Monday, June 6, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Well, I am officially a redneck! On Friday, we spent the whole day with Brother R which means only one thing...it's going to get crazy! Well, we were out the door at 5:45 am, we went and watched the dogs chase the hogs in R's pen. He has like 800 and something acres, we could hear, but not see, brother R did throw the hog in the cage on his 4 wheeler, so we got to see it. We just let it go in the pen again though. then, we drove down the rode a few miles to a friend of R's , Mr. T and used his pond. He has a huge pond with dock that goes like a 100 yard with a covered deck and dock on the end! It was awesome. I only used a cane pole the whole time and guess who caught the most fish! That's right me!!! I caught 14 fish! Mostly Brim with a few Bass! I LOVED IT!!!! It never got old even when I sat there for two hours with no bites! I had never been fishing before, but I will never forget the feeling of seeing the bobber go down yanking the pull and finding a fish on my hook! I was so much fun! I just had a blast. We had brother R's wife, V, his son, B(19), and daughter, A(23), all came fishing with us too. We had a crew and brother R's family is so much fun! They are a lot like my family so I love being with them. We caught 60 something fish between all of us! We went back to R's camp house and cleaned the fish1 I learned how to descale a fish! Not really a fan of that part, but was glad I didn't have to gut them. then, we had a huge fish fry! We have fried fish and hush puppies(a fried corn bread type thing) and potato salad! it was an great day! I love every minute of it! I have a great redneck tan line on my neck now, so I am officially a redneck! ONLY in BAMA!!!
Monday, March 21, 2011
We decided to make a little something something for Sister T when she got here! We spray painted a sign for her of her favorite phase! "Dats wats Up!" she loved it! Huge success! I think my favorite moment was President Jensen smile on his face when he rolled up to transfer spots! He just laughed and stopped in front of it rolled down his window and took a picture of us! I was even funnier to hear him try and say "that's what’s up" the way it was written! Definitely awesome!
Our branch is really focused on bring back what we already have. We are finding that it is really strengthening the branch to have members walk in the chapel that haven't been in for awhile! It’s pretty awesome to see the branch embrace them! We are having some miracles happen in the rescuing department, but are struggling to find. Our attendance in sacrament meeting have gone from the low 50s to around 63 in the last several months, so people are coming back. It’s really cool.
It's exactly what it sounds like you play with Bees! We have big huge bees here called carpenter bees that are like the size of my thumb. They don't bit or sting you, but are intimidating! Well, they are a big pest because they eat wood and dig holes in it, which can ruin a lot of stuff. We were at a member's house and he has a saw mill like everyone else around here, so he has a lot of wood and a lot of bees. He asked us if we wanted to go bee ballin and we didn't know what he was talking about, so we naturally said yes! We go outside. He has this stick with chicken fencing on it (it looked like a fly swatter on steroids). He starts whacking bees out of the air and stomping them! We try it and before we know it we all found sticks and were whacking bees out the air and stomping them! It was so funny to watch us running around whacking bees! We would hit them to the ground and it would knock them out, so we would stomp them before they came to! We loved it! So so so funny! We all probably killed a total of like 50 bees! That's bee ballin! It was really just another Bama moment!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
We drove to
We had a really great week with service. We realize a lot of people in the community don't know us or about the church. We volunteer at the "To Kill a Mocking Bird" museum every week.
The author, Harper Lee, is from
We are getting a 3rd Sister, I am excited to be getting sister T, Tuaone! We pick her up in Wednesday, so another trip to
Turtle hunting! A family we were visiting have a big pond in there yard. We could see something popping its head up in the pond. They had a fishing pole on the porch, so we were like let’s go fish. We grabbed our rubber boots out of our car (yes we keep them in the car! you never know when you need them!). The 20 year old daughter E grabs her 22 because they have a water moccasin problem, so she could shoot them. Hernandez has a rod and I have a net (I was planning on catching a snapping turtle!). We get down there and the water is super murky from the storm we had on Wednesday. I couldn't see any turtle close or small enough to catch. Hernandez caught a fish but it fell off the hook right before she got it up the bank. The best part of it was E was sitting there with her 22 just pick off turtles out in the pond! She shot easily 25 turtle in the hour we were out there! You could hear when the bullets hit the shell! It was really pretty fun! The only bummer was they sink when you shoot them and float up a few days later. It was fun! They have a huge turtle problem in there pond that is causing problems for there fish so they needed to get rid of some of the turtles! I loved it! Adventures in BAMA!!!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Well, I really enjoyed the conference this week. We had Elder Packer of the Seventy. He was just a really sweet man. It was cool because he only had a few things that he felt he need to talk about. He mostly he just did Q and A! We just asked about whatever we wanted. It was a really relaxed and friendly environment. We set some goals as a mission. It really was motivating, we will do our best. It made me really have a greater desire to rise to the challenge. I feel really good about them and want so badly to meet the challenge. I was left with a greater desire to do better. I can do it.
Also, I am really excited because we got a ward mission leader after over a month of waiting. His name is Brother A. He's a really cool and funny old guy. He served a mission like 10 years ago with his wife in
I am looking forward to this week we are going to be trained on mormon.org so that will be good, but it means another long day in
Friday, February 4, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
It has been a weird week. We have still been sick all week and can't seem to get better. I am so over being sick and miserable. I am doing a lot better though. I still have a cough that I can't kick, and my throat is still sore. I am much better though. We did get meds from the doctor, but they made me worse then I got better. Still feel the same as when I went to the doctor so that really didn't help. We had zone conference this week, which means we drive down to
We had some good things happen this week. We have been working a lot with, sister J. She recently got married back in November. Her husband is not a member and has been coming to church with her every other week when he doesn't have work. He really enjoys it and seems really interested. Sister J has been doing really well with coming back to church. She has been in church the last 3 weeks. Also, I think having her husband come to church with her has really helped as well, because going to church alone can be a struggle for a lot of people. We are hoping to catch up with them this week to have a lesson. He’s kind of hard to catch because he works a lot. Also, we are trying to get a gospel principal’s class set up. Since our branch is so small we only have one Sunday school class for the adults it is hard to follow for nonmembers or less actives that need to go back to the basics. Also, we have been waiting all month to speak in sacrament meeting and finally got to speak on Sunday. We have been feeling like we need to talk about forgiving each other, and loving each other. Sister Hernandez and I were both kind of nervous about it. I focused my talk on forgiveness. I have never been so nervous to give a talk until that one. It went well. Sister Hernandez focused on repentance. The two combine went well together. Also, the branch presidency spoke to on forgiveness for their 5th Sunday topic. It was really good. I think the branch members felt it.
Deer hunting season ends today...so more people will be freed up and we have about a month or month and a half before turkey season. All that means is people are WAY more available then they have been so that will be really good. Kind of funny that I know that info, but you got to in this part of the country.
Hope ya'll are well!
I LOVE YOU!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
It’s been a bit of a struggle this week. Sister Hernandez and I both got sick this week. We had some serious colds and were down. We were down for a few days and were stressed all week about our talks on Sunday. We are doing good though and they ended up not having to talk on Sunday...bummer. They had bumped us because they had a high counselor come. We were really disappointed we were going to talk about forgiving and going outside yourself to rescuing those who have fallen away. We had stressed about it all week. It was a bummer, but we should be talking next week. We had some really good visits this week. We headed out to a less active's and did service for her. We chopped wood and did a whole mess of stuff and even had the elders help us. It was really a lot of work, but we did a lot of work. It was really good. She lives in the boonies, so she doesn't get a lot of company. She loved having all of us there. It was a really good project. She came to church on Sunday with her nonmember husband. Her husband and her just got married in November. They are sweet. He has read the book of Mormon so we are hoping to get in with them. I think we are going to have a lot of opportunity to work with them. He also said that he really enjoyed church. We also had an inactive member come to church on Sunday who hasn't been in years and years. Things are starting to pick up for us and its going really well!
It has been really cold this week, but is finally warming up. Thanks goodness!!! I really do love it here, I love love love serving here, The people are so much fun. It’s awesome because you can be real with them. We just have a great time with them.