April 28, 2015
So this last week was my Birthday!!!!!! It was a good week. Bitter sweet at some moments but it was good. I am so grateful for all of the birthday letters that I got. They made my day start off good with all of the testimonies.
On Monday (Preparation Day) we all went out and played baseball on some field, and we had a lot of fun. It was nice to be able to hang out with everyone and being able to relax for a little bit.
On Tuesday, We all went over to Robyn's house and we did some service. Sister Ridge and I helped clean out the shed and the Elders mowed the lawn and cut down a tree, which they had a lot of fun doing. But mostly we did service today.
On Wednesday, we had our district meeting and I was teaching the lesson. I taught on how important it is to have members involved with missionary work. The lesson went very well and I was super proud of myself. After we just tracted for about 2 hours and that was okay. Then we went to go see Brandi and her girls, but they didn't answer, which made me a little sad but we will try them again. Then we traded with the STL's (Sister Trainer Leaders) to go on exchanges. Sister Ridge went to Jackson and I stayed in Flowood with Sister James.
So on Thursday, It was my first day with taking over the area and I was super scared. I drove the car which it has been about 4 months that I haven't drove. But it went well. We went and visited Tracy Green, and talked with her to see if she needed anything. Her husband went back into the hospital for more chemo so we are just praying that he gets better. Then we went tracting for about an hour and a half, and no one answered their doors. After we went to Mustard Seed and that was so much fun. Mustard Seed is a place for adults who have disabilities and we visit and play games with them. They were all excited to see the Sister Missionaries. It was really nice to be able to hang out with these perfect children of our Heavenly Father. Then after we did more tracting and again, no one answered their doors. After we traded back.
On Friday it was my birthday. Yea 20 years old now!!! So I woke up and got ready and then I opened all of my letters and packages. It took about an hour and a half to open everything. I loved everything and it started off my day in a good way. Then we went and visited Shari before we got already for the Baseball Game. She made me a cake and we just got to talk with her for a little bit. Then we went to the apartment and changed. We then met the Elders at the park and we watched the game. It was so much fun. Elder Gray had a baseball passed to him and he then gave it to me. I bought a key chain and a Mississippi Braves towel. We were having so much fun just to be able to watch the game. We were also able to talk to people about our church because we had our name tags on and people were asking us questions about our church. It was a great experience of how you can share the gospel no matter where you are. It could be you knocking on doors or at a baseball game. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
On Saturday, we met with the Pearl Elders to do some practices. We do a lot of practices here. And we did that for about 2 hours and then we went to the Crowder’s for dinner. When we got there, I opened the door and they all surprised me. I had no idea that they had done this. I felt so loved at that moment and I was very happy that they did that. We had a lot of fun and you probably saw that on the video.
On Sunday we had church and a lot of people were wishing me a happy birthday. Then we had “Linger Longer” after and it was good to be able to talk with the members. Then after we went and took a little nap, which we really needed. Then we went and had dinner with Tammy. She talked about her cruise and it was fun to talk with her.
Sister Mayo (Beth) showed me the Facebook post that you posted and I loved it so much.
Love you guys so much!!!!
Sister O'Connor opening her over 20 birthday cards, letters and testimonies.
Mississippi Braves game on her birthday. (Of course you know she was
raised in a sports family.)
Game under the lights!!!
Sister O'Connor and Sister Ridge loving some baseball.
Elder Clyde and Elder Mobley
A game is never complete without some fireworks!!