A family gave me a GIANT coloring book!!! I am excited!!!!
Tuesday: We got to do service, which I love!!! That night, was awesome! We didn't have anything at 8pm, (that's like the WORST time if you don't have anything scheduled). So we drove by a former investigator’s house and guess what? She was OUTSIDE with her kids!!! It was perfect (I love summer... that helps)! So we got to talk to her and see how things were going; she has had some crazy things happen in her life recently and hasn't had time to read the Book of Mormon, but she wants to, YES!!! She mentioned that she didn't really have time to meet with us, but I offered to help her clean her house... "Really, you would do that?" “Yes, of course we would!” So she was totally game for that! It was great! Sometimes people can't meet, they have busy lives, but we are here to serve (and we were thinking that we could just talk to her about the gospel while cleaning, what could be better, and we got a member to go with us)!!!! T, is awesome, love her! Her 11 yr. old son was wearing cowboy boots... yeah he is as tall as me. I am 10 years older than him!! Tall people... haha it was funny! I love that family, and want to teach them so badly!
District Meeting OUTSIDE!!! I just love being outdoors, and can't wait to bike this week with my companion!!!
Remember when I was on a bike and wanted a car... well now I can have both, life is SWEET!!!
Thursday: We did service in the morning, and then we went to contact that referral again (the one that said would probably want to talk to us) well we knocked on her door (M) and she told us to come in! OK, so M was like “I know who you are...” uh ok! She knew what we are from, and that we are missionaries! Always a positive thing and she was excited to see us. SWEET!!! Now M is an interesting one, I don't really know what to think of her. I do understand why she was dropped... she had no intention of being converted. So we would be wasting the Lord's time! But since she was dropped she has had cancer, had chemotherapy and is currently in radiation. Well, that can help inspire people to change right?! She was telling us about herself and was very excited that we would be able to meet with her, and visit with her... she started smoking in front of us (just imagine how we smelled after that lesson...Ii'll fill you in, HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!). She told us that we wouldn't be able to convert her, and she is EXACTLY RIGHT!! I, Sister Smith, cannot convert ANYONE, nor do I want to! The Spirit is the one that converts! So we will be talking to her about that, and seeing if she does have a desire to change, but that was definitely an interesting lesson!! Then we rushed off to another service project! Ok, that was a BLAST!!! I loved using my past Excel knowledge (and had to brush up on it since it has been like a year+) but it was fun to be in an office type-setting and being with another set of Sisters! This is probably my new favorite JustServe project :) We met with K, that day and watched #BecauseofHim with her, so great! Then we had a lesson with G that night (RC), HILARIOUS!!! Instead of just teaching the new member lesson, we made it more fun! G and I were the investigators, and my companion (Sister C) and the member that came with us (a girl who received her mission call, and is waiting to enter the MTC) were the missionaries, it was a blast!!!
A family let me go to their house this week... and well burn leggings (I didn't want to burn a skirt, cuz I wear most of them, so I burned leggings instead)! haha ONE YEAR BABY!!!!!!
You know me and fire!!! DONE! ONE YEAR DOWN!!! I only have one burning left... NNNNOOOOOOOO
Sunday: OH MY BEST DAY I HAVE HAD IN A LONG, LONG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MIRACLES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heavenly Father TOTALLY loves me! I felt the Spirit in church and it was great! What was even greater, seeing the Spirit work in our investigators!! So our morning started out by going to PEC. We left early so we could go meet A at her house and to introduce her to the awesome ward missionaries giving her a ride! A was totally ready to go, and even curled her hair. WHAT?! MIRACLE!!!!! I was worried that she might back out... there is always that chance. So I was already on like cloud 9 because she was here, and we haven't had an investigator at church in a LONG time, so it was great! Then in the parking lot of the church who is there? P! He was one of the first investigators I met when I got to this area... and that was the last time we met with him, about 5 months ago! So he was at church! Here I am FLOATING!!! We are sitting down, it's like 8:59, and what happens?! K SITS DOWN NEXT TO US!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU FOR REAL?! K, Sister C, Me, A, Ward Missionaries, then in walked R!!!! Yeah, that was our bench line up, pretty great!! Ok, K is a MIRACLE!!! Do you remember like oh 4 weeks ago when we street contacted her? Well I have never really seen progress from tracting (I am NOT a pro tractor) but street contacting I can do! Guess what? TALKING TO EVERYONE WORKS!!! I don't think I ever pictured K sitting with us in church, but you know what would have happened if I didn't talk to her while she was working on her garden? She wouldn't have felt the Spirit in church! She said it was overwhelming and she loved the musical number that was sung! It was AMAZING!!! The relief society president was sitting behind me in Sacrament meeting and I kept like silently freaking out, but still you could see it, each time a person we worked with would come in (oh, and another LA but also RC walked in) I would be SO EXCITED!!! She thought I was going to float off my pew :) She told the relief society that later in the day! haha I love it!! Oh I felt totally applies to this scripture (one of the gems I found this week during studies). Alma 27:16-17... I will just quote 17 though. "Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea he was swallowed up in the joy of his God, even to the exhausting of his strength; and he fell again to the earth." I WAS SO FILLED WITH JOY IT WAS INDESCRIBEABLE!!! Let's just say, after church, I took a nap! haha I really did, I was so exhausted my head hurt from so much excitement and it can be kind of crazy trying to help people understand for the first time what church is like! AAAAHHHH BEST THING EVER!!!!!!! I love when people come to church! It was a fabulous day!!! We stopped by a PI I had also street contacted (who actually lives right across the sidewalk from K) right after church and gave him a Restoration pamphlet, hopefully something will happen!!!
It was a great week!!! Alma 27 is AWESOME!!! Actually just Alma in general which is great!!! I love vs.16-18! Seek happiness, and seek to share the gospel with friends! Heavenly Father truly loves us and is excited to bless us with miracles, that are also helping his other children at the same time!!! I know He loves each and every one of you, and is concerned with what is going on in your life! Seek His comfort and help!! PRAY!! CPR - Church. Pray. Read. It saves your soul :)
Love you all,
Sister Kelly Smith