Called to Serve

I'm Alicia Garver, and I'm a Mormon. I'm currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission. I love what I'm doing, and I'm excited to be sharing His message and His love with the people in Georgia.

Come for a ride with me as I share my bicycle and walking shoes!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

10/6/14 Goodbye, Summer!

One day it's 75-80 outside, and literally over night, the temperature drops. 

We stepped outside Thursday to find that all the sudden, its cold! It was only 49 degrees! Its gone up a bit, but not much, since then, but at least that means the bugs are going away. Plus, I need not despair, for with the cold, came General Conference, and with General Conference, came permission to break out the boots! Yes! With leggings and boots, I am happy and warm :)

This week has been awesome! Last week was a tough one, but this week we got 5 new investigators, and had some really strong lessons. It's tough to find investigators here. We find the majority through tracting, but even that won't do anything if no one opens their doors! When they do though, Georgians tend to be very willing to talk about Christ and listen to what we have to say, but then very politely tell us they already belong to a church, but bless us for our efforts. But this week we had so many good contacts on the last doors we knocked! We met this woman named Araceli and her four children and had been trying to get in with her all week, but she was always busy with work. But we persisted and decided to drop by we were in the neighborhood. She had just pulled in and let us in to talk to her. We planned on a short visit, maybe 15 minutes. We ended up staying for an hour and a half. We taught the entire first lesson, the entire family sat around and listened (even the extremely active 9 year old) and the kids all asked really good questions. The 11 year old asked how we could know God was talking to us. When we explained about the Holy Ghost, Araceli turned to us and said "I've felt that way before. But no one ever explained it to me like that." They asked us to come back the next day. We taught the kids about faith, using stories from the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and by the end, they all could recite back to us the stories, sing the primary song about faith and kept asking for more! It was soooo cool!

We also were able to teach a Korean woman named Pokson that the missionaries have been working with for ages, but never really progressed. But while we were talking I figured out that she thought that because of all the bad things going on in the world, she really thought that God had abandoned us. We talked to her about it for a while, but she didn't seem convinced. So I told her that the only way she would gain that hope was to pray. So after a bit of prodding, we all got down on our knees and asked her to pray. After about 8 minutes of silence, I heard something. I looked up and Pokson had tears streaming down her face. God had answered her prayer. It was an amazing experience for not only Pokson, but Sister Stout and I as well.

This week was also General Conference and my 20th birthday! I got a box from home and a surprise party from the other Sisters in my district. Plus the lesson with Pokson. Conference was perfect. It went by so fast and every question I had written down was answered. I LOVED IT! I did notice that all the talks were very direct and kinda a throw down to straighten up. But I know I needed it. I now have a list of things I need to work on.

I love you all so much!
Sister Garver

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