Love you tons! It was fun to see you on Mother's Day, hope the boys did something special! I was wondering | (mom dad, ) could you tell me an experience you have of receiving blessings from tithing? or like any paying tithing experience, and the same for following the prophet. ? Thanks! Matt, I want to clarify something, yes it gets easier to wake up at 6:30, I don't think my body could sleep past 6:30 at this point, but it still is tiring to start the day and end the day, but man, during the day there is a fire and energy that I can promise doesn't come from only me! It's amazing!
This week was fantastic! I love being a missionary. So, in the last 10 days we went on 3 exchagnes! First with Sister Lin in tao 2. Then I was with Sister Ioane in NanKan and it was so cool. It was really cool to hear her bear her testimony of the Book of Mormon to an LA sister... like minutes long. It was so cool to see, and the spirit was totally there! Then yesterday I was in Bade with Sister Bowman, its so so so much fun to be able to work with so many sisters and see their faith and see miracles with them! we have some stellar sisters here in Taoyuan who are working so hard and really are seeing miracles. We are working on helping us all keep raising our vision and increasing our faith and trust on the Lord to raise the areas to where HE wants them. We are the most blessed and lucky area ever because exchanges always bring miracles, and we get to go on exchagnes weekly! It's amazing. WE've been finding more investigators lately, and we are really trying to focus in on progressing investigators to baptism and conversion!
Wow, the Lord really really loves me. Do you want to hear a silly tender mercy? We went to the temple today (SUCH a blessing) but in the endowment room we were one of the first ones in and they had us sit in the back, but I felt kind of claustrophobic and I really wanted to sit on the front row (I don't know why, but in the past I usually always ended up on the front row) so I just wasn't feeling very peaceful as others came in so I prayed and just asked heavenly Father to help me be a peace with the seat and having people all around me. Afterward, I did, I felt much more at peace like I could be alert and enjoy the session, THEN get this- there were a lot of people, and it was almost full except for two seats on the sister side in the front and two more elders came in so to even thing out they asked for two sisters in the back row (us ...) to come forward so the elders could sit on the men side.... so I was still able to sit on the front row and not even have to worry about feeling boxed in. I know, i know, It's a tiny thing and really silly and afterward I just thought, wow, of all the things going on in the universe He needs to worry about, he knew in my heart I wanted a different seat. Yes silly, but what is important to us is important to Him. Remember that, what you find and work toward or desire, is also important to Him so as long as it is righteous He will definitely help you achieve it, or simply provide the way to accomplish it.
I love sister Howell, she is so amazing, and just keeps me on track. She helps us remember what we need to do, remember personal goals, and has an ingrained habit and desire of working with and serving members so it's so cool to hear her ideas, put them into place, and see our relationship with members grow. I love it and love her!
I'm trying to work harder at following and listening to the Spirit. I know that we can achieve the goals and the vision for the month, and I'm so grateful for the miracles we've already seen from the changes. Thank you for all the prayers and love and letters and emails from everyone the last year plus of my life! I'm so so excited and proud of my little brother for deciding to serve a mission! |It's really the BEST experience ever, if you are under 27 years old, start thinking about a mission and praying for HEavenly Father to help you know when to go or what to do. It's awesome!
Love you all so much! Sister Smith