Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Missions are INTENSE!!!!

Hey Familia and Friends!!!
    So you know how it is almost May well we are still in the 40s sometimes which is kind of a bummer so even when the sun is out you have to wear long sleeves so you can't get your awesome watch tan. :/ We've decided that Michigan would be a wonderful place to live if there was not wind. If wind did not exist in Michigan it would be a wonderful place, well winds above 10 mph cause you still need to fly a kite every once in a while. This week has been an intense week, but in missionary work what week isn't.
Monday: Sister Murri and I spent like all P-Day making Book of Mormon boxes for the Elders we serve with Elder Williams and Elder Ashton. Now these boxes are pretty awesome. We have and ITL holder inside and we put pens in them and they are also used as teaching tools while at door steps because of the pictures on them. The Elders have actually found pretty good success from using them.
Tuesday: We did some service for one of our investigators, Angie. In Lansing there was a huge ice storm and now that all the snow is gone you can actually pick up the massive branches that have fallen from the trees. We also had a lesson with our investigator Laura. Laura is Catholic and I'm pretty sure that she wants to convert us to her religion, but we will see what happens! The spirit was present hopefully she accepted it!
Wednesday: We had district meeting! I love district meetings!!! They are the best-est! We learned about extending commitments and following up with those that we teach! It was really good! Later that evening we also had a scripture study class and the Elders taught it! Elder Raun from my MTC group was on trade offs and they taught so well! It was great to see the growth of a missionary who came out the same time I did.
Thursday: We went door knocking this day and it was pretty crazy. The wind was cold and well I didn't have a jacket. Obviously I wasn't a very good boy scout because I didn't learn the motto "be prepared".
Friday: We helped set up for a genealogy event that was going to take place on Saturday and we door knocked.
Saturday: We got to help out at the genealogy thing! There were like 200 something people there and like 90% were not members! It was really neat actually to see how many people enjoy genealogy! I really am a lot more into family history now since my mission! It is super cool because my Ward Mission Leader printed out my fan chart and like almost all of it is filled out, but now I want to learn about the names on the chart! The church is true because of many things and family history is one of them!
Sunday: I went to a Catholic church along with going to ours. We went to a special Mercy mass thing. It was interesting..... It is nice to know where our investigator is coming from and we were able to ask questions so we can now better understand how to teach her and what her beliefs are.
Spiritual Thought:  Something that I learned this week is that sin destroys families. It is so important for us to strive to live the commandments and to teach our children to do the same. Satan is after the family in so many ways and I have been able to see that this week. Families are so important to our Heavenly Father and Satan knows that is where growth and development take place. Why do we find it so hard to keep the commandments? The natural man truly is an enemy to God. If there is anything that I can say to you all right now it is do everything in your power to follow the commandments and raise your families in the ways of the Lord. Sin is real, but the power of God triumphs over all things and sin is one of them. If you have sinned repent and feel renewed! The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and it can heal you fully if you let it! I know that we can over come all things through Jesus Christ and we can have the strength to overcome the sins of the world. I love you all so much and I want you to know this, you are all loved greatly by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Love Always,

Sister Miranda Smith 

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