Thank you so much for the packages I have been getting. I am so spoiled. I am wearing the jeans you sent me and I use the biosilk everyday. Sister Ashby sent me so many cookies and I shared them all with my district. Sharon Colyar has been baking; so because of her I have yummy breakfasts in the morning.
Okay so this week flew. I cant even believe that I am really going to be in Virginia tomorrow. I am so ready to go and serve the Lord. How was Memorial Day? I got your package with the letter from Aunt Helen and I want to send the check back to you guys because I don't know if I will be able to cash it while I am there. She is so sweet to do that. Did you see Great Aunt Cherrill? Did I spell that right? (Nope, but mom took care of it.) It's the first holiday I have missed but just know that I am there in spirit. Like I said in the last email I have been the Sister Training Leader for two districts that have come into the MTC. I have grown to love these girls, and because of that I have become closer to the branch presidency and I know I will really miss them. I heard that President Monson's wife passed away and on Sunday night we watched her funeral. I got teary eyed just thinking about it but it's such a blessing that we will be able to be with our loved ones again.
My companion and I taught a lady named Lawanna this week. We taught her about the plan of salvation and the experience seemed so real. My companion knows her scriptures and can quote any scripture off the top of her head and at first I felt intimidated and inadequate when we would teach people but then I found one of my strengths. I can make people feel comfortable. I am usually the one who starts every lesson because I know how to communicate. My companion is great with the gospel aspect, so we are helping each other and learning from each other.
I have gained a testimony of Personal Inventory. Every night we go over the things that we did well and things we can improve on. From this experience I have grown so much and have realized that I need to do this with every companion. We have become so close and I know that we will keep in contact after our missions. Next topic... My camera is so LEGIT! Jake did you like that? I can still be cool even though I am on my mission. I have WIFI on my camera so I can send you pictures from my camera.. Google Sky Drive and make a username and password for me is that alright? When you do I will be able to send them straight from my camera. Sorry I am skipping all over the place but there is just so much that I need to tell you.. On Sunday we always sing the new verse to Sisters in Zion. You should look it up because it makes me cry every time we sing it.
Side tangent... I have grown to love my Savior on a completely different level from when I arrived. I have also learned how to receive revelation through the Book of Mormon and many of these experiences have brought me to tears. I am great and I have been called to serve by a Prophet of God. I am so pumped and so excited to teach. I am taking a Book of Mormon on the plane and I am hoping and praying for an experience to give it away. I promise you that I will come home with no regrets. If I stay the course then I know that the Lord will bless me and will put people in my life that I need to teach. Remember when I downloaded that CD with Hymns that are played on the cello? Well One of my favorites was Come Come Ye Saints. On Sunday the whole MTC sang that song. The sisters sang the first verse, the elders sang the second verse, and we all sang the third verse together. This song relates so much to missionary work and I couldn't help but cry. The spirit was so strong. One of my favorite parts of the song says, "Come come ye saints, No toil nor labor fear. But with joy wend your way." I am heading out to DC to invite people to come unto Christ and receive those promised blessings. By doing what I am supposed to I have nothing to fear.
I love you all so much and I look forward to reading your emails every week. Tell Jake and Josh I said hi and to email or write me because I still haven't heard from them yet. Dad thanks for the email, I hope Sacrament meeting went well.
I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU!
Happy Day, All is well.
Love, Sister Smith