it! They are praying about a date to be baptized on! Yay! After church we had dinner with the McLaughlin family. She has some
autistic kids and they are so sweet! We had a wonderful time being with them. They braided our hair and were being missionaries with our name tags!

We got to attend 2 district meetings this week and I am so amazed at everything I've been able to learn! I wanted to share a story Elders Sunderland shared in our meeting. Before his mission Elder Sunderland and his friend wanted to go horseback riding. They had an Arabian horse and a Mare. They saddled up the Mare and it didn't fight or resist at all. They then tried to saddle up the Arabian horse and it resisted and fought and pushed back, they had a hard time with it but then finally got it saddled up and ready to go. Elder Sunderland was excited to ride the Mare since it was so easy to work with, he didn't want to worry about the other
horse causing trouble. However, once they started their journey, the Mare was tired and unmotivated. He had to keep pushing her along and trying to get her engaged on the trail and the journey. The whole time the Mare wanted to return home. The Arabian horse on the other hand was excited and very eager for the journey! Sure it was hard to get it ready but once they headed out the Arabian horse enjoyed itself and
wanted to keep going!

With the gospel/missionary work,  are we the Mare or the Arabian horse?  Do we rely on others to keep us moving, or do we live the gospel because we love it! We all have trials, the master had to really work with the Arabian horse to get it to listen, but once the horse accepted it enjoyed itself and loved the work! It's the same with Christ! We may not want to listen or obey, but once we do we are happier than we could ever expect! The lord knows what's best for us and will try to get us there if we let him! I have seen Christ change
me and change my desires! Missionary work can be hard and at times UN-motivating. But if we keep letting Christ work with us he can help us love the work and keep going! I truly love being a missionary! I
can't imagine my life without the experiences I have gained from my mission! I love this gospel so much! And I love all of you! I hope you enjoyed the story!!

This is what happens when you are driving in a car for many hours:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Pioneer Day!

So once again this week has been super crazy and what not!

Monday night we got a new investigator! Her name is Julia and she's new to the area, she's been looking for a church to attend and it shocked her that we showed up so fast! She is really excited about coming this Sunday and to to learn more about what we believe! Yay!

Member friend Heather

Tuesday morning we got out of the house early and helped out with the Catholic charities! It was so good to help them again! Every month they come from Lake City to Lake Butler. I got to see all the office ladies again! It was a lot of fun and a lot of work! Afterwards we had district meeting and then the Macclenny sisters joined us for lunch, one of the sisters sister Tsai is from Taiwan. She used to serve in Lake Butler and she loved being back!

Wednesday was the start of our crazy month with trade offs! We woke up at 5:00 so we could make it to Kingsland Georgia in time! Kingsland zone meetings are wonderful! It's been so much fun to see the
differences in both zones that we serve with! Our theme in Kingsland is "let your light so shine" once a week everyone in the zone is going to participate in a certain finding event! We are going to get out there and share this gospel! Yay! After zone meeting we took our legendary picture and then head to lunch with all the sisters! So funny story, my old companion sister Snelgrove is in my zone! It was so good to catch up with her again! After that, we had our trade off with the Kingsland sisters, Sister Gibb is a new missionary here and
her dad was the principal at Legacy Elementary! So her, sister Dixon and I all went to school together haha! I went on the trade off with Sister Butler. She is an incredible missionary! The sister are whitewashing and doing a great job! It was so fun to be with Sister Butler, we had quite an adventure, doing service, teaching the scripture class, and finding help to jump start our car...twice... Yup the battery died twice in an hour hahah!

Recent members Ethan and Emily West who was baptized by Daniel Dean

Thursday we traded back and headed to dinner with Sister Anisha. She is so wonderful! She has been really looking for missionary experiences and trying to invite her friends to church! Hurray for member missionary work!

Friday was a lot of fun! We helped paint an investigators shed. it's looking really good! It was sure hot though! David was sitting there talking with us and just sitting down he was sweating! Haha then we had our weekly planning. Afterwards we went to our neighbors house and taught her more about the church! She used to meet with the missionaries beforehand but stopped investigating. We have been meeting with her again and she might come to the Book of Mormon class!  Later that night we had a miracle! We have been meeting with a young man named Trey. He works 3 jobs and is super busy, so it's rare we get to meet with him, but he was finally available Friday night! We called one of the young men in the Ward to come with us and Seth accepted! We all met up at the lake and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. Trey has been looking for a church, and attended our in the Lake City Ward. He always remembered how nice the people were and always wanted to come back! We had a powerful lesson and Invited him to be baptized on August 29th, out of no where tons of Mosquitoes came and started attacking us! But the spirit was so strong so we just ignored them, and Trey said yes! He really wants to turn his life around and put God first! Yay!!!  We were covered in bites, but worth it!

Saturday Pioneer Day!! We headed up to help them set up. They has snow cones, homemade ice cream, a blow up water slide, and a huge bowl of boiled peanuts! It was so much fun! Slowly all the members Started
showing up and getting lunch ready. All the kids were on the slide, and a few adults went too! We had a great time fellow shipping everyone and serving ice cream! The missionaries in the stake came as well. I
got to see some of the members from Deep Creek! I love them! It was a lot of fun, and hot really hot when it was time to clean up, one of the elders actually did an "ice bucket challenge" for president and
sister Craig! Haha it was really funny! That night we had volleyball.  Some of the youth brought there friends and we had a great time together! Brooke Starling and 2 other recent converts came, we took some pictures out in the rain! Haha

Ice Bucket challenge for our mission president

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Christmas in July?

Okay first off all, it is getting so hot here! We're in the high 90's everyday with over 60% humidity!  When you walk outside, you walk into a wall of water! If you don't believe me, here's a picture of what happened to the fans out here! Haha!

This week have been so wonderful! It's a new transfer and a new week and we started it off really well! Brooke Starling came on a mini-mission with us!!! She's been a member for about a year, and is currently working on her mission papers!! We picked her up Tuesday night and went to some lessons! She is a natural at missionary work!  We found a new investigator who agreed to be baptized! It was really great to have Brooke with us, She has such a strong testimony from when we found the truth! We wanted to keep her with us all week!

We also had our zone meeting for Lake City! Almost every companionship was affected by transfers so we basically have a whole new zone! Our focus for the zone is to adjust and grow! Whenever transfers happen
there's a new sense of obedience and hard work! We are working hard to motivate every companionship to improve themselves! After zone meeting we all got gift bags that the members made for us! Every Ward in our mission did a donation for the missionaries! It was such a blessing! They gave us food, notebooks, personal items, and candy! It totally made our day! Before we left we got a picture with our Zone! Yup. This
picture explains everything.

This week we have really been working on finding! We got a few new investigators that we are really excited about! We had an investigator that we lost contact with for 6 weeks! We ran into him again finally and he it still interested in learning and coming to church! Yes! We have a lot of people we are working with, but they have a lot of things in the way of them being baptized that they are working through. They all are growing so much though! It's been amazing to see these individuals drop everything and focus on the lord!

This week is going to be even busier! We have a zone meeting for the Kingsland Georgia zone! Which means we're starting all the road trips from lake butler to Georgia again! Woo! We have our first trade off
for the transfer, and Pioneer Day this weekend at the Oldest chapel in Florida!!

So remember how I told you we live by a peacock farm? They come by our house all the time! It's so fun!! One came on our porch!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

 This week was great! Monday night we had a family home evening lesson with the Moods! They are a recent convert couple and we had dinner and watched the Testaments with them! I haven't seen it since seminary but it was really good! She made us yummy homemade peach cobbler! :)

Tuesday we headed to Macclenny for district meeting! One of our sister is heading home this week but she gave an amazing training! It was so great to be with all of them. We tried to take a nice picture of our
district but.... Yeah... That didn't happen! Haha then we did some service for sister Newman, they are getting ready to move so we helped pack up their home!

Wednesday was MLC! We headed up to Jacksonville, turns out we are getting a different car since we drive so much! MLC was amazing! We learned more about obedience and the atonement. We have the chance to
change every single day. Everyday is a new day to be better and work harder! There really are so many blessings that come from living the gospel! Until we can see the commandments as safeguards, rather than
restrictions, we can more joyfully love them!
Sister Dixon made us waffles!
Thursday we got messy and helped Bobbie paint her shed! It was really hot and humid and we were dripping sweat more than we were paint! Haha then, a huge rain storm came! We quickly ran inside where Bobbies friends threw her a surprise birthday party! It was so fun! Later that night we met with the Sharrah family. They have lots of little kids and we challenged them to be missionary's and to share the gospel!
They got really excited to be missionaries!

Friday we had a lesson with our investigator Leslie! She has come to church twice now and can't wait to be baptized! We talked about the plan of salvation and being with our families forever! She loves the gospel and is coming to church this Sunday! Later we met with our recent convert Olivia! She's been out of town for a little bit but she is doing so great!

Saturday! 4th of July! They had an all day event at the lake full of games and booths! We walked around talking with everyone about family history and family. Some people could care less, but we had some
huge miracles! Some people we talked to were trying to get started with their family history, so when we talked to them about it they got really interested and they want to come to the center! We also got in
contact with the events announcer, he's going to update the Lake Butler news about events the church is having! Yes!

Sunday was great! Leslie came to church and loved it! We saw her again after church and had another lesson with her! We also got in contact with an old investigator as well! He used to have a baptism date, and
when we saw him he was still very interested in learning and coming to church! Yes! We are having another weekend of white July 26th! Every companionship is shooting for a baptism that weekend!!

This week has been so busy and flown by, one downside is I got a huge bug bite! I don't know what it was, but my foot swelled up like a balloon! It was pretty bad, but it's healing now!