“Try to see your obstacles as opportunities” (St. Paul Church, Columbus GA)

Hello all!

This week I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders! We served in the YSA branch in auburn for 24 hours in a trio with Sister Snyder and Sister Van Wagenen. It was so different being in a trio and in a YSA branch! We spent our time on Thursday at a booth on campus at Auburn University inviting students to attend the bible class or institute class on campus as well as answering questions, clearing up misconceptions and offering to teach more about the church. It was cool seeing the different methods of missionary work for each different area and situation as well as being with a different companionship and using their ideas to better help our investigators.

This week we were able to have a lesson, a preacher who has been looking for a church that can take him higher. His girlfriend is less active and when she heard that she told him that he needed to come to her church, which is how we met them! He is living with a friend of his who is ready for the gospel and open to learning more about it, so we have been teaching both [of them]! They’re both super awesome and have been reading more in the Book of Mormon than we asked them to :)

Picture One:
This week I saw my first cockroach! Unfortunately it was in my blanket, but we were able to catch the monster and bring it outside. A member was telling us that all the insects and rodents are trying to come inside for winter this year, so it should be a bad one. Maybe we’ll even get snow!


Picture Two:
One of the Elders in my district, Elder Faleao, found out a few weeks ago that he has family in his area! They invited us all over for a big Samoan dinner and we met about 30 of his family members. Elder Faleao and I sang “I feel my Savior’s love” as a duet with his ukelele and his little cousins sang some songs they learned at their church. It was really cool to hear the mix of cultures and religions all together.


Love you all!
Sister Waddoups


One thought on ““Try to see your obstacles as opportunities” (St. Paul Church, Columbus GA)

  1. Great report, Lauren. Happy sharing. Love the thought about obstacles – like the idea of obstacles as stepping stones. Good mind set.

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