I love the emails you all send. Thanks for all of your prayers and support that you give me. It’s been an emotional roller coaster of a week. I am so grateful for Sister McCormick and all that she taught me while we were companions. I love her so much and I know that we will be friends forever. Let me tell you I have never had to grow as much as I have this week. Are you ready to hear the updates?
Well, Monday-Thursday was all a blur. We got Sister McCormick packed and ready to go. She said all of her goodbyes and she was on the plane Thursday afternoon. There was another sister who went home with Sister McCormick. This Sister was training a Sister named Sister Loar in Chantilly. Because two sisters were leaving, President prayed and knew that I needed to finish training Sister Loar’s companion, Sister Patten. So we, Sister Smith and Sister Patten are working in 2 areas (Chantilly and Braddock YSA), I am also finishing training Sister Patten, and I am still going on exchanges because I am a Sister Training Leader. Surprise!!! I am realizing that I need to take things day by day or I get overwhelmed. I will be Sister Patten's companion for the next 4 weeks and then at transfers everything will go back to normal. Please continue to keep my companion and me in your prayers.
Let me tell you a little about Sister Patten. She is from Tooele, Utah and just graduated from High School this past May. She is on the shy side but slowly I am helping her to realize her potential and help her come out of her shell a little bit. She has also been under a lot of stress in the last little while because of her companion leaving but I am helping her cope. We are very busy and I know that she hasn't been this busy her entire mission so I am sure it is a shock. Anyways I just love her and I am grateful that we are companions for this short period of time.
Miracles have happened since we have been put together. Sister Patten received a referral in Chantilly. We went to go and check on this referral and the woman we went to check on wasn't home. Instead there was a young single adult who was interested in learning more about what we believe. We went into the home and taught this girl Emily the Restoration. She told us that her friend had given her a Book of Mormon the week before. I told her that there are no coincidences. We were supposed to meet this girl! She also is moving to GMU this next week which means she will be in our ward. God is good huh!
I love this work I really do! As I talk to Sister Patten I keep telling her how fast time will go. I don't think she believes me yet but I told her to waste and wear out her life for the Savior and time will go faster than she will want it to. Thanks for helping me keep my head up. I know that God will continue to bless his children as we do all we can to serve him.
I love you all and I hope you have a great week! I can't believe Nicole is leaving so soon. Will you give her a hug for me and tell her that I love her and that she will do amazing things in Washington! Have fun playing ping pong.