Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Week 69: General Conference!

This week was wonderful.  Conference was definitely a highlight! 
We taught Randy on Monday with a couple in the ward and they connected really well with him, so that was a huge success! It was funny/not funny, but someone hit the couple’s car while we were teaching the lesson.  At first we were nervous that there was a lot of damage, but luckily there wasn't. Their car is a tank!  Then we had dinner with the girls I told you about last week that had the issue at women's conference.  They gave us these little Asian piggy banks full of packets of jams and jellies.  Haha, it totally made my day! 

Tuesday was the day of everything falling through.  It rained really hard that night too, and we had a crazy incident.  It was 4 AM and we were sleeping (obviously), and then someone rang the doorbell like 4 times.  Sis. B is a super heavy sleeper so she didn’t get up, and I ran to the door and tried to look out the window, but couldn’t see anyone. Whoever it was then started knocking on the door.  Meanwhile, I’m pacing back and forth in our living room not knowing what to do. Then he starts knocking on the WINDOW!  At that point I woke up Sister B! He’s now gone around to the side of the house and is knocking on our side window. We were freaking out! Finally, I pulled the blinds back and it was a random guy standing there, and he yelled, “The light in your car is on!” Thank you stranger for waking us up at 4 AM, giving us a heart attack, and not allowing our car battery to die!  After he left I ran out and turned the light off.  My guess is that he had a little too much to drink that night!

We did service with a super cute family in our ward and made applesauce from scratch.  It was really fun and a lot easier than I thought it would be!  We had a cool miracle - we were finally able to contact a potential we found soon after Sister B got here, and she is still super open and excited about learning, such a sweet lady! We met a really cool referral this week who has just moved here from out of state. She had a lot of LDS friends from where she used to live and the elders and Sister B. and I helped her move in.  She is really excited to start learning more about the gospel, super solid and super sweet. 

We taught Maple again, and we focused on the Sacrament because she has no idea what it means or why we take it each week.  It was cool to see the light bulb go on in her head as we read about it in the scriptures.  We had a lesson with Bob and he taught us “The Gospel of Jesus Christ,” and it is seriously the best hearing him teach and feeling the power and spirit of his testimony.  Later that night we went out to dinner with Sister Williams for her birthday, and it was a blast! She ordered all this dessert and sister B is lactose intolerant. Sister Williams ate one bite and she was like, "It has to all be gone before we go!" aka, Sister Hunter needs to scarf down everything... it took me a solid two days to recover from all that ice cream and dessert!

CONFERENCE!!!! It was amazing.  As soon as it started I felt like I was trying to keep a bunch of sand in my hands but I couldn't hold it all forever! It went by much too fast.  I feel like the main themes that stood out to me were repentance and the joy of the gospel.  I think my favorite talks were by Elder Rasband and President Russell M. Nelson.  I love how much they focused on the joy of the gospel.  I also loved how Elder Rasband talked about living up to our name, and it made me appreciate the fact that I was named after two amazing people!  I also loved how much they focused on missionary work.  It is so key to have members involved.  The work moves forward so much faster when members are actively engaged, so it was awesome to hear a huge emphasis on that! Honestly all the talks were amazing, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir killed it.  Have they always been that good?  I was really grateful for the boost it gave me. I received the exact revelation I was looking for as I’ve pondered how I want to improve and continue progressing for the rest of my mission and after my mission. We watched three of the sessions at the church and then one with a less active sister who lives a couple of houses down from us.  General Conferences have been some of my favorite memories on my mission! Love you! 

 Our Asian Piggy Banks

 Dinner with Sister Williams

 P-day Popsicles are a tradition with Sister B and I! 


Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 68: Day by Day in Griffin!

Monday, after P-day, we went out teaching with a member who is close to our age.  I actually served with her when she was in the Singles Ward!  We had a lesson with a fairly new investigator, Randy, and it was really neat to see how much he took in while we were teaching.  I have a feeling it may be a longer process with him, but we have loved being able to teach him. 

Tuesday we had a district meeting, which was great! We spent most of the day in Griffin, and the highlight was teaching a new investigator named Maple.  She is living with the bishop’s family and is teaching at the school here.  She is from China and will only be here until December.  She speaks pretty good English, and we are really going over the basics with her.  It is so cool to see her experiencing what the Spirit feels like.  We read 1 Nephi 1 with her and went verse by verse, and we weren't sure how much of it she got, but at the end of the lesson she gave a perfect summary and it was amazing! I guess it’s illegal for her to get baptized where she lives, but one day when the gospel is allowed there she will be prepared! 

Wednesday we went on exchanges in Thomaston and that was fun! They have a really awesome Bible Study, and we’ve decided to start one in our ward next week! I am definitely going to need to brush up on my Bible knowledge.  

Thursday was one of those days that we planned out so well, and then everything fell through!  BUT, we did have Bob, and he taught us the Plan of Salvation at a member’s home and it was awesome.  Bob also passed the sacrament on Sunday, and that was wonderful to see.  

Friday we had “new missionary training” in Fayetteville.  I think it is probably my favorite meeting of all the meetings we have! I love being able to relive beginning a mission through the sisters I train.  Sister B is awesome, and I feel so lucky to have her as a companion! 

Saturday we had the Bear Creek Festival all day! It was a ton of fun, and we were able to talk to lots of people! Parts of the day were pretty slow, but overall it worked out really well!  That night the elders had a baptism of a 10-year-old boy whose family just recently became active again.  Sister B and I spoke!  We had the Women’s Conference that night, and a lady who was visiting from another ward pulled us out to talk to us and then had a full on panic attack.  I guess she has a disorder that looks like she’s having a seizure, but she is still coherent... anyway kind of crazy.  We got the bishop to help us, and let’s just say that the experience confirmed that I never want to work in the medical field!

Sunday the coolest miracle happened!  One of the big churches here in town has a pastor who started reading the Book of Mormon a while back. He was trying to prove the Book of Mormon wrong to someone in his congregation who happened to be an inactive member of the church.  Over time he gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and his entire sermon yesterday was on the restoration and the Book of Mormon.  At the end he resigned as pastor because he said that he had the truth and if he kept doing what he was doing there would be blood on his hands. President and Sister Foote are going to teach him!  So his entire congregation of 800 plus the online campus heard him testify of the Restoration.....SO COOL!  They took the video offline, but it is the Crosspoint Church if you want to look it up!  The gospel is so true.  The Book of Mormon is so true. Miracles everywhere!  Love y’all and hope you have a great week! 


Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 67: Deep Fried Twinkies!

We had a great time helping Sister Martin rip out her entire garden and prepare her yard for the winter.  Afterwards she fed us a delicious lunch and then spent the rest of the day teaching with us.  She is absolutely the best!  As we were coming back from a distant part of our area she mentioned how she and her husband used to visit a less active sister in that general area.  I told Sister Martin I would look up her address and she pulled her car over while I checked.  Low and behold, she lived right up the street from where we were parked, and on top of that, it was her birthday!  It was so evident that the Lord's hand was in that!  We went to her home and sang, “happy birthday.” It was wonderful to meet with her, and she said that she has been thinking about coming back to church and was amazed that we came by.  It is so cool to see what happens when we follow the Spirit! 

We had a lesson with Bob and HE taught US the restoration and it was amazing! I don't think I've heard him say that many words in the span of a half hour ever! It was so cool! 

We taught Al, and it was great to see that so many points of the restoration rang so true with him! He has been reading and praying and has such great faith.  We are so excited for him! 

We recently had stake conference.  The adult session was on Saturday night, and it was wonderful.  The best part about it was that MARY WAS THERE!  We hugged and cried and laughed - it was so amazing to see her.  She is helping the missionaries teach other investigators.... I had a mini flashback of our first lesson in Starbucks, and now she is teaching the lessons! Such a proud moment!  She is planning on getting baptized in October.   

Sorry this is a bit all over the place, but we are doing great here in the Griffin ward!!  Oh, check out the Deep Fried Twinkies – only in Georgia!! Love you!  Sister Hunter