Tennessee is still great! Not much has changed. We were able to go with the assistants to the KNOX-YSA branch yesterday to go confirm Cody a member of the church. He was ecstatic and it was a really cool opportunity to go help with that. As missionaries we really live for those experiences where we get to teach someone who has truly been searching for the Lord's gospel, see it change them from the inside out, and help them make sacred covenants with their Heavenly Father.
We have been working really hard with our zone to think up and apply new finding ideas. It's been really difficult with our zone mostly being in a more rural part of the mission, there aren't tons and tons of people. So we have to get creative, try new things and have hope and faith that the Lord will help us to increase our teaching pool. We volunteer at a Southern Baptist "Storehouse Ministry"(kind of a version of a bishops storehouse) on wednesdays, and we are searching for more opportunities for us to get into the community for service opportunities as well as other community events to promote the church. We also sweet talked the librarian here in oak ridge to give us a 45 page list of community organizations to try and volunteer other places as well. Do y'all have any new and interesting finding ideas we can try out? Let me know!
There are a lot of good things happening in the church now. The missionary spirit is spreading like a bug and if you catch it it's contagious. It's The best of times and its the worst of times. We have the greatest amount of truth and righteousness the world has ever seen as well as the greatest amount of false truths and wickedness. I hope and pray that we all will be more able to see the big picture and have an eternal view of what is to come so that we can be aided in our decisions now and everyday.
Love Elder R.A. Bakker