The Time is Far Spent

Hello from Savannah!

As you all know, Sister Sevy went home last week and I have a new companion–companion number 4 within 4 transfers in 1 area! Introducing…Sister Frandsen! We’re getting along well; we have similar personalities and senses of humor, so we get along great. She’s helping me stay working and happy :)

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Mustaches suit us well, don’t you think?

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J,K, and me

I love them–J was in a lot of pain but they came to church anyway and left after the sacrament to go to the ER. They said they came so that they could feel the spirit because they knew they’d need it. I love them so much! I’m going to miss them when they move to Michigan on Friday.

Our mission president has asked us to bear testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ whenever we see anyone–member, nonmember, less active. We went to visit a less active family who we have been working with quite a bit, and shared a scripture on the Atonement of Jesus Christ and his love and just bore testimony that he lives and that he is our Savior. Immediately afterwards we sat quiet for a minute, and the mom turned to us and told us that they’d be at church on Sunday. She decided, on her own after feeling the Spirit testify that Jesus Christ is her Savior, that she and her family needed to come to church.

I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he knows me perfectly and personally. He knows every physical or emotional pain, every fear, everything wrong someone did to me, everything wrong I did. He knows how those feel, and because he does he knows how to help me. And its the exact same for you. I love him, he is my big brother.

I love you all!

Sister Waddoups
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

p.s. [we asked her about her current favorite hymn and scripture]: My favorite hymn…our mission theme song is The Time is Far Spent (I think it’s hymn number 266) and that’s kind of my favorite right now (of course, I like it fast, about twice as fast as it’s written). I love each of the verses, but right now my favorite is the third. “The angels are waiting to crown you with blessings, go forward be faithful the promise is sure!”

My favorite scripture is Helaman 10:4-5. I found it the other day and loved how it talked about not fearing man and focusing on the will of God and encouraged me to continue “with unwearyingness declar[ing] the word.” Those are all my favorite things/the things I’ve learned most on my mission all wrapped up in one. It’s my current favorite mission scripture. I love it.

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Last transfer + a call for your best jokes

Now, before y’all think I’ve gone rogue emailing on Tuesday, Monday was Martin Luther King Jr Day, so all the libraries were closed. Our mission president asked that we email Tuesday after the transfer meeting instead.

Unfortunately, this past Sunday Sister Sevy finished her 18 months on her mission, headed for the mission home in Macon and on Monday she flew back home to California! I ended up staying with Sister Jeppson and Sister Barry (I needed babysitters) and was able to spend a couple days with them until I got my new companion–Sister Frandsen!

Hiking on Pday at Fort Pulaski with Sister Jeppson (not pictured is her companion Sister Barry, Elder Fadely and Elder Wilkins)

Hiking on Pday at Fort Pulaski with Sister Jeppson (not pictured is her companion Sister Barry, Elder Fadely and Elder Wilkins)

The view at the end of the hike--if we hit it at low tide we could be able to hike all the way to the lighthouse and go inside, but we went at high tide so the trail was flooded ​

The view at the end of the hike–if we hit it at low tide we could be able to hike all the way to the lighthouse and go inside, but we went at high tide so the trail was flooded

So many miracles happened this week!! Some of them will have to wait to tell until it pans out :) But one investigator, in our last lesson, told us that she loves it when we come over because when we’re there, she feels so good about herself and has more confidence- she said she knows its from Heavenly Father and that she can’t wait to be baptized so she can get the Gift of the Holy Ghost and have that feeling all the time :) I love her!!

I love y’​all!
Sister Waddoups
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net

PS please send on any and all jokes you have! I would love to hear your favorites :)

Hello!

This has been a fantastic week! So many miracles and blessings have come and I was able so see so many amazing people and role models!​

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Our group who went to Fort Pulaski on Pday
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Look who came up to Macon for the missionary get together after the mission conference with Elder Anderson! A! She was baptized the week before I was in Valdosta a year ago! She is one of my role models.
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 This is K–she is one of my favorite people. She is one of our investigators and at the special stake conference our stake had with Elder Anderson, while we were sitting waiting for it to begin and watching the choir practice, she turned to me and told me she wanted to join the choir. So we did. K never knew anything about the church, but as soon as we met her she wanted to know more and wanted to come her an apostle come speak to Savannah and wants desperately to be baptized! She has had so many trials and struggles in her life, and is excited and ready to change her life! One of her favorite parts of the conference was when Elder Anderson said that change is needed and necessary and can only come through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That’s when she knew that she needs this in her life. :)

 

Love,
Sister Waddoups

Also, on a side note, this week we were meeting with our ward mission leader and I told him “We axed her….” Darn it. I’m losing all of my grammar abilities haha.