Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hitting it with E's

So Sister Talbot is the music coordinator for the mission and is in
the process of training another missionary to take over that, but we
were looking at songs we could sing for a mission meeting, and there
was one song with a high E. I was just looking at it and said, "That
high E is just so high and it's hard for me to hit. But then there are
some people I know who just hit it with ease." Then, I realized the
pun I had just made was not intended, and we just laughed about it.

Well, this week was long and busy and crazy. Monday night, all of our
plans fell through—typical mission life. Tuesday, we had transfers. It
was crazy because we were trying to finish packing and cleaning since
all 4 of us were moving out. And we played Tetris with all of our
stuff in our car. Luckily, I have learned how to put things in car to
maximize space. It was stressful though. But I got Sister Talbot, put
my stuff in another car, and headed to our apartment. When we got to
our apartment, this was Sister Talbot's description, "It seems like a
tornado came though the apartment and picked up an outhouse on the
way." In other words, it was a disaster, was really dirty, and it
smelled really bad (like wet dog 😷). But it is all better now because
we took three hours out of Wednesday to clean it with our roommates.
The smell is gone. It is organized. And it is clean.

We were busy this week. Because Sister Talbot is the music coordinator
and we have 3 big mission meetings coming up in the next couple of
weeks, we spent a lot of time at music practice. And because my
companion is in charge, I am singing in at least 2 of the musical
numbers. We also had an STL meeting one morning, so that took up time
from our area as well.

But we were able to meet with some of our investigators this week.
There are some super awesome people in this area! But we have one
investigator who has a strong personality and just has had a lot of
things happen in the past. Sister Talbot warned me that she sometimes
comes off like she is bashing. Luckily, she told me that before
because during the lesson she basically criticized the way I taught
something and the phrases I used. If she hadn't told me beforehand, I
would have been shocked and probably a little upset about it. I still
felt a little criticized though. Then I got over it lol.

I also taught my first skype lesson this past week. It is a little
different, but I am so grateful for technology that allows us to still
be able to teach someone even if we can't meet with them in person for
whatever reasons.

This past week I have been thinking a lot about faith and miracles.
Ultimately, miracles are a result of our faith. If we want something
to happen, we first have to have the faith that it can and will
happen. We also have to have enough faith and trust in the Lord that
if the miracle we are seeking does not happen that it is the will of
the Lord and for whatever reason, it is better that that particular
miracle does not happen.

Love y'all!
Sister Smith

You know it's going to be a good transfer when you see this the first night

Closest thing to my weekly dog pic

Krazy Air crew today

It was pouring rain outside

 Highway signs 😂

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hay there! I'm moo-ving on

So we went to a farm this morning to see some cows and feed/pet some
horses. Also, we got transfer news Saturday night, and I will be
leaving my area. Sister Wade will be leaving the area as well. I have
actually known that I would be leaving since Wednesday since on
Wednesday I got a call from President Townsend asking me if I would be
a STL (sister training leader). Of course I said yes. Then I had to go
to MLC  on Thursday for the first time. It's basically a meeting with
the mission leaders.

Anyways, as far as transfers are concerned, I will be going to Skyline
Stake serving in the Skyline, Noble, and Mountain Vista wards, and I
will be companions with Sister Talbot. So basically, I keep moving
eastward along Southern Ave here in Mesa while on my mission.

As for this past week in my area, we ended up having to drop Heather
because she just hasn't been progressing, and she isn't willing to
change. At least she knew it was coming and even made a comment, "I
feel like you have almost stuck with me a little too long"... But she
still came to church on Sunday, and we encouraged her to at least
continue to come to church, pray, and read The Book of Mormon. I know
that somewhere down the line she will eventually change those things
she needs to and be baptized. For now, it is just the Lord's timing.

We also have been able to find a few new people to teach in our area
thanks to the Spanish Elders in the area since they found a few people
who speak English and referred them over to us. There is one potential
investigator that the elders referred to us, and we have been trying
to contact him. Last night, we apparently barely missed him. We had
knocked on his door, but there was no answer so we walked back to our
car. I guess as we were walking away, he pulled up in his car, but he
wasn't able to get out fast enough to track us down so that he could
talk to us. He told this to the elders who then told us this.
Hopefully the new missionaries in this area will be able to contact
him and teach him because that experience shows that he at least has
some type of desire!

Also, on Saturday, I sang my first solo ever. It was for a baptism
that our roommates were having. They asked Sister Wade and I if we
could sing a musical number with them. As we were practicing earlier
in the week, they asked if I wanted to sing a solo for part of it. I
gave them a shocked and puzzled look, but I ended up solo-ing a few
lines in the song. Hopefully the Spirit helped improve the quality of
my voice haha. But the baptism was super awesome.

And thanks to modern technology, we have had fun seeing if we are
related to ward members. I found out that I am 8th cousins with one of
the bishops in my current area, Bishop Wright. So that was
interesting, and we had a good laugh about it.

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

 Last night of RS volleyball


Our goals whiteboard.  Slowly throughout the transfer more goals were added and this was the result. I also used it to find out roughly how much a gallon of water weighs #nerdlife 

BINGO with the Girls (and Raymond)

Grace (one of the patients at the Montecito care center)

Weekly dog pic

Graham family


Feeding the horse

I'm as happy as this horse when I get fed too 😂

Called as a Sister Training Leader

July 28, 2017

Dear Brother and Sister Robert Smith, 

We are pleased to inform you that your daughter, Sister Makenzie Kae Smith, has been called to be a Sister Training Leader in the Arizona Mesa Mission. 

A Sister Training Leader is a relatively new position in the Church.  It is a calling reserved for the most exemplary sister missionaries in the mission. 

As such, Sister Smith and her companion will be responsible for the training and welfare of the sister missionaries assigned to her.  She will go on regular exchanges with them.  She is a member of the Mission Leadership Council, which plays a key role in determining the goals and overall direction of the mission.

Thank you for raising such a fine daughter and for your support of her missionary effort.  Positive and uplifting letters from home that encourage her in her responsibilities will strengthen and inspire her. 

Faithfully yours, 

Lonny E. Townsend
President, Arizona Mesa Mission