Monday, August 8, 2016

New Investigators, Zone Training & Sad News

This past week has flown by! We've been working hard to find people to teach and to strengthen the branch here in Talladega. I'm excited to go out and find people by our own means (tracting!) but God also is guiding those who are prepared right to us.... yesterday at church, before Sacrament started, a member came up to us and said they have someone in their family who was coming to church with them for the second time and that he wants to get baptized. They explained that he needs to take the missionary discussions immediately! Wow! Such a blessing. It is such a privilege to be a missionary and to help people come to Jesus Christ and enjoy the blessing and knowledge that comes from the Restored Gospel.

Friday we had Zone Training in Birmingham and that went really well! They focused a lot on obedience, finding, diligence, and what our motivations are as missionaries. The following day we had exchanges with the STL's and it's so fun to have Sister Bradford (one of my past companions) and Sister Brown (my MTC companion) as our STL's!

For P day today, us and several other missionaries from our district traveled up the road to Gadsden, AL to Noccalula Falls. It is a beautiful park! Legend of the falls is that a young native american woman was arraigned to marry someone she didn't love, so she jumped off the cliff into the falls below. Somewhat gruesome of a story, but there you go! The park had a mini train to ride on, a petting zoo, a hiking trail, and nice walking trails. It was fun!

Today we also found out that a (recently) returned-missionary from our mission, Elder Brandt, passed away in a car accident with several other members of his family this past weekend. This was hard news for us as a mission and I'd like to ask everyone to pray for their extended family to be comforted in this difficult time. How beautiful God's plan is to know that we have hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ to overcome both spiritual and physical death. Accepting God's will can be hard, but we know that God's thoughts are higher than our own, and that eventually all things will be made fair through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Trusting in God's plan, and grateful for His love,
Sister Griffith


Pretty sun rays we came across last week!

Zone activity in Noccalula Falls!

Pretty waterfalls!

Sister Cullimore and I at Noccalula Falls!

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