Dear loved ones,
This week has been…. crazy: stressful, long, fast, wonderful, astounding, jaw dropping etc…
The last week kind of feels like a month. Mission time is kind of warped, but this week was just crazy! That is what I love about the mission! 🙂 This is the only time of my life that I can go and be crazy and not have to worry about worldly responsibilities.
Sister Sheffer and I have been having so much fun! We thought we ran out of miles for the month, so we biked EVERYWHERE! Oh yeah! The picture of us with our helmets and bikes was taken just after we biked up a monster hill and had survived making it across the Atlanta highway and the over pass above the freeway without bike lanes.
We both love biking! 😀 It can be scary at times, but I feel as though there is a bubble protecting me. The Lord is with us of that I am sure! That is why we strive to be exactly obedient so we can be worthy of those blessings.
Now that we have begun a new month, we have more miles to use! So we went out to get in the car when we were heading out the other morning and tried to start the car, but it wouldn’t start. The battery was dead. We called the vehicle specialist and he had us find someone to help us jump the car. Our very sweet neighbor tried to help us but it wouldn’t work, so we called the Zone Leaders and they came out and helped us. It worked and we used it very thankfully.
The next day we didn’t have any problems and drove it to Zone Training and then around with the Sister Training Leaders. The next day we went out and put our bikes on the bike rack and tried to start the car, but it was dead again. We didn’t have time to deal with it, so we took our bikes off and rode across the freeway and the highway to our appointment.
We had the Aston’s pick us up and go with us to an area that was a little sketchy to meet this lady who had wanted us to leave the peace and blessings of the Savior in her home. After that, they took us home and Elder Aston jumped the car again. We needed to drive it for a bit to make sure the battery would stay charged, so we went to Brusters to get some ice cream and then to visit one of our investigators.
Our investigator wasn’t home, but we talked to this young man who was mowing the lawn across the street. He said he wasn’t interested at the time, but we gave him a card and told him about a sports video on mormon.org that he should watch and our names and number if he has any questions. Sister Sheffer and I felt really good about it. You never know what seeds you are planting.
The car specialist let us know that it might be our “Tiwi” that was draining our battery, if it was staying on all night, so we are getting a new one from SLC and he will bring it down in a few days. Tiwi is a device that all of the mission vehicles have to help us be safe drivers. Tiwi reminds us to “check our speed” and other things that help remind us to be safe drivers. He also takes note of certain things that get reported to the mission office. Our Tiwi hasn’t been working. It will be nice to have Tiwi back. I kind of miss him… he is a nice security blanket especially when I don’t know what the speed limit is.
So we have had many adventures this week but I am so grateful for the trials that we have had and how they are making us stronger, physically as well as spiritually and mentally!
I love y’all so much and thank you for your emails and letters and your love and support and especially your prayers! They are felt!
I hope Mirm had a wonderful Birthday! Did she get my card? I have a gift that I need to send still. So be looking for a package dear! Have so much fun in Disneyland! When y’all are hot and sticky and exhausted, remember lil ol me out here and imagine that heat times 10 plus humidity and biking around all day in a skirt! ha ha! but also imagine feeling immense joy as you see people’s faith increase as you testify with the spirit of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and how the church was restored and how living the principles of the gospel will help them with any and all challenges they are experiencing in their lives at that moment!
We met this young lady from California yesterday at the park and first when I asked her if she would want to read the Book of Mormon, she said she honestly wouldn’t read it, but then after we explained a little more about it and answered her questions about it’s relation to the bible and testified of its truthfulness and ability to bless her life and help her raise her daughter, we saw her change and her faith increase as she committed to read the chapter we picked out for her and then she said depending on if she got into it then she would continue to read.
The Lord knows His children each individually and loves them! I am so blessed and grateful to be able to see and feel His love for them and how He sees them; in White.
Hey dad, last week I was a little low on time so I wasn’t able to respond, but I printed off your email and read it this week which was nice! I want to start doing that more. I don’t get that many letters via mail so it was nice to have your email to read during the week. (Sarah is an angel for writing me! She keeps me going!)
I should really get a GPS; the cheapest one out here is about $88. We have been getting around using our memories and a map (very beat up) but it makes the process kind of slow. I am afraid that when I get transferred to a new area I will be completely lost without a GPS. We do not have any in our phones; we are not technologically up to date that way… 😉
I am grateful for my sense of direction which I get from you, dad. I am so glad that y’all have been connecting with the Bringhursts! I love their daughter so much! She is an incredible missionary! Her companion is from Alberta Canada and is related to some Woodruffs through the Robbinsons. She said she knows a Gody Woodruff…? She is darling and very beautiful!
That is so exciting! I am way stoked for y’all and your vacation! You could also come down here to Disney World, or just Montgomery to see Nat King Cole’s birthplace and Helen Keller’s school and other Historical cites! Y’all would LOVE it down here! 😉 I hope y’all have tonz of fun out there! Take lots of pictures and share when you can! ha ha!
There are no problems with my camera; I just haven’t had enough time to send them. I can only send 3 pictures per email and it is kind of a long process. I will repent and be better though. 😀
Thanks, dad, for being patient and teaching me!
Love you tonz and forever!
Can you pray that our investigators will act on their desires to change and continue learning?
Our investigator came to church yesterday!!!!! it was so wonderful! She made instant friends with one of the ward members who hasn’t felt very welcome so it was so perfect!