Friday, December 18, 2015

Week 26: Loving this Winter Weather in Georgia!

Winter in Georgia is becoming my favorite season!  It’s sunny and warm outside in December - love it!  It will be a little weird not having snow at Christmas, but while we are out biking I really appreciate the no snow factor!  At the beginning of the week we went to the Allgiers for part of P-day (they are the area medical advisers for nine missions in the South, and they live in the complex down the street from us).  We did cross stitch and visited with them.  It took me back to the days of 4H - it was great!  I feel so lucky to be serving a mission now, and after spending the day with them it makes me so excited to serve a mission when I am old too!  I mean who could say no to the cutest little grandmas and grandpas ever?? 

On Tuesday we had a lesson with one of our investigators who has been meeting with missionaries for 3 years... and we talked about how God is our loving Heavenly Father (going back to the basics).  It was amazing to feel the Spirit so strongly.  She talked about the role that Heavenly Father has played in her life, and then we watched the Mormon Message, "Earthly Father, Heavenly Father" (I think that’s what it’s called).  It was so cool for her to realize that we are all part of such a grand plan! The gospel is so amazing in helping us look at the bigger picture.   We then taught a lesson to a lady that we found as we were looking for a less active member who had moved out of the apartment that she is now living in.  We were with a member from the ward, and she started talking about different angels in her life who have helped her when she was having a bad day.  She made the comment, "You two were angels for me the day you came and asked to say a prayer with me!"  There is no doubt that Heavenly Father puts people in our path.

We volunteered on Thursday at an Elementary school for the afternoon and helped set up Santa's work shop, a place where the kids can go in and buy presents for a good deal and give them as Christmas gifts!  A lady in the PTC ward sets it up every year so we were able to help her out by setting it all up!  There are so many kids that go to that school that live in our apartment complex, and they all came running up to hug us yelling, "Hi Sisters!"  Little kids are the best!  On Sunday we watched the Christmas Devotional with the Fayetteville sisters at the church.  They told me the funniest story: one of our young investigators went marching into his school class and said, "Do you know Sister Hunter? Sister Hunter loves Jesus- she loves everyone!"  He was telling the teacher and kids this and he had no idea she was a member. 

On Friday we did exchanges!  It was awesome!  I stayed here and Sister Barrett went to Griffin.  Sister Augusto came and spent the day with me.  She is from Mozambique and is such a powerful sister!  She joined the church a few years ago and, after graduating college, came on a mission!  She is the only member in her family and her dad is a Baptist preacher back home!  It was so amazing to hear her bear testimony of the Book of Mormon to so many people!  She is so wonderful, and I felt like I learned so much from her!  We visited Sister Hancock who is the sweetest lady in the world.  She grew up in Alabama and has such a thick accent.  She is pretty much deaf, and so as Sister Augusto would talk (yell), I would have to yell the translation because she couldn't understand her accent!  It was hilarious, and I wish I could have gotten a recording of it!  We sang in every lesson that day.   We all know my voice is uniquely bad, but regardless, Sister Augusto played the guitar and we sang multiple songs in every lesson!  We went to lunch with a member at a country club and she had never seen people playing golf before, so that was fun to see her experience that for the first time!  At our dinner appointment we met their son who had just gotten back from serving a mission in Brazil and was companions with Sister Augusto's best friend from back home... such a small world!  I just smiled and nodded my head as they went back and forth in Portuguese.  

It was a wonderful week, and feeling the spirit of Christmas is the best thing!! I hope all of you are enjoying this Christmas season and the joy that comes because of Christ!  Elder Holland is coming to speak to us on Friday, and we are all freaking out!  Love you and have a great week! 

 Christmas is coming!

 P day with the Allgiers

 Volunteering at Santa's Workshop

What a great day with Sister Augusto!

Sister Hancock

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