Monday, April 4, 2016

Tornadoes and Tracting! Plus Conference!


This past week has been busy! Here's what our schedule looked like:

Tuesday: District Meeting, appointments all day.

Wednesday: Team ups and appointments all day.

Thursday: Zone Training in Russellville. After training, Sister Fairclough and I were out tracting in the country. We got a call from our Mission President, President Hanks. He had been in Florence tracting with the missionaries, and wanted to take us out for dinner. He told us to meet him at the church building in Russellville. We arrived, and found the Elders pulling in at the same time. They were coming as well. President shows up and explains that he's on the lookout for weather alerts, and not a few minutes later one of the Elders (the Zone Leader) got a call from the Florence missionaries explaining that tornado sirens just went off in Florence (Florence is about 30 mins from Russellville.) Since the bad weather hadn't hit our area yet, we drove off to a little hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint for some dinner. But not 10-15 minutes in, we kept getting weather alerts on our phone and the workers at the restaurant explained that the storm was now in Red Bay, a small town not too far. President Hanks apologized to cut dinner short, but he wanted all the missionaries safe. He was making all sorts of calls to missionaries all around the state to get inside and be prepared for bad weather, and then he told us---the sisters---to hop in the car with the Elders....and stay at their apartment until the storm passed (since we live 20 mins from Russellville.) By this time it was around 7:30pm. We were thinking, "Do what?!!" But, since the impending storm loomed over us, we followed orders and did just that. For Sister Fairclough, as a new missionary, you can imagine this wasn't that big of a deal...but for me, who has been out for a good minute, it went against everything I had previously followed! But, we survived the night, finally got home around 11pm, and was glad to be warm and safe.

Friday: Drove to Birmingham with the Florence sisters to a meeting. It was great! That took most of our day.

Saturday: Conference! We watched each session at different member's home. Loved it! Then we went to visit a member who had recently been released from the hospital because she had bronchitis ....she happens to have a last name that is close to mine, and when the Relief Society posted about it on Facebook that she was in need of meals or visits, a few ward members confused her with me and were very concerned for my health, haha. Nope, I'm fine!

Sunday: Conference! This time we watched it at the church, and sweet Sister Stark fed us in between sessions. She's always looking out for the missionaries!

Today: Most of today was spent making personalized monogrammed t-shirts with a member! The South is WAY into anything being monogrammed... a door wreath, bags, t shirts, car name it, they've monogrammed it. So now I feel even more Southern with my monogrammed t shirts! I have one that has "ABM" with a state outline on the back, and one with "MGL" (your last name is always in the middle) and a scripture on the back. :)

Hope everyone enjoyed conference and realizes the blessing of having a modern day prophet and twelve apostles---inspired men who receive continuing revelation. Most people out here can't even conceive that idea. We're blessed!

Steadfast in Christ,
Sister Griffith

Taking a selfie at a pretty viewpoint :)

Out tracting in the beautiful country

Out tracting in the beautiful country

More tracting with Sister Fairclough!

And more tracting LOL!

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