Monday, February 29, 2016

New Area

Dear Family and Friends,

My new area, Fairview, Tennessee is great. The branch is strong and supports missionary work. This first week was fun and engaging. On Tuesday,  we gathered at the Sunset building and a member took us and the Madison Elders down to our areas. I was able to say goodbye to Elder Nez and Elder Brown as they left this past week, returning home having completed their missions and are home now. In the Fairview area, which is large, we are assigned a Jeep Compass and our apartment is a duplex. The duplex is okay because the building was just sprayed for bugs ...  so no bugs! Our district has four elders (very small) and it was a weird district meeting with just the four of us. We went to a china buffet after district meeting and a member from Burgess Falls paid for us.

In this area we do a lot of service. We help with meals on wheels every week, and also help members with their farm work. The LDS missionaries are infamous here so tracting is hard. Everyone knows who we are and what we are doing. It reminds me a little of Winchester.

Remember to be the best whatever you are. Have a good week and be happy.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (Revelation 21)

Love, Elder Blazzard

Confederate Military Cemetery

Highway 96

Carnton Plantation, built in 1826
Beginning at 4 p.m. on November 30, 1864, Carnton was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War. Everything the McGavock family ever knew was forever changed. The Confederate Army of Tennessee furiously assaulted the Federal army entrenched along the southern edge of Franklin. The resulting battle, believed to be the bloodiest hours of the Civil War, involved a massive frontal assault larger than Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. The majority of the combat occurred in the dark and at close quarters. The Battle of Franklin lasted barely five hours and led to some 9,500 soldiers being killed, wounded, captured, or counted as missing. Nearly 7,000 of that number were Confederate troops. Carnton served as the largest field hospital in the area for hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers

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