Hello! And survey says….Augusta! I am now serving in Augusta, GA, on the border of South Carolina. I opened a new area in the Stevens Creek ward, bringing the grand total of missionaries in the ward to two sets of Sisters and one set of Elders. They all seem hard working and have a true desire to serve God.
My new companion is Sister Jackson, she’s from Fort Collins, Colorado and is just starting her mission! She’s great and I’ll enjoy getting to know her better :)
We’ve spent a lot of time finding investigators, because we opened the area there were no investigators, potential investigators, or formers to work with. So many miracles have happened here. One miracle happened the day after we got here; we knocked on a door and that’s where we met D, a 20-something-year-old guy who answered the door rather defensively, rather harsh, and very uninterested. We talked to him about his faith journey and about because in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus Christ suffered for all of our pains, afflictions, illnesses, hardships and trials, he knows exactly how we feel and so he knows perfectly how to help us because he understands us perfectly, that “there is no pain He hasn’t suffered first” (Elder Bednar’s Conference talk). As we were talking to him about Christ, he visibly changed. He opened up and told us about how he has met with missionaries before and he has read some of the Book of Mormon and told us some of his worries and concerns. He asked us if we could come back to tell him more, how he can feel true love and peace from the world. The difference just between how he was when he answered the door and by the time we left him with a prayer, he had changed. That is why I am on a mission. Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives.
I love you all!
p.s. We got home last Monday night [before leaving Valdosta] and were bummed that all the parking spots were full. Then we looked more closely and our beds were in our parking spot! The sisters had the Elders help them move the entirety of our beds into the parking lot. Rude. :)