Monday, January 27, 2014

Spanish to Sign Language

     All is well here in Lilburn and we are having lots of fun and trying to work hard. I have not had to play the piano yet, shhhh no one knows I play here. ha ha ha. The new ward is great they are really involved in the work and they have been feeding us lots I am sure I am probably going to get pretty chubby slash I may be already getting chubby. Eww. It is a really big ward but we have 209 less actives so there is a whole other ward of less actives that we are trying to find. We go to church at noon and yes I did buy some clementines today. :) (She loves em and I told her to buy herself some and enjoy!)

     I did not get to meet Adam and Eve but I did see a lot of pictures of them so that is pretty cool! Transfers are on February 19thish I think I can't believe how much time has gone by and that I will have been gone for 4 months soon. I am jealous of the Elders 18 months isn't long enough. Maybe I'll get an extension...? :) Sister Carrigan will have been in the area for 4 1/2 months by the time this transfer comes. I think that about covers all of the questions you ask.... :) (The new temple film Adam and Eve - Eve's mother lived in Rachel's other ward.  she thought it was cool)

      This last week has been great while we  were finishing emailing last week some elders walked in and said "Hey we have an investigator for you" and brought Camesha in behind them... we just thought they meant we will give you her address. But Sister Carrigan and I did a little impromptu lesson right there and bore our testimonies about how the gospel can help us, it was pretty amazing to feel the spirit working  through both of us and a random scripture popped into my head and Heavenly Father  knew exactly that it would help her. So amazing. 

I also finally found some Cream of Wheat at the store... I am in heaven. I can finally have some good breakfast. Aahhhh yeahh. :) It was a miracle.

     I had to give another training in District Meeting and this time it was on Humility and all I could think of was The Best Two Years... "It's Humility ain't it." Whelp it is over and hopefully it went well and of course it is the week that the Zone Leaders decide to show up... Great... 

     And... I keep meeting more famous people... as in Mormon kind of famous. The ward mission leaders wife in Athens is on a card and has a video and there is some people in the Lilburn ward that have a video he is deaf... SO COOL. We went to their house last night and he does sign language.  I can't understand a bit. I now have empathy for missionaries that learn a different language and sit there in oblivion during lessons.  He just got married and they are pretty young and she is a recent convert, but it was a lot of fun! Go watch the videos they are... 
Deaf Son:
Ward Mission Leaders wife:

     I pretty much know famous people. :) It is kinda cool.
      This week in my studies I was reading a conference talk by Elder Soares "Be Meek and Lowly of Heart" and I love it. Seriously. I can't even describe how much I need to apply this talk to my life, it is so amazing! Christ is such an example to us. I can't even believe that we actually have the opportunity to have him as our intercessory advocate and friend. It is truly amazing, and I am eternally grateful. LOVE that talk. It brought me a lot of peace this week. Christ is our Savior and redeemer and his is always waiting with open arms. I like to think of it this way... (I got this from this talk) Christ is sitting  on his throne and when I kneel down to pray every time he walks down the steps that are in front of it and sits down and pats the seat next to him I sit and I tell him about my day and it is like when I talk to you or my mom. He puts his arms around me he comforts me and I tell him how grateful I am and he promises to always help me with whatever whenever. Then he gives me a big hug and when I get up from praying he says I love you and I can't wait to talk to you again and then he goes to find Heavenly Father so they can help me together. I love picturing that and when I do  -  kneeling down to pray has never felt so good.

     The Gospel is amazing and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to be apart of it. That is all for this week. I hope that all is happy and well, be happy, be nice, and love everyone! Have a great week!

Love Rach

Monday, January 20, 2014

Just talkin to everyone... Hola

Hey Familia!

     I hope all is going well, it has been a fun week getting used to the new area and settling in. We have been tracting a lot and trying to talk to as many people as we can, it seems that no one likes to answer their doors though... This week Sister Carrigan and I started studying Spanish because we tract into people who only speak Spanish EVERYWHERE.  We have a few memorized lines but they never seem to be good enough, it is a work in progress! I know a lot of random words, slowly learning how to put them together. :)

     We got to do some service painting this week, Sister Carrigan and I are pretty much professionals now. :) It was pretty fun, being able to wear a helping hands shirt makes it so much better. 
     This week we had interviews with President and Sister Wolfert, it is kinda strange, I feel like I didn't know what to say and they were super short. I write him an email every week so I tell him most everything then. It is funny that he is in our ward and we live in the same area and I haven't' really seen him more then when I was in Athens. Our district is all Spanish elders again, and there are rumors that the ward we are in is getting another set of missionaries because the assistants are gone so much. 

     This week has been a good week, we laugh a lot and do our best to work hard. We have a lot of "Only in the South" Moments. One of the Assistants told Sister Carrigan "Just because your in the south doesn't mean you have to be part of the south" Because she was duct taping her boots because they are falling apart. It was pretty funny, they were like "Oh so you sisters do actually work and go tracting...." My response was "EASY"  Elders... We do go tracting and we work for the record. :) Even when it is cold, which this week we had a few days that were windy and pretty chilly. We met a lot of interesting people, it wouldn't be missionary work if it wasn't awkward. 
     We also got to talk to the senior couples that work in the office a little bit this week because they came to a lesson with us. They are so cute! I love them and talking to them, they are so wise and have a lot of knowledge. 

     I am all recovered from last weeks fall and I feel as good as new, my cough is uh... well it is a cough! 

     Well I think that is all for this week! I hope that is all is well! Have a fun week and be happy I love and pray for you always!

Seester Rach

Monday, January 13, 2014

New companion new adventures!

Hey Yall!
     It has been a really great week! Transfers came and  I went rushing around to gather all of my things and put them back in my suitcases and say goodbye to all the friends I had gained in Watkinsville and Athens, it was sad to say goodbye but I am excited for what Heavenly Father has in store for Sister Carrigan and I to accomplish here in Lilburn!
     Lilburn is about an hour drive from Watkinsville and Athens. We are teaching a few families who are really amazing.  They have a lot of faith and are excited to learn. I am really grateful for the blessings of the gospel in my life. Sister Carrigan is super fun, she is from Kaysville, Utah and she is the youngest of 4 girls. She has been out for 9 months and has trained twice before me. And we are twins. (That is what people tell them - is that they look a lot alike - I don't see it)
     There was only one sister that came into the mission this transfer and I think there will be 9 coming in next transfer. Three of the Elders that were in my last district went home and it is weird to be in a different area. Sometimes I just feel like I am on exchange and I will be going back but I am not... It hasn't been too bad of weather. We had a huge rainstorm this week and it POURED. I never knew what rolling thunder was until now. It is crazy! It shakes our whole apartment and it was during personal study. Elder Residori does update the facebook page, his wife is the secretary at the office and she comes on team-ups with us sometimes. The people in the office are so fun and amazing, I loving talking to them.  (I told her that I found her mission Facebook page.)
     This week while we were tracting after the huge rainstorm. Everything was wet and slick. We went upstairs to knock on a door and no one answered so we went back down... Well evidently  my boots don't have very much traction because I slipped and fell and caught myself. I landed pretty hard and I was holding onto the rail and it yanked my arms pretty hard.... How embarrassing. I couldn't stop laughing, it took a couple minutes to get control of myself. But now my arms and back are pretty sore and it hurts to move them. But I mostly just scared myself and I am not hurt so that is a big blessing!  And it was pretty funny I wish I could have seen myself.
     We were also doing some service for a hoarder and all I have to say is 3 words. Throw. It. Away. Eww. Please nobody be like that, just get rid of it!
     This week during my studies I was reading in the Bible Dictionary about Prayer and angels. It is amazing the things that I learn everyday in studies ,I have been reading in Mosiah about Alma, his faith and diligence in doing the Lords work is incredible. He truly wants what the Lord wants. I love what it says in the Bible dictionary under prayer, that prayer is the act of the will of the father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other and the ways we can receive the highest of all blessings. It is amazing that we can actually talk to our father in Heaven and he loves cares about us and will answer. Under Angels it talks about the Lords messengers and the light that they have. I am striving everyday to be able to have that light and also to be the instrument in the Lords hands that he wants so that I can be effective.
     Well I think that is it for this week. I hope that all is well and you are healthy and happy! Have a great week, share the gospel, be encouraging and study hard. Love you lots!
Love Sister Rach Georgia Peach :)
I Love it here!
(I did find out that she lives  about 3 miles from the mission office. They actually live in Norcross, because their area covers several towns and they could go out of the mission on several roads, They are close to the boundaries apparently across the street in some areas. The two assistants are in the same ward as her.  They email from the office annex that has 4 computers in it.  They also have a washer and dryer in their apartment so that makes it much easier to get it done.  All of her mail can just be sent to the mission office address.)
Went to visit a cemetery - Mom told me I had to.

Another beautiful Georgia Sunset

A cute Athens lady who was like a Grandma.

Saying goodbye to Sister Parker and Walkinsville

My new companion Sister Carrigan

Tie Decor?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Ringing in the New Year by sleeping!

Hola Familia!

     It was a great week, we talked to a lot of people and found a few new ones to teach that we are really excited about! The Cannon Family is doing fantastic and they just look like they belong. He got the Aaronic priesthood on Sunday and he is going to pass the sacrament next week, I am so excited for him! They are already bringing people to church with them and have challenged a few of his relatives to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. They are on fire. It is so fun to see their conversion and joy in sharing the gospel and telling people that we DO NO practice polygamy.  ha ha ha.

     For New Years we worked just like usual and ate at a members house. We rang in the New Year by going to bed at 10:15 and sleeping until 6:30, it was fantastic. We also went and visited the Cannons because we missed them and wanted to see how they were doing. But I think sleeping was the best way to do it.

      This week during weekly planning Sister Parker leaned back in her chair to stretch and fell over and broke the chair... I could not stop laughing but all is fair because I ping ponged myself off the bathroom wall and fell on the ground... Embarrassing. I can't seem to walk without falling lately, up stairs, downstairs, in the middle of the street. It is a real problem.  No wonder there was a Graceful Gurdi and George thrown in there... :)

Well... Drum roll please! I am getting Transferred to Lilburn and my new companion is Sister Carigan! I don't know much about her but I can't wait to meet her, I am excited for whatever the Lord has in store for me there. I am nervous but excited   I will miss the Cannon's the most, but hope to possibly go to the temple with them in a year!  That would be awesome! I didn't know how to react when we got the call this morning it was a little bit of a shock because Sister Parker thought that she was leaving. I didn't know what to say..  (  Lilburn is were the mission home and offices are.  It will be another great learning experience for her.)

It has been a great week of missionary work! I love you all and hope that all is going well. Have a fantastic week!

Until next time!

Love you Bye!
Love Rach