I love getting your emails every week. It really brightens my day to look and see the love and support I am getting.
This week has been way different than last week. I feel like the first day I got here we had so many investigators to go see and keep track of but it breaks my heart because many of them are not interested any more. What really breaks my heart is when we have such a great lesson and you know that they have felt the spirit and then after a couple of lessons they fall away. Satan is working so hard and he is good at what he does. But we as missionaries know that we can work harder. In sacrament meeting I learned some insight about obedience. If you are 100% obedient you will be successful. We are using this and giving all we have to the Lord so that in return we can become successful missionaries. The woman that I was talking about has been very rude. We brought her beds for her kids and had a FHE lesson with her on Monday and ever since then, we haven't heard anything from her. We have called, texted, and have been going to her house every day to see if we can reach her. Yesterday was hard though. I really have never understood how hard hearted people can be. We came by the house and we heard her little 5 year old boy laughing and joking and once we knocked on the door, the lady told her son to be quiet and then ignored us. We dropped her yesterday but are still praying for her.
We have been out tracting a lot. I am going to have nice calves when I get home. From tracting we have met some amazing people but no new investigators this week. We want the ward to help more with referrals but we feel like most of the ward members really don't want to invite any of their friends. Sister Mitchell and I are going to start a Scripture study class which focuses on the Restoration for ward members and their friends. We hope that this will encourage the ward members to step it up.
Dad, yes we did get so much rain from the storm. I have put my raincoat and umbrella to good use. This Virginian rain is incredible. I love it. I'm glad you had fun at father and sons! I was going to tell you that I received a letter from the Hobans. They are so great and I loved the pictures that came with it :) . Ohhh and dad I can't believe you are a grill master now. Hahaha send me pictures!
Josh, NO WAY, JAKE ALREADY WRECKED MY CAR?!?! You are kidding huh? Please say you are. Tell Jake that I expect a shiny new car in the driveway when I come home hahaha. Josh everyone here is a Redskins fan. I will keep my eyes open for a Washington Wizards hat or shirt or whatever. There is also another team that looks like the Walgreens logo. I always laugh when I see someone with a hat that has a W and it looks like they love Walgreens. Josh I saw my first firefly (glowing bug) two days ago. They are so cool. I should catch them and mail them to you. uhhhh hahah anyways...
Okay mom Sister Mitchell is in Aunt Ganelle and Uncle David's old Stake. Small world huh? and there were two sisters who found me at our zone teaching and asked if I knew the Whitesides. Their names are Sister Bell and Sister Heirring. They are in Warrenton so we are not in the same area. it's like 45 minutes away. I told the sisters to tell them that I said hello. And hopefully I can serve in that area to see them. I would love that! Nice picture Jake! I love the braces. I can't wait to see pictures when you get them off. Do you like the rubber bands?
Okay fam bam when is the reunion again? I am so excited for you! Tell everyone that I said hello and that I love them so much! And tell Grandma and Grandpa happy 50th. They are such a great example to me! Tell Grandma Jardine that I love her and I am slowly adjusting to the humidity. My hair is crazy at times but you should ask me this question in August.
I hope all is well and I can't wait to hear from you again. I have realized that it might be harder to email everyone. This hour and a half goes super quick so can you tell people to write me? I will definitely get back to them if they do. I wish I had all P day to email because that would be fantastic. I really feel the love and support from everyone!
If you see Chelsea tell her that I am so excited for her and I can't wait to hear how everything goes on the 22nd. And tell Sabrina that I will write her as soon as I can. And same with my Ace Gang.
I love you all and I hope your week goes so well!
Love Sister Smith
P.S My address is
5242 Lyngate Ct.
Burke, VA 22015