Monday, June 30, 2014

Amber Ltr: 2014-06-30

Subject: Let Freedom Ring :)
June 30, 2014
Hey family!!

I'm glad that a lot more of you are home now and that y'all are doing great :) No I didn't know that Jace is working for that guy. Way to go bud! And I'm glad to hear that Brooke is doing good. And Madi, you will look super cute in braces :) I hope that all comes together ok. I sure miss all of my siblings. I love you all!

Well it has been a HOT week here in Georgia! Hot-lanta is a real thing, let me tell you! It has been in the 90s all week and it rains almost every day but it's great :) you just learn to love and embrace the sweaty, sticky mess that you become, haha. Our apartment stays pretty cool which is nice. We keep it at like 68 degrees. During the day, we just drink a lot of water and run the a/c whenever we are in the car. But it all works out and only 3 more months of summer right? :) Yes I'm sleeping a lot better still.

We had another busy week which was really good :) We got a hold of Shawn again and it was so good! Her daughter is turning 27 on Sunday. Since medicine has no more answers for them after her surgery, they are trying more naturalistic forms of medicine like juicing. Shawn had mentioned that she had been spending a lot of time peeling and washing carrots to juice so we had the thought to buy a couple of bags and wash and peel them and drop them off with one of the copies of the conference ensign that you sent me and points of her blessing that we typed up. It went so good and she was so appreciative of it. I really do think that it is going to happen with her, it is just all about remembering that it will come in the Lord's timing. He really does know best. 

Donna is back in town! I missed her a lot. She is doing so good still and has been getting invited to doing different things with members of ward. :) She just seems so much happier and has that peace in her life now. She bought flooring and it is going in this week! Her house is looking so much better. We went through her HUGE collection of movies, books, and cookbooks. It was crazy how much stuff she has. I felt a lot like you Mom as we went through everything and she had to say either keep or get rid of. She considers herself a "border-line hoarder" so thank heavens we found her in time, haha. But her house is really coming along!

With the bug situation, thankfully, we haven't had any in our apartment. We run into spiders and spiderwebs all the time as we go up to different doors, mosquitoes are very prevalent here, especially in the evening, but they tell me that we live above the gnat line which is great :)

We had a really great lesson with the Clays this week. Bro and Sis Perry came with us and it was an awesome team up to have. We are going to start meeting weekly and go through different points of the Gospel and help them understand the Church's understanding of it. He is not working as a minister or going to any church because none of the churches follow what the Bible says. The way that they do church is they have different studies on various gospel topics. They are such an awesome family! Also when they came for the church tour, I brought those scooby doo fruit snacks for their 7 year old son, Gabe, and now he is also converted to them :) Julie told me that when they went shopping he asked if they could buy a big box of them and they did. Haha he is such a cute little boy! When we went over to their house he showed me his swing set and wanted me to swing with him. It was so fun!

Sam--unfortunately there still isn't any change in the situation. We weren't able to meet with her this week because she wasn't feeling good. But she is still reading and praying and basically doing everything except being able to come to church.

Anna wasn't able to make it to church either. We taught her the first part of the plan of salvation and it went pretty good. We talked with her about how she feels about getting baptized on the 12th still and she said that she wants to have a few church services under her belt before having a date for baptism. But on Friday she got this new job and she had to work yesterday. She didn't know what her schedule was going to be for Sundays in the future so basically Satan is the worst... But we will keep meeting with her and show her how Satan is going to do everything that he can to keep her from church. 

Also we have a new mission president! He got here on Saturday and the other sisters in the ward had a baptism that day and we get there and there is our new mission president! He and his wife seem very nice, very shell shocked and not exactly sure what they are doing yet but who can blame them? They are from Salt Lake. We have a mini zone conference tomorrow where the rest of the mission gets to officially meet them which will be fun. President and Sister Wolfert are from the Salt Lake valley as well. They sent us all a voicemail saying goodbye on Friday and I am going to miss them a lot. It will be interesting to see how the whole transition goes.

Well I think those were the highlights of the week. I love you all so much and I am so grateful for all of you. Thank you so much for sending that song to me Dad. That was incredible. I was thinking about the patriotic fireside that was going on last night that you went to. We had a cool combined 5th Sunday lesson about Liberty and it was awesome. I love this country and I am so proud to be an American and I am so grateful for the men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us free. Have a wonderful week! 

Love always,
Sister Bedke

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