October 23, 2017


Bainbridge, Georgia


Ethan Scott Belliston

Keep working hard!

Well this week has definitely been one for the books. Maybe skip this week if you get grossed out easily.

Monday, October 16:
Prep day! Same old stuff. Although we didn't drive to Marianna.
Tuesday, October 17:
As Elder Belliston and I were getting ready to leave for district meeting I found a bedbug on my bed. Not too big of a problem but definitely gross. Afterwards Elder Feeny and I went on an exchange in Marianna. While we were biking to a potential investigators house Elder Feeny saw someone on a bike and yelled "IT'S JAMES!!!", at which point he took off down the road. My only thought was, what in the world is this kid doing? As we finally caught up to James we talked for a little bit to see if James had been reading The Book of Mormon. He hadn't but Elder Feeny set up an appointment with him and we continued on our way. We then saw a man trimming some hedges. We stopped and talked with him and he told us that he had been saved. His name was Grant. We asked him about the experience and he said he couldn't put it exactly into words but he had an overwhelming chill come over him. Grant compared it to dumping a cold bucket of water on his head. We then helped him identify that feeling as the Holy Spirit. At that point I asked him a question that I am sure came straight from God. I asked him if he ever thought that there was more to being saved. His response was that there must be. Elder Feeny and I then taught him about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. He was very ecstatic and eager to learn more. As we were starting to explain in greater detail the Restoration a car approached and a man in the driver seat rolled down his window. He proceeded to tell us who he was and that he attended the Methodist church in the area. He invited Elder Feeny and I to join some members of his congregation for breakfast and a lesson from their pastor. We accepted his offer and finished our mini lesson with Grant. After that whole event Elder Feeny and I went to a town a little way west of Marianna called Cottondale. We met 5 new people that were interested in hearing more about the gospel. It was a great time finding and talking to people. Oh, by the way, we had biked 8 miles to get there and probably biked about 10 while we were there and biked 8 miles back. In the process of all of this biking I lost my wallet. What a great way to finish the day!
Wednesday, October 18:
So an update on the one bedbug we found, Elder Belliston and Elder Mckinnon have actually found a few more on our mattress so they spent the night in the other room on the couch and ground. They also called the mission office and bought this stuff that is supposed to kill bugs and some stuff to cover the mattress.The next morning we got up and went to the breakfast and were delighted with to meet knew people. Before we ate we were told that we couldn't sit by each other because it wouldn't allow for as many people to get to know us compared to us sitting together. During our breakfast chatting I was able to explain, after being asked, what exactly we do as missionaries and was also able to clarify a few of our beliefs to them. They asked wonderful questions and were very respectful. I was also able to learn in the lesson from the pastor how the Methodist Hymnal's came to be. It was cool to hear that we had a few songs in our Hymn book that they too sang. It was amazing to see the similarities that our faiths shared. The people there seemed to have a pretty solid basic understanding of our religion. Even in conversion with the pastor he knew that Joseph Smith was partial to the Methodist church. Overall the experience was quiet eye-opening. All of this was able to come to pass because Elder Feeny saw an investigator and chased him down. After our exchange finished Elder Belliston and I went back to Bainbridge. We met with a few people that day. That night we decided to sleep in our beds because the bedbugs had been mostly taken care of.
Thursday, October 19:
THE BEDBUGS ARE NOT GONE!!! I was bitten many times and crushed many of them in my sleep. So gross!!! We ended up calling the mission office again and they should be calling an exterminator. We did our weekly plan and our service at the Decatur County Genealogical Society. Later in the day we had a Thanksgiving style feast at Lisa and Coby's. When we got home later that night we flipped over the bed frame (keep in mind that our bed-frames are old hospital beds that move and stuff). We found not 50, nor 100, but over 200 bedbugs at least under my frame!!! AHHHHH!!! At this point it was 10pm so we called President Smith and got his permission to go to Walmart and buy Alcohol to drench the bed in and kill the bugs. We slept in the other room that night.
Friday, October 20:
Today we were able to meet with a lot of people including Jessie. We also met with a man named Bill. Bill has about 20,000 records in a shed in his backyard and he gave Elder Belliston and I a tour of it. He has come to church a few times but isn't super interested in taking the lessons but he likes reading the Book of Mormon and other material we give him. Today, with the help of Brother Taylor, we burned our mattress and bed frames. So, it means that I have no bed for probably two weeks.
Saturday, October 21:
We spent the whole day cleaning our apartment and spraying for bedbugs. We won't get an exterminator for a few more days.
Sunday, October 22:
We had church and that was awesome! We also got to take the sacrament to Sister Kincaid. Afterwards we visited the Hamptons, Dukes, and Curel Adams. Overall it was a good day.

Scripture and a Quote:

1 Nephi 3:7
7 And it came to pass I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

"When you are working hard, you grow, and the time goes by so fast! You'll look back on these days and thank the Lord you had them. So dive into the challenge and try to get first down after first down until you score."
-Thomas Crittenden


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