Georgia Atlanta Mission

Georgia Atlanta Mission

Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Bits and Pieces" from October, 2013

October 7, 2013.....
"I loved Conference I thought it was so great! there was so many great talks I felt like a lot of them really focus on enduring to the end and making sure we live this life right. I loved the question that Oaks gave. what is our ultimate priority? Its true and I've noticed that on my mission and I love Uchtdorfs talk he just laid down what we are all about and said "come join with us now" ha I love it Edward Dube's talk and Richard J Maynes were really good as well same with Richard G Scotts on the atonement. but I don't know if you knew this but L Tom Perry in the preisthood session threw down on the 13 articles of Faith! and I immediately thought of you and trying to get the family to memorize them but he went over all the doctrine about each one and it was awesome he really showed why they are important. and told everyone to memorize them so obviously you were seeing something and was inspired to focus on the 13 articles of faith. Transfers are this week and  me and Romero are staying together I'm so excited. and as far as Priscilla she is a single mother but we weren't able to see her at all this week... but as far as David goes he is so amazing. we taught him last night for like the 4th time and he is just getting it hes reading and understanding. when we first met him he was super agnostic. and his dad grew him up kind of athiest. but he loves the idea of an after life and being with families forever. and hes working hard with his faith. and our new investigator is Isiah. he is 12 yrs old and kinda has a rough situation at home. how we got to start teaching him is a family in our ward pretty much has adopted him into their lives. hes half black so he feels like we connect  a lot! but hes super interested and because of this family we'll baptize him for sure this transfer I'm so excited for Isaiah. This family is the Kelly's and they are the best family ever they help us out a lot. i got something awesome that im proud of i just finished a poem i started about a week ago and i think its pretty good hhaha but here it is."

Journey back Home
Home is a place of love, joy, and comfort
We're learning, growing, and always playing,
Having a family takes lots of effort
Parents just want the best for their offspring,
We also have a Heavenly Father
Who loves all of His children, girl or boy,
Waiting at home for His sons and daughters
In His Kingdom of everlasting joy,
We are now on that journey back to Him,
this life is one to progress and cherish
To build on our talents with all our whim
Doing our best trying not to perish,
You could be lost trying to find your way
Doing all you can do to endeavor,
To make the right decisions day by day
That will affect you now and forever,
We sometimes may ask ourself this question,
Why do I have to go through these hard things?
Bringing these pains, sorrows, and tension
Striving to conquer and getting nothing,
Things will get shaky on our way homeward,
We'll go through the tears, heartache, and trials,
But with faith if we keep moving forward
In the end, it will all be worth our while,
Through Jesus Christ we can make our way back
He did for us so that we could suffice,
We can repent and get back on the track
Only from his atoning sacrifice.
Better days are coming, let those bad fade,
If we all keep trying to be our best
And following the path that Christ has Laid
Happiness is at the end of this quest.
Lets all work hard and strive to keep the pace
To pursue on this straight and narrw road,
To push with faith and to finish this race
Back to our Heavenly Fathers Abode!
 October 14, 2013......
"Elder Romero is from Murray Utah.  He's 20  and has been out for about 16 months so he is older. and yes he is a great writer he wants to write books when he gets back hes really good. but ya I was with him when the guy was bashing us pretty hard haha I guess I just forgot to tell you. First off he was mad that we woke him up and we asked if we could pray with him and leave Christs peace and blessing with him and he asked us if we were Mormon and we said yes. And then he went on an hour and a half speil about how he almost has a masters in theology and thinks he knows so much about the bible and blah blah blah it was kind of sad that he thought he knew so much but he really didn't he didn't think you need to be baptized and Christ was the last to be baptized in the bible which is wrong but the whole time he was talking to us he kept saying my whole reason in talking to you is to shake your faith haha it was pathetic. He tried to bring up things about Joseph Smith thinking we didn't know them to see if it would shake our faith but at the end we asked him if he has read the book of mormon and he said would you read the devils book? ha so we were like if you're not gonna make an effort to read the book and only say Joseph Smith wrote it then we have no reason to talk or argue with you cause you haven't read it. Its sad how ignorant people here are in the south they think they know all about the church and Mormons just cause they hear their preacher talk about how bad we are. and the only thing they say is "john" smith wrote the book of mormon. its pathetic. 
for one cause they don't even know his name and all they have to say is he wrote it haha anyways enough about that. We had a great week this week so last Monday night we had an appointment with a guy we knocked into his name is Daniel and he is amazing. hes 27 just got divorced and is suffering from ptsd and depression he served 2 terms in Iraq but he doesn't act depressed at all. but when we taught him on Monday we taught him the restoration and he loved it and said it made sense. and if we say we have prophets and apostles can I hear them? and were just like ya you can! So we pulled up Elder Hollands talk on depression and 3 minutes into the talk he stopped it and said that's exactly what I need to hear. and after the whole thing all he could say is wow I felt like he was talking directly at me! It was so awesome then he came and did service with us on Friday and we taught him again on Saturday and came to church on Sunday!! He's amazing, we even referred missionaries to his mom in Texas! Oh and David is now on date for the 26 of October!! It's so awesome and about the kid in the detention center we did get to teach him one more time its hard to schedule a time just to teach him though but me and elder Romero go every Wednesday and Friday and tutor the kids with math!! its way cool to help them and hear there stories and i feel like its good publicity for the church for them to see missionaries in there helping them. its good to cause I'm getting aquainted with math again haha but overall it was a good week!"
October 21, 2013.....
" I miss the ward family a lot from St. George. but I love the Dallas ward so much. I have gotten close with so many of the members and I'm going to hate leaving. Hopefully I'm here for a little more. But I'm pretty sure when I come back to visit Georgia, Dallas will be the first place Icome to! David is doing great we taught him last night and is progressing well.  We are praying we can baptize him this week but if its not this week it will be the next week. He brought his little brother to church as well and he liked it a lot. We are starting to teach his mom as well she is interested! so its awesome and Daniel is doing good. We have lost contact with him the past 3 days though which sucks we don't know where he is and he didn't come to church, but he came to the devotional on Thursday which was good."
October 28, 2013......
" This week was great David was not baptized unfortunately but that's alright because last night we got to teach his mom the restoration and it was amazing she understood it and wants to keep learning more and David was even helping teach in the lesson. It was awesome, we think that's whats gonna get him baptized. Daniel is doing great. he's just been real busy so its been hard to get a hold of him but we got to have dinner with him in a members home (tatums) which was amazing it went really well and after he was talking to Bro Tatum and was like " I really loved your home it just had a great feel to it!" (the spirit) haha but the 2 big things that happened this week.. 1st was I got to meet and hear from Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Soares of the presidency of the 70!!! It was amazing super spiritual and a great experience they were awesome. Something that I realized the most is just how done to earth general authorities actually are They're just people like us. It was awesome! and that night our ward had there trunk or treat and it was the best thing ever.  Our primary president did such a great job and made it so missionary oriented. There were a lot of nonmembers there! 12 of the people we are teaching came!!! and lots of the members brought there friends so it was just a crazy good night and one of our members Sis Embry made us the Beard-Os so we got to where those all night and got a lot of attention from those! which was way fun so those were the 2 big highlights and this week on Halloween usually missionaries have to be in by 6. but we got the okay from Pres. Harding to be at this members house named the Kellys!  They are like the best family ever so humble and the best member missionaries and on Halloween main st is loaded with thousands of people trick or treating cause the stores and the baptist church and the Kellys have a lot of candy. but whenever the Kellys hand out candy they give a pass a long card as well so they have us pass out all the candy so it should be a blast!! I'm way excited! but some more members that I love the Crisps they are amazing they are actually moving to Utah in Jan. for his work there moving up near hill air force base!! so I'm excited for when I get off my mission we already planned to do something with them and the Kellys out in Utah! They're awesome! When I send you pictures bro Crips is the one in the penguin suit! But it was a great week taught a lot of people and I don't know if i already said this but we got 7 new investigators this week! Its awesome!"
Josh with David and his brother

Josh with Brother Crisp

Always loving a football player!

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