Georgia Atlanta Mission

Georgia Atlanta Mission

Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Bits & Pieces" from March 2105.....

March 2, 2015.....

It was a great week this week, we got our new baby!! His name is Elder Shepherd and he is from Alpine Ut. He graduated in 2013 from Lone Peak. He is our age and he knows the Card family! He is awesome, great spirit about him. We all get along great and he is ready to work.  He has that greeny fire and isn't afraid to talk with anyone so its been fun to get back into the training mode. It's been quite a bit due to the fact of still being ZL's and having to train. We just hope we don't burn him out too fast! He has been pretty tired so it's been fun to mess with him!
But that's fun that y'all get to plan another wedding while I'm out here. It's sad that I won't be there but I wish the best for them. And I can't wait to watch all the old home videos when we were kids. It's crazy how fast time moves and you don't know what to do about it.
Anyways... this week was great even though it was slowed down tremendously due to the weather. They hyped everything up over here and they thought the whole city was going to freeze over so nobody wanted to meet with us so it was a little difficult but we still had a lot of good things and hopefully we are finally finished with the cold and start seeing some sunshine. But we had a pretty cool miracle this week. Robert and his Nephew David came to church this week. Robert has been coming for forever but this was Davids 2nd time and he has been progressing really fast. We are just working on the word of wisdom with him. But he leaned over to me and asked if he could get up and bear his testimony and so he went up and gave the most spiritual testimony of how meeting with us and all the church members he has met that we have brought over have changed his life and he told all the members that they were a pillar of light in this dark world we are living in! It was so awesome!! He is amazing. It was a great way to end the week!
oh and I have been still keeping up with my Jesus study as much as I can its going great I'm loving it. I'm really hoping I can finish it by the time I get home. But keep reading that book and let me know where you are next week! Love you and miss you and have a great week!

Welcome to the newby!

The Conyers Zone
 March 9, 2015....

That's awesome that you've read through chapter 3 and the book just gets better and better. Some of the stories and ideas that he shares are so inspiring and just makes you want to be a missionary for your whole life but that's the cool thing, we can!  And that's so cool about Mike and his family. I feel like I don't know too much about their family but tha'ts awesome that dad has been able to do missionary work with them and share his testimony and God works in mysterious ways so maybe all this stuff is happening for a reason for them to become humble and have an open heart about everything. 
I'm sorry that I really don't have too much from this week because you are right, we had a lot of meetings this week so we didn't have that much time in our own area but the time that we did have was super effective. We got an investigator named Edward on date for March 28 and he is so smart. He has been studying religions for 10 years and has a photographic memory! So everything we leave with him he just soaks it all up. He came to church for the first time and loved it. And due to how smart he is after sacrament he came up to us and said how does the succession of the presidency in the church work?? haha I don't know how the man grasps all of the knowledge he does but he is super solid and we are excited for him. But mission council was great, its good to see all of the other zone leaders and yes its with the sister training leaders. Then the reason why it feels so close is because our last zone conference was super delayed due to all the weather. But it was good we combined with 2 other zones and did some great training. That was my week, nothing crazy, we are excited to have a normal week this week! 

March 16, 2015.....


About my week this week, let me tell you how amazing God is when he sends you someone who is so prepared and ready to listen to the message! Sammy Dunbar!! she is 60 and the sweetest Georgia Peach grandma you could ever ask for! She is amazing. She has been searching the past few years for churches everywhere to find somewhere where she can be comfortable. About 15 years ago she lived in Arizona and knew some mormons that she worked for and really loved them but never showed interest. So 2 weeks ago she had a strong impression to meet with the mormons and ask questions because she couldn't find any other church that fit her. So she left a note on our church door and one of the members called us and gave us her number we called her last Sunday and set up to meet with her on Monday. And here is where miracles happen. We teach her at the church with a member about the restoration, she agrees on everything we say and accepts a date to be baptized on March 28th!! Then we meet with her on Tuesday at the church and read 2 Nephi 31 and talk about the gospel of Christ. Then we meet on Wednesday, she reads the Plan of salvation pamphlet we gave her so she taught us the plan of salvation!!! Then she comes to our Ward Party on Friday and has an amazing time and connected really well with the relief society president and was telling everyone she is joining the church on March 28th! Then we teach her the word of wisdom on Saturday and she accepts it and is willing to drop everything! She comes to church on Sunday and loves it. We taught her last night in a members home about the Book of Mormon and tonight we are going to have a FHE in another members home!! Can you say MIRACLE!!! SHE IS AMAZING! we are so excited for her and we are grateful to just be here to help her on her journey. and we know its because we have been exactly obedient! 
So that has been my amazing story this week! Some other fun things, we went on exchanges with Elder Mcdonald-smith this week. He is from London and sat next to me on the plane coming here so it was great to be with him and we hit 23 member present lessons this week! And with Presidnent Harding we talked about finishing strong and making sure everything was in order in going home. But I did find out the exact release date for me, it will be June 3rd! so a little later than we thought but that's ok it gives me more time:)

A Southern St Patty's day
March 23, 2015.....

ahhhh i cant believe you already got the email from the mission office... it doesn't seem real! and surprisingly i just have no time to think about going home cause we have way to much stuff we have been juggling the past few weeks. So it has been really nice. But that's super cool y'all are gonna have a foreign exchange student at the house for a week. And that's awesome to hear about Obe! Tell him good luck for me.
This week has been Great!! Sammy Dunbar is amazing! We were able to teach her 5 days this past week and she came to both sessions of Stake Conference and she is just realizing she is the driest mormon ever! She is super excited to do family history work too so we are so excited for her and she is gonna be baptized on Saturday!! She is so awesome and we promised her we would come back here after our missions and go skydiving with her cause she has done 176 jumps!! crazy! And as well, our investigator David Jackson is preparing to be baptized this week. He is progressing very well and we are hoping we can get him in the water as well! This week we had Stake Conference and it was awesome cause we had Elder Zwick there and they had a special YSA fireside and we got David to come and he was able to meet and talk with Elder Zwick and we were able to meet him and have a good chat with him. He is a great man!  We have had just a lot of member support in teaching with us and letting us teach in their homes. We taught over 20 member present lessons again this week so it has been amazing and our zone right now is killing it. We are on track to baptize 10 people next week!! And just another cool side note, one of our investigators signed with a record label this week! So be looking out for him his name is Rusty, he is a country singer with a soul voice of a black man!
It has been so much fun though working our butts off everyday and being so pooped at the end of the day. It really shows if you work hard to the very end you will see miracles. and we have seen so many in our own area this week as well through the zone and its amazing!
March 30, 2015.....
CRAZIEST WEEK!! So much happened and I will try and fit it all in this email but I don't have too much time. First off that is so great that Jefferson got his mission call. I can't believe he is already going on a mission!! Time goes by way to fast when you're not home. and hopefully he gets to preach to all of our family!  And yes I'm soooo stoked for General Conference!! It doesn't feel like its already time to come. but I'm super stoked. Its weird to think that It'll be my last one and I will definitely cherish every minute and get as much revelation possible!
But the Big News is Sammy Dunbar and David Jackson are now members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints!!! Their baptism was so awesome we actually had 4 baptisms in the ward/  The sisters had 2 baptisms as well! And the one who baptized David was only baptized 2 months ago and got the priesthood 2 weeks ago!! it was so cool! David locked up like a board so it was kinda sketchy but he got him down first try and that's all that matters! haha Its been amazing to watch the growth of David quit all his addictions and change so fast and to see Sammy grasp on to all the doctrine so quick! There are prepared people everywhere! I also went on exchanges this with Elder Hope over in Snellville and that was a blast. He served in Carrollton after I did so we got to talk about everybody so it was a good time. We also put a new investigator on date to be baptized and he is BLIND! He is so funny and super prepared and has read the Book of Mormon before hebecame blind! But he said something super funny that I will use for the rest of my life, he said "all we gotta do is just hop on that Jesus Bus and ride it on back to Heaven!" so that's what I'm doin! Hopping on that Jesus Bus!! We also have a mission council lined up for this week. We are going to hike Kennesaw mountain and visit some historical civil war sites!! Its gonna be awesome! 
Baptism Day!


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