Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Fun But Wet July 4th and more!

Happy Fourth of July, y'all!

I hope that everyone's holiday weekend well! We were blessed yesterday to have Sister Hart feed us hot dogs for lunch (Sister Stark joined us) and the Todd family fed us hamburgers for dinner! Sister Oscarson and I tracted and had lessons before and after those meal appointments. After dinner with the Todd's, we headed to the bluffs (or cliffs) next to the O'Neil bridge, which links Florence and Sheffield together. We were told that everyone congregates there, and on the other side of the river at McFarland park, for the firework show. It was a blessing for us....so many people in such a small vicinity to talk to! So off we went, talking to people as we waited for the firework show to start and then we noticed that some dark clouds had rolled in. Out of nowhere (and like usual in the South) it started pouring and I swear it looked like an end of the world movie with everyone screaming and running and complete chaos! But pretty quickly everyone found cover under the trees or they used their camping chairs if they didn't have an umbrella. For a few minutes we didn't know if they would do the fireworks because of the rain....but after a few minutes the rain cleared and they started! I can't describe how beautiful it was to watch fireworks being shot from a barge on the river, with us way up on a cliff, with the city of Florence glowing in the background; all the while everyone is a little soaked from the previous downpour just a few minutes earlier. What a great memory!

Sister Oscarson and I had a miraculous link of events this week. We went tracting one morning and met a lady named Jasmine. She explained that her sister, Sherwanda, is Mormon and that she herself has been taught by missionaries before. We asked where Sherwanda lives and it turns out she just moved into our area and hasn't been coming to church. So we got her information and went to see her. It was an awesome visit and we're looking forward to having her come to church (she didn't know where our building was in Russellville and has been having a rough patch in life right now, so the timing couldn't have been better). Our return appointment to visit Sherwanda turned out be a visit with Jasmine and their mom and siblings (who are also less actives members, in Hamilton, AL). We had a great lesson with them, shared a scripture, and watched the 20-minute Restoration. We gave their information to the Hamilton Elders so they can follow up. It's amazing how much can come out of one door while tracting! So happy to be guided by the spirit and to see how things come together.

This past Wednesday we had the Meet the Mission President meeting in Tupelo! I was asked to play piano for the meeting. It went really well and it was nice to be able to meet President and Sister Sainsbury. We were very impressed by the fact that one of the first things President Sainsbury did was pass out cards for us to write a note to the Hanks', which they would then mail to them in a big package. He definitely honored our love and respect for the Hanks' and I think understands that it is a big transition for the mission. But we are excited for the Sainbury's to be here! They are extraordinary people and I know they were called to this mission for a reason.

May everyone feel the love of our Savior this week,
Sister Griffith

Out tracting!

The bridge along the Natchez Trace.

Just hanging out on giant tree stumps in Tuscumbia, AL :)

Look at this old gas pump! I felt so cool!
On our way back from Tupelo, MS we stopped for a bathroom break and took some snapshots next to the beautiful forest!

This is along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Sister Stark and us having a good ole time!

Oh how we love Sister Stark!

Sister Oscarson and I celebrating Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from the sister missionaries!

"Pros and watch" We talked to people before the fireworks started and then enjoyed them ourselves (and tried to keep dry) :)


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