Being a missionary is a challenge. To focus all of your love and energy and prayers to people who you may never have met before, it's hard. But it is so rewarding. I love being a missionary. I love every chance I get to make someone smile.
Monday: We officially got permission to move into the old Elders apartment. Once they took elders out they didn't need it, and it's nice and new and not small and old so we're really excited about that.
Tuesday: Zone conference. It's always fun to see all of the missionaries together. We received some inspired training. This transfer we are focusing on finding!
Friday: We had a wonderful Relief Society activity with games and food! pretty much the best times. A solid 10 women came! Then our Sister Training Leaders came down and we had a visit and exchanges. I went to Moncton with Sister Coleman. Silly me left the phone in Amherst, and we didn't have an alarm so we used the Oven alarm to get us up on time! Crazy
Saturday: Continuing with exchanges we tried contacting on the side of the highway during an airshow. that was fun.
Sunday: We worked in Sackville, tried to anyways, somehow ended up on a wilderness path at a waterfowl park. (New Brunswick is confusing) but there were a lot of people there. I got into a conversation with a family from China! They said my Chinese (the little I used. I asked them if they were living in Sackville. Ni Men Xian Zai Zhu Zai Sackville ma?) was good, and they could understand me, and my grammar was good to! (Maybe I can finally make my sister Brooke proud!) So that was fun.
Today: I received the news of Elder Thredgold's passing. It is so hard to have a friend leave. I have never experienced that before. So I just want to briefly include my testimony today, and my love for everyone who has touched my life, and been a part of it.
I know that God lives. That he did create us, we are his children and he loves us! I know that there is a plan for this life, there is meaning and purpose. We are here to be tested, to experience joy and sorrow. These things aren't always easy, they rarely are, but I know that with Christ we can be made strong when we are weak. I know the Holy Ghost bears witness of truth. And today I have felt that peaceful influence wash over me as I thought about life after death. We are still ourselves, we still continue to do good, and most importantly, our pains and sorrows and trials are over. We are free from the sorrows of the world. What a feeling that must be! I know that through and only through living the commandments, we can be with our families forever. And I know that no matter what the Savior understands how we feel, and he will support us through our trials.
I want you to know that I love you. I feel like I have learned something from every person that I have met. The positive encounters and even the negative ones teach me and help me to grow. I have been so blessed in my life with people who love me. And I want you to know that I love you to!!!! I really sincerely do. I am so thankful for the notes of encouragement, the e-mails, for the memories! I have so many good memories of courtesy, laughter, and love. I have been so blessed in my life, it's pretty ridiculous really. If you are reading this, know that you are doing good things! That you have influenced me, and I am so eternally grateful for that. I care about each one of you, and if there is ever anything I can do to lighten your day or help you out, please let me know.
I'm sorry if I didn't get too many personal e-mails done today. I promise to be better next week. So here is advice to all, let the people you love know how important they are. Be happy as much as you can, stay safe, and remember who you are. You are loved, you are important. and you are a child of god.
Sister Kat Smith