Trying new things
Cool things for the week: I ate pumpkin flavored chocolate... it's interesting. AND I teach the little kids' English class, so if there are any Dr. Seuss books, simple reading like that, you could part with.
Family, I love you. Thank you for all the support, really. I love not having to worry about you all, though you are always in my prayers. I know Heavenly Father is blessing you and me, we are blessed every day we get to wake up and still have this body. That means He is trusting us to help others for another day, to help another child, and use the day to prepare to return to His presence and be happy with Him. Love TODAY!!!
I'm so excited to attend the temple today! I'm so grateful we have this opportunity of having a temple so close and especially that I get to see it every Sunday! Such a blessing! Everytime we go to the temple we learn new things, I've been studying about the temple and such in D&C and the Book of Mormon so I'm super excited for today!
This week (and a half) was great! We loved the training/clarification of the missionary schedule and are so excited to be more obedient and work even harder and smarter to bring a soul to baptism this month. We have seen big miracles in getting an investigator to church. I think she'll keep coming, we just have to get a member friend to bring her every week. We also saw miracles in Chinese! We are getting such better unity and Sister Morris can teach prayer, baptism, the first lesson, and invite people to do things so it's super great. Studies are great, and a mission makes you really learn how to manage time. If you don't manage the Lord's time well, you feel rushed, unorganized, and the Spirit is with us less. We are getting a ton of things in better order this week (the house, area book, bike stuff, etc.). We are praying and trying to have a baptism in November and prepare for a couple in December. We just met a cute family! I've been praying to find a family and they are literally our backdoor neighbors! Turns out, one day we talked to the mom by the MRT, a couple days later we contacted the dad leaving for work and got his number, then just a couple days ago we saw the mom and kids getting home and stopped and talked to them.
They are cute we hope we can start meeting with them, get them to meet other families in the ward, and build that young family support. Primary, young womens, relief society and preisthood will all have to be involved and we are just praying they will open their hearts to the Spirit.
I'm trying to have a "What would He have me do " - attitude
Overall, everything is awesome. We have goals for Sister Morris passing off Phase 1, and for me with Phase 2, and on being more creative with finding. She is so creative! I love all the ideas she has. Seriously, Sister Morris also follows the Spirit, and really seems to recognize it speaking with her. It is amazing. We had another amazing miracle-night where we just talked to everyone and invited them to church and we met a cute girl who just really needed a hug and prayer, and she said she's willing to come to church (she agreed when Sister Morris accidentally said it was at 7:30 am, then I clarified it was at 9:30 am, she was more than willing to come!). Haha. I love our life and yeah, it's still hard, but it's fun and funny. We still "find" a lot, but we find fun and miracles and get to know each other more. Super excited for the rest of this week!
I've been learning (and re-learning) the importance of loving those around you and to always be a missionary, a representative of Christ. We are here, yes, on a mission, following mission rules, praying for others and things are all things we need to do now, but ultimately we are hopefully building habits in us that they will become who we are. Like Elder Bednar's talk on becoming a missionary.
I know it's more than half-way through the mission time in the field, but I'm really starting to understand and feel the need to become, in my heart and mind,
centered on the Lord,
and in all things, do what He would have me do. In all things we do, follow Christ who (I've realized more and more through studying the scriptures) was always seeking to do the will of the Father. I'm trying to keep that in mind, "what would thou have me do?"-attitude. Sometimes, I think He really does just want me to laugh, or sing, or talk to that homeless person.
It's not just, follow the rules, ok, now contacting time we talk with people, and calling time we call, etc. which is a really easy routine for me to fall into, It is we are always striving, in everything we do and every minute of everyday focusing on finding, teaching, baptizing, retaining, and activating the children of the Lord that we are in contact with (including other missionaries and our companions). The time is short, Christ is coming soon, and we are preparing our brothers and sisters for our older brother to come! I loved in D&C 127:4, especially with going to the Temple later today, redouble the work, the faith, the patience, and the love for the Lord!! I love- love- love this process of becoming a missionary! Diligence and organization and hard work is key, with following the Spirit using the Book of Mormon of course.
Lately I've started re-reading the Book of Mormon, but I am determined to do a study I've been thinking about for a while. this time through I'm looking for God's name, but a little more than that. I've noticed His name is usually following by a verb or action that He does for the children of men, and also there will be what mankind did or does to God. Does that makes sense? hope so. Anyway, it's really cool. The introduction says "[The Book of Mormon] is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americans and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel." One day maybe I'll go through looking for the 5 points of the gospel, but I've decided to look for God's dealings with the people. Because God is eternal, how He dealt with them in ancient times is how He can still communicate and deal with us. I'm so so excited and have already learned so much (and I'm only in 1 Nephi 2) Keep reading the Book of Mormon!!!!
I love you all so much! Thank you for the prayers and support! Love ya'll lots!!
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.