Saturday, October 14, 2017

We finally had a lesson with Alex last week. He is awesome. His highest pursuit is that of truth. Alex has started to read the Book of Mormon, but hesitates to pray because he feels that all the prayers he offered earlier in his life went unanswered. 
Our biggest challenge right now is probably just that the people we meet are incredibly busy. And even if they sincerely want to learn, it's hard to set appointments and what not.
My study time has become.. Just, awesome. It's something that I am guaranteed control over! So I have been focusing on digging into the plain and precious truths of the gospel while the work is slow so that the Lord can draw on my understanding when we do have people to teach. I usually can get ready fast enough to have 1.5 hours of study. A +. This week I studied a ton about how through Jesus Christ we can be cleansed from sin. I studied the relationship between grace and our own works. This doctrine is taught so clearly in the Book of Mormon! I love 2 Nephi which teaches us that "salvation is free" and that "men are free" and given all the knowledge and ability to "choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death". No unclean thing can dwell with God, and our sins and failures and carnal nature certainly makes us unclean. Jesus Christ came and suffered for us so that we can be clean and return to the presence of our Heavenly Father as we CHOOSE to be made clean by living the gospel of Jesus Christ. God calls unto us, saying, "whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son, unto a remission of his sins; and these shall enter into my rest" (Alma 12: 34).

I am thankful that the way is prepared. I am thankful that Heavenly Father expects me to change and grow and learn - that I cannot be saved in complacency. I am thankful that God is not content that we stay how we are, but that we become more like Him and rely on Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ - it it simple, it is true, it is a sure way to have peace in this life and to know we are on the path back to God and eternal joy. I am thankful that God expects us to work - as He surely works, ever on our behalf. I am thankful for Jesus Christ and his abounding and perfect love, by which He atoned for the sins of all mankind. He is the way, the truth, and the life - through Him we can grow closer to our Father in Heaven. I am thankful that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son, to suffer, bleed, and die. I am thankful that the Savior ever pleads with us: Come, follow me.
We also had stake confernece this weekend in Evans. The Augusta stake is awesome! Super inspired leadership. We talked about how revelation from the Lord comes to the prophet and works its way to area authorities and stake presidencies and bishops and to parents and into the home. And that's the end of the road. And that's where it really matters that we live the gospel. One thing that touched me was said by a man who spoke of his new-found love and appreciation for family history work. He said, "I prayed often that family history would be a spiritual experience for me." I had never thought to do that! I am sure that if I had sought that from the Lord that I would've more diligently searched for my kindred dead. I resolved after that meeting to pray that the Lord would help me to have more spiritual experiences and that I might recognize them and have my testimony strengthened and light brightened.
I challenge you to do the same! Identify an area in your worship or.. daily life in which you are bored or less enthused about. Perhaps it is mutual or presidency meeting or council meetings or family dinners or your own personal study. family home evening. family council. Anything! Pray that the Lord will show you how to make it a spiritual experience. Act upon the impressions you receive. Be open to the influence of the Holy Ghost, who knoweth all things and inviteth and enticeth to do good continually. 

-Sister Emma Gore
Week 2 in Grovetown. 

I've never been so tired in my life. We spent all our time walking. In the sun. I sleep like a rock. It's amazing.

Grovetown is interesting because it doesn't feel like GA. It's a military community so.. no one is even really from here. Also it was cold this week so that was odd. Who knew that happened in GA? 

This week we met our ward mission leader. He is from AZ and sells.. something to do with trash. Anyways, he's super awesome and has a lot of energy for missionary work. We had ward coordination at his house with the Elders the other day,he taught Sister S and I so much and we've been using it as we tract and people are way more open to us and to talking and it's awesome. . 

General Conference was this weekend! It's basically Christmas as a missionary. So good. I loved President Nelson's pondering of the Book of Momon:
How precious is the Book of Mormon to me?
What would my life be like without the Book of Mormon? what would I not know? what would I not have? 
When I think of the Book of Mormon I think of ____.

I've been pondering the answers to those questions yesterday and today. I took about 30 minutes of my study this morning to reflect on what the Book of Mormon really is and why that has matters in my life. To share a few thoughts:

The Book of Mormon taught me to fully repent and change.
The Book of Mormon is my first source of knowledge and understanding in regard to the infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ.
The Book of Mormon confirms the reality of a life after death.
The Book of Mormon shows us how to withstand temptation.
The Book of Mormon brings light into my life - light that can only emanate from that which is true and good and testifies of Christ - light that leads to repent and reach for a better way. The Book of Mormon leads us home to a loving and merciful Father in Heaven, eager to grant us eternal joy and progression according to our deeds and intents here upon the Earth. 

I also loved Elder Arden's words. He encouraged us to be patient disciples, waiting upon the Lord, holding to the things we do know and feel and understand while waiting for further knowledge. He encouraged us to "pay the price" for gospel knowledge. Are we willing to do so? Do we trust Heavenly Father?

Keep being awesome. 

"Shall we not go on in so great a cause?"

Sister Gore

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Growin in Grovetown


Today makes day 6 in Grovetown,  It is tiny and just about a purely residential town. Tons of new homes and lots of construction and the families are typically young and with children,and move around a lot. The demographic is totally different from Perry, GA.  Right before we got to the ward they actually had to split the boundary and create a new ward because this are is growing so fast. Our area is tiny! And I love it.

I am here with Sister S. She has been out about 5 months and was baptized last year. She's from Iowa, plays trumpet and did so at Iowa State, so that is fun.

There are Elders already serving in the Grovetown Ward and President Grayson just added us as the Grovetown Ward Sisters. So we are re-opening/white washing here. Which is insane. We got our assignment and were just... left to ourselves! It was a huge blessing that Sister S had a GPS. We made it! White washing is so weird because no one tells you how to do it. There's no instructions. You just go to your area and figure it out.

It's been an absolute blast. So fun. And I love not having a companion who's been in the area because I didn't step out the door of the apartment to work with any pre-conceived notions about what the people/area were like. We've just been figuring stuff out on our own.

Missionaries already pray a ton but I'm pretty sure my praying has like.. tripled since getting here. I am just so desperate to be led and instructed by the Spirit. We have seen miracles this week. Primarily, we have been led to some amazing people who seem really sincere and ready to learn the gospel.

Thursday we also had dinner with Bishop B and his family. They are awesome! Bishop B's push with his ward this year is that each person has daily accountability to the Lord. He loaded us up with  families to visit. It was clear that he had very high expectations for us as the missionaries serving in his ward and that was super exciting to see. 

Make it a great week. Focus on Jesus Christ. 

Sister Gore

Goodbye to Sister O

Hello to Sister S

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Tomorrow at roughly 10am ET I will have a new companion and be headed to a new area. Which is insane. Because I just barely got to Perry like... 2 days ago. And Sister Ois training. Which makes me a grandma. (I'm so proud of her.)  I love this place. And these people who are so good and who have such faith and love for the Lord. The Lord has wrought many mighty miracles in Perry. 
Also, I was blessed with some miracles this week that I feel like Heavenly Father allowed me because I am leaving:

A's mom has committed to be baptized on the 21st of October. Her fear is gone. She said "I know this is the way I want to go". I am proud of her. 

On Friday night Sister O and I were working in a neighborhood that a handful of members, less-active members, and investigators live in. It's a busy place. Anyways, it's also a very big place and so we were driving from one corner of the neighborhood to the other and passed the home of a sweet member of the ward. Months ago, this member referred us to her friend who really was going through a hard time and was looking for a church and needed the direction and peace that come from a knowledge of the gospel and the Plan of Salvation. She gave us her address. Yet, for literal months, we could never catch her at home or at this member's home. We kind of put it on the back burner. The member said she is very busy and rarely home because she works such bad hours. As we drove by this member's home, we saw a lady just standing in the front yard. We  were both sure that it was her. Knew it was her. She talked with us for about 15 minutes about the challenges she is facing and wanting to be closer to God. We invited her to hear our message. No one as yet has responded so enthusiastically as she did. Miracle! Long time in coming. 

It has been incredible to focus on listening. It seems that as we do, the Lord sends us to people who are ready to open up and help us to hear and understand and meet their needs. It changes everything about missionary work.

"Shrink not from your duty, however unpleasant,
But follow the Savior, your pattern and friend.
Our little afflictions, tho painful at present,
Ere long, with the righteous, in glory will end,

Be fixed in your purpose, for Satan will try you;
The weight of your calling he perfectly knows.
Your path may be thorny, but Jesus is nigh you;
His arm is sufficient, tho demons oppose."

-Sister Gore

Sister O.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hi! It's been... 10 days? A lot has happened. I'll do my best: 

I know you probably want to know about Hurricane Irma so here it is: 

On Friday 2 sisters from Hilton Head, SC came to stay with us. They got evacuated. They are the sister training leaders over the Savannah Zone and are awesome! We basically were on exchanges Friday-Tuesday (they left Wednesday, Sep 13 in the morning). So.. We got double the work done!! And met so many truly incredible people whom the Lord led us to. Also, all 4 of us really just needed those experiences for different reasons. But I just love that amidst the mess of a hurricane, the Lord helped us to find good and answered so many prayers. The work in the Perry area has changed so much since I got here - we are so busy - the Lord has truly opened the windows of heaven in the Perry Ward. By the time the hurricane got here it was rain and wind. We stayed in all day on Monday. The most damage we are aware of is.. Well, Sister K and I found a tree fallen in the road, taking power/telephone lines with it. We had to find another way to our appointment. Also some people we know had a tree break a hole in their roof. Hopefully we will get to do some service this coming week! There will surely be opportunities to go about doing good. 

We met with M (the man who came to church) on Monday the 4th. He knows the Bible so well! He said he came looking for a church because the one he is going to is "dying". He seems sincere and is very excited about the Book of Mormon! 

Sister O, while here with Sister R for exchanges, knocked doors and found a lady who we were able to go and see on Saturday and learned that she is a member of the church! She was baptized in VA 10 years ago and has lost or forgotten all of her gospel knowledge. She is now married to a man  who is not a member and they want to be taught! So incredible how the Lord places people in our path. 

We received a referral this week for a lady who wanted a Book of Mormon. She is awesome - we were able to be in her home within 4 hours of receiving the referral and taught her the Restoration. She is so ready to learn and truly loves God! 

Remember always that the Lord saves us individually. One by one. Not in large batches, but personally. Turn to Him. He knows your heart and desires and can motivate and lift you to righteous action. He knows your sorrows and heartaches and temptations. By yoking ourselves with Jesus Christ, our burdens can be made light. We can have true joy. "If thou believest in the redemption of Christ thou canst be healed."

-Sister Emma Gore

At the Mission Home

Roller Skating on pday

with the sisters from hilton head who evacuated

Friday, September 8, 2017

The church is true - act like it!

After writing last week,we went to the Aviation Museum in Warner Robins with Marissa and saw the fastest plane in the world and it was so fun. We also ate at this sweet place called The Taco Shed. 10/10. 

We taught BOM class this week about the vision of the tree of life and I learned so much from the members!! It was such a fun lesson to teach and I was amazed at the insight and Spirit that the members/investigators brought to the class. I'll share one piece with you: 1 Nephi 8:30 says that once the people had made it to the tree they "fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree". I had never before noted the phrase "fell down" as one of importance until it was discussed in class on Tuesday night. It was so amazing to hear how the Spirit taught different people different meanings of the word: humility, worship, overcome with joy, no plans on leaving the tree, etc. What does it mean to you? I thought that someone who fell down at the tree was exhausted. I was reminded of this scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants:
12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—
13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness
17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
I left the class with a heightened resolve to wear myself out in the service of God and my fellow men. 

This week we had an awesome lesson with a couple. I'm not sure if I have talked about them previously but we found them knocking doors. They have 2 young teenagers and want to get back into a church and build their home around Jesus Christ. We taught them the Restoration one day.. I think 2 weeks ago and they asked us to come back and teach it again to all of their family. We taught the 4 of them the Restoration on Saturday night. They are energetic and have righteous desires. Sister O and I are eager to help them progress and grow and realize God's plan for their family.

A has started to receive the new-member lessons. We are continuing to teach Angela's mother and have also started teaching C's niece. This week we had a lesson with A, C, and R in a member's home. It was amazing to be in the member's home and have their testimonies added to mine and Sister O and A. The Spirit was so present and definitely helped us to be able to teach the lesson to 3 sets of needs and use the member family in our teaching. A has been embraced by the ward.

This week I went on exchanges to Macon, GA with a Sister A !! She has been out 16 months and is the sweetest Spirit. It was so easy to be around her - she is genuine. As is prone to happen on exchange days, lots of people cancelled or we had to rearrange the day. But it all worked out. The Lord knew where we were and where his other children were and led us to 3 potential investigators. Also, I had the privilege of going to the mission office!

 I walked into the office and it was so clean and organized. There are offices where the senior couples work to manage housing and cars and finances and nursing. I noticed a room at the back of the hallway - the lights were off but the door was open and a large painting of the Savior was visible. I walked to the end of the hall and turned on the light and stood in what I knew to be a sacred place. There was a table surrounded by chairs, Books of Mormon stacked on top. A larger desk was in the back, more paintings of Jesus Christ and Church history. I was blown away by the presence of the Holy Ghost in that room. As I left that room, I became more aware of the Spirit that filled the whole mission office. It was such a blessing for me to experience. God is in this work - He is in the details about who lives where and what to do when a car breaks down and how to help missionaries be healthy and what phones to buy for the mission and sorting the mail. Heavenly Father is concerned about all of it and Elder and Sister Jensen confirmed this to me in some sweet experiences shared that they had had while battling problems in the mission office. Elder Jensen told me one particularly neat experience : He had come across a problem sorting out something with the cars. He couldn't figure it out and had spent a good amount of time studying it out and praying and trying to find a way to make it all work. He called President Grayson, who could spare a minute or two to come to the office and look at it. Elder Jensen and President Grayson found a solution and a way to make everything work. When it had all been made right President Grayson said, "Okay. Now I'll go and see what the Lord wants us to do." Elder Jensen said it had been about a week and President Grayson hadn't gotten back to him yet. I was so amazed by the attitude of President Grayson. I probably would've been content once it had been resolved the first time, sure that that had been made possible by the Spirit. But President Grayson wasn't. He knew that He needed to go the Lord and ask His will again, surely taking the plan to Heavenly Father. Good day.

We had a miracle happen on Sunday this week! A man named M just sort of showed up at church and had been looking for one to join. He asked good questions and stayed for all 3 hours and the members were so kind to him. Sister O and I are going to teach him tonight!

Sister O has started driving which I super love because it turns about being the driver for 4 straight months made me way way way excited to just be a passenger!! And she loves driving so it all works out. 

Go forth with faith.

-Sister Gore


Even in Georgia you can fnd Arizona  <3

Pday at the musem

Hi All,

Here's an update about some of the people we are seeing:
C- A'as mother. We taught her the Restoration this week. We asked her how she felt and she covered her mouth and said, "Well.. I think it's true!" as if that were the biggest shock to her. So precious. She is coming to church and reading the Book of Mormon. She is contemplative and thoughtful, much like A. Pray that her faith will grow so that she can follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. 

H and G - We found them I think.. 2 weeks ago. We taught them the Restoration this week. Oh, it was such a good lesson. Before we even showed up he said that they had prayed to have open hearts to our message. G, at least, has studied with just about every religion he could. We shared our message and I really understood about teaching to needs as they asked thoughtful and sincere questions which we answered with the help of the Spirit. As we talked about Joseph Smith's calling as a prophet of God, he asked, "Okay so every missionary or minister that I meet with has a story like yours that seems good and is about Jesus Christ. And they don't seem to be doing anything evil and neither do y'all. So how are you any different from everybody else and why should I listen to you? How can I know you are any different?" Perfect question!! In Matthew 7 the Savior teaches that we will know a work by its fruits. Sister O and I introduced the Book of Mormon - Joseph Smith's fruits - to them. I was so thankful then for that Book - a second witness - a convincing evidence. I was thankful that Heavenly Father had led us to honest seekers of truth. I Pray that they will feel the incredible power of the Book of Mormon.

On Saturday A was baptized and on Sunday she received the gift of the Holy Ghost as was confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Precious day - long awaited - long in the making.  I have never seen her so happy as she was those two days. There is a physical change in her- a new light in her face that is so obvious. I feel so blessed to know her. She has made such an impression on me as I have watched the gospel change her - watched A pray and talk to her Heavenly Father and learn, then accept and act upon, His will for her. 

Sister O has been out 9 weeks - next week she starts driving and that is so crazy. I'm also gonna have her "train" me with the book we use. It'll be good. She's a powerful servant of the Lord, humble and full of love for God. Her only desire is to please Him. She is helping me grow. I'm so lucky.

We are officially scheduled to eat squirrel on Friday, September 1

at 5pm Eastern. Prayers requested. Just kidding - I am excited? I think. I'm really not sure.

Anyways, I love you.
"There's a right way to live and be happy.
It is choosing the right every day."
Don't forget it!

-Sister Gore

(see hymn 8 in re:my subject. It's a good one - a new favorite)

What a great day!  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dear everyone,

We started teaching a Book of Mormon class in the ward this week and I'm so excited about it. In part, because I love the Book of Mormon and now I get another hour to study it each week. But also because this is such a good way for us to help our investigators to have a better understanding of the Book of Mormon, a handful of less-active members of the Church came, and the active members are coming and inviting and gaining confidence in us as missionaries which makes them more likely to refer us to their friends. (Sorry for that awful sentence structure but not sorry enough to fix it). 22 people came the very first time! Including A and her mama. Amazing. Good all around. 

On Saturday we were trying a former investigator and had plans to contact in the area afterwards. There weren't many people home but there was a boy in the street shooting hoops. We went and met him. 14 years-old. Plays center on the basketball team in Warner Robins. J is probably the most meek person I have ever met. Very quiet and gentle. In no way cocky or puffed up. We asked him if he or his family attended a Church/if he would like to. He said, "Well... my family doesn't go but I think that I would like to." "Why is it that you want to attend a church?" "I just think that when you go to church that good things can happen." Such a simple and pure testimony! When we go to church, when we keep God's commandments, good things can happen. My heart was so full of love for this young man who wanted to do what was right with his meager understanding and humble desires. He lives outside of our area but we're sending missionaries to him. :)

On Sunday we were teaching a man about doing the small and simple things every day. We talked about the brushing your teeth analogy: Let's say you don't brush your teeth all week long. So it gets to be the end of the week and you put 7x the toothpaste on your toothbrush. That'll make up for it, yes?
AND HE SAID YES. And told us that sometimes if he missed a day he would brush his teeth 2x the next day. So that didn't work. And it was funny. And he is so light-hearted so we all laughed and then helped him understand differently and got him the BOM app on his phone and he's gonna read every night. It was just so funny. 

We had several miracles happen with our investigator R. First, we've been meeting with him at an assisted living home but that is crazy hectic because it's loud an there's people everywhere and his roommate likes tv. But it also hadn't been working out to get him to a member's home for lessons. So this week he told us there's a library at the center and we can meet there and we did and it was so quiet and good!!! 

Also there's a burger place in our area called Bad Picture Burgers. The idea is that they serve really good burgers but show really awful movies. Like... poorly-made-cringe-worthy movies. Isn't that so creative? I've also heard the food is spot on but.. we can't go there cause we don't watch movies. 

The weather is becoming more moderate and that is mucho appreciated. 

Each time that you make a right choice, you are allowing the Lord to pour out a shower of blessings that we deny ourselves by doubt or fear or sin. Keep closing the umbrella. (see Living the Gospel Joyful, President Uchtdorf). Press on.

If we do what’s right we have no need to fear,
For the Lord, our helper, will ever be near;
In the days of trial his Saints he will cheer,
And prosper the cause of truth.

How thankful I am to labor for the cause of truth.

Sister Emma Caroline Gore

This week we went to zone conference in Macon and it was awesome. I got to play the piano and they changed all the songs at the very last minute and I still managed to play through them because I prayed about it and the Lord enabled me to do so. It was exciting. I love zone conference because I always leave with an expanded vision of what the Lord would have me do and who He would have me be - and I leave with the tools to accomplish it. This cycle we learned about the Book of Mormon and the power that that Book has. It speaks for itself. It testifies of Christ. I loved love loved these training because the Book of Mormon is.. well, it's the heart of why I'm a missionary in the first place. I began a serious study of that book and it changed my life and here I am. So I'm gonna remember all that and use that book more. 

We had a service project this week at a member's home cause she lives alone and needs help anyways we were gonna clean out her screen room out in her backyard. and her and the members were like "oh yeah just sweep it it'll take like 10 minutes no big deal" and then the room was full of every spider known to man kind and their babies so that was fun. We didn't clean out the screen room after all. There was no bug killer to be found on the premises. But Sister O was very brave and killed some spiders anyways. Good stuff. 

WeI met a wonderful lady on Thursday, she was a media referral who requested a Bible. Most people who request Bibles are already comfortable in their churches and just wanted a Bible. But she was different. She was raised Baptist and had been church-going for a long time and has fallen away from all of that. G requested a Bible because she wants to rekindle her relationship with her Heavenly Father. Her heart is soft. She is searching. I felt so blessed to sit on her couch and tell her about the Book of Mormon as yet another testimony of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ lives. 

-Sister Gore

Amelia is my bff in case you didn't remember.

Dear everyone,

I'm not sure I'll be able to say this how I want you to understand it but I am going to try: 
Sister O and I sat on the couch of 2 less-active women in our ward last night. We talked about the conversion of King Lamoni's father who would give away all his sins to know Jesus Christ. (Alma 22:15-18) We talked about how the price we pay to come closer to Jesus Christ is forsaking our sins - denying ourselves of ungodliness - burying our weapons of rebellion - putting away even those sins and transgressions that we think bring us comfort or pleasure in the moment - yielding to the enticing of the Holy Spirit - being changed such that we have no more desire to do evil. The Savior taught, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3).  Giving up our sins is life eternal. We are given commandments in this life such that we can practice living heaven. Such that we can be comfortable dwelling in the presence of God. We choose by our actions where we want to be after we leave this frail existence. We talked about how if an individual has sinned or lived below their potential and is unrepentant, they will have no desire to be with God as Alma the Younger expressed, "Oh, thought I, that I could be banished and become extinct both soul and body, that I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God, to be judged of my deeds." But how much we can learn from comparing this to Alma's attitude after he repents and is forgiven and made clean through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ: "Yea, methought I saw, even as our father Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God yea, and my soul did long to be there." We will not desire to be with God in the eternities if we have not practiced living as He does while here on Earth. Oh how the commandments are such a blessing! To be able to learn and grow inside of the safe and happy laws that a loving and all-knowing Heavenly Father has provided for His children. 

These are not concepts that I unearthed myself, or that are new, or that have not been spoken of in Christ's church. But as I talked of them last night I just.. understood. Really understood.

I find that as I study basic, fundamental truths of the gospel and then go out and teach them to others that I am blessed with this incredibly clear understanding. The things I have learned about all my life are just.. They're just true. And it's so cool to get to share that because it's almost as if my spirit is like, "Well, duh. Of course that's true." The Holy Ghost blesses me to understand the laws of God logically and it is amazing the new depth of my convictions and how the words of the scriptures are sinking into my heart and becoming part of who I am. . It is so good to be a missionary.

This week we were sent a media referral IN PERRY. We get referrals from usually 2-3 times a week but they are always from people who live 45-60 minutes away. So it's really hard to get out there. Because we have limited miles. And members have lives. But we got a referral in Perry this week and she wanted a Book of Mormon (How could you not?) and we got to see her for a quick minute on Sunday and we are going back on Wednesday. Good stuff.

A is doing well though still not on date for baptism. Her mom has started sitting in on lessons which is awesome. And they are starting to research their family history.

Also we had snails for dinner this week and they were 10/10. 

Sister Emma Gore

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hello hello! 

I learned to run this week. When I was in middle school and did cross country one of the coach ladies told me that I had really bad form but never expounded and I never asked. She told me what I was doing wrong but I didn't know how to fix it and didn't really care to find out at that point. But every single time I go running I think about what she said. So this week as I ran I paid really close attention to how my body moves and how my feet land and to my breathing and I think I found really good form because running has become a lot easier and I go a lot faster and feel way better at the end. I am very happy about it. Also I stretch a ton and am becoming quite flexible. Sister Orton used to dance so HER goal for me is to be able to do the splits. We'll see how that goes. If it happens you will get photo evidence. 

It was kind of a quiet week - we had a ton of meetings to go to in Macon and Cochran and it felt weird to have preparation day on Tuesday. 

On Thursday we traveled to Reynolds, GA to visit a lady who requested a Bible. We also introduced the Book of Mormon and she was so excited. She said, "If this is true that changes my whole life." She gets it - she gets that we need to chase after truth, learn all we can, and then act in accordance with the things that we know. Reynolds is really far away and it's really hard for us to get out there but we are hoping to see her again in the next 2 weeks or so.

Ais doing well - she came to the Pioneer Day ward social and brought a ton of her family. We read the Book of Mormon with Angela a lot - it is the convincing evidence of the restoration of the gospel - it is what converts individuals. 

The Lord loves you. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world - He lives! 

Sister Gore

Family and others,

Here are some various things that you probably weren't curious about but might be:
1. Sister O and I run between 1.2 and 1.6 miles every morning. It depends on how many times we run around the apartment complex, 3 or 4. It is super good. And super sweaty. Good ol' humidity. Then we go inside the little gym for the rest of our time. 
2. I put up a wall calendar and at the end of every day I record a miracle/tender mercy. It's a good place for them and a good thing to do at the end of the day and I would highly recommend it. 
3. Our tire had a puncture in it this week so we had to get it fixed. 
4. We found a sunflower patch this week and I was for sure the happiest ever.

We had an A+ week, like usual. It is good to be obedient and diligent. Even when things do not "work out", Sister O and I can have peace and know that we fulfilled our purpose in sharing what we know and inviting others to learn more and to become more.

Ais as solid as ever. She loves coming to church and is always so excited about going and about us coming over - she is so eager to do better and to learn more. She even signed up to bring food to a ward social, how awesome is that? Members won't even do that! Last night we talked about the 10 commandments and about how we shouldn't take the Lord's name in vain. She was so excited to learn about some of the things included in that commandment and to stop using God's name in irreverent ways. She loves to learn - and soaks everything  up. She tells us that she always feels so much peace at church, like she has come home.  She told us this week that the biggest change she has seen since learning about the gospel is that she is less angry. She has become more tolerant and more friendly and has more love for others - She has become more like Jesus Christ! . We are working with her to help her recognize that answer and continue learning and increasing her faith. Sister O and I talk about and pray about her constantly - that we will know what to do and say to help her make this sacred covenant with her Heavenly Father. 

We had another neat experiene this week while out tracting in a neighborhood. We met a lady named outside of her home. She had just returned home from the hospital with her dying mother. She told us that she is having a really hard time with her mama being sick. Sister O and I shared what we felt impressed to and asked her if she wanted to learn more. She said that she was comfortable in her Baptist church, but that she did know a lady in our ward whom she really admired! We left her with our number and went along our way. Two days later this same member texts us: My friend told me that she ran into y'all! She wants you to come back and see her soon - she regretted not talking to you as soon as you left. We went back and saw her, who was recently married and has 3 young teenagers. They are the sweetest family! Her older daughter was walking through the living room where we were meeting and she just stopped and sat down and listened. I think she was touched by something (hint: the Holy Ghost) and she listened just as intently as her mother did. We taught about the restoration of the gospel, to include the restoration of the priesthood, and the sealing power that binds families together. They were so touched - she always believed that families could be together forever but no one could ever tell her how or show her that doctrine in the Bible. She said she had asked her pastor about it just the other day and he had no idea. What a miracle that we were able to share that precious truth with her - families really can be together for forever! God intends for us to be in our families for all eternity, to continue learning and loving and growing. Hearing that brought her so much peace. And it was so cool to be able to show her where the sealing power is talked about in the Bible (Matthew 16:19) and talk about how that power and knowledge has been restored to the Earth through the prophet Joseph Smith! It's been here almost 200 years and still some people don't know.

We spent Saturday in the mission home at the trainer/trainee meeting. Super good day - I so look forward to any time that I get to be with President Grayson - he is such an inspired leader. Also I got to see Sister V! I love her and it is so fun that I get to keep seeing her in all kinds of places even though we are no longer companions. 

I was listening to a devotional address that President Nelson gave this week called "Becoming True Millennials". I don't care who ya are or how old ya are - go listen to it and take the inspired challenges that an Apostle of God extends to us! They are powerful and oh so very real. Here's a link so no excuses: 

Sister Emma Caroline Gore

Holy hugeness!!

Someone small at our house wanted to know if there were pink flowers in Georgia.  Yes.  Yes there are.  :)  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sister O makes me laugh laugh laugh and we had a great week!

Tuesday was the 4th of July - best day ever - and we got to have another lesson with K and T. We taught them the plan of salvation and it was SO GOOD. The Spirit was so strong and they soaked everything up. It was amazing to watch them learn - He literally said "wow" about 100 times. They were so in awe at the precious truths of God's plan for His children. They both kept saying, "We've never even heard this before" or "I've always wondered about that" and "that makes so much more sense than what I'd been taught". It was such a cool lesson because we got to read from the Book of Mormon SO MUCH. Just like it says in the introduction to the Book of Mormon, the plan of salvation really is outlined in that book. T has had a sister and 2 uncles die in the past few months - it was so joyous to teach them about the resurrection of all men and of how their family members are being taught in the Spirit world and how they can all be a family ETERNALLY in the Celestial Kingdom. Sister O and I marveled as we left that lesson - we have both known the truths of the restored gospel all our lives - loved them, but taken for granted at times - they have simply always been there.  I thought on the words of Alma - Have ye felt to sing the song of redeeming love? Can ye feel so now? Also - they are reading the Book of Mormon and loving it. How could they not?  :) 

Bonus - we saw fire works as we drove home!! 

Wednesday we had a lesson with A, who has been out of town for a while. She diligently reads and prays about the Book of Mormon - she wants to be baptized but is uncertain because she feels she needs to know and understand more. When we met we read in the Book of Mormon with her- she happened to be in 2 Nephi 3 where Lehi recounts Joseph of Egypt's prophesy about Joseph Smith. In 2 Nephi 3: it says that the restoration would bring people out of darkness and into light. She said that that is exactly how she felt as she began meeting with us - that we had brought her out of darkness and into light. we met with her on Friday as well.  On Sunday, she came to church!! Just as she had promised to do about 3 weeks ago! She loved it - and will be back next week. :) 

We weren't able to meet with R this week but we did meet her daughter on a different occasion? So they both want to learn so that's really cool and they both work a ton a ton a ton but I know that if it is God's will we will be able to get into their home and teach them.

I have had the coolest experiences in my personal study this week!! In the past.. 2 years or so my testimony of and conversion to the Book of Mormon as the word of God has deepened exponentially. I remember sitting at work in the drive through lanes of the credit union - in those quiet moments I would pour over the Book of Mormon for literally hours at a time. I hungered after that book - it changed me - it helped me to know of a surety that Jesus Christ lives and loves me. I could speak volumes about the wonders that are contained in the Book of Mormon and still feel that I had not done it any kind of justice. (I guess you'll have to go and read and pray about it yourself, huh?) However, I never have had a similar love and hungering for the Bible. I believed it to be God's word and to be true but I never had a real connection with that Book. Well, I've repented. I'm not really sure when the change happened but I guess there's just something about being in the "bible belt". All day long I hear people profess their love for the Bible and quote from it and the Lord has been creating in me this desire to understand that zeal that I see here. This week I began to study the New Testament from the beginning, using the other standard works and Talmage's Jesus the Christ as references. The exact same desperation and excitement that I felt when reading the Book of Mormon has filled me as I read the Bible!I have to tear myself away from it to study anything else - I cannot get enough - it is how I spend almost any of my free time. I am learning so much about Jesus Christ and how He lived and taught and about the organization of the Church and I LOVE the Bible. The Holy Ghost has blessed me with a sure testimony that it has power, just as the Book of Mormon does, to change hearts and minds and bring us to salvation.

I love Georgia.   I sometimes want to buy a UGA shirt and then I remember very clearly my father's voice: Don't come home a bulldogs fan! which I just think is funny that I always remember. 

Sister Emma Caroline Gore

Happy fourth!!

Sisters and their car  

Dear all,

I feel really quiet today but I am going to do my best to write this email. :)

My new companion is from South Jordan, Utah.  

Miracles we saw this week: 
1. We were in Fort Valley on Tuesday and the appointment we had fell through. As we drove to our backup plan, I just felt really strongly that we needed to stop on this one street and get out of the car and talk to whoever was there. We met some awesome people who we have appointments with next week! Even better, we knocked on this one door and found a lady R. About 6 weeks ago we had met her while knocking in a different neighborhood.She  works doing like.. In-home care so she wasn't at her own home when we initially found her and couldn't talk much. We found her on Thursday at HER house. We got to share a little bit about the Restoration and she invited us to come back. How cool is that?
2. On Sunday night we went to eat dinner at Mama's home. As soon as we got there she called up her grandson and his girlfriend and there 2 kids to come over and eat, too.We had met them before they had wanted to study with us but we hadn't been about to see them in a few weeks. They came right over once mama called them and we were able to teach the restoration of the gospel. Honestly, I have never heard of more prepared people.  As we talked about Joseph Smith, they immediately connected with the story, knowing that they felt the same way Joseph did and believing that God would help them to find truth. They soaked up everything we taught, asking so many questions, honestly hungering after the truth and after God's will. They asked where the church was and what they could do to learn more and I just.. don't have sufficient words to describe to you the feeling in that home as we taught. We introduced to them the Book of Mormon and before we could invite them to read and pray about it, they had said they would read from it every night together. We invited them to be baptized and they immediately accepted, so eager to do what is right.We will be able to have lessons with them every Tuesday and Thursday! Sister O and I are so excited and they are so excited and it's amazing to me how God works to put those who are seeking the fullness of the gospel in our path.

Perry is amazing. Being a missionary is amazing. I see the Lord's hand every single in day - this is His work. Things are picking up here and our teaching pool is growing and before we know it Perry will need two sets of missionaries! High expectations + High love = successful missionaries.

Also, I feel like something changed in me when I became a trainer and I am just.. so incredibly focused on the work and on our investigators and I finally feel really adjusted to missionary life and that's such a huge blessing.

It has been raining a lot this week but we just bring rain coats and umbrellas and pray for safety and it all works out. Plus humidity is.. fun? Yeah, that's the word. ;)

Also there are fireflies everywhere which is so I love them.

Have a fantastic 4th of July which we all know is the best holiday ever!!! 

Sister Gore

New companion