This week we experienced ice-maggedon. It was so crazy!! Alabama weather sure keeps you on your toes.
On Thursday we went and visited a member and her boyfriend who is a recent convert. We had the new experience of fried cinnamon rolls. Leave it to the south!
Friday the storm started. School got cancelled the night before and the governor declared a state of emergency. It only snows every couple of years in the deep south so they’re just not equipped for it. And the humidity makes it so there’s ice EVERYWHERE. That’s the dangerous part. We didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into haha! Contrary to popular belief, Alabama can get COLD! Humid cold is so so different that anything I’ve ever experienced. Friday was pretty normal and then in the evening it started to snow a little bit and there was freezing rain and ice started to cover everything. Even the Walmarts closed. That’s when you know it’s serious haha! President told us all to go in for the rest of the night. So we bundled up and made hot chocolate and watched the snow from our balcony! Sure was magical!
The next day was real cold and we decided it was a bad idea to drive our car for the next couple days because all the roads were covered in ice. We were able to see lots of people because everyone was home! It was a great, cold, adventurous day! Never let it be said that we aren’t tough!
Church got cancelled on Sunday and let me tell you it was the weirdest thing ever. We went over to Kimberly’s apartment (she’s a less active member who lives in our apartment complex and she’s our bff) and a had a devotional with her and watched the Restoration video and we bore our testimonies of the restoration. The spirit was so, so strong! After that we made lunch and she taught us how to fry fish! (I’m seeing a trend here haha) It was so good! I sure have learned how to fry lots of things here 🙂 Kimberly is the best!!!
Also on Saturday, my good friend Erskin got baptized in Russellville! I taught him the entire time I was in Russellville and he is the most amazing person! He is married to a recent convert, Lucille, who got baptized nearly a year ago in February. When I first met him in June he was not happy. He was addicted to drugs and going down a very dark path. He ended up going to drug rehab and came home in September and started making huge changes in his life. I will never, ever forget the first time I saw him after he came back from rehab. We were visiting with Lucille in their living room and he walked out of the bedroom and was absolutely GLOWING. The spirit struck me so hard in that moment. He was 100% different. He was not the same Erskin from before. He really took the steps to get going on the right path and realized that the restored gospel was what he wanted and needed. When we were teaching him after that I was amazed by his pure desire to change his life! He was happy and had the spirit with him. Completely, completely different from the Erskin I first met. It’s all because of Christ and His atonement. It is so incredible to see how this restored gospel can change lives. God is doing incredible things in the hearts of His children and He is kind enough to let us witness it! I learned so much from Erskin and I am so so happy for him and Lucille! They hold a very special place in my heart.
We got transfer calls and Sister Hall and I are staying in Leeds another transfer! I’ll be killing her! (this is her last transfer so I’m her last companion) This is going to be a powerful transfer!
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" -Romans 8:31
Sure do love y’all! Roll tide roll!
All my love,
We love Kimberly!