"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy." -Alma 29:9
Sister Adorable's Mission Blog

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Week One in Hotlanta!!!

Hello lovely family! This week was WONDERFUL!!! I adore Atlanta. When we landed the blue sky was filled with fluyffy clouds and it is green everywhere. I love President Wolfert and his wife. They are great. When I got to Atlanta it felt like 200 degrees. The humidity is like when you shower in the Philippines. There is no point in wearing makeup or doing my hair cause by the end of the day it looks like you didn't even get ready. There is no taming the wild beast that is my hair. No point. My companion, Sister Beck has been out for 3 months. Kinda hard cause she's having to teach me everythign when it is so new for her, but we get along really well. She is from Spanish Fork UT and is a beautician. She said sh'ed be happy to cut my hair when it needs it. SCORE. SOOOOO GUESS WHO HAS 3 BAPTISMS COMING UP?!?! President has emphasized making our monthly goals weekly instead. Lots of high goals. Like contacting 70 people on the street a week. hard but doable. However high goals makes you have high expectations. Although I'm excited for the baptisms, they are a result of other people's work. They started it and now I am just helping see it to the end. I am so happy to finally be in Georgia! I'm so excited to do the Lord's work. I thought my adjustment would be a little more difficult but to be quite honest Atlanta reminds me a lot of Dallas so it hasn't been too bad. The only time I really got homesick was when I went to sacrament meeting yesterday on Father's Day. It was hard to see all of the families and it made me really want to be with yall but I know that if I focus on the work I won't think about what I don't have here. Sister Beck has been great. I know that she is still pretty new so she doesn't know everything, but she has already taught me a lot. I think she can probably push me a little harder but I am still learning a lot. We get along really well and she is easy to work with. She has a great testimony and is really great at explaining gospel principles simply, which is something I can work on. She has become a valuable friend and companion and I am grateful to have her. Although it is hot in Dallas, it is NEVER this humid. The car is being put to good use. We drive to visit as many inactive members as we can, if we don't have lessons, and then tract in the area. Last week we made 18 meaningful contacts in one day. I really love contacting people. It is so interesting to hear what their beliefs are and then to share our testimonies and how the gospel of Jesus Christ can help them. The Christ like attribute I'm working on is patience and love. We had quite a few wonderful experiences this week. I made my first invitation for baptism and Ryan accepted. He is getting baptized on July 6th. I love teaching Brannon too. He is getting baptized on June 29th.Also, Barbara IS getting baptized this Saturday. Sister Beck and i seriously considered dropping her, especially after she mentioned that you wanted us to use our time effectively. However during my personal study I was reading in Alma. It was the part where Lamoni's wife said that she didn't think her husband stank. It was amazing because as I read that familiar scripture the words stink were replaced with "drop" and I immediately thought of Barbara. I told Sister Beck that I did not think that we should drop her and she agreed. The next time we met with Barbara we did not come with a lesson but instead decided to just ask her questions to see what was holding her back. After several inspired questions, that did not come from me nor Sister Beck, we were able to discover that she needed to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. We told her to stop cross referencing scripture to learn about less important doctrine and to ONLY read the Book of Mormon. She agreed and said she'd pray about if she should get baptized on June 22. As we left, Sister Beck and I really were not sure if the time was now. However, Barbara came to church yesterday. She told us during 2nd hour that she knew Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that she wanted to get baptized! YAY!!!! I know that the Lord guides those who are prepared, if we are obedient and diligent. I'm so excited to be here and I can't wait to help more of my brothers and sisters come closer to Christ. I hope you have a great week!!!! So when you knock on people's doors it goes one of the following ways: 1. Noi'm already a Christian but God bless your soul 2. No I've gone this long being saved, why mess that up now? 3. I already have a Bible but I appreciate you stopping by. 4. Sure I'd love to talk about the skinny guy (Jesus) with you. People here love Jesus. It's hard though because they're really devout Baptists, Church of God, Lutheran etc members. Sooo everyone talked up the fried chicken and barbeque here. However I have not been impressed. They do use Sweet Baby Rays though. Everywhere. It's so good. So teaching is scary. I've probably read the Preach My Gospel lessons like 6 times now but it's still scary. I just gotta learn to listen to the Spirit and just talk with people. My companion thinks I'm a scriptorian. Not so. It's hard cause when you're out here you're only studying for the investigator. not you anymore. Every day I want to take a nap. I'm not allowed to though. Sometimes sister beck and I eat lunch as fast as we can so we can sleep. Missionary work is exhausting. I am tired all the time. Oh by the way I am in a car area for now. So for the next 12 weeks as I am trained I get to use a car. Kinda a blessing cause it means we get AC during the summer months. I'm bummed I don't get to use my bike yet. I LOVE IT. It is so cute. Nice work daddy :) Soo I'm kinda bad at taking pictures sooo I don't really have any to give right now. However I will soon :) They asked me to play piano at the District Meeting on Thursday. Keep practicing Paolo!!!! Umm I'm trying to think of anything else. Oh I get an hour to email each week :) Also Paolo unfortunately I have not worked with a lot of black people with weird names in this area. Sister Beck said that that occurs in the country. Sometimes we'll be driving and it will really look like Plano except with more trees and hills. It literally disorients me sometimes. Mom I miss cuddling with you, watching CSI, and eating your food. Sister Beck tries to cuddle with me but to be quite honest I am just not comfortable with that yet. Daddio I can feel my back is out. I miss you and your steak and just talking to you. You are a GREAT dad! Well love you familia. yo se que Jesu Christo es mi Savator. Yo se que el libro de mormon es un libro verdad. That's right. I've had to use my spanish and it is not too shabby . I sat by a spanish speaking elder on the plane to GA. I am convinced we'll need it cause everyone in my MTC district speaks spanish. Well love you all. Stay strong and read Alma 7:11-12. The Savior understands you when no one else does :) Love, Sister Adorable

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