First off, I just really want to hear about your lives. So don't forget to write to me ;) Well I had a week of fun and absolute madness! So lets just dive right into it.
Monday: Met with a really cute girl in our branch. She's really nice but soo confused. It's sad to see the temptations of the world be so strong in our lives. We are daughters, (and sons) of God! And we have so much potential if we let him into our lives.
Tuesday: Ha ha ha, the beginning of the darkness. So it's the morning, Sister Spencer and I are preparing our lunches before district meeting and the power goes out. well, no big deal. We go to district meeting, which was sort of a disaster. But everything ended up okay! Then we went to young womens and institute (which was basically all of the missionaries and Dale, who's a member) and we get home and the lights are still out! Luckily Sister Spencer had a flash light handy. President Veinot had to bring over an extension cord so we could plug in the refrigerator. Because all of the power was out. . . except for two plugs. so weird.
Wednesday: We volunteered at the museum, made a sweet chalk drawing (inviting others to do family history) and had supper with the Veinots, the Senior Missionaries. Still no power. And no answers from our Landlady.
Thursday: Still no word from our landlady so we spent the day contacting all over the place, trying to find anyone to teach. We also met up with the Elders to work on some projects we are putting on. Which I'll talk about when they are more solid!
Friday: Weekly planning! But first we tried checking on the relay for life to see if we could help, but they weren't set up yet. so we came back home only to find that we had locked ourselves out of the apartment! Ah, the shame. We had to call the Elders and they came and rescued us. Luckily our district leader had a spare. then we planned for a while at the church until our meetings with the other missionaries. After that we went to our very first lesson together here! It wasn't amazing haha. And she's not an investigator... but what a blessing to be able to teach someone and feel like a real missionary! Then we had games night at the church and we played some of the games I learned in Drama class, it was so fun! The Veinots were taking us home and decided to swing by our landlady's because they thought she was back. So we did and she ended up fixing the power for us that night. The four days of no power was at an end!
Saturday: We were just completely wiped out, weren't sure what to do, having no investigators and so much of a blank slate and already knocking so much we decided to street contact. We basically walked in a star around the map of Amherst. It was crazy. That was about 6 hours worth. And there weren't even that many people out. But where were they!?!? probably at Relay for Life! We got to go on Saturday when the event was in full swing and volunteer! They gave us big blue dresses-oops, I mean shirts, they were that long- and let us color the bags for the luminaries. We couldnt stay long enough to see them light the candles unfortunately (9:00 is pumpkin time for the missionaries) But we got to meet so many cancer survivors. It was amazing to see the strength and faith people have!
Sunday: woof. what a day! Church-meeting-Veinots-Supper-Pentecostal Church-Meeting. We didn't do any finding! It was crazy. Our sweet friendl was thinking about getting baptized in the Pentecostal Church. We counselled with her, told her it was between her and God and tried to help her. It was sad to see her want to throw away what she said brought her so much happiness! So we went to the church to see if she was going to follow through with the baptism. She didn't in the end. In fact she didn't even show up. So we got to watch a service at the church. It is definitely not what I am used to! I enjoy learning about other religions and I can tell those people were really devoted. But . . . They weren't worshipping the Jesus Christ I know. So it was different in that way. When we got home we decided we needed to do something fun, so we tried the fried banana recipe mom sent me. And guess what!? It was delicious!
And yeah. That was pretty much my week. It's a bit of a novel, but if you made it to the end congrats to you! :D
I know that God lives! I know that there is truth on the Earth, and that we have so much potential, if only we can remember Heavenly Father through thick and thin. I love being a missionary.
I hope you have an amazing week, and a great fathers day! remember who you are, choose the right, and always have fun!
Love, Sister Smith
ps. just for fun, here are the pictures from our Banana experience! And we are wearing our Relay for Life Volunteer shirts. *dresses*
(I put them on her photos page...)