I can’t believe its Monday again. I’m so excited to tell you about my week. It has been such a blessed week. Well every week I feel like is a Blessed week. But to start off with some good news is that I guess the First Presidency changed the rule of emailing. Now as missionaries we are allowed to email whoever we want. This includes any friends and other missionaries. I thought that was exciting But I don’t think it matters much but I like it.
Once again I love the letters people send me haha. Kali sent me an Easter Package. Uh it was the best ever. It just happens to come on the worst day of the week. So it def. Helped me lift my spirits. So thanks Miss Kali, if you read this I will be sending you a package soon :) yay
Anyways this week had one of the worst days of my mission and one of the Best days of my mission. It’s just remarkable to see how the lord likes to humble you and then he builds ya right back up. I kind of like it.
So Tuesday was the coldest day I have ever had in Georgia So far. And the crazy thing is that we barley had any miles left on the car so we had to ride bikes all day that day. Uhhh It’s so hilly here too. I honestly don’t know how I get up those hills. I’m sure I look ridiculous just because my skirts like going crazy in the wind. Haha I have to hold one hand on my skirt and one hand on my bike trucking up this hill. It’s an adventure. The amazing thing is that I have been extremely positive my whole time I have been here. My companions have been super impressed and always mention that I am so happy. It’s good because I have been trying so hard just to be positive. It def. Helps a lot.
Haha So Tuesday we tracted all day in the cold on our bikes. The usually people who we see through the window and know we are there but just choose not to answer the door. That is the classic. And then we have the really nice people who answer the door and say “I’m sorry baby but I’m not interested". Or we have the Angry Elves who just glare at you. Don’t say anything and just slam the door. Haha It builds character that’s for sure. But it gets easier every day. Well Tuesday we were almost done with tracting and our mission president. Always says when you think you are done go one more door. So that’s we did go one more door. Now I don’t know if I should be telling you this story because I don’t want to worry you all. BUT don’t worry I am a big Girl. And I handled it really well. So we go to this door and this Old guy with rotten out teeth opens the door. He was weird. So as we started talking he started to argue. And make rude jokes about Jesus Christ and the book of Mormon. Like rude jokes where you just wanted to punch him but. We don’t argue back because no matter what we say they aren’t going to listen. So I bore my testimony BOLDLY and SIMPLY and explained that the only we can know for ourselves is through the Holy Ghost. Well this old man interrupted me and took a step towards me and gave me a little slap on the face. HaHa now at the time I wasn't laughing but I laugh about it now. He was like did you feel that? I was like yes. And my Comp. got mad and was like WO and your point is? Haha he said that, that slap in the face is only temporary like the Holy Ghost. Haha it kind of hurt but mostly it hurt my feelings here I was just baring my testimony and it was like a slap in the Face. But afterwards I bore my Testimony Again and told him that I KNOW that the book of Mormon is true. And I know that Jesus Christ lives. And That THIS CHURCH IS THE RESTORED CHURCH. And we walked off the doorstep. I thought I handled it pretty well. His reasoning to slap me was not very reasonable. Our zone leaders found out and everyone in the stake knows that I got slapped in the Face by an old man. Haha People I don’t even know brought it up. and one of our Investigators was like " You call me next time that happens ill come down that and knock his rotten teeth out" ( in her black ladies voice) Its funny but at the same time It taught me a valuable lesson. It taught me a lot about Jesus Christ and how it must have felt to be beaten and spit upon after he taught and bore his testimony of the Gospel. I just felt an ounce probably way smaller than what he just felt. It just built my testimony even more of my savior. And I will forever be grateful for how much pain he went through for ME. Knowing that he went through all of that gives me hope and courage to know that he knows exactly how I felt that day. I’m actually Grateful for that experience. It not only is another story to tell but just strengthen my testimony even more.
Anyways sorry if that worried anyone. I am not in bad hands!!! The lord is def. protecting me. I have seen it multiple times on my mission so far. :)
My new companions are great. They each bring something great to the table. We had some problems this last week but who doesn’t when you’re with someone for 24-7 haha but we worked it out and were able to grow from it. And now we are greater companionship. It’s never good to fight before you go into a lesson. I got so frustrated. But I confronted both of them and now they don’t bicker as much. I’m so grateful for UGA though. UGA makes you fearless. And that’s the one thing they really like about me joining there companionship they said that I am a boss at Street Contacting. It’s my favorite thing to do. But I definitely have a lot of work to do with Tracting haha. But I am still learning. :)
Wednesday was the best day of my mission so far. We somehow had 6 lessons. It was a tired someday but it felt good to know that we are tired because we are teaching so many lessons. I can’t remember if I told you about how the bishop called us last Sunday and said that a lady came to church and now wants to know how to be baptized. I SCREAMED haha and asked my trainer if that usually happens. She was like No. I have never had anyone who just comes to church and wants to be baptized,
Haha we went to her house. And she is so cute she has two boys at the age of 11 and 13 and she is newly divorced. She said that she knew some members back in Texas but never thought anything of it. Until she came to GA and wondered about the Mormon Church. So she came to church with her boys and was so touched by the spirit and wants to be baptized. We taught her the First lesson and she cried through the whole thing. We asked her to say the closing prayer and she said " Thank you so much for bringing me to know that this church is true" " thank you for letting me know that I need to be baptized" It was crazy. She is getting baptized on April 20th.
Afterwards she just told us that her boys like church too but notice that all the other boys have suit coats and wondered if she had to get them suit coats too. Haha we told her no its fine. We accept anyone no matter what they wear. On Sunday she came to church and her boys showed up in Suit Coats. She said that she was so excited she went out and bought them some. Haha
She is so fun. But I just feel so blessed to know that the lord trusts me with this prepared family. He trust me enough to help prepare her for Baptism it was truly remarkable and I def. said a prayer of thanks that night.
That same day we received a referral from the elders. They said that they went into this home and said they gave the peace and blessing on a home of a lady name D'lan. They said that she started crying when they blessed her home. Because she said she had never felt that way before in her whole life. So they gave us her address and we headed over there. We gave her the first lesson and she was like I feel like I need to be baptized again. How can I be baptized? WOW. We just had two people that want to be baptized in one day. It was crazy.
That same day we visited a home that we tracted the first Day I was there. We gave her a BofM and she wanted to know more. When we got to her house we saw a boy that looked so familiar. I guess the day after we tracted into this women’s home we ran into her son Joshua and gave him a Book of Mormon. We had no Idea that they were related. It’s amazing how the lord prepares these people. It was not a coincidence that we ran into her grandson. We are working with them. And they are really interested in learning more and more.
That was all on Wednesday. Can you believe that? I JUST FOUND OUT from my old Trainer that my old investigator from UGA CLAY is getting baptized on April 14th. WHAT... and I also found out that the couple we ran into on campus during spring break is still investigating but her mom is getting BAPTIZED on April 20th. She was the lady that I gave the whole Restoration too by myself while painting her house. I just feel so blessed. The sad part is that I won’t be able to go to any of their baptisms it’s so sad. But So Happy.
So on Sunday I had to give a talk in sacrament meeting. Uhh I was so scared. But I think I did great. Rebecca our investigator came up to me and thanked me for my testimony. I just feel so blessed right now. I have been given so many opportunities to help people come closer to Christ. I’m so excited :)
I love Georgia I love this area. You can see downtown Atlanta where I am at. You can only see it in the Distance though. But its way different then Athens area. A lot more people for sure. Its kind of Ghetto in some parts and Filthy rich in other parts. But I just love the people with all my heart. The black people are my favorite. Haha I got asked out and proposed to, this week as well. As flattered as I am. I clearly told them I was not available. I guess they love White, Christian Girls. “His exact words were “What are the Chances I ran into a beautiful Christian girl today." What are the chances I could go on a date which you?" You’re so pretty girl I’ll wait for you, tell after your mission." We just laughed but its fun out here. I am starting to fall in love with it. But the only sad thing is I am starting to feel the Humidity. Hush oh no. Here it comes.
I’m so grateful to be a missionary. The ward is great and they are taking care of me. I love this gospel. I am starting to fully understand it every day. I’m so grateful to have the family that I do. I’m just so blessed. I’m so grateful for the scriptures. I know they are the true word of God. If I have to be slapped a million times tell I am in blue in the face, I will never deny the words. NEVER. They mean way too much to me to take lightly. Share the Gospel with whoever you can. Be a missionary. Help the missionaries. :) I love you all so very much. Be good and count your many blessings.
Love Sister Blaylock