Friday, October 2, 2009

August 31st 2009

Dear Family,

Things are going well. It is good to be back in a companionship with 2 people, I think we work a little more effectively that way. I especially love Sister Stevenson as my companion. She is the one from Japan. We get along SO WELL and work in nearly perfect unity. We told our mission president that we truly have a zion companionship.

I've attached 2 pictures. One is from our hike to Kuliouou Ridge. One of the Elders gave it to me and I thought it was pretty rad and thought you guys would enjoy it. The other is a picture of one of the most random street signs I think I've ever seen. We drove past it and I thought my eyes had played a trick on me—a teeter totter street sign?! But I think it means there is a park nearby. Although there is no teeter totter in the park. Hmm... Anyway, I thought it was funny and hoped that you would too.

Papa sent me an email that made me laugh. He said the last picture I sent indicates that there are some interesting people in my mission. Isn't that the truth!! I guess that's what you expect when a bunch of 19-21 year boys get together. Some of them baffle me. But there are a LOT of excellent Elders as well. Our zone leaders are great examples of good missionaries (while still being REAL people). The other day we had them come to an investigator's home to give her a blessing. It was such a neat blessing and the Spirit of the Lord was so abundant. It was evident that those young men truly have the power of God.

Lately, we've been seeing a lot of success..or the beginning of it. My first transfer was frustrating because we couldn't find anyone to teach. The next transfer was good because we found a LOT of people, but many of them were kind of flaky and not very sincere. It was hard because the scriptures tell us that there are so many people out there who are READY. “The field is white already to harvest”! Those are the people I wanted to find and was having a hard time. But the scriptures also tell us that we receive no witness until after the trial of our faith. I think I've finally endured that trial because I feel like we've just hit a gold mine! We've started teaching so many solid people in the past 2 weeks, most of them came as a result of our efforts in the beginning of last transfer. These are the people that are prepared by the Lord, that are pretty much ready, they just need us to kind of lead the way. It's such a good feeling.

I'm out of time, but I'll send some pictures from our P-day activity next week (the zoo!).

Sister Smith

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