Can you believe it is June already? I cant! I'll just get right to it because I have a lot to say!!!
My week in a nutshell:
Tuesday: District meeting, (aka all of the missionaries in Amherst. wohoo, it's not too exciting) We had a good time being out and talking to a lot of people and then we attended institute which was really fun.
Wednesday: It has been unusually cold and rainy, we had "visits" with our District Leader, Elder Willoughby, and our Zone Leader, Elder Jason, who were on exchange together. So basically we street contacted together an ended up in a random lesson. But I learned a lot. I think my faith is growing with every effort and test. I know that I am in Amherst to strengthen m faith and to learn to always rely on the Lord. We volunteered at the Museum, they have an exhibit about wedding dresses (how funny, the Elders told us about it and said, "You should go help, if you're into that I guess." Psh, we're consecrated!) and we helped find information about them and they were really old!
Thursday: I thought a lot about blessings, I realized that it wasn't enough to just ask for them, you have to act. blessings come from actions, a testimony of unshakeable faith has a foundation that is built stone by stone. By scripture, and by action. Each time I choose the right I add to my foundation, and each time I waver and doubt and fail I let the stones crumble away. Like my fortune cookie I got in Charlottetown says, "failure is an opportunity in disguise" It hurts a whole lot, but it is not the end. I had a rough day but am determined to do better in the future! In other news, we weeded a garden that was in the shape of a tooth for our local Denturist.
Friday: We did a lot, mostly meetings and planning but it's good to get done. I exercised my faith a lot in talking to everyone I could! It wasn't too bad when I stopped worrying that people wouldn't like me, or that they would be rude, and I just tried to help! To have a good conversation and to be friends. I always pray that the Lord will soften the hearts of the people in Amherst.
Saturday: Progress in Amherst, if not in their hearts then in mine. We got to help do some service, we just asked a guy if we could help him rake his leaves and we spent some time getting to know him and doing yard work. Nothing is better than hard labor! I've been feeling some mosquito bites. Bleh. I'm not looking forward to that part of summer. We spent some time at the Johnson's they are in the branch and have a young woman aged girl. It was a lot of fun!
Sunday: What a day! It was Stake Conference, we got picked up at 7:15 by the Elders, drove to Moncton, exchanged cars so we could drive with Sister Lewis and Sister Olsen our Sister Training Leaders (who are more fun to be around than Elders anyways) and from there we went to Fredricton. We practiced with the choir and then mingled before the conference started. I saw the Aitken family from Montague! I love them It was nice to see a piece of home. Ha- or my old home that is. We had some phenomenal talks, as they broadcasted out of Salt Lake City! More on that perhaps next week. One of my favorite parts though was when Elder Holland was talking and he said, "And to some of you, hopefull there are investigators watching, there should be, (This is where all of us missionaries are getting the hint!) come unto Christ, be baptized!!" As we were street contacting back in Amherst we stopped to talk to this lady outside her house. She told us she had met with Sisters before then proceeded to invite us in to have Lobster with a friend of hers. Which we did with no hesitation haha. It was again a scrumptious meal and we had very good conversations about religion. We also got to go to a concert that the girl from the Johnson family was in. We went with Amherst's Senior Couple, Elder and Sister Veinot. After we got home and were exhausted, (I mean just look at how crazy this day was!) I tried turning down the heat on the ancient radiators or whatever you call them that is by my bed. Unfortunately that caused it to start leaking, all down the floor and into the ceiling of the person under us! Elder Veinot came and thankfully fixed the problem but it was crazy. It was at that time that I was pretty concerned about a mosquito bite on my leg that was just super painful and itchy! When I touched it and the whole thing burst, I realized it wasn't a mosquito bite after all. But probably a black fly or something equally unwanted.
Whew! So there's my week. I hope yours was amazing.
The best of luck to everyone! If I didn't get a personal e-mail to you, I'm really sorry!!!!
Love, Sister Smith