Monday, December 30, 2013

White Christmas....YEAH!!

Hola Familia!
     It was sooo good to see you all on Christmas and talk to you! What a wonderful blessing technology is. I love it. It was a great Christmas, we ate lamb for dinner which was new, but it was pretty good and we had homemade rolls. I. Am. In. Love. They were tasty. Then we went tracting and met with the Cannon Family. They are so cute, they gave us both a prayer necklace and some treats. We tried to convince them not to get us presents but she said "honey you are in the south now, deal with it." We did. People give us everything. If I took everything that people offered I wouldn't be able to fit it all in my suitcases. They just think missionaries need everything. I have already acquired a lot of things.

      Of course, I always wear the skirts that you made for me, they are very comfortable and go with my clothes! I like them a lot and I really appreciate you making them for me!  (I asked her how the skirts I made her were working.  I never see them in pictures)

     I have had a little cough (depends on who you ask) Lately as well, I don't know what is up with it but hopefully it goes away soon. That is no bueno that the Elders got sick, I pray that, that doesn't happen to us.  (The elders in our ward got food poisoning and were sick I told her)

      THE BAPTISM WAS AMAZING. The end. Just kidding, it was a fantastic day and the spirit was really strong. Our event planning skills proved to be pretty effectual because it all went smoothly and they were very happy. They have so much light and happiness now and their love for each other has grown. I am literally so grateful to be a part of their lives and be able to witness the miracles that take place in lives because of the Gospel and the Atonement. They are already making plans to go to the temple in a year and be sealed. They were confirmed members of the church on Sunday! Yay! On Saturday at the baptism the 2nd counselor in the Bishopric asked my to talk in church on Sunday.... oh the life of a missionary. So I talked in church. Yikes. First talk of my life that I talked in church and not read a talk in church or said something that I had memorized. It was interesting and I think it went well, Heavenly Father helped me a lot and they said I was the youth speaker so I didn't have to talk for very long. Because I only had 45 minutes to prepare it that morning. Sister Parker said I should get up there and read and then turn around and say there is a 5 minute talk with a 5 minute warning. Not to worry I didn't say that. It was close but I didn't. I think that I should be done giving talks and training for a couple weeks...  All went well and we are so excited for the Cannon family. They just look like they belong and they have so much light and are so happy.

     We didn't do anything. Heavenly Father placed them in our path already prepared and ready to be dunked. I am grateful for the opportunity and the trust Heavenly Father gives all of us in letting us be a part of his eternal plan.

      In the Book of Mormon Mosiah 18:26 I love what it says it is through our diligent study and work that we receive knowledge and that we are able to see Heavenly Fathers hand in our life. There are tender mercies all around us. When we study we are able to feel the spirit so much more in our lives. I read that and I wonder how can I not want to study and be grateful for the time I do have to study when the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost is the fruit of those studies. Heavenly Father gives us blessing ten fold for putting in a little bit of effort. His is a loving and merciful father and I am so grateful.

      This week we were on our way to an appointment and left an hour early and stopped at every gas station on the way to Athens to find people to talk to. It was a lot of fun. Everybody needs the gospel! :)  I asked her about tracting and this is what she said:  Almost all of the people that we have had lessons with we found tracting, a few referrals but mostly tracting. We pray about it and pick on the map that we have in our apartment or tract around less actives or members or say chose the right and turn on a street. Then we tract all the houses. President has asked us to tract 2 hours a day and promised blessing because of it so we do our best to do it and to get  in our 10 contacts a day. Sometimes we go gas station contacting, it is pretty fun. :)   This week we were tracting and met a mean lady and I said looks like she needs to scratch her mad spot and get glad... Oh the sayings I got from you, grandma, and pops! Apparently they come in more  handy than she ever thought.

       Well I hope you all have a great week, I love you lots and hope the break is fun. Be good, laugh lots and serve always. I pray for you always.

Love you BYE!
Love Rach
The Cannon Families Baptism day with Sister Weeks and Parker

"White Christmas"  Cannon Baptism day 12/28/2013

Reading the scriptures before opening the gift from my family!

I need this after all the candy I received!

Christmas Candy!!!!

My Family gifts from the Mission Christmas Party - Yeah my man shirt!

My sock and gifts from my family.  This is this same sock my mom received from Gma full of gift on her mission.

The reception after the wedding and baptism

Reception after the wedding and baptism

Aggie fans - Rachel and Sister Nelson (STL)

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Chirstmas!

Hola Familia!

Feliz Navidad!!! Como estas?
     No I can't believe that it is already almost Christmas. Being on a mission is like being in a time warp. Days go by fast and slow and it is almost like time doesn't exist sometimes.
    The Cannon Family are facing a lot of opposition but are getting married, baptized and then having a reception afterwards this Saturday. Boy do we have our jobs cut out for us. Who knew that missionaries were event planners... We are so lucky to be a part of their lives.
     We had the mission Christmas party on Thursday... 240 missionaries all in one cultural hall hugging and talking. There is no reigning them in. But it was lots of fun, we had a talent show and there are a lot of talented missionaries here! There were probably 8 tables stacked high with packages for missionaries. I did open mine then... I couldn't wait, patience wasn't my strong point that day... I got most excited about my man shirt! Aahhh Yeah!! And cherry cordial kisses oh and toblerone!! And everything else. It was a lot of fun, thank you so much! I really appreciate it, you guys are the best!! :) It was all good, don't worry it isn't gone yet... :) It was fun to see everyone and see how they have changed or stayed the same. I feel like the MTC was like 2 years ago!
      We will have time on Christmas to open the gifts.... if I can make it that long. :) We are just going to call that our exercise... :) Shhhh don't tell we'll do a few push ups or something! I'm not sure I know what you mean by it will take time and another gift that I will get when I return... What the?!? You can't tell me stuff like that and then leave me in suspense for another 15ish months. How rude! I guess I'll just have to deal with it or something and find people to teach to keep my mind off of it! :) (I sent her a bunch of gifts that  have scriptures on them and she will have to look them up before she opens them to try and guess what is inside.  It may take quite awhile.  I also got her something to use at college when she returns.  I will show her when we skype.)
      Well not much else to say that I can think of, we have just been working with the Cannon and witnessing miracles and tender mercies everyday! Heavenly Father sent us to Watkinsville and he is doing all the working and giving us even more blessing! I am very grateful! I hope you all have a great time off of school and a Merry Christmas until I talk to you on  Wednesday! I love you lots and can't wait, be happy, have fun and stay out of trouble! :)
Love Rach

Rachel and her New Georgia Bulldogs shirt
Sister Weeks and Sister Parker wish you a Merry Christmas

Monday, December 16, 2013

Figgy pudding......PRUNES!!!

Dear Family,

     It has been a great week! We have been meeting with the Cannon's everyday and they are just soak everything up. I wish I had a before and after picture because there is a noticeable difference.  They have so much more hope and peace now. They are truly amazing and I am so blessed to be able to witness them coming to Christ and to see the change in them. We talked to them about eternal families last night and they loved it and want to go get sealed in a year. I was on exchange with Sister Blaylock this week and she is so fun! I love it, but we were teaching them and a member of the ward came over to give them a Priesthood blessing. The spirit was so strong it was indescribable. Heavenly Father gave them so much peace and comfort and promised them that everything would be alright. The priesthood is an amazing thing, it is amazing to see Heavenly Fathers power working so strongly here on this earth. Satan is working on them pretty hard and giving them a lot of opposition but it is amazing how strong they are. They got divorced 2 months ago and got back together 5 hours later and I had a few suspicions that they weren't married. We found out that they aren't  - so they are getting married and baptized on he same day! It will be a busy but really great day! They are just so amazing!

     Exchanges was a lot of fun! We had a lot of laughs and I love being able to see other missionaries perspectives. Sister Blaylock is one of our Sister Training leaders and is a great example. She is very kind, caring and compassionate. I learned a lot. I never want to let a moment pass me by where I am not letting Heavenly Father change and mold me into what he wants me to be, this is a really great experience that I have been given and I feel like I have already learned so much. I am very grateful!

      This week we had the ward Christmas party and a member made figgy pudding. And it was kind of strange... I took a couple bites of it and a guy at our table yelled "PRUNES, prunes, prunes!" I was in the middle of taking another bite and he said that he was just trying to warn me before I took another bite because it is made out of prunes.  We asked him questions about it and all he would say is prunes! I was dying of laughter it was hillarious. But I didn't take any more bites. :) He said that people in the south eat some weird nasty things... I agree on a few things. PRUNES!
      We are having a mission Christmas party on Thursday, that is where Sister Bradford and I are playing the piano. I will get to talk to you on Christmas day via skype for 40 minutes... I haven't found out when but I do know where. I will let you know! Our church is at 11:30 on Sunday's but we are changing to 9:00 in a few weeks.

      I am glad that I went visiting so much with you Mom while you were Relief Society president. It has taught me lots! We went to visit a lady that fits into the crazy category. The elders told us not to go there  - they just didn't go visiting with their moms enough!

      I can't wait to talk to you guys at Christmas and hope that you have a great week! Keep up the good work and look for missionary opportunities!
Love you lots!
Love Rach

Hey this is my cousin Elder Young and we are in the same district!

St. Nick left candy in my shoe.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Everybody and their DOGS

Hey Family!

EVERYBODY here has a dog. Oh wait they don't just have a dog they have like 10 dogs and it is terrible because they all come at me and I almost leak myself every time it happens... Embarrassing, but I can't help it. There is no such thing as a nice dog. This week we went to 3 houses in a row that had 5 or more dogs. NO BUENO. And the Elders in our ward don't help by telling us that they got bit by a dog 3 times in one week. Boy will be boys.

Not too many interesting things this week just normal food. We haven't been able to practice the song together again but hopefully today. There was a relief society activity on Saturday and the lady had a baby grand piano and Sister Parker told her I played so I ended up having to play, but it wasn't too bad because our investigators were there and she told me it was beautiful and that she got chills. I have had a couple opportunities to play for investigators which has been pretty cool, it is amazing how the spirit works, and before we walked into one house he let me know that she was going to ask me to play and I did and she started crying... the piano was pretty out of tune.. Just kidding, she said she loved it.
This week one day when I was getting ready I dropped by toothbrush in the toliet... NASTY. It was so gross an Sister Parker left her planner at the store so it was kind of a tender mercy so I could go an get a new one. I still am playing in District meeting which is going pretty well it gives me a little bit of practice.
We went to the Watkinsville Christmas tree lighting on Friday. Tiny town=tiny tree. And I can't even believe it because it was 73 degrees AND it was December 6th, how does that even happen. But the next day it was freezing and I had to wear a coat.
We met the most special family this week! I am in awe. The Cannon's they are amazing. We met them on Thanksgiving and I walked up to them with Sister Parker and said that we were representatives of Jesus Christ and he sent us to their home to leave with them his peace and blessings (people in the south are much more receptive to a prayer so that is one of our finding tools) and they looked at us weird and said we could come back the next day. We did and they have a date for the 28th of December!! They are our miracle family we have met with them 3 or 4 times and they came to church and the relief society activity. They told us on Thursday that when we walked up to them they had just been talking about finding a church to go to. SAY WHAT?! Heavenly Father knows exactly what he is doing.  We went to visit a less active by them that one of the Elders told us to go and visit and decided to tract, it was amazing. We are meeting with them again tonight! We are praying so hard for them because they really are amazing. They came to the Christmas devotional last night and it was so good. Weird side note, it comes on at 8:00 here because of the time difference, it was a little strange.
We have been able to witness a lot of miracles and our motto is "Work hard, Play hard" We find happiness and joy in the work and do our best to work hard and laugh lots.
It was a great week and there are only 16 more days until Christmas I can't believe it, it truly is a wonderful time of year! The birth of our Savior is so special and I am glad that we have the opportunity to be able to celebrate it. I wish you the best and hope that you have a great week. Love you and miss you lots and you are always in my prayers. Until next time.
Love Rach

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Miricle of a loaf of bread

Hey Yall!

      My week has been great! We have seen a lot of tender mercies this week and it has been great. Thanksgiving was good. So so good. I do have the recipe for sweet potato pie but nobody makes it as good as that. Good to know that I finally got my deposit back!

      I. Love. The. A. It is so cool and I wish I could see it in person but I am so glad you sent me a picture. The Aggie's are pretty awesome. :)

       We didn't have anybody come to church this week because of the Holidays but we're praying for some next week!

       The weather has been quite a bit colder and was 28 on Thanksgiving while we were outside helping with a Turkey Trot race. It was fun but I am so thankful that I got to wear pants. Because it was pretty nippy! We have had quite a bit of rain and I am pretty sure it is raining right now, it was when we came in anyways...

      I did in fact find Cherry cordial kisses at Walmart and it was worth every single penny to get them. I eat them on rough days and now I just tell myself that everyday is a rough day so I can have one. :)

     Last week Sister Parker and I had a prompting to make a loaf of Pumpkin bread to one of the families that we have been visiting who have been less active for a lot of years. They have been really receptive to us and the ward says that no one was able to get in before us and if they did they would meet for a little while then cancel. So we took them the bread with a little note and left it with their son because the parents weren't even home. When we came to our next appointment they were amazed and they opened right up to us and committed to come to church on Sunday because of that. They said that us taking time and money to give that to them was amazing and they were very grateful and the Dad was almost in tears thanking us and he left his brothers house early to come back to our appointment because he said that he wants his kids to have the comfort that the gospel can bring so he is going to start coming back. All because of a loaf a bread from a mix that we didn't think would be that big of a deal. Heavenly Father knows exactly what people need and I am grateful that he let us help them.

     Our investigator that had a baptismal date dropped of the face of the planet and we haven't seen or talked to her since. We are pretty sad, Satan is really working hard on people. The family that said they were going to come to church texted us an hour before because 4 of their 5 kids were up all night throwing up. People are getting the Satan flu. Dumb Satan. But the family is committed and they do want to come back so we are praying for them and really excited.

     Thanksgiving was so good! We ate with a member and the trio of sisters that are in the UGA campus branch. Sister Bradford is with them and we are going to probably play that musical number that you sent me for our mission Christmas party slash talent show. We'll see how it goes you know how I am about counting... :)

      As of this week I am the new district piano player for district meetings which should be interesting hope it all goes well. And my training on hope was well... It is over and it went okay. But I had to go after Elder Evans our district leader who is like celestial... I don't know how I was supposed to follow that but whatevs. :)

    It was a great week and I hope things are going well for you! I love you guys and miss you lots and can't wait to talk to you at Christmas!
      Until next time, Peace, love, prayers, blessing, and hugs!

Love Sista Rach

Monday, November 25, 2013

"Oh.....I'm Catholic..."

Hey Yall!

     It has been a crazy fun interesting week! There is a couple in our ward (he is in the stake presidency) and her parents aren't members. Miss Eloise and David she has self proclaimed herself our southern tutor and she says that she doesn't have very long so she is making us try everything pickled and southern that she can find. Pecans, pickled peaches, picked watermelon rinds, Mayhaw jelly, fig preserves, peach jelly and other weird southern things. My experience: pickled things are nasty especially the peaches, we brought them to District Meeting and we all tried them and Elder McAllister claims they made him sick. I'm not sure how much I believe it but they weren't good. The watermelons rinds tasted like sweet pickles kinda but still not good. We don't eat too many weird things though.
     Southern people are funny. We helped out with a service project boxing cans and sorting them. The Elders were there, but busy carrying other boxes so I carried one over to the pile that had cans in it and an older gentleman freaked out because I carried it and "women are not to be doing those types of things!" Brother H who is also from Idaho said that they make the women do everything there. I obviously am not capable of carrying a box. Jeepers seester I'm pretty strong! :) haha funnnnyyy. If nobody gets that reference ask Miriam.
     I got the package and I. Love. David. I am so glad you sent it to me and the pictures they are super cute and I am glad to finally have some! And of course chap stick the is a necessity and I can't live without it you're great thanks for sending it! (I sent her a small package with a few things she wanted - mainly David Archuleta Christmas music)
     This week when we were tracting we walked up to a lady and she asked what we were selling and I told her nothing. She saw the Book of Mormon in my hands and put her hands on either side of my face and said "Ohhhh... I'm Catholic..." Awkward. When her hands came at me I panicked because I wasn't sure what she was doing and I probably reacted pretty awkwardly hey it wouldn't be missionary work if it wasn't awkward right? :)
     Tell Kiera to send me a picture of her hair I want to see it I bet it looks super cute!!! :) That sounds like some pretty good incentive to me... too bad they didn't have that when I was doing it. It is probably for the best anyways. (One of the YW leaders is a hairstylist and offered to do something free for the girls if they earned some personal progress things)
     We do have plans for Thanksgiving and already for Christmas we are eating with members this week that are really sweet with another trio of sisters which should be really fun. Hopefully it is good although I will miss my sweet potato pie! And you guys of course!  For Christmas we are eating with our Southern tutor and her family, which should be lots of fun. They are so cute! :)
     Anything for Christmas... hmmm I don't really know, I really like Cherry Cordial Hershey's Kisses :) It might be nice to have a navy blue, gray, or brown cardigan I don't really know I don't have many ideas I think that I'm pretty fine right now. (I asked if she wanted anything for christmas)
    I am happy healthy and our investigator Jalo came to church this week!!!! He is Nolan's age and height and in the same grade. We found him tracting and he is very interested and says that he feels like the Book of Mormon is true and very necessary. SAY WHAT?!? That took us by surprise but we were very excited and he wants to keep learning. We have a few other exciting lessons and people this week that we have been working really hard with they are amazing people. We love to go visit less actives and see why they don't come. Heavenly Father is really blessing us in helping to gather his flock and we have seen many tender mercies and miracles. We are very blessed.

     And, a brother in the ward works for General Mills so they gave us like 15 or 20 boxes of cereal yesterday. Good ole southern hospitality trying to fatten the sisters up. They have stopped feeding the elders as much because of us. Whoops. We feel bad but we're not really sure what to do besides give them some of our cereal and ramen noodles. :)

I hope that you all have a great week and I love you lots and pray for you always!!
Love Rach
Beautiful leaves changing in Georgia

Me and my new purse - should hold what I need! What a cutie patootie!

My district - many of these elders are going home this week.  My cousin Elder Young is in this picture too(front left).  How funny is that.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hey Yall!

Hey Yall!
     I got my purse from the mission office, we were actually there on Wednesday for the follow up meeting of a month of me being in Georgia and the package came that day so I got it! I LOVE it of course I am a bag lady. :) Miriam did a good job at picking! Thanks! (I sent her a new bag the one she took was not big enough and she did not want to shop for one.)

     Anything else... hmmm, chap stick maybe because I don't know where to get it here and a couple pair of my polka dot socks. And I use my Daniel croup salve a lot it really helps me be able to breath at night.  I can't really think of anything else. Thank you, I really appreciate it!  ( I was just getting ready to send her a few things she requested)
     I'm glad Kiera is enjoying my clothes, someone should I guess. I miss her and her funny comments. I am glad she is doing her stretches!! Good job!! :) Hopefully she's not too much like me... that could be bad. :)  (I told her Kiera was enjoying her shoes and clothes and she is doing her stretches like Rachel told her to before she left - they are a lot alike in so many ways)
     Hallmark Channel?!? NO WAY! Why now? Humph. I am super jealous, I have seen all the ones you have mentioned though... that is a problem, I might have a slight addiction. It better be there when I get back. ;) Hopefully you guys are getting things done because I know if I was there that is all I would want to do and that is probably all I would do...  (Rachel loves Hallmark movies - we just got a new TV and that station happens to come in now and we have enjoyed their countdown to Christmas movies)
     We do exercise everyday but Sunday, Sister Parker likes running every other day and I hate running up hills so I ride my bike and just put it on a lot of resistance :) Sometimes I run then the other days we just stay in our apartment and I use my book. Sister Wolfert came to our area on Friday and we had a little "pow wow" that is what she called it anyway. They talked about nutrition and exercising and we did some exercise and ate a healthy breakfast. Einstein Bagels are my heros. It was so good. She is more than welcome to come any time if she feeds me that. :) And it was really fun.   (I asked if she exercised every day)
     The Follow up meeting was super fun. I got to see all the Elders and Sisters from my MTC district and it was a lot of fun!
     We met some amazing people this week. Mary is at the top of the list! She accepted the invitation to be baptized in December hopefully she keeps her date! We actually had 6 lessons this week a few of them were with Bible Thumpers but it happens. I don't even know what to say to those people they get so feisty and the spirit is not there at all.  We had to walk out of a lesson this week -  we just said a prayer and left.  We had a lesson with a Pastor last night who invited us over and then wanted to know our definition of grace.  We told them and then they were getting upset and trying to argue, but they said the same thing as us.... He is a youth pastor and invited his youth there as well. I hope that one of them felt the spirit and maybe will remember it someday.
    The members here are great an it is nice that we're girls because then we can get team ups during the day.  The Elders have a struggle with that because only Priesthood holders can go with them. The members here are always more than willing to help with anything.
     The work in Watkinsville is moving along and we are really excited to be here.  We have met a lot of interesting and great people. Never answer the door half naked... it makes the situation awkward for everyone... It has been a good week. I think that Sunday is my favorite day of the week going to church is fantastic. There is a family in the ward that have 4 girls no boys but they still remind me of us.  We went over there for dinner and they just made me laugh so hard. I understand the missionaries laughing at us now when they would come over  and eat with us.  A couple of the Young Women have got it bad for the Elders and it is funnnyy. :)

     My companion likes to borrow my clothes.  It is no bueno!  I really don't like to share clothes or my shoes, but don't know how to tell her no without her getting angry again.  Oh well, I guess I will just deal with it.  She is planning on buying boots today too so hopefully that will help.  I'll have to buy myself food she doesn't like too.  Oh well I am fine and dealing with it the best way I know how.  I do love missionary work and sharing my testimony.

     Well, I love you all and hope that you have a fantastic week! I love hearing from you an you are always in my prayers! LOVE YOU!
Love Sister Rach :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Every country song that talks about road kill in the south is true.

Dear Family,
     That title states it all. There is so much road kill in Georgia and it is disgusting. I got your package this week and I was really excited. I love the quote thing, it is so cute and it is hanging on our wall and makes it perfect! :)( Thanks Diane for the great idea!) Did you just not get the pictures printed out to send? 

     We had Zone Conference this last week and my companion decided to tell them that I would play the musical number and President and Sister Wolfert came and it is not just one zone. She totally threw me under the bus! I was in shock that she actually said it and they hung up before I could say anything, so I had to play the musical number.  Now the word is out that I play the piano. Bad Sister Parker. :) I guess it's fine but since then I've already been asked to play twice. I think that you would like that Mom but I don't because I just have to wing it and I like to be able to practice first. (Glad to know years of paying for lessons is paying of its dividends) But everyone loved the musical number and said it went well so I guess it is okay. Zone conference was amazing and I learned so much President and Sister Wolfert are amazing and I want to be just like them. We got fed a form of Thanksgiving dinner afterwards and I say form because there was gritz stuffing... only in the south.

     I am so glad you got to go to the temple with Melissa and a little jealous, I wish that I could be there but I'm glad that you were there to support her and have fun eating. That is such a special experience and I wish that I could go to the temple, because I LOVE it. (Rachel's best friend is going on a mission and went through the temple on Sat.  I was her escort.)
     We go to go on exchanges last Friday with the Sister Training Leaders, I went to another part of Athens with Sister Blaylock and it was soooo much fun, we had a great talk and found so many amazing people and I learned a lot. I love exchanges, it was fun to able to have a different perspective and learn new things. And we got reeses ice cream since we both love peanut butter and  chocolate. She knows the way to my heart. :)
     Funny story of the week: 
We had a musical number in church this week Homeward Bound and one of the Young Women did a solo and she did beautifully. I was about to tell her good job when and Elder in our ward did. She turned around and did a little YES fist pump and squeezed her eyes closed and I had to turn around I was laughing so hard. Elder just won her heart and he doesn't even know it. She lit up. Oh to be 13 again, it was hilarious.
      We had our first lesson ever to an investigator this week, it is a long time coming. We were pretty excited.   Her name is Barbara.  She was really curious and open and had a lot of questions. We are hoping a young family that we met from a member referral will say yes to letting us come over. We're praying hard for that one! :)
     If you wanted to send me my man shirt I wouldn't object... It has been a little bit colder here but not to bad, it feels like fall in Idaho, I just don't like cold weather and it doesn't seem like it is November but it is already half over. I feel like it has been the longest and the shortest 41 days of my life I can't decide which and it depends on the moment.
     Mom you are right. Elders are hilarious. Sister Parker and I take advantage of it and provoke it and we end up laughing a lot. We are the only sisters in our district so we have plenty of opportunities. We have an excellent district, except that half of it is going home by January so we'll see what happens. And I am determined to go and visit a cemetery here in Georgia next P-day. :) See if I can find any sticks.  (This is a story from my mission - I enjoyed cemeteries they were quite different)

      There is an Elder in this mission that looks EXACTLY like Elder Calhoun of the Best Two Years. I kid you not it is hilarious. He was saying a couple things and I laughed so hard.
     My companion is lactose intolerant so when she eats dairy she gets really gassy so it is like living with Nolan still. Nasty. :)
     And crazy story. You will never believe (and by that I mean you actually will) who I happened upon today and by today I mean I just realized who he was today. :) I was looking at the address list that you gave me and and I looked at Valaine's last name because I couldn't remember and I was wondering what part of the mission her son was in. I saw it was Young because I don't even know his first or last name and then I realized Elder Young is in my district I see him at least once a week for a couple hours and neither of us have realized after almost 5 weeks that we are related. I so knew he looked familiar, don't judge me I'm a little slow... :) At least I figured it out eventually. (He was in the library with her then and she told him they were related and now they both know and got a good laugh from it)
     The talks and things that you gave me in the package were awesome! The ones from your mission I like a lot! I have been slowly reading them when I have time and they are helpful. I have gotten a lot better at tracting and we laugh a lot so it is a lot more enjoyable now that I am more confident and know what to say. I like talking to people. We talked to a pastor and he listened but we didn't think he was that interested and we left. Not even 10 minutes later he texted us and asked us to come back next Sunday to talk and he said he'd feed us. Awesome and weird... we'll see what comes of it! We have a goal to get 70 contacts a week and we were down by 26 on Sunday and they are due Sunday night. We said a prayer and by the end of Sunday we had 72! We were so excited there are miracles everywhere!

I hope that you guys have a good week it is always so nice to hear from you and how things are going! I love you lots and pray for you always!
Love Sista Rach
Love the sign - I just have to take pictures of them.

Saw this while tracting - They should be members don't you think?

Our living room - study and eating area.

Member family at Halloween - Merida from Brave.

My Package came - HOORAY!

Our room and nasty carpet.  I never go without shoes!

Our apartment - 6 Cedar Drive

Pumpkin bread from a member

sign I sent Rachel for decor. (Thanks Diane!)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Robinhood and Tinker Bell

Heya!! :)
            It has been a pretty good week and things really are moving a long and going a lot better! I bet Miriam looks super cute in her dress and I'm really excited for her I just know things will go fantastic! She is amazing! We ate with a few more members this week because the Elders felt bad for us and just went around the ward and asked people to feed us it was really nice of them. We have a kitchen that is pretty well stocked the members and the ward mission leader gave us a lot of things for it, it is just like college we have all the things we need to prepare meals for ourselves. Sister Sanchez gave us toaster strudels, it was like Christmas! :) Getting groceries from members is really nice, sometimes they just take us shopping on Pday and say get what you need, that is what we are doing today, it is kinda strange but they won't let us out of it and they said members were great to their missionaries so they want to do the same and they want their kids to be taken care of so we have a lot of Moms and a substitute Gramsy and Gramps although I like the real ones A LOT! :) And miss them.

             We just buy groceries and necessities with our money, food and other such things and fast offerings I don't really buy much because the members have provided a lot of it and I don't need many things. We have a table and chairs and a desk and beds that is all the furniture we are allowed to have in our apartment, but we aren't in there all that often anyways. My blanket keeps me toasty, I'm really glad I made it and brought it or I would have had to buy one, they don't keep any of that stuff in the apartments. But I am warm! It is still warm here and for now I just wear my jacket and sometimes not at all and it isn't too humid, I noticed my hair gets oilier faster and it is a little curlier but really not too shabby. :) We live about 15 minutes away from the church it is 1080 Julian Dr. in Watkinsville. Members know how to cook a lot of the time they just don't want to and take us out. We try to do service every week and just see what the people in the ward need done. (As you can tell, she responded to a bunch of my questions.)

            Anything that I need? Well, I could really go for some of your raspberry jam but I don't know how well that would send, but it would be good, I took that for granted. :) Maybe some Natural Ice chapstick in a little bit and some wart stuff I lost mine in packing and I have no idea where it went.  We shop at Kroger, Publix or Walmart and some member is taking us to Sams Club to today, she's our Grandma it is like Gramsy I went to Sams club with her too! :) The stores are mostly in Watkisville and really that is where we stay most of the time, that is our area. The sisters stay there and the other 2 sets of elders have it divided into an inner and an outer loop and that is where they stay, one of the sets only has bikes. We mostly just clean and write letters on Pday.  The Elders want us to come play sports so we go and watch and laugh at their ridiculousness. I am determined to visit a cemetery and see what it is like it is definitely on the agenda. :)  (Again, more answers to my questions about her life in general as a missionary.)

            We teach less actives a lot and have only found 2 or 3 people to teach so far.  Things fall through a lot but we are slowly finding more people. We haven't had any come to church but a member in the ward invited a family that she wants us to teach and they came and we are praying for a miracle that they say yes and we might get to go over this week they are an amazing family! 

            Don't worry too much Mom it really is going well and I am grateful for your prayers and all that you do! Something crazy -  if I sleep 8 hours a night which is a rule so I do -  that is 1/3 the Lords mission that I'll be sleeping. 6 whole months, that is crazy! 

            We  had a ward Halloween party and a lady was spraying EVERYONE with glitter spray it was awful and everywhere. Gross, I managed to avoid it except for into my lungs but she got the elders GOOD. They looked like Tinkerbell they were so sparkly!  Hahaha it was pretty funny. The ward party was super fun and there were a lot of nonmembers so we met a lot of people, it was missionary heaven! :)
            I hope you guys have  a great week and I am so grateful for all that you do and I love you lots I hope the play goes well! And just so you know you can send anything including packages and letters to my apartment, it just goes better that way. I got the relief society notes I appreciate it they were cute! (Our RS sent out letters to the 4 sisters out from our ward for a RS Activity)

LOVE YOU LOTS have a great week
Love Sister Weeks

This just had to be done, it was Robinhood!

It is a good omen you are going to rock it at the play tonight! I made my companion stop so I could take a picture of it! Love you Miriam everything will go great!!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hide yo kids, Hide yo wife, we already believe in Christ

Dear Familia!
     Not a lot of people wanted to talk to us this week though we tracted quite a bit they tell us to leave them alone or just shut the door or just don't answer which has happened most this week. They also say they feel sorry for us and the already believe in Jesus Christ and the are already saved and then they continue to hide from us. We will get you. :) 7 gears on my bike has been just fine, and I really do appreciate the low step, we have  a bigger area, mostly just in Watkinsville, but we drive a lot. My companion has a GPS and I don't know where we would be with out it, really just lost ALL THE TIME. We got to Relief Society and love visiting and working with the members. PHEW, glad I got out of Jury duty... :) (She was called on jury duty for three months and I had to send in her call to get her out of it.)
     I'll be looking forward to the package! :) Thank you for sending some stuff, I really appreciate it!
And I really like that quote, it is so true and helpful. Sounds like you have had fun taking a tour of Georgia, it is pretty here and there are about a half million squirrels in our back yard at any given time and acorns everywhere they are fun to crunch and walk on. :)
We had our primary program yesterday and well and it was so fun the little kids are so cute and made us laugh a lot. We have only had 3 dinners with members and none of them this week, and when the Elders found that out they went around and asked people to feed us which was really nice of them.  There are 3 sets of missionaries in our ward, the Zone leaders and another set of Elders and us! We drive a 2014 Chev Cruise, it is brand new and very nice. My shoes and clothes are comfortable and work out great, most of the time I don't even notice what I'm wearing so it doesn't occur to me and doesn't really matter, today is the first day that it has rained. We usually email around 10am to noon so you can always watch for me then I like being able to chat a little bit! :)
      This week we had a lot of awkward moments but we always say, it wouldn't be missionary work if it wasn't awkward. :) The ward members are absolutely fantastic and make sure that we are taken care of I have had 3 ladies tell me not to worry and they can be my Mom while I am here. They are hilarious I love it. A lady gave us a whole bag of Reeses and you can imagine that I was happy, but my companion is allergic to peanuts and so I get the whole bag. aahhhh yeah. :) Life is good. And this week I got cheesecake (the kind at lunch on the day I gave my talk) and I was in heaven it was soo good.
     I think I mentioned it in my letter, but did you get my tithing to the bishop? Thank you if you did you are great! I got a cute Halloween card from the activity day girls tell them thank you and I appreciate it!
      This Saturday was amazing because Elder Dallin H. Oaks came to talk to us along with Elder Suarez, I got to shake both of their hands and their wives and hear him talk. It was so cool, he is like a celebrity, all the missionaries were enamored!  He talked about a wide variety of topics and the 10 gifts that we should take home from going on a mission. He also talked about the ordinance of the sacrament and how essential it is, it is the only ordinance in the church that we participate in literally thousands of times obviously it is of great importance. I just love that.
      Tell Miriam that I am praying for her and I just know that she will do amazing in the play and look good while doing it! ;)
The work is a little slow but we are doing are best and it is progressing we are finding people to teach and see so many miracles and tender mercies each and everyday that I am so grateful for!
      The priesthood is amazing and it can help anybody Elders are great when you can see them exercise that faith and power. I am so glad I have had it in my life Pops is so awesome!
The work is moving along and we are doing our best to find the elect!
      I think that is all for this week and I look forward to hearing from you next week, I love you all and I am so grateful for you prayers example and all that you do! Love ya!

Peace, love, prayers, and blessing
Love Sister Rach Weeks (I like my first name)

Rachel and her new bike helmet

Atlanta Georgia North Mission Home

MTC food - At least the chips redeemed it!

MTC district

part of traveling group to Atlanta

MTC district with favorite teacher

Sisters in district

room at MTC

MTC sisters in district

Sisters going to exercise - or something

the new me!

My new best friend!

Rachel flying high in the sky

Rachel and her friend Jenny she was in the MTC

District sisters going to the temple

Everybody has to have a picture like this.

Sister Parker from Iowa, out 6 mo. her new comp and trainer