So this week was full of the spirit and learning and craziness.
Monday: This random gold-tag investigator came up to Sister Lybbert and I and asked us if we were Mormon. A lot of people say the TRC investigators are all actors, I think some of them are non members, I think this guy definitely was. It's not really worth worrying about but it's food for thought. So he comes up to us and asks if he can talk to us because his old preacher told him his son was going to go to hell because he wasn't baptized before he passed away. Wow! So we sat down with him and basically taught a lesson on the spot. It wasn't planned, it wasn't practiced, and we felt the spirit a ton! It was awesome.
On Tuesday we had a great devotional with Anthony D. Perkins talking to us. I learned a lot and I decided I want to be always focused on the positive throughout my mission!
Wednesday a new batch of missionaries came in, along with our new zone. So we got to host and show the new ones around and stuff, which is super funny because we've only been here a week anyways. I ran into Sydney Hicken (who is doing great by the way) and she was surprised because she wasn't hosting but they were making me host and she's been here way longer :P it was a really funny encounter.
Next is Thursday... We had more TRC lessons with another investigator. She was super cool, but we couldn't reach her no matter how hard we tried. She was good for us to learn how to work together though. And we became good friends. I learned a lot that day. One of the teachers, Brother Cowdin, was helping me figure out a lesson plan while Sister Lybbert was in a meeting with our other teacher Brother Ferguson. We were talking about how I feel like I end up in leadership positions sometimes whether I want them or not. And he told me that that was because that's what God wants for me. It helped me a lot to realize that his purpose for me and my idea of why I was here wouldn't necessarily match. I have a little better of an idea of how I can become the instrument Heavenly Father needs.
On Friday we had In Field Orientation. Which was basically a bunch of interactive lectures. We ended up going late though because poor Sister Hughes, a sister in my district was in a ton of pain and we had to take her to the clinic. She and Sister Donnelly had to go to a doctor and they were busy like all day. It turned out she has Kidney stones... Hopefully she'll get better by tomorrow so she can come with us to Canada! I know she is really worried about not being cleared for travel. So please keep her in your prayers!!
Saturday was crazy too. I got two packages from home. I had so much fun letting people try the Kumquats from my house that my parents sent. It was so funny! Because they are sour and they just weren't expecting it. Hmm... some other things. I got bruises on my arms from playing vollyball, and yeah. Fun times
Sunday was great as usual. President Heaton from my old YSA stake was the speaker. And he had us from his stake stand up and say hi to everyone! that was cool. Relief society was awesome and so were all of the meetings. The temple walk was so fun and gorgeous. And man, I'm going to miss Utah, but I'm feeling more calm and ready to go. I just can't wait to be settled in.
I had the best teachers at the MTC It was so fun! I am definitely going to miss the people a lot. And I'll send more pics next week. sorry! I forgot my camera today. if I get a second later then I'll try to send at least one.
Today I went to the temple and saw Rosa Kyrobie! That was a wonderful blessing. I loved seeing an old family friend before leaving. Canada is going to be such a great adventure. I feel so blessed, and so nervous! But when I'm in a lesson or role play and I can see the effects of the spirit on someone I know that is why I am serving. Not for me, for the people who need the Lord.
Stay strong and faithful!
Love, Sister Smith