Peach my Gospel

Southern Speaking from September 2015 to March 2017

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

9.30.15 Her first day in the field

This picture came from a sister who texted me "I had the great pleasure of bringing your daughter and her companion, Sister Mathison, to our Level Creek Ward in Suwanee today.  We are so excited to have her here!  They are in a very nice apartment, have dinner at a member's home and then a teaching appointment tonight with an amazing family.  They are hitting the ground running.  Thank you for your sacrifice in letting her serve.  
We'll take good care of her!  ~ Cindy Williams

Later that night I ran into Mark and Michelle King ~ who served as Mission President's in the Atlanta North mission a few years ago.  When I told them where Rachael was they assured me she was in the best ward in the whole mission!  A ward that loves their missionaries and also retains their new converts.  My heart is full of gratitude for these 2 tender mercies today.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

9.26.15 Rachael's Last letter from the MTC

Hey everybody!

I just want to start off my saying thank you so much for all the letter and packages! All the prayers and love! It means more than you'll ever know! I love it here in the MTC and can not believe i only have 2 days left! 

Saturday: We got to go to the Provo temple and do a session with our district! It was amazing! The spirit was so strong and it was so great to feel the peace and comfort that the temple brings! 

Sunday: We had an amazing devotional by Lloyd Newelll (the guy from music and the spoken word) It was MTC and the spoken word! I loved it! We sang a lot and then he shared a great message! The spirit was so strong! Fear not I am with thee for be not dismayed! I love this hymn and as we sang it in the MTC choir it brought so much peace and comfort! We are here to wave the banner of truth! Let us all press on in the work of the Lord! Courage for the Lord is on our side! I love this so much! I know that I can do hard things through Christ!

Monday: What a great day! I'm amazed at how the quickly prayers get answered here! I was having a hard time with one of our investigators named Kaitlyn so I really prayed that she would have an open mind and that I would find a way to relate to her! It was amazing! The lesson went great! She had an open mind and was way more focused on what we had to say! I was also able to relate to her! It was Amazing! She is now preparing to be baptized! 
Tuesday: We have been teaching an investiagator named Miranda! I love her so much! She has so much faith and is loving learning about the gospel! In our lesson on Monday she had asked us if she could recieve a priesthood blessing for her big exam on Wednesday! We said yes! Of course! WE found out though that all our Elders in our disrtict would be busy teaching lessons of their own and were not sure what to do. I had been praying to see a dear friend of mine Elder Stuart but knew he had left for his mission and I had lost hope! Me and my companion were walking down the sidewalk when I heard my name I looked up and couldnt belive it! It was Elder Stuart! He had something go wrong with his visa and he was here one more day! Then it hit me I asked him if he would give Miranda a blessing! Of course he said yes! It was amazing! I know God answers our prayers! Even if its not the way or the timing we want.  Because he can see the future and knows what's best! It was such an unforgettable experience! The spirit was so strong! Elder Stuart gave an incredible blessing as if he had known Miranda his whole life and knew everything that was going on in her life! It was amazing! The spirit was so strong! Miranda Stood up and the first thing she said was "How did you do that??" We then got to have a great disccusion with her about the priesthood and the spirit! My testimony grew so much! I now understand why they have both sisters and Elders in the field! We can offer something different! Elder Stuart was able to answer some of her questions about the priesthood that I dont think I could have. I am so grateful that Elder Stuart is here and worthy to have the priesthood authority! He is going to be a great missionary! 

Wednesday and Thursday: Well both these days were very long but great! We just went back and forth between class and teaching! It was so crazy on Wednesday to see all the new missionaries come in and realize we had been here for a week! Our investigators are coming along great! I love my teachers! They have taught me so much! How important it is to work with members and to teach people not lessons! I have learned how important planning is! But also to set goals before you plan! Goals is such an important part of missionary work! I have learned so much here at the MTC! The Book of Mormon is truly the Keystone to our religion! It is such an amazing book! I am so grateful for its message and for Joseph Smith! Becuase of him we have the Restored Gospel on the earth today! 

Friday: We had In-Field Orientation! An 8 hour meeting it was crazy! But I learned so much! We talked a lot about how important it is to work with the members! We got to do lots of Role plays which at first ill be honest I wasn't the biggest fan of but it really is such a great thing and can feel so real! The spirit is so strong if you let it be! Not much to say because we were in class all day but we did have a lesson at night and Kaitlyn agreed to be baptized! It was so cool! It is amazing how you can really feel Heavenly Fathers love for everyone of his children and recieve revelation for them! I love being a missionary! 

Saturday: Sadly the temple is closed today for cleaning but I am so grateful we got to go last week! It gives us extra time to pack and get ready for Georgia! We leave at 3:30 am on Tuesday! I am so excited! Forget Yourself and go to work with love! I love this! I cant wait to put this into action! I know there will be both good and bad times in the field but attitude changes everything! We have to believe in ourselves and in God! I love this gospel! The Church is true! I can't wait for General Conference this weekend! I hope you all will watch it with a question in your heart! I know it will be anwered! I love you all! 

You are in my prayers! xoxo 

~Sister Hosman<3

Rachael's District @ the Provo Temple.  Sister Hollowell and Sister Neff and Blackburn

Looks like the light is shining on Rachael's district!

This is a boy from High School Rachael knows ~ it's always so strange to not be able to hug the friends you see in the MTC!  (Kole Mauldin)

One of Rachael's best friends from the Drama department at WX - Ryan Stuart.  It was a real tender mercy for her to see him on her first day and then again before he left.  

There's a bakery in Provo that will deliver to the MTC.  She said the coconut lime was her favorite!

On our way to gym time - we are the only girls in #217!  We have the whole room to ourselves, we love it!

"Getting mail is the BEST" - this is a letter to Lily (Rachael's niece), who wrote to her first thing!

"Laughing while studying - we repented, I promise"

Our investigator "Miranda"

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

9.23.15 A fun surprise from our friend Jayne Edwards

One of Zach's good friends Jayne Edwards teaches at the MTC and ran into Rachael and sent this photo

look who I ran into! Your sweet Georgia peach. ❤️ she is doing so well and looked so beautiful and happy!! 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

9.19.15  A woman who was at the temple on Saturday texted me this cute picture of the girls in her district!  Thank heaven's for people like that!  A good reminder to me to do the same when I see the missionaries!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

9.12.15 First Letter from MTC

Hey everybody!  Wow what a crazy couple of days here in the MTC!  It was so hard to say goodbye to my family but they kept us so busy there wasn't anytime to be sad. We got our name tags, dropped off our luggageand went right to class! My companion is Sister Hollowell! She is great! So far we are getting along really well! I love it here at the MTC it is hard but the spirit here is so amazing! It makes me so happy! 

Over 500 missionaries came in with me on Wednesday!  How crazy is that?  I love being surrounded by such amazing young adults! They all are so great and have such incredible testimonies! Classes are so long!  Over 3 hours but I am learning so much!  I have so much to learn and I know these days are going to go by so fast! 9 days to go!  Friday we got gym time!  It felt so good to be able to get some fresh air and run around the field!  We also got to teach our first investagator (our teacher.) It was a great learning experience not as bad as it could have been but it was a little frustrating! We get to get 2 more investagors tomorrow and I am so excited! 

I have a great district! They are so amazing!  I already love them all so much! We have gotten so close! There are so many missionaries here that are going to Georgia!  They all seem so great!  I am so excited to work with them!  I have been able to see so many familiar faces!  From junior high, high school, Paraguay and Sam Peterson from the ward!  I'm so thankful for all of them!  Just getting to shake their hand and see a familiar face has helped so much!  Well thats all the time I have, we have to go get ready to go to the temple!  I can't wait!  Thank you all so much for your prayers and support!  It means more than you know!

Love you all!  Peach out! 

~Sister Hosman

Rachael's MTC companion - Sister Caroline Hollowell from California