Tuesday, April 29, 2014

hold on Dorothy....tornado watches

On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM, Jace Face <roswv@msn.com> wrote:
just got this  
Dear Precious Missionaries in the Georgia Atlanta Mission:
Later today and tomorrow, a storm that struck Arkansas hard last night will bring rain and strong winds, potentially severe weather across the State of Georgia.  It is hard to know if it will be hard rain and wind, or something more severe that will create damage, but beware.
We just wanted you to be aware.  We are not saying stay in and don't move about with your normal day at this point, it may be just a rainy and windy day, but be aware and alert if things advance.  Here are some preparations to consider:
What to do during a windstorm
1. Don’t panic. Take quick action to protect yourself and help others.
2.Turn off the stove if you’re cooking when the power goes out, and turn off natural gas appliances.
3. If you are indoors, move away from windows or objects that could fall. Go to lower floors in multi-story homes. If you are outdoors, move into a building. Avoid downed electric power lines, utility poles and trees.
4. If you are driving, pull off the road and stop away from trees. If possible, walk into a
safe building. Avoid overpasses, power
lines and other hazards.
 5. Listen to instructions from you mission president and leaders regarding emergency
What to do after a windstorm
 Check yourself and those around you for injuries. Evacuate damaged buildings. Do not
 re-enter until declared safe by authorities. Call 9-1-1 only to report a life threatening
emergency. If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound indoors — open windows and leave
the building. Turn off the gas source and call your gas company. Do not use matches,
candles, open flames or electric switches indoors.
If the power goes out, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep food frozen for up to two days.
Provide assistance to your neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled. Try to make contact with your out-of- area phone contact, but avoid making local telephone calls.

Await instructions from your mission leaders who are monitoring weather radio for
instructions or an official “all clear” notice. Radio stations will broadcast what to do,
the location of emergency shelters and medical aid stations, and the extent of damage.

Wow, please be safe! You're in our prayers...here comes a breeze to cool things off-ha-ha! Love you tons...we will keep an eye on the news!!!

ok  love y'all too :)  talk to you next week  take care

All day today and into the evening there are tornado watches for his little town, and most of the south east! Sending lots of prayers!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

press forward...

yes it has been another week. :)   the cat belongs to the Yancey's in the ward. I'm not losing too much weight but my stomach is smaller because my belt fits loser and my pants and more baggy :)  stone mountain was a blast1  but I'm the only one who took a back pack so I carried everyone stuff up the mountain. oh well is way fun still and had a work out!   it was crazy cool at the top we met this guy who was walking with a cane and he came towards us and kept looking at me and I finally asked if he climbed the mountain with his cane ( jokingly)  he said no  so I asked him about it, he crashed his buddies atv and broke his leg in 2 places. and he showed us his scares and they looked  pretty good then I showed off mine and :)  I was in gym shorts and everyone was like wow what happened to you??!?!   anyways we talked with that guy for 45 min. before we left and he took a Book of Mormon and said he would read it and look at the website. he's in the navy and he is going to Virginia for his training and rehab for his leg. l he was a really cool guy. :) so Abbi's mom is a convert and they are doing ok  yesterday her mom went to pick them up from their dad and she hydroplaned and totaled her car but she is safe and is working to get things figured out right now cause she works and goes to school.   the other  people we haven't been able to contact recently, but Candace  she is doing good  she is preparing for may 10th and we taught her in an elderly couples home Friday night and the sister took her to relief society and we are pretty sure she introduced her to everyone! :) so that's awesome :) I still have a lot of contacts I have 4 boxes...  ha-ha I don't know how I have so much... oh... I hope they will be ok in this time..  I've been thinking about sister Peterson a lot this past week as  well not sure why but she has been on my mind...  I'll be praying for her and grandma Hillyard!   tell them I said hello :)  and I think I'll be with my comp till he goes home, he only has 7 weeks left...   he could go somewhere else for his last 6 weeks. but I think I will kill him off. so all of Atlanta is only split into two Zones and we have a lot of less active work because some missionaries would baptized poor people who only wanted money.  but it's a big area!  and I think we have so many because there are so many people to talk to. oh I will be getting me some souvenirs no worries ;)  ha-ha no the flag came from stn mtn and I will most likely get one :)  we don't have plans yet to Skype but we ask around and see what we can get set up.  :):)  I love you too mom and I hope and pray only the best for y'all :)  love elder weaver  

hey hey hey  so my week was good :)  talked to a ton of people but no one is interested..  your date sounds fun :)  like you met her on line via Face book or a dating thing?  well Jordan I love you and I hope you have a good week and take of yourself and stay safe :)   how's school going?   love elder weaver

sup Jax man :) oh I see...  well do you still enjoy the movies even if you can't understand them?   hahaha you shaved your legs?!?!?!   you're a funny kid!   did it make you faster? ;)  dang I'm sorry you really didn't have time to get set.. but good job on taking 4th!! :)  that's awesome buddy.  what size shoe do you wear child!!!?!?!?   goodness.. ha-ha  well sooner or later you can drive and have a god ole time by yourself and not worry about needing a parent in the car.   I love you buddy take care and be safe driving ;)    love elder weaver

dad, things are going good today can't complain.  it's getting really warm,  remember when it was cold and I said I can't wait for the heat to com ..  well I think I can wait a little longer.. ha-ha  we sweat in the car with the ac on.. it's pretty bad.  I feel great!!  how are you doin?  how do  you feel?  life is pretty good right now. :)  well I'm glad work is going good and things are getting lined up for you as well, I'll keep praying :)  well even tho you can't ride your bike, you can sit and enjoy the foliage of the purple mountains majesty ;)  (birdcage reference)   I had a question for your dad.  so those big tires I sent you a pic of, you think they would have some in Utah?  or even just a big tractor tire to flip or if you know of anyone that could have one,  just curious. we have fun while we are out and contacting people so we don't get bored :)  we've had a lot of new contact but not a lot of people are committed to meet with us.. the ward is getting better we actually have someone signed up to feed us this week :):)  just one but that's ok!!! :)   my comp isn't beating me up I don't think he would try.  I don't know I sometimes think that because I am so nice but have played ball all my life people try to push my limits. and I do need to stand firmer in my opinions and suggestions as well  but I don't know.  I am working hard which is nice I feel better and more confident in how the work is going. :)   I love you dad and I miss you too and yes I smile all the time :)  love elder weaver

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jordan-Well I'm glad you are enjoying your calling   ha-ha tell Jordana I say hello  ya that’s what it's like here too, I was just curious if there was a difference or not. Ya we teach who accepts us. Which isn’t too many people ha-ha we do  we teach and talk with everyone!!  I'm not shy anymore I'll come home a new man ;)  ha-ha  love you too Jordan take care and good luck with classes and all the things you're  doing.  Hey when is your big trip?!?!   I wanna see that weird fish you were talking about catching  love elder weaver
Jax-Hahaha  is your Spanish getting better from watching movies in Spanish?  dang Jax you like the man in the pics mom sent me!  Way to go in your placing!!  And that’s pretty for the shot put! Dang man that’s crazy  your throwing farther than when I was your age!    way to go buddy  ha-ha summon fights huh?  Nice bud  and yes keep me updated about track and school!  How are your grades by the way?    I love you my man and take care of yourself and others around you   love elder weaver

40 pound cat! He is huge!!!
Love that smile!!!

Justin-Ha-ha  what's good what's good my Utah man?!?!!   Easter was good here how was it for you?  Our week was good, nothing too exciting but we went to ATL for pday and walked around a little mall thing that’s underground  and that was fun, we saw and met a lot of interesting people….  One guy tried to give us $100 each (there were four of us)  and we said we couldn’t take his money and he got mad and almost started yelling at us.  Then he told us of his experience in jail and out of nowhere just stops talking and left…  and a lot of people asked us for money and we saw a guy dressed like a women shopping for women's clothing. Talk about uncomfortable… and he kept looking at me and smiling and I smiled back to be nice then he talked and I was like wow you’re a dude (I said that in my head)  then we all left cause we were kinda nervous ha-ha  but the work is still moving along and things are good  well I'm glad I can Morgan laugh ;)  I'm glad you have a good time with her too. Just make sure your staying focused and a little piece of advice, you don’t need a girlfriend to go on a mission,  like don’t go find one before you go just to have one.  hope you understand where I'm coming from on that… next time you see Jared dad tell him I say hi back  and you look good in your track pics!  You look really built and muscled ;) well good job in your track  meet this past week that's awesome bud!!  I know you will qualify for state this week!!   umm advice  for your talk?.... hmmm  share personal experiences but don’t try to be too personal, and share how those things have effected your life and how you will use what you learned in the mission field  and also in life as you go on after the mission   I hope you have a good week too and all goes well in track  and school   take care buddy talk to you later and I'll be waiting for your letter  love you Justin love elder weaver
happy Easter to you too mom :)   oh that sounds good :)   who are the elders in our ward? where are they from?  well... our members are kinda still sleeping through it,,,  but some are waking up and getting better :)   she is coming along ok we were able to stop by and give her a blessing on Thursday and she felt loved and felt God as the blessing was going.  her name is Kay  ha-ha thanks for the prayers ;)   my comp is from Yakama Washington he goes home this June  we get a long pretty good can't complain .........
 ok restart posting ;)  ha-ha  we don't see other missionaries too often we are spread out pretty good  but we talk with our district leader a few time s a day.  he's a cool guy :)  I like him  cooking is going good :)  we make easy quick stuff and we eat what we want to so that's a plus  and we have a lot of healthy food too :)  peppers eggs milk veggies wheat bread coconut rice pasta  protein chicken  so we are pretty well off as far food most days and we eat healthy :) nothing new for Easter just missionary work. we did talk to a guy who has a spiritual following on face book and after we talked to him he asked if he could take a pic with us and post it and he said if any of his followers are interested he will let us know and he took a pic of the BOM and posted it as well :)  so that was pretty cool!!!  :)   this week nothing too exciting happened, just teaching people and talking to as many as possible especially with Easter here now!   I do have pics today no worries  and ill have more next week we are going to stone mountain today   I like that quote too thank you mom,  I am who I am because of the people who raised me ;)  love you mom take care and don’t worry we will be ok J   love elder weaver
Hi dad  
Our week was good we got to see some of the big city and some new places this week  we are slowly but surely making baby steps with them   we are hoping so too!!  Ha-ha the members are great here and I've realized it's got to be hard with 8 full time missionaries in the ward, and we also have a sr couple.  So I have been trying not to be so hard on the ward.  We had a night with 4 cop cars outside our apartment looking for people. They were there all night pretty much  searching for someone. but they never knocked on our door or bothered us  I'm not too worried for my safety..  sometimes I am but little prayers and talking to everyone letting know who we are lets them know we aren’t trouble. I hope it works for everyone.  Ha-ha  we listen all the time and pray before we go somewhere and pray when we get there to make sure that’s where the Lord needs us and we pray for safety ;)  ha-ha  just pray for Abby and Kay and Candace and Steven and Mike  that’s about all I think y'all can do for now..  thanks for your thoughts and prayers and praying for y'all as well and I hope nothing but the best for you.  Be safe in all your doing too   thank you dad  love your son Jace  (elder weaver) ;)
 My comp, Elder Packard

 our ward building
 license plate you will only see in the south
 our apartment-love the redneck flag...

Miss this kid so much!!! So proud of him and the great person he is!! love the advice and time he gives to each of his brothers!  Way to go Jacer-keep head up!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Have faith, not fear-MOM

hi mom :) 
 I did get the new card and thank you very much mom, and I got a library card today! so I should be able to go into detail about our week now :) I don't have camera today but I have tons of pics so no worries :) I haven't gotten shoes yet haven't had the chance to go shoe shopping. the pics of work look very fun!!!  :):)   so the area is ok its more difficult in certain parts and other are a little better.  there's a lot of not very safe places here.  we had 3 cop cars in our complex last night with flash lights looking for someone. and we hear gun shots all the time and when we knock on doors and guys answer we can see the gun in the front of their pants, so a lot of fear has been coming  but we are friendly and loving and the people see we mean no harm so they are cool with us, no one has threatened us yet or mugged us so we are good as far as that :)  we have been teaching a lady over the phone who has some disabilities and can't make to church and doesn't feel ready for us to come over, so we have 3 way calls with her and members and we teach her that way.  something I've been thinking about a lot lately is being in bible belt  you'd think everyone had a firm belief in Christ atoning for us, but this sister didn't really believe in that,  but as we have been teaching her and loving here and helping her feel and notice the spirit she bear testimony to us about how she now knows that he did all that for her and she is waiting to be baptized and can't wait to meet us and members in person so she can be fellowshipped and feel their love as well.  she is who we are putting a lot of time attention in right now.  we are working with a less active who owns his own cobbler business and when we go  over he gives us samples of them and his cobblers really are heavenly!!!   no joke they are amazing.  I'm excited for Easter as well because people realize what time of year it is and feel they should go to church and worship and some may walk into our building :):)  excited for the people who will be led our way :) well you know what you need to do :)  the hardest thing to teach here is baptism cause everyone has been baptized already.  and authority is a hard as well.  that pretty much it for this week  I can think of any  other highlights I need to mention at this time :)  I love you mom and I hope and pray you stay safe and happy :)  love elder weaver

 Dad so the members are warming up to us and things are getting better!  as far as dinners not so much but I'm ok with that helps me lose weight. :)  but they are more open to have us over to share a message with them and see how they are doing, so that's good  baby steps :)  I am happy and I am liking the new area :)   well I think I told mom all the fun stories   well here another one :)   so we went to check our mail one night as we were on our way in and a guy yells  hey you Mormons and started laughing and we say yes,  he yells I want a Mormon bible and he walks over to us, now this guy was smoking what looked to be a regular cigarette  but when he got close it did not smell like a normal one.....   anyways he continued to talk to us and tell us the same stories 3 times about how he was saved in jail after he got caught with drugs,,,  interesting and he said we would talk to us later and he wanted to hear more,  we have seen him since and we are pretty sure he won't remember what happened that night...  so that was pretty funny :)     dad I hope you take care and be safe in all that you're doing :)   love elder weaver   

oh man...  I'm sorry  you still high school years to run!!!! :):)  I would vote for you ;)   nice work MVP!!!!  most vicious peach ;)   ha-ha   just kidding buddy :)   MOST VALUABLE PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!   good job buddy  did you win the dunk contest  it sounds like you did :):)  love you Jax love elder weaver

 my week has been good :)  congrats Mr. secretary ;)  how do you like your calling?   who would you take piano from?  is our piano tuned?   be safe working and have fun in all your new adventures :)  what was the biggest conflict you had with the Catholics in Mexico? what part of the gospel did they not agree that made them not want to convert? love you Jordan  love elder weaver

 ya the weeks keep getting faster and faster,  my week was good!  im glad you had a good week :)  good job in jav and the 200 that's good my friend :) way to go on helping a friend out!  im sure he will remember your kindness and friendship :)   hey if you can get another pic of you throwing the shot put and send it to me if you can ;)  double dates are good stuff that's the way to go :)  she sounds like a good girl and fun to be around! did  you tell her im your funny handsome older brother? ;)   hehehe  what movie did y'all watch?  guys nights are fun too,  have as many of those that you can cause those are some good memories :) BUT DONT DO ANYTHING STUPID TRYIING TO BE FUNNY!!  those nights aren't so good.  not that I had those nights  but when friends would tell me about their nights they never end good.. just fyi ;)  what the theme for senior cotillion?  youll have fun no matter who you go with! :)   for easter we are doing missionary work :)  nothing changes for us on holidays.  no I haven't talked in sacrament meeting once yet the whole mission   I bear my testimony some times  but other then that no I don't.  way to go bud youll be fine :)  just keep praying and develop the good habits the you need to be doing like reading studying and praying :)  I miss you too bud, but in the end we will be chillin again :)  no worries :)  I hope you have a good week my friend and take care of yourself :)  hey we still have Skype and we will keep in touch. and you never know you could be sent to Georgia :)  love you  Justin  love elder weaver  

I'm including his letter from his mission president and mom, what amazing people!

Dear Missionaries:
 We love you.  We honor you.  And we say to you with great hope and confidence:  "Believe you can teach and baptize!  Expect Miracles! Look ahead today and this week with great love for the Lord and believe you are so important."  Yes - You are making history as you bring Baptism and Confirmation to each prepared soul and their family.  Have the vision to baptize fully in your heart and believe you can baptize each month.  Expect Miracles!  You are in the Lord's army, you are fighting for His kingdom and you have His power to guide you.  Never give up!!  You are making history today, now, this week - by bringing prepared souls to the Kingdom of Heaven.

4-14-14 - In history, this day, the 14th of April has seen some historic events that have changed many lives.  It was just before midnight in 1912 that the great modern ship, the Titanic, struck an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic sea.  As you may remember, the great ship that was supposedly "unsinkable"  and yet sunk taking the lives of many.

The 14th of April is also remembered as a day of reverence for a great American president, Abraham Lincoln, who was shot by a confederate supporter while attending a play in Ford's Theatre, 8 blocks from the White House in Washington DC.  President Lincoln gave his life in service of a country where freedom of all men and women could exist.  This Civil War time (1865) included key events (Battles) that happened within the boundaries of our mission.  With slavery being the main issue that caused the civil war, as the battle raged through 1864, Sherman's Union(Northern) armies came down across the Tennessee border into the Cartersville Zone and skirmished with the Confederate Armies (Southern).  All the way down our mission (touching all of our zones, Powder Springs, Atlanta, Conyers and Fayetteville), to Kennesaw Mountain and on into Atlanta, around through Jonesboro, finally Atlanta fell to the Union Army.  This was a key point for Abraham Lincoln and greatly helped the war result in freedom for all men, a victory of the Union - or United States.

While all of this was going on, the Restored Church of Jesus Christ was gaining strength in the West.  Yes, missionaries were moving throughout the world and spreading the news of the gospel and baptizing many souls.  Many souls lost their mortal life on the red soil of Georgia that we travel across, fighting so you and I could have freedom.  Now we walk over this blessed land teaching and preaching to bring their families and them (through temple work as we baptize those on earth) freedom for eternity.  Our job is easier, more joyous and certainly only possible because of the way this country's freedom was secured by soldiers giving their lives. 

As the prophets and apostles testified in conference, the world is moving away from safety and purity.  Maybe like the Titanic, the world thinks it is "Unsinkable", built by man's intelligence and greatness.  Satan spreads this sham and false message that baptism is not needed, that all is well, do what you want to do.  But the scriptures and the Lord tells us different.  We must turn to the Lord, to our Father in Heaven in prayer and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ for safety, peace and success.

So let us have more hope, BRIGHTER THAN EVER IN OUR LIVES, starting right now.  Let us have the belief and hope and focus that we can be the best missionaries the Lord has ever prepared.  I testify that if you will believe, as you are doing, but even increase your trust in the Lord, HE WILL LEAD US TO THOSE PREPARED AND WE WILL BAPTIZE THEM IN THIS VERY MONTH -April, and on into MAY!  BELIEVE, work as hard as you can.  Smile with the Joy that you are doing a great and marvelous work!  Then, watch the power of heaven step in and assist us in full measure, nothing being held back.  If we will give our full heart, with belief and righteous efforts, HEAVEN WILL BE WITH US!  Easter is upon us, the Glorious resurrection and recognition of God's great love for us.

We love you!  My question for you as we look toward Easter Sunday is this:  "Will you give your whole heart, completely to the Lord, holding nothing back.  Will you do this, re-committing in this symbolic week of Easter and let it stand for your whole entire mission here.  And for your entire life.  Giving your whole heart in every way will make life much easier.  You will just humbly do everything possible to follow the Savior.  You don't need to debate or struggle, you just trust and do and with great meekness work and believe baptisms and miracles will flow!"

Will you do it?  Starting right now?  Stepping always up and now you just decide!  Let me know if you will.  I promise that if you do, all of your time becomes consecrated to Him.  He will bring miracles of baptism and confirmation to you, with great peace and joy.  Believe Him, and I testify, you will be blessed.

May you find great success this week.  May you have a wonderful week finding, teaching and baptizing.  Let's bring all the Lord's prepared to the waters of baptism!  This is our wonderful week of bringing everyone to Church - Easter Sunday - Hurrah for Israel!  We can bring all those to freedom!

We accomplished a great climb last week.  We average 7.5 lessons with members and 4.5 lessons to members, about 12 lessons focused on PMG, with investigators and members.  Hold that great progress level and build upon it as we now continue onward and upward.  Let's keep our eye on bring the gospel to our family!  Thank you for every single effort, every testimony, every thought of faith, every invitation and effort to baptize our family!
 With love and appreciation!

Now, lastly - here is a quick action list we need you to know about and respond to:
 1. We need to ask you once again (brethren) to text Sister Harding if you are an Eagle Scout, we had trouble with our database.  Please let her know.  We are working with the local Scouting Team on this.
2. Please pray for the names of all working toward baptism.  Let's have a record week, prayer changes things!
3. Remember how much your families are praying for you.  You can do this.  Never get discouraged, you are succeeding.
4. Be sure to see the good in your companion and complement each other.  You are meant to grow mighty together.
5. Life is short, be true and have a great week by thinking only thoughts of faith, act on them and expect Miracles!
Have a fantastic day!
President and Sister Harding
 Alma 7:23, 24

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stone Mountain-short on time...

Jordan :)   our week was a good one :)  we are don ok as far the work  we are doin all we can and its paying off :)  no the they were white  why do ask?  I will need to see pics of this fish :)   I liked his talks well it was a good one :)   I really liked Holland's talk on Saturday!!!  that one gave me chills :):) so good :) love you Jordan be safe  take care   love elder weaver

Jax  ha-ha   I'm glad your eye is ok and all is well  just be careful next time ;)   ha-ha  his talk was really good and I think it's good that he included a lot more things than just the normal, his and Ewrings talk went very well together :)  I thought  good stuff my man glad you had a good week   now have another one :)  love you love elder weaver

Justin :)   howdy howdy howdy :)  ha-ha  his talk was very influential and hit me as well,  why did it hit you like it did?   good choice on filling out mission papers :)  that's all we need in life are things that our lives directions and we move forward and god helps us as we go and makes any changes needed ;)  well I'm glad y'all had a good week and enjoyed yourselves :)   have fun with the prego belly ;)  ha-ha  I  had fun doin that!!  it was pretty funny :):)  take pics and send me some :)   tell Morgan I said hi :);)  ya you old adult!!   you get big punishment now if you anything bad;)   so don't get caught ;)   ha-ha just kidding  don't do anything bad!!   you'll be able to use em soon here :)  I've been good and our week was good nothing too exciting happened but I like the area and things are getting better :)   I miss you too Justin and please write me if I can help you with anything or if you just wanna talk about things   it doesn't have to be formal  just a letter going back and forth to each other  even tho I'm 2000 miles away I still wanna be able to support and help you in all that you're doing and the many exciting things that are about to happen for you :)  I love you very much buddy and I hope and pray only the best for you :)  love elder weaver

good morning my favorite mom :)  oh man no vacation,,,  I'm sorry and from the pics y'all sent it looks like it was nice weather :):) right we don't HAVE to wear them  but we will when it rains :)  it's raining today...  ha-ha  oh well :)  ooh man I need to email them and let know who we are doing :):)   I will see what we can about getting his number and having him call us   they need to call us first we can't call out of our area and my comp is fine them taking us out but they need to call us first :)  so we will get arranged :):)  oh no he died????   :(:( he was a nice guy I really liked him...   man...  I haven't gotten anything yet but it could come today hopefully.. thank you for sending that to me :):)  Jeff and Sybil were not baptized yet they have some things they need to work on still before they can then time plays a factor.  :(  kinda bummed about that.. but they need to be ready :)  church is from 10 to 1  it's on Wesely Chapel Road  tell land on and his wife to come visit ;)   ha-ha just kidding ;)   the twin oaks ward.   we don't see them too often  I haven't yet anyways.   so I'm getting kicked off  but I love y'all so much and will talk to y'all next week I will be able to have more time next week cause ill have a card.  

dad.  you crazy awesome bike rider you!!  please stay safe and know I love you!!  ill include more info next week when I have more time sorry