Thursday, July 30, 2015

The White Girls Are Here! (7/27/15)

Today marks two months of the mission complete! As usual, here's some Mississippi culture to celebrate:  When we knock on the door for a follow up appointment, the little 5 year old girl peeks through the curtains and yells, "THE WHITE GIRLS ARE HERE!" Pretty typical occurrence, actually.

Man, I love Mississippi. Something I love less about Mississippi is how everyone's dog is some sort of pitbull. And how sometimes we get chased by them. Keeps me repenting daily - ya never know when a pitbull might take ya to meet God a little sooner than planned :)

Pioneer day was this week! Our little branch had a fun outdoor activity planned, then lo and behold - the first rainstorm in weeks. Lightning, a tornado in the neighboring area, all that fun stuff. Miraculously, the rain stopped just in time. And we had FOUR investigators (and their kids) there. It was a BLAST. Tug of war, stick pull, 3-legged races, stilts, all that jazz. We returned home muddy, tired, and happy that night.

As if it couldn't get better, we had R. come to sacrament meeting for her first time! She's usually sick with her diabetes or busy on Sundays, so this was a miracle! She loved it, and got to see Sister Kerr and I sing the special musical number Abide with Me, Tis Eventide. Afterwards, she received a priesthood blessing from the branch president to help her quit smoking. She is doing great! Then, for third hour (relief society), B, her mom, and C. came! B. and her mom had a lot of stuff that popped up keeping them from getting to the first two hours, but were determined to make it for the end, and they did! They did NOT want to make us push their baptismal date back again! They had a great time, and it's great to see them develop friendships with branch members!

I can't express to y'all how much I love this gospel and how much joy to brings me to see others come to love it too. It's all about BECOMING. Becoming through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Titus 2 lays it down: Our goal is to deny ungodliness in our lives to become more like God. Jesus gave himself for us to purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. I love the word peculiar. Because keeping God's commandments, living the gospel, definitely makes us peculiar. Weird, if you will. In the best way. It sets us apart from the world, and draws us nearer to God.

This week, let's all try a little harder to be a little more peculiar!

Love y'all to the moon and back.
Sister Lanning

Planning blues

Dead baby alligator we parked on top of in the street

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