Wednesday, September 24, 2014

runnin' runnin' and runnin' runnin'

Howdy Partners!
   As you can see from my title, this week we have been running around like mad sister missionaries! Actually I feel like that has been what all my time in Bay City has been. We don't have enough time in the day to all that we need to do! There's an elder in our mission who skips his lunch hour because he feels like it is a waste of time and takes his lunch with him. We may have to result in doing that... except I really like my lunch time because well I get to read the Book of Mormon and the Ensigns and be spiritually strengthened for the rest of the day, but we do need to find more hours in the day. haha #missionlife! (That's right, I hash tagged!)
Monday: It rained.... a lot! This is the day that our running around began. Who knew that it would just lead into a crazy week like the one we went through!
Tuesday: Oh man I was in Mt. Pleasant baby!!! That's where I was born and I was with my MTC companion Sister Mortensen! It is crazy how much I actually remember from Mt. P even being gone for so long! It is crazy! I also got to see Robert Bronson! He's almost been baptized a year now which is crazy awesome! I still love working on campus! We did this finding activity where you ask people what makes them happy and have them write it on a white board and then you take a picture of them then you explain that you're talking to people about what makes you happy which is the gospel of Jesus Christ! Isn't that great! Campus all the way!
Wednesday: We had a lot of lessons planned and they all fell through which is always a huge bummer but that is why back up plans are so important! I'm going to have back up plans the rest of my life! They really keep you organized and time efficient!
Thursday: Oh man! We had dinner with a less active woman who is so sweet and who is slowly on here way to reactivation which is great! She's great! The reason I'm telling you this is because for desert we had... wait for it...... desert nachos!!!!!!! Haha! Isn't that awesome!!!! We had like ice cream and caramel on them! The sweet little joys of mission life I just love them!
Friday: Awesome day! While door knocking Sister Jordan and I were coming up with awesome pumpkin carving ideas like the Plan of Salvation, CTR, and a michigan hand with M.L.M  we are pretty excited about it actually! What a great missionary tool (wink, wink) haha! That evening we also had dinner at an a member's home with an investigator and it went really well!! Like I say almost every other week, members are everything!! They are the most important part to the work! I absolutely love when members are so willing to help out and be a friend to our investigators! The members also invited them to an activity the next day! It was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Have the missionaries investigators over for dinner or family home evening, they need you!
Saturday: I had the opportunity to attend a wedding! It was pretty great actually. They were married then the groom was baptized. Also I believe I have found my calling in life and that is decorating cupcakes! I had a blast decorating them and they turned out pretty good too! Maybe I'll have that as a side job! We also had the Fall Frolic! Yup, Michigan rules!
Sunday: One the the counselors in  the bishopric is moving to Idaho Falls and he gave a powerful testimony to the ward! It was amazing! It sounded like an apostle! It was legit! He's really great guy and we are sad to see him leave!
Spiritual Thought: I've been thinking about what to talk about this week and I feel like temple attendance is something that would bring the spirit. I know that the temple is the House of the Lord. It is so important that we go to the temple as often as we can. I know that we don't always get the opportunity because we are busy and we have much to do, but as we take that time for the Lord he will truly bless us and our families. (3 Nephi 13:33) I know that not everyone who reads this is a member of the church or has a temple recommend, I'd invite you to walk on the grounds of the temple and feel of the special spirit that is there. There is a peace that  comes from the temple that you can't find anywhere else. I haven't been able to go back in almost 18 months and I miss it, I miss it more than anything. There is a power that comes from attending the temple regularly that can't be found anywhere else. The temple is real life, when we go we get away from the temptations, and craziness of the world and we get to go where we can feel the Lord's spirit abundantly. I love to see the temple and I'm going back some day! There is not place like the Lord's House. I know with all my heart that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's restored church on the earth today and that this is where the Lord wants all of his children to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Love Always,
Sister Smith

Sister Smith and Sister Jordan

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