Monday, November 23, 2015

Amazing Zone Conference, Helping Our Fellow Men & Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey everybody!

This past week Sister Castagno and I discovered downtown Huntsville! It's one of the only parts of the city with tall buildings! It has historic charm, and there's lots of places to go and contact people! So we love it. :) This past Wednesday we celebrated our 9 month mark. It was a rainy day but that didn't stop us from enjoying the day. We went to a taco truck here called El Cavador and they have delicious food! The kitchen and dining area is in a renovated bus so it's a very fun atmosphere. I can the enchiladas plate and it was amazing!

Later on this week we had zone Conference and Elder Dube of the Seventy came to train us! Our mission split in two so we were in the northern part. Elder & Sister Dube were amazing and gave us good trainings. Then after zone conference we immediately left to Birmingham to spend the night with some sisters there and then attend MLC the next day. It's been a busy week for us but we have worked hard to keep our numbers up and meet our goals!

Sister Castagno and I decided that we wanted to have a sister Thanksgiving activity, so we planned a small potluck at a park this afternoon. We have 8 sisters in our zone, including ourselves. Everyone got Indian headbands and names, we had a spiritual thought, and we played a couple games. :) After the activity was over, we were heading back to our car to leave and we saw a guy and his wife with their car hood open. We found out that they needed help getting their car jumped. We didn't have any cables, but we called a member who was able to come help them get their car started. What a blessing it was for us to be able to have this opportunity to serve and to be able to get to know them...because little did we know, this guy was actually baptized and raised in the church, and since has strayed. He was open to have the missionaries contact him and let him know the information for church. Blessings!

I hope that everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving, and remember that it is because God is aware of us and loves us that we have such wonderful blessings! Down below I will include a poem and scripture President Hanks shared with us in his weekly email to us.

Warmest wishes,
Sister Griffith

Grace for Thanksgiving Day:
Dear God wherever we may be on this Thanksgiving Day.
Gathered with loved ones in our homes or many miles away,
We bow our heads, remembering those who shared Thanksgiving past
Those who have walked with us awhile whose love will always last.

We thank Thee for the joy of friends, the food before us set
And for a tiny Pilgrim band whose trials we can't forget.
Help us to sift the good and bad, the hatred and the strife
Grant us the wisdom and the strength to lead a useful life. Amen.
(Alice Kennelly Roberts)

Serve the Lord with gladness, all ye his people—Be thankful unto him and bless his name.
A Psalm of praise.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Sis Castagno and I tracting in downtown Huntsville (our new favorite area! Both of us like the city feel of it)

Cute side street we discovered while tracting :)

Cheers to our 9 month mark! We celebrated by eating inside a renovated bus made into a taco-truck!

My delicious meal!

We made a new friend this past week.

Mini MTC reunion

Making some food for a P day Thanksgiving potluck today!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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