Mama, Daddy, and Chris,
Hello!!! I can now say I've experienced Georgia rain...it rained allll day yesterday!!! And it didn't just sprinkle, it poured!!! It was so great, especially since this past week was super warm! I was trying to send some of the rain your way...let me know if it gets to you! :)
This past week was kinda slow...the schools around here were on fall break, so a lot of people were out of town. Sister Fine was sick--she had a stomach bug, but she is feeling a lot better now, yay! This week was also the first time I found myself asking, "Why am I here?" Not that I don't want to be here or anything, but I guess it's hard for me to see what kind of difference I'll be able to make here. I also feel like I need to know so much more than I do, since it feels like I've been here for forever! Sister Fine says I'm really improving, fast, but it's hard for me to see that, I guess.
I had my first real tracting experience! We knocked on doors for three hours this week! We had lots of slammed doors, but we tried to make it fun. Sister Fine says that she likes to sing "Joy to the World" while she's tracting, so we started singing that and some other hymns.
We've been teaching a lady, Darsheda. She has four kids, and she is so sweet! We've taught her about the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ since I've been here, and she already pretty much believes in what we've taught her. We asked her if she'd prayed about the Book of Mormon to know if it is true, and she said that she had and her answer was that she needs to read more. Perfect answer!
Some awkward missionary moments from this past week...
- Walking on people yelling in their driveway.
- Knocking on the door and having a lady answer in just her underwear.
- Telling someone about the Book of Mormon while their dog's doing its business.
Anywho...haha! Mom, did you get to watch the Relief Society broadcast? Sister Fine and I got permission to watch it at the stake center in Cartersville!! It was sooo good! I guess they're working on a book that goes into the history of Relief Society--that'll be really interesting! I loved Sister Thompson's and President Monson's talks! They'll probably be online soon, and they'll be in the Ensign with the Conference talks.
Are you so excited for General Conference?!?! We get to hear the prophet, yayyy!!! I'm sooooo excited!!! Ooh, guess what?! Sister Fine and I had dinner with a Seventy!!! Elder Giddens!!! He and his wife live in our ward boundaries; you can probably find his picture in the last Conference issue.
Mom, I was wondering, is "goll" a Southern word? I've always thought it was just something you said, but everyone here says it, too, haha!
Thank you so much for the letter and the picture of my baby, Emma!! I miss her sooo much, and Mushu and Abby, too!!! Mom, I'm so happy that you got to see Sister Collier! And Sister Rodriguez! Brother Collier shared his testimony yesterday, and he talked about how much Sister Collier loved you from the start, and how I got called to the Atlanta Mission and now I'm being trained in their ward. I saw him right before Relief Society, and he said their whole family just loves us! I can't wait for y'all to meet them! Which sisters are in our ward now?
Chris, I am sooooo excited for you!!!!! Are you freaking out?! I would be! Please give everyone my love and take lots of pictures!!!
Well, I love y'all oodles and bunches!!! I pray for you and think of you all the time! The mission is hard work, but I am trying to do my very best and I am loving it!
Love y'all!!! Miss y'all!!!