Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Week 50: Turning 20!

Week 49: Temple Trip

It has been an eventful week!  It was so cute, the other day we were walking from an appointment and a bunch of little kids ran up to us and asked us if we were handing out free Bibles.  We asked them if they wanted a picture of Jesus, and we gave them all pass along cards.  One of the kids was like, "Wait, this is God?  I thought he was bald headed! I ain't ever seen him before!!"  One of his friends was like, "Yeah I ain't ever seen Jesus before!  Have you? "  Another friend said, "Yeah!  Just now!"  Little things like that make my day! 

Sometimes it’s discouraging when everything falls through or just don't work out the way I plan, but to know that we are planting seeds everywhere we go is comforting.  This week we were able to go to the temple!  It was so awesome to be with both of the Fayetteville zones.   We had to get up at 4:15 to go pick up everyone and meet our ride in PTC.  I felt like a zombie all day, but we made it there and back safely in Atlanta traffic, which is a miracle in itself! 

A few days ago all of our appointments that we had set fell through, and we just felt prompted to go see if an older widow in our ward needed any help with yard work.  When we pulled up she was right there in her yard struggling with her weeds.  She loves pink and was dressed in a bright pink sweat suit and bright pink lipstick pulling weeds!  We were able to help her with her weeding, and we also planted a bunch of flowers for her.... pink flowers of course!  Every time we go over she feeds us whatever she has in her fridge, which usually consists of something with butter.  Sister Call is allergic to dairy and she always says, "I don't think anyone in the South realizes that butter is dairy."  Haha, everyone uses so much butter in all the food they serve us!

That day we also were trying to find a member of the ward that we hadn't seen in a long time.  She lives in an old Cotton Mill from the early 1900's that has been redone into apartment buildings.  We realized that we had to have a key card to even get in.  I sarcastically said, "Maybe she will somehow be walking out here and will find us!" No less than 30 seconds later we heard, "Hey, Sisters!"  Sister Call and I looked at each other in disbelief.  We turned around and there she was walking back inside from her car!  Heavenly Father definitely is watching out for us.   We were able to get to her apartment and have a really good visit with her!  I am so grateful for the many miracles that we see each day, some big, but mostly small- I love being a missionary!  I love you all and hope you have a great week!        

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Week 48: Happy Mother's Day!

This past week was great!  Talking to Mom and Dad was just amazing!  I am so grateful for the support you two give me.  I feel like the luckiest daughter in the world to have you two as parents!  I am glad Ty and Scott poked their heads in for a second to say "hi" too!  Family is just the best and I am so grateful I get to spend eternity with you guys! 

We saw a lot of miracles this week. We had a referral from the Elders of an older lady who wanted missionaries to come by.  We went over and visited her, and she welcomed us right in.  She is a great Grandma and she watches her great granddaughter all day when her granddaughter is at work.  It’s amazing to me how hard she works at her age.  We were able to teach her the first lesson and she loved it, and we’re excited to go back and read the Book of Mormon with her.
We were walking down the street a couple of weeks ago trying to contact people and we started talking to a family who was out on their porch.  The lady told us she really wanted us to come back with "reading materials' so she could learn more!  We went back over the next week and her neighbor was there, and when she saw us with our scriptures she said, "I have a Book of Mormon someone gave me a long time ago!"  She went and got it, and it was all marked up!  We taught both of them the restoration and the Spirit was so strong!  Whenever we teach the restoration and one of us quotes the first vision, the Spirit is always so strong, and I know that what we testify of is so true- it’s the best!  We were sitting on lawn chairs outside their house and mine was sort of tilted on a hill.  As I stood up I almost fell and would have rolled down the hill, which would have just been hilarious- but good thing that didn't happen! 

On Mother’s Day we visited a “potential” who we had visited last week.  We got to talking with her more, and found out she is in her 90's, lives alone, never has had kids, and spends all day alone sitting at home.  She is so old that I didn't know if she would be able to grasp our entire message, but as we sat and read scriptures and sang hymns the Spirit was so strong.  She said, "Some days I just stare out the window and cry.”  She was so grateful to have us just sit and talk with her for a little while.   One thing I love about being on a mission is getting to know all different types of people.  Everyone has so many different struggles and trials, but one thing that brings us all together is the hope of Christ, and because of his atonement there is no trial we can't overcome.  Love you all!! Sister Hunter 

 Mosquito repellant is an absolute must!


Monday, May 9, 2016

Week 47: Hello Summergrove!

The first week in the new area has definitely been an adventure!  I am serving in Summergrove, which is pretty close to my old area- the boundaries actually touch at one point!  My new companion is Sister Call from Ammon, Idaho. There was a baptism planned on Saturday of a girl that Sister Call and her old companion had been teaching, so that was a fun way to begin this new transfer.  It was a super simple baptism.  She didn't want very many people there, but the Spirit was so strong!  She has been through a lot in her life and it is cool to see how much she has overcome.  She will love having the Holy Ghost as her constant companion.  Her branch president from where she used to live in Illinois drove 10 hours here to baptize her, so that was really special.

Saying goodbye to all the members from Whitewater was really hard!  I know I will keep in contact with a lot of them forever so it isn’t the last time I will see them!  I am in the same stake still so hopefully I will run into them at stake events. 

On Friday we met with a recent convert who has a lot of health issues.  He had a stroke that left part of his body paralyzed, and it was so humbling to see him come out of his house to sit on his porch and read the scriptures with us.  He has an incredible level of dedication to the gospel.  He loves to go out and teach with the elders and has noticed ward members who haven’t been at church lately.  He was brainstorming with us about ways to get these individuals back to church!    

This area has been struggling to find new investigators.  They haven't found any in the past couple of weeks, and on Saturday we were able to find 3 really awesome people.  It was a huge blessing to find them! 

Over all it was a great week.  It’s starting to get super hot again, so I’m really glad to be in a car!  Biking would be rough in this humidity! Love you all thanks for the love and support!! 

 Sister Call and I after a long fast Sunday!

 A good omen!