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Southern Speaking from September 2015 to March 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

12.27.16 Christmas Miracles!

Hey there, everybody! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. It was so amazing to talk to my family and I feel so blessed. We had an incredible week full of miracles. When we are exactly obedient and do all we can the Lord will bless us....

Tuesday after a wonderful district meeting I got to go on exchanges with Sister Christensen. Words can't express how grateful I am for her and the blessing she is to me. I admire her and look up to her in many ways. She is a great example and such a incredible missionary. She has a love for all those she meets and for this wonderful work! 

We had a great lesson with Audra in the Pusey families home. Audra opened up to us about her worries and concerns. Meeting with the missionaries and coming to church has caused some problems with friends and family. She is so strong and knows what she is doing is right. She was especially tired because she had gone without tea or coffee all week! Which is amazing and we are so proud of her. She asked us questions and we had a great lesson about baptism and the temple. Baptism truly is the gate by which we can work towards entering the temple. Where families can be sealed for time and all eternity. 

We were headed to a lesson with one of our less actives named Alicia but we arrived a bit early. Sister Christensen remembered visiting a woman on the same street last time she was on exchanges in Laurel Springs. She couldn't remember her name but recognized the house. We decided to go knock on the door and a woman named Amy answered. She is a strong woman and an amazing mother who home schools her kids. She had been meeting with missionaries but her life got crazy and she had been out of town for awhile. She was so happy to see us and invited us right in. She said that we had come right when she needed us and that it always seemed to happen that way with missionaries. She began to tell us that she has been upset with God lately and really missed feeling the Christmas spirit. Things just weren't the same this year. We talked with for a bit and then showed her the Light the World video. She loved it and it brought the spirit so strong. We talked about the BoM and promised her that if she would read it it would bring more peace and joy into her life then she has ever felt before. We told her how much God loved her and that he needed brave daughters. Tears flowed down her face and she said we could come back on Christmas Eve. So we did and we had another great lesson! :) 

Our ward mission leader had the idea of having every family submit two of their close friends or neighbors to us that we could go caroling too. This last week from 7-9 we went with a member and sang to 4-6 families a night. Leaving them with some chocolates and a Light the World card. If the spirit moved us we would ask if we could come in and share a 2 minute Christmas video with them. It was a huge success and we are now teaching two amazing families that have been so prepared.

One of the families we met this week while caroling is named the Kim family. The father teaches our bishops son golf. They came to church a couple weeks ago to hear him speak and it was great. We introduced ourselves and answered his questions but he didn't seem too interested. The bishops family asked us to go caroling and it was awesome. Brother Kim opened the door to complete shock of us singing but soon a smile came over his face. When we finished he thanked us for coming and then paused. He then said "ya know, I am so glad y'all stopped by!" I have been thinking and I have some questions for you. We came inside and we're able to answer his questions. They all came from looking on the internet unfortunately but we were able to clear them up. They are out of town for a few weeks but we gave him a Book of Mormon and he is excited to read it. We planted that seed a few weeks back and it is already starting to grow. They are so prepared and we are excited to continue working with them! 

The other family is the Elle family who are friends with the fantastic Stock family in our Ward. We went caroling there and they invited us right in. We had a great talk with the husband and he was so happy to see us. He said he had been to our church before and loved it. That he knew he needed to come back and invited us to come back and teach his whole family this next week! It was amazing and they are so prepared. God is good. 

Sam is doing so awesome. We had some great lessons with him this week. He is starting to ask more and more questions and you can tell he is really thinking. We read through the introduction of the BoM with him and he loved it. He has started reading on his own now. They took us to dinner last night and we had a great discussion about trails and the atonement. Everyone goes through hard things, they are apart of life. But Jesus Christ paid the price so he could know how we are feeling in every situation. You are never alone. 

I love y'all so much! Thank you for your love and support. I hope you have a great new year and make some great goals for this upcoming year. Faith in Jesus Christ gives us strength to leave the last behind and look ahead to a brighter future! 

Love,
Sister Hosman🍑

Sister Hosman and Sister Christensen




Exchanges! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

12.19.16 Merry Christmas y'all!

Hey y'all! 
It has been the craziest week but a great one! There was one day that we drove over 150 miles. Lots of great stories so here we go! 

Tuesday morning I went to my last follow up doctor appointment with Dy Nguyen. It went so well and he was so happy to see us. He couldn't believe how well I looked and was doing. He paused for a second and then said "wow! It must be all those prayers!" I assured him that it was. He told me that another boy with the same problem who was also born with gastroschisis was not doing well at all. I know it really made him think and I have no doubt he will join the church some day. After my appointment he invited us to have lunch with him and his staff. We didn't stay for long when he offered us tea! Haha He is so incredible and I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful doctor. He gave me his number and told me I had to come back and see him! :) 

We hurried back from the doctor so I could go to court with one of the sisters for her car accident. It was interesting experience but she did great and all is well! :) 

Thursday we had the most amazing zone conference. It was centered on member missionary work which was awesome. President Bennion's nephew named Peter came and spoke to us. He was very bold and had some really good counsel. The spirit was so strong and it was one of those meetings you never forget. He reminded us how missionaries are called and that we are needed here. We need to look the part, act the part and BE the part. You can't fake having the spirit. We have been called to the Bible Belt to teach the restoration! 

After zone conference we went to the Level Creek area to tract and have dinner before the stake meeting. However when we pulled up to the church it was surrounded by police cars and fire trucks. After zone conference most of us left except for President Bennion and some Elders who needed to be interviewed. One of the Elders smelt something odd and walked into the gym to see the chairs were on fire. He ran and got President Bennion and everyone else out of the building. Another Elder quickly called 911. They had been working on the roof that day and someone left their piece of equipment on. It dropped sparks into the ceiling which then went into the light and then fell onto a chair. It was crazy and the stake meeting was cancelled. Such a huge blessing that their were people there to catch it. No one was hurt, just a lot of water damage. All the wards are working together to get everything cleaned up ASAP. Hopefully it will be back to normal soon. 

There is a less active named Alicia Rivero in our ward that we are working with and she is so sweet. She is a single mom who is really struggling. We found out that her four year old daughter was sleeping on the floor and let the Ward know. The next day a couple in the Ward brought us a toddler bed to deliver to her. We had a lesson scheduled a few nights later with her and decided to give it to her then. Before our lesson we invited her to come outside with us. When we placed it in her hands tears filled her eyes. She said very quietly and filled with gratitude "she won't have to sleep on the floor anymore!" It was such a special moment and the spirit was so strong. It was a wonderful reminder that this is what Christmas is truly all about. 

Merry Christmas y'all! I hope it is a great one. In the craziness of it all don't forget to take a moment and remember the reason for the season. I am so grateful for my savior and this time I have to serve him. He gave us the greatest gift of all! Love y'all! 

Love,

Sister Hosman 



These are the chairs from the church fire. So crazy! 



Monday, December 12, 2016

12.13.16 Just like that, Winter is here!

Hello y'all! 

We had a cold week this week and really had to bundle up. Winter is officially here and it is cold, especially on a bike! Haha It was a good week though and I'm loving it more and more here everyday! 

Monday night we had a great lesson with Sam! We taught him about the restoration and it went really well. The spirit was really strong and he asked great questions. We brought an awesome member with us named Tasha. The week before I left Level Creek (my first area) Tasha got home from her mission. She is now married and living with her husband in the Laurel Springs Ward. It was so great to teach with her again. Sam is so great and was so excited to read from the BoM. He was not raised in a religious home but says he has seen throughout his life how important faith is. He has a desire to learn more and come closer to his savior Jesus Christ. You can tell his soul is hungry for it and it is truly amazing. 

Another one of our awesome investigators is named Audra. She is a mom of 3 awesome kids and is so sweet. She has been taught for awhile now and is so close to entering the gate of baptism. We had a great lesson with her this week and we're able to answer her questions. She is very curious and likes to study everything out which is good. Audra is so close to the spirit and has so much faith. It is incredible and the second I met her I had so much love for her. It is so amazing to be able to see and feel just a small piece of the way good sees and feels for his children. Audra is praying about being baptized next month so please keep her in your prayers. I know she is ready to take this step and that her family will follow close behind her. 


Tuesday we had a great zone meeting and then went to lunch with all the sisters. Some members own a pizza place so we went there and it was really good. They were the nicest  people and so happy to see us. After that I headed to Sugar Hill on exchanges with Sister Duffin. We had a lot of fun and she is such a wonderful missionary. I was able to learn so much from her. When we got to the area we got a call from the mission office. Sister Duffin was in a car accident back in March and the city asked her to come be a witnesses in court. Super crazy but tomorrow I am taking her to Court, so that should be a fun adventure. (Not something I would have ever guessed I would do on a mission! Haha) We met a lot of cool people though and even had a lesson with Tasha. She was being taught when I was in my first area and now she is baptized. It was so great to finally meet her. We had a great lesson with her and she asked us to help give up smoking again which is awesome!

This week I was studying in Matthew about the parable of the laborers. 
In this parable the householder went into the marketplace at about 6:00 a.m. and hired laborers to work for a “penny." He returned to the marketplace at 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. (the eleventh hour), found other unemployed men who were willing to work, and hired them, promising to pay them “whatsoever is right”


The "penny" represents eternal life which is the reward for all people who make and keep sacred covenants with the Lord. His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there. I love these two quotes.. 

"However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines."
 - Elder Holland 

“So if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time”  -Elder Holland 

It made me think of Gloria who was baptized when she was 75 or the many less actives I have seen come back to the fold. It is never too late for anyone. I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ and this beautiful time of year we have to celebrate his birth. It is on and through my mission that I have come to gain a personal relationship with him and for that I will be eternally grateful. However dark you feel your life is or how far you feel you have turned from God I promise you it is is not too late. He is waiting for you with open arms. Life is hard but we are here to have joy so turn your hardships and burdens to him, he will give you rest. The atonement is real, it is an incredible gift and the best way we can thank him is to use the gift in our lives. 

Thanks for all you do! Love and miss y'all so much. Have a blessed week and stay warm! 

Love,

Sister Hosman

Zone Meeting 

Lunch with the Sisters after Zone Meeting

Splits with Sister Duffin

Look who we found!  Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 5, 2016

12.5.2016 #LIGHTtheWORLD

Rachael has a NEW ADDRESS
4335 Alta Dr.  apt. 3117
Suwanee, GA 30024-6688


Hello y'all!

This week flew by and we have been super busy! Laurel Springs is a great Ward and I am loving it here already! The Ward is pretty small and was just formed into a Ward about 15 months ago. It is filled with awesome families and has so much potential. We are on bikes and every other week we get the car. I am excited to start and finish my mission in the Sugar Hill Zone. 

A bit about my companion... Sister Evans is 23 years old and from Washington state. She comes from a big family of 6 kids. She loves fantasy and hopes to be a writer. She has a strong testimony and is a wonderful missionary! I know the Lord has great things in store for us here!

Wednesday was my first day here and it was very exciting! We were headed to Sister Evans doctors appointment in Tucker. The drive was going well when all of the sudden rain came pouring down. It was so hard and so fast that you couldn't even see the car in front of you. The sky got dark and it was a bit scary. Suddenly as if from the sky we heard a voice say " Tornado warning, take shelter NOW!" We have been counseled has missionaries that when this kind of thing happens to get into the nearest members home ASAP. However we were well out of our area, in fact out of our mission. Not knowing exactly what to do we said a prayer. The zone leaders called and said to do what we felt good about and that they had not heard from President Bennion yet. (We found out later that it was because he was in the temple with the new missionaries) We knew this doctors appointment was important and proceeded on. We made it there safely and all was well. The tornado really did touch down in our area but it was a small one. Crazy experience and I know the Lord really does protect his missionaries! 

Our miracle this week was with a guy named Sam. We went to visit a inactive member and her boyfriend is named Sam. Apparently he doesn't usually come downstairs but he did that night. We were getting to know them and he started asking us lots of questions. About the church and missionary work. At the end he asked if we could teach him "the lessons" and told us that he is super interested. Containing our excitement of course we said yes! We handed him a restoration pamphlet and invited him to read it before our next visit. He immediately opened it up and started reading. It was amazing! The work is pretty slow here and we had just been praying to find a new investigator. It was so cool and just goes to show that this is truly the Lord's work. He makes it all happen! 

This week we had MLC which is missionary leadership council. It is with all the sister training leaders and zone leaders in the mission. As well as President and Sister Bennion. It was amazing and such a cool experience. I felt like we were behind the scenes of a movie called GANM. President Bennion was the director and we were the rest of the crew. Together we discussed the mission and how we can help improve the work. We were able to role play together and receive inspiration. It was so cool and I'm so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve. 

Light the World is the new Christmas video that the church put out this year. If you have not seen it yet, please go watch it! It invites us to go out and serve just has Jesus Christ does. There is a different theme to each day with ideas of acts of service you can do. It brings the spirit so strong and I love the message it brings. This time of year is so beautiful and service is what it should be all about! It is a great opportunity to take a breath during the Christmas craziness and serve someone else. I know and promise that as we do it will be a Christmas to remember. Our homes and hearts will be filled with more love and kindness. 

We had a really cool experience with the video this last week. We were out tracting and knocked on the door of a Chinese family. She was telling us that she went to a Chinese church and was about to shut the door when we asked if we could share a 2 minute video on Christmas. She said yes and just about 40 second into it asked "wait are there no words?" "No" we said and she asked if we could gather the rest of her family and watch it again. Turns out both her mom and sister were visiting from China, and they didn't speak English. All the family gathered and we showed the video. The spirit was so strong and it was a really cool experience. Her heart was softened in less than a minute! 

I love being a missionary. I love this work. I love the gospel. I'm so grateful to be here and give this time to serve my Savior Jesus Christ. I hope y'all are doing well and invite you to light the world this Christmas season! Have a blessed week! 

Love,

Sister Hosman

My new companion, Sister Evans from Washington
Sister Giddons, my STL companion

These are some of my favorite families in Hickory Flat that I went to say goodbye to...

The Sommer's

The Harris Family 

The Dustin kids


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

If you're southern and you know it, say AMEN!!

Hey y'all! 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and week. It was a wonderful week here and things are going great! Trying to get everything packed and ready for my new adventure. I am headed to the Sugar Hill Zone to be a Sister training leader (STL) and serve in the Laurel Springs Ward. I am sad to leave Hickory Flat but excited for a fun new adventure! I know the Lord has great plans in store for me. 

On Wednesday we had a great lesson with Caitlin! She is doing so good and I'm so proud of her. We had. Great gospel discussion and the spirit was so strong. She asked us great questions and it had been so cool to watch the change in her. It all starts with a desire to change. I'm so glad I got to know her and help her in her steps back to the restored gospel. 

We had a great Thanksgiving day and ate way too much food! This Ward is so amazing and filled with incredible families. I feel so blessed to have been able to serve here! 

We took President Bennions counsel of going in store contacting on Black Friday and it was a huge success. We met some amazing people and planted lots of seeds. Even got some referrals for other missionaries near by, we are all in this together! We met one lady who was working in the optical department and she was so sweet. She had two daughters but had not been to church since her father passed away when she was 15 years old. We had to stop talking with her when a customer came but kept thinking about her. When we were about to leave the store I decided to go and bear my testimony to her. How much joy and peace the gospel brings me and my family. I promised her that the message we share would bless her life and the life of her family. Before I could even finished she grabbed a sticky note and wrote her information, then handed it to me. It was so amazing! We were finishing our morning contacting at target and ran into a member from the Ward. She asked if she could take us to lunch, and of course we said yes! It was a little tender mercy and the best part was she gave us an awesome referral! :) 

Gloria's baptism was on Saturday and it went so well! We had a lesson with her on Saturday morning and it went really well. At the end of the lesson I asked her how she was feeling and she said "ready and tired!" I asked her why she was tired and she replied that she didn't sleep well last night, she was too nervous about her baptism but that she received all her answers. There was a pause and then I said "oh ya, did you have a good talk with your Heavenly Father last night? She nodded her and said "hmm. Mm." We all looked at each other in shock and the spirit was so powerful. It was so amazing and such a testimony to me that God always hears and answers our prayers. Not in our timing or way but he will. As we act in faith he will bless us with answers and the righteous desires of our hearts. It was a beautiful baptism and such a wonderful day! 

On Sunday she came to church ready to be confirmed and looking great. She said she wasn't feeling super well but that it would be okay. Before the sacrament began to be passed she started to cough pretty bad. We all looked to make sure she was okay but it seemed alright. A few moments later we heard her say "oh no!" Suddenly she was throwing up, everywhere! Sister King grabbed a bag and tried to catch all she could. We got up to run and get paper towels. It was projectile and seriously crazy! (If you have ever see pitch perfect that is all I could think about) We got her cleaned up and they took her home to rest. She will hopefully be confirmed and receive the gift of the holy ghost next Sunday. It was so sad and we all felt so bad. Now it makes a great laugh and story for all of us. Definitely a sacrament meeting that I will never forget. 

Debra is doing great and we had a couple awesome lessons with her this week. She is the sweetest lady and has so much faith. From the beginning she already knew so much about the gospel and we could immediately see how prepared she was. She is a cancer survivor of 5 years and firmly believes one of the reasons she is still here is so she could accept the gospel. It is incredible and we are all super excited for her baptism this Saturday! I am sad I won't be able to be there but know it will be a wonderful day! 

Thank you so much for all your love and support. I know this church is true and am so grateful for the opportunity I have to share it with my brothers and sisters in Georgia! Serving a mission truly is the best decision I have ever made. I know and testify that Christ lives and he loves you. He is aware of you and wants the very best for you. I have really come to gain a personal relationship with Him and I am so thankful for that. I know each of you can do the same. Study your scriptures and pray, everyday. You will come to know Him as you do. Let us all serve Him with all our heart, might, mind and strength! If you are struggling or sad go out and serve another and I promise you will feel 100x better! 

I love y'all! Have a blessed week! :) 

Love,

Sister Hosman 

Gloria's Baptism day! 

Gloria



Gloria and her daughter's family - the King's

Thanksgiving day at one of the members who fed them.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!🍁

Hey y'all coming at ya live from the peach state! 

Things are great here and I'm still happy as ever! Fall is beautiful and we finally got a taste of winter this last weekend. 

We had a wonderful zone conference this week combined with the Rosewell zone. It is always such a blessing to be gathered with a big group of the Lord's servants. We learned lots about charity and how to be better teachers. It is hard to get up early and all the other fun things missionaries get to do but if we are motivated by love it is so much easier. That is the key. Being motivated by love, love for your investigators, for God and for the work!❤️

I received a letter during zone conference from a 17 year old girl named Alyssa. It was amazing and I can't describe to y'all how much I needed it that day. She is a super cute girl from my home stake that was baptized four years ago but I don't believe we have ever met. She wrote a letter thanking me for choosing to serve a mission and expressing her dream of serving one day. She said to keep up no matter what and to find those who are ready for the gospel like she was. It was so cool and such a tender mercy. I know my Heavenly Father knew I needed it and it was an answer to prayer. 

Gloria is getting baptized on Saturday and we are so excited! We had several amazing lessons with her this week and she is so ready. One was on Tuesday and we went over the plan of salvation. The mission department from Salt Lake City sent someone to our mission so he could observe our teaching for research. So he joined us for that lesson and it went great. Gloria understood it all and asked great questions. All week she has been making comments to the King family and her nurses about her baptism. How happy she is and how "she can't drink coffee because she is getting baptized!" At the end of the lesson we sang the hymn "Families Can Be Together Forever". She asked us what would happen to her sons who haven't accepted the gospel. We were able to bare testimony that they will have their chance to accept it too. If not in this life then in the spirit world. That everyone has their time just like now is her time. Smiles and peace filled the room and it was amazing. Then on Thursday we had another lesson and President Bennnion got to join us! (Super cool experience to teach with your mission President btw) We taught about tithing and fast offerings and immediately she was asking how much of her social security she would need to pay. Her faith has grown so much and I'm so proud of her. President Bennion was able to share an amazing story and testimony about the important of paying fast offerings that really touched her. It brought the spirit so strongly. 

The whole thing is such a miracle and I'm so grateful to be apart of it. I wanted to share a bit of the background story with y'all! So a couple months back in October before General conference, Sister King was getting frustrated with having to take care of her mom 24 seven. Which was very understandable. She called different nurses as well as nursing homes trying to find the best place for her mom to go. She was quite into the process when General conference weekend began. All weekend long she had a nagging feeling to have the missionaries teach her mom. Knowing that she had tried many times in the past with no success she was hesitant and kept pushing the feeling aside. After General conference she decided to talk to her husband about it and get his input. He said well why not it's worth a shot maybe it's her time now. Later that night we decided we should stop by and get to know the King family. I had known their daughter Kristen from serving and the Big Shanty YSA branch, but wanted to meet her family. Before we left their home Sister King talked to us about "practice teaching" her mom the discussions. She informed us that this was all it would be and to not get our hopes up for anything more. So we started coming by every Monday night and teaching her mom. Two things you need to know about Ms. Gloria; first, she is very hard of hearing so we seriously have to yell at her when we teach and it is so funny. Second, is that she forgets who Sister King is or where she is at times but if you ask her about the spirit world she will tell ya all about it. It is truly incredible! The first lesson was amazing and the spirit was so strong. Gloria was getting it and we could all see that the Lord has been preparing her. To our surprise the second lesson went even better and Miss Gloria was put on date for baptism. Through Gloria's amazing journey Sister King continued to say "we will see " when anyone talked about her baptism. However, this week after our lesson on Thursday with President Bennion Sister King said with tears in her eyes, "Wow! This is actually happening! " The timing couldn't be better. Brother King was just released  as bishop about 6 months ago. Now he has time to help assist getting Gloria to and from church which he would have never been able to do before. God is preparing people for us to find and teach every minute. He is the true converter. I love Gloria with all my heart and know that this is her time to accept the wonderful good news of the gospel in its fullness. I'm so grateful for the spirit of revelation. If Sister King never listened to that prompting we would have missed the opportunity to teach her. 

My heart is filled with gratitude and I feel so blessed. I am so grateful for this gospel and the restoration of the priesthood. For the Book of Mormon which we can read for ourselves and know if it is true. I am so grateful for my mission and this time that I have to share the good news with my brothers and sisters. His glorious gospel provides answers to lives biggest questions. Even when things don't go the way we think I know God has a perfect plan. His hand is in absolutely everything we do. I'm so thankful for my family and each one of you. Your love and support mean the world to me! Happy Thanksgiving! Hope it's a peachy one!(: 

Love,

Sister Hosman🍑


Loved seeing Gremmy @ Zone Conference

Sister Hosman and Sister Nu'usa @ Zone Conference

The Fall leaves are gorgeous!





Monday, November 14, 2016

Pray, he is there❤️

Hey y'all! 

The weather is still beautiful and the work is going great here in Hickory Flat! I am feeling so much better and so grateful to be here. 

First off, I had a great follow up appointment with the doctor and am so grateful for him. Thank you so much for your love and support. He hasn't read the BoM yet but we talked to him more and he showed us pictures of his cute family. We talked about our purpose as missionaries and how the gospel blesses families. We asked if we could send the missionaries in his area to his home and he said YES! It was so exciting! Keep praying and I will try to keep y'all updated! :)

Jocelyn Pulsipher (one of our recent converts) and her husband just received their first two foster boys. One is two and the other is 6 weeks old. They are so sweet and the Ward came to the rescue. They were a bit overwhelmed and only had a few hours to get everything ready. The Ward came together and showed up with strollers, clothes, cribs, food, blankets and much more! It was amazing and this Ward is truly incredible. I love the family that the church provides whoever you go. They are seriously the sweetest boys and have been through so much. I didn't get pics lastweek but will this week for sure. :) 

I also got to go on exchanges with Sister Cunningham this week and it was wonderful. I learned so much from her and really enjoyed it. She is such a great missionary and has so much love for everyone. She is a great example of charity and has such a powerful testimony. She will certainly be missed. 

We had a great lesson with Gloria this week on temples. Sister Cunningham was there with me and it went really well. The spirit was so strong and she understood it all. The family was really emotional and it was so cool to have the daughter (Sister King) explain that she had done the work for the rest of the family and were baptized too. Gloria loved that and she is so excited for her baptism day. She has been telling all the nurses that she "can't drink coffee anymore because she is gonna be baptized!" It is amazing and has been so cool to watch her grow. I am so grateful for the temple where families can be sealed together for time and all eternity. 

This past Sunday was the primary program and it was sooo good! They touched on missionary work, temples and the restoration. It was so good! Maybe it's because I'm missionary but the missionary part touched me so much! Picture this: me and my companion are sitting in the back of the chapel, right next to where the big curtain would normally close. We sit there and watch the kids say "hi" to their families. It was so cute! And then they present the missionary portion of the program and the Alley boys (family in the Ward) got up and sing "We'll Bring the World His Truth". My companion and I are sitting there bawling our eyes out because the message has touched us. It touched me so much because I love missionary work! It reminded me of how great my calling is and how grateful I am to be on a mission! I've learned so much and it's so crazy to see how fast time flies by! 

This week I have been studying about the Lord's Prayer in Matthew chapter 6. The institute manual has so many insights and I learned so much. It talked about how it is meant to be learned from, not necessarily memorized and repeated. It broke up each sentence and what we can learn from them. I made a deal with my Heavenly Father that for the rest of my mission I will say my nightly prayer out loud in my closet. As it talked about in verse 6 of that chapter. It has been great and such a spiritual experience for me. I feel the spirit so strong and like I am really having a conversation with him. I'm so grateful for the power of prayer and the ability we have to communicate with him. I invite each of you to do the same and promise you will feel the spirit more abundantly in your life. 

Have a blessed week, love y'all so much! 

Love,

Sister Hosman

Super fun Ward bonfire on Monday night! Huge success, such a good idea :)

Out to lunch with the sisters after zone training! :)

Got to see Derik this week! It was so good to see him!(: 

ExChAnGeS!!

So beyond grateful for this wonderful doctor!!❤️

Dat braid tho(;

Ms Gloria! My sunshine! She is so sweet and I love her so much! 

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Monday, November 7, 2016

I love to see the temple ❤️

Hi y'all! 

Wow! Fall is beautiful and the weather is perfect!! Warmer than any other November I've ever experienced. The leaves are still changing and it is gorgeous. 

We were able to the temple on Tuesday and it was fantastic. We were almost late and scared we wouldn't be able to go because the traffic was awful. However with much prayer we made it just in time and it was great. One of the temple workers was Sister Brooks who was in the Big Shanty YSA presidency. It was so good to see her and a wonderful little tender mercy. I love the peace that is there and the spirit was so strong. It was much needed and really healed my spirit. I am so grateful for the temple and that families can be together forever. We are so blessed. 


We had a rough day on Wednesday but then we had a lesson with Gloria and it was a total turn around. It was amazing and the spirit was so strong. One of those moments that you just had to be there for. We taught about the gospel of Jesus Christ and she loved it. She and her daughter had a great moment and it was so special. She said she was excited to have the same light that her daughter had when she was baptized. She is so prepared and has grown so much. At the end of the lesson she said our closing prayer and it was so sweet. She was so sincere and just talked to Heavenly Father like we weren't even there. Then she turned to us and told us that we were so pure and how much she loved us. There were lots of tears. She was able to come to church this week as well which was amazing. 

I am feeling much better. Thank you for all the love and prayers. I am going for my follow up appointment  with the Dr. on Friday. I am anxious and hope he has read from the BoM. Keep praying and stay tuned... 
Have a great week y'all, I love you! 

Love,

Sister Hosman 

Sister Hosman & Sister Nu'usa at the Atlanta Temple 11.1.16







Monday, October 31, 2016

10.31.16 God is in the details ❤️

Happy Halloween y'all! It was a wonderful week and the work is continuing on!  We have been so blessed and saw some fantastic miracles. I'm guessing most of you know about the curve ball this weekend but I'm feeling much better! This one is gonna be a long one but keep reading! I promise it's worth it... 

Monday night we went over to the King's house to teach Gloria. We taught her the plan of happiness, God's plan for his children. The spirit was so strong and it went really well. She was able to answer all our questions and the spirit truly took over the lesson. Before we knew it we were inviting her to be baptized and to our surprise she said yes! She accepted November 26th as a day to prepare to be baptized. Her lessons are always so funny because she has a hard time hearing. We seriously have to yell and speak very slowly. I'm so thankful that my grandpa taught me how to speak clearly! She talked about how peaceful and "light" she felt and we promised her that that was the spirit teaching her that our message was true. It was a wonderful night and I love Ms. Gloria so much! 

On Wednesday we had a lesson with Debra, who was a referral from the Canton Ward. (That is the other Ward that meets in our church building.) Debra is the sweetest woman and is so prepared. She is practically Mormon and knows a lot about the church. She has a sweet spirit and asked what she had to do to be baptized. She accepted the date of December 3rd to prepare for. It was awesome and a wonderful result of working with the members. 

Richard is doing great and we had some awesome lessons with him this week. He is still the smartest 9 year old I have ever met. At the end of a wonderful lesson on tithing we asked him his thoughts on baptism. Suddenly his mood changed and he seemed almost scared. As we talked with him and help resolve his concerns his mood changed. We promised him that he was ready and he accepted a date for November 16th! We are so excited! 

We had a lesson with Angi this week and Sister King was going to join us but it cancelled. Instead we felt like we should go try to see Arianna and it was awesome. Definitely meant to happen and goes to show that this is the Lords work. He always knows exactly where we should be and will make it happen if we are in tune with the spirit. Gods plan is always far greater. Sister King shared her conversion story and Arianna loved it. It was like it all became real to her. They were able to connect so well and it was amazing. She is so close to baptism and it has been wonderful to watch her grow. She has been through so much and her strength continues to amaze me. 

Friday was another great day in the service of God when our night had a serious plot twist! So when we came home from dinner Friday night, I wasn't feeling too good. And I realized that I was losing blood. After a quick call to the mission nurse, we were instructed to rush to the Emergency Room in Johns Creek. Being completely in shock, I obeyed and thus-the longest night of the mission began! (all nighters are not nearly has fun as a missionary) Before much of the craziness began, I was able to receive a priesthood blessing from two wonderful men in the Johns Creek Ward. They had just returned home from the temple that night where their son had gone through for the first time. When the blessing was pronounced upon my head, I was overcome with peace. It was promised to me that this will only be "but a small hiccup in the road and that I was here for a much greater purpose." After several frustrating hours in the Emergency Room, I was admitted in room 323. We stayed up most of the night explaining over and over again why we came to the hospital. Throughout our stay, we were able to meet many amazing people and share pieces of our message with them. But one nurse who stood out the most was Ms. Pam, our nurse for the day. Each time she would come and check up on me and my companion she would mention a different feeling that she felt or how she always got the chills when she entered our room. We were overwhelmed by the love and support of members and missionaries we serve along-side with. The Wall family who gave me the priesthood blessing were truly angels. They were there every minute to feed, clothe, love and support us. Every staff member that came into our room was amazed by the feeling of family that filled the room. It was hard for me to be away from my family through out all of this but in reality my family just got 10X bigger. Saturday afternoon I met the fantastic GI doctor and I could tell immediately that he was awesome. When I explained what was wrong and the reason I was in Georgia he said that "we had to get me better so that I could get back to the Lord's work!" He decided to do a procedure and left to call his staff and get it all ready. An hour later I was being rolled in my bed down the hallway to be knocked out by anesthesia. The doctor said "now I know we have to get started but before we do so, I have a couple questions for you." He asked the basic questions of what set us apart. I taught him the Restoration and the last part of the PoS which answers the question.. where we go after we die. That is really the last thing I remember before drifting off to sleep. When the procedure was over and we went back upstairs President Bennion gave him a Mormon.org and he also accepted a BoM. I have a follow up appointment with him in 2 weeks and he said he would be ready for his quiz on the book. It was amazing! The whole weekend was a bit scary but I know that everything happens for a reason. I feel so blessed to have a fantastic companion who was by my side the whole time. She is such a trooper! A couple of the Sister missionaries were able to come see me and it was such a blessing. Maybe I had to go through it all so that others could come to know the truth. If so, then it was definitely worth it! I am happy to be back in my apartment resting and hope to be back to the Lord's work very soon! Thank you so much for all your prayers and love. I love y'all so much! The church is true and the gospel really is good news! I love my mission and have never been happier. Even in the hospital I was able to share the gospel and it brought so much joy to my heart. Happy Halloween! Have a great night and be safe! Xoxo 

Love,

Sister Hosman🍑

Sister Hosman and Sister Nu'usa


"Gremmy" - Sister Hosman loves Sister Holmgren she was so happy to see her!

What a tender mercy, Sister Christensen from her home ward

Sister Christensen and Sister Neff came to visit - I think it's so cute Rachael is trying to be taller in this pic!  My little peanut!


Sunday, October 30, 2016

10.30.16 A little "hiccup" and lots of miracles


Dear Family and Friends,

Sister Hosman spent 2 nights in the hospital and could use your faith and prayers.  She lost some blood from an intestinal ulcer last week and was taken to the Hospital Friday night.  They gave her IV fluids, potassium, a B12 shot and an iron infusion.  There is no question she was run down, but hadn’t slowed down!  She’s doing amazing.  She sounds happy and giggly and is surrounded by so many angels, I am taken back by the outpouring of service from total strangers. 

The bonus of all of this has been the opportunity to hear her voice and know how well she is doing. Some of you know that we have 3 members of our home ward serving in the same mission, it has been fun to see how they've come together and been there for Rachael this weekend.  She told me that the AP (McKay Woodwell) called and told Sister Christensen (Riley) that she had permission to call and go visit Sister Hosman.  When Riley showed up at the hospital Rachael asked, "what are you doing?”  Riley replied, “Val Verda 1st ward taking over GANM”.  What a blessing that she is surrounded by friends.  This has been such a blessing to have Riley and McKay in the same mission.  

She is still busy doing mission work.  The mission president said that she was working on converting the nurses and the Gastroenterologist is a Catholic who is curious about her mission and the details of what she is doing.  He asked her what the difference between her church and his was and so she shared the story of the Restoration.  She gave him a Book of Mormon and he promised he would read it and she could quiz him at her follow up in 2 weeks! 

She was discharged Sunday morning and will be able to rest Sunday, Monday and have a temple day on Tuesday. We are confident that this was just a “hiccup” and she’ll be able to finish the last 4 months strong!  

Thank you so much for your faith and prayers,

Tammie


*A little extra lovin never hurt, if you can please send her a note.  


Her email address is rachael.hosman@myldsmail.net

Her current address is 
Sister Rachael Hosman
8303 Walden Crossing Drive
Canton, GA  30115-9544

Monday, October 24, 2016

10.24.16 That's what Faith can do...

Hello y'all! 

Here are a couple stories from this last week! :) 

Monday night we had a great lesson with Gloria. She was one of the referrals we received after general conference. She is a mother of one of our favorite members, Sister King. She is so sweet and we have to literally yell at her so she can hear us. It is a different experience of teaching the gospel in these volume but it went so well. The spirit was so strong and you could see the lord had been preparing her. The Kings were a little concerned and didn't no how much miss Gloria would understand. But she got it and was able to answer all our questions. At the end of the lesson we sang "I am a child of God" and Sister King was in tears. We are going back for another lesson tonight and I am so excited! 

Angi Mendoza, one of our investigators has had a toothache for a while now. She has been in a lot of pain and was trying to get back to Mexico to get it fixed. On Tuesday night our appointment cancelled but we felt like we needed to go check on Angi. When we got there she was laying in her bed in so much pain. We told her that she needs a priesthood blessing and she said she would love one. So I  called the Elders and members in our Ward to come and give the blessing while Sister Nu'usa informed her on what a priesthood blessing is. It was really good teamwork! Anyway, Brother and Sister King brought the Elders and all three priesthood holders gave her a blessing. She felt the spirit so strong. The next morning she texted us and said she slept SO good. She felt no pain and she was doing great! It's so good to see the Lord create miracles through those who are sanctified. The power of faith is amazing. I'm grateful for the priesthood power and how much peace it brings people. 

We were helping the Sommer family (recent converts) build a new fence in their back yard this weekend. I went inside to get a drink of water and saw that Angi was struggling. She was working on a homework assignment and was getting really frustrated. She gave a big sigh and mumbled some word under her breath. I asked her what was wrong and she began to tell me how this assignment made no sense. Before I could even think the words "well, have you said a prayer?" came out of my mouth. She kinda looked at me funny but I went with it and said "come on, I'll say a prayer with you!" I knelt down beside her and just said a simple prayer. Asking Heavenly Father to clear her mind and help her understand. As soon as I got down she quickly answered the next four questions and I said "see! Prayer is magic!" Her response was "let's see if I got them right though!"  Sure enough she did, there was silence and then she looked at me and said "thank you!" I love the simple truths of the gospel. Never forget that he is just one prayer away. He is always there waiting and loves us more than we could ever imagine. I'm so grateful for the power of prayer and the love he has for me. It gets me through the good and the bad times. 

This week I have been studying about the brother of Jared and the amazing faith that he had. I'm so grateful for the stories in the scriptures and the examples they are to us. Their faith is in incredible and they have so much trust in the lord. I know that no matter what is going on in your life, the most important thing is that you are child of God and he loves you. I promise that if you put your faith and trust in Him, it will all work out. He has a perfect plan for us and won't let anything get in the way of our enteral joy. The gospel is incredible but it doesn't promise that we won't have hard times in our lives. However, it helps us cope with them and enables us to find peace. Our faith is like a seed and continues to grow everyday. As we continue to nourish it, it's the little things! I love y'all so much! Have a great week and don't give up! Stay peachy🍑

Love,

Sister Hosman❤️

Sister Nu'usa and Sister Hosman

Fall in beautiful Georgia!❤️
Amen!
Super fun! Little Ward sister party! Silly Caitlin shut her eyes🙈



Monday, October 17, 2016

Hey y'all! 


It was a tough week but we had a great zone meeting! I love when we get to together as missionaries and help each other grow. The spirit was so strong and it was wonderful. Don't have much time today but here is a bit about my week...

We had several families that we have been teaching "drop" us this week. Meaning they told us they were no longer interested and for us to not come back. It really hit me, I have come to love these families so much. I know that the lord has a plan for each of them and pray they will accept the gospel some day. This life can be hard. The mission can be hard. But that is when we learn and grow. Trials bring us to Christ. We are here to find joy and that is what the gospel brings. I'm so grateful for my testimony and the joy I get when I share it with others. When times get hard and trails come, if we turn to him and his gospel we can find joy. 

The Frias and Huetero families are still doing great! We are hoping to work with them more and excited to watch them continue to grow in this gospel. 

We have been working with a less active named Sister Tye a little bit. She is wonderful and served a mission herself, she also has two sons out on missions. Over the years she has become less active and her testimony is struggling. She doesn't attend church because of her anxiety. We had a little bit of time on Friday afternoon and felt promoted to stop by. We had a great discussion with her about the atonement and fasting. She confided in us as missionaries and poured her soul out to us. The spirit was so strong and we were able to testify how much God truly loves her. We promised her blessings if she would just come to the first hour of church on Sunday. When we walked out of our meeting Sunday morning, smiles came over our faces as we saw her walk in with her sweet family. We had an incredible testimony meeting with so many messages she needed to hear. All about temples, families and missionary work. She cried during the whole thing and was overwhelmed by the spirit. She snuck out during the closing song and we knew we needed to go give her a hug. So we followed her out and she just threw her arms around us. As she continued to cry and say "thank you sisters!" It was such a special moment. Even though none of our investigators who committed to be at church actually made  it, Sister Tye was there. That was enough for us and for the Lord. I know this that less active work is such an important part of missionary work. Heavenly Father misses his lost sheep and needs us to help bring them back to the fold. 

I love y'all so much! Thank you for your love and support. Couldn't do this without you. Don't forget to find joy in the journey! 😀

Love,

Sister Hosman🍑

Sisters in the zone! So short on sisters in GANM right now! 
The Marietta Zone