Georgia Macon Mission

Georgia Macon Mission

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day and Frog Legs

Hey guys!  What's up?

First of all, Happy Belated Papa's Day!  Sunday was truly a special day!  I hope everyone had a great day and had the opportunity to thank their fathers or a father figure for all they do for them.
I know I had that opportunity and I did not pass it up.

Not to boast, but I'm very grateful that I have the best dad in the world!  I'm sure I could spend several hours and tell you why, but that might get boring for some people.  Haha  I just know that if I can develop the qualities that my dad has....patience, kindness, forgiveness, humility, courage, etc. then when I have a family some day, I will be better for it.   So....Happy Papa's Day to all!

My mission has been amazing so far!  One thing I have noticed is how fast time flies by.  We are nearing the end of a transfer and I'm shocked by how fast it has gone by.  So you know what that means....I've already given a talk within 3 weeks of being in Baxley. Haha  I wasn't surprised though.

So I gave my talk on missionary moments taught from the scriptures.  I focused it around the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the story of Alma and Amulek.   I won't share it all, but I will give you something to think about.  First of all, what is the definition of a disciple?  If you don't know, I encourage you to look it up in the Bible Dictionary.  I also encourage you to think about the story of Alma and Amulek and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ changed their lives.  I think we all can relate to Alma or Amulek at some point in our lives and the mighty change of heart as they followed the Savior.

My new favorite hymn is "I Need Thee Every Hour" (Hymn 98)  I won't explain why I like that one right now, but it's probably pretty obvious.   Here are the words....

So nothing crazy has happened here in Baxley.   I've eaten some frog legs and gator tail, but that's normal stuff here in Baxley.  It just tastes like chicken.   I think the southern motto down here should be "If it has eyes, and it tastes like it!"  Here's a little video of me enjoying frog legs for the first time. 

I am really enjoying Baxley.    I'm still getting used to how small this town is though.   I'm pretty sure I know all the cars around town and who they belong to.  Haha

We have some great investigators right now.   They are usually the ones who invite us over for dinner which we are VERY grateful for.   It also makes for a great time to talk about the gospel and how it can bless their lives.

We had a great Zone Conference in Tifton.   We learned so much and enjoyed the fellowship of all the missionaries in our zone.  It was also great to get to know some of the members in Tifton.

Have a great week everyone!  Stay safe and have some fun!  Ain't nobody got time for serious people!
 Here are a few more pictures from my awesome mission!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Last 2 Weeks

Hey Ya'll!

   Our investigators, Matthew and Jessica invited us to their house for a cookout!  The sister missionaries in our district were also invited.   We had great food and friendship.  Later we went to a park and played games and relaxed a little bit.

  We are hoping to gain the trust and respect from the members because it is so important for missionaries to have support from them.    It makes it easier for the investigators too.  If they feel loved and welcomed by the members, they will want to come to church.    I always believed I KNOW it.  haha

We are teaching a lot of people, but only a few solid investigators.  One of our investigators is pretty young...19 or 20.  Her name is Alaysha.  She used to go to seminary with an LDS friend, so I'm like "why aren't you baptized?"  Haha    Hopefully we'll have a baptism date soon!

So our mission president gave us permission to go back to Alma for the Blueberry Festival!  It was so much fun!  We set up a booth with information about the gospel and also taught  people how to tie a tie!  I, of course enjoyed the festival food too!  

I love our district!  We have all become close friends already.  Today for P-day we are going to a small town called McRae.  I'm sure it will be a good day.

 I read this  great quote by Pres. Uchtdorf this week.

The Lord knows you.  He knows your heart and is pleased with your sacrifice.  He smiles upon you each day.  He will uphold you and prepare the way for you.  He will send His angels before you.  You will feel their presence.  And with the help of heaven, your talents will be multiplied.  
I promise you that as you lift those around you, the Lord God, the Creator of the universe, will lift you up.  If you will only believe and incline your heart to our Beloved Father, He will place within you a peace that surpasses understanding.  He will give you joy.  May each of you always remember this.  

Such great encouragement for everyone.  He will prepare the way for us to do what He asks us to do. 

Have a great week everyone!  
Elder McGee