This has been what has felt like a very long week. It has been so great at the same time though. We had transfers this last week and things have been good as we are adjusting to each other. On Wednesday elder bonin entered the Hamilton mill ward with great enthusiasm and a strong desire to get to work which was so wonderful. He is quite the opposite of me for sure he loves instruments and he thinks that marching band is a sport. I am still very strongly that it is not a sport but I love this guy already. I am so happy with his eagerness to serve. He is a very hard worker and is always pushing me to stay busy. When it’s raining he wants to go out and I have been waiting for someone like him for a while. I love it. It is so great to have someone who wants to work just as hard as I do if not harder. And I don’t have to drag him around trying to stay busy and do things it is great. He’s so great. He has this laugh that could break glass so he’s always making fun of himself for it. It just makes me laugh.
I love after the sessions of general conference and stake conference they talked a lot about the ward members helping out the missionaries or more or less just doing their part in the work of salvation. It is so great. We are having no troubles at all finding team ups and people of the ward are actually calling us and asking us to go out with us. It is wonderful to see the ward change and have that desire as well to help us out.
I love it though I guess now I have truly felt what missionary work really is. The last three months I thought I was working hard but it really saddened me but made me happy at the same time when Elder Bonin got here and because this last week we have been so busy doing so much stuff and it made me realize that we could’ve done so much more before he came. It’s sad to think that but I am glad things have changed and we are now working at 110 miles per hour. . We have been so busy that every night I pass out in delightful exhaustion. It is so great. I love that. It really makes me feel accomplished and I know I’m now doing absolutely all that I can do to better this are and help the work of salvation progress. I look forward to the upcoming weeks and what lies in store. Things can only get better.
So this weekend Elder Dallin H Oaks is coming to talk to us. I am so flipping excited. He is coming for a young single adult’s fireside. And he agreed to talk to the missionaries with our own fireside thing before the YSA one. So our entire mission gets to go plus the entire Atlanta mission will be there as well so it should be real fun and I cannot wait.
Last week for pday we were able to go up to Amacolola falls. It’s this waterfall kind of nearby. It was really nice our entire zone went which always makes for a good time. Get to hang out with everyone and have a good time. I was freaking out because that was the closest thing to a mountain I had seen since I left Utah. So I of course had a smile on my face. I miss the mountains so much. The leaves are starting to change colors here. And since there are millions and millions of trees everywhere it is so beautiful. There are colors everywhere. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. I love it. It has been getting pretty cold lately though. We can see our breath most days. And honestly I like so much better than the heat. at least I am not sweating to death anymore its more of an even medium with the cold air and all the energy used to ride a bike everywhere it is just perfect.
this last week we were tracting and we came across this guy he had a salt lake city shirt on so it seemed promising and we told him we were missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints he told us he knew who we were and that he served a mission in Argentina. He then said that he used to be a bishop. And then said now he was an atheist. .. Didn’t know that is what a mission and bishop adds up too. but it was very sad. He went on to say he was sorry for us. And that the bible and book of Mormon are false. And can easily be proven false. We told him we knew that they were true and began to leave. Here in the south when you leave somewhere it is so common to say have a blessed day. Everyone says it, so you get in the habit of saying it. As we were leaving my comp said have a blessed day. And the guy had already shut his door and he made it a point to open the door and say I will not have a blessed day because days are not blessed and god does not exist. My heart almost instantly broke right there. I was so very mad and yet so sad for this guy. I wanted to just say how you can explain the world we live in and all the things on this earth you can’t tell me that all this got here without there being a god. I was very upset. It was defiantly a testimony builder to me. That god does live and he does know and love each and every one of us. The feelings that were felt at that guys door where very bad but as we left I could feel the love of my savior come upon me reaffirming me that everything was alright and he does live. I know he does and there is not anything that could change that. He loves us and hears our prayers. There is no doubt about that. Don’t ever forget it!
I love you so very much! All are in my prayers every day. Keep the letters coming and emails I love them so very much. Have a great week.