Georgia Macon Mission

Georgia Macon Mission

Monday, May 15, 2017

New Area and Mothers

Hey! What's up y'all!

First of all, happy belated Mother's Day to everyone!  I have 3 favorite holidays.....
1.  Christmas
2.  Halloween
3. Mother's Day or my Mother's Birthday
Why, do you ask?   I don't think there's enough time in the day or even a week to talk about all the wonderful things mothers do.
Not to boast, but I'm pretty sure I have the best mother in the entire world.  I know the many sacrifices she has made and continues to make.  She is a blessing from God.  My mom will always be my best friend.

So, some news to tell you....I transferred over the field to a small town of 4,000 called Baxley.  Long story short, my previous companion, Elder Hill had an oopsie on his bike and broke his wrist....lesson learned from that would be beware of mailboxes. Haha. So like the caring human being that I am, I told him to "rub some dirt on it and you'll be fine".

Baxley is pretty cool so far.  We are still planning to run in the Alma Blueberry Festival, which will be dope. 
 We were able to witness some baptisms, which was awesome.  It is very humbling to see younger aged kids being baptized.  I had the opportunity to confirm one of them, which was amazing.

Unfortunately, no kids pooing in the yard this week, but I did get to ride in an ambulance when Elder Hill broke his wrist.   It could have been even more fun, but he kept saying " ouch it hurts".   I just told him to "be quiet dude and enjoy the ride". Haha

As you can tell, I haven't lost my humorous side, and I never will.   Life is too short to be too serious....may as well just laugh it off.

As I mentioned before, I love the hymns....even though my voice sounds awful.
  Hymn 85  How Firm a Foundation.....focusing on my favorite stanzas 2 and 3.

2.  In ev'ry condition - in sickness, in health
In poverty's vale or abounding wealth
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea
As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be

3.  Fear not, I am with thee, and cause thee to stand
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

"For I am thy God and will still give thee aid"

Whether you are a full time missionary or not, as long as you have an eye single to the glory of God, He will cause thee to stand.  Any trials we experience, no matter how bad, it's through our faith that we can understand and be thankful for the blessings that will come from them.   Just something to think about.

So, I am really loving this tag that I wear..... even though I lose them a lot.

 Every morning when I put my name tag on, it gives me a drive to become better and better everyday.

I hope everyone reading this has a great week.  Go out and do something fun!  And remember to ALWAYS be thankful for your mother....unless you don't have one.....then be thankful for Zebra

Elder McGee

Here's a few pictures too!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Where there's a Hill, there's a mailbox

Hello everyone!

It's been quite an eventful week.  It was mostly good, except Elder Hill hit a mailbox while on his bike 🚴🏻 and broke his wrist in two places.    Got to ride in an ambulance, which was weird and cool at the same time.   Elder Hill has to have surgery on Thursday so definitely pray for him and the doctor. The doctors name is Dr. Anil Menedal.   We are with the Baxley Elders for now and that's been cool.  We keep making jokes to keep Elder Hill laughing, otherwise he's a sad sack of potatoes.....which makes sense...I mean I wouldn't want to have surgery.  Our favorite joke is "Where there's a Hill, there's a mailbox". Haha   Anyway, I believe where's there's laughter, there is love.  ❤️

My testimony of pray has definitely been strengthened throughout this week and we have had so much support from the branch members.   We are very grateful.

Sorry this is so short!   We didn't have much time for writing this week!
Have a great week and remember Elder Hill in your prayers.

Elder McGee

Monday, May 1, 2017

Meaningful Prayer and Unusual Bathroom Habits

Hi Ya'll!!

 I'm just starting Week 5 here in Alma, Georgia!!

 The last couple of weeks have been pretty chill, meaning everything here moves at a slower pace....definitely a more relaxed way of life. lol
 It's exciting though, as we have had great progression with our investigators. It's awesome to see the desire they have to know of the truth. One thing I have been thinking about our investigators is the goal of getting them to come to church. It's obviously one of the most important steps toward baptism. But, missionary work cannot be successful without the help of the members. Whether you're in a branch of 25 or a ward of 200+, you should always have the desire to befriend new converts and investigators, because they should always feel welcomed and loved.

 I have already given a talk in our branch. Surprised?.... yeah neither was I. haha I gave my talk on "The Importance of Meaningful Prayer and How it Strengthens our Faith" Don't worry, I'm not going to share the whole talk, but here are a few important points to think about.......

 1. Are your prayers meaningful?
 2. Do your prayers line up with Heavenly Father's will?
 3. Do you pray with the desire that the Holy Ghost might direct you in your prayers?

 Of course, there are many things we can focus on about prayer, but we should also never forget those primary answers.  As President Gordon B Hinckley once said, "We often pray like we are ordering groceries or pizza. We say what we want and then hang up the phone." I don't remember what talk that was from, but I thought it was funny and it stuck with me. Up until a few years ago, I had never been a firm believer in prayer..... I always thought that if I were to actually pray sincerely that it meant I was weak. If I needed to get through a trial, I would just push on and endure. I decided I needed to get  my patriarchal blessing. It states very boldly that I should always pray with a sincere heart.  That helped me think differently about prayer.

Anyway, I'm loving Alma. It's definitely nothing like....well anywhere, that I have ever been.  It's very calm and relaxed here ....well except for the occasional drug trafficking..  haha

Here's a memorable story for you.........
As we were outside teaching a lady about the restoration, her child was pooping like 4 feet away from us in the full on pants yeah that was weird. 

Anyway, I hope ya'll  have a great week!
Next time, I will talk about blueberries!!

Here are a few pictures....unfortunately I was unable and unwilling to get a picture of the kid pooping in the yard.  haha
Have a blessed week!
Elder McGee