Wow, another week flown by, it's crazy!
SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
This Sunday some relief society sisters sang a beautiful number in sacrament meeting, Sweet hour of Prayer. yeah, it was awesome. Both the songs and other talks were based around prayer too, and it was such a great meeting! I love our ward. It was also cool to look around and know people's names and a little bit about them.
This week was awesome! On Monday, we stopped by an investigator's house and the whole family ended up being home! The youngest child just turned 8 so we set all 4 with baptism dates! It was such a miracle because in previous efforts the dad was not too interested.
Also this week we just really had faith that we could set dates and find new investigators, and we right now have 7 investigators with baptism dates! We are so excited to see the miracles this week.
THE SPIRIT IN MUSIC
Also, we were able to sing with this cute grandma who can hardly hear, but can play the piano. We sang and she played Families can be Together Forever, and it was amazing the spirit that filled our hearts. Also, I learned a lot about myself this week. I realized a little bit more who I am, and my definite weaknesses, but I also started really practicing taking every concern and worry and giving it to the Lord. I think it made this week so much better. It is amazing how individually Christ knows me.
DISNEY SONGS REALLY ARE PROFOUND...
We decided we were kind of like the Newsies, carrying the banner of the restored gospel to the world. We have become great friends and because we know each other will be changed for good like Elphaba and Glinda. We are stepping into the streets to contact which are like rivers, always changing, always flowing. The sun will come out tomorrow, (figuratively speaking... it's getting into a lot of rain so we might not actually see the sun tomorrow). While we are trying to be like Jesus, teaching families can be together forever, and telling everybody we belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we also know, there can be miracles, when we believe, and that we are becoming part of their world. I'm coming to understand how in sanctifying myself I don't have to give up everything not church related, just rid myself of that which doesn't help my serve the Lord with my heart, might, mind and strength. So that was probably the biggest challenge this week, but it was so small compared to all the successes.
We were just given a golden investigator, who we pretty much just have to explain the gospel to and he'll be baptized and to the temple in no time. It is people like that that remind me wow, there really are prepared people here. So many of them! Teaching and helping them accept the gospel shouldn't be a fight.
Sister Jasperson really just lifts me every day and gives me such an incredible example of always striving to be a Preach My Gospel missionary, to become better and work hard but take needed breaks to let our spirits and bodies rest a little. It has been very humbling to me to admit I have weaknesses and hard times, but it is getting a lot easier to ask for her help as I recognize them in myself. She is always so patient too. I really think she's one of the reasons my experience so far has been so much fun, positive, and putting in great effort at the same time.
PROPELLING THE WORK
Switching off "propeller" days has been really helpful I think in helping me understand so many more aspects of missionary work. "Propeller" means leading out in finding situations, and remembering whose turn it is to pray. One of those is definitely harder than the other, and I'll give you a hint, it's not the finding! :)
Wow, this work is simply amazing. So, so, amazing. I'm starting to really learn, that this work and these people would hear the message of the gospel if I weren't here, but I would be no where near the person I've become, and I wouldn't have the relationship with God I have now, if I hadn't chosen to come. And I'm so excited to keep learning and developing that relationship, and gaining a little bit by bit better understanding of the power of the Atonement.
THANK YOU ALL, FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Love, Sister Smith
I'm Sister Smith, missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm serving in the Taiwan, Taipei mission until July 2015.