Hey y'all!(: It has been another great week here in Big Shanty! I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas! We are getting lots of rain and it's super dark! Tornado warnings coming our way!
Tuesday morning we had district meeting and I gave a training on how the Book of Mormon and Bible support each other, and how you can use the Book of Mormon to respond to objections. I invited Jocelyn to come bear her testimony and it was amazing. The spirit was so strong! I just love that girl! After district meeting we had lunch with Donna and her husband! It was so much fun!(: They call themselves our Methodist grandparents! (These are the people that run the food pantry where the LDS sisters serve). How cute is that??(:
It was super foggy and very humid today! So gross! We had to walk to the branch for a lesson with Andrew and we were soaked by the time we got there. The lesson went well! We talked about hope and trusting in God, having patience in his timing. He is a bit of a roller coaster right now but he knows exactly what he needs to do, he just needs to do it. Then we had a lesson with Mario and his girlfriend Tiffany on the restoration. She had some questions but it was really cool because I was able to answer her questions so much better after the studies I had done for my training. There truly are no coincidences! It was a bit crazy with their 3 year olds running around, but it went well. I am excited to start teaching her!(: That night we had a wonderful lesson with Jocelyn! We taught her about the word of wisdom and her response was "ya that makes sense!" She is so elect its crazy! At the end she told me that she wasn't connecting with the missionaries so she had prayed really hard for a missionary she could connect with and then I got emergency transferred to this area. She apologized for yanking me from level creek but said how grateful she was I was here. It was so cool! This is gods work. He is in the details of our lives. Sometimes things happen and we don't know why but it is all part of the plan. We have to put our trust in him! I am so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve in big shanty and teach Jocelyn!❤️
Wednesday morning we had a lesson with Jocelyn and it was great! We talked about faith, hope and charity. It was a fantastic lesson! After that we made Christmas cookies with Laurissa to go deliver on Christmas! It was a lot of fun!(: Then we went and got hot chocolate with Colleen and shared a message about Christmas. It was awesome!(:
That night got a little crazy! It was pouring rain with really bad thunder and lightning! It messed things up a bit but we were able to go visit Elizabeth at work which was really good! Colleen offered us a ride home which was a tender mercy! We really didn't wanna walk 45 minutes in that weather to get home! God answers prayers!
Thursday was a wonderful Christmas Eve! We went and had breakfast with Andrew and his family! We made them pancakes and shared a message about Christmas. His sister had a few questions, luckily we were able to answer them. It was fun and good to get to know them better!(: We spent our afternoon weekly planning which was a bit rough since campus is still closed but it was good! That night we took Jocelyn to Carabbas for Christmas and it was so delicious! When we first walked in it was packed like wow! We thought there was no way we were gonna be able to eat there and then we saw 3 seats at the pasta bar first come first serve! It was perfect and we had so much fun! God cares about even the little things!(: After dinner we went and met up with the elders to get some less actives from their ward to come to the branch. It was a great lesson and they both promised to be there on Sunday!(:
Christmas Day was so wonderful! We woke up, got ready and then the Kennesaw sisters who are assigned to the family ward came over and we all opened presents together! It was so much fun! I was so overwhelmed with love. Thank y'all for the packages, letters, prayers and all the love. It means so much! After that we went to the Murdocks (branch president) and had a delicious breakfast! Sister Blair Skyped her family while I watched the grandkids open their gifts and then I got to skype. There are not even words. I am so filled with joy and love. I am so blessed and it was so good to laugh with my incredible family again! Miss them tons and couldn't thank them enough for all they do for me! Next, we went caroling at the nursing home! It was so much fun and reminded me of good times with grandpa Gordon!(: they were all so happy to see us and it was so much fun! We had some extra time before dinner and decided to check with the sisters that lived around there and they were about to head out caroling so we got to join them! Sister Neff who I was in the MTC just got emergency transferred there so that was really fun to go with her! We got to visit some less actives and read the Christmas story with them and also sing a Christmas hymn! We harmonized since there were four of us and it was beautiful! Then we headed back to the Murdocks and had a yummy dinner!(: After that we sang to them, read the Christmas story and then talked about some things in the branch. It was a peachy Christmas!(:
Saturday morning was Marietta miracles! In the Marietta zone this transfer every Saturday we go out and find every Saturday morning from 10-12. It is way cool! Since campus is closed we went to the mall parking lot and started contacting! So many people with Christmas money and returns! We were able to talk to lots of people and it was great! No one has contacted yes yet but I have faith we will hear from someone!(: After contacting we went and visited Jocelyn at work since she was right inside the mall! That was fun and she is doing great as always! She was worried because they were very busy and she was going to have to stay until 3 which meant she wouldn't be able to come see a baptism with us up in Hickory Flatt that afternoon. We went home for lunch, praying she would get off and anxiously awaiting her call. At 1:15 she called and said she got off! Wahoo!! We were able to go to the baptism and it was so amazing!(:
Sunday was another beautiful day!(: Numbers were a bit small but we had a great meeting. Sister Blair was asked to bear her testimony and it was great! Sister Murdock gave a wonderful talk about being the young adults of the noble birthright. Then me and Sister Blair got to teach gospel principles! It was a lot of fun and actually went really well! Being in a YSA we end up teaching and speaking quite a bit! After church we had some meetings and then a great lesson with Elizabeth. We talked about the Plan of Salvation and it went really well. She is doing great and loving the branch! That night we went over and made dinner with Jocelyn and had a lesson. It was fun! When we got home we went and checked on the sisters. One of them is really sick so we stayed and talked for a bit. It is nice being in the same apartment complex and getting to bond with them. They are great sisters and I love them both very much!(:
There has been a lot of talk about the new year lately and I have been thinking about it quite a bit. I feel very honored and blessed that I get to be a missionary for all of 2016! Why is Christmas at the end of the year?? If you think about the Christmas season like Sunday, Sunday is a special time we have to reflect on our Savior and to prepare for our week. Christmas is a special time we have to reflect on our Savior and his birth. It is at the end of the year to help us prepare for a new year! I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year! Think about how you can involve Christ more into your life and make 2016 the best year yet! I love all of you and am so grateful to know each one of you!(: