Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Im"press"ive

So we had a talent show this past week, and so for my talent, I bench
pressed Sister Marcos (all 97 pounds of her) 8 times. People weren't
expecting it, and some thought it was an illusion at first. Someone
else made the joke that with an ironing board you can press your
clothes or press your companion (because she laid on an ironing
board).

This week was busy and kinda crazy, and this week will be kinda crazy.
We taught a fair amount of lessons, and we had another lesson in
partial Tagalog. We also met with another investigator who is from
China, and we brought a member with us who speaks Mandarin, so we had
a lesson in partial Mandarin. We did have some lessons in English
though haha. The lesson with Roger (the one in Tagalog) was pretty
good. It was kinda interesting and awesome because Sister Marcos
extended the baptismal invitation, but it was in Tagalog, but it was
really awesome because I knew the moment she started the invitation
even though I really had no idea what she was saying in Tagalog. We
also were able to meet with one investigator we haven't been able to
meet with for a long time! And it was a pretty great lesson.

We also picked like 13 bags of oranges this past week for service, and
we juiced about 9 of those bags I think so far. So we have plenty of
fresh orange juice (most of which we put in gallon freezer bags and
froze). I am definitely not lacking on Vitamin C right now though.

This week was crazy a little bit though because our roommate was
called to train this transfer that starts this week and my companion
was called to be an STL, so they had meetings on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, Sister Colbert joined sister Marcos and I for a bit, and
then on Saturday I joined sister Clark and Colbert for a bit. Also,
today Sister Clark and I did an exchange so we could go to the store
while our companions packed since Sister Colbert is going home, and
Sister Marcos is getting transferred (we got permission to do this
exchange haha).

Speaking of transfers, we got transfer news on Saturday. I am staying
in my area and am getting Sister Wade as my new companion. I will be
greenie-breaking her, which means she just got done being trained. I'm
really excited to get her as a companion because I feel like her and I
will get along really well. And I'm keeping the car.

Nothing much else from this week. Hope y'all all have a great week!
Sister Smith
time lapse from zone sports this morning
Our "awkward family" district pics


Bench pressing

Yep, dogs still make me happy


Need oranges?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What do you think about the defense?

I will explain that one in just a minute.

So this week seems like it was really long! But it was fairly good.
Monday night we went to some FHEs. One for the empty nesters in one of
our wards, and then at the Faasavalus. It is sad because the
Faasavalus are moving/have moved out of our ward. Even though at some
point I would leave this area anyways, it sad to see them move, and
I'm going to miss them.
Tuesday, we did some service and had a lesson and did some member
visits with a ward missionary to invite people to the ward activity on
Saturday.

So Wednesday was really eventful. I was able to have lunch with Coach
Fincher (my high school track coach), his wife, and their daughter
Abby. It was really fun to see someone from home (although it was
kinda weird all at the same time). During lunch, we caught up and
talked about sports. After lunch though, we all headed to the
Visitors' Center, and I, along with some VC sisters, were able to show
him around some and talk about what I do a little more as a missionary
and some things we teach about (like The Book of Mormon). But before
we did the little tour at the VC, we were talking with the other
sisters and Elder Lochhead (who is the director of the VC). Elder
Lochhead and Coach Fincher were having their own conversation, and
then the rest of us hear Elder Lochhead ask, "So what do you think
about the defense?" Mrs. Fincher made a comment about not knowing if
that question had to do with football or politics because it could go
either way, and we didn't know either, so we all started laughing (it
was about politics btw). So yeah, the VC was great, and it was fun
seeing them! Later that night, we did visits with a member of the
Primary presidency. We had some great visits, especially because the
member could add another perspective or insight specific to primary or
kids that we couldn't. We did have one really awkward visit, and none
of us knew what to do. It was just so awkward, and I think we were all
a little shocked by it. After the visits though, Sister Larson (who
did the visits with us) took us to Sonic and we got half priced
shakes.

Thursday night, we had a lesson that was partially in English,
partially in Tagalog because we were teaching a Filipino guy. He has
some interesting lights in his home... His home was also 95° inside
(no joke!). Hopefully, the next lesson will be at the church or in a
member's home.

Saturday morning, we had a ward breakfast party. There was food, a few
games, and swimming. Man, I wanted to jump in that pool so bad, but I
stayed a solid few feet from it.

Last night, there was a member missionary Fireside. They are always so
good, but I love hearing the testimonies of converts, especially
recent converts. They always seem to have a simple testimony, but it
is so powerful and strong. Also, the music is always fantastic.
Nothing is better than feeling the Spirit so strongly through music
and testimonies of converts. It always boosts and lifts me up.

Anyways, I hope y'all all have a fantastic week!
Sister Smith

 Whipped Cream Shenanigans

Lights and Tagalog

I need this pillow

Coach Fincher, his wife, Abby and I! (I wanted to get a pic in
front of the Christus, but it was closed 😢)

Sister Smith or Spider-Man?

Weekly dog pics


 Pic with Brother and Sister Faasavalu

Whipped cream fight (really, it was just supposed to be us pie-ing
the other district because we won a competition, but then it turned to that)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It's a dead day

My companion said this to me and my response was, "well, we did help at a funeral today..." because we helped in the kitchen with the food for a funeral on Saturday.
We also had a member take us out to lunch on Saturday and they asked us what we got for our appetizer, and we got wings. Our member's response, who is 93, responded, "what are you going to do, fly out of here?" 😂

Anyways, this week was kinda slow. But we did have a miracle! We stopped by our investigator Heather's house on Tuesday to confirm our lesson on Wednesday. Long story short, she couldn't meet with us on Wednesday, and we ended up having a lesson then and there. Then, we put her on baptismal date for September 16 (so it's still a little ways off), AND she said the closing prayer (which she often hesitates to pray in front of us) and in that prayer she asked about being baptized in September. Like, y'all don't understand how big of a miracle this really is.

We met with a few other people, but nothing else too exciting.
Also, the Pitcher family is awesome. We always have an amazing dinner when we eat at their home, and they even opened up their home to our zone for a breakfast party we wanted to do. 22 missionaries in their home this morning, using their pots and pans and oven and stove, etc. Just AMAZING! And I know my mom appreciates Sister Pitcher sending her pics home haha

I've also been studying Mosiah, and King Benjamin's dying words are on point 👌 Don't forget to serve others! If you are struggling, read his words. If you are doing well, still go back and study his words.

Love y'all!
Sister Smith
Scaring Sister Colbert

Scaring Sister Colbert 😂

Weekly dog pic

Picking Oranges

Zone Breakfast at the Pitcher's home



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Feasting upon the words of Christ... and also food

I am definitely well fed in this mission. Each week, I usually come home at least one night with a bag a food members send us home with. We also got asked by multiple members we stopped by last night if we were hungry. Definitely not.

This week was just a regular week. More meeting with members, more trying to find people to teach. We did contact a few member referrals, and they could have some potential. We dropped more people.

We did some service this week. We played bingo with some people in a small care center. That was fun. At the end, we sang a few songs. Some of the people there are members, so they joined us in singing, and it was just really sweet. We plan to go back in coming weeks.

We also had exchanges on Wednesday to Thursday. That was a lot of fun. I was with Sister Johnson, and she is just so enthusiastic and energetic when it comes to the gospel and sharing it. She really is awesome, and is an awesome missionary. I learned a lot from her on that exchange. 

This week, I also really saw the importance of having the Spirit with me as I study the scriptures. There were multiple times when I had understanding of scripture passages that I never really understood before. It was really a neat experience. I mean, I have had this happen before, but it was really prevalent this week.

Well, I love y'all!
Sister Smith

 Dog pics 😊


Missionary parking

Went to take a selfie with the timer, and I dropped my iPad. This was the resulting picture

Normal pic with Sister Johnson

Tan line from wearing the same shoes almost everyday

Nicole- she just graduated high school and is planning to come out with us often to try to prepare herself for if she goes on a mission

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

freely ye have received, freely give.

So one of our ward mission leaders quoted this scripture to us when we
told him that we got a phone call from our mission president telling
us that we were losing our car and it was going to another area... He
thought it was funny. As for us, we didn't think his joke was very
funny. But then my companion didn't even really last a full evening on
bike. Actually, she crashed in the first 5 minutes... So long story
short, we got a different car.

Besides all the craziness with the whole car and bike thing, this week
wasn't too exciting.
We did have a pretty good lesson with a part member family, and we are
really hoping that we will be able to keep working with them more.
From what it sounds like, we have made more progress with this family
than missionaries have in the past.
We had another lesson with our investigator Heather. She is slowly
progressing. She is going to take time, but she will get there
eventually.

We went to the temple this morning, and it was definitely refreshing.
My companion and I talked about last week how we feel like we were
being tested by the Lord because we had a rule change where if we want
to go to the temple, we have to go on our pday and President can
change our pday to accommodate when the temple is open. So we had to
decide to go to the temple or go and do the fun pday activities we
were invited to by the missionaries not going (because only half the
mission goes one day and the other half another week). We thought
about it, but we both felt strongly to go to the temple. We did not
regret making that decision. It really is a real life decision: temple
vs worldly/fun things.

Anyways, love y'all!
Have a great week!
Sister Smith

  I can bench press my companion

Temple

Duck on temple grounds

Zone conference pic

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

LIVIN' ON A PRAYER

Well, I'm halfway there.

So this week was good. We had transfers, so Tuesday I got my
companion, Sister Marcos, and a car. I was not shy about telling
people in the ward and even some of our investigators that we got a
car, and I loved seeing people's reactions when they realize we got a
car. They were all excited for us.

Nothing too exciting though happened this week besides transfers. We
mostly just met with members to try to help Sister Marcos get to know
the ward and the area a little bit.

I got new roommates. I'm with Sister Colbert and Clark, and that's a
lot of fun.
But yeah, not too much else has gone on.

Just a thought that we talked about in relief society in one of our
wards is that we cannot forgot our divine nature. We truly are
children of our Heavenly Father, and He loves us so much. Never forget
that!

Love y'all!
Sister Smith

Look closely, and you can see what has been used as a dryer knobfor who knows how long #missionarylife

 Fancy dinner setup


Calling home!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Fan of Salvation

So this week, it got a little warm, like 108° warm. My companion
pulled out a pamphlet to use it as a fan, and she pulled out one and
didn't want it. Then she pulled out the Plan of Salvation pamphlet and
used that one, so I nicknamed it the Fan of Salvation.

To begin, we got transfer news and I'm getting car! I'm staying in the
area and getting a new companion. I'm trading one small Filipina for
and even smaller Filipina haha

So miracles this week:
Members are amazing here. Even though it was hot outside, members were
giving us plenty of water and A/C, so that was awesome. We got a
referral from a member! This member was prompted to talk to her
friend, and she did, and the friend said she wouldn't mind meeting
with us! We also ran into another member who lives in our ward
boundaries but her records aren't in our ward, but she gave us a
referral as well! Like, it was perfect. We are still trying to follow
up on those referrals, but member missionary work is starting to get
going a little more in this area! We also just had some solid
lessons/meetings with members this week.
Another miracle is that this week I had multiple things on my shopping
list for this week, but most of them have been given to me by others.
Most of the things have come from my roommate who is going home
tomorrow, so she is getting rid of some things. It's just perfect.
Like, sometimes the Lord really does work miracles, even if they are
things like this.
We also had 4 investigators at church this week! Which seriously is
pretty awesome for our area right now.
One of these investigators, we finally figured out where she actually
lived because we had taught her at a member's home and didn't know
where she lived. But we were able to contact her at her house, and
this week we should have a lesson not only with her, but with her mom
also!
Another investigator was invited over for dinner by members when they
were also feeding us. We ended up having a nice discussion afterwards
where we mostly just talked about the power of the Book of Mormon, and
the members were able to bear their testimonies naturally, and I
thought it was pretty powerful.

So yeah, it was a pretty good week. I don't think there is really
anything else noteworthy to write...

Love y'all!
Sister Smith

District!

Wore this to church on Sunday. A lot of people liked it (shoutout to Sister Sio)

Zone sports pic