“God can turn ‘ti’ around” –Whitemarsh Baptist Church

Hello!

Transfers are tomorrow, and Sister Call is leaving! She’s been here for seven months and the ward is going to miss her immensely! I’m going to miss her too, she’s taught me so much!

My new companion is going to be…..drumroll please……a temple square sister! There is an all-sisters mission on temple square where they give tours and answer questions about the church and its history to visitors from all around the world. These sisters do three months outbound where they go to another mission in the United States and have an experience being a missionary in another state in a ‘normal’ mission. There are three outbound temple square sisters coming to our mission, and one of them is coming to Savannah, GA! I’m super excited.

M is in a nursing home and wants desperately to be baptized! She physically can’t come to church and hasn’t left the nursing home in 7 years, so it’s a slow process to help her become physically ready to be baptized. She loves family history and wants us to take all her family names to the temple. She is an amazing missi​onary–she shares pictures and her testimony on facebook all the time and has given out two copies of the Book of Mormon to her nurses in the nursing home! See–e​ven someone who is inside all day can be a missionary :)

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Last Pday we went to River Street! Super cool old buildings with cool shops. Including an old fashioned candy shop that is famous for their pecan pralines. They are melt-in-your-mouth good.
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Happy Halloween from Elder Pittard and Elder Fadely! (Sister Call and I didn’t have time to dress up for the ward Trunk or Treat. We were lame and just switched name tags. So here’s a picture of the elders instead.)

I love you! Stay tuned for next week where we find out who my new companion is and where she is from!

Sister Waddoups

lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

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Hello!

Hello!

Sorry, this is going to be a relatively brief one this week!

Last week was really rough, there was a young single adult who passed away on a ward boating trip in a tragic accident on the Bishop’s boat, and the ward was reeling. But as life seems to go, this past week has been amazing! We had so many miracles.

1) A woman requested a Bible on mormon.org, so we went to deliver it to her. When we got there, we met her friend and we talked a little with them. Her son is investigating the church in Florida, and her other son, who lives here in Savannah, was married in our church building a few years ago by our bishop! Small small world. She had noticed the difference the gospel had made in the lives of her sons, that they were happier and better people, and she wanted that. When we came back for a return appointment she said ‘I feel such light when you are here, I feel so happy and like laughing. But when ya’ll leave you take that light with ya’ll, how do ya’ll bring that light with you?’ We talked about the Holy Ghost and the ways it testifies of truth and how to have that light with us. She and her friend are both working towards being baptized on 22 November :)

2) S— and L—- came to church this week! S loved young women’s, and L loved Sacrament meeting. Bishop stood up and talked about how The Atonement of Jesus Christ covers all pain and guilt and humiliation we might feel. Because he isn’t perfect, no one is, and we all have feelings of guilt and pain and we all make mistakes. But that is exactly when we need to go to church–it is a hospital for broken people.

I love you all. Jesus Christ loves you all :)

Sister Waddoups
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

Snapshots

[No general “weekly email” from Lauren this week–she must have run out of time–but here are a few excerpts from her letter to our family this week]:

Look who I found at transfers! Sister Maxfield!

Look who I found at transfers! Sister Maxfield!

The elders are teaching someone who gives walking tours around old town Savannah so she offered to give us a free tour. It was beautiful and so fun!

Very back: Elder Garcia, Elder Fadely, Elder Oldham Centerish: me, Sister Call, half of Elder Jones Front: Elder Pittard and Elder Bennett

Very back: Elder Garcia, Elder Fadely, Elder Oldham
Centerish: me, Sister Call, half of Elder Jones
Front: Elder Pittard and Elder Bennett

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Sister Call, me, Sister Lusk, Sister Ward

Today we had a great district meeting. The district meetings are up on Hilton Head Island so it’s an hour drive there and back. It’s been a crazy crazy week. Tomorrow I’m going on exchanges so I’ll be in Beaufort, probably going onto Paris Island (the huge military training place on the coast). It’ll be fun!

Love you so much! Thank you for the prayers and thoughts, I can feel them!
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

Conference, joy, and inspiration

Hello!
Wasn’t general conference amazing?! It’s amazing how when you bring questions to general conference, questions you have pondered and written down, they are answered. Every single one of mine were answered! They are truly inspired messengers of God. If you weren’t able to watch general conference, it is still available! You can still write down your questions about life and search the talks for the answers to your questions. I promise that they will be answered.

We had zone conference this week and Sister Jeppson was there! I love her :)

It was an amazing zone conference–President McCoy (counselor to President Cottle) gave a fantastic training on a talk by President Uchtdorf on fearing God more than fearing man. When the storms come and it’s hard to stay standing and face it/them with courage, to remember who I am: “Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among this people, that they might have everlasting life (3 Nephi 5:13)” It’s taped to the back of my name tag. This is who I am, and what I do, I am here to give the people of Savannah Georgia the joyous message of the Restoration! That scripture gives me courage when I am stretched our of my comfort zone. Which happens a lot.

We had an amazing experience this week– we were walking down the street and a man called out to us to come over. We shrugged and headed over to the park bench where he was seated. He told us that he met with some sisters last year, and he told them he was done and not to come back, but that he had been thinking about the church lately and about the gospel and the joy he felt when the sisters were coming and he was learning. He saw us walking from a distance and felt that same joy and spirit-and knew we were from that same church. This truly is His work and His message, and I am excited to be a part of it! :)

I love all y’all!

Sister Waddoups
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

Hello from beautiful Savannah!

Hello!

This week has been amazing–we had so many miracles! We’ve been doing a lot of finding this week, but we’ve been able to meet so many amazing and wonderful people! Also, the Woman’s Broadcast was amazingly inspiring–I especially loved President Uchtdorf’s talk. Heavenly Father truly loves each of us no matter what.

The missionaries here have been working with M, an investigator, for a few months now and she desperately wants to be baptized. The only problem is that she lives in a nursing home–she has congestive heart failure among other things– and hasn’t left the nursing home or stood on her own feet for seven years. We’ve been working with the Bishop and the ward with her for a while now, and we’re slowly but surely making progress. She is so amazing–she has such a strong testimony of this gospel and wants desperately to be a part of it.

This week we were looking through the former investigators the missionaries before us kept track of, and found one that was four years old, but we felt prompted to visit her. So we did. Her name is R, and she was so excited to see us. She now has a four month old daughter who is the chunkiest bouncing baby I have ever seen. She’s adorable. We taught R the Restoration and the baby would burst into her baby giggles as we testified of Christ and of the restoration of His gospel. We asked R if she wanted to be baptized with His authority, and she told us she absolutely did, and the baby burst into the biggest set of giggles yet. She was so excited for her mom :)

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Yup.
Ready for some more scenery?
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Looking out to the Atlantic Ocean from Tybee Island, a beach touristy island that our area covers. We didn’t go down to the beach, but stood on a pier thing. Isn’t it beautiful?!

Thank you for all the love and support!

Lovelovelove

Sister Waddoups