Saturday, September 5, 2015

Two Month Mark

So I've hit my two month mark, and I can honestly say I think I feel
like Georgia's my home now. I could probably get you to three
different places now without using the gps! Which is a huge
accomplishment! Haha

Its so crazy how just having a new companion changes your mission
though, we do things differently now. We're really just trying to get
to know everyone! We visit as many people as we can and introduce
ourselves and try to share a message. Most of them are less actives,
so we can focus on getting to know active members at church, and when
they feed us!

We have met some pretty awesome families, one of my favorites are the
greers! Sister Gerard and I have tried to stop by their house in the
past sooooo many times, and finally sister Russell and I were able to
catch him at a rare time that he was home. He travels all over! But I
would have to say, he's obnoxiously hilarious. The picture I'll send
of the guy with " I pee in pools" is him! Hes super cool, and has a
testimony. He I guess just has a few issues with the church that of
course can be fixed with the spirit, and persistence as we continue to
visit him!

But I felt a bit overwhelmed at first to train someone on the area
when I've only been here for six weeks, and she's pretty shy and still
trying to get to know people, so I really feel like the trainer. It's
been such a blessing though, I can see how much I've grown these last
two weeks! It's been amazing, and sister Russell and I have really
gotten so much closer! I think the hard part was she's been going
through some rough trials since the death of her trainer, sister
Barnard. She was the girl who got in the car accident here a little
before I came out here. I can't imagine how hard that is and sister
Russell has really dealt with it pretty well. She's such a careful
drive too! Which I am super grateful for, because Georgia drivers are
crazy! And we have so much fun biking together, we've had to bike a
little more because we've gone over our miles, but we've been having
such success on bikes! And we usually find a park to spend our lunch
at, and we swing for most of that hour.. Haha and get massive

But Valerie is doing so good!!! She sadly is going through some
surgeries this last week and next on her esophagus, I guess she has
blockage in it. So they have to go through with a tube and scope it
out, so she has t been able to attend church yet, so her baptism will
be pushed back. But we've been able to visit her almost every day to
just check up, and do service and teach her more. We love Valerie!!
Please keep her in your prayers. And Norma! We were able to visit her
on Friday,and we brought her some rice casserole and then read from
the Book of Mormon with her, it was so spiritual!!! We read from
Mosiah 24 which has become one of my favorite stories from the Book of
Mormon, each time I read from it, or share it, the spirit is so
strong. I truly know that the lord strengthens us through each of our
trials. Which is so awesome, if he did take our trials away we would
never grow or become better, he truly just gives us power to handle

It was so cool, because in my personal studies I decided to be a bit
selfish and I read from my patriarchal blessing. I decided to read
each of my promises, and then write what I needed to do to make sure I
received those promises, but really wanted to make it applicable for
my mission. And one line really stood out to me, "as you do those
things that you have been taught and done in your youth, you will
continue to have the spirit in your life, and it will enable you to be
a great blessing to those around you, and bring joy and satisfaction
to you, helping you to know you where you are supposed to be." And I
thought about how I was as a little Nina, and I seriously did apply
the saying, "there's those you love, and those you don't know. " I
never cares about what others looked like, or what I looked like
myself. I never worried about just going up to somebody and being
their friend. Now it seems a lot harder! It's awkward, and
uncomfortable to just talk to anyone and everyone and not worry about
what they think of you. But I have seen just how much Heavenly Father
is willing to share the love he has for each of his children as we
just forget about hose silly worries! As I have forgotten about my
silly fears, and truly just loved each person I talk with... I have
been so much happier, it makes the mission SO WORTH every bug bite
I've ever gotten, or every hill we've ever biked, or every mean
sentence that has been spoken to us. To feel the love that our father
in heaven has for each one of us, is so powerful and it's felt so much
more when we stop putting fears or doubts in our minds. So
remember,y'all are so awesome, and so is the person next to you.. So
don't be afraid to tell them that.

I have it tell you about the cottrall family real fast too, they are
awesome. So missionary minded and just saints. But anyways, their dad
bought them a tea cup pig! Haha he just randomly bought one and told
sister cottrall about it, and she couldn't resist the cuteness. So
last night before we drove home for the night, we stopped by for a few
minutes and saw this pig. MOM. Please buy a teacup pig. They barely
grow much more than ten pounds, and they are so stinkin cute!!! She
was so tiny, smaller than most kittens I've seen! Hahah and it's
adorable little nose.. Haha but I'll send some pictures!!

Anyways, y'all are so awesome, SO, SO awesome. And so loved! I miss
y'all and pray for each of you!

Have such a good week, and then write a letter telling me about it ;)

Love you all!

Sister Cunningham

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