Hey y'all! Another week has come and gone in good ole Bama country.This past Wednesday we had Zone conference in Bessemer (which is about an hour away from Tuscaloosa.) Everyone from our Zone plus the mission president and his wife were there. It was really good! My district did a special musical number (originally Sister Bailey and I were asked to do it, but if we're going down so is everyone else, thus we pulled in the entire district:) a acapello version of "Come Thou Fount." It turned out pretty well :)
On Saturday we had the best opportunity ever to go to the Birmingham AL temple with Rachel, to be there for her first proxy baptisms. :) She was excited about going in although nervous at the same time, but she afterwards said that she wants to go again soon. Rachel was surprised that the baptismal font was above twelve oxen, and we talked a little bit about symbolism, and also that Solomon's temple (in the Old Testament) had the same thing! Really neat. The temple is super symbolic.
I don't have much more to write, except for the fact that being here has made me realize how absolutely blessed I am to have the home and family that I have. I always knew that I had a good family, but being in Alabama (and specifically talking to people and coming to know what kind of home life/family they have) has made me truly appreciate the type of home life I had. Our family isn't perfect, but high five to you, Mom & Dad! And for others who are reading this, remember to appreciate the blessings in your life, and the family that you have. There's always something positive you can appreciate. Even if you haven't had a good home life, you can focus on the way that your future family is raised and ensure a good environment for your kids.
I love y'all! Count your blessings.
|The mission has been stressful and given me a few grays...also gave me a beard!|
|Us at the temple with Rachel (her first time doing proxy baptisms!) |
Bailey and I just so happened to be looking at another camera,
and I think it's a cute with Rachel looking at mine.
|No, Bailey and Rach did not mean to match.|
|At Whitney's baptism!|
|A storm moving in.|
|I couldn't believe the contrast between the gray and blue!|
|Pretty Alabama flowers! (your photography inspired me, Bh;)|
This part was added by me, Maegan's mom, who is maintaining her blog each week. One of the church members there in Alabama sent me this hilarious video on Sunday night of Sister Griffith and Sister Bailey reciting Doctrine and Covenants Section 4, in a very thick Southern twang! Such funny and amazing missionaries they are! No wonder people there love them both! :)