Conference weekend is coming!!!! Wooooo I hear that conference on the mission is just the best. But anyways, this week one thing I did great was work on being patient with everything. And that has helped a lot and I know that if we continue to work hard and bear out trials with patience the Lord will bless us.
A little background about here. Yeah no surprise there's like 4 million different types of Christian churches here, and here in Dalton we have one tiny little chapel! It's a good time. My ward there's about 40-60 people each week who attend church and the members here are amazing. We have been working hard to earn their trust and it is really changing the attitude of the ward, already!!! Trying to bring as much energy and positivity to this place that I can exert!! I find strength in the Lord. This week:
Sept 19: ended the PDAY with a couple lessons and a member dinner, but we decided to go try to visit a less active on this super sketchy street pretty late and night and we ran into this guy named Salvador and his 4 kids after thinking we were at the right place but we weren't. They received the message really well and the Spirit was indescribable!! Not too much from today but we are always experiencing tender mercies of the Lord.
Sept 20: one of the biggest problems were having right now which is super common is actually having appointments come through and people keeping their commitments. I say this because we finally met with our 1 investigator who has a baptismal date named Edy. He hasn't been keeping his commitments lately except a few and so we talked about the importance of doing that of course. And previously we helped them with yard work which was a great opportunity!
Sept 21: this day was unreal!!! We had new missionary orientation up in Knoxville so we went up there for a part of the day!!! I'll share one of my favorite things I heard from our Mission Pres. President Griffin talked about how Julius Caesar, the best Roman general was attempting to conquer England and when his armada arrived on the cliff shorelines they saw thousands of Celtic Warriors lining the shores, and once the Romans finally found a place to unload their men they were surrounded by these ferocious warriors! The Romans were getting beat up, so Julius Caesar did something....crazy.... He burned their own ships so the men wouldn't retreat..... Kind of crazy but the Romans won that battle!!! How much harder would we work or how much harder would be fight if we had no retreat, or no "ships" to go to that could hold us back from achieving our potential. Gist: Burn your ships
Sept 22: we had a lot of car adventures today. Teaching the Restoration to this couple on the porch and this guy apparently had broken his ribs and needed to go to the hospital and their car battery was dead so we quickly ended with a prayer and jumped their car lol! And later that day this lady crashed into a ditch and not all her wheels were on the ground (back wheels) so we and several other dudes hopped in the back to weigh the truck down and we got it out!! Classic. Random service opportunities are the best!!
Sept 23: this day we had a lot of opportunities to work with members and also a recent convert!!! A lot more happened but I'll keep it short! Amy Espitia is a 20 year old recent convert like 3 months ago! And we talked to her about receiving a calling and she really wants one! Next step is getting her to the temple!!! Can't wait to work more with her:)
Sept 24: the idealofies of Saturday's are that its either an amazing day where everything works out perfectly or a day when nothing really happens. It was unfortunately the latter, however we did experience many tender mercies once again!!! Like we were tracting in the middle of nowhere in this back road Georgia country and we stumbled upon this fiesta and BBQ of like 20 Mexicans and they offered us food and gave us the opportunity to share our message to like 15 or more people!!!! Was awesome, they weren't too interested but hey you never know right?
Sept 25: we didn't get anyone to church this week. Which was kind of sad but we tried our hardest this week. We have many people to get to church which is good and several can't come because of work but we will continue to exert our efforts! I know that things will go only upward from here!:) we had a fantastic dinner with the Bishop Torres and his family and also a few members and a less active! Highlight of my day! We love them and we feel that they have full confidence and trust in us!
Also, thanks to an idea from my cousin Steven Wade, i had the idea to do a movie night in 2 weeks at the church to show "Meet the Mormons" in Spanish!!! A great opportunity for members to invite other people and also for us to invite others to step inside the church and to learn about what we are really about!!! So stoked! That is on Oct 8!!
I learn so much everyday about myself and about other people. I'm loving it. The members here are great. The area is amazing, and life is just amazing. I miss some things but this is where I, supposed to be and I know that. Love my Savior Jesus Christ!!!! Have the best week!!!
I truly appreciate all support through emails and letters. Love all of you:) Dios les bendiga!!!!❤️