I'm in Lilburn in the YSA Single adults branch. It is super fun! My companion is Elder Fowers. I'll send pictures soon.
The people here are mostly Baptists, but I've met so many people from different religions and all of them like to slam the door in our faces, but that's alright. It seems everyone in the south believes in Christ and that's cool, but it seems like they aren't open to anything but what the bible has to say about things. So that's okay...I guess. Usually when they say they're Christians they talk through the door and yell "I'm already Christian, God Bless you and get off my front porch please!" So that's always fun and sometimes they don't speak English and they open the door and start talking to you in Spanish. We usually give them a Mormon.org card that is in Spanish and say have a nice day. Elder Fowers knows how to say "We are from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" in Spanish and then leaves a card. But other than that, I hope they know we mean well. The first person I really contacted was a Baptist. She was pretty cool but I could tell she just wanted to get back inside so she was slowly shutting the door while were talking to her.
I placed my first Book of Mormon my first week. He was a cool guy. Part Japanese part native American and he was really open to new religions. So that was amazing.
We have a lot of appointments with investigators this week-11! Which is awesome and one of them-Akia-I think if she can just hold on to her commitment to go to church, she will be getting baptized pretty soon. She is an actor from "Walking Dead". Devan and Jordan would think that is cool. She is one of the Zombies.
The trees and the houses are really beautiful. But the people are so diverse in every way from color to how they live. I think the first 40 people I met were black--but it's awesome. I can tell this mission is going to be hard, about 98% of the people shut the door in our faces. But that's okay. I'm feeling great, though sometimes disappointed every once an awhile. But it's been a good experience so far. No one has yelled at me yet, so Elder Fowers says I'm lucky. I've met people that are drunk and I think everyone smokes in Georgia. So far I've met Buddhist, Atheist, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Protestant, Methodist, Catholic, Christian and Muslim.
I had Thanksgiving dinner with the Robasons. They are awesome people and Southern cooking is amazing. They make home made Mac and cheese that is to die for. I had a Mong (Mongolian) Thanksgiving as well. That was different. It was like totally Mong food plus a roasted turkey.But is was great!
It's been super cold lately. Tell Tyler Winn that Mr. Mac stuff is amazing for keeping me nice and warm. It rained cats and dogs for awhile and today. But mostly it feels like Utah weather right now. It's pretty amazing. I'm loving it.
Guess what?! My apartment is in the Ghetto in Georgia! That's so amazing-ha ha. But California ghetto is nothing comparted to Georgia. It's awesome. I've taken a bunch of pictures of the apartment and mom it's gross. It takes about five minutes for the water to not be freezing. So that's fun. I am now taking the shortest showers in my life. I know I said the MTC showers were gross--I'm appreciating those showers now. There are cockroaches in the laundry room--glad they are just in there.
Elder Fowers is awesome and I'm being taken care of well. Elder Fowers is a twig--I'm always asking him how he does it. Everyone watches their weight out here. So mostly everyone is skinny.
So that's some of the things that are cool so far. Oh yeah. IMPORTANT--because I live in a sketchy place, just send all my stuff still to the mission office because I live only 10 minutes away from there.
You are amazing I love you so much!