Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
Liahona in Atlantic Beach
M&M Sisters    Murray and McCook

Elder Searle cutting his hair with the flo-be. It attaches to the end
of your vacuum!

Monday I got my new companion: Sister McCook!  It's been fun getting to know her this past week. She is very sweet and quite proper. We've had a lot of fun and we've been working hard. She is so excited to be a Sister Training Leader and she has so many wonderful ideas for the zone!!!
Monday night Veronica took us to dinner.  Veronica was baptized last year and she is doing so great! 
Tuesday we had district meeting in Dunn Ave.
Wednesday we had MLC. It was as amazing as ever!  On Sunday we had a special Leadership fast to be able to set goals for the upcoming year. We set standards of excellence for what should be achieved in the key indicators.  We are doing it different this year where each quarter we will look at what we are achieving and adjust the goals accordingly.  Our mission baptismal total for 2014 was 438.  Sister Kloepfer and I had talked with Elder Payne and Elder Searle on Sunday and we felt 600 was a good goal for 2015.  In MLC missionaries made suggestions and we voted between 550, 600, 650.  Votes were all over so President told us each to say a personal prayer before voting again.  After a couple minutes we voted again and every hand went up on 600.  So our goal for 2015 is 600!!! It was a great way to spend the last day of 2014.
That night we were able to teach Miracle and her family.  Her mother told us to make sure we got in because everyone here can shoot guns towards the ground at midnight.  Apparently "They supposed to go bam, bam, bam, but they be goin' bam, bam, bam, bam!!!"  We've been laughing about that all week.  But don't worry we slept through all the festivities!!!

Thursday we were able to do some service for Veronica.  I sewed some of her clothes that had holes in them and we talked about scripture study.  It was pretty fun :)  We had dinner with the Webers that night.  I love seeing how much they have grown in the past year!!!
Friday we went through weekly planning with a lunch break for lunch at the Penningtons with the Elders.  We had fried turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, and apple dumplings.  yum!   Then we started our trade off with the Atlantic Beach Sisters.  I went to their area with Sister Blatter (pronounced Blotter) and Sister Spendlove came to Arlington.  We had a good time! 
Saturday we finished up the trade off and Sister McCook and I were able to find a family!  They were former investigators and we are going to see if they will progress now.  The mother's name is Tanya and she has three children. 
Sunday so many people turned out for church!  It must have been the 11:00 time change.  It was wonderful!!!  That evening we had dinner with the Weber's again!  Love them!!!  We taught Jake Rutland and his mom, Sister Chun, about missionary work. We really want to work with members a ton!  Then we had a lesson with Thelma, recent convert.  It was a great night.
It was a great week and it is going to be an amazing year!!!
Happy 2015!!!
Sister Murray