I love all of the pictures that you sent me. It looks like you all had a really good time! That gum wall looks disgusting. I just want to take a moment and brag about how great you all are. I really can't believe how grown up everyone is looking. Jake and Ade have changed the most. I don't even recognize you guys anymore! I guess that is because I have not seen you all in over a year. I hit my 15 month mark this week. I am starting to have emotional moments where it hits me that I will be home in three months. Don't get me wrong I love you guys but this mission owns a big piece of my heart. I eat, breathe and sleep mission life. I know that the Lord will prepare me but I will stay focused till I get off of that airplane. You have my guarantee!
Like you know I love to talk about all of my mission miracles. This week was no exception. I went on another exchange this week. This exchange was really fun because the sister I went with became a sister training leader the transfer after I did and now is not a sister training leader anymore so we can go on exchanges. We taught a deaf woman which was really fun and different. I am learning sign language now teehee.
The next great adventure was speaking at zone conference. Sister Schramm and I were given 15 minutes to discuss the topic of love with our zone. We had a good time and learned a lot from President Riggs.
MIRACLE #1: Last week we found an investigator named Marquel. We asked him to be baptized right on the door step and he accepted. This week we went over to his home and his mom and two other teenagers joined us in the discussion. They are all interested and want to continue to have us teach them the lessons. Hallelujah!! They will also be coming to church this Sunday.
MIRACLE #2: Yesterday Renee (ysa preparing for Paris France mission) gave her farewell talk. I was teary eyed for most of the time because I have been able to see her prepare for her mission. I was there when she gave away her first copy of the Book of Mormon and when she put her papers in and received her call. We even did studies with her to prepare for the mission field. After the mission we went over to her home to prepare for the missionary farewell nonmember party. Renee's dad is the stake president. A week ago he had this brilliant idea to invite their neighbors over and all of Renee's nonmember friends to listen to the what and the why of missionary work. 6 nonmembers showed up for the event last night. President Dionne (Renee's dad) invited us to teach all of these nonmembers the restoration as part of the event. The event went as follows: President Dionne introduced the topic of missionary work, Renee shared her reasons of going on a mission, Sister Schramm and I taught the restoration and then we closed with refreshments and were able to really get to know these individuals.
As Sister Schramm and I taught the restoration, I felt this overwhelming amount of love come over me. I learned so many things about myself from this experience. I learned about how to correctly do member missionary work. I learned about how fast my mission is going and how short of a time I have left to make a difference. I am so grateful that the stake president and his wife trusted us enough to teach 6 of their nonmember friends. I never want to lose this kind of trust!
We were both able to talk and pass out a few copies of the Book of Mormon. This just shows how easy member missionary work can be. All of these individuals have seen the Elders on the bikes before. It was not until they were in a members home that they accepted the invitation to read the Book of Mormon. I have such a testimony for member missionary work and I am so grateful for it.
I am so sorry that we will not be able to Skype with Justin tonight. We will be meeting with two less active families that we have not had contact with in weeks. Hey mom check your Facebook messages and please let me know if next week will work. If we plan early we will be able to set it in stone. I feel like you all should still get together for FHE. Ya?
Hey I just sent a package in the mail today. It has a Washington nationals shirt for Ade, Jake, and Josh. Jake's is the red one, Josh is the blue one, and Ade has my old one (Ade I have only worn it twice since I bought it last year). I hope you all enjoy it.
I love you and am so grateful for the love and support that you send each week!
Love, Sister Smith