TRAINING MY GREENIE: Like with all companions it takes time to get used to but we get a long really well. She was reassigned for three weeks in America before her visa came and guess where she served? St. George! how cool, right? She is fun and we are being trained by "the district" together. Thank goodness for inspired programs for us trainers to simply read and discuss. Well, conference was amazing, I'll put together some thoughts on it for next week... I'll have more time next week.
*I'm not saying I'm expecting anything big for Christmas or my 20th birthday, BUT I would like to tell you all some things that would be so awesome, cards with testimonies, scriptures, photos!!!! Thoughts, letters about life, or things like that.
Sister Morris- FOI
My own training
Wow, well, this week was awesome. I loved all of the training we received and the inspiration from Conference! trainers' training, zone training, specialized training, then two days of conference... wow. A lot to take in, but I'm so so grateful we had that opportunity. I love still being in WanDa and love having a companion I know will stay here with me for a while, though still not completely queding. I love Sister Morris! She is so cute and fiery. She really wants to be here serving and I'm excited to be her companion. I'm learning that a lot of change comes from just being on a mission for a while, and there are great things from being fresh on island. It's fun to introduce her to the culture here and the amazing people in the ward. Miracles, she's here! One huge miracle I'm not overlooking still :) Also the miracle of me being able to communicate with people. Seriously, I felt the shift in my chinese about two weeks ago and now it's so helpful that I'm at least comfortable to ask for them to clarify if I don't understand. It's so much better I'm learning just to tell them you ting bu dong and have them re-explain... and sometimes they even use English!
One big success has to be the service project. While we were only serving for an hour, the time we were able to spend with members is preciuos. They were able to meet Sister Morris and speak chinese and English with her, she could feel more comfortalbe around them, and they could see we missionaries have personalities and have fun. I really love this ward. I love that they love missionaries and are so welcoming. I'm so excited for next week when sister morris can meet more at church.
Challenges come, and challenges are always present on a mission, it's hard. It's hard being "senior companion", and it's hard not having a ton of investigators, but life is still awesome!
This week we had a great miracle of a couple of less active teenage girls. Sister Day helped us peike and really, they were so cute! It seems like they were just waiting for someone to invite them to rread again, to pray, someone to encourage them now that their sister who orginially encouraged them has left. Their father opposes them coming to church, but we will work on building a good relationship with them first and helping them start actively living the gospel, getting the YW involved and I'm so excited for them!
Our companionship is great. She is funny and likes to laugh. We can get along well and I think she'll be open with me if there's anything.
Time's up. Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Smith