Coming to the Winder Ward, it's so far been a good time. The members and people here are much more southern and hick and are very willing to help in missionary work. We ate at the Bishop's house last night, Bishop Wester and he's a great guy with a solid family. It's been really nice, and to make a combo breaker, there are quite of few familias and individuals in the teaching pool to help; lots of youthful teens, a very sincere family named the Coopers, and a recent convert Tony whom we're working with on getting to go to the temple, and if he can then we will be able to attend as well :)
What's also good news is that PB is letting all the missionaries go to the temple now twice a year. Since the temp ain't in our mission, the only time we were allowed to go was the last day of the mission. GANM has made a "reward" for missionaries, if the mission met a baptism goal each month of 42 and if you had a baptism that month, you're allowed to attend the temple. Definitely NOT how I think heaven works, and neither does PB. At one of the last temple trips, PB and Sister B went with those lucky missionaries and after seeing that they weren't with the whole mission, with the whole family, they felt heartbroken. Talk about having true charity. Well now, the Bennion's Christmas gift to the mission is letting all of us attend the House of the Lord this December. It's a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!
So we're pumped for that to happen! Also I'm pretty lit up with the area. Thus far it's been really good, Elder Johnston is a great Utahan. He's from American Fork, he's been out 13 months and was actually called to serve a mission in Africa, but some stuff went down out there... not too sure since the info on the news isn't very accessible to us, but he may most likely spend the rest of his mission in GA. He's a nice and funny guy. We're compatible.
Last night we left a pumped up call to battle voicemail. Using scripture verse, manliness, and a solid jam. It's gonna be a good week I'm sure, a couple of exchanges with missionaries and I'm sure a neat story to share for next week.
Can't say there was something extravagant or magnificent, besides sharing the gospel with a chunky Hugh Jackman lookalike who was living on an Indian burial ground who just caught a mouse to skewer and eat. Oh, and there was also lady we met who was speaking in tongues after we prayed with her. I have never seen anyone speak in tongues, it was fascinating.
Keepin' all y'all in my prayers, have a blessed week!
Lots of love,
Elder Adam Black