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Southern Speaking from September 2015 to March 2017

Monday, November 23, 2015

11.23.15 Hey y'all!

Tuesday was a fantastic day! We had a great lesson with Michael on the priesthood and service. I am so grateful for the wonderful priesthood holders in my life! We also got to meet a guy in our apartment complex and started teaching him about missionary work and answered a few of his questions! That night we had a lesson with Kathy on the Plan of Salvation. Tasha who just got home from her mission a couple weeks ago came with us. It was a lot of fun and a little sneak peak at what being in a trio would be like!(: Now here comes the really cool part... We arrived at Kathy's house about 7 minutes early and were debating if we should knock a few doors or just go in a bit early. We decided to knock a couple doors and were led to a town home. We were trying to get a hold of PI but they went home, the lights were on next door so we knocked there! A woman answered the door and we explained that we were missionaries I asked if we could share a video before. (I have never done this but just heard myself saying it) I pulled out the Because of Him video and talked about Jesus Christ and how grateful we are for a Heavenly Father we can pray to. We shared with her the Book of Mormon and Moroni's promise. Tears came flooding down her face. She explained that she had had a horrible day and had been praying she knew someone was going to come to her door tonight and she had the feeling she should answer it!!! It was so cool! She said she would start reading the Book of Mormon and we have an appointment with her this next week! I am so excited!(: God really is preparing his children for us to share our beautifully unique message with! I felt God’s love for her and I can't wait to start sharing the gospel with her!(:

Wednesday morning we had a fantastic lesson with Emmah. She told us stories about living in Liberia and being there for the Ebola break out in her home town. It was fascinating! Her faith is incredibly strong! She is such a great example to me! I love teaching her, she is always so willingly and ready to do whatever God asks of us. Her story is so inspiring. We then were able to go help an investigator with some things around her house and teach her about tithing. We also talked about baptism and how important it is to follow Jesus Christ’s example and be baptized by immersion. It was an awesome day! That night it rained so hard and so much. It was insane! The biggest raindrops were coming down so fast! It was crazy! We went to the church after trying to see some potentials and less active. A less active was there at the church waiting for institute and we were able to teach her and talk with her about some of her concerns, which was great! After that we had a great lesson with a member referrals friend
Jenny! It was s great lesson and I am excited to start teaching her.  It is so cool to see people recognize the spirit and the lord has been in the life all along. It is promised in preach my gospel that has we teach it will be familiar it them and that is so true! We all chose this plan and I love it!(:

Thursday was super busy!(: It started off with a great district meeting! We talked about the Christ like attribute knowledge and about how important it is so get our investigators to church. Just like our physical body needs food,water and sleep so does our spirit. By coming to church and partaking of the sacrament we give our spirit those vital nutrients it needs to get through the week. After that we had our annual Mormon warriors assemble meeting with Robert which is always great!(: We were busy with lessons after with Mildrid, Michael, Frank and the Heftons!(: Mildrid is so sweet and always so funny to hear her same stories! Michael is doing good, finally reading the Book of Mormon and keeping his commitments. Frank is unfortunately moving but he is a great guy and I know the Lord has a plan for him! We have been trying to meet the Hefton’s since we got here! We had an incredible lesson with them and they are an awesome family!(: The Lander’s took us to dinner and we had a great time with them!(:

Friday was great! We were able to weekly plan, which always helps so much!! Then we had exchanges! Sister Yager (sister Mathisons trainer) came here for the weekend! Friday's highlight was our lesson with Kate and her cute family! We talked about how important it is to share the talents God has given us and read The Rainbow Fish book! The kids loved it and it was a lot of fun! We also felt prompted to go check on a less active family. They were struggling and it was great to be able to talk with them and leave a message.  It was an awesome night!(:

Saturday we spent the morning tracting in the trailer park! We weren't having too much success but saw a guy working in the yard so we decided to walk over there. When we first walked over he wasn't interested and didn't really say much we kept talking and taught him the restoration. We gave him the Book of Mormon and he read Moroni's promise. You could feel the spirit and Tony was amazed. He said he would read the Book of Mormon and follow Moroni's promise. He was so excited about it too! It was so cool!(: We met some more great people and then had a great lesson with the Friel's. That night we had the adult session of stake conference! President and sister Bennion came and spoke and it was awesome. They talked about what an incredible mission GANM is and I couldn't agree more. Their main focus was how important it is to work with the members. It makes such a difference! I feel so blessed to be in such a great ward! We can't do the work without the members.

Sunday was stake conference up in Cumming! We got a ride with the Adams and it was a lot of fun! It was a great Stake Conference with some incredible talks! One of my favorites was when they talked about the talk from the Priesthood session of conference "Faith is not by chance but by choice" what an incredible story of the Openshaw family!
Those last words from the letter from his mother reminded me so much of my wonderful mother. Who would always remind me as I went out the door "remember who you are and what you stand for." He spoke of the greatness of remembering, remembering our great divine nature as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. Satan tries to distract us so we forget who we are and why we were put here on this earth. Out here people are constantly trying to question and tear down our faith.  When I am faced with something I don't understand rather than letting my faith be shaken I remember the hundreds of spiritual experiences I have had. He loves me. He is aware of me and he has a plan for me. I am representing Him and he is on my side. If we remember this we can overcome the power of the devil.

After conference we had lunch with the Adams! We then had 2 great lessons with the Heftons and the Ramirez family!(: That night we went to one of our investigators Thanksgiving feast for her church. It was a lot of fun and we were able to talk to lots of people about what we believe. Many seeds were planted!(: when we got back to our apartment we had an email from president informing us about December 12th! On
December 12th ELDER HOLLAND will be speaking Georgia Atlanta North
Mission!!  I am so excited to both come together as a mission and hear Elder Holland speak! What a perfect ending to another incredible week!! 

*in her letter home she said how excited she was for this gathering on the 12th.  Everyone in the mission will be there, so she’ll get to see Riley, McKay and Luke!

Hope y'all have a fantastic Thanksgiving and remember who to be grateful for!(:  I am so grateful for my savior and the opportunity I have to represent him. I am so grateful for this gospel and all the peace and joy it has brought into my life. I am also so grateful for all of you and your love and support! Love and miss y'all! Have a blessed week!

This is Mildrid, the sweet lady Rachael loves visiting!

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