Sorry this email is a little later than usual.. but we had a mountain to climb this morning. We hiked stone mountain today!!!! It was a blast and we enjoyed every second of it. Sister motuliki is a mountain goat and we kept having to tell her to slow down! I told her though that she really needs to come to idaho because there are some great hiking trails. It was a workout though and when we got to the top we felt like we had conquered the world. It was the first time i could breathe and it felt good to be that high!! I can't wait to bring my family back to show them everything. STone mountain is a must!
So we've been seeing some cool miracles this week. We found a family to teach! Just a young couple with a little baby:) We asked them to be baptized and they said yes! We don't have a date set yet, but we're determined to have them on date next time we see them. They're names are Gary and Tory. Gary is black and Tory is white. You would never think of putting those two together. He has tattoos and peircings all over his face but he's a complete softie! I'm excited for that family. They seem promising and i wish i was staying here longer to work with them!!
Our other miracle is pretty cool too. We planned to visit our investigator Doug, but it was just a drop in, so he wasn't aware of us coming by. Well we had a member with us and when we knocked on his door, he didn't answer, and we waited for like 10 minutes.. finally we decided to leave and we were driving to follow up with another investigator in mind. But God had different' plans for us! Along the way we saw doug walking home, so i told the member to pull over and we could give him a ride. He jumped in and we went to his home and taught him a lesson. It was one of those teach people not lessons moments. I was so heart broken though because he struggles with depression and he's unemployed due to medical issues. He is just always so down and I try everything i can to uplift him! We really emphasized on the atonement and the spirit was so strong. I will never forget that feeling! In the end we tried to commit him to baptism, but he's scared to commit. He lives wiht his sister who is anti religion and he's scared she will kick him out. So really pray for him and that his sister's heart will be softened. We're praying so hard that the people's heart's will be softened here. Too many people don't see the need to hear more of christ and think they're saved and good. But we're working:)
Another awesome miracle we had... we had planned a lesson with a former investigator named ivory, who lived just around the corner from one of our other investigators Greg. When we showed up though she said she had company and had to reschedule. We didn't plan to see greg, but to follow up with some other people.. It was friday evening and greg is always busy on evenings. But something told me we needed to go say hi to him. That's all we planned to do, just say hi:) But when we showed up he lit up and said "THe sisters!" He welcomed us in and we had a very intense lesson with him. WE just read 2 nephi 31 wiht him but he had some serious questions! He's seriously searching and i know he'll find it someday. He's a strong First southern Baptist.. htye're hard! But he's willing to search and find out the truth. I only wish every lesson was like his.
So I was thinking.. haha there i go thinking again. But as we were climbing the Stone mountain this morning.. I thought of how climbing up is like the first 9 months of my mission. IT was hard and really challenging right before we got to the top. There were times when we had to stop and take a break.. Just like in a mission, the journey is full of obstacles and we stumble.. its' hard.. we're just growing and testing ourselves. Sometimes we have to stop and think and really rely on the lord. And when we get halfway.. or to the top.. we look at the mountain we've climbed or the journey we've had so far.. and we feel so happy and proud of ourselves. Then we must climb down.. and the journey down is fast one! It's a steep downhill slope and we try to slow ourselves down. The journey down is easier.. it seems, but we're still growing. I'm afraid the rest of my mission will be like the hike down stone mountain. It will be a fast downhill slope. I'm learning to just love and soak up the time that i have. I truly love the south , and i love the people of georgia! I'm so grateful to be serving them and the lord.
Thank you everyone for yoru love and for your amazing support! I hope you have a wonderful week.
God bless ya'll and your loved ones.