Monday: Dinner with a family that is super fun! Sister M asked me to be prepared to share a blurb on how Sister Training Leaders help the Mission President and how we work under priesthood authority and have access to the priesthood in relief society on Sunday! Glad she gave me warning! Didn't end up having to do that, but it was such a good lesson on Priesthood and women and the priesthood! Went to visit less-actives. Not a lesson, but still good to just talk to them!
|COSTCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, STOKED!!!!|
|Flood service/ youth are my favorite!!!|
Wednesday: EXCHANGE with Hna. W!!! IT WAS A BLAST!! It has been 5-6 weeks since I was on an exchange and it was so good! I was kind of leery of exchanges because we couldn't figure out a good time and I just wanted to work in my area and what not (I love my people)!!! Even though we only taught one lesson, M’s daughter came to MUTUAL and it was SO GREAT!!!!! We got to help with floor service and it was a stake activity for the youth; it was a lot of fun!
|The church building we did service near is RIGHT next to the river... but it was ok during the flood!|
Friday: So we were trying to set lessons up with people and we texted D, one of our investigators about when we could have another lesson. About 45 minutes later she responds, "Right now." SWEET!!!! Be there in 15 minutes!! It was a really good lesson, short because we had to get to another appointment, but she was talking about Christianity and a super cool analogy from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. We asked her to read Mosiah 18:1-16 with the Pray. Read. Write. Method. We are really trying to help her want to get baptized since she said she was praying about it. Had a lesson with K. My companion is BOSS!!! I was sitting there like shocked, did this really just happen? So we were just talking and Sister C pulls out a Restoration pamphlet and begins teaching K the first lesson (yeah, we haven't even taught her that yet). So here we are and my companion is ON FIRE!!! We get to the Book of Mormon (and she has one) and K tells us that she knows it is the word of God. For reals? Did she just say that? I asked her what she should do now that she knows it is the word of God. I asked her to be baptized and she said she would pray about it! BOOM SHAKA LAKA it was a MIRACLE of a lesson!!!! We totally taught as companions and it flowed so well, it was AWESOME!!!! That night my hip began hurting and well so began the next day...
Saturday: My back and hip hurt SO bad!!! It was really hard!! But here is the BLESSON!!! haha
Through faith and perseverance I was ok, and am still getting better. I am learning my limits and it is really hard. I am getting old (haha).But yeah it was REALLY bad! So bad that while brushing my teeth I couldn't stand, I had to use my left hand to put my weight on it on the counter. (Hopefully that visual makes sense). Through my pain, and my companion’s head injury (she is still recovering from her concussion) we were able to teach six lessons!!! That is really good, especially for this area, and for us! Six in one day!! Wow, it was huge!!! My hip hurt so bad it hurt to walk!!! I wanted to go to the chiropractor that day, but when we got there it was closed! A future missionary came with us for part of the day and wow MIRACLE!!! She helped keep us going! We were able to meet with a potential investigator, C (the guy I met on exchanges with Hna. S outside his apartment). We taught the restoration and told him that baptism was our goal: that we meet with him to help him get to baptism! I don't think I have ever been that bold, and it was GREAT!!!! He wants to meet with us EVERY WEEK and doesn't really want to go to church, but we will work on that!! Even though we both were in pain/couldn't function how we wanted to, it was truly a blessing! Learned so much!! I was able to receive a priesthood blessing that night; I love the gospel and especially the power of the priesthood! The restoration of the priesthood is such a blessing!! So I was given a trial (painful hip/back) but through perseverance and doing the will of the Lord, I was able to see that it was a HUGE BLESSING!!! Miracles were given to us! BLESSON = great principle that I need to continue to learn what Heavenly Father wants me to!
Sunday: WOW, SUPER GREAT MIRACLE!!! We had a lesson with D and brought a member with us! So yeah, it was super great! They were pretty much talking most of the time and the member was basically teaching, sweetness!!! We asked how the scripture reading went and she said “good.” She talked about insight she received, which was NOT what I was expecting. Here we gave her this assignment to think about the importance of baptism. We give her another scripture to read because we needed to go, then she just tells us, "Oh I totally got baptism and covenants out of that last scripture you gave me. I'm getting baptized on June 21st." WHAT?! HOLD THE PHONE. WHAT? D told us when she is getting baptized!!! I couldn't be more excited!!! It is the best!! I am so stoked for her!!! It will totally bless her life and I just can't wait :) Hopefully I can be there!! She told me that I should be there and that I deserve this one. haha That she wouldn't have said yes to anyone or something like that! D is just incredible!! I was on CLOUD 9 after that!!!!
|D is getting baptized!!!!!!!|
Love you all,
Sister Kelly Smith
Creepiest door I probably have EVER knocked on!!! Yes, that is a LIFE SIZE manniquin!!!