Toto, we're not in Hartsville anymore....In honor of the tornado warnings we received and the transfer that just took place I felt it suitable to quote it....have you ever thought of the endless possibilities of gospel related themes from that movie??? it's cool-welcome to the thought process of a missionary, love it:)
Yup, I was packed up and moved to Anderson, SC. It was hard to leave my birthplace of Hartsville but I know that the Lord knows best and I'm excited for this big ol learning opportunity filled with uncomfortable situations. Pres Holm always stresses how we should just become comfortable with uncomfortable situations, life's better that way.
in other news, here's some highlights from the week:D
Haha, gotta love South Carolina, because it was so cold they started school 2 hours later. These people are hilarious, love em! This is from Hartsville before Wednesday transfer.
We went back to check on Emery again and she was home and ended up being the biggest miracle. As we taught lesson one-which was far from perfect-she understood and accepted it all. She had the typical “yes mam” response to everything we said, but she’d pipe in comments/questions like “what are we supposed to do if that priesthood power is lost?-we can’t get baptized then?”, so golden-that’s where we bust in Joseph Smith, restoration of the gospel. She knelt with us, prayed to ask if Joseph Smith was a prophet and as Sis Black was inviting her to be baptized she only got out “Will you” when Emery enthusiastically shot back “yes!” Sis Black finished her sentence, emery responded yes again and we put her on day for feb 1st, invited her to church and she told us it’d be no problem, that there was NOTHING holding her back from coming. She’d gone through some messy stuff; abusive relationship, but was ready to make it right and turn her life to God. The spirit was so strong and pure, and I can’t wait to get that text someday announcing the baptisms in the mission that week and to see her name come up. I wish I could be there for it, but there’s another sister out there that Emery needs, and I believe there’s a sister that needs Emery and her faithful example as well.
Wednesday made the 2 hour ride to Anderson, South Caroline a city about 26,00 with other large cities nearby. No more trailers and long dirt roads to get to people's houses. As Lindsay was a country mouse and is now a city mouse. She is 1 hour from the Blue Ridge Mountains as far from the coast as you can get in SC. Here's something from her new area.
When we were out trying to contact a lead, there was a nice fella fixing his car out front, as we started to talk with him, he told us to go and visit with his wife, who also doubles as a preacher. I should have more faith and hope but I was mostly expecting a pleasant bashing from the preacher, false! Ramonica was just the sweetest, totally Christlike, not into the whole denominational thing. At first not really feeling the whole BofM thing, until we explained how it doesn't replace the Bible at all. I especially love the way people open up to the BofM as soon as you start sharing scriptures with them-power of the BofM! She agreed to read it and we were able to set up a return appt!
welp, that's enough
have a sweet week-love y'all
ps: the new comp is Sis Godfrey from auburn, CA. She's been out 3 months, great sense of humor, also likes to run in the mornings (woot!) and has a gift for bold simple statements.
This is Lindsay's mom and interesting thing about Sister Godfrey about 3 months ago I was in Deseret Book and heard a young man say his sister was going to South Caroline so I immediately introduced myself and had to talk about my sister missionary already in SC. He said his sister was at the Sister Missionary Mall and I almost went to find her, but then felt like a stalker so I didn't and now I wished I had --to have met one of Lindsay's future companions.