(Amanda is on the far left)
On her arrival, with President & Sister Holm
So glad to hear from you. Made is safe and tired. Tuesday we did some knockin' on doors with a temporary trainers, mine was Sis. Lundholm. She is amazing. She does NOT let anyone slam a door in her face, not even the Jehovah Witness. BTW look up the church building in Irmo on gmaps (look next door:) She got the man to give me advice "since it's [my] first day." He said to just keep goin'...he was trying to slowly close the door the entire time we were talking, but I liked him a lot. We were going through the same apt complex and I got to leave a prayer over a woman, Anne's, home and herself because she was sick. It was an incredible experience. She was extremely thankful. We left a Book of Mormon with her and asked her to read the intro--the sisters should be dropping by on Saturday to visit her again to see how she's doing.
Melvina! She is an incredible woman! Apparently, every time her and her twin sister come to a crossroad of looking for a church...Guess? The Mormons show up. Every time they move, they find them again. She didn't tell us this until we were part-way through talking with her. She really wants the best for her son and grandson. She wants to know she's teaching them the right things for them to be with God again. Sweet woman. Very strong mind and spirit. She already had a Book of Mormon from past missionaries (one of those lg print we use to have). She regularly reads it with the KJV Bible to answer questions. Last week though, she and her twin were talking and just were like "if those Mormons show up one more time, we goin' to their church."
She isn't only going to come to church but is scheduled to be baptized later this month and she asked if her son and sister could be baptized at the same time! And she wants to bring her grandson to primary/nursery on Sunday, too! Happy days!
Yesterday was transfers: I LOVE my new companion, Sis. Derrick, from Gilbert, Arizona (same as one of my MTC zone leaders, Elder Root--rhymes with foot--). I'm her first companion who also likes reading, she wants to go into engineering. She is very chill but on task every minute. She trained a Brazilian visa-waiter before me (we had 4 more come out with our group). My companion is good at pushing me but also encourages me to help her stay on task and remember things.
Oh, by the way! I am in Spartanburg, opening up a new area. Brand new area book waiting to be filled up. It's actually a rather large area, we live with two other sisters in their area. We have to drive to our area which will be interesting. The wife of the ward mission leader, Sis. Graves, picked us up from Irmo to take us (up?) here. It was quite the adventure. All the new areas were suppose to have a box to take back with them of supplies, etc., including a phone, keys, Books of Mormon. They had a box for everyone but us :( We drove all over the place; it was fun though. Sis. Graves is a wonderful and very helpful woman. We are going to have a cottage meeting at her home for the missionaries, investigators, and new members. We are so in the south.
Love you all so much! I look forward to receiving your letters!
Thanks for everything! You're in my prayers (along with all the investigators, contacts, referrals, and other missionaries!),
LOVE, Love, love all y'alls!