Monday, October 7, 2013

General Conference!!!!

Hey Everyone!
I hope all are doing well this fine week! I hope that everyone was able to listen into General Conference! So transfer calls were on Friday and I found out that I am being sent to Midland which is 26 miles from Mount Pleasant and I am in the same Zone! I get to go on trade offs with Sister Hunt because she is my Sister Training Leader and we get to have meeting together so I will have the opportunity to see her often and she will call me every week to see how we and the area are doing! My new companion's name is Sister Whipple and she is awesome! She has an amazing testimony. She and I cam out the same time and we have worked with one another on trade offs so it is nice already knowing who I am going to be serving with! It'll be a great transfer!
Monday: We ate the Melton's, a family in the ward, and we ate Philippine food! It was pretty good. They also have little kids and they had their pokemon cards out so I got to talk pokemon with Elder Webb, Ben (10) and Spencer (7). It was a great conversation! Kids are the best. I'm pretty sure I'm a kid at heart! :)
Tuesday: I was actually in Midland, so the place where I will be serving the next 6 weeks! I was with Sister Whipple, so my new companion. Midland is such a gorgeous place especially with all the changing leaves. I hear wonderful things about the ward and area there also so I am excited to serve there!
Wednesday: So being on a campus has it's ups and downs. One of the ups is that we got to go to a philosophy club and talk about the gospel with them! It was so cool! I didn't say too much, but I did bear some testimony which is always a good thing. The Elders were also there with us so it was cool to see them explain the gospel. It was interesting teaching/explaining the gospel to people who don't really believe there is a god. It was a good testimony builder that this is the true gospel and that we do have a loving Heavenly Father who knows us!
Thursday: We did service and helped paint a member's garage. That is always fun! We also had a lesson with Cassie! Cassie is our investigator who is 18 and she is just searching for truth. We taught her the Plan of Salvation. This lesson went so well and the spirit was really guiding it. We read the scripture Mosiah 24:15-16 and that really hit her. We then asked her to be baptized! She has a baptismal date for November 2nd! We are just so excited for her!
Friday: We had transfer calls and we also went to this BBQ at a member's house! It was great! There were so many people there from the ward and it was great food! It was raining though which is a bummer, but the kids loved it! Robert also came which is great! It is great seeing him become more comfortable with the ward members.
Saturday: General Conference!!!!! GC is pretty much like Christmas for missionaries! I was looking forward to it all week!!! I just love love love the insight that we are able to get from GC! The leaders are so inspired and they truly love all of us and the Lord!
Sunday: Another wonderful day!!! I love knowing that we have a prophet on the earth today who is here to help us become closer to our Savior and Heavenly Father.

The spirit is the best teacher. The Holy Ghost is what helps teach to your needs and I am so grateful to have such a wonderful gift! It really is a gift from our Heavenly Father and I pray that I will be able to listen to the promptings given to me and do what I have been asked to do, not just as a missionary, but for the rest of my life. The Holy Ghost really is a guide and can give us strength and comfort when we need it most. It saddens me that I took it for granted a lot of my life and especially when I needed him most, but I am grateful that we have the chance to change and become better each and everyday. I love you all so much and I hope that we can all listen to the still small voice that is there to teach us and guide us along our paths. Have a wonderful week!
Love Always,
Sister Miranda Smith 
P.S My new address will be: 5220 Hedgewood #804  Midland, MI 48640

      I will be transferred tomorrow morning! :D

They took these Pictures this morning :) October 7, 2013


"Silly Sisters"

Sister Smith & Sister Hunt :)

No Car Week!!!!

Dear family and friends!!!
How are all of ya'll doing?? I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying every day! This week has been an adventure just like every other week!
Monday: We had a lesson with Robert and it went well! We watched talks from last session of General Conference! It went really well and we are just so excited for Robert and we pray that he will keep progressing and feeling the spirit!!!
Tuesday: Sister Hunt and I drove to Midland... again. We also gave up our car Hona. It was a sad departure. Hona was such a great car. She was so great at getting us to the places that we needed to go. We've really missed her.
Wednesday: FIRST DAY ON BIKES!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!!! Sister Hunt and I had to bike to the church and get to district meeting. Oh yeah biking in skirts isn't the most pleasant thing you can do... Oh funny story! On our bike ride back from a lesson I was riding my bike and these bikes are kind of old and rusty, well I went up this tiny hill and my handle bars came off my bike!!! It was so funny! I fell off my bike and into some dirt! Luckily a nice older gentleman saw and he put the handle bars back on. I feel pretty bad though cause after I fell we called the Elders and Elder Webb had had a dream the night before that one of us got hit by a car while biking. So when Sister Hunt called saying I had fallen he started to feel really bad, but no worries everyone is good and I only have a few bruises. Latter that night we also had an awesome lesson with a girl names Sarah! She is willing to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it!
Thursday: Sister Hunt and I had apartment checks. Lets just say ours was super clean and we got a star! Woo-Hoo! It's great to be clean and organized!
Friday: We had a lesson with a girl named Cassie! We just love her! She is so prepared to receive the gospel at this time! She has been struggling and she is learning to pray and ask questions and for help! It is awesome and we really look forward to teaching her more and hope that she progresses!!!
Saturday: The elders are running low on miles so this day we did bike trade-offs. The elders got the bikes this day so that lead to Sister Hunt and I walking 9 miles. I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but it does take a lot of time from your day to walk places. We were also able to go to the RS Meeting! It was amazing! Wasn't it!! If you weren't able to watch it, I recommend taking some time to watch it cause it will really bless your life and your family's!
Sunday: Sister Hunt and I walked to church and while we did we sang hymns the entire way! It was pretty fantastic!!! We also had an investigator named Alexis come to church even though her friends and family don't really approve! Sad, but awesome at the same time.

So for my spiritual thought. In district meeting we learned that what we believe effects our behavior which will reflect our experiences. This is so true especially as a missionary. What you believe and your attitude towards it really effects how things turn out. I know that as we have positive beliefs about ourselves, work and others that it will effect our lives in a more positive way! is a sweet diagram that Sister Hunt made to show the correlation! Isn't she just the best! :D
Keep doing great work and don't forget 'Every Member a Missionary" Pres. David O. McKay!
Love Always,
Sister Miranda Smith

* Sorry I couldn't pull up their diagram....