I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and that you took the time to remember our Savior Jesus Christ and his resurrection and all that we are able to accomplish because of Him!
So spring has finally arrived in Michigan and I am only that happiest little Michiganary ever!!! Everyone is a lot more friendly and not to mention our conversations are longer because frost bite isn't an issue anymore. I am able to wear short sleeves and no tights, high 60s has never felt so good!!!! I still walk outside sometimes and think that the cold wind is going to hit, but to my delightful surprise my skin takes in a nice ray of sunshine and the cool breeze is just oh so sweet! I am finally able to get a tan! Also the trees are starting to bud which mean the green is going to come back soon!!! Awww spring is a wonderful time of the year!
This is a report of my last week:
Monday- We went to the YMCA which was super fun! We enjoyed a nice friendly game of smack the Raquet ball as hard as you can and make sure it doesn't hit you! There was a lot of laughs!
Tuesday- Oddly enough it snowed on Tuesday..... I know the weather is just crazy here. We were also on trade offs so one of my Sister Training Leaders came to our area with Sister Flora and I, while Sister Murri went to MSU. While we were out door knocking a dog got loose and we had to chase it down.... oh the joys of missionary work!
Wednesday- We had interviews!!!!!!!!! I love interviews with my mission president! I just love President and Sister Hess! It was actually pretty sad because these were the last interviews that we will have with President Hess before he is released as our mission president. It just pulls at my heart strings knowing that they will be released soon, but I know that President Jacobsen will be great!
Thursday- We went door knocking a lot which was nice because the weather is nicer so we are a lot more excited to get out an work.
Friday- It is interesting how on Good Friday a lot of people didn't want to talk about their Savior. We talked with a lot of people who did not want to hear about Jesus Christ and His restored gospel which is actually really sad. It is sad when people don't want to share their testimonies of Jesus Christ with us.
Saturday- We went and saw one of our investigators Sarah. She is from Iraq and came to the USA a few years ago. She is married and has 5 kids. We didn't know what to do so we knelt down and prayed. When we prayed I received the prompting to go to Sarah's because she needed our help. We decided to go and when we got there and started talking to her she said that she was so grateful we came! When we are there she says it feels different and she was having a busy day and we helped her by coming over! It was so amazing to see the Lord, put us exactly where we needed to be!
Sunday- I thought going contacting on Easter would not be so great but actually it wasn't bad at all! We met some really wonderful people and we had some really good conversations with people. None of the people we talked to were interested, but we were able to talk with people and explain more about the restored gospel!
Spiritual Thought- So this morning in my studies I was reading in 2 Nephi 1: 20. It talks about how if we keep the commandments we will prosper in the land and if we don't keep the commandments we will be cut off from the Lord's presence. This verse lead me to think that if we know that keeping the commandments will help us then why would we ever break them? That lead me to think "Why do we keep the commandments?" The scripture John 14:15 came to my mind "If ye love me keep my commandments" We keep the commandments because we love God, but that isn't all. We also have a hope that he will keep his promises that he has given us if we keep ours. Having hope leads us to having a greater faith. It is a cycle and charity is in the middle! Without Faith, hope and charity we really are nothing because we won't keep the commandments which means we will be cut off from the presence of God! What do we need in order to keep the commandments? Faith, Hope and Charity and if we have these attributes of Christ we will have a desire to keep the commandments which will ultimitly bring us more happiness and joy into our lives than we could ever imagine! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Sister M. Smith