Well, this week has definitely been an interesting one. Tuesday was transfers, my old companion is training in my birth area. The elder that he is training looks to be one of the new 18 year old, but I cannot tell. He is continuing the legacy where I left off at. Hope the best for him. Leaving Hopkinsville was really difficult for me. I felt like I was home, because it was my home. But I know it is for a reason that I got transferred and why I am here in Russelville, now I have to find out that reason.
Russelville is an interesting area. The area is in a branch. WOW what a shock. The church is smaller that the west valley building and even smaller than the ward house in Herriman. No cultural hall, basketball court, family history center. Just the main room with a sliding door and not even 10 classrooms. The branch should have about 100 active members, but Russelville has about 25 active, we have to fix that and work with the less actives to convince them to come back. It's possible though. The sister that just went home (Sister McCall from California) was here in Russellville for her last 6 month, and she was able to reactivate the Abney Family. Both of them were our rides from the transfer meeting, as well as he is currently the second counselor in the branch presidency. Now I hope a miracle will be done with us here.
Transfer meeting was really interesting. The Abney's were able to go do a final temple session with Sister McCall before she left home, so that meant our ride wasn't available until 6 p.m. when we should have been back in the area at that time. Well, 6 p.m. arrived and we finally got to our area at 9:30 p.m. Couldn't see a lot due to it being pitch dark, but at least we are in the area. Elder Corbridge is from Weston Idaho, just outside of Preston, and he is a little "trunkie". He has 3 months before he goes home, and he's looking forward to it. He may be the first missionary I'll "kill off" (missionary term for being last companion) Whitewashing is really interesting at this moment. We are really going through the records the sisters left for us so we can continue where they left off. Right now, nobody is responding or wanting us to continue, so it may be difficult, but we will keep on trying.
Met some member out here that lived near Homer Alaska for a while, showed them the Halibut photo, she flipped out. The biggest Halibut she caught was only 165 pounds, but when she saw the 300, she was shocked. Had fun conversations with them, Elder Corbridge has a farm near the area, so he connected with them more that I did.
BTW, our mail key isn't allowing us to access the mailbox, and the apartment manager hasn't responded to calls, so it may be awhile for me to send/ receive mail. I did receive the boxes with the sleepwear and stocking, thank you.
Elder Terre Short
Tennessee Nashville Mission
Greatest Mission on Earth!!!
Wow... what a week!!! Open the mail and there were three things for me... YEAH. Two from home (family and neighbor) and from grandmother. YEAH!!
O.K. that's a little bit of good news, Russell M Nelson came to our mission!!! Talk about an awesome and spiritual powerhouse of a meeting. Last conference, his talk was based on us missionaries. Remember " Ask the Missionaries, they can help you." Surprisingly he did not use that in the address. Also Elder Hymas of the First Quorum of the seventy came, somewhat like a companionship.
Seeing Elder Nelson was great, but I think the real spiritual part of the meeting was ten minutes into it. President McKee showed up "late". He has been with his wife in ICU for the last 16 days.(18 to this day)
It was a real miracle and very emotional to see him there at the meeting.
A few notes from the visit: "It is good to suffer", that is tough doctrine. D&C 122: 7 "...give thee experience and shall be for thy good." " Atonement is mentioned ONCE in the Bible : Romans 5: 11, the Book of mormon teaches everything else about it, it makes it understandable. That is why the Book of Mormon is true! Now for my favorite, D&C 31:3 "Your hour of mission is come to preach the gospel." YEP.. NOUGH SAID.
After the visit, we attempted to have a mission photo with Elder Nelson and Hymas in it. Well, they were in the bathroom, (believe so no idea where) so... neither were in the photo. We did get one of the entire mission, all 170+ of us. YEAH!!
That's the good news. Now for the sad news, I AM LEAVING HOPKINSVILLE KENTUCKY, my birth town. Transfer calls were the day of the Nelson visit. I am being transferred to RUSSELLVILLE KENTUCKY (east of Hoptown) and will be companioned with Elder Corbridge. Also in Russellville, Sisters were in it ( ones going home and other is transferring out) so that means WE ARE WHITEWASHING. My current companion is training in Hoptown, just like I did. Rumor has it, he might train one of the new 18 year old.- cool. All I can really say is that I will miss Hoptown. The last few nights have been somewhat difficult for me. Somehow I've managed to get a little bit of sleep. I love this area and people, specifically the members. The Carmichaels are one of them. They assisted in the Brown's baptism, (members across the street) I will miss them a lot!! Mostly because of little Whitney. She was born June 15, 2012 . She is essentially my time piece for how long I've been here. She is 6 months old, and so am I.
Sunday night, it down poured for about an hour straight. During the storm, I thought what Jessica said when she entered the MTC " heaven is crying because I'm leaving". I thought the same thing, but in regards to my birth town. I will miss it very much.
Well, next write will be interesting, keep my posted and talk to yall later.
Well , as I stated in my last update, I finally went on an exchange away from my birth area. I went on an exchange onto Fort Campbell Kentucky!!! Fort Campbell is one of the nations largest Army bases and is home to the 160th Airborne "Screaming Eagles. I had dinner on post with members, which was really great. The first dinner appointment, come to find out, her parents were there, visiting from Lehi UT, (YEAH) I learned she also keeps a blog on missionaries who serve and or will be serving in Africa. I told her that my cousin just received her call to Zimbabwe, and she said, "I all ready have her mother on the blog list."WOW Hasn't had the call for a month and is all ready on an important blog, cool.
One interesting rule on Post due to a few "hiccups with the missionaries", you CANNOT wear your name tag on Post. It is considered Proselyting, which is also considered SOLICITING, NONE OF IT, and so NO NAME TAGS.
The second dinner appointment was the next day. He was stationed in Germany for a really long time, in fact long enough to have 2 kids born in Germany. The two oldest have learned German and also had to have a translator. Due to the mission age lowered, the oldest is about to turn his papers in within the next 6 month. YEAH, the daughter still has about 2-3 years before she can go, but still...YEAH!!
Sunday, we were able to watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. WOW. I've never really watched one before, its essentially a smaller form of General Conference two months after the session.The stories/talks were great, but what got me was the second song titled WHAT CHILD IS THIS. The beginning was played by a lone piccolo/flute,wow! I loved just the notes it played. Then MoTab sings, ugh...I was in a happy state.
Well, the shocking thing, is Thursday will be my 6 MONTH MARK as well as my 6 MONTH MARK of being in my BIRTH TOWN. Transfers are this weekend, (knock on wood) I think I am going to be transferred, but I don't know what to think.
Everyone, an update for ya about our beloved Sister McKee. As a mission and rumored as an entire missionary force(all 60,000+) prayed for miracles to happen for her. A few small ones have occurred She was able to watch Presidents movements for a few seconds, and was able to move her foot slightly. Continue to pray for her. I have not stopped since I heard the word. I hope she gets better soon. It is very well possible that if nothing changes, she will be sent home to Pocatello Idaho, and if she goes, so does President McKee, and if he leaves, we will get a new mission president. I hope it doesn't get to that, so PLEASE continue to pray for her.
BTW, heard rumors as well that Knoxville Tennessee mission received 80+ new missionaries due to the age lowering, that means nearly every missionary is training. GULP.
Well, another week has just ended. It recently came to my attention that I have been in my "greenie" area for just about 6 months, my "dad" or trainer was here for just over 7 months, wow, I might pass him, that's a scary thought.
Well, of course Thanksgiving was great. Ate the normal, just like I was at home, the secret I've learned so far, in order for you to fill full when eating, eat slow, well, that's what I've been doing for the last 15 years, no wonder I don't eat a lot and am a stick- ish ;)
Had another great lesson with the Carrols. Matt was the first baptism I had in the mission, the wife Melissa want it badly, but due to the stress at Walmart and around home, she smokes, and that's one strike, and Walmart essentially ignores the availability and forces her to work Sundays, strike two.
The lesson were in regard to loosing your life and letting the Lord's will take over. During the lessons, I used a talk that I made for the Elder Perkins visit, that I did not perform. Read Moroni 7:37 "it is by faith that miracles are wrought", I testified that faith is what is needed for anything. I call this verse the "Miracle on Ice", the movie depicts the 1980 US Hockey team beating the unbeatable Soviet Union for the gold medal. It all started with faith, that verse now makes sense. Afterwards I shared a quote by my wonderful cousin in Spokane "If I try to put my faith in me... I'm probably not going to do so hot... but when I put it in the Lord, he makes miracles happen." That quote seemed to resonate with Melissa and give her a new spark and desire to achieve the unbelievable, which is to find a new job, and quit smoking so she can be like her husband.
That talk I will never forget. Once it comes to the faith topic in the discussions, I will always say that one, the Spirit was definitely felt.
Now, the icing on the cake. Sunday, we finally confirmed Jenny Brown as a member of the church. She would have done it last week, but due to being almost 8 months pregnant, she didn't feel to good. That means the baptism and confirmation number 3 complete. Also found out, that I am going on an exchange and somewhat leaving Hoptown for the first time. I will actually get to go on Fort Campbell and teach members/ investigators this week. YEAH
Sad news but please do not fray. We have received word as missionaries that our beloved mission presidents wife, Sister McKee has suffered a major heart attack and has been hospitalized for the past week. Tests, surgery and more later, she is in somewhat stable condition. This news has somewhat struck me hard. She is essentially my mother away from home, PLEASE do not add the stress to the situation by calling for updates, just keep her in your thoughts and prayers. As a mission, 5pm on Thanksgiving, we all prayed where ever we were for a miracle and for a speedy recovery. I urge you all to do the same, and to pray for a speedy recovery for our beloved Sister McKee.
Well, here's the update for yalls, HAD THIRD BAPTISM THIS WEEK!!!! The baptism we had on Saturday, that Sunday he received the priesthood and baptized his wife the next Wednesday!!! YEAH!!! However, the husband deployed (Ft. Campbell) the next morning (15th) and will be gone for 9 months, I miss him all ready :(
The pre- icing for the Wednesday baptism, is we had a multi- zone conference with Elder Anthony Perkins of the First Quorum of 70, does the name sound familiar? Look at the latest Ensign... rocks in the road, must avoid them... THAT IS HIM. That was an awesome meeting, and it was before a baptism, so it was a really good day.
Everything's going great out here, want to say congrats to my cousin, due to the mission ages lowered, my cousin is going to ZIMBABWE!!! No idea when and what town is center, but congrats Sierra!!!
Had a baptism on Saturday!!! John Brown is deploying this Thursday, so it had to be done before then. The Browns moved across the street from a members, who were actually praying for a "missionary opportunity", he himself is a convert and is unable to serve a mission due to military life. Next day after prayer, Browns moved in.
The wife, Jenny, is planning on being baptized THIS WEDNESDAY. John even received the priesthood Sunday due to deployment, so he could baptize his own wife, Wednesday will be an awesome day.
The Browns consist of John, Jenny and Joshua. The members are Carmichaels: Geoff (pronounced Jeff) and Camilla, and Cara (oldest) and Whitney. Whitney was born two weeks before I arrived in Hoptown. She sure has gotten big from the first time I met her, that means I've been out a while, WOW.
This Wednesday will be really busy, we have a meeting with Elder Perkins of the 70, which will be for nearly 2/3 of the days. Afterwards, dinner with the Patriarch, O-Charlys or Ryans Steak House... mmm..., then to top it off, the baptism of Jenny Brown. I CAN'T WAIT TILL WEDNESDAY.
Have a zone goal of 30 baptisms within this month, we were to first one (by 1 hour) of the 30, and soon we will add another, and we have 2 more with a baptism scheduled for the rest of he month, the work is finally moving along here. 5 month being out here, and I am finally getting it down.
Well, where to start. First things first, we got the car this week YEAY, however, we have 1200 miles to use a month, received it Sunday Oct. 28, and we had 70 miles to use in 3 days. The worst thing about it, that day, car drove 20 miles to get to us, the Monday we had breakfast 20 miles away, so ANOTHER 40 miles used, so 60 miles in TWO DAYS, but the extra 10 disappeared. Had the car, drove it for less than 3 days, and we ended at 1206 for the month. We were so happy when November 1 came, NEW MILES YEAH.
Nothin really fun and amazing happened this week. Have an investigator family across the members place, the husband is somewhat committed to the 10th for baptism. He deploys on the 17, so its do or die. The wife, is essentially saying "I want my own month or year for the baptism", ugh. Sounds like she wants him to leave just so she can have her own celebration party, but if that's the case so be it.
Finally had an exchange with a ward missionary here. went to an area which we call the boonies, nearly 5 miles out there. Went to the referral from HQ, not home, went to the other referral from 2 months ago, in bed sick, we leave, go down the road, and we witness an accident. Don't worry, nobody was injured or killed, just a car went too fast around the car turning left. The moving car just hit the fence and dinged up his front right light and bumper. The only casualty was the little kids newly pet fish that was with them, the whiplash killed it.
We were at the exact intersection nearly 1 month ago, traffic was a standstill. So we decide to see what happened. A motorcyclist lost control, bike basically destroyed, shoes off feet 20 feet from accident, glasses away and the driver was face first in the asphalt not moving.We arrived 10 minutes before the paramedics arrived so the accident was recent. We overhear the paramedics call in a helicopter. 10 minutes later, we see the helicopter in the distance, but we hear the medics on the radio call them off, we believe the bicyclist died before the copter arrived. UGH that is just one bad intersection. Two accidents in the last two visits of the same area. Hope we are not next GULP
Had another comeback dinner on Sunday. The new tradition for the ward is every Fast Sunday there is a comeback dinner. Talk about a way to end fast YUM
Well, that's the latest. Hope everything is going well, personally, I'd prefer to write a written letter home the the anticipation aspect, but emailing works as well.
Well, not a lot has happened this week. Finally had Matt confirmed a member on Sunday, (stake conference was weekend after baptism) planning on baptizing Melissa on Saturday, which we need to finalize. Newly weds Don and Crystal have "postponed" their baptism date for the 3rd because of legal complications in adopting his nephew from New York, which is sad to say, but we have no choice, and plus, it was their idea, not ours.
I'M STAYING IN HOPTOWN FOR ANOTHER 6 WEEKS. BURR... it is getting cold out here. Thank you for the beanie and gloves. I'm debating on getting a ski mask at Walmart because the Arctic Canadian Breeze is chilly. Don't worry, I'm supporting the local areas by wearing a University of Kentucky hoodie, however only inside, but me being always cold, it is better than without one.
I've FULLY READ the Book of Mormon once while on my mission. Did a good study for it now my new "text book" will be the new testament. Sad to say, I'm in the bible belt, and I HAVE NOT READ fully either old and new testaments. That needs to change.
That's the news. Excited to receive mail, we've had an "air box" for the last week.