Now I Can Tell People I Served In Athens

(But I won’t say if it was in Georgia or Greece)

This week was pretty exciting. At zone meeting, we were given training on the letter of the law vs. the spirit of the law. Apparently this is meant to prepare us for some kind of big change that is coming to missions everywhere, so we’re all fairly anxious to find out what it is!

All of us were wondering why the meeting was being held at the Athens Institute building rather than the stake center, as usual. We soon found out that instead of practicing teaching in groups like in most meetings, we were going out as a zone to contact people on UGA campus! Nearly 18 months in, I still find contacting terrifying and awkward, but it turned out to be a great day. I’ve heard some crazy things about that place, but most of the students we talked to were surprisingly open-minded and courteous. We even got to ride the campus bus!
Things are still fairly slow in our area, but things are looking up. I feel like there are a lot of people in this area who would get baptized if they just pushed themselves a little bit. If you ever feel spiritually weak, just open your scriptures and raid them for something awesome. No excuses! It will give you a better attitude, which is more important than ever with the kinds of things going on today. Give somebody a compliment. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice[.]” (Ephesians 4:31) One thing that I have noticed lately is that focusing on positive things results in a brighter day (go figure).
Everybody have a great January!

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