Happy Turkey Day! Or Thanksgiving Day! Or American Feast Day! Or whatever your heart desires to call it. It is my favorite holiday of the year and I am very thankful for many things! Do you ever have something given to you that you know is going to be the best/hardest experience of your life? Well that's how training is but I am thankful for it. It's hard because I barely know what I'm doing and it's the best because I learn and grow so much.
Monday, November 13:
Pretty solid P-day...Last one with Elder Belliston :(
Tuesday, November 14:
Well today was not a regular Tuesday. We had district meeting which was very odd because Elder and Sister Labrum were not present. It was sad to say goodbye to half of the district though. I have had 3 months to be with them and had grown close to all of them. The rest of the day Elder Belliston and I had our studies. Then he packed while I studied more. Throughout the day he went to say goodbye to some people in the branch. Later that night we drove to Tallahassee. Once in tally I found out that I was assigned to stay the night with Elder Huffaker! It was so much fun to see him again. After spending some time with him we walked a few apartments over and I got to see Elder Durrant!!! Seriously one of the happiest moments of my life!!!!
Wednesday, November 15:
Got up super stinking early to have some training meetings. I got my new companion and we were planning on leaving to Bainbridge. However, someone loaded his bags onto the transfer van. This meant that instead of having a 45 minute drive home we had an 80 minute drive to the first transfer stop then a 110 minute drive to Bainbridge. It cost us lots of miles on our car which is frustrating but will probably help us to be on bikes more. Being on bikes more will help us to meet more people.
Later in the day we had a lesson with Alvin which went really well. I also had made plans for Lisa and Coby to feed us dinner so that was a great meal!
Thursday, November 16:
Kind of a weird day...we had most of our appointments cancel on us or not be home so we kinda just talked to people all day with very little luck. We did have one appointment go well and that was with a less-active family. We also had weekly planning.
Friday, November 17:
Today we had a lesson with the Hampton family. They have been having some problems with there pipes so we volunteered to help dig them up. Today we also drove out to Colquitt and Donalsonville. We had a lesson with Lu our recent convert and stopped by a Head Quarter referral. she was very accepting of the Book of Mormon and accepted an invitation to come to church. we were also able to visit some other investigators we had but none of them were home so that kinda stunk.
Saturday, November 18:
Pretty sweet day. The Hampton family is just returning to activity and they have two boys that are 9 and 7. The 9 year old is named Zachariah and his brother's name is Caleb. Both of them are starting to be taught by us so they can be baptized on January 27. There dad's cousin is currently living with them. Her name is Terra. She has committed to be baptized on December 16. It sounds like Zach and Caleb will be baptized by their dad and I will baptize Terra. Most of our other plans for the day didn't end up happening for whatever reason but it was still a productive day. We biked about 20 miles today because we needed to visit some people that were to close to drive to.
Sunday, November 19:
Very slow day. we had a great church service but we didn't have as many investigators as we hoped at church. The rest of the day we only had one appointment which was with Lisa and Coby.
Scripture and a Quote:
"19And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small."
"Gratefully we acknowledge the infinite mind of our Maker, and gratefully ought to offer our tithes and offerings, and earnestly consistent service, in thanks for all that God has given, and keep his commandments in remembrance of the love and providence and purpose of the Creator, the God and Father of us all, the organizer and operator of heaven and earth, without whom all these things would not be so. Thank God for all this: for life and what sustains it, for loved ones that make it meaningful, for faith and purpose and continuance, always and forever. Thank God for all of this—and much, much more."
-Elder Richard L. Evans