i know another week has gone by! where did it go?! its crazy that this week is month 4! when i think of it like that, all is well, but when i think ahead, i get sad and its hard to work.. but im slowly working on that. Satan works his ways.
cade did what..? that is awesome. I cant believe his farewell is next week?!!!! where did the summer go? and that is amazing that Bishop is going to let her sing again. she sang "I stand all amazed" at mine, right? we sang that yesterday in sacrament and it took me back to my farewell.. it was so beautiful.. and now "i know that my redeemer lives" at cades?! wow! that is awesome..
of course i am making the Cottle's work for their money! in their email today, he quoted Elder Featherstone from 1984. The quote is from Elder Vaughan J. Featherstone, given on April 30, 1984. It reads:
"This is the vision I have for the South. I believe that one day the South will baptize more people into the church than all other English speaking missions in the world together. There are great hosts of marvelous Baptist, members of the Church of Christ, Methodists, and Catholics who are honorable people, and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and love him. As they see their church veering to the right or to the left of those basic teachings, they will begin to search for the truth: and as pivotal teachers come into the church and have influence we will see the time when we will baptize hundreds and thousands, tens of thousands. In your day you will see a million members of the church in the South. There will be Temples plural in the Southern States. What a great call you have to serve these marvelous people. The missionaries love the South. We are making great strides and expect to continue."
Its humbling to be a part of that great work prophesied 30 years ago!
this week was a good one! though not much really happened. i feel uplifted. we had zone conference on Tuesday with President Cottle up in Savannah. The main focus was on the Book of Mormon and how it can be used to answer any question any time. and how practically any scripture will have some doctrine of the gospel in it! one of our AP's quoted someone and said, "The bible is the battleground of all Christianity. but the book of mormon is the field of conversion." it was really powerful. especially after that quote from Featherstone!
President Cottle also gave everyone a new Book of Mormon with a sticker in it of our name and the mission. he challenged us to read it in 90 days and take one color and mark one principle or doctrine of the church and mark it every time it comes up. i chose obedience. its crazy how often it shows up!
it was the Blau's last week with us. The Military Relations couple that served here for only 2 and a half months. our new couple gets here in a couple weeks. so pretty much we have a full sized house to our selves.. and 2 fridges full of food. the last night the blaus were here, we went over to a samoans family and had dinner.. oh do they know how to cook. and they gave us boxes of extra food.. haha. the coconut rolls they make are heavenly.. pannipopo. so good. but the Blau's helped me out so much in just the short time they were here.
the day after we went and mowed this lady's yard. it was a good service project. for some reason we started at like 1030.. right in the middle of the day of heat. but oh well. keeps me in shape haha. this family has a huge red nosed pitbull that i WILL become friends with it. even if he doesnt want to. sometime i will get a picture with it. but this family is wonderful. the mom is a former from 2008. she was in the army and got deployed and then lost conntact with the missionaries. they are so open with us. they fed us breakfast after we mowed their lawn and they started to just talk to us and ask questions and are really interested in what we do! they are a solid potential family of like 5.. they have had a hard life., so the gospel is perfect for them! we visited our friend cedric saturday night. he is a hoot. we talked for another hour and a half about his fishing and everything on his boat. and then he talked about how he was in Somalia when the black hawk helicopter went down.. how crazy is that.?
anyways, the work is good and i am good! i will attach a few pictures. me and elder paxson are going golfing today!! yay! haha. a member has let us borrow some clubs! i broke out my "Tiger Red" shirt. its gunna be a party.
anyways, i hope you all have a blessed week! i love you all so much.
love, elder bodily
oh ps. the picture of the single peach-o, yeah i went straight for those from the package and i had them all down within a couple hours hahah on the first day!