Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saying Goodbye Again

Most Sisters in this mission have not had the number of companions that I have had. I have now had 13 companions (if you include the MTC) and I've only been out for 12 transfers. It's as if I have had a new companion each transfer, which isn't the case. New record for shortest time I have had a companion: 2.5 DAYS!

Overall, this week was CRAZINESS!!! I love how Heavenly Father blesses us with hard, trying times to help us learn and grow and then also gives us MIRACLES and tender mercies at the SAME TIME!!!

Monday: It was NOT a relaxing P-day, but that's ok! It was great to be of service to other Sisters in picking them up and taking one to the mission home. I actually really love doing behind-the-scenes type of things :) We visited a lot of people that night for Sister C to say goodbye!

Tuesday: TRANSFERS. Ok, super cool thing. As I am typing, a man is ASKING Sister C a question about the CHURCH!! IN THE LIBRARY!!!!!!!! RIGHT NOW, BEST THING EVER!!!!! He is asking about the dress of our religion leaders! OK THIS IS SO COOL I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY and how we STICK OUT because we are wearing a tag with Jesus Christ's name on it :) He even called us "Sisters" SWEET!!!! BEST BEST BEST!!!! OK, back to Tuesday. So I got my new companions and we didn't get back to our area, all three of us, til about 6:00pm. Well we had to be at the church building at 7, and it's 3 miles away. about a 20 minute ride but since my new comps had't been on bike before or it had been awhile, I wanted to give us more time. We got there in time for the RS activity! One of our investigators came. :) Then we went to the family history center with B and the story of "The 3 Sisters" came to my mind when someone mentioned us "3 sisters." So in my family history there was someone who lived in northern california and planted 3 trees in a row representing 3 sisters. I am probably ruining this story beucase it has been YEARS since I heard it. One day for a family outing we went to this spot and hiked up to the place where these 3 trees were planted. Maybe that's one reason why I have been in a few trio's because I have 2 sisters, Julie and Nikaela and I couldn't have asked for a better TRIO! That is my FAVORITE trio :) Me, Julie, and Nikaela! I can't wait to reunite with my sisters and we can be the 3 Sisters again :) Ok, we still are, but I am exicted to be with them! I am excited to be with my whole fmaily, but the story of my ancestors came to mind in the family history center which I thought was just super cool! The Spirit of Elijah?! I think yes!

Wednesday: We got a NEW INVESTIGATOR!!! Ok, for reals his name is Captain P. Cool right? He should be a doctor, but I don't think he is... haha I have known him for almost 3 months and we finally got to teach him which was GREAT! It was a crazy all-over-the-place lesson though, but I hope that it helped him. We answered a fair amount of his questions which was perfect. The environment was not the most ideal for teaching, with kids running around and people going in and out, but that's ok! It was still with a member, in his home, which was fantastic! And it was nice to teach with him, it was like we were in a quadpanionship. haha

Thursday: Found out that Sister J would be leaving us to be in a different trio in the zone :( We had fun while it lasted though! I told my comps on Tuesday about this really cool investigating family. The only thing is... they like to dress up. They are completely normal except that they like to dress up. So I l kept this whole prank a surprise and I dressed up, the "fellowshippers" dressed up, and my comps switched name tags! It was SO FUNNY!!! They were really members and so cool! I kept a straight face for most of it, and even brought out Alma 32:21, then Sister O "investigaotr" broke it to them that it was fake. TOO FUNNY! Not even time to explain this more, sorry! Probably SUPER confusing!

Friday: We stopped by Bro. Keefe's (PMF) to invite him to see.... ELDER QUENTIN L. COOK at a special stake conference. Yes, an Apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ was coming to the town I am serving in and speaking at a stake conference! Well we went by and he was SO GRATEFUL and sincere when he thanked of us for thinking of him to invite! It was fantastic! He hasn't shown too much interest but it was just a MIRACLE that he was so grateful and I just loved it. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! The Spirit touches hearts and it's the BEST THING EVER!!!!!

Saturday: I got to shake ELDER QUENTIN L. COOK's hand!!! Along with Elder Craig C. Christensen (Presidency of the 70), Elder David S. Baxter (70), and Elder Rhodes (Area authority)! Ok, that was such a cool opportunity. Wow, to have a mission conference with these inspired men was incredible! I can't believe how blessed I am. Elder Cook truly is an apostle of the Lord. I KNOW it. He has been called to be a SPECIAL WITNESS of Jesus Christ. He KNOWS our Savior's voice. He told us, and I know what he said was true! He talked a lot about how we are assigned to serve where we need to be. I know that this is true. Elder Packer said recently that he still didn't know why he was a member of the 12. We don't need to know why we are where we are, but know that God has placed you there for many reasons. He loves you and He loves His other children he has placed you near to bless their lives. Many times we will never know the impact we make as disciples of Christ. We just need to strive to be the best we can and continue to be like Jesus Christ. Elder Cook explained 2 things on average that converts remember learning from the missionaries. They usually just remember the Spirit that is felt when we come into their homes so we need to be worthy. But they also remember:

1. the First vision
2. The Plan of Salvation

SHARE THESE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS YOU LOVE! testify to them, and the Spirit will touch their hearts! I know that the Spirit encourages people to change their lives. I know that God loves YOU. He has given us His Spirit to testify to our spirits that He loves us more than we can ever comprehend! Romans 8:16 :)

Sunday: Well because I am serving in this zone, and Elder Cook chose to come to this stake, I got to see him TWICE! He spoke a lot about the temple and how we are here to prepare for the temple. I know that there are many people prepared to hear the message of the restoration and the importance of families and how we can be BOUND to them FOREVER! He also spoke to the members and non-members there that missionaries should be teaching, so that was cool! Members = full time finders. Missionaries = full time teachers! B got to shake Elder Cook's hand, that was really cool for me to see! I love being able to see the progress of others. R came too :) I was really bummed later that day when we had a lesosn with R :( She told us she doens't think she will be getting baptized this Saturday, which broke my heart. She is still interested, but just not getting baptized this soon :( I'm so sad! I know that it is in Heavenly Father's hands and everything will go the way it is supposed to though. This could be the time she needs for us to help her get involved and loved by the other ward. Just hard to hear because I know it will bless her life so much! The gift of the Holy Ghost is REAL and POWERFUL!!

Sister C came to surprise me at my house this morning and we get to spend p-day together! YEAH!!!!

Love you all,
Sister Kelly Smith

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