What's up guys. I bought stationary today. Write me letters and I'll write you back. Or don't and I won't. Your choice.
What do I have to tell you today? First off I want to apologize for the generally poor spiritual quality of every email home ever. I have three main things to talk about this week I guess.
The DeGraws got baptized, my district is literally my favorite district of my entire mission, member missionary work is the bees knees, and following spiritual impressions is the only way to live your life. I guess that's four. Good thing I'm an art major.
The DeGraws have been investigating for a really long time. Basically all they've been waiting for is Brother DeGraw to get the ok to be baptized from the stake president. So he got it and they got baptized immediately. Literally interviewed Wednesday baptized Thursday. President Clark interviewed Sister Degraw and I will echo his thoughts.
"Wow Sister Atchley, WHAT a SWEET lady." -President Clark (Imagine a big teddy bear man voice.)
The baptism was so cool. Sister DeGraw said that when she was being confirmed and everyone was standing around her she just suddenly felt loved and accepted. Idk but she recognized the exact moment she received the Holy Ghost and that's pretty cool.
My district is literally the best district I have had my entire mission. I honestly thought that no one would be able to top my first/second district but I've never felt so loved by a group of people before in my entire life. I can tell that they all love me together and that every individual member loves me too. That's not even my favorite part though. My favorite part is that almost everyone in the district is fully committed to humbling themselves before the Lord and literally changing their nature to please him. Also everyone is really open. Elder Anthony asked us for help being less serious all the time. He also asked us for help showing love. Also Elder Mueller asked us to help him be happier and Elder Rassmussen asked us to help him not talk bad about people. Basically Everyone is super committed to developing Christlike attributes. I just look up to everyone so much. Specially Elder White and Elder Anthony they're my favorites at the moment.
Elder White is soon to go down unto his grave though. 2 more weeks. RIP. ):
Maybe I talked about our plan for member missionary work? Basically we're working with the Elders to teach every family the restoration and invite them to pray about a date by which they can extend an invitation learn about the gospel. Also I made like member teaching records to keep track of who everyone is and what's been shared with them / what invitations have been extended.
Every time we extend the invitation people have this flood of ideas of who they can share the gospel with. I want to testify to all of you right now that if you have someone who you've "been meaning to share the gospel with" or someone who you "just wish would read the Book of Mormon/come to church/ talk to the missionaries/ attend a ward social" those thoughts are put into your mind by the Holy Spirit of the Lord. Please quit waiting around to invite them come unto Christ. They need your help. As someone who was baptized as a direct result of members being a little weird about it I want you to know that I am eternally thankful that missionaries were sent to my home.
You probs shouldn't be reading this if you are a missionary, but if you are get your priorities in order and then make sure to follow up on every member referral you get please. It's so important.
I have a lot to say about spiritual promptings but I have to go pretty soon. Basically I had a cool experience this week where I realized that there is a very clear difference between the voice of the spirit and my own voice that I think in. I just have to be listening closely and I know the voice of the spirit. I invite everyone to listen to the voice of the spirit. Ask some questions and pause to listen for his voice. I promise he will speak to you.
I know all y'all wanted was deez quotes:
"This IDIOT bird is freaking out and pooping everywhere!" -Sister Baker
"FREAK I PUT MY HAND IN IT!!!" -Me
"Uuuuuuh we should amp Elder Capasso to go to Laaaaguna Nigueeeel so heee can goo to caaaaaanes." -Elder Kieth
"Omg hush Elder Kieth." -Sister Baker
"Uhhhhhhhhhhhh noooow every body's mad at meeee and I diiiiidn't even dooooo anythiiiiiiiiiiing." - Elder Kieth in like a professional winy baby voice
"Does Canes benefit you spiritually?" -Elder Radeke
"Then she went home and wend to the temple with my girlfriend." -Elder Radeke
"Being become... being... come....." -Sister Baker trying to say becoming
"more better" -Me all time time
Transfer Goal: Being become more better at gramer
"No Elder! Four thousand and a half means four thousand and one half of one not four thousand five hundred!" -Elder Richardson
"Whatever Elder Richardson. Look at this guy he's some kinda numbermatician." -Elder White
"Hey Sister Atchley..... so are you the one that needs the blessing." -Elder Anthony
"What would Christ say if you had to give him your area book?" -Elder Anthony
"Probably that I have bad handwriting." -me
"We all do Sister Atchley" -Elder Anthony
"Don't feel my lobes." -Elder Rassmussen
"Ok guys!! Sisters' picture!" *Takes Selfie* -Sister Baker
"I know I've been ugly crying for like an hour but we gotta take a district picture." -me
"You mean b - w - dubs?" -Elder Kieth
"Is Elder White BRUSHING HIS TEETH WHILE DRIVING?" -Sister Baker
"Elder White is the most basic white girl of all the Elders in this mission." -me
"I hate it when people try to play mom against dad with me! I don't like what Elder Radeke said so I'm just gonna call mom. I'm not gonna contradict him!" -Elder White
"The f key was broken! THIS SONG IS IN THE KEY OF F!!!" -Sister Baker
"Oh yeah Elder Center get permission to go to Europe so you can marry me to my husband before you're released from you mission!" -me
"I like shaking hands with people when I contact because people feel less comfortable walking away when you're holding them" -Elder White
"Nobody comprehends my name well enough to make jokes about it." -me
"Atchley I make lots of Atchley jokes Sister Atchley." -Elder Radeke
"That's why it says MUCH fasting and prayer not ONE fasting and prayer." -Sister Baker
"Wow Sister Wimmer and her sister REALLY look alike." -Elder Ball
"Almost like they're twins." -Sister Baker
"Hey Elder Mills wanna know something about yourself?" -me
"Uh yeah I guess." -Elder Mills
"You go to Sam Houston State." -me
"WHAT THE HECK HOW DID YOU DO THAT!?" -Elder Mills
"You guys know Elder White's protein is literally pumpkin spice right?" -Sister Wimmer
"I'm not competitive but I'll take anyone on in ping pong right now. No practice!" -Sister Clark
"President how do I become AP?
You must beat me..... at ping pong" -Elder White
"Do you think you friend zoned him in the preexistence?" -Sister Baker
"You know what this needs? More borders!" -me
"OH GOSH IT NEEDS FEWER BORDERS!!" -me
"Elder Fife's proximity radius is set to general vicinity." -Elder Radeke
"They're still going strong! This hole punch has never been opened before! This is what happens when your organization is RUN BY VOLUNTEERS" -Elder Radeke
there were a solid stream of dots coming out of this hole punch for like no kidding 3 full minutes.
"I thought you said though I be so cool." -Sister Baker
"it's not that big!" -me
"Yes it is. Specially when YOU'RE holding it." -Sister Wimmer
"It's not a hoover but it'll do." -Elder Center
"I'm actually kinda obsessed with vacuuming." -Elder Center
"This is the closest I've got to cutting hay in awhile." -Elder Center
He then proceeded to rope Elder Mueller with the vacuum cord.
"Can I crawl in a hole and die?" -Sister Baker
"I mean if you know where one is I guess that's a possibility." -me
"I'll dig my own!" -Sister Baker
"Sounds like effort." -me
"I'm short so it doesn't have to be very deep." -Sister Baker
"If you were from the ghetto how would you spell opossum?" Elder White
"I don't know probably like..... A-P-O-Z-U-A-M-E" -Elder Rassmussen
"If any animal were the size of a horse and you could ride it what would it be?" -Elder Foutz
"Pug." -Elder Anthony
"Wow.. no hesitation." -Elder White
"If you had to wear a wedding dress how frilly would it be?" -me
"Probably like.... incredibly frilly, as much as possible." -Elder Foutz
"The fourth question will be directed by the spirit." -Elder Foutz
"It'll come from A spirit that's for sure." -Elder Radeke
I know I already assigned this but y'all need to read "Pure Testimony" again because bringing your investigator to fast and testimony meeting should not have to be considered risky or brave.