Monday, July 8, 2013

‘Merica—email from 07-08-13

Celebrating the 4th in the south is fun!!! I had a steak that was bigger than my head for supper that day! The only bummer was the pouring rain in the afternoon and evening.

The weeks are just disappearing out from under me now. We had zone meeting on Wednesday and met the mission president. They gave a little presentation on themselves so that we could get to know more about them. They are a lot of fun. You can definitely tell they just came from a singles ward. They kept giving us dating and future marriage advice.hahaha Not quite the same venue... But then he gave us further information on the upcoming changes in missionary work. OH boy are things about to change in a big way. Tracting is being phased out (about time!!!) and will now be replaced with online work, which will be accomplished by...drumroll...Every companionship of missionaries having a tablet and a smartphone!!!! WHAT??!?!?! So exciting!!! Since our mission is already online we will be transitioning to technology in the coming months. This now means there are no boundaries on who we teach, if someone has a friend or family member that lives in Virginia, Germany, California, whatever, we can now teach them via Skype and once they are progressing we will transition them to their local missionaries. It is going to be crazy! Sadly none of these changes will happen soon enough for me. But that's ok. Tomorrow we have one on one interviews with the mission president, I am excited for a chance to get to know him before he has to decide whether I was an honorable missionary haha

We have set a goal for this week and next to knock every door on our roster and try to make contact with every person who has ever been a member that lives inside our boundaries. It is going to be 2 long hard weeks, but we are really excited to do it!

We are doing our darndest to find people to teach and I am starting to see some glimmers of hope with the ward members as far as getting their help in sharing the gospel is concerned. Just like all my other areas, it gets going just before/after I leave. There's a lesson to be learned here I think. I've realized that this is the Lord's great plan and we each play a different part at a different time. So we mustn't be discouraged when it seems like our part is nothing, because there are greater things at play that we cannot see.

Missionary work is undergoing some of the most revolutionary changes ever and I am proud to say that I was one of the missionaries that was being the change that showed it was possible to do it. You never know what you being the change can do to help others.

love y'all,

Sister McCracken

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