Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We believe in the same organization...

So yesterday was the Primary program in the Udall ward/Guerrero Park Branch. Since our kid population is so small, they combine with the branch for primary and ym/yw. But one kid was repeating the words for article of faith #6, and said "We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and FORCE." I thought it was funny. Primary programs are the best.

Anyways, this week was a busy week, but a good week, and this coming week is going to be super busy. We had lots of lessons, and many miracles. 

Most recent miracles: Sister Leavitt and I went to get lunch today, and a member offered to pay for us. We said no it was okay, but he refused to take no for an answer. Then, the same thing happened at the grocery store, just a different member. It's just one of the benefits of living in an area with lots of members.

Wednesday was a great day. We had ZTM (zone training meeting), and it was awesome. We learned about what the Christmas initiative is for this year that the church is doing, and I'm excited for that. Idk if I can tell y'all yet, so I won't haha. And then we also had a Sisters Conference for all the sister missionaries in the mission that afternoon. It was all about managing stress and anxiety. It was really solid. There were a couple of things that really stood out to me. The first is that Satan's perfect lie is that we have to become perfect without Christ. We always think that if we have more of this or more of that we will be happy, loved, accepted, etc. but the reality is that when we have Christ, we have all of that (Me + Christ = More, enough, accepted, loved, friend, happy). We have to stop chasing perfection and start chasing Jesus. The other thing that stood out to me is that in Nephi's Psalm in 2 Nephi 4, Nephi starts to complain, but then he turns and says that he knows who he has trusted in. When we trust Christ, all things can be overcome. We can't care what others think either. 

Friday night was filled with miracles. We were able to find one family who the dad is a recent convert, but they have all been less active for a while now, and we have been trying to contact them for awhile. Then after, we went and found another couple that we have been trying to find for awhile where the husband isn't a member. They invited us into their home and we had a short lesson. Then we had a lesson fall through, but we had members lined up to come with us. Instead, we went to go try to find Skylar since he had been MIA this past week or so. We were able to find him and talk to him and share a short message with him. He is just going through a rough patch, and it was great that we were able to talk to him that night. He also really appreciated it too. 

Saturday, we had our first lesson done via Facebook messenger. What happened was we contacted someone and she told us just to find her on fb and contact her that way to confirm our appointment we had set up. Well, we did that. She was no longer able to meet in person, but said she would love to talk to us over messenger. So we did. Even had a member present haha. It was a learning experience, but I am so grateful for the technology that we have and can use to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Anyways, love y'all!
Sister Smith

Picked up these shoes/slippers from the mission clothing exchange last week. 
My mom, Brittney, and Josinah might recognize these because I have a pair just like them at home haha (Ps Brittney and Josinah, these are the shoes I was wearing at in n out the one time my freshman year haha)

Also, I don't think I ever told anyone this, but if you send me an email during the week, I can read it during the week. But I can only respond on Mondays. So feel free to send me emails during the week if you want haha

AND, I also hit my 3 MONTH mark this past week! Time sure does fly! 

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