News on Transfers--Sister Anderson and I will both be staying together in Douglas!! We were both overjoyed and are SO excited for the people here. We can feel the success coming. Only 20% of our mission was moved for President Grayson's first transfer. In the past, transfers typically consisted of about 60-70% moving. Missionaries may be staying in areas much longer now, or at least while President Grayson gets to know us better.
Carl and Larissa Family:
|We visited a Less Active member (who wasn't home...)|
But ended up visiting their pigs instead! These little
guys came waddling out of nowhere.
This is the family I often talk about. (The one with the bleach story last week). Tuesday evening we were tracting around part of Douglas and ran into a young couple named Kylee and Adam. Upon visiting with her, she asked if we knew a Larissa. We lit up and exclaimed, "Yes! We do." She then explained that she was Larissa's best friend and that Larissa had her baby that afternoon!! We were so excited. We knew the baby was coming soon..but we didn't know exactly when it would be happening. Well, we left some reading material with them both and plan to come back another time. As soon as we walked back to our car, we called Larissa (poor woman...she was still in the hospital and here are the sister missionaries calling to yell about how excited we are for her. ha) and talked with her for a little. She ended up getting home Wednesday afternoon and we went to visit them all Thursday Evening. The baby is so precious! She's absolutely adorable and has such a wonderful family! Oh, it was the most amazing thing in the world. Anyways...we got to the end of our visit, had a short spiritual thought, and invited the boys to church with their grandparents (we assumed the parents would be staying home with the baby). Carl pipes up and says, "Well, we'll be at church." I about fell out of my seat. We were absolutely ecstatic. In the end, we mentioned how the baby may need to wait a little before going out in public, but their whole family is truly ready to make changes. They should be at church either this week or next.
I don't typically ask people to pray for our investigators, but I know many of you do anyways. Well, I wanted to let you know, we can feel those prayers. So thank you :)
We had met with this family once before a couple months ago. They didn't show any interest at all, so we didn't bother going back. Well, we continued feeling like our visits would be really good if only for the sake of the children. They are so sweet and don't have much religion in their life right now. Well, we drove through the mud to get to their home and upon arrival, pulled in right as the husband was pulling out. We were able to engage in a short but much needed conversation. He doesn't really come out to talk to the missionaries, as far as we knew. So it was wonderful to meet him at all. As we knocked on the door, we were expecting the wife to talk with us for a short while but then kindly tell us to come back another time. Turns out, she invited us right in. Her daughter (who is about 7 and loves us) came running up and gave us giant hugs. Long story short, she accepted our offer to help around the house, and we went right to work. At the end, her husband came home and they invited us to stay for dinner. How amazing! We were able to engage in a wonderful discussion on the repentance, the sacrament, and invited them to church. We learned what is holding them back, and made real progress with the family. This complete change of heart was amazing.
*Funny side note--upon our cleaning crusade through the house, we couldn't help but notice a screen showing footage from three video surveillance cameras monitoring different areas on their property that. For such an old house in the middle of nowhere, that was a bit of a surprise. Now we know to not do anything goofy when on the porch XD
|It was so hot that our hand sanitizer bottle melted. Oops|
Jessica and Carrie:
Saturday was HOT and proved to be a test of our endurance. All of our afternoon plans fell through, and we ended up doing a good deal of tracting. We decided to walk around a certain circle, and met a few really neat people, but mostly closed doors. Just as the heat was getting almost unbearable, we knocked into a sweet mother and her daughter. We asked how she was. As we did so, the heat wave from outside hit her. She answered, "Hot. Do you want to come inside?" Those are the sweetest words you will ever hear as a missionary. Especially in Georgia summers. Our discussion started out pretty typical, and she seemed a little bit skeptical at first. We soon realized, however, that she was sincere regarding her questions. In fact, she started asking us all sorts of questions about service and said she wanted to come! What a miracle! We are meeting with her this week and are praying for her every day. Carrie is her super cute daughter.
**love y'all so much. Sorry if this week seemed really informational and formal.