Hunting treasure

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Writing emails at the library with the other district missionaries

Writing emails at the library with the other district missionaries

This week has flown by! On Monday after we emailed home my district (and M, ward missionary) went geocaching! For those who don’t know what geocaching is, you should do it asap. It’s pretty much a grown-up treasure hunt. We saw there was one across the street from the library, so we headed over to find it. We couldn’t and so we went to the next one nearby. As we were searching for the geocache Elder Faleao led us into the middle of the forest, still in our Sunday clothes, in search for the geocache. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find it, but I’m sure we looked ridiculous with the seven of us all in ties or skirts and missionary badges heading into the woods.

Attempting to geocache (we were more successful when we went without the Elders)

Attempting to geocache (we were more successful when we went without the Elders)

Tuesday night we received three referrals from a woman in our ward, three friends who are going through difficult trials. We visited with one of them on Wednesday and she is golden and has been searching for more in her life. Unfortunately, when we were there, we found out that she doesn’t actually live in the Flat Rock ward boundaries but in the Rivercrest area. So we are going to begin co-teaching her this week with the Rivercrest Elders.

On Thursday we met a family that moved into the ward last year but has flown under the radar. The husband works in the Fort Benning ER but will continue training for the next two years. They haven’t ever been visited by Bishopric or Home Teachers or visiting teachers; we were the first ones to make contact with them in the year they have lived here. Our ward includes a training base, which really means that families are here usually for only three-six months. It’s tricky to find and meet everyone who moves in, a lot of people slip through the cracks. But our goal while we’re here is to find those people and love them back :)

On Saturday we received a call from the Elders and they told us of a member who we needed to visit asap. We visited her Saturday night, had dinner with her because our dinner appointment cancelled (which never happens) and we visited her and got to know her. She’s a convert and is pretty lonely. She lives in a big house all by herself and just spend time with her bird and kitten. We went over and visited with her, looked through her pictures, and just spend time and showed our love for her. Just through that small act, spending a little time with her and showing our love for her, she said it made her week. By small and simple things, may great things come to pass :)

This week I have pictures (thank you mom for the memory card reader :) )

At zone training meeting last week I ran into my MTC companion Sister Christensen! She's serving in Phoenix City in Alabama :)

At zone training meeting last week I ran into my MTC companion Sister Christensen! She’s serving in Phoenix City in Alabama :)

Love you all!
Sister Waddoups

[p.s. we (Lauren’s family) post her letters for her here and take out most people’s names and other details.]

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2 thoughts on “Hunting treasure

  1. Lauren, we enjoy receiving your posts. Today was our temple day and our zone went to the Provo Temple. We had some BYU ice cream for the first time. It was very good but you know that Aggie ice cream is still the best. Our work load continues to be the same. We know that it is important and helps to finance the missionary department. This week it feels like fall was skipped over and winter has arrived. There was snow on the mountains this morning. However, it sounds like fall will return next week. We hope that all is going well with those you are teaching. I am sure that those you visit with will be lifted and strengthened by you love and sweet spirit. Love, Grandpa & grandma W.

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  2. I love to hear your positive spirit come through, Lauren. And the photos are wonderful. Keep smiling through it all. How is the early rising going? Do you awake with a smile on your face and a song in your heart? Love and blessings on your forward, ever onward trek. Love you, Gma Bentley

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