Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Collins Hill 2/24/14

Hello Friends and fam!
So I yes i was transfered to a new area, Collins Hill! It's in the Lilburn stake, and we are in Lawrenceville and some of Suwanne GA. So far its been crazy, but good. My companion is SIster Dunn, she's from Logan Ut, so just over the hill! actually mountain compared to here. SHe's a blast ans a fireball! She's been out for 10 months and knows how to work. We are here to baptize nations, I love it!! SHe was the sister training leader in my last zone, thats a sister zone leader. I guess President wolfert had told her that Collins hill is a great ward but needs some building up. THe ward needs to be more involved in missionary work and he needs us to do the work!  THere are three sets of missionaries in our ward, one set of elders and two sets of sisters. Crazy i know! ANd we are the only set on bikes... let me tell ya how much we love it! FIrst of all, president what are you thinking?! Apparently he said we are the "Guinea pigs" in trying out the first set of sisters on bikes only. He thought we were the tough ones to do the job, idon't know what he saw in me but hey i'll take it as a compliment! Oh and did i mention that we are whitewashing?? That means that we are both new to the area, so we have everything new, a teaching pool, area book, everything, we are starting out fresh! And it's pretty hard and stressful, but its alot of work and i'll take it! So much better than i had before. Im not scared of hard work, but it is hard work! ANd to add to it all, we inherited an elders apartment and it was a disaster when we got there. Its old and nasty, and its in the heart of the ghetto!! We had to spend a whole day cleaning it from top to bottom, we pretty much drenched it in bleached. THe members have been very helpful and have come to clean the carpets and give us stuff. We can say though that the spirit can now dwell in the apartment and it's starting to feel like a decent place to live in. Oh man is it in the ghetto though! THe other night we were in bed for like 20minutes, and there was a loud pounding on the door and i saw some lights flashing around through the windows. Scared the living tar out of me!! I asked my companion if we could say a prayer, i was shaking to death, ha bless her heart she was dead tired and didn't care but she put up with me. I did feel so much better after we said a prayer, but it took me awhile to fall back asleep. We are soo in the ghetto. We tracted some of the apartments that we live in the other night also and I realized and told my comp that we are the only white girls in the complex! SHe was like, you're so right! What was president thinking?! One thing i love about my companion is she is sooo obedient and she adores the Wolferts, the mission president. I love hearing her talk them up, instead of my last companion talk down about them.
Oh man i'm just rambling. So about the ward. We've already had a few of the women come on teamups with us and thats good. But in R.S. yesterday we asked the R.S. president if we could take a few minutes in the beginning to introduce ourselves and mention that we need teamups and help from the members. Well, her response wasn't so friendly, she glaringly  said back, we have a very short amount of time so; i hope it doens't take long. Ouch! well we did our part and then it kind of turned into a mad house. THis ward has a lot of drama! Some mentioned that they want to come and have signed up for team-ups but have never heard a reply back from the missionaries  or are too busy whenever they need them. WE tried to clear things up and said that they need not worry, we will use them as teamups but they must be willing to sacrifice time and effort when the Lord needs them. Hopefully that did some good. We had correlation after church and it took forever, we discussed and split up the ward among us missionaries. We have an awesome ward mission leader. That calling takes alot of work! I admire and respect those who have the calling, if they fulfill their duties well. Alot depends on the ward mission leader. WE met with him the first day we got here and we talked about some good things and what needs to be done here. We haven't met with the bishop yet. Alittle disappointing, we've tried to arrange it, but he has stuff come up. He plans on having us over for dinner though soon, well he informed us, but we want to talk about work, not food:) ha 
We've been doing a lot of tracting.. alot! We already have some investigators though. A man named Jovita and an old sweet woman named Doung thi tha... we call her ta. she's from vietnam and speaks very little english. Ya, we'll see how this goes, but it'll be fun! Not much else to talk about. The weather has been so nice and beautiful, No jacket or tights kind of weather, love it! I'm considering it a blessing since we're biking. 
Continue to prayer for me and sister dunn! THanks for all your prayers nad your words of encouragement! THey were much needed last transfer. We need the people's hearts to be softened here in Collins hill, especially the ward. so keep that in mind. 
Love ya'll!! 
Love, SIster Hulme

A cake some members made for us at dinner.

A friendly toad on the road while tracting.  :)

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