Peach my Gospel

Southern Speaking from September 2015 to March 2017

Monday, September 26, 2016

9.26.16 Never give up!

Hello y'all! This week was super busy but wonderful! The work is picking up and getting better everyday. We are finally getting to know everyone and find our way around. We are really starting to work well with the Ward and the Elders. I don't have much time but here are a couple updates...

This week on Wednesday we had a fantastic zone conference! I know I say that every time but they really are the best. I always come away so motivated and feeling incredibly blessed to be a missionary. We talked a lot about prayer and the spirit. Both such essential things in missionary work. I'm so grateful for both of them in my life. The Holy Ghost really is the greatest gift in the world. We are so blessed. My testimony has continued to grow everyday of prayer. I know he hears and answers our prayers.

Caitlin is doing really well! We had an awesome lesson with her this week and taught her the Restoration. She committed to begin to read the BoM again. She is such a strong girl and I love her so much.

A miracle this week was the Frias family. They have known missionaries and been taught here and there for a couple years now. When I got to the area I felt a strong desire to meet with Arianna the daughter (who is 16), but we couldn't get in with them. This last week we knocked on their door and Arianna answered. She was so happy to see us and we were able to have an amazing lesson with her. It was right after zone conference so we were filled with the spirit and motivation. We went over the plan of salvation and came to find out her mother had recently passed away. We cried together and the spirit was so strong. We promised her that her mom was in a better place and that she wanted her to know the truth. I really felt both her moms and Heavenly Fathers abounding love for her, it was amazing! They invited us over for dinner this Sunday and we were able to teach the dad as well. They are planning on coming to general conference this weekend and we are so excited.

I absolutely loved Women's Conference! We are so blessed to have such wonderful church leaders on the earth today. I loved the reminder of faith and bringing it back to the basic principles of the gospel. I loved the story he shared of the missionaries who knocked an entire apartment complex. Every door until the last door on the last floor wasn't interested but they kept going. Never give up! Trust in him. He can see what we cannot. We need to continue to increase our faith as we read and pray everyday. I'm so grateful for my faith and the opportunity I have to share it with others everyday. I love y'all so much! Have a great week! Don't give up!

Love, Sister Hosman

Our "little bro" Brent, we love him!
MTC group in the zone! Love themπŸ’—

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sister Hosman has a new address

You can send her letters/packages to:

Sister Rachael Hosman
8303 Walden Crossing Drive
Canton, GA  30115-9544

9.19.16 Keep calm and preach on!❤️

Hi y'all!! This week was crazy again but wonderful! We had some unexpected changes, which meant I have had 3 different companions within 10 days!  The work is getting better here each day and there is lots to do! I will miss Sister Schofield so much but I know Heavenly Father has a plan for her. She was having some medical problems and went back home on Friday. She is a great missionary and I learned so much from her in that week we were together!

Tuesday morning we had zone meeting. We only were there for the first hour but it was great. They talked about charity and hope. How we need to love everyone without expecting anything in return. Christ finished the atonement without expecting anything, there was no gold star at the end. True charity requires an eternal perspective. Looking past their temporal flaws and seeing them as who they can become. That night we suddenly got a unexpected text from Caitlyn. She is the girl I talked about last week that Sister Blair told me to find. Last Sunday we texted her to see if she could meet and she wasn't the nicest about it. But on Tuesday she texted us "ok. When can you meet?" We met with her at the church and had a great lesson. She is an amazing girl. She asked us to start teaching her like an investigator, from the beginning. So we did and it is working miracles! I have seen so many miracles on my mission from teaching everyone like investigators. Including active or inactive members and myself. It is incredible! These lessons that we share are truly inspired.

Wednesday morning we met the cutest young mom named Brandie. The sisters were teaching her awhile back but hadn't been able to get in with her for a long time. We got to know her a bit and she has even been reading the BoM. She has the cutest little boys and her 9 year old is so smart. Not much has happened yet but we are planning to see them this week and I'm excited. They are so prepared. Keep them in your prayers and stay tuned!(;

Thursday morning we went and helped a recent convert named Angi make cupcakes. It was so much fun and just what I needed. It was for a beautiful fall wedding and they were delicious! Then we went and had lunch with a new member in our Ward. She is from Russia and her mom was visiting as well. They made us some interesting food and it was good but I don't know If I could eat it for 18 months. I'll stick with my fried chicken and peaches!;) After that we had a lesson with a recent convert named Lisa from China. She doesn't speak English so we were able to skype with the sisters from SLC in temple square. We taught Lisa as they translated and it was such a special experience. I feel so blessed to have the gospel in my life and to know it is the same no matter where I go. For dinner we got to go with Baylen and Elizabeth. They are recent converts from when I was serving at KSU but they live in this area! It was fun to catch up and see how they were doing. I have missed them and love them both so much!

Friday morning we finished packing up Sister Schofield and headed for the mission office. I picked up my beautiful new companion, Sister Nu'usa. She is so sweet and a hard worker. I feel so blessed to be her companion. We were in the MTC together and she is such a wonderful missionary! Transfers took up most of the day but that night we had a great lesson with one of our recent converts. Her name is Semi and she is from Laos!! Shout out to my brother!! I was so excited to meet her and she promised to make us that food some time. She is so sweet and has the strongest testimony.

Sunday I got to be the youth speaker for the Ward because someone else cancelled! I spoke on how to help the poor and the needy. I have really come to realize that we are the poor and needy. We are here to help serve one another. Life is hard and that is no secret. We need each others love and support as well as the love and grace of our savior Jesus Christ. We got a member to go out with us after church and even skipped lunch so we could see as many people as possible. We dropped by about 12 different investigators or less actives and not one person was home. We were all trying to stay so positive but it was getting hard. We had to give up when it was time to head to dinner. Heavenly Father blessed our efforts and things started to turn around. We were trying to meet a less active family and turns out they lived with the members that were feeding us dinner. We got to know them and it was great. There was another less active/part member family near by that we wanted to see. The Elders had tried and didn't have much luck but we both really felt prompted. We knocked on the Cagle families door and he was a bit hesitant at first but let us right in. We got to know the family and shared the importance of the gospel with them. They invited us to come back this weekend for dinner and a message! After that we were on our way home but had about 10 minutes left. Not sure what to do, we suddenly got a prompting and turned into a neighborhood. Cortney, an other investigator we have been trying to see since I got to the area lived there. We were so excited to see lights on when we pulled up. We started walking up the stairs and met him halfway as we scared each other. We got to have a short lesson with them and get to know the family. The spirit was so strong as we talked about baptism and the importance of families with them. Cortney the father, and his two daughters accepted a baptismal date for October 15th! It was a fantastic tender mercy. I know that none of our efforts go waisted and this is the Lord's work. He wants us to succeed. I love y'all so much! Have a great week! Pray for opportunities to serve and follow your promptings.

Xoxo Love,
Sister HosmanπŸ‘
Biggest and most delicious peach ever!!πŸ‘
Teaching with the SLC temple square sisters!!πŸ‘πŸΌ

Sister Schofield got to hold baby Hyrum before she went home and I got as close as I could! Lol! 

Dropping her off! I love this girl so much!πŸ’—

Eating Lap for Zach! One of our recent converts is from Laos!!πŸ˜€

Scary man in the tree!! Hahaha

One year down!!!! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

9.12.16 Tender Mercies in Hickory Flat❤️

Hey y'all!

It was a great week full of changes! It was very hard to say goodbye to my family in Monroe but they will forever be in my heart. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve there and the eternal friendships I made. Hickory Flat is the name of the Ward but I am serving in the Canton and Holly springs area. It is wonderful here but different. It is so gorgeous and the Hickory Flat Ward is great! There is not a lot going on in the area right now but we are working on it!

The first day I got here I got to see two of my favorite girls from the branch. This is their home Ward and I am so excited to work with them again. One of them has been really struggling and when she got a call from me she said it was an answer to prayer. It is so cool to begin to see the Lord's reasons for everything he does.

This week I also got to see a recent convert named Angie. At the beginning of my mission I was serving in this zone and was able to come here on exchanges and help teach her when she was first investigating the church. Now she, her husband and daughter are all baptized and doing great! So amazing and a wonderful miracle!!

Baylen and Elizabeth are two other fantastic friends from the branch. They have been going through some things lately but it was so great to see them again! Baylen and his family live in the area. So many wonderful little tender mercies. I'm so excited to be able to to teach them and see them again.

Jocelyn sent me a pic this week of her starting her mission papers. A tear jerker for sure. I'm so proud of that girl and can't wait to see what the lord has in store for her! I love her so much and know she is going to bless so many lives.

We stopped by a potential investigator this week named Judy. She is so sweet and let us right in. We were also able to teach her husband which was great. We read 3 Nephi 11 with them and it went so well. Judy was just crying and the spirit was so strong. She has been looking for a new church and says she knows the BoM is true. We invited her to pray and ask if this was the church that she is meant to go to. We are going by this week to follow up and I'm very excited. The BoM is such a powerful book and it can change lives within seconds. It is so amazing to me! I'm so grateful for this chance I have to be a missionary and share such a powerful message.

When I heard I was coming to this area and told one of my last companions Sister Blair she was so excited. She immediately began to tell me about a girl that her brother had baptized on her mission. All she told me was that her name Katlyn, she had tattoos up and down her arms and was somewhere in the Hickory Flat or Canton area. Then she said "go find her and bring her back!" She had gone less active and no one could find her. My thoughts were ummm am I supposed to knock every door asking for a Kaitlyn?? Haha I had no idea what I was gonna do but I started praying. As soon as we sat down in church the bishop read the new names into the Ward. The first one was for Kaitlyn and a beautiful girl sitting in the back stood up. My mouth dropped and I was so amazed. She isn't ready to meet with us quite yet but is wanting to come back. Such a wonderful miracle! I know God hears and answers our prayers. He is so aware of each and everyone of us. I love y'all so much! Have a great week and remember who you are! Xoxo

Sister Hosman

The Polston Fam❤️
These are the bishops little girls!  Seriously, so darling!  I will miss them so much
Charles!  Such a wonderful guy and u have no doubt he will be baptized someday!

Grace  :)

Got to see my dear trainer, Sister Mathison 

Good to see Sister Blair one last time!

The biggest apples y'all ever did see!! Of course I had to put them on my head and pretend to be Minnie Mouse!(:

Sister Schofield

Just a little piece of beautiful Hickory Flat❤️

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

9.6.16 A new adventure, here I come Hickory Flat!

Hi y'all! It was a crazy week but a really good one! Lots of stress but lots of miracles too!

Right after district meeting ended on Tuesday our phone rang and it was the mission office. Our housing coordinator was calling us to tell us that our lease was up and we needed to move that day!
What?? It was a little crazy but we then spent all day Tuesday and Wednesday cleaning and moving. The Ward was so great and very helpful, we couldn't have done it without them.

Wednesday after we got done we finally got to go teach a little bit. We went to see Hazel and we're having a great lesson with her standing on the porch. All the sudden she passed out and fell right off the porch into a tree! Y'all it was so scary!! Oh my goodness. She was just lying there looking up at us in shock. We helped her help and took her in to get some water. So crazy! We also got to teach Debi. I had a thought to show her the Mormon message "Sanctify Yourselves" and talk about the priesthood. She loved it and asked so many great questions. The spirit was so strong and it was an amazing lesson. One of those everyday reminders to always follow your promptings! :)

Friday night we had just finished an awesome lesson with a referral. We had a team up from the Ward out with us who is great. It was dark and she was driving down the road when she turned to me and said "I'm not quite sure where I am or where I'm going." Half serious and half joking my response was "Well just let the spirit guide you." She drove a bit down the road and turned into a library near by. When she parked the car we saw a woman sitting against the wall under the light. As we were trying to decide if we should talk to her we decided that four people getting out of the car might scare her a bit. So Sister Stauffer and I jumped out of the car and began to talk with her. She had just been kicked out of her friends house and was praying for help. She was waiting for another friend who was on his way to get her from Tennessee. We got to know and taught her about the BoM. She loved it and said she knew we were sent there to find her. She was so excited to hear that there were missionaries in Tennessee that could continue to teach her more. She promised to read the BoM while she waited for her ride. It was so amazing and I know the spirit really does guide us. Although we haven't been able to follow up with her yet I know that it was in God's plan for us to find her and that he will continue to prepare her.

Saturday, we were supposed to go to the temple with our recent convert named Tommy for baptisms. We arrived at the church early Saturday morning and our recent convert was not there. We drove to his house and he was home. He told us he had been sick all night and didn't feel up to going to the temple. We tried to convince him for 15 minutes to no avail. We told our bishop we could no longer attend. Then he said there was another recent convert going for his first time, the only problem was he just past his year mark of being a member so he wasn't technically a recent convert. Not quite sure about the rules, we called the Sister Training Leaders and asked if we could still attend and they asked us how we felt about it and counciled us to pray as a companionship. We prayed and felt that we had more work to do in our area. We were sad because we really wanted to go to the temple, but we followed the prompting of the spirit and told the bishop we would not be at the temple. We ended up having a super successful day. We were blessed with team ups all day, and we were able to teach families we hadn't been able to teach for over a week. That was one of our most successful days this week.

Sunday we had the most incredible fast and testimony meeting. Kieren and her parents came which was such a cool little miracle. Kieren went up and bore her testimony about Jesus Christ and the Atonement. The rest of testimony meeting was super spiritual and many members got up and added their testimony to the one our investigator just gave. One member got up and bore his testimony and told Kieren "welcome home, you belong with us." The spirit and the love felt in church today was so powerful. Everyone was crying including Kieren and her family. It is so powerful to see the power of the Atonement working in our lives and to see people reach out and welcome with open arms just as our savior would. We ended the meeting singing all 7 verses of "How Firm a Foundation" it was wonderful and one of the strongest meetings ever.

Last night we got transfer calls and I am leaving Monroe. I feel so blessed to have been able to serve here for these last 6 months and have loved every minute. Just when I think I won't love this area as much as the last it always happens. I am definitely leaving a piece of my heart in Monroe. I am headed back to the Marietta Zone to a beautiful place called Hickory Flat. I have been there several times on exchanges and love it. I'm excited for the new adventure and know it is where I need to be. Even though it hasn't quite hit me yet and it will be hard I know I can do it as I rely on my savior Jesus Christ. This is truly his work and I'm excited to see what he has in store for me! I love y'all! Thank you for all you do! Have a blessed week! :)

Third verse of How Firm A Foundation
Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid. 
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

 Love, Sister Hosman❤️πŸ‘πŸ’—

Our last Zone meeting in Monroe

I love this Trio!  Sis. Staffer (Juneau, AK) and Sister Housel (Kamas, UT)

Moving day!  Goodbye 317 Alcovy Street

We saved a turtles life!

We met a bull!!

The Bishop's daughter fell asleep on my lap at church!