Monday, July 13, 2015

7 days without prayer makes 1 weak


Do y'all like my subject title? It was on one of the church bulletin things out front. They have soooooooooo many churches here! And unlike St.George they're not LDS churches. They're all completely different churches on like every single corner. I figured I would make one of their sayings my title each week. Man!! I would like to tell you guys about my last week at the MTC but that would take up too much time. So I'll just tell you about this week. Although the last week was awesome!! Man I love the MTC.

So we woke up at 2:30 Tuesday morning to head to the airport. Ali really needs her sleep because I was messed up from that for the next 3 days, plus the time change. We got to SC about 4:00 in the afternoon. The first few days I didn't think that the humidity was super bad (Shawn Hirschi prepared me to be walking in a sauna) but the more I've been in it...yeah. I don't like humidity very much. It's so freaking hot here. Needless to say, missionary is not what I pictured it. I mean it is but it's not. I have a hard time with that. I think it's cuz we drive most everywhere. Oh yeah! I guess I'll tell you where I'm at. I'm in Anderson! It's very upstate South Carolina. I'm with Sister Barnson. mmmmm....she is something different. I think it's pretty safe to say that we are nothing alike. If I were a watermelon, she would be...a giraffe. See nothing alike. Ha for someone reason I think of Josh and how he would think of her. But to give you an idea, when she's older she wants to raise peacocks and crows. She's a very talented artist. This is actually her last transfer! I'm her last companion because she leaves in 5 weeks now. She's been in Anderson for 7 months! So she's pretty experienced. So that's really nice. She really is a good companion, I learn a lot a lot from her. So yeah, we work in all the outer parts of Anderson and the elders work in a smaller area, but they have to ride bikes. haha :) Something super fun about having a car is that the person not driving has to "back" the other person out. Which basically means I stand behind the car while my companion backs out and runs me over. 

They also have the great and abominable church here! This is not a joke. It's like the worst thing in the world. Apparently they even have like special effects in their church so that they can make the floor shake or something like that to make people think they're feeling the spirit or the power of God. Idk its crazy.

When I got here, there was almost no work. We had no investigators and it sounded like nobody was progressing. But! Things have picked up and we're super busy! I feel like Elder Calhoun though haha. I found myself saying to myself, "My first Book of Mormon. Already a baptism!" and "my first discussion." Haha I'm like a real live greenie. We're teaching one lady, and her kids are the funniest thing ever! Something her kid said was she was so willing to go to church cuz they feed us bread. The last time she went she didn't get breakfast but then they passed around bread and she knew God was watching out for her. Haha. Southern people are awesome! Church is not dull! Also..hehe, we taught an investigator yesterday for the first time. Got him on date for baptism! Woo hoo!

Also, I had grits already this week! Yeah, its like, grainy mashed potatoes. I eat lots of biscuits. And I had southern ice cream. Don't ask me what the difference is but I just know that it's heavenly. Oh! I had my first bible basher yesterday too! That was the worst experience of my entire life. Cuz we had gone to teach a discussion to this lady and her grandkids and then her son was there, he wasn't rude. But he was an atheist (all I could think of was Nacho Libre tho "I don't know why you always judging me, just cuz I only believe in science") but it was so awful. And we couldn't just bear our testimony and leave cuz we were there to teach a lesson! It was never ending. I had to sit and listen to him for like half an hour! It was so bad, made me want to cry. But it turned out ok cuz my comp thinks his mom gained more respect for us after that and invited us to come back again on Tuesday. Ah man, but I had to go get a blessing after that. The ward is awesome, need I say it anymore? I definitely love the people here. We always get fed! Also, the other elder in my district is from St. George too! Although he went to desert hills, who knows how he got on a mission. ;) hehe just kidding. 

Well I love y'all! Have a great week! And happy birthday momma!!

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