Sister Molly George
Georgia Atlanta North Mission
1150 Cole Dr. SW
Lilburn GA 30047

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Uncontrollable Giggles, Elder Kopischke, Ever Expanding Hearts

March 10, 2014

Hello!  Hello!  Familio!☺

Today was a REALLY long P-day.  I'm not complainin' about it though!

We dropped our laundry off at Sister King's cause we still don't have  washer and dryer.  It was almost 10 and the elders asked us if we would switch them emailing shifts from the evening to the morning so we headed over to the library.  Well, they had a sign on the door that said the internet was out. : /  NOOOO!
We decided to go to Canton's library (we use Hickory Flat's).  We got there and the sign says they don't open until 12:00!!!  Of all the rotten luck.  So we went to the store instead.

We have Zone Conference on Wednesday and they are inspecting our cars so we washed it but we decided to vacuum it tomorrow cause it'll be cleaner for Wednesday.  But we held with the wax job today after we dropping off our gorceries.  Neither of us knew how to wax a car properly though so we went and the elders showed us. : {  Haha!  Man!  That makes your arms get tired!!!  But we had a beautiful shiney car gosh dang it!  Elder Residori sent me an e-mail yesterday that basically said if our cars didn't pass we got them taken away. : /  We better pass!!

By now it's like 2ish and we still have no place to e-mail!  So we called the Dustins.  They said they would be home at 3:45, so we still had almost 2 hours to kill.

Well guess what? We got a call from the Lowe's guy and he said he was on his way with a washer and a dryer!!  Yay! SO while we waited, we cleaned our apartment and moved things so that they cound bring them in.☺ Oh! Happy day!☺  It's pathetic but I was SO excited!

Then we finally got to go e-mail!  We only had about 2 hours.  I don't think I've typed faster in my whole life!  I got everyone responded to but two.  Pretty good though for the time I had.

My friend Mckay Harmon e-mailed me!☺  I had written him last week and he said that it had made his day.  He is one of my great friends! I just love that darn kid!☺

We had the Potters for dinner tonight.  So we headed that way after e-mailing.  Brother Potter is so funny!  We were getting the whole story of how they had met.  Sister Potter is really pretty.  He found himself a good one!!  It was a lot of fun.

We stopped by the Dustins just as the elders were starting their thought.  So we stayed for that and then headed home.

All in all, not to shabby of a P-day!  And the weather was beautiful to top it all off.

March 11, 2014

Today was strange.  We kinda had to wing it cause most of our appointments fell through.

We went to Sister Bragg's and helped her.  I love going over there!  She is so funny and thanks us over and over every time!  It for sure makes us feel loved.☺

We tried to go see Ingrid with sister Olah.  Of course, Ingrid wasn't' there. : /  We felt bad for having Sister Olah come and getting ditched.  She was cute about it and we got to have a great discussion with her and her mom!  Her mom, Gloria, is SO funny!  I just love her!  She'll accept the gospel but it may not be in this life.  She is also an AMAZING painter!  She is super good!  I would love to have one of her paintings!!  They are beautiful.  I may have to take some pictures of them.

Then we had a lesson with Cydnee Maikowski's friend Kaylinn.  they are both freshmen.  We taught the Restoration and it went really well!  Cydnee told us later that Kaylinn had said it cleared up a lot of stuff!  Yay!  And Kaylinn kept saying, "If I do convert. . . ."  Which basically means she knows if she gains a testimony then she will be baptized!  Which would of course be awesome.

After that we headed to Morgans really quick.  Today was her birthday and so we got her a skirt.  We seriously don't know what to do with her anymore.  Hopefully we can figure it out soon!  I love her and I want her to have all of the blessing that the gospel can bring into her life.  But I can't force her - - I believe that was Satan's plan - - to force peopl.

We tracted in a retirement community subdivision tonight.  Haha!  That was fun!  Most of the old people were pretty nice!  We did get a few grumps though.  It makes me sad when we talk to those people.  Their lives must be so miserable!  One of the things I have learned on my mission is the kind of person I want to be.  Especially after experiencing how people treat us when they are in the comfort of their own door.

We didn't have a dinner tonight and Sister Rowe has been craving pizza.☺  So we went and got $5 pizza!

I like daylight savings cause it makes the work so much easier when it's light out until like 8:30.☺  Plus, even though it's the same time at night, people are a lot nicer about answering their door when it's lighter!

March 12, 2014

Ah!  Today was just a super awesome day!!  We got to have Elder Erich Kopischke of the 70 come and speak to us for Sone conference!  it was FABULOUS!☺

Our Zone (Marietta) combined with the Roswell and Peachtree Zones.  I was pretty bummed cause the people I really wanted to see are in the other 4 Zones and their meeting is tomorrow in the Suwanee building!!!  Talk about jealous!!  But I did get to see Elder Calkins and Elder Zimmerman (who is the ZL in Peachtree Zone)!  So that was good part!  They are both great!

So before we began, Elder Kopischke (he is German by the way) told us to write down questions that we wanted answered and he promised we would receive the answers.  I fugured only like one or 2 of my questions would be answered cause I had quite a few ranging from one thing to the next.  By the end of the meeting though, every single one of them had been answered!!  Part of me isn't surprised but the other part of me is.  I feel like it surprises me every time that happens!  I don't know why. . .it just does.  It was a good meeting and I got a lot out of it.☺

We drove back home and stopped in a subdivision at kinda the bottom of our area.  It was SUPER windy!  We started walking and Sister Rowe's skirt is flyin' all over the place.  She was walking with her legs together sorta waddling to try and stay decent.  I lost it!  I was laughing SO hard!  And I had to go to the bathroom so I'm crouched down, trying to catch my breath and control the rest of me to boot.  We struggle to the door and suddenly a gust of wind comes and flings Sister Rowe's skirt up!  So now we are both laughing and I've got tears streaming down my face!  We get to the door and we both get semi composed so Sister Rowe knocks on the door, and I just lose it again.  So she starts giggling too.  We were just a mess.  This guy answers the door and between giggles Sister Rowe, bless her, gets out who we are because there is NO WAY I am going to be able to say anything.  He just looked at us like we're nuts, says no and shuts the door.  And we can't help but burst out laughing again!  Certainly not my finest hour.  But I have to say that sometimes there is nothing more fun than a good out of control laughing session.  And I have to say I haven't laughed that hard in a loooooong time!

Since we couldn't control ourselves and it was still crazy windy, we decided we would tract after dinner.  So we went home and ate.

We then tracted and tried to follow up on some people with Sister Olah with no luck.  Darn!  Ah well!  We got to hear Sister Olah's conversion story.  It's pretty crazy!  Basically the missionaries baptized her without her having a testimony of anything.  She got the discussions but she mostly just wanted to be baptized by immersion like Christ was and she knew that's how we did it.  Luckily, later on she did gain a stellar testimony!

So that was my day, great spiritual upliftment, mixed with uncontrollable laughter and a sweet conversion story to top it off.☺

March 13, 2014

Sister Row and Me
This morning we went to the chiropractor again.  The one the Dustins took us to didn't help Sister Rowe.  So we went to her family's friend in Woodstock and Sister King took us.  His sister and wife were both there and I'm sure you got the picture the sent you.  I've been having a lot of "I don't care what I look like" days.  Today was one of 'em.  I feel like the longer I'm out the less I care what I look like.  Which is probably no a very good mindset to have.  I guess I feel like I don't have much variety.  I hate doing  anything with my hair, I only do my make up- -well on Sundays, and I feel like my clothes (though cute!) are redundant.  Maybe if I started making myself care, I would feel a bit better about myself.  Hmmm!  Maybe I'll just have to try that experiment.  I'll let ya know how it goes!

Okay, anyway, after the chiropractor, Sister King took us to lunch at Firehouse Subs. I dunno if they have 'em out west, but they should!  There are a lot of places out here that they should have out west!  Maybe I'll just have to make that happen.☺

Sister King took us home and we hopped into the car and went over to talk to Amanda.  it was about 3 and we had a good discussion with her!  We found out that she is still trying to figure out if there is a God (Actually she does know there's a God.  She just doesn't see that she knows.).  She is trying to transfer stores at work right now.  So I challenged her to put God to the test (probably not the BEST wording, but it was th only way I could think to explain it).  I told her to pray for SUPER specific things she needs to happen in order for her to transfer.  She liked that idea!  Now we have to do our part and pray like crazy that Heavenly Father will answer her in a way that will open her eyes and understanding of who He is.

Then we went tracting.  Guess what we ran into?!  Sister Rowe's first basher!  It's been a while since I've talked to one.   This girl was 21 and studying women's ministry- -or something like that.  She was nice enough but she irritated me none the less.  She asked why we didn't carry a Bible if we believed in it.  I told her that EVERYONE has a Bible, and so there's no point in carrying around a Bible when they already know about it.  Our message is of the Book of Mormon.  She had no answer for that.  She kept bringing up the Revelation scripture about adding and taking away.  When I asked her about WHEN John wrote that, she avoided the question.  Mostly cause she knew that more books were written and added after that scripture was written even though it is the last book in the Bible.  I hate bashing though so basically I just tried to politely cover what she had brought up and we left.

Then, because it's "Cancel on the Sisters for all appointments and dinners" week, we went home and ate.  Seriously though, we have had SO many appointments cancel.  I don't mind dinner cancellations so much but when we have an opportunity to teach go away well . . . of that I am no fan

Sister Rowe, our Billie, and Me
We ended our night with visiting Billie.  Oh how I love that sweet woman!  I don't feel as though I've made as many connections with people here as I did in Suwanee.  Billie is someone who makes my list of definite people who I feel ever so blessed to know.  And to be honest if I start thinking about it my list just gets longer and longer. . .and there really are a lot of Hickory Flat people on that list.
I am amazed at how many people and families I have fallen in love with here in Georgia!  I really never thought it was possible, but your heart just grows to make room for every single one of them!  And it continues to grow!  It's an amazing gift that Father has given.  I can only imagine how big HIS heart is!  Especially when He loves even more than we can comprehend!  There is a reason why love conquers all.

March 14, 2014

So today was weekly planning but we didn't finish it all the way so we're doing it tomorrow night.

We had a meeting with Jenn this morning.  She is Max's (the elders recent baptism who's baptism I spoke at) wife.  The elders have been teaching her and she wants to be baptized but she just isn't clicking with the elders, so they asked us to go over and meet with her.  It went REALLY well!!  We were able to clear  things up and we clicked with her.  We're still working on it with the elders, but we're thinking that we will take Jenn and they will take Morgan.  They have been visiting Morgan and it's been going really well!  She has actually been listening to them.  Maybe this is an answer to our prayers for her.  We will pray a little more before we make any decision but I think we are going to pass off Morgan to the elders and they will pass Jenn off to us.  I guess we'll see!  I just really want to see both of them to progress.

After Jenn we went over to sister Bragg's and cleaned her windows.  They have 3 dogs so just like on the back door when Meisje (our family dog) wipes her little snot nose on the back door, that's how their windows were.☺  Haha!

Then we went tracting. Whoot!  It was pretty dang hot today.  I haven't been sweaty while tracting for a while.  Well!  I was sweaty and gross.  : {  Eww!  Spring is here and summer is itching to shove spring out of the way.  Luckily it wasn't humid though.  THAT is what will get ya!  The humidity!

We tracted until dinner which was with the Delahunty's.  They are the first dinner this week since Monday that hasn't cancelled on us.  So that was nice!  the Delahunty's have 8 kids so that was way too much fun.  their oldest is 17 and is SO cute with his siblings.  It was like watching Gabe.☺  I wish guys could figure out that when they are good with kids, girls find them all that more attractive!  Ah well, it may just remain an unknown secret for eternity.☺

Then we went to try and see some less actives.  There were a lot in the area that we were in so we just picked one.  The Sucars.  When we drove up, all we could hear was crazy loud Hispanic music playing.☺  It made us giggle.  They invited us right in!  Sister Sucar speaks English and Brother Sucar understands it but doesn't speak it.  Well, he doesn't LIKE speaking it.☺  We had a great conversation with them and I think we are gonna work on reactivating them!  Sister Sucar knows they are less active.  We'll see what we can do!

We finished our night with the Frias'.  We're hoping to introduce Sister Sucar to Lilia so a) that will get them both fellowshipped, and b) Sister Sucar can translate for us!  That would be super awesome.☺  We shall see.  It would be nice for both of them though!!

We found out we're going on exchange next week, which I think will be good.  If there are things that I need to change or do better on to make my Sister Rowe happier I would like to know.  I want to just continue loving her and have her love me back.  I am always happy to get back with companions after exchanges.

March 15, 2014

Today felt like it just went super fast!  We were super productive but it went so fast it almost feels like we didn't do anything!

We first went to see Bill and took Sister Olah with us.  We tracted into Bill a few days ago and he said he had a Book of Mormon and had read it in the 90's for the history side of it.  Which, hey, if that's how the spirit will touch him, I'm all for it.☺  He even knew about Joseph Smith and Moroni coming to him and he said it all makes sense to him.  Serious?!?  Psh!  I won't argue with that!  He is having heart surgery in May so hopefully we can keep meeting with him until then!

Then we went and saw Ingrid.  Poor lady.  Her outlook on life is pretty dismal.  She just talks about how everyone is dead.  It's pretty sad.  she read a little of the Book of Mormon and she liked it!  I dunno where we will get with her though but I am happy to teach and visit with her while we can.  I sometimes get the feeling we are just planting a seed for the missionaries in the next life.  But, ya never know!  Crazier things have happened.☺

We tracted for a little bit but nothin' came out of it.  We got to enjoy the sun so that was nice.☺

We headed over to Sister Dobson cause we were riding with her Andrea Rethke to the Stake Center for the Stake Relief Society activity.  On the way there they were talking about crashes and accidents they had been in.  Andrea and Brother Rethke just got in one the other day.  Well, we're at a stop light and we all hear the squeal of tires and the sickening crunch of metal.  Behind us 2 cars ran into each other.  Of COURSE that would happen right after the conversation that we just had!  Ya gotta hate that sound!

All of the sisters got to go to the activity so that was fun!  I got to see Sister Knight, Sister Hamilton, and Sister Breinholt.☺  Sister Breinholt will be coming here with Sister Rowe for exchanges.  So that'll be fun for Sister Rowe- -everyone loves Sister Breinholt!  Thus I am a bit bummed that I don't get to be with Sister Breinholt again!  Darn!  But on the bright side I get to be with Sister Moon who I LOVE!☺  We were in the same district in the MTC!  So that will make the exchange fun because we love each other.  If Sister Rowe needs to vent (which I hope she doesn't) Sister Breinholt is a good confidant.  I guess I just hope she would tell me so that I can fix anything that may annoy her.

The Relief Society put on the 10 Virgins as a musical.  Basically it's about each of the virgins and their backgrounds, who they are, traits they may have had.  I wasn't super sure how it would turn out, but it ended up being AWESOME!!  They did SUCH a good job!!  The Spirit was super strong and it was just really cool!  It was an awesome way to end our day!  On a spiritual high.☺

March 16, 2014

The verdict as to whether we are getting elders or sisters next transfer.  Drum roll please. . .Elders!  Yay!  So, we'll have 2 sets of elder and 1 set of sisters!  Rumor is they're splitting the zone and our new set will be the ZL's.  We shall see!  Sister Cooley is trying to convince Brother Cooley to move us out into the new apartment and put the elders in our apartment. >: {  NOOOO!  We are not liking that idea.  Luckily Brother Cooley doesn't seem too keen on moving us so that's good!  So there ya go!  that's our big news!

It was a pretty stinkin' awesome day!  We started our day off with teaching Katelynn.☺  she is so cute and so very in tune with the spirit!  It's so awesome!  We told her about General conference and she was SO excited.☺  She even said she wants to go to the church to watch it, not stay home.  What 12 year old says that?!?  She asked Heath (her dad) if he would come and he just said, "We'll see.  It's like 7 hours long!"  It made me so sad and little Katelynn's face looked so crushed. : (  But she shook it off and bounced back up.

Both Katelynn and Kaylin came to church today!!  And they both loved it.☺  Kaylin told Cydnee that she liked Joseph Smith and that she could relate to wanting answers to questions!  Yay!  We are meeting with her on Thursday.  Hopefully she likes the Plan of Salvation!!  I know I do!☺

I had a couple of "bite my lip and don't laugh" moments today.  One was in ward council and the other was in Relief Society.  People can sure get intense over things.  I am amazed at how strongly some people feel about the culture of our church.  I mean, feel strongly about the doctrine for absolute sure, but the culture so does not matter!!

Dinner was at the Slocums.  Sister Slocum oh my she is a keeper to be sure.  Brother Slocum is just a hoot!  He loves to tease and he was teasin' all over the place!  Luckily I can hold my own and he liked that.☺  It was a fun evening with them!

We needed just ONE more contact in order to meet our goal this week.  We just picked a house right across the street from the church.  The sweetest lady answers the door and we talked with her for a good 10 minutes.  She wasn't interested but she was so stinkin' cute!!

Our last thing for the night was we visited a less active family, the Bloxhams.  They were so nice!  The acted like they were super active!  I have never understood that.  We had a really good time with them!  They have a shih tzu and I was  in heaven petting that little dog!  I didn't actually think that I would miss Meisje!  But I do!!  Hopefully it won't take her too long to get used to me again when I get home!

Well family!  I just love ya lots!!  I can't wait for tomorrow when I can e-mail ya!

Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.☺  Tell Tilly and Frodo hello for me!☺  Haha!  I love ya!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Elder Cook, Tracting, Friends, and Tender Mercies

March 3, 2014

Hey y'all!

I hope you had a fantabulous Monday!  If you didn't then you didn't use the correct mindset for it... If you think about it like, "Hey! It's Molly's P-day today!  What a great way to start the week!" then I promise it will be a better day.☺  That's how I look at Mondays!  And it always turns out to be a great day.☺

This morning we accidentally slept in.  The alarm went off and I turned it off and knelt to say my prayers...Next thing I know, I look at the clock and it says 7!  Needless to say, I had to apologize for my obviously meaningless prayer. It must have been if I fell asleep for a half hour during it! I felt pretty bad!  And it was our day to go to the gym! Dang it! So we missed that.

Personal study was good.  I'm reading Jesus the Christ and I'm loving it.  I started when Sister Rowe got here and I'm on Chapter 9.  I'm amazed at everything that I'm learning!

We went to the store and got all our groceries, dropped off our laundry at Sister King's and headed to the library.  It was our turn for the first half today :)

Sister Rowe treated us to Subway for lunch.  She got sent a $25 gift card for it.  So we had lunch, just laughing and talking and enjoying ourselves!  The Dustin's were taking us to the chiropractor (YAY!) at 3:45 so we had about two hours before that. We came home and took naps and wrote some letters.  It's weird but nice to be able to take a nap in the middle of the day and not feel guilty about it.  I would feel guilty if I did it on any other day rather than P-Day.

Ok, anyways, we went over to the Dustins and headed to the chiropractor.  The guy who adjusted our backs was super nice.  He is a Baptist but was just super down to earth and way cool!  He did me first and I was popping all over the place! It was crazy!  It felt pretty great afterwards though!  When we were paying he gave us a huge discount and told us to keep working the Lord's work :)

Dinner was at the Kings tonight.  I love them! Their son comes home on Wednesday and they are SO excited! That was pretty much our whole conversation of the night.  It was hard not to get a little trunky just talking about it. It's not that I want to be home just yet, but it's kind of one of those day dreams that just sits in the back of your mind and pops up when something is said or another missionary is going home.  I know it will all come faster than I think, but other times it's never ending.  Luckily the never ending feeling doesn't stay for long!

The spiders are coming back out, and we have some BIG ones.  I walked out of the bathroom tonight and stepped on something kind of cold, and I thought it was a bobby pin until I looked down. AH!  It was a huge black spider!  So I got some toilet paper and sort of squished it but half of it wasn't squished.  The half that wasn't squished stared crawling away from the squished half! I hate spiders, especially the big ones down here.  It's all part of the experience I suppose!

March 4, 2014
Today was not too bad of a day.☺  It was a district meeting, and somehow I have gotten out of doing training since January...Pretty nice!  I have a feeling that I will be giving one next week though.  Hopefully I will be able to apply whatever Elder Cook says to my training!

I really like the district that we have now.  I would say that Elder Peña and Elder Cleverly are some of my best friends.  I get along with everyone but they are the ones that I laugh and joke with the most.  Today Elder Peña and I decided that we were going to adopt each other as siblings.  Gabe, I wish that you could meet Elder Peña.  You two are so much alike!  I think that y'all would get along super well!!

It's so hard at the end of the district meeting not to go with the elders to lunch!  They know I do not like that rule so they are little punks about it!  Without fail, one of them will look at me and say, "Sister George, where should we go for lunch? Oh wait, just kidding!"  It drives me nuts! We had lunch today with our sisters and the sisters from Canton and Ellijay.  Instead of going out we just brought our lunch, and that was pretty fun so HA!

After district meeting and lunch we went over to clean for Sister Bragg.  She is super awesome! I really hope that she can get well soon!  She has been sick for such a long time! I wish there were something more we could do!  But we are helping the best way we can!

We went to visit Sister Tye after helping Sister Bragg.  She is now on less medication two weeks after her surgery, and you can definitely tell the difference.  I liked Sister Tye before but I really like the less drugged Sister Tye!!!  They have a family they have been working on that we might be able to teach!  Ah!  I'm so excited!  I have been praying for a family for eight months!  I really hope that this family is the one that I have been praying for.  I guess we will find out soon!

After Sister Tye we went over to Sister King.  We had forgotten our leftovers last night so she told us to come on over and get them!  She is still so excited for John to come home.☺  I hope that you guys are that excited for me!  They have a bunch of poster board to make signs, they are decorating their door, and I think that they are getting balloons too!  It's so funny!  It's fun to see how excited they are :)

Sister Rowe had a pretty big headache today.  I couldn't figure out if she was mad at me or if her head just REALLY hurt, but she loosened up a bit when we started tracting.  I felt bad but didn't know quite what to do.  Headaches are the worst because you have to decide to work or not work.  When you are contagious sick you DON'T work cuz you don't want to get others sick.  Sometimes with a headache you feel like you should just gut through it.  I would have done anything she said though. 

At the 4th house we went to, there was a yappy little dog.  It had a shock collar on so we knew there was an invisible fence, though it could walk on the walkway to the door.  Suddenly three more dogs came bounding around the corner!  They were all kind of nipping at our ankles, so we just got out of there.  It was pretty funny though!  We were both laughing really hard.

Our little miracle for the day was that we finally got a hold of Katelyn's mom, Whitney!  Yay!! We made an appointment with her for tomorrow so she can meet with us and ask us any questions and to learn more about what we're teaching Katelyn.  She seemed pretty chill on the phone, so hopefully she will give us the written permission we need for Katelyn to get baptized.  Now we just need to find a teamup.  It's hard because it is totally last minute.  But we have to find one cause, a) we need a ride and b) we need to backup! I know that it will all work out.

I finally got some letters.☺  One from my cute Sister Knight (she wrote Sister Rowe too!) One from Daddy, and one from Sister Nettleton.  I cannot wait to see Sister Knight on Saturday!

Thanks for the letter, Daddy.  I love hearing stories from your mission!  And thanks for all of the encouragement and love.  I know that I can get through anything with y'all to back me up!

March 5, 2014
Megan Burton who is a missionary in Florida

Today was a pretty dang good day.☺  First off though, I forgot to tell you something from Monday.  We were e-mailing and sister Rowe asks me if I know a Sister Burton in Florida.  Turns out  Sister Rowe's boyfriend is Megan Burton's District Leader!!  Small world!  So that's kinda cool.☺  Okay, now onto our day.  first off,we tried to go visit Pauline cause today is a Wednesday and that's when she said she would be home!  Alas, she was not. : / Bugger!  We left her a note though and hopefully she will call us!

Do you remember Ingrid!  She's the German lady that Sister Breinhold and I tracted into.  Well we went back to see her today with Sister Seng, who lived in Germany for a while her husband was in the military.  We talked and chatted with her for a while.  It's pretty sad.  Ingrid kept talking about how all her friends are dead, so what is the point of making new ones?  The Plan of Salvation would be a good thing for her.

We gave her President Uchtdorf's talk "Forget-me-not" since we told her about him last time, and it was my only copy of that talk, dang it!  I'm just going to have to remember to print off another copy on Monday.  Then we talked to her about The Book of Mormon and what it is.  She seemed really interested and said that she would start reading it today!  Hopefully she does pray about it (which she said she would) and the Spirit testifies of it to her and she acts on it!  We are going to visit her next week.  That would be amazing if she wanted to know more!  I would love to have an investigator out of tracting that sticks.  Richard was the closest one that I ever had!

After that we sat in the car for a while and called people, trying to see if anyone would come with us to visit Katelyn and her mom tonight.  We practically called everyone that we knew. No joke.  Either they didn't answer or they couldn't and it was getting super frustrating.  Finally I just looked at Sister Rowe and said, "Well, we should probably pray."  So we closed our eyes and I started saying a prayer.  In the middle of the prayer our phone went off with like three texts.  I finished the prayer and we looked at the texts.  Every single one of them said that they couldn't go. Well that's stupid!  Sister Wyman had told us that she was supposed to take her other granddaughter somewhere but at this point we had no one!  So Sister Rowe called her again.  Sister Wyman really likes Sister Rowe.  Prayer works, her granddaughter's thing had fallen through so she could go with us!! Finally!!

We went tracting for two hours after that with no luck.  But we had great fun!  And we were being obedient and working hard! It is annoying though when the numbers don't match up to the effort!

We didn't have dinner tonight, so we ran home to eat before Sister Wyman picked us up, and then we headed over to talk with Whitney.  We weren't really sure what we were going to say, but we knew it would all work out.  And it did!  Whitney was super chill about the whole thing.  She was game for whatever Katelyn wanted to do.  Katelyn was SO excited!!! She was practically bouncing off the walls.  She is planning on inviting all of her friends and everything! Basically it was a super duper awesome end to the night!! Ahh!! I'm so excited!  We have a baptism this month and it's going to be awesome!

March 6, 2014
Lacey George without braces!!!

Okay, before I start with today,  I have one very important thing to say! Lacey!  Get your braces back on!  I saw a picture on Instagram from Sister Dustin and as an older sister, I do not approve! No!  this will not work!  The brace-less picture was WAY too beautiful!  No.  Unacceptable! Seriously thought, you look super great!!!

So today, we kind of switched things up and did weekly planning today instead of tomorrow.  We have more appointments tomorrow so it just worked out better to do it today!

We got out of the apartment at around two and went straight to tracting.  While we tracted, we made a little doggy friend.  He sort of looked like a fox, so we named him Todd, like in the Fox and the Hound.  He followed us to every front door and would sit a few feet away from us, and then walk with us some more.  He marked his territory every few feet.  We had to tell him that it wasn't very a appropriate thing to do.  We were told that he was kind of the neighborhood dog and that his name was Leo.  We like Todd better.

Tonight we had told Billie we would make her dinner.  The Dustins told us we could use their kitchen and we just made enough for everyone!  It was so much fun!  Mom, my chicken Alabam didn't turn out nearly as good as yours, but it was still yummy and a nice taste of home!
Chicken Alabam - Sister George Style

Sister Dustin, Sister Rowe, and Sister George

Two of Sister George's favorite people!!

Billie didn't answer when we brought her over the food.  We rang and knocked a few times, and we were getting really worried.  We had left our phone at the Dustin’s.  We went back and called her a few times and she didn't answer.  We left a message.  Luckily, a few hours later she called us and told us shee was fine.  she gave us a heart attack though!!

We ended up eating with the Dustins instead.  They really liked it.  But they would have liked it even better if you had made it Momma!

March 7, 2014

Today was a good day!  We worked really hard.  This morning we finished the map, finally!  It took us forever! But it looks good!  There are some people we are going to have to put in later because we didn't know anything about them.  Luckily we got that information from the elders, so we'll do that later!

Then we went to Sister Braggs.  I like going over there because it reminds me of when we would go over to Marni's.  I miss that family!  Sister Bragg is awesome!  She is such an inspiration.  Even thoughshe has gone trough so much she in one of the happiest and most positive people I have ever met!

Then we went to go see Sister Craig.  You never know what you are going to get when you go see her!  I believe I have told you about her before.  She is in her 70s and has a 25 year old boyfirend in like Tanzania or somewhere.  She has pictures of him all over, and she has been over to visit two times and is working on going over again.  She has 8 children.  It's just crazy! Oh boy!  She's a hoot.  

After that we tracted, lots and lots of tracting!  But we had so much fun!  There are a few people we will be following up on.  Sadly we haven’t seen much success but because we are being obedient and tracting and following up on those we have tracted into, we are seeing the blessings in other ways.  We are receiving referrals  from members and hopefully those become investigators.  We are seeing our numbers increase and more cooperation from the ward.  It’s awesome. 

Dinner was at the Townsons.  They are a new family in our ward who got baptized in the Rosewell ward a little over a year ago.  They are super awesome!!  A little bit on the wild, but it seems like all our new members are a little wild.  Not like wild in a bad way wild just well awesome wild!  It was great!

March 8, 2014

Today was a most glorious and magnificent day.  We left at 10:30 and didn’t get home until 8:00.  We were told to be in our seats by 1:30 and it took us about at hour and a half to get there, but we were carpooling with the Canton sisters and Sister Taylor was playing the organ and she wanted to practice.  We were told that our mission got to sit up front this time since the Atlanta mission got to sit up front last time. Well, we ended up being three rows away, and it was awesome!  I saw Michelle Tavener first.  I yelled her name and gave her a big hug.  I asked her a few questions.  I was pretty excited to see her. 

Me and my Sister Knight
As more people started coming in, I kept scanning for the people I loved and really wanted to see.  First was my Sister Knight.  I gave her a hug and she hugged me back like she never wanted to let go.  I just love her! 

Next was Sister Jacobs.  She didn’t see me at first even though I was right in front of her!  Haha! We talked for a little bit and caught up.  She is doing well and she seems really happy!
Happy Day!!! My Sister Carrigan!!!
Then I saw Sister Carrigan!  I have missed her! She is in Athens now so she and I are basically as far away from each other as we can possibly be!  Elder Hales found me and I introduced myself to his greenie, Elder Mahoney.  Elder Mahoney laughed and told me that he knew who I was and had heard all about me! All good things I hope!  I love my Hickory Flat elders but I really glad that I had my Suwanee elders too!  Oh! Speaking of my Suwanee elders, Elder Rahman gets back on Monday!  Yay!  He and Elder Howell are going to be back together, ironically!
Ah!!  Sister Hooker!
It was getting closer to staring and I wasn’t seeing my Sister Hooker!  Finally, I found her!  I ran as fast as I could and tackled her with a hug!  I have missed her so much.  We chatted away about as fast as we possibly could before we had to sit down.

We got to take a picture with Elder Cook and shake his hand, just like with Elder Oaks.  It is truly amazing to be in the presence of one of God’s apostles.  He spoke to us how we are exactly where we need to be. He told us that there are three different impressions that come when assigning the missionary to their mission.  The first is that the missionary needs to serve under a certain mission president.  Or that the missionary needs to go to a certain people, like Mexicans, or Southerners!☺☺  The last he said, doesn’t happen too often but it does happen; that the missionary needs to go to a certain place because there is something there that is going to be really important for their future.   

Then he spoke to us on faith and how vitally important it is for missionaries to have faith.  At the very end, he told us he wanted to “invoke a special blessing” on us as a General Authority.  He said, a lot of us are probably dealing with things going on at home, and you may wonder if it would be just more beneficial for us to be at home and help.  But that we are where we ought to be, and we that we will come to understand and that by staying and being faithful, we will bless our families.☺  Not gonna lie, I’ve had that thought cross me a time or two.  It was nice to hear the reassurance from an apostle of the Lord!

Ah!  It was just awesome!  And it was so cool that it’s happened twice now!  First Elder Oaks, then Elder Cook.☺

After it was over, everyone hung oaround for a while and chatted.☺  It’s just so awesome to see a little over 500 missionaries flow into a church parking lot.☺

We also got mail!!  Thanks for the package Momma.☺  That was a fun little surprise!  Daddy, I thought you did a fabulous wrapping job.☺

We went and grabbed dinner, and headed home.  We had an appointment with Amanda at 7:30 so we pushed it back to 8:00.  We had a good lesson with her about faith. ☺  Then she reminded us about daylight savings. : / Ugg!  So basically we got home as fast as we could to lose as little sleep as possible.

March 9, 2014

Ugg!  Daylight Savins is terrible!!  It was SO hard to get up!

We got to have a lesson with Katelynn this morning!  And we got her mom’s signature!  So we are all good to go!  I love teaching Katelyn.  It’s so easy and she is so very golden.  Her little face lights up like a Christmas tree every time we mention her baptism.☺  Her date is now April 6, inbetween sessions of general conference.  Hopefully it will work for everyone!

Church was just great today.  The King’s son, John, gave his homecoming talk.  I wish he would have given more stories from his mission, but he did a great job.

During gospel principles, Morgan handed us a note and said she wants to be baptized on the 28th.  That’s great, but she is still on the e-cig and she has been on and off date so many times. I’m hesitant, but we will see if she can do it this time.  After church we tracted.  It was a beautiful day.  Ah. So tracting was pleasant and people were very nice.

We went to the Dobsons for dinner.  Sister Dobson is the Relief Society president and her husband is a Baptist.  She is one of the only part member families who is active.  She is great!

Then we went to the Kings for some mingling and dessert.  One of the youth in our ward, Cydnee Miakowski has a frined she wants us to teach.  Yay!

That was pretty much our day.  I love Sundays because it means that the next day I to e-mail you guys!

Oh, Daddy! Guess what?  I got a name tag that says Sister Georgia on it.  Elder Jessen made me promise not to wear it, but I got it.☺

Haha, awesome right?
Well ya’ll,  I love you buckets! Have a great week!

Love, Molly 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"My Dear Friends in Christ"

February 24, 2014

Hello, hello, Family☺

I know I say this about every time, but I love P-Days!!  Not because I get a "break" from missionary stuff, but because I get to read e-mails from y'all!☺  Since we can't e-mail with the elders anymore, we have to sorta split the day. . . 10-2 and 2-6.  Since we got the 10-2 last week, the elders got it this week.  Next week it's ours again!☺

So this morning we did the usual, shopping, cleaning, laundry at the Kings.  I've told you that we don't have a washer and dryer, right?  We don't! : /  Lowe's is supposed to have delivered one to us 6 weeks ago.  But I guess they've been on back order.  So, cute Sister King let's us do our stuff at her house!  If we don't get a call from Lowe's this week, we are just going to call Sister Jessen at the office and tell her we will have one of our members pick them up for us.  I'm praying that we get a call this week!!

The Dustin's texted us and said, "Going to lunch. . . Labamba? or Waffle House?"  How cute are they?!?  We decided to introduce Sister Rowe to Waffle House since that is a southern staple.  We met them there and had lunch with Allen, Abram, and Brother and Sister Dustin.  It was way fun!  The boys wanted to play the juke box so Brother Dustin goes and helps them and picks the most terrible songs he can find!  We were laughing so hard!  The boys were dancing all over and it was so funny!
Sister Rowe and  George

Then it was time to e-mail.☺  Yay!  We went and kicked the elders out and emailed away!  I should have my camera cord back by next Saturday.  So I'm hoping to get you pictures by next Monday.   Sorry!

We had dinner with the Douglas'.  This is the first time that we have had dinner with them.  We like them and I think they like us.  They have 2 super cute little girls!  They are adorable!  They were all over us.  It was so fun.  Cute little Caroline grabbed my had and pulled me around showing me everything.

Then we went to the Wyman's.  They have a girl named Amanda living with them right now.  She hasn't been willing to take the discussions.  She clicked with us though!  She's really cute and Sister Wyman texted us after we left and said Amanda really liked us . . . sweet!  So hopefully we can start teacher her!!

February 25, 2014

Today was pretty much fan-freaking-tastic!  It started out with District Meeting.  We had 14 of us cause the ZL's came.  When they add another set to our ward next transfer, they will probably end up splitting us. . .which is a bummer. : /  But for now we are good!☺  Normally the first day with a new district is awkward but today was pretty awesome!   My favorite district will forever be the #Friends of Justice#  But this one will be good too.☺

The elders all left to go for lunch.  Luckily the Canton Sisters came with us.  So we had fun!  It really was fun when we could go out to lunch as a district.  And I used to say "stupid missionaries" about the ones who messed up and made it so we had these new rules.  But I just can't bring myself to say that anymore because I know and love one of the missionaries who messed up.  I am sure they would do anything to roll back the hands of time.  I am learning too.

After lunch we went and tried to go talk to some of the potentials we had met last week.  One was an inactive member, Daniel, whose mother sent a referral to us.  He is really nice.  His wife isn't a member.  Hopefully we will get in with them and be able to help reactivate him and get his wife on the same page.

We met a lady named Luanne last week.  We met her husband, Andy, today.  They are in maybe their 50's, no kids, and they both seem sincere, elect even!!  We are doing back on Friday to meet with them.

Then we went tracting and we met a guy named Mark.  He is married, with 3 kids,  WE stood on his porch for like 30 minutes and he kept saying things that I just wanted to look at him and say, "Just be baptized!!"  We invited him to the ward's chili cook off on Friday.  He said the he really wanted to bring his family. . . so cross your fingers!

Tonight we had dinner with the Pettits.  They have such cute kids!  Sister Rowe is AWESOME with little kids!  It's fun to watch her interact with them.  She'll get down on the floor to be on their level.  I don't think I have to do much to help make her the ward favorite, Mom (that was in reference to a letter I wrote about how the best companionship come from companions who love each other and are more concerned about the other part of the companionship than they are themselves, and that trainers who really love their greenies help in every way possible to make them the ward favorite!).☺ She is really good at it on her own!  But that doesn't mean I don't help out where I can.☺  I like her A LOT!  She is a hard worker and we get along so well!!

Canton ward and our ward had a combined Relief Society activity.  They were talking about food storage and what not.  We were invited and figure it's a good way to have a better fellowship with the women of our ward, so we went.  Sister Carrigan had given me her cousin's info who just got home from his mission.  She is bound and determined to get us married - - silly girl!  But whatever!  I'll write him!  It's another letter in the mail for me.☺  If he is half as fun as Sister Carrigan we will have a good time just writing.  So that's what I did while they were explaining food storage.  Haha!  I use my time wisely!☺

Momma!  I got my Valentine's Day package.☺  I LOVE my new cardigan and scarf!!  THANK YOU!☺  I'm saving it for when Elder Cook comes.  I feel like it's a good occasion and I will feel so pretty.☺ Haha!  Thanks for the other stuff you sent and the Hot Tamales☺  Sister Rowe thinks it's so funny that I like them so much.  I know, it's a weird candy to like!  But I like'em!  Plus they have my name. . .ish in them!  Just ask Blake!☺

February 26, 2014

Today was a PepBoys day. : /  I hate PepBoys!  Dumb cars!

First though, we started out with service for Sister Bragg.  She is a lady in our ward.  She had colon cancer and just had surgery.  They found it in stage 1 when she just went to go get her routine colonoscopy (cause you're supposed to get on of those I guess. . .).  She had to have a bag for 3 months and last week she had surgery to get everything back in and in order.  She asked if we would help her since she can't lift anything over 4 pounds.  So we went and cleaned her floors and stuff.  It made me miss Marni!☺

After, we had an appointment with Morgan but she cancelled on us 10 minutes before.  The ward loves her and keeps saying not to give up on her.  I am not - I just don't know what to do to help her.  Especially when she won't keep our appointments.  I guess we just try again.

Our breaks have been squeaking and grinding.  So we called Elder Residori and he sent us to PepBoys. UGG!  I know it's necessary but I hate it!  The only nice thing is that usually I can get caught up on all my people that I need to write and what not.☺  Luckily PepBoys only took like an hour and a half.  I've been stuck there for 3 hours before!  So an hour and a half was short!

We got home and had about 30 minutes to tract before we met up with Sister Bond to go VTing with her.  Only 1 person answered their door. : (  I hate it when tracting is ineffective for the day.

We didn't have dinner and Sister Bond found out.  So she got us Wendy's which was super cute of her!

First we went to VT Sister Wyman.  I love her.  She gets onto us about having no investigators right now.  We are trying!!  I am too sassy for my own good a lot of times.  But I try to keep my mouth shut when I get frustrated.  I guess I just have to hold on to the fact that we really are working, trying to be effective, and obedient.  If she thinks it's frustrating for her she ought to be us.

After Sister Wyman we went to see Sister Ross, who goes to a Methodist church.  She almost didn't let us in but cute Sister Bond wiggled herself right in. ☺  We only stayed for a couple minutes though.

Last we went to see Sister Geocowitz.  She is also less active but really sweet with us.  Her husband has major back problems so that is normally why they don't come to church.

I was SO exhausted when we got home.  I'm fighting a cold again.  So it just wipes me out.

February 27, 2014

Today was a very busy day!  It was the kind of day that we did so much but feels like we did nothing. . . confusing. . . I know!

After lunch and what not, we went to Billie's cause we were going to do some cleaning for her.  We pulled up and she had left us a note.  We were laughing when we read it.  It said, "My dear friends in Christ, I went to take clothes to my sweet man.  Be back soon.  Love, Billie."  She is just the cutest thing!  I love her so much!  We just couldn't stop giggling and smiling at the "dear friends in Christ."  How true it is. ☺

We went over to Matt and Jillian's after that.  We were going to drop them but Sister Dustin said to try them again.  We sat and talked with Jillian.  She is interested, but Matt isn't.  And she won't do anything without him.

Then we went and stopped in to visit Sister Olah and her mom.  They are both just awesome!  Even though Sister Olah's mom isn't a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints she is SUPER into family history. . . so is Sister Olah.  So,  for an hour we talked, well okay we listened to them talk about family history.  It's so cool that the spirit of Elijah touches members and non members alike!

After that we went tracting.  We talked to so many people!  And not one of them is a potential investigator.  Ah well!  We are doing what we are supposed to.  The Lord will provide.☺

Before dinner, we went and saw Amanda.  She is really cute!  She lives in the Wyman's basement , and has taken the discussions from the Young Single Adult sisters.  But she felt like she was just another number to them and stuff was said that troubled her.  So for right now, we are just being her friend and loving her!  We do thoughts and things, she just isn't ready for the lessons right now.

Dinner was on us tonight so we went home, ate, and worked on the map.  We will get that darn map fixed gosh dang it!  It's just taking forever.

February 28, 2014

Happy last day of February!  Man!  I can't believe how fast the time is flying!  I feel like I blink and another month has gone by!!  Ah!  It's going too fast!

So today was weekly planning and also Sister Dustin was going to take us to the chiropractor!!  Yay.☺  So we planned while we waited for her to call.  I was so excited cause I have been waiting to go for like 3 weeks now.  Around lunch time cute Sister Dustin texted us and told us that she had called. . .and they are closed on Fridays!  Darn!  That's a pain!  Literally! ☺  Sister Dustin felt bad but it totally wasn't her fault!  She said she would take us on Monday.  Hopefully that works out!

After weekly planning we  headed over to Andy and Luanne's (the people we met while tracting).  On our way there, we stopped and got some boiled peanuts!  I've always wanted to stop by this guy's stand but I've just never done it.  We stopped and got some and chatted with the guy for a while.  He was really nice!
Boiled peanuts, or "bold" peanuts if you are a southerner (that's what they sound like they are saying☺), aren't too bad, but I can't say I would ever crave them.  They have a taste that I can't exactly decide if I like them or not.  Ah well!  I was a fun adventure to get them.☺

When we got to Andy and Luanne's, Luanne's car wasn't in the driveway.  Well we can't just go in there when it's just Andy, so we decided to try back.

We headed over to the Dustin's to share our "bold" peanuts with them.☺  We chatted for a little bit.  When I grow up☺ and get married and what-not, I want to be a household like the Dustins.  Where anyone can come over (especially the missionaries) and just feel loved and part of the family.  They take                                                                                     good care of us.☺

Morgan called us and told us she was home and that we would come over.  We were a little doubtful because she has ditched us twice this week.   But we headed over there and low and behold, she was actually home! We talked to her for a while and she told us that she started drinking coffee. . . again. She she went out and bought cigarettes and smoked 2 of them. But she ripped the rest of them up. : / I wanted to bang my head on the table. . . Ugg! It's so frustrating!! I don't know what to do with her or how to help her. The members all tell us we can't give up on her. She has a good testimony and she loves the Book of Mormon, but until she gets a testimony of the Word of Wisdom, we are really at a sticking point. . . because she doesn't care about what she doesn't have a testimony of! She is pretty flippant about it and just waves her hand and says, "I'll just quit a week before my baptism" That is really something that no missionary should tell their investigator. Technically, according to Preach My Gospel, it is a week, but Morgan really needs to dedicate herself to a longer period than that. I do love her and am praying on her and us to know what to do.

We went tracting before the chili cook off.  We talked to a lot of people but not potentials.  One lady said she had been to our church multiple times and that she really liked it. . . but that her roots were Southern Baptist. : /

The Chili cook off was really fun!  I got to be a judge, so that was pretty fun!  The guy we tracted into who said would come and bring his family, Mark, didn't show. : (  But Amanda did!  So that was nice.☺  It was fun just being with the ward and chilling.  They're the times that I feel "normal"☺ Haha!

March 1, 2014

Well, it's officially March now.  Another month has come and gone. : /

Today was a good/crazy day.  Since it was Saturday we could tract in the morning.  That was nice because we had appointments in the afternoon.  We have done stellar with our numbers this week!  Basically we just tracted cause we are supposed to, not cause we needed to boost our numbers, so that was nice.

We followed up on a lady we met on Tuesday, Claudia.  She is Hispanic and really cute!  We told her Spanish elders could come but she said she wanted to practice her English.☺  We are going back next week.  Hopefully that will turn into something!

We were supposed to go help Billie clean, but she wasn't there.  She spends almost her whole day by Mayo's side in the nursing home.  It's so sad and just breaks my heart!

Since Billie wasn't home, we went to follow up on a lady that the elders traced into.  She said the sisters had talked with her and she had been waiting for them to return.  We looked to see if we could find records for her.  Yup, waaaay back in October they had made a return appointment and had never gone back!  For heavens sakes!  We really do sometimes miss opportunities because we neglect to follow up.  I am thankful for second chances.  We knocked and she answered.  She had just put her son down and so we exchanged numbers.  Hopefully we can get with her sometime next week!!

We had about an hour and a half before dinner. So we went to visit the Arrowoods.  They are an older couple in our ward who I've never met.  They are sweet!  They got married when they were probably in their 40's, after both gone through divorces.  Brother Arrowood's ex-wife married his ex-brother-in-law.  Crazy!  Super random.  They both have 5 kids from their previous marriages.  Kinda Brady bunch right there. ☺

Dinner was at the Rethke's.  I like 'em!

After dinner we went to Billie's.  She had called us and told us to come over.  The sweet little thing.  This whole thing is just killing her!  She told us she wished her grandkids would love her like we did.  It just kills me that there is only so much I can do for her as a missionary!  The elders came over.  Boy!  Does she LOVE them!  She keeps telling them that they are cute, it's so funny!  Elder Peña gave her a blessing and it was so sweet!  He is so good at listening to the Spirit!  He told Billie to remember that families could be together forever.  She just burst into tears.  The Spirit was there and I know it testified to her!  Bit by bit, slowly but surely, she will get there. ☺  It was so hard to leave her but we were late for curfew.  But the reason was good.

We went home and checked the mail.  It's like the 3rd time this week that Sister Rowe has gotten a stack of letters.  I would be lying through my teeth if I didn't say I was a little jealous.  But I was also very glad!!  Cause I know how important mail is!  Especially when you first get out!  I feel like you slowly get used to fewer letters/mail as time goes on.  Ah well! ☺  I like being glad for her!

March 2, 2013

What an amazing Sunday!  Better yet, it was Fast Sunday!☺

This morning we had a lesson with Katelyn Wyman!☺  It was also Sister Rowe's first official lesson!  I felt bad because when I trained Sister Knight, she got to have her first lesson the day she got here.  Of course, when cute Sister Carrigan trained me, I didn't officially teach an investigator for a long time.  It's just interesting to see the work progressing at different stages.  Anyways, we taught her the Plan of Salvation and, like last time, she gets it all!  She is SO incredibly darling!  AND guess what?!?  She will be baptized at the end of this month after we get written permission from her mom.☺  Sweet!  I'm so excited!!  We are going to talk to her mom this week so hopefully it will work out!

Church was good today!  We got there a little early and were talking to the Arrowoods,  Brother Arrowood's daughter and son-in-law were visiting.  We were talking to them and aksing them where they were from.  They said Roosevelt!  So I asked if they knew any Syndergaards.  They do!!  They know Scott and Liza!!  Fun!!  I can't remember their name.  But he is their dentist.  Small world!  It was such a fun connection.☺

Told ya they are adorable!
After church we went to see the Tyes before dinner.  Sister Tye got home this week.  Their puppies are ADORABLE!!  Ah!  If you could just freeze German Shepards to be a puppy forever, I would have one!  We both got to hold and cuddle with one while we sat and talked.  It was super relaxing!  It was really hard leaving their house cause I didn't want to give that puppy up!  But I finally did so that we could go to dinner.

Dinner was at the Ashments.  She was the one who trimmed my hair.  They have 3 little boys.  While they finished dinner we goofed around with the boys.  It was fun.☺  I like being able to play with little kids.  One of the reasons is probably because if I can't hold 'em I might as well be able to play!!

We ended the night with a lesson at the Dustin's.  We did it on tithing.☺  Remember how I said we had a ton of candy?  Well, I just did what Bishop Jenkins used to do with us at tithing settlement!☺  Haha!  Got in a lesson AND got rid of the candy!  Sweet!  When we first walked in, they were watching Anne of Green Gables.  Talk about killer!  It took all of my will power not to plop down on the couch!☺

Well family, know that I love you buckets!  Y'all are my faves and I'm so very glad that you are MINE!  Can't wait to email ya!


P.S.  Pics for sure next week if Sister Heyland remembers my camera cord.  If she forgets, I'm just gonna go buy one.  I'm tired of not being able to send pics and Elder Roderick isn't here anymore for me to steal his.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sister Rowe!! My new Companion!!

February 17, 2014

Sup Fam!?!

T'was pretty uneventful P-day.  Not too much happened.  Sister Nettleton packed and got everything ready.  she was a little antsy cause we hadn't gotten a call from the AP's yet.

We went to the library to e-mail.  I was SO happy that our library wasn't closed for President's Day.  Most of the sisters in our zone went to the Stake Center.  I would have been fine with that but we got 50 miles cut because the mission went WAY over.  I'm a little frustrated about it cause we didn't go over on our miles.  I think they should have cut the miles for the missionaries who did go over. : |  The other thing was that we wouldn't have had as much time to e-mail.  And I like my email time!!

While we were at the library, the AP's called.  Sister Nettleton is going to the Rosewell ward, which borders  Hickory Flat ward but is in a different stake/zone.  Kinda crazy!  Then she handed the phone to me and they told me all the transfer info.  Sister Nettleton gets dropped off at one church building and will go with her new companion, while I take Sister Merback, who is headed home and we go to Lilburn.

Oh! Oh! GUESS WHAT?!?  Sister Knight is going to be in my zone!! ☺☺!!  I'm so excited!  She is like 45 minutes away from me, but still!  We are in the same zone.☺
Do I love my Sister Knight?  Yes, I love my
Sister Knight!

Today was cute Sister Dustin'g birthday!  I just love her lots.☺  she is a cutie and she has an AMAZING family.  I just love 'em all!  They were an answer to my prayers when I left my Suwanee!

We had dinner with the Owen's tonight.  I like their family.☺  They have some stinkin' cute boys!

We headed over to the  Rethke's so Sister Nettleton could say goodbye.  Brother Rethke drew her this super cool picture of Rafiki (off the Lion King) holding a Book of Mormon.  He wasn't done though so they asked if we could come back tomorrow.

Sister Nettleton is kinda calling the shots right now.  We are going to say goodbye to whomever she chooses.

February 18, 2014

Today we had Zone Conference.  It was a nice relief after not having any meetings for 3 weeks cause of snow.  I feel like I  haven't seen any other missionaries in SO long!!  I have missed it very much!  Zone meeting was good!  They informed us of the new rules. : /  But it's okay!  they will help us be better missionaries!  And in all reality, President doesn't want to give us these rules. . . but he has to in order to help us be the best that we can be.

They inspected our cars afterward.  So I was just hangin' out with the other missionaries just laughin' and talkin'.  Sister Nettleton came over and seemed very irritated with me.  She told me that we had to leave because she had people she wanted to go see.  I told her that we couldn't leave until our car was inspected.  That didn't seem to help and I didn't know what to do to make it better.  I even asked her what she wanted me to do and I would have tried to do it.  She walked away very frustrated.  Well, of course I had to follow her because she can't be without a comp.  I just stayed close enough that we were legal but basically as far away as I could be so as not to irritate her further.  I do understand wanting to say goodbye to all these people you come to love so very much.  I just didn't know what else to do.

Our car finally got  inspected and we left.  We started with the McGuffey's.  Then we went to the King's.  We had dinner with Sister Lineback and that was good.  We went over to Morgan's after dinner.  That girl is a trip!  I have no clue what is going to happen with her but we won't give up.

We then went to the Dustin's and spent time over there.  They had taken the elders to dinner at a sushi place.  Lucky!  they showed me the pic of the "sushi boat" that they got.  I was totally jealous!!☺  I was glad that the elders got their last dinner with them though.

We finished off with the Rethkes.  Sister Nettleton's picture that Brother Rethke made ended up really cool!  What an amazing talent!

When we got home we loaded her stuff in the car.  Hopefully, that will help us leave on time.  I'm excited and nervous all at the same time for tomorrow to come.  I feel like I'm white washing the area with my new companion.  It'll be an adventure!

February 19, 2014

This has been a really good day!!☺  We left late, and you know how I hate late.  I think I got that from Mom!  It took us forever to get to our switch off point, where I would drop off Sister Nettleton, and pick up Sister Mereback (who's going home tomorrow) who would come with me.

It was so fun as we headed to Lilburn to listen to Sister Mereback talk about her 18 months.  Traffic was terrible so I was late!  That stressed me out!  But I go there before they let loose the greenies.  I pulled into the parking lot and the fist face I see is my Sister Knight.☺  I ran and threw my arms around her.

Then I hurried into where the trainers were.  As I got into the room, President said, "Ah!  Sister George!  There you are!"  he then told me that my greenie's name was Elsie Rowe.  She is from Springville, Utah.  She is 19, went to USU, is a CNA, plays basketball and soccer.  He told a couple other trainers about their greenies and then he went and got them.  Sister Rowe was one of the last ones in.  She saw me, grinned and gave me a big hug.☺  She is SO cute!  We sat down and just started talking.  President always stands at the front for a minute and watches as we talk and get to know each other.  then he asked if someone would play the piano.  Sister Hamilton grins at me and says, "Sister George will!"  President looked at me and goes, "Oh thank you Sister George!  I love volunteers!"  I laughed and said, "No problem."☺

Sister Rowe and me later that night at the Dustin's
Then we sat for 45 minutes and listened to President.  It was weird for me to think that this was my 3rd time listening to it all.  My 2nd time hearing it as a trainer.  We got a break and Sister Knight came up to Sister Rowe and said, "Hi!  I'm your sister!"  The nut!  I just grinned and rolled my eyes.  According to the elders I'm middle aged, with a teenager (Sister Knight) and a newborn (Sister Rowe).  All the elders think it's so funny.  They're weird.  I also said goodbye to Sister Paepaetata. : (  She's going  home.  She has been an amazing example to me!  I'm excited for her cause, well, even though you're so sad to go home, it's also really exciting!

We went back in and finished up the meeting, then they let us loose.  We grabbed mail!  SIX letters!  Whoot!  One letter was  from the Hooker family.  Each one of them wrote me a letter.  They all told me thank you for being Sister Hooker's friend (crazy I know - best part of my life needs no thanks!) and they said sorry about Grandpa dying.  It was so sweet and I cried all over the place!!  I LOVE that family!!  They said y'all are meeting up in April.  JEALOUS!!!  It's okay.  We'll all see each other in 2015.  That's not so far away.
Sister Hooker and me in the MTC - - I can NEVER get
enough of this girl!!  LOVE HER!

We went to Wendy's for lunch with Sister Hamilton and her greenie and a few others.  Then, we were off!  It took FOREVER!  But driving home was fun.  Sister Rowe is AWESOME.  I love her lots already!  She is the oldest of 6 children (3 boys, 3 girls), plays the piano, and sings.  She is an amazing missionary!  I can already tell.☺

We got home and had an hour before dinner with the Dustin's.☺  She unpacked for a bit and then we went to the Dustin's.  We were attacked by happy children.  I love the Dustin's.☺  They are a happy spot for me.

I love the Dustin's here are just a couple of the
Dustin faces that I love!

After the Dustin's we went to the King's and introduced Sister Row to Bishop and Sister King.  We left cause the elders were over to give a lesson.

I took Sister Rowe to Target to get food and a few things.  The Lord wants to bless His missionaries.  I know He does!  I also know that obedience is the key.  While we were there, we were looking for noodles.  One of the employees had been watching us for a while.  He finally comes up to us and asks if we need help.  So he helped us find the noodles and we start talking.  He told us how much he respected us and that the elders had given him a Book of Mormon at one point.  We got his name and info and he said we could come and teach him!!  Ah!  It was a good way to end the day.☺

February 20, 2014

Ah!  I love all the blessing that you receive when you are being obedient!☺  I have missed 12 week (the training program).  It was nice to be able to do that again.☺  We went over to the Kings to talk with Sister King some more.  And to do my laundry.  Did I ever tell you we don't have a washer and dryer!  Nope!  And I wasn't able to do it on Monday as I normally would.  Sister King is kind to let us do it at her house.☺  So we visited for a bit and then she took us to lunch and around to meet people.  She's a cutie!  I like Sister King!

We got a media referral about an inactive member who's records we don't have.  His wife answered and said we could come back on Tuesday.  Sweet!

Then we went tracting.  While tracting we met a lady named LouAnne.  She worked for a Mormon and LOVED him.  A big ole shout out to members who make good impressions on those you work with!!  She told us we could come back.☺  Ah!  It's awesome!!

Dinner was with the Wyman's.  Sister Wyman appears to love my Sister Rowe.☺  She told us about a friend she wants us to teach.

It's amazing.  I know that if we are obedient the Lord will pour down blessings.  The saddest thing ever is when we miss out on blessings so readily available because we choose to do what we want instead of being obedient.

We ended the night with a lesson at the Kelley's.  Sister Rowe and I are just getting to know the members together.  We will learn, grow and build up the ward the best we can with the help of the Lord.☺  We will do it together with happy hearts.

February 21, 2014

Today was weekly planning.  It's always kinda weird and awkward the first few weeks when there is a new missionary, whether it be a brand new missionary, or just one new to the area.  I feel badly because we don't have a ton to plan for.  But we will get it to pick up!

I took Sister Rowe to meet Billie.☺  She is having a hard time. : {  On top of her husband being in the hospital, her daughter is in the hospital too.  My cute friend is just havin' a rough go at it!  I just love her!  She asked if I would come live with her after my mission if her husband doesn't make it.  I'm highly considering it!  Of course, a lot can happen in 11 months.   Billie liked her flowers.☺  They made her sad day a little brighter.  She asked if we would come with her tomorrow to the nursing home they are moving her husband to.  So we are going with her.

We went tracting after that.  Sister Rowe is still a little nervous so I did most of the talking but she still piped in here an there.  She is a cutie!  I really like her!  I'm so glad Heavenly Father is allowing me to train her and be her companion.  It really is an honor.☺

We went to the Cooley's for dinner.  I was glad Sister Rowe got to meet Brother Cooley since he is our ward mission leader.  We got their girls who are usually pretty shy to talk.  Both Brother and Sister Cooley were pretty amazed.☺  We were talking to Sister Cooley about how she was is in charge of putting together our apartment and how much we like it.  She commented on how Sister Owens had put together all the quotes and stuff.  Sweet Sister Owens her design and how she put them together was darling!

So then we went home and started fixing our mess of a map.  It's chaos on that thing.  We're making it easier to work with.  Hopefully we can get everything more organized so we can be more effective

February 22, 2014

I had a hard time this morning.  I was sitting, reading my scriptures and I felt like I was just going through the motions.  It's like a wave of depression came out of nowhere and threw itself on me.  Like everything that I have had to deal with this transfer just hit.  Leaving Suwanee, missionaries who had to be sent home, Grandpa dying and a couple other things.  And it scared me!  I felt like I did back in high school. . . unhappy.
I haven't felt that kind of unhappiness in a while.  I know that it hasn't just hit all at once but this is the first time that I have recognized it.  I have to get better!  I have to get my motivation and happiness back!  It's not fair to myself, to Sister Rowe, or the people we need to find and teach!  I've just got to throw my whole self back in but that's easier said than done sometimes.

We went with Billie today to the nursing home to visit Mayo.  I walked in and nursing homes have a very distinct smell.  I know that it's not too pleasant, but I like the smell, mostly cause it is familiar.  I felt comfortable there.  We walked in and Mayo had undressed himself.  All the way.  Luckily he was a little covered by blankets.  Poor Billie!  It's so hard to see the spouse of the patients.  It hits them the hardest.  She was happy we were there.  She kept introducing us as her daughters from another church.  It was pretty cute!

We stayed at the nursing home for a little while and then Billie took us to Crackle Barrel for lunch.  She kept telling us how much she loved being with us.  She kept saying how she would much rather be around young people as opposed to older people.  She's so funny!☺

I got some zotz (the candy with the fizz in the middle) and she wanted one.  I told her they had a kick in the middle!  She wasn't ready for the fizz though.  It was SO funny!  She was a good sport about it.☺

After Billie's we went over to the Dustin's.  They started talking about investigators that Sister Beasley and Sister Kelly had.  They are so awesome!  Our area book is not helpful.  So they said they would help us out.☺

We went tracting after that.  We talked to an 11 year old, Sarah, who wanted to listen but her mom totally shut us down.  Ugg!  It's so frustrating to have kids be so open minded and have their parents not be.  At another house, this 12ish year old boy opened the door and the dog ran into the yard.  He asked us to get the dog.  So I went up, petted his head, grabbed the collar and walked him to the door.  As soon as I let go the dog turns around, jumps on me and lunged to bite me.  I pulled back enough that teeth didn't connect though.  I held him off with my leg, looked at the boy and said as calmly as I could while internally screaming, "Could you grab your dog?"  He just looks at me and says, "He just wants to play, he won't bite."  I wanted to strangle the kid.  Hello?!?  Your dog TOTALLY just tried to bite me!  Little punk.  So I slowly backed away without turning my back, until the moronic little boy shut the door.  Ah the life of a missionary. : /

We had dinner at the Dustin's.  So we went over there, and then ended our night by introducing Sister Rowe to the Rethkes.  The elders had dropped by so we had to wait for them to leave.  We had an appointment with the Rethke's but they had just called and stopped by.  They felt bad but I didn't care!☺

February 23, 2014

Happy Sunday!  Today, I introduced Sister Rowe to church hopping.☺  We went to Mt. Zion again.  this time the elders came too.  Guess what?!  It's the church that Billie goes to.☺  She was sitting more in the front.  So we went up and gave her hugs.  She kept telling us how much she loved us and then told us how cute she thought the elders were.  I was laughing so hard!  The elders took it all in good stride.  After Mt. Zion we asked Billie if she would come to church with us.  She said her daughter was coming or she would, but she said she would try next week.  Keep your fingers crossed!!

Church was goodish today.  Sister Wyman and Brother Wyman got back from their missions last year.  They tell us lots of things that they did on their missions.  Sometimes she doesn't think we are doing as well as we should.  I feel badly when that happens but I love the lady so it is all good.  That and I know that I am doing my best and I would like investigators at church also.

Dinner was with the Markhams.  I like them!  They have 5 kids all under the age of 7 - - crazy!  They are great!  We had tons of fun with them.

We had an appointment with Sister Bond but she cancelled on us.  So we ended up at the Kings.  Sister King showed us her wedding pictures.  We were all laughing at the styles and everything.☺  It was fun!  Then we talked to Bishop about some people who we needed to see.  I think we have a good list to work with now.  Between the Dustin's and the King's giving us names I hope that next week will be better!!

I love y'all!!