Monday, August 18, 2014

Hot-Lanta!! 8/18/14

Hey fam:)
It's been another successful week here in georgia. But the heat decided to show up. I thought i knew hot. But I experienced some real heat this week! We have been doing sooo much tracting this week, when we totalled up our hours at the end of the week I was in shock with how much we had tracted! we got alot of sun to show it too. the worst is when you're standing at someone's door, testifying to them of the book of mormon.. and you feel the puddle of sweat drop down in your eyes and can feel it like a waterfall down your back.. And when we get in the car, we don't dare sit back because the sweat will seep through our shirts! oh but its well worth it.. it is well worth it. We all have to go through some kind of gethsemane for this gospel. And then we heard a member in church talking to someone ask.. ey are you ready for the real heat to come this week? summer is officially starting! Me and sister george just looked at each other and about cried. it's ok.. we'll make it through. Sister george prays that it will be a nice day and not as hot.. .and i on the other hand pray that the lord will just give me strength to make it through the day. haha and he sure does!  
So its a small world after all. FInds out that i'm in the same ward as Craig Thomas' son, Bart. I met him at church yesterday. We plan on having dinner with their family next sunday. He said Bailey was just here two weeks ago.. Missed him by that much!! Glad to know though there is someone here who officially knows Montpelier. I usually just tell people im from Bear Lake because they've never heard of Montpelier, Idaho. I just tell them it's god's country.. 

Well i'll cut to the good stuff and the miracles. We've been frantically searching for new investigators, but we haven't found too many through tracting. But we received a cool miracle on wednesday. When we got the txt with the referral we realized that it was just above us in the same apartments! So we went to tract down the woman and she had just pulled in. She saw our namebadges and asked if we were there to see her, we asked if she was Niki and she answered yes, so we said yes! And it started from there. FInds out she's been going through a really hard divorce and she has 4 kids.. her two daughters live with her, the boys with the dad. She had seen our church a few times and after dropping her daughter off to softball practice.. decided to pull into the parking lot to just pray.. as soon as she pulled in the place felt like home to her. SHe decided to go inside and see if anyone was there that she could talk to. WEll lucky enough, someone was there and they got her contact information and sent it to us. It was all a complete miracle! She is very elect, and we're excited to teach her. We were worried at first that she was just going to depend on us for money and counseling.. but we noticed that she still reads what ever we give her and she's open to listening to us. She's just searching for peace and more unity in her family.. so this is the place to find it! 

We're also teaching another woman named Jamie, she's married to a member and has been taking discussions from missionaries for awhile. I think i told ya'll about her last week. She's been on date twice before, and this is her third time being on date. She's scheduled for September 13th. She's trying to overcome smoking that's her only addiction and hold back. She doesn't even smoke that much. She is actually out of cigarettes, but she'll steal one or two from a friend or family member. But we told her this is her last week. She has to be cleared by the end!!! She has a lot of determination and soooo badly desires to get baptized and go to the temple with her husband. She also has refused to pray at the end of the lessons or even the beginning. I asked her if she prays with her husband and she says he usually says it. She doesn't feel comfortable at all praying out loud. But this time we put our foot down and told her she haddd to pray. She has a daughter who's 12 and refuses to talk.. like seriously.. she does not talk.. not to anyone. only to her mom. So we tried to help Jamie understand that It's like her with her heavenly father. He is so heartbroken that she won't pray to him. She said she does in her heart, but we told her its no different around us. This is her one chance to talk to God and she's rebelling that. She was so stubborn about it. So i finally told her that she needs to be an example to her daughter, and pray. That opened her eyes alittle bit, and she finally said a prayer.. It was short, simple, and quick. But it made our day!! it made heavenly father's day. I know he was so pleased with her. She said it wasn't as hard as she thought but she still didn't like doing it in public. But she'll get used to it. 

Ok, last story.. this morning we were asked to join the youth in seminary at the church.. We had to be there at 5.30 am.. that means i had to wake up at 5 am!!!!!! I usually don't talk in the mornings till 9 am companionship study.. so this was a stretch for me. But we hiked into the woods and they had a little fire. We gathered around and they told the story of Joseph Smith's first vision, then asked us missionaries how we came to know this was true.. I shared how mine was a gradual process and as i look back and think about it.. I know without a shadow of a doubt Joseph smith was as prophet... because of one little blue book:) I LOVE  the book of mormon. It all starts with that. try it,, read it.. pray about it.. But it was way cool to be a part of that. I would love to raise my children here in the south. I want them ot live in the mission field and to have the chance to do missionary work. THe youth here are awesome and strong in their testimonies! 

Well i hope ya'll have a blessed week! love ya'll and take care!
Love SIster Hulme:) xoxox

This is what you look like after a hard day's work in the mission field.  Tracting may have made us a little crazy that day!

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