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Monday, May 5, 2014

Hello Everybody! 


What a fantastic week. This week we met with our investigator shilaunah so cool! And we are so happy she is getting baptized this Saturday. she came to church this last week and one of the members came up to her and asked her if she believed these things were true and was giving her a sort of lecture about finding out for herself and she looked him in the eyes and with kind of an attitude said sir i know these things are true! Made my day to hear her say that she really does have a strong testimony and has come so far. She has quit coffee and smoking and so many other things all in the choice to follow Christ. She told us this week she know s what she is doing is good because she can feel Satan trying to work his ways on her closer she gets to baptism the harder he tries. Key word "tries" because she will not let him win. It’s awesome to see how strong she has become. So happy!


I got to go on exchange with one of the zone leaders this week. And wow! He is a stud. Way cool guy and so dang good at teaching and talking to people loved being able to learn from him. 


It was way cool we were out tracting when we were on exchanges and we knocked into this family that was from panama and they were so dang interested in what we had to say it was just awesome. there was a little bit of a language barrier so we told them about the Spanish elders and she was so excited like so happy and wanted to make sure that they would know where she lived and we were trying to schedule a time for them to come back and she was just like we will just come to church and meet them and then there won’t be a problem. So she just invited herself to church and it was awesome to see how excited she was to come to church and to be able to hear the message of the restored gospel. So even though we are not going to be teaching her i am way excited to see what happens and will definitely be keeping up with the Spanish elders as to how she is doing. 


Next week are transfers and that means that i am most likely getting transferred so sad to see this place leave but so excited to see what lies in store for me. Can’t wait to tear it up somewhere else and to make my presence known somewhere else in Georgia. 


I am so fetching pumped to be able to talk to my family on Sunday looking forward to that. Happy mother’s day to everyone! I love you all have a wonderful week. Be safe and remember who you are. Share with someone what makes you happy. Help make someone’s day this week. 

Love you all. 


Love Elder Trevor Ross


I love the billboard sign things outside of all the churches. Every time i see one i like i stop and take a picture. 

Hey all,


What a great week as usual. A week in the service of the lord is always a good one. If hope all had a good Easter yesterday. It was a great day for us as well the ward made us really feels loved and there were a lot of families that had us over and really made us feel like family. It’s a great day to be with family and remember the wonderful thing that the savior has done for us and made possible for us. What is even better is that we don’t have to just remember that or celebrate it on that one day we can take it each and every day and celebrate every single day of our savior Jesus Christ. 


I went on exchange with the Spanish elders this last week and that was way fun. I got to go and teach me some Spanish. Ha-ha yeah i don’t speak Spanish at all. And i learned that even more so on that exchange. I learned how to say "hi how are you?" and "we are missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. do you have a faith in Jesus Christ?" so i would go up and say that and then i would literally take a step back and point at the Spanish missionary and he would take over and i would be lost as to what was going on. Ha-ha it was way fun i loved it except for the fact that i got told that i was the whitest person they had ever seen. I got told that a couple times and that hit my heart deep. Almost cried. We were literally tracting in the hood too. Like that is what the road was named. Ha-ha


We had met with this family that actually requested us from last week. and we had another appointment this week so we went and met with them this week and we had a plan as to what we were going to teach them and the entire day elder Bartholomew and i were talking about alma 32 and i couldn’t get it out of my mind and so we go to this lesson that night and we start talking with her and her family and she starts asking about faith and what it is and how she can strengthen it and so we flipped up to alma 32 since that is exactly what that chapter is on and were able to answer all her questions and it went so well. the last time we were there her husband was there just in the background doing something else and not really interested and we taught the restoration and i guess he was listening because when we came back this last week he was there on the couch and participating and even read with us and was way excited to have us there. and they have this 9 year old kid who refuses to read out loud because he can barely read and starts to stutter way bad when he reads but we didn’t know so we asked him to read a verse and he read it perfectly clearly and without stuttering and his parents were freaking out and so happy. They almost didn’t believe it. It was so cool to see so many miracles happen in such a short time throughout that day. The lord is there and he is working miracles in each of us every day. 


Well. I love you all!! Stay classy. Be safe. 

His Grace is Sufficient for all.


Love Elder Trevor Ross

We would work so hard and plan out each day this last week. We would take a lot of time each night to plan so we knew exactly what we would be doing for the next day. We did this every night. And then we would get up each morning ready to put out plans into action and then we would get a phone call or a text and it would be someone calling us for help with something or another and it would totally ruin our plans. So needless to say I and elder Bartholomew had a good experience this week with following the spirit and relying on it to guide as to what we should do. We became professional on the spot planners. With all that we did have a great week. 


Our investigator and her whole family came to church yesterday. It was really exciting for us. I was so nervous though. I was terrified something was going to go wrong or someone was going to say something crazy, but everything went well for the most part. We took her into gospel principles after sacrament meeting and that is when we just put it in the lord’s hands because i was terrified the lesson was on the law of chastity we have planned to actually teach that tonight and so we didn’t know how she was going to react to it. And so after we asked her how she liked it and what she thought. She said that she had no problem with it and so really there was nothing to worry about. She really enjoyed herself and her husband who is already a member really liked being able to come back to church and i think he especially enjoyed having a wife and child there with him at church. 


The pollen here is insane. Since all the trees are starting to bloom the pollen has been falling and it literally looks like yellow rain all of the cars have this coat of yellow pollen on them and all the roads as well. I guess they usually classify it as a high pollen count if it gets into the hundreds and the pollen count for this last week was about 4500 each day. Our bike tires have this yellow strip on them the entire time and when we get home at night our pants have this yellow tint to them. Like nothing i have ever seen. But we just h

ad a nice good rainstorm come in today so that should clear al of of it away. 


I found my road to tract this week. It’s literally named after me. Ross rd. i was joking with everyone that answered the door that i owned the road. It was fun but it was a pretty sketchy rd. 


Well i found a steal in the thrift store today. Was just walking around and found me some beautiful purple alligator skinned dress shoes, i couldn’t pass them up. 


I love you all so much thank you for everything. Be safe.

This week has been amazing. Needless to say the highlight would have to be watching general conference. It was really good. There was so much that was taught and i was able to learn so much. i can’t wait and encourage all to follow the words of Thomas s monson the prophet to go back and reread the talks that were given. Study them you will come to know even more so that they are the words of god and that the apostles that gave them are truly inspired of god. 


We have been working so hard and doing so much it is crazy how tired you can get and just keep going on. This last week one day i felt as if i was going to drop of pure exhaustion. I was so tired and all my energy was just gone. It seemed as if everything was falling through and nothing seemed to go our way. You could clearly see that Satan was working against us. As i began to notice this i decided to say a prayer to help me out. And within seconds of saying that prayer and telling my father in heaven what was going on and that we needed some help with this day. i felt as if all the energy in my body came in all at once and i felt as if i could run around the block i was so alive and energized and then and there even though Satan had been working hard to take us down you could see that the lord was working as well to lift us up. I could feel him give us strength and we were able to have really good success that day.


we have been meeting with the Wiggins family and we are teaching shilaunah the mother of the family and this last week on that same day for a matter of fact we were teaching her and as we came to the end of the lesson she gladly accepted the invitation to be baptized. Tears filled her eyes and she said with a big smile yes i would love that. It was way exciting for all of us. her work schedule is very crazy so as for a specific date we don’t know but she is pushing for raps soon as she can and she knows that as she does the lord will bless her and as she pushes for this the lord is going to be on her side since this is a good cause that he has commanded. She is so awesome and has so strong a faith in Jesus Christ. 


I would love to know what all yalls favorite talks were. And why? What were some things you learned and how can we apply it to our lives. It is one thing to learn something but it is another thing to act upon that thing we have learned and apply it to our lives in faith and watch the blessing and miracles come. 


I love you all so very much. As always you are in my prayers. Be safe. 

this week we were tracting and usually we just get in the mode and don’t really expect people to let us in after a while (probably bad to think that way) so we were knocking doors got into the system knock a door get rejected go to the next do the same get rejected go to the next and so on and so on. but then i always get taken by surprise when that one person says yes i want to hear. It’s weird sometimes and you almost don’t know what to do because you are so used to rejection. Ha-ha but it is so nice to have someone finally listen and then truly do their part and study and find out truth for themselves. Happened this week and it was so awesome. Twice in one day! 


This week in church one of the speakers said something that i really liked. She was talking about the book of Mormon and how wonderful it is of course. But she said just imagine if we treated our book of Mormon as we do our cell phones. Would we carry it with us everywhere we go? Would we run inside to get it if we forgot it when we were about to leave somewhere. Would we look through it many times a day? Would we treat it with respect with the fear of breaking it? All good questions because phones are expensive and so precious, but really how precious is the book of Mormon? i really liked that made me think of how i can better respect and treat and use my book of Mormon and can find ways to use it and treat it to really show how much is do love it and how much it does help me. 


So for the past couple weeks we had been planning a ward family home evening. It was a night that members could invite their friends to come to the church for a family night and we could have a good time and an easy non intimidating way to introduce people to us and to the church building. So we finally had it this last week. .. It was so much fun. We had a really good time. We had some families from the ward come and they even invited their friends. None of the friends could come so only members showed up but it was still a success. We had a good lesson on families and service and then we played water balloon volleyball which was a hit and ended up just being the little kids grabbing water balloons and chasing the adults around the lawn with them. But it really got the ward excited to go out and do their own missionary work. And pushed them to share the gospel with their friends and even though no one showed up.. Ha-ha it was still a good experience and the ward loved it. And they are planning more in the future. 


I love you all i am Alive! i am doing great. 


Love Elder Ross


We met with our investigator shilaunah this week too. We have been trying so hard to get her a baptismal date, but for some reason she has not wanted to commit to a date. And she has been progressing so well giving up so many things and we found out that she smokes this week. But she has been working to quit and she has done so well she has gone from a pack a day to 2-3 a day. In the last two weeks or so since we taught the word of wisdom to her. She is so willing to do what is right it’s great. I wish she would’ve have told us sooner so we could have helped her out but i am sure glad she finally did. So we told her that she is trying and doing so well. And that by setting a date to be baptized is giving the lord your goal. And by doing so you are asking for his help and showing your faith that you know that he will help you overcome this by that date and you will be ready and prepared to be baptized. So on Thursday when we go back we invited her to have a date that she has prayed about and she said she would. I am way happy with how far she has come. And that she really wants to be ready and worthy to be baptized she wants to do it right.