First Exchange: Sister Dimon and I went on an exchange in Pratville with Sister Kennedy and Sister Winter. It was interesting being in a real town with real stores besides Wal-Mart. hahaha.
Valentines Day: Today was a good one! Woke up and worked out. I haven't worked out this much since my senior year. I like how in the mission they encourage you to work out, because I need it. We were able to go tracting in Pratville, and again it was different being in a more civilized place than Alexander City. Sister Winter said something that I liked which was,
"It’s not a sacrifice, it’s who you are.” She said being on a mission is just something you get to enjoy doing and live every day to its fullest. It’s not a count down, but a count up! In other words, I could look at my mission as 17 months that I have to endure, or I can look at it as 17 months where I get to really live. As I always quote from my favorite movie of all time Shaw Shank Redemption, "Get busy living or get busy dying!”
We went home and I received Mama's package!!! It was like Christmas morning! We were so excited and giddy the whole time. I have a sweet mama :)
Investigators breaking up with you: I was able to encourage Sister Dimon to start running. haha. We went into a lesson with Sunde and Hope (two sisters around their 30's). We have been teaching them since my first day here. They are super sweet people. And we asked about Baptism. They said that they want to keep going to their family church. My heart was sad afterwards. I felt like I was getting broken up with...hahaha. But we decided to try one more time with them! So my first time here, I did not like Store contacting. But we made a goal to literally talk to everyone in Walmart. Its like a door approach without the door. Just go straight up to them. I was able to do that this week! So now we have a lot of Walmart friends. hahaha.
Preach Monica Preach: My highlight today was talking to a 51 year old African American woman named Monica. She was working in her garden and we sat by her while she was working. She wanted to know all about the Mormons. She asked me "Are you scared to die?" and I said, "Are you scared to die Monica?" She said she was. We talked about how families are forever. She lives in a rough part of town and everyone goes to her to buy snacks and food to just get by. She is like the mama of the neighborhood. There was music playing outside. (it was like a christian gospel song) and she started preaching to us about her faith in Jesus Christ. It was like a movie. hahaha It was so dramatic with that music playing in the background. I was thinking,” Yes Monica! AMEN!” hahaha I thought, now this is Alabama!!!
Lets go Mike: Drove to Wetumpka for Mike's baptism! President and Sister Sainsbury came! Mike was given a BOM 20 years ago. He started reading on his own and made it all the way to Alma. Then Sister missionaries knocked on his door a couple of years ago. but he didn't let them in until us! It’s amazing how the Lord prepares those who are ready to receive the gospel. Sister Dimon was just the last of many missionaries efforts. There is another man we met named Mike. We asked him what his main goal in life was and he said he just wants to find peace and happiness in life. My heart just melted and were were thinking, "Mike that’s what we are here for. To tell you that God loves you." He had a big smile on his face.
One thing I love about being in the South is everyone is just SO nice! They are good people. They just love talking about life and they take their time when they talk. A story that should only take 5 minutes takes 20 minutes.
Matthew 11: 28-30
28 ¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meekand lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I am learning to love the New Testament. I looked up in the Bible dictionary for the word Yoke. Yoke: a frame carried across a persons shoulders with equal loads suspended from each end. Something that connects or joins; bond.
We don’t have to do hard things alone. We can have Christ’s help with us everystep of the way. I like the part when it says "connects or joins." We can be connected to Christ as we learn of him and follow him.