Monday, December 16, 2013

The Throw Down


It's the most wonderful time of the year to share the Gospel! Especially an old lady in our branch, Sister Speith. She's this way older lady who invited us over to her house for lunch with her and her non-member care-taker. She's a way nice lady! We ate some delicious veggie soup and eased our way into a gospel conversation. We asked her care-taker where she went to church and if religion played a big role in her life, etc. We tried talking about the Book of Mormon THEN came Sister Speith! She was quite zealous! Her care-taker would say she didn't want to read the Book of Mormon and Sister Speith was right there hitting the table saying, "Then you will never know the truth!" And her poor care-taker is taking four on one and we as missionaries don't know how to make the situation better as Sister Speith keeps going on and it all turns into a light argument between the two of them. It became quite the throw down! Eventually they had to agree to seemed again since I'm assuming they have this conversation a lot. Props to Sister Speith for doing her best to be a member missionary!
I hope ya'll enjoy the holidays and remember the blessings we have from knowing about our Savior. And more specifically the knowledge we have of His Atonement and how we, as members blessed with the priesthood authority of God, can fully manifest His Atonement in our lives and families.
Sister Hodges

Uncle Bob sent me antlers!

Ninja Turtle cut out christmas display!!


AFRICA! Lion King!! 

This old couple that feeds us and isn't interested in the Gospel gave us all matching pocket knives. They're titled "the vulture II" 

And there's Uncle Bob's giant garbage can in the background. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 2 & 9

Dynamic Trio!
December 2, 2013

Things have changed here in Olney. In other words we have a +1 Sister! We're now the dynamic trio! Sister Airmet and I now have Sister Ellsworth here with us. And she is wonderful! We got the call last Saturday and picked her up on Tuesday. It's been an adventure ever since of course. We squeezed all three beds in our little room and my desk is now a round table awkwardly next the Sister Airmet and Ellsworth rectangular study table.

We had a great Thanksgiving together! We had dinner at Rene's with her and her family and her 4 dogs. It was super delicious and we got to end the night watching a classic church movie, Legacy. The rest of this week we spent figuring out how to work with a trio and it's been new for all of us, but we're learning a lot from each other and I feel the Lord has placed each of us here for a specific reason. We've already seen lots of miracles after just one week together. 
Something that I've come to understand more these past couple transfers is how vital trials are in our lives. It truly is the purpose of our life here and an opportunity to become more fully who our Heavenly Father wants us to become. And it helps us turn more fully to Him and rely on Him. It is a vehicle for our growth. Missionary work is not easy and life isn't easy, but as I look back on trials and overcoming those trials, it is what allows us to change. How we react to our trials effects the type of change we have. 

Hope ya'll had a great Thanksgiving!

Sister Hodges

Sister Ellsworth, Sister Airmet and Sister Hodges

Surprise picture!

Snow Storm!
December 9, 2013

It was quite the week! After two days of nice warm weather in the 60's almost 70's, we got hit with snow! A lot of it! It started off as sleet for half of the first day and turned into snow for the next 24 hours. We had to dig out our car out of a good foot of snow. Because of the weather we ended up having to postpone Rene's baptism to Sunday morning before church since no one had plowed the church parking lot. We discovered this Friday night when my companions and I tried to go to the church the night before to practice musical things for the baptism and ended up hiking through a foot of snow to get there.
But Sunday came and Rene's baptism was wonderful! It all went really well. It was a blessing to be there and take part in it.

Stay warm!
Sister Hodges

Hump Day Poster made by Janna's companion.

Hump Day shirt from Janna's Dad.

                                                      Adventure to the church! 


Rene's baptism Day!

Scary car ride!

Snow Day!!

Snow Fun!