Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Saving Souls and Volleyballs

On Tuesdays, we go and play volleyball for a stake relief society
activity. This past week, I made a lot of saves while playing, and the
stake relief president made the comment that I not only save souls,
but I could save the ball too haha

Anyways, this week was good. It started off well Monday night when we
contacted a member referral. She let us right in, and we were able to
teach the Restoration. She even said that she wanted to read the Book
of Mormon. She was like, "if you believe it's true, I'll read it."

We also had a discussion with someone who used to be RLDS. We had an
in depth discussion about the doctrine of the Plan of Salvation. Never
have I had to use so many scriptures from the Bible (and the Book of
Mormon) about the individual points from the Plan of Salvation. She
wasn't really interested, she mostly just wanted to ask questions.

On Wednesday, we were able to go to the Visitors' Center with the
women of the Sunny Mesa ward who are 60+ because they were having an
activity and we tagged along. Sometimes, it's just funny to hear some
of their conversations and things they say (like trying to figure out
whose cane is whose 😂).

Thursday, we were able to learn really what is holding Heather back
from baptism. So we are working on that now. Friday was a typical
FridaySaturday, we did service where we cleaned dishes for 2 hours.
Never have I seen so many dirty dishes. Have you ever seen moldy Kraft
mac n cheese? Because I now have. Don't want to again though. We were
also able to meet with our investigator Emily again finally. It went
pretty well.

Sunday, there was a homecoming talk. It was a really great talk, and
it was so perfect for Heather. We really hoped she was listening and
took it to heart.

A scripture that was shared on Sunday was Jacob 2:8—"And it supposeth
me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God,
yea, the word which healeth the wounded soul." I want to add my
testimony that the word of God and faith really do heal a wounded
soul. Whatever challenges we have, the word of God helps us.

Love y'all! Have a fantastic week!
Sister Smith
Weekly dog pic

VC with the 60+ sisters

Sunset

Missionary work summed up

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ammon was here

So we went to the mall today with our roommates, and in Dillards,
there were mannequins without arms, and the arms were sitting on a
counter not too far away. I made the joke that Ammon must have been
here (missionary jokes lol)

Anyways, it has felt like the longest week (5 days) since I last
emailed (and that is probably partially because I have been feeling
kinda sick since about Wednesday...), but at the same time it went by
fairly fast. We had a 2 hour lesson with Heather on Thursday.
Typically, lessons aren't that long, but it was a good lesson for us
because we were able to figure out her biggest concern/need and why
she isn't progressing more. So we will be working on that one. We also
had another lesson with Roger. He did say that he believes The Book of
Mormon is true, which is great, but he said he isn't sure if he wants
to be baptized because he afraid of water lol. But faith conquers
fear.

The only other notable thing from this week is that we had another
Member Missionary Fireside last night. It always inspires me to see
other people who have become converted and want to share the gospel
with others. The testimonies they have usually aren't very deep, but
they sure are strong.

Oh, just something that was kinda funny and awesome from zone sports
this morning was that I walked out of the gym to change into a dress
since I was leaving early to go get my hair cut. We were playing
k-ball (idk how it is spelled). Well as I came in (with my athletic
clothes in my right hand), the ball came flying my way. I ended up
hitting the ball with the top of my right hand to another person who
was on my team. Then, moments after that, the ball came my way, and I
caught it with my left hand and passed it to someone else on my team
(who then scored). It was pretty cool in person though it might sound
pretty lame in email.

I almost forgot to mention a cool fact Sister Wade and I figured out
this week: The day Sister Wade got baptized was actually the same day
that I made my decision that I wanted/needed to serve a mission.
Coincidence? We think not.

Anyways, love y'all!
Sister Smith

Evidence of Ammon's presence

Cool sky pic

I got to ride in a Tesla this week. It was fun!

Sister Johnson: "look at the beautiful view"
Me: *jumps in front of the camera* "Thanks, I know I'm beautiful"

The actual beautiful view

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Brush it off

I was brushing my hair this morning and accidentally hit my companion
with my brush. She made a sarcastic comment, and then I told her that
she just needs to brush it off.

Also, happy late Fourth of July!
Btw, our pday is today so that we could go to the temple. The temple
is always great. It was exactly what I needed this morning.

Anyways, it feels like it has been forever since I have emailed home
even though it was just 2 days longer than normal. This week (plus 2
days) has just been long.

Nothing overly exciting from this past week. We did lots of service.
We helped at a food bank last week and we also did 6 hours of painting
at the same place between two days (which was good but was just very
long and exhausting). I also had exchanges, and I went to Sister
Johnson's area. It was kinda weird because they actually had a lot of
lessons lined up the day/night we had exchanges. Completely different
from my area.

We also went to the VC three times with some different members to
watch the new Restoration videos with them. I can basically quote them
now, but there is always something new that stands out to me each time
I watch them. The members all loved the videos as well.

We took Roger and Heather to a baptism of someone else on Saturday. It
was a great baptism, but I don't think it made either of our
investigators desire to be baptized stronger... but it does give us a
reason to review baptism with each of them once more.

We also had zone conference this past week and also two district
meeting since I wrote last. These are always great because it helps me
not only know how to teach others to help them be converted to Jesus
Christ and His gospel, but it helps me know how I can be more
converted to Jesus Christ and His gospel. It always comes back to
CPR—church, pray, read.

To go along with conversion, this past week I broke down Alma 5 and
went through all the questions. It was a great reflection for me on
those things that I could work on, but also a great reflection on how
far I have come.

Love y'all!
Sister Smith

Weekly dog pic

Matching service clothes

District pic

Canes! It was brought for lunch by a member after district meeting

Exchanges. We visited an investigator who just had a baby

We got Legos in YW! It was part of an object lesson.

4th of July roomies pic

District pic 2

Sparklers

Sparklers again

Who needs a serious temple pic anyways?

District pic 3