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We witness tender mercies and mini-miracles every day as we find joy in pressing forward. We are immensely grateful for our time of service as missionaries in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Life and opportunities continue. See our missionary and life story in pictures by clicking here: http://rayc.shutterfly.com/

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thunderstorms and More

We spent our very first evening in Lilburn listening to rain noisily pattering down the rain gutters. We know now it will be a frequent experience. Even on days without rain in the forecast, evenings often are blessed with short spurts of rumbling thunder and light rain. The height thunderclouds reach to in the skies here is amazing! We'll no longer have our desert skins. Even when it doesn't rain, we often have to squeegee the dense dew from our car windows in the morning.

Last night we enjoyed a dinner and Family Home Evening with the other senior couples in the mission at the Mission Home. During the dinner, sunny, warm evening skies darkened instantly as a major cloudburst let loose. An hour later, the sun was shining. The climate here helps to explain the rolling hills that make up northern Georgia. Surely they were formed by centuries of rain falling, running, and eroding the clay around the granite dome that underlies the multi-state area.

The FHE's will be a quarterly event and will give all of us a chance for "adult" conversation as President and Sister Wolfert call it. We already love these seniors and look forward to deepening our friendships. One of the senior couples serving in a branch in the outer, rural perimeters of Georgia is completing their fifth mission. You can still hear the childhood accent that Elder Lundgren (from Twin Falls) brought with him from Norway when his family immigrated to the US. He was a mission president there, as well, with his first wife. Of the five couples here, only one other besides us is serving a first mission. We enjoyed getting to know the Christensens, the Lees, the Bolts, the Lundgrens, and the Wolferts on a personal basis. It was a evening of good food and good company, and a great thunderstorm, too!

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