Monday, August 25, 2014

Dear family o' mine,

What an exciting week! I hope this email finds you all healthy, happy, and safe! Mike, I hope you are not sick from your ice challenge. I expect videos from Stephanie, Trace, Cody, and Jared! haha 

Good news! We don't have bed bugs! Hallelujah! We called President Salisbury by command from the zone leaders and he said to try using bug spray and to give it some time to see if it actually was bed bugs and so we went forth with faith that it wasn't, and even though I still think it was, we are bed bug free now! We continued to spray the bug poison around the apartment and I used bug spray and we now have not had any new bed bug bites! The one day I used bug spray though, I got eaten alive by mosquitoes. Yikes! My legs look like I have leprosy, but that's okay, they are healing!

Oh and before I begin, please keep my companion in your prayers. Her grandpa is very sick and she is very close to him, so she could use a few extra prayers for support. Thank you for your love and support!

Monday: One of the investigators in the ward's mother passed away and so on Monday night we went to her house to see if there was anything we could do to help. She has a wonderful family for support and through it all has not missed a Sunday. She is amazing and will be baptized in 2 weeks! The elders are teaching her and she is simply wonderful! I'm so excited for this step she will take, and I'm also grateful that she knows where to turn to for support. We then went to dinner at the community table, a free dinner put on for the community each Monday night, and did some volunteer work. We had gone in the first place to meet up with Kirby, and after having a great discussion with her, we were able to help clean up. A bunch of students from SVU came to help clean up so we were surrounded by Mormons! That was not normal! I loved it!

Tuesday: We went by to see Mary at the hospital. Her grandmother, who raised her, is quite ill and so she is staying by her side. Mary had brought her scriptures and Personal Progress with her so that she could work on it during the blood transfusions. Dorothy, her grandmother, had to do 3. We then went and contacted a referral for this adorable 98 year old woman. She told us to come back anytime. She is a Seventh-day Adventist. After lunch, we went to see Lilian and had a great lesson with her before heading over to Jared and Jordan. We taught them with the elders who are in the YSA so that they could take over teaching them. We had an emergency call from the bishop during their lesson to help come and move a new family in, so we ran over to help the family. They have 4 daughters and are adorable! The husband just got out of dental school and this is his first job. Very exciting! We then got caught in a major rainstorm and luckily we were only half a mile from home, so we came home to dry off and have dinner. It was a crazy day!

Wednesday: We stopped by the library to work on the program for the concert on Friday before heading to meet another referral. They were a super nice Catholic couple, but not interested in learning more, yet. :) They also said to come back whenever. We then had lunch with Sister Sampson. She made us delicious enchiladas and watermelon for dessert! Mom, you would have loved it! :) She is a sweetheart and we are working to help her eventually get to the temple. We then went to the funeral for Rebecca's mother and let me tell you. I have now been to 2 funerals in the last 2 weeks, one being at the church, and this one being in the funeral home, and there IS a difference! Each person felt uplifted and hopeful when leaving the funeral at the church, while the one conducted by a preacher at a funeral home was quite depressing! The funeral included some Bluegrass music and a sermon and that was it. I'm so grateful for my knowledge of our Heavenly Father's plan. It gives me great hope and peace for the future! After the funeral, we went and saw Stephanie in Glasgow. She was not doing well and found out that she was being evicted in 5 days. She had found a job though and was simply needing a place to live and transportation, that's it! We taught her about our loving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. She didn't quite believe in Jesus Christ, so we focused on that. We then set up a return appointment for the next day. We then headed home for a quick dinner before heading to the church tour. Connie came again, and she ended the night by working on some family history! She loves the spirit she feels while at church! It is a such a peaceful place to be and to spend a few hours each week. I love it!

Thursday: We did our lovely weekly planning before heading to see Linda. She is that cute older lady who loves the Book of Mormon. She ended up not being home, so we went to do some tracting. We met a lot of nice people and many seeds were planted. We then tried Stephanie, but she was still asleep. Sad day! But she has our phone number and we hope that someday when she is ready, we can begin teaching her again! We then went and saw Connie and had a great restoration lesson before heading to dinner at Chick-Fil-A in Lynchburg! Yup, we drove to Lynchburg for exchanges. :) I had the opportunity to stay in Lynchburg this time with Sister Crossley. She is actually one of the missionaries who called me to welcome me to the mission! So cool! She only has one more transfer, so I was grateful to have this chance to serve with her even for a day. Sister Freeland came to Lexington with Sister Wahlin. Thursday night we did some service for a less-active member in the Lynchburg ward. I got to clean the bathroom! ;)

Friday: While on exchanges we did a lot of tracting, contacting potential investigators, and teaching less-active members. We even went tracting on Sleep Hollow Lane! Oooh...Scary! haha Every person we met knew a Mormon or was related to one! It was so cool! We met these 2 young men who seemed very interested in learning more! We then exchanged back Friday night.

Saturday: We went to help out with the Rockbridge County Festival in Lexington. We set up a Family History booth and turned out to be a great success! We were able to meet with many people and there are now about 15 planning on coming to the family history center. Yay! We were also able to work at RARA for a bit and then we met with Mary. She was able to come home from the hospital and Dorothy was doing much better! Apparently, if these blood transfusions didn't work, she would need to get a bone marrow transplant! Crazy! After seeing Mary we went and practice singing with the Elders. We were asked by the bishop to sing in church about a month before. :) Procrastination! We then went and had dinner at the Pink Cadillac on our way out to Glasgow. We were able to see Rob for a bit and set up an appointment for Sunday.

Sunday: I sang in church! Ahh! Elder Wright, Gibson, and Sister Wahlin and I sang the song, "How Will They Know" on page 182 of the Children's Hymnbook. It turned out better than I planned! I was nervous, but Heavenly Father sure helps us out on the mission. ;) Sacrament meeting was absolutely amazing! We had a cute old lady named June Newberry, give a talk. June has an interesting story. Apparently she grew up Jehovah Witness and then converted to the church. She then had an accident which erased her memory and she completely forgot she had joined! One day she was in her house and found a Book of Mormon and slowly her memory began to come back. She realized she was a member, and now years later, she was able to go through the temple! She is so cute! Brother Hughes, one of my favorites, also spoke about his family joining the church. His dad was Agnostic and someone at work gave him a Book of Mormon. While reading he completely gave up drinking and wanted to know which church believed in the Book of Mormon. Finally he found out and immediately he was baptized. His wife soon followed, then her mom, and the entire family. Brother Hughes and his 4 brothers and his son served missions, and all this from 1 Book of Mormon! So cool! I love it! After church we were able to go see Lori and Joe for a brief second before doing some tracting. We met a Southern Baptist Preacher's son and had a great 45 minutes conversation with him answering his questions. He loved it! We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said he would talk to his dad about meeting with us. We even invited his dad! That is so not like me! Fun times! We will see what happens. We then had the best phone call! Rob, who had been baptized in December and had quickly gone inactive, called us and told us that he wants to get his life in order! He wasn't home, but we have a lesson with him tonight with the Bishop! Yay! Rob is awesome and we are excited to help him know that he is not lost, we all mistakes, but the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real! We can all repent and have the blessings of the gospel again! We then went and had a lesson with Steve Markham and his wife, Teresa. Steve is a member, but his wife is not. They are both involved with the Pentecostal church, but secretly we think Steve wants to come back. We are going to begin stopping by! We had dinner with Sister Christy and her 5 daughters before heading to the church for a lesson with Michael! (Yes, I am teaching many people with my sibling's names haha I'm waiting to meet an Orinda. ;)). But, we were able to meet with Michael and handed him off to the elders also to begin teaching. Yes, we are losing many of our investigators to the YSA Elders, but that just means we get to find more! ;) Yay!

Now for the exciting things! Last week, I mentioned how Willie and Karen's trailer burned down, well they are in the process of buying a new on and the ward has gone over every day to help clean up. There is also a supply drive going on in the community and church to get them new furniture and everything they need! We did a special fast for them, and they are going to be okay! The cool thing was that apparently, right after the trailer burned down, Sister Campbell, who is the visiting teaching coordinator, called the Relief Society President saying, "Our home just burned down, so I'm going to need a new copy of the visiting teaching routes. Thank you!" Can you say amazing?! Even when they don't have anything but their truck and clothes on their back, they are thinking of others! At church on Sunday, Sister Campbell came up to us and said that they were wanting us to come by their daughters house so they could give us some biscuits (Willie's famous biscuits). Can you believe it?! Neither can I! Salt of the earth good! 

I've also been wanting to write a few more of the neat things about Lexington:
1. When you walk into stores, they give you warm apple cider.
2. There are carriage rides through town.
3. When it rains...it pours!
4. Willie's Biscuits :)
5. Opal Wallace's cakes :)
6. The Glasgow cop who helped direct traffic at the Rockbridge Community Festival.
7. Oh, and Brother Hughes took a picture of us at the Festival for the Ward's Facebook page. I think it is called "Friends of the Lexington Ward" I'm not quite sure, but maybe check that out! 

I'm going to try to add a few of these things each week. Good times! 

I want each of you to know how much I love you! I want you to know that I have a testimony of this gospel. While at church, the bishop, who had been one of the first ones on the scene of the Campbell's fire, pulled out what he had found at the house. A page from the Book of Mormon had been lying in the debris. He began reading the words, "I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me..." As bishop was reading over these words from the burnt piece of paper, it hit me more than ever that Joseph Smith truly is the Lord's prophet in these Latter-days. He did have the first vision and the fullness of the gospel is on the earth today. We have a living prophet. He leads and guides the church today. He acts under the direction of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church restored today! We have the fullness of the gospel! We have the Book of Mormon! We have an eternal family and temple and the priesthood! We are truly blessed to be living today! I'm so grateful for this knowledge and I'm grateful for the chance to share it daily! I know there is power in the Book of Mormon! Read it! Study it! Ponder and Pray about it! You will receive an answer. 

I invite each of you to pray for someone to invite to church, to an activity, to meet with the missionaries, to read the Book of Mormon! It doesn't need to be big, just a simple invitation. What's the worst that can happen, they say NO? :) Pray for the strength. Heavenly Father wants all of His children to return home. It is our job to help. :) 

Thank you for all the missionary work each of you are doing! Thank you for your examples, that alone is missionary work! Thank you for your continued love and support! Each of you is amazing! Just like I said in the beginning, I'm grateful to call you mine! 

Have the best week ever!

Love,
Sister Herring

Picture 1 - The Campbell's home. :(
Picture 2- The street we tracted :)



Monday, August 18, 2014

Family!

What a crazy week! I hope you are all healthy and happy! If not, just think to yourself about the blessings you have because of the gospel! Holy cow we are so blessed! We have eternal families, a prophet, the Book of Mormon, prayer, church, the temple, modern-day revelation, and so much more! We are truly blessed! 

Monday - We were able to go play volleyball with the zone and I proved to myself once again that I'm not athletic. I can run, cheer, and dance (and that not very well), but you know what? I still can laugh at myself and that is the best part! I'm so grateful for humor in my life. haha We then went and each of our appointments fell through so we decided to do some tracting. We walked and met some amazing people! One lady was a bit rude at first, but then she realized that we were the missionaries helping her church and all of a sudden was all hugs and smiles! I love how service softens hearts! This gospel is true! We also met this man who is agnostic, but was so nice! he invited us in for food and water. I love southern hospitality. 

Tuesday - We did some Mormon.org time, then went to Walmart...You may be reading this and wonder why in the world we would go to Walmart on not a p-day. Well here's the down point (but funny point of the week). Tuesday morning I woke up with 13 bites on my left foot. Not mosquito bites, not spider bites, but bed bugs! Now I want each of you to think back to the phrase, "sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite!" Little did I know, that was an actual thing! We have bed bugs! Ahh! So embarrassing! I promise we are clean people! Our apartment is spotless! Bed bugs have been going through the mission and so we went to Walmart to buy special bed pads that are supposed to kill them all! We also sprayed our apartment with this stuff that is supposed to knock them out. I'm praying all this works, because my foot can't take much more! Awful! But we have been giggling like crazy because we actually ended up getting bed bugs! Who does that?! These girls! I promise they will gone by December. We joke about how our family will not let us in the door with bed bugs! I wouldn't either! Please still love me! :) 

After Walmart we had a lesson with Jared and Jordan where we stressed the Book of Mormon. Brother Bria came with us and he was awesome! We talked about the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. They weren't going to know unless they read! I love the Book of Mormon. We then went and met with Linda for a bit before heading to Connie's house. She is the one that came to the church tour last week and she is now on date to be baptized! She asked us what she had to do to get baptized! Hallelujah! So cool! We then went and stopped by Willie and Karen's house to set up some service.

Wednesday - We went and saw Michelle for a bit, before heading to this old plantation house to do some service. It is called the Paxton House and was the home of one of the generals during the Civil War. It has been completely destroyed over the years with graffiti and other things and so a team of people are working each week to restore it. I'm grateful I get to help! It will be neat to come back in the future to see what it becomes. A gorgeous part of the community! We then went and vacuumed Willie and Karen's house. They fed us dinner and then we were off! I love Willie and Karen! They are sweethearts! We then stopped by to see Connie a bit and then saw Marvin and James before heading to the church tour. It was a great night! Oh and we are prepping for our family history fair this weekend.

Thursday - We had a fantastic zone conference! President Salisbury came and taught the missionaries from 9 to 3:30. A long conference, but very meaningful! I loved it! He teaches a bit different than President Pitt, but both are spiritually packed! We then went tracting for a bit and met this cute lady named Kirby Kale. We hope to see her tonight. We then had dinner with the Scottens (remind me to tell you about this dinner in the future). :) We then went to a Relief Society activity about canning food. Very interesting! We weren't planning on going until Michelle said she wanted to go. She ended up not coming, but it was still enjoyable!

Friday - We did our weekly planning, and then went tracting in Collierstown! We then were able to see Scott and Tanja for a bit and taught them about Patriarchal Blessings. They haven't been able to come to church in over a month because of her health concerns which is sad. I hope she is able to get better soon! They are an amazing couple! We then ended the night with dinner at the Hall's. They are one of my favorite families in the area. They live in this log cabin up in the mountains and are salt of the earth good! You couldn't ask for better people! 

Saturday - We were able to help out with the Primary activity which Michelle DID come to! She loved it! We helped out with the kids fishing activity. Each activity was Bible-themed and so we had a little pool of water with fake fish and they had to catch them. They were fishermen of men! haha I love serving in the Bible belt. We then went and helped a family move. My favorite part was driving up and seeing about 10 cars. You know you're a Mormon when....you have 10 families help you move after the Primary activity! I love being a member of this church!

We were able to see Mary and she is doing wonderful! She is still working on her Personal Progress and has such a strong testimony. We then went tracting in Glasgow and met this girl named Stephanie who needs the gospel right now! We are going to teach her tomorrow and hopefully help her gain hope. We then ran into a less-active member named Skye. She is also in a sticky situation and will benefit greatly from the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is moving though in 2 weeks and is not seeking help which is so sad! I wish I could help her see how the gospel will bless her life! We then ate dinner at Bishop Huntsman's house. Hawaiian Haystacks Mom! It made my day! With root beer floats for dessert. I was home in Virginia! :) We then ended the night by tracting and met this cute Greek lady. She wasn't interested, but was very kind!

Sunday - Most likely my favorite day. We were able to go to church and Mary came with Marsha. I love being able to renew my covenants weekly and to feel the spirit there. The building is gorgeous and I'm grateful to be able to serve here. We then went and tried to see Stephanie, but ended up seeing Linda instead. Here is the sad part. While we were with Linda, she told us that Willie and Karen's trailer, (the one we had vacuumed on Wednesday) had blown up! A gas leak had caused a fire and it was completely gone. Thank goodness they weren't home! They were visiting her mother. It breaks my heart though because Willie is missing a leg and is wheelchair bound and Karen had a stroke a few years back and walks with a cane. They are the nicest people. Willie is not a member, but would give the shirt off his back. He always makes us biscuits which are hearty and delicious! Willie reminds me of a pineapple. Hard and prickly on the outside, but soft and gushy on the inside. I sure love them and we hope to help them out in any way we can. Please keep them in your prayers! We called and the bishop was on his way over to help assess the situation. I hope all works out. We then went and helped out last night at the Pentecostal church. They gave us lime green shirts to wear (with our tags) and we got to work in the kitchen. We ended up being the ones to wash the dishes (we didn't stop working), but my mother has taught me better than to leave dirty dishes in the sink. We got to work cleaning and each member of the congregation came in telling us to take a break. haha We didn't. :) We got it all cleaned and then headed out. Each person was so amazed by our work ethic and that we truly were there to help! I think they were skeptical at first that we were trying to take the credit, but we simply wanted to help! It turned out to be a great event and many hearts were softened. Yippee!

So as you can see an exciting week! Full of Bed bugs, explosions, zone conferences, and teaching the gospel! I love being a missionary! I love this gospel! Oh and I forgot to mention, at zone conference the assistants and zone leaders wouldn't even shake my hand! So rude! haha They love giving us a hard time, but we give it right back. We have great missionaries in this mission. I am so grateful for the friendships that have been made. 

I want you all to know that my testimony of this gospel has never been stronger. It has been stretched, pushed, and tested, but through it all, it has become my most valuable possession. Thinking about Willie and Karen, it made me realize that the most important thing in this life and the only thing that can't be taken away is my testimony and faith. I'm so grateful for the trials and hard times that help me realize that I do know this to be true! I know it more than anything! I know that this is the Lord's church. I know the Book of Momron is the word of God. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. I know my family is eternal. I know life does not end at death. I know we are blessed in ever aspect because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful for all I have. As I close think back to that first question I posed. "What blessings do you have because of the restored gospel?" and I'd like to add, "Who do you know that needs those blessings?" If a name came to your mind. I invite you to make contact with that person, even to tell them that you were thinking about them. Tell them that they are in your prayers. Pray to know what you can do to help them receive the gospel and the blessings you have. The spirit will help you know what you can do. Then act! You will see miracles! 

I love you all! 

Have the best week ever!
Sleep tight! Don't let the bed bugs bite! Literally!

Love,
Sister Herring

Picture 1 - Two bites
Picture 2 - A few more bites. Yikes!



Picture 1 - I was coloring the bites so I could see if I got more the next morning. :(
Picture 2 - Freedom Church! haha
Picture 3 - We had too much fun!




Fun shirt but more importantly the tag!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello my wonderful family!

What an interesting week!

On Monday night we were able to eat dinner with the Clubbs. They live on this mountainside that has the most spectacular view! Wow! I hope to get to eat there in the fall when all the leaves begin turning. (I think I'll get to!) We then drove to the Campbell's home and Brother Campbell who is not a member made us meatloaf and biscuits! His biscuits are a little bit of heaven, and family, you know how I feel about meatloaf. Sister Wahlin got to eat that all by herself! Isn't she lucky?! heehee

Tuesday, we woke up at 3:15, left by 4 and drove up to MLC with Sister Snow and her companion Sister Tobler. Sister Snow updated me on Charleston the entire drive! :) We got to the church in Charleston about8:15 and were ready to be fed by President Salisbury! I have to tell you. When I walked in, the assistants asked me to play the piano. The songs they requested were ones I normally would have struggled with, but Heavenly Father definitely helped me out and I was able to play them! I hope this spiritual gift continues after the mission! It was amazing! President Salisbury is very inspired! He taught us about being a "becoming" mission. He wants us to be obedient not just because he said so, but because it is a part of who we are. He knows that if we are simply obedient because of mission rules that when we get home, we will fall. But, if we do these things because we love God and love this work and "become" a missionary, then after our missions, we can continue to become and continue to improve. I love it! We then were able to drive home and for the last hour of the night, Sister Wahlin and I finished painting the bathroom for our landlord. It looks good!

Wednesday: We went our to lunch with Michelle to Country Cookin' and her son with down-syndrome and autism, had a breakdown. He began running through the kitchen and knocking things off shelves. We told her that she could take him to the car and we would take care of everything else. She was very grateful. We then ate lunch at her house. This setting allowed us to have a fantastic discussion where she opened up about how much she loves the church! She doesn't know why people are so anti! Neither do we?! It was a very spiritually-filled lunch! She hasn't made the connection that it is not just a church. She invited us to help out with the service project that she was over at the Pentecostal church on Saturday and we decided we had to go! We then went and met up with the Zone Leaders to plan our teaching portions for zone meeting. After this we went to dinner at the Bria's. They had invited about 4 non-members over! It was amazing! We got to teach a brief lesson, then the Bria's drove the entire group and a few others to the church tour! It was amazing! I'm so grateful for the members that help us out in this area. The church tour went well and after we were able to see Mary. She is loving personal progress and will probably have it completed within the year!

Thursday: We went to our District Leader Council, did a little more zone planning, then did our weekly planning. By the end of it, I was all planned out! We drove to Glasgow to try and see a few people and ended up simply getting some return appointments planned. We then went to dinner at the Goodsell's. Their house is gorgeous!!! Wow! Sadly, we realized that it is not in our area. That was the first and last time we got to eat with them, but the pork was divine!

Friday: Zone meeting! We got to teach about "becoming" a Preach My Gospel mission. We learned so much from teaching! Truly, this mission is amazing! I'm so grateful for President Salisbury and his inspired vision for this mission. We then had a brief district meeting, before heading to the library for some car training. So many meetings! This week we won't have nearly as many, thank goodness! We then drove to Glasgow again and did some tracting and finding. We met some great people and even one lady who is Pagan! We are going to go back and teach her a bit. :) Interesting! She said she's been persecuted because of where she lives. People are not nice, but she is a sweetheart, so we are excited to share the gospel with her! We also got to follow up with Mary. 

Saturday: We drove to the Pentecostal church and got to work putting backpacks together. We quickly made friends with the church members and as we were leaving this cute old lady said, "I love Mormons!" haha I think we are going to be instruments in converting a Pentecostal church. haha At least that is my dream! We are going back on Sunday night to help them pass the backpacks out to the children in need. What was neat is Michelle called us last night and said that the preacher had announced to the congregation that the service project was a success and that their "LDS" friends had come to help! So cool! I can't wait to go back and to continue making contacts there! Let's just say 300 people now have a better view of the church! Thank goodness for service! We then got to do a little service at the food pantry before coming home for lunch. This is where the miracles continued. We went and saw one of our investigators and then on the way back to town we found 3 new investigators in 15 minutes! We were driving by this creepy house that we normally speed by, but for some reason felt that we should stop. The 2 men on the porch asked us to pray for the father who had been sick. We talked about the Book of Mormon and prophets on the earth and we are going back on Tuesday to teach them more! Awesome! We then went to contact a referral who didn't live in the address we'd been given, but the woman who lived there, loved the Book of Mormon and knows many LDS members! So cool! She invited us back! I love seeing the Lord's hand in this work. He doesn't work in time, but in events! I'm so grateful to be a missionary! We then went to dinner at this (what I thought was a diner) Italian Restaurant. It is the only restaurant in Glasgow but it was pretty good! I honestly didn't expect the food I was going to receive! I was expecting maybe a hotdog or hamburger, but it was Italian food! Yay! We went and visited a less-active woman and then drove to try a few other Part-Member families. 

Sunday: We had our church meetings backward because the temple president of the Washington, D.C. temple was coming to speak and wasn't going to be able to be there until about noon. The entire block was all on temples and so Sister Wahlin and I have decided that even though we can't go to the temple (like Chandon and Kortlynn) we are going to put more pictures of the temple up in our apartment. It was a very spirit-filled meeting. We then stayed to help out with a funeral of one of the members, and after contacting a few referrals, we drove to dinner at Sister Hardy's home. She lives on an old plantation which is gorgeous!!! She is a single mother of two beautiful daughters and is absolutely amazing! The dinner was perfect and the conversation was amazing! They are such great examples to me! Apparently, Sister Hardy had gone through a lot in her life (including being homeless) and she completely turned her life around and is now a very successful woman. She'd been through 2 abusive marriages and is now dating a wonderful man! After dinner we went tracting on ....wait for it.... Possum Hollow! haha I love my mission. 

Today we are going to have a zone p-day where we are going to go play ultimate frisbee or possibly volleyball if it is raining. Fun times! We have a zone conference on Thursday (President Salisbury is coming to speak). We are also looking forward to miracles happening this week! Like always! I'm so grateful for the chances that I get to see how Heavenly Father is truly involved in the details of our lives. The gospel is true! I testify that the Priesthood and the fullness of the gospel is on the earth today! I love sharing it! I know the Book of Mormon is true and that Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's mouthpiece. I know prayers are answered. I invite each of you to find out for yourself the truth! Ask and ye shall receive! I know it! I live it! I love it! :)

I've been meaning to write a few of my favorite things of Lexington (and not so favorite things): I love the lightning bugs, the people, the food, the landscape. Some not so good things: gnats deciding to go under clothing during a porch conversation, 2 jets flying overhead at least once a day (breaking the sound barrier, actually that's kind of amazing), spider crickets in our bathroom, Bob (our favorite person at the food pantry) being gone for 3 weeks! So as you can see, life is pretty fantastic here in Lexington. I hope you all can come visit someday!

Well, I'm off! But I hope you all have the best week ever! Remember you are loved! Rex, Kortlynn, and Chandon! Please be safe and keep up the great work! Love you!

Love,
Sister Herring

P.S. Alan and Benita are going through the temple on the 23rd!!! Yay! I'm so happy! 

Picture 1 - This is the plantation home we ate at last night. So pretty! Sorry we didn't take other pictures this week. I'll repent!


Monday, August 4, 2014

My beautiful, handsome, amazing, spiritual, fun, funny, fabulous, supportive, and everything else good family! Yup that's you! I'm a missionary...I don't lie!
You all sound wonderful from your emails! Thank you for all you do!

This week has been interesting but great!
We were able to get our car looked at on Tuesday and all is well! No fixin' needed. ;) We didn't get home until P-day was over which was a bummer, but then we got to work! We went and visited Mary and again prepared her for her baptism on Saturday. We were able to see her just about every day and I'm grateful for it! She felt completely prepared for her baptism and extremely excited.
Wednesday: Transfer day. We spent about 3 hours getting everything ready for the new set of missionaries. We went through our area book, the ward list, and the maps to help everything be as smooth a transition as possible. We were able to hand everything to them when they drove up Wednesday night. It was time consuming, but I'm grateful we did it. We were also able to see a recent convert and set up an appointment to teach her family! Yay! We then drove to the church for the church tour after trying to see a few more people (sometimes as a missionary, every appointment cancels!). haha gotta love missionary work! But we ended the night at the church tour which was amazing! All the new missionaries came and the spirit was so strong! Our tour guide is one of my favorite people in Lexington. His name is Brother Hughes and he is absolutely hilarious! His family is full of faith and are just wonderful! I'm so grateful to be in this ward. The bishop is wonderful as well! So about the new missionaries. Elder Hollembeak and Wagstaff are now the elders over Lexington central. They are in a walking area (no car) and cover Lexington city limits. Elders Wright and Gibson are over Lexington North. Which means everything north of Lexington is their area. We are now Lexington South which covers the towns of Glasgow, Natural Bridge, and Collierstown. Small towns full of huge potential! We are excited! There is also a set of young single adult elders that live in Buena Vista and they are going to begin teaching all of our YSA-aged investigators. Fun times! We are going to begin rebuilding our teaching pool which is an adventure!
Thursday: We had a district leader council, then weekly planning, then we were able to see Michelle for a bit and she has been doing a lot of research on anti- cites! I was a bit angry. Why would you look up anti- cites to find the truth! Obviously they are not going to be telling the truth! They are a bunch of people who were offended and so they are going to put whatever pops into their heads! She even told us that she was turned off to the church because she heard we didn't like orphans and thought they were less than human. Are you kidding me?! Ya, I was a little bit annoyed, but thankfully the spirit was there to help me know what to say to help her know that the only way to know truth was to ask the source and to read the Book of Mormon. Also, I reminded her that if she has questions, to ask us or lds.org or mormon.org. Wow there are some crazy stories about the church out there. Thank goodness we know the truth! This is the true church! Why else would Satan be fighting so hard against it. We then went to dinner at the Larsens who remind me of the Dodge family. I love them! We then went and saw Mary and we were able to teach a woman named Amanda. She stopped us on the street and broke down about her husband having an affair. She then said that she heard the church has resources to help families like counseling and other things. At that moment I was very grateful for every aspect of the restored gospel. We know the importance of families, we know the importance of eternal marriage, we know that through the gospel of Jesus Christ we can be together forever! I'm so grateful for this gospel! She is going to get a divorce we found out last night, but I know that Heavenly Father will support her in this decision. She was willing to do all she could to save her family, but her husband wasn't. Heavenly Father will bless her for her willingness to do all she could. We are going to begin teaching her this week! I'm excited and I know this gospel will bless her life!
Friday: We had a district meeting (which was about exact obedience and wonderful), we met with the bishop to set up goals, and then we drove to Glasgow! Once again each appointment fell through, but we were able to meet some prepared people along the way and Mary's lesson was phenomenal! As you can see this week has been full of meetings, but something we must realize is that the Lord doesn't work in time. He works in events! We need to do all we can and He will make up the difference!
Saturday: We went and did some service at RARA, then we drove to the church to set up for Mary's baptism. Everything went perfectly! The spirit was very strong and the talks given were perfect for her and her family. There were 4 generations there and each one felt the spirit. After Mary was baptized, she even hugged the bishop! Each person was touched. She was so happy. The entire time she was afraid that she would freak out in the water because she doesn't like water going over her head, but she didn't! When we helped her out of the water, she said, "That wasn't as bad as I thought! You were right! I'm so happy!" She is such a special woman. We then went an dtried to see a few other people. We were able to teach Lilian and Barbara, before heading to Mary's to follow up on how she felt. She is so happy!
Sunday: Mary was confirmed! She sat right in front so she wouldn't have to walk far. I love her! The testimony meeting was amazing and each hour of church was exactly what each person needed. It was a wonderful day! We then went and did some tracting around the Hendersons before heading to dinner at the Reynolds. Brother Reynolds is our ward mission leader and is a great help to the work. We then stopped by Amanda's and said a prayer with her before heading home. Oh and we are going to have Mary work with one of the young women on her medallion! So exciting!
Well, I'm off! But tomorrow we get to go to MLC in Charleston. This is one of my favorite activities in the mission! We get to learn from president! yay! I hope you all have the most wonderful week! Remember you are loved! This is the true church on the earth today! We get to have all the blessings of the restored gospel! What a wonderful blessing! Go to the temple for me this week! :)

Love,
Sister Herring

P.S. Happy Anniversary Matt and Tammy!
Mary at her baptism! Sorry it's a bit blurry.
My cute companion decorated our bathroom mirror!
I'll get more pictures from Sister Wahlin's camera.



It made our day!
I think I'm the one with the big hair haha



We came home one night to this on the sidewalk outside our house! (That is our landlord's cat, Callie, she is our welcoming committee).
It sure made our day!