Hey there family!
I hope everyone is well and happy! Well it has been a crazy week because we have had a lot of things to do. The other sisters that were in the ward moved out of their apartment Tuesday night so we took trips trying to get everything out after we had gone to a wedding of some people we are going to start teaching. One of them is a member and Jervy, the wife, is from the Philippines. She is super cute and we are excited to meet with her. She took part of the lessons in the Philippines, but just moved here with her husband who is a member of the ward. So after that everything hit the fan.
Our apartment is pretty small because it is just a little basement so all 4 of us were staying in it for Tuesday night. Sister Chapman yelled, "I call Sister Weeks bed".... not cool. They slept on the couch and on the floor. Then in the morning we took my companion and Sister Chapman's comp to the mission office in Lilburn to drop them off and then we headed back. I got to see the office couples which was super fun. They are just the best - we're pretty much like best buds. And... I got to see Sister Andrus she is training and going to finish her mission in Greensboro. It was so exciting - we may or may not have been screaming. It was fun no regrets. She told me that Neal is getting baptized next month and has changed so much. It is amazing what the Atonement of Jesus Christ can really do. It changes lives completely. Since then we have been trying to combine our efforts and both of our planners and appointments into one and then make it all work out. It has been pretty crazy, but we have been having a party. :)
Sister Chapman has a prosthetic leg that is fondly called either Peggy or Squeaks whatever floats her boat at the time and she love to mess with people about it. She has told well over 100 stories and counting. Sorry Mom... :)(Yeah it is true she punked me with a doozy of a story!) She is from Mesa/Gilbert Arizona. She is 28 years old and totally had a house before the mission and she has her degree in PE teaching. She is super cool and hilarious. She doesn't act like she's 28 (What do 28 year olds act like I wonder?) So don't worry she thinks I'm funny too. Partyin partyin yeah. Work hard, play hard! That's our motto. But she is an awesome missionary and we are super excited!
This week we had to ride our bikes because the Elders had a doctors appointment that was too far away so we let them borrow our car. We were riding our bikes in our neighborhood to a couple appointments and it was a terrible idea. I totally did not realize how many hills there were -- like steep ones that I had to get off the bike and push it up and even that was difficult. No comments about how out of shape I am. Round is a shape too... We only rode 4 miles but it felt like 10. Down hill is the best part. When the Elders came back they were getting their stuff out of the trunk and noticed our helmets in there and our District leader said "Sisters did you ride your bikes and Sister Chapman butted in right there and said "We sure did!" and while she was saying that he finished his statement with "without your helmets" Sister Chapman stopped for a second and then we looked at each other and said at the same time "We sure did!" He never uses his helmet and we weren't about to waste time and walk there so we had to make a choice. We were protected. We didn't even have too many skirt incidents. It was fun though. We are totally doing it again, as long as it doesn't get too cold. But note to self: laughing and riding at the same time is really hard. It leads to crashing and loss of muscle control.
We are meeting with Corina, a lady from Argentina, she told us she is making us alfajores this week. Real ones from her country. :) But that is beside the point. haha. She has cousins in Argentina that are members and has seen a huge change in their lives since they joined the church. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and it is amazing. I can tell that she is feeling the spirit and she wants to learn more.
As I was reading this week in my studies, I have come across a couple scriptures that I just absolutely love about being happy and having pure joy. I love the concept of that because this truly is the Gospel of Happiness and I want to live it fully. In Mosiah 2:41 King Benjamin tells exactly how you can have that kind of joy. It says: "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it." When we keep the commandments and focus on the very basics that is when we have the most joy no matter what is going on around us. I think I have seen that over the past little while. Being on a mission isn't that easy sometimes there are trials, set backs, and surprises that always come up, but no matter what happens because of the Gospel and Atonement of Jesus Christ I am always happy and I always have an undeniable peace. It is a very real and amazing feeling. Then I love in Alma 27:17-18 : "17. Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God, even to the exhausting of his strength; and he fell again to the earth. 18. Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness." It is describing Ammon's joy in seeing Alma again. The kind of joy here, that is my goal, that is what I want to feel and so many other people too. Everyone deserves to have the kind of joy that is so full and all encompassing that they pass out. That feeling is close to heaven.
This fast Sunday the whole mission had a special fast for investigators that are struggling. It was amazing as Sister Chapman and I were specifically praying and seeking inspiration for them. And there were several things that came to our minds about helping them progress and finding the real kind of happiness.
Well that is all for this week. Hope that all is well. Love you lots! Be happy!
Love Sister Weeks (Rachel)
|Elder Eames see ya later so the elders attacked him with silly string.|
|Sister Haderlie's and my angel faces. *ting* we are totally innocent. :)|
|Our farewell Woodstock District picture. Her new companion is Sister Chapman in red sweater.|