Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I think I am beginning to see a trend here.

This last week was so long. So aggravating. A lot of things happened. A lot of things that I can't really go into detail with.
It was a great week, a hard week, But really good.
 We had those up and down moments. Someone we have been working a lot decided that life was too hard and that smoking and drinking are something they needed. So we did everything we could to help. After a very long hard day I hit my knees. Prayed honestly like I never have prayed and My prayers were answered. It was a very spiritual and uplifting experience. Very personal as well. Last week at this point seems so far away I am having trouble remembering everything that happened. Cartersville is just one big blur as soon as that week passes it just thrown into the Cartersville Pile in my mind haha.
Yea! It's a package from home
We made a big "quit smoking pack" for some one else we have been working with a lot. We got a ton of tic tacs, life savers and made 40 signs that say "today I decide to not smoke" and made a GIANT poster board one. Slowly but surely she started cutting back. Some days are better than others but slowly and surely she progressively cutting back. Today (Wednesday) she called us over and handed me her last pack that only had 4 smoked out of it and she said take them I don't want them. Get them out of here. A lot of things lead up to this. We had the chance this week to give like 5 blessings. Each one was very powerful. That is one of my favorite things to do. You are able to feel God's love for that person. One blessing stood out to me the most. It was for the lady we made the stop smoking pack for. She asked for help. She was having a really rough time with a lot of things in her life. The blessing was so powerful, and since then she has really started to cut back.
I have always said you know God loves you when He answers your prayers, You know god trusts you when you are the answer to someones prayers. Helping people and making even just a little  difference makes all of these rough hard times here so worth it. Every day is rough, every day also has an experience that gets me through it.
I hope every one is doing great. Sorry its so short Just too much to talk about and not enough time.
Love you all

 Lots of ups and downs in Cartersville
Love Elder Charlesworth

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Just one of those weeks

Everyone has those weeks that when it gets to the end you go "finally, end of the week is here this week sucked" well this was one of those weeks. It was not horrible, nothing terrible happened, that is it though. NOTHING happened good or bad.
I was still pretty sick all week. So working was tough. We started working early in the day everyday and kept working to no avail. No one was home or no one would open the door. We had a Car Fast on the 1st and I will be honest these are kind of pointless for Spanish Elders, but we do them anyways. No Hispanics are home during the day. It started poring rain as we were walking. I made a list of about 30 or so people to go see and well one person opened the door and the Lady we were looking for was "in the shower" I don't think people realize how unoriginal that is. Just tell us you don't want us to come by that's all it will take. Two people did stop and ask to gives us a ride tho one of them was a random guy, not even a member he was trying to do a good deed. We were at the street we were a block away from the street we were going to knock so we declined but thank him so much for being nice haha.

And thus the week continued no one was home, couldn't get any appointments. No one returned calls. We did have a high light of the week though. A girl in the English Cassville ward that I am over got baptized. I did the interview on Thursday and it went great. She said " I feel like I was prepared by God for this church" and I said "yes, I know you were." She had already told her job she can't work on Sundays. The baptism went really well. We showed up and then they asked us to teach the restoration. Well I have never really taught that in English, but I think it went pretty well. Elder Klus and I did a decent job. He then bore his testimony of joining the church only a year and a half ago. The girl who was getting baptized, her parents were there and I think it really made a difference to them. The spirit was very strong the whole time.

We have come to the conclusion that we do not have the support we thought we had for the Spanish members Yes I agree they should learn English, That however does not solve any problems for why they don't want to attend church right now. they just get nothing out of it other than taking the sacrament. I have a few ideas and have been asking members what the ward could to help them and what they could do to help them selves. They are getting a Spanish temple prep class going so that will be great. I have a few ideas that we are going to start doing these next couple weeks we will see how they go.

The week was tough, but we are doing good. We ended up getting a couple lessons and a new person to teach yesterday. Hopefully this week will be a little easier for us. If not oh well we will work anyways. Klus is really starting to come out of his shell in lessons. He will do good. I know it. It just takes time. We have fun together and get along great so it will be really good once he really opens up. He has a hard time getting comfortable around new people, Especially in Spanish. He is making progress though. Love the Kid.

I hope everyone is doing great at home. I miss you all.
Love Tanner