Monday, March 30, 2015

Gotta Love Springtime

                                        Word on the skreet is that local honey works great for
                                     those springtime allergies.  The word is true, my friends!

                                                                    Secret Selfie...
 Dear everyone,
We truly did the Lord's work this week.  It was amazing! I'm pretty sure Heavenly Father was watching us up in heaven and was like, "Y'all are too cute.  Let's do MY work now." And so He humbled us and we did! Haha it's about as simple as that. We went on exchanges this week, which may have had something to do with it.  I got to go up to Peach Tree City and serve with Sister Echols again! That was a blast.  But the members up there are so amazing! They have at least 2 team ups every day, dinner with members every night, and every investigator has a few fellowshippers at church. I think that helped me really catch the vision of how important it is to work with, around, and through the members! So we went to town, humbled ourselves, and really worked hard to get the members out with us.  Literally every one of our key indicators moved forward.  Numbers totally don't mean anything, but it was just cool to see that we were definitely not doing the work alone. 

                                                              Sister Echols and me
During our comp inventory this week, Sister Call told me that she can tell that I really enjoy teaching.  WHAT..?? I remember a month or so before I came out, I had to teach my first lesson ever in Sunday School, and I just freaked out the day before.  I didn't know how in the world how to teach a lesson, let alone talk for an hour, and actually teach something to educated college kids who also might judge me.  It is amazing to see how much I've grown, and I actually enjoy teaching and I get so carried away in the lessons that I may even talk too much! Haha I'm working on that now, but there is just no way that this is not the Lord's work, and I can see now that He's molding me into who he wants me to be.  That's pretty cool (:

                    Exchanges this week!  Sis. Echols, Call Mahoney (from temple square), and me
                                                Sis. Call, Me, Sis. Echols and Mahoney
I finished the New Testament this week! A little after I got here I decided I can't be in the Bible belt, and not have read the Bible all the way through! I'm not sure why I started with the New Testament, but now I've got the Old Testament to look forward to.. yippee. 
Soo.... News time!! My passport came on Tuesday (it even has a great picture. Blessing!), and on Thursday the AP's came down so I could sign that, as well as some visa paperwork.  So I'm assuming it's en route and being processed at this moment! Fingers crossed (: 
Oh, p.s. we're moving this week! Here's our new address for anyone that would like to write:
102 Landing View
Barnesville, Georgia 30204
                                    I do language study while Sis. Call crochets me a glove. 
                                             It's a pretty good companionship we have...
                                           We taught ourselves how to crochet this week!
                           Sis. Call crocheted me an Easter basket!  I think it was an accident,
                                                        but hey, it turned out great!
                      Sis. Call and I have matching scars, mine's just a little farther along than hers...
There's a new initiative that the church just came out with, it's called Because He Lives.  It's similar to the one they did for Christmas, He is the Gift.  But everyone should watch it and share it on facebook or whatever! Besides, it's just a good Easter movie.
We didn't get to see too many of our 11 investigators on date, unfortunately.  We were able to meet with Montavious though, and he's doing awesome! Haha his big thing is sweet tea, but his faith is so strong, and he's going to do awesome this week.  
We stopped in on Jessica, and we had just the most humbling experience, and I truly felt like I was doing everything I could at that moment to be in place of the Savior.  On top of that, we offered to wash her dishes (that's the one thing she hates haha) and she was just chilling in the kitchen and decided to read a chapter from the Book of Mormon, starting from the beginning.  She totally loved it! She had so many questions, and we were able to talk about it and answer all of them.  She loved that Christ actually came to the Americas, and it made so much sense to her! I'm excited to see how her testimony continues to grow!
On the other hand, Carlos is struggling! Every time he goes to read the BOM, he just gets a bad feeling, but he promised us this week that he would read just one chapter.  We're following up with him today, so keep him in your prayers! Well everyone really, but especially him! I just know he's going to be a bishop or something one day.  
We found these two girls on Gordon campus, Jadah and Jasmine.  They seemed pretty legit, and they even brought their friend Demeterious to our lesson! Unfortunately they didn't make it to church or the Women's broadcast, but I definitely want to do a lot more finding on campus.  These people are golden! 
The women's broadcast was just wonderful.  We went to Bishop Allred's (BEAUTIFUL) home, and there was a great turnout.  I got a tear to my eye every time a little Asian family came up! And I just felt at home whenever a black family popped up haha. I thought it was interesting how pretty much all they talked about was families.  Especially because we're hopefully teaching a lesbian couple this week! I'm not sure how that will go down, but we'll just be bold and lay out our Heavenly Father's plan for us.  What else is there to do?
I had the thought that maybe the reason I'm here is for my musical abilities.  I'm just waiting for some new family to walk in that can play the piano, and then my visa will come, and then it will be obvious that that's why I'm here.  But I'm still waiting, so who knows haha.  As me and Sister Call were comparing scars one day, my ACL scar came up of course, and I kind of reflected on that whole experience.  During that time, I was convince that I tore it so I wouldn't get recruited to play college soccer, so it would be easier to put my life on hold and go on a mission.  Whether or not that was the reason, I'm here.  I'm serving a mission, and I feel like it's exactly where I'm supposed to be.  I know that Christ's gospel in it's fulness has been restored on the earth, and I absolutely know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I love this gospel, and I'm so grateful to be serving in Barnesville, Georgia!

Love, Sister Facer

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