“Thankfulness isn’t just a day, it’s a lifestyle” -Calvary Church of Christ

Hello All!

This week has been a little bit of a crazy one! Sister Ballard and I went on exchanges in Pine Mountain on Tuesday and we have been focusing on thinking outside the box and finding new ways to find new investigators. It’s getting colder, so people aren’t outside anymore and it makes it difficult. But it’s almost caroling season! So hopefully we’ll find new investigators that way :)

Saturday night we got our transfer call and….I’m being transferred and will be training a new missionary this next transfer (which includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years!). I find out on Tuesday where I’ll be sent and my bags are already packed! I’m excited for the opportunity to train a new missionary, it’ll be a big learning experience :)

We were driving to a potential investigator’s house and saw Christmas decorations which covered FOUR houses!
lw lights(I’m sure it looks more awesome at night…)

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I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,Sister Waddoups
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

“Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it”

– (sign on Calvary Church)

Hello!

This week Sister Ballard and I were able to work with two of our investigators some more–they both got jobs this week and unfortunately, they both work every Sunday, so they aren’t able to attend church. However, yesterday we did have another of our investigators come to church this week! She is very good friends with a couple of members in our ward and although she grew up Catholic, her mom was a less-active member and she remembered having missionaries over all the time as she was growing up.

Sister Ballard and I had the opportunity to speak down in Cusseta, a group which meets separate from our ward but is too small to be a branch. Elder Stewart and Elder TIbbits are the Elders serving there and we were able to attend and speak to their congregation. There were 15 people at sacrament meeting in a small room in an old schoolhouse (a few weeks ago they switched from meeting in a BBQ place), and we loved it.

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It is the most intimate sacrament meeting I have ever attended and the spirit was very strong. Each of the members has such a strong testimony and such a strong belief and are so good and pure. It reminded Sister Ballard and me of what it must have been like to be in one of the first sacrament meetings of the church in the 1800s. It was amazing.

Love you all!
Sister Lauren Waddoups
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

“Well done is better than well said”

– sign from Pine Mountain Church of God

Hello all!

This week has had its ups and downs, like most weeks do. We’ve been teaching an amazing investigator who came to church for the primary program this week! (The primary program is a Sunday where the kids in our congregation sing some of the songs they learned that year.) She is deaf and lives out of our area, but we teach her because our ward has the only ASL interpreters in the stake.

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(photo sent a few minutes ago by a lovely person in Lauren’s ward)

Sister Ballard and I have been teaching her and she has been progressing well, but a couple days ago we were talking to her about her ride to church, and she asked if we were Baptist or Catholic. So I guess we need to go back and review the Restoration. We watched the Restoration video with her whole family (it has an option of ASL!) and after the video our interpreter signed “That really happened” to her and her husband. Her husband turned to us and signed “I know.” We have worked with her for a while and we’ve been trying to get her husband to sit in and he wasn’t ever willing, so that was HUGE! That was one of our miracles this week :)

I love you all!
Sister Waddoups
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

I found the rolling hills

Hello All!

This week, as the sister training leaders for our zone, Sister Ballard and I were able to give a training at our zone training meeting about talking to everyone you meet and how to bring up the gospel every time you talk to someone! We think it went well, and everyone seemed to get something helpful out of it.

Also as the sister training leaders, we were able to go up to Pine Mountain and go on exchanges with the sisters there! Both Sister Ballard and I went up and were able to work in Pine Mountain and help them find new investigators. It is gorgeous up there! When I was called to Georgia I imagined rolling fields and plantations and open country, but when I got to Columbus all I found were trees and more trees! (it looks pretty much exactly like Massachusetts but with more and larger bugs) But up in Pine Mountain I found my rolling hills :)

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When Sister Ballard and I got back from Pine Mountain, we were able to attend a baptism of a ten year old whose mom and older sisters were all baptized and less active, and the Elders met them and taught her the lessons and now two of her cousins want to be baptized!

We went and visited a less active member last week who, when we offered to mow her lawn because she has back problems, said that we couldn’t because we were Sisters, but she agreed to let the Elders come and mow her lawn and said we were able to help weed and tend her garden for her. We all showed up on Tuesday to help her, and she doesn’t have a self-propelled lawn mower. So the poor Elders used her old push lawn mower, the kind I didn’t know people still used or existed, and mowed her whole lawn while Sister Ballard and I raked the cut grass and bagged it. Sorry Elders!

On Monday, preparation day, we carved pumpkins as a district!

On Monday, preparation day, we carved pumpkins as a district!

 In honor of Maddy I got baked potato soup in a bread bowl at Panera


In honor of Maddy I got baked potato soup in a bread bowl at Panera

Have a blessed week!
Sister Waddoups

p.s.  [We asked for more details about the holding up the chandelier story from last week]. So about that chandelier thing…Sister Ballard and I both felt like we should stop and talk to one woman walking her dogs. She was a good ways in front of us, so we were doing an awkward walk-run to catch up with her and just as we were catching up to her she walked into her house. We were super disappointed. We looked at the next street up and recognized that we had a potential investigator, with no name, from the potentials sheet from previous missionaries, who lived on the street. So we hiked up two mountainhills (they were seriously steep!) and reached her house. The door was open and so we knocked and heard a woman say ‘come in!’ that’s not very normal for missionaries, so we cautiously opened the door and said ‘it’s the missionaries?’ This 70 year old woman apologized and said that she thought it was her son because he was supposed to come help her and that she had been holding up her chandelier for the past 15 minutes waiting for someone to help her! The chain which connects the chandelier to the ceiling had broken so it was just dangling by the electrical cord. So we rushed in and help the super heavy chandelier for her until her son, a contractor, came and disconnected the cord. We taught her the first lesson and we have a return appointment this week! Heavenly Father led us to her, knowing that she would recognize us as an answer to her prayers and that she would be receptive to hear our message :) Just an example of one of the miracles we had last week