Monday, April 25, 2016

JC & Jacob's Baptisms, Southern BBQ & more!

Hey y'all,

The highlight of this week was JC's baptism! Everything went great and we had a birthday bash afterwards since it was his birthday that day! We had decorated the gym and asked people to bring some treats, and after his baptism every hustled into the gym and we held JC back for a few moments by taking pictures. Eventually we led him into the gym and he was greeted with a warm happy birthday and clapping. :) JC turned 69 the day he was "born again" and he had his confirmation on Sunday.

We've done lots of walking lately because we are low on our allotted monthly miles and we have designated some days as "car fast" days. But, you definitely see miracles from walking because 1. You have an opportunity to talk with more people as you walk by 2. You work off the "Southern squish" haha!  :)

Saturday morning we had the privilege of attending 12 year old Jacob's baptism, who the Elders have been working with. (no pictures included here with that baptism) I played the piano for the service. He is super cute and was so excited for his baptism and to become a member! Afterwards, Sister Fairclough and I grabbed some quick lunch at our favorite BBQ joint in Russellville, "Pilgrim's Place". My plate included pulled pork with BBQ sauce, fried okra, black eyed peas, macaroni salad, and a roll. Classic southern food (and if you eat too much you get the "southern squish"....)

On Sunday we enjoyed JC and Jacob's confirmations, and I happened to be assigned to speak in Sacrament Meeting. Another Elder spoke, and his companion played the violin as a musical number, so it definitely was a missionary-tuned service, haha. After church, some member's graciously had us over for lunch (as they did last week) with the Elders and Sister Stark. They live out in the country of Russellville and fed us a dish of hot dogs & kraut, potatoes, beans, and cornbread. It was super yummy! Later that evening another family had us over for dinner and fed us their best impression of Cafe Rio! SUPER grateful for that!! It transported me to Utah just for a moment.

Hope that everyone's week is beautiful and please pray for us as we are expecting some storms later this week. 

Love y'all!

Sister Griffith

Forgot to include this in the last email...I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!

Selfie at the font!

Before JC's baptism!

After JC's baptism!

Surprise birthday bash for JC following his baptism!

We LOVE the spring flowers that bloom in the South!

Pretty blooms behind Sister Fairclough!

"Pilgrim's BBQ", our favorite BBQ place in Russellville

Florence bridge over the Tennessee River

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