Tuesday, October 22, 2013

First area--Marietta, Georgia 10/21/13

Lexie's first area is Marietta, Georgia.  Apparently Marietta covers a large area.  She is in a little part called Sandy Plains  This is so fun because we have a cousin, Matt, who lives there with his family.  I'm not sure if Lexie has actually ever met Matt.  Hopefully they can hook up.  It's been years since I've seen Matt, but I remember him as a super fun kid with tons of charisma.  Just picture a dark version of Kade Pitchford with a lot more freckles and a southern accent.  :)  I'm excited for her to be able to meet Matt and his family.  Here is what she has to say this week:

Georgia is the best. Just sayin'. Mom I did get the package and it was the best! the bike is good too it's pretty cool looking. So my flight was at 7 am and i had to get up around 2 to pack and get ready. so basically i didn't get any sleep that night, i mean who would if you're leaving for the field and your just so estatic. There are trees everywhere!!!!!!! idaho is pretty barren. but i miss the open spaces. you get so lost here because there are no mountains to guide ya or give ya direction and i miss them for sure! the sunrises and sets though are so pretty here! i'll have to snap a pic of one. the houses here are gorgeous too! my companions and i love to say "my house!" when we drive around. The mission home is beautiful! The president and his wife are the nicest people ever! I was sad to hear that in the middle of the mission we get a new president. On the first night we stayed in a hotel and had a big dinner at the home. It was delicious! We had some goooood pulled pork sandwiches and salad and fruit and corn and rolls and all sorts of food. Man we need to learn how to cook cause we got nothing compared to down here!! We are fed here every night cause the members just love the sisters! i feel bad for the elders because they aren't fed very much. and we have a car, they have bikes. Even if the family is gone a night they order us food. ya i love it.
  i'm in a tri companionship. One is sister anderson from my district in the mtc which is way cool. the other is sister debry and she is absolutely amazing!! Her father actually died four years ago this month and she had a really hard time with that in high school. But it has pushed her to be amazing! SHe's our trainer and she just shows so much love for us. WE call her mamma:) she's a cutie too. She went to school at usu eastern and know bailey thomas. her boyfriend is his roommate. that's crazy too. she told us she was engaged before the mission age change then her boyfriend asked if she was going and here she is! She's been here for three months and everyone adores her. The first day we went and taught a couple named josh and kaylee and that was a messed up deal. they are very nice and are married but they are sooo set on the bible that whatever we teach from the  book of mormon they have to have proof in the bible. They think what we teach is cool but they just don't have faith and it's sad. We don't really know where to go with them because sister debry said they haven't made any progress. We do at least 2 hours of tracting everyday. Some people just wave us off, usually they're old people who are sooo set on their religion. One man came up to us from his garage clapping at us and laughing "thank you missionaries but we are good, in fact we're great".. i felt like he was mocking us and i wanted to march up to him and shove a book of mormon at him but i realized that was something God wouldn't be happy of or what Christ would do... Other than that everyone is seriously so nice and welcoming! even if they aren't interested in our religion or the book of mormon they just love to chat and wish ya  great day! so that's a plus. We've visited a recent convert or recent active member named sister williams. SHe's an older black lady who just lives by herself. She has the best stories and i love her so much! she can cook the best food too! She always wants us to eat at her place for dinner but we have appts at other houses. She just loves the sister missionaries. SHe has the coolest conversion story! She was once a drug dealer and had been in a mess of troubles. Then she saw our church one  sunday and just sat in the back and went for the next six months because she loved the music. Later the bishop went to her because he'd been noticing her and had her meet with the missionaries. This was several years ago. Now she is going to the temple soon cause she just got her recommendd and I don't think i've seen anyone so excited and happy! I'm so happy for her! I just love the relationships we make here in GA just teaching and bringing such happiness into peoples homes. But it's not us it's the spirit. WE teach this boy named tyler, he's just like Isaac, loves sports, cool kid, and same age too. WE teach him once a week because he doesn't have a good understanding of the doctrines and principles. He was baptized a year ago and lives with his grandparents cause his parents are messed up. His grandpa commented to us after a lesson that we bring such a special spirit into his home and he loves it. He wishes we could be there all the time! It was the best compliment ever. But we told him it's just the spirit. We're so lucky to have it too. 
   Everyday has been absolutely amazing and i'm just pushing through them! I read this morning in Alma 26 and it's the perfect chapter for missionaries. BTw mom i would like to have alma 26: 11-12 on my plaque please:) It helped me this morning because i have felt that when we tract people are so nice and love to visit, yet they are stuck to their religion whether it be baptist or catholic and don't really wanna be interested in the church of jesus christ. WEve even said we don't wanna take away from your beliefs or faith but want to add or expound to them. You'll gain a closer relationship with christ and his teachings and will gain eternal happiness. But this still doesn't seem to change their minds. So I 've been frustrated with this and have been wondering what more can i do on my part to reach to those people and change their hearts. I came across this chapter in my study today and i realized i just need to exercise more faith, prayer, and good works, and the lord will bring many or some soul to us. It's only been five or so days here in the field and i'm here for 18 months! I know that if i practice these christlike qualities then success will come. It also takes a lot of patience. something i'm not good at. especially when it involves the world's salvation. 

i'm busy as ever and i love it. The work is good and the church is true. ha funny story. Apparently i took my bad sleep talking habit here in the field with me. sister debry said that i woke up in the night sitting straight up in my bed and i said "what time is it? isn't the alarm supposed to go off now? why isn't it going off? it's supposed to go.. dooo-do! do-do!!" haha i don't remember that at all!!! she said that was like at 3:30am. 
Well i actually did have lot of time today but it flew by! I loved all the letters in the mail and the emails! mom i did get the packages and letters thank you so much! I shared the yummy chocolate with the comps. I'll send some pics of the mission. Love ya'll take care!!
Love, sister Hulme.

 Sister Hulme and her companions Sister Debry (whom Lexie thinks looks like Tinker Bell) and Sister Anderson
 One of the houses they drove past that Lexie fell in love with---looks a lot like Aunt Kelly's....

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