Here in France

My Family! Hello!

I had some great things to say this week, because I’ve been feeling like my emails haven’t been that great lately. But! We have been having wonderful miracles and trying to work our hardest despite the metaphorical heat of all of the hard things in life.

My companion is a great missionary. I love her. Things have been really hard for her lately, and I’ve been trying to help her the best I can. I don’t know very many things though, but I do know that Christ is always there. And I love how the scriptures really can let us feel of His love. I love them.

There aren’t as many cats here in Grenoble, but I saw one yesterday at a member’s house. πŸ™‚ We need to instituate more cats here. Maybe bringing the gospel will make the cats come.

One of the miracles that we’ve had is Silvan. He is from the Democratic Rebublic of Congo. I met him two weeks ago, and he said he was really busy at the moment, but he gave me his number. Then we called him one time and tried to see him, but he told us to call him back. A couple of days later, he called us and asked if we had forgotten about him, so we made plans to see him the next day. It turns out that he had seen the church there in Congo but never thought it was for him. But he knew it was, so we’re going to meet with him again!

We meet a lot of people from Africa, and it’s awesome the amount of faith that they have and how close they are with the Savior. πŸ™‚ I love it here!

I’m out of time, but I love you all. I consider all of you as my family πŸ™‚ Because you’re all awesome! Have a wonderful week! Even if it’s really hot or really rainy!

Love,

Sister Smith

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Fetes all of the time!

Hey everyone!

The title doesn’t really mean anything. Yesterday was France’s Independence day. Also, it’s the.. 5th day of Ramadaan, so people here sometimes are a little more cranky. This week was a little harder than the previous weeks have been, as well. But I still know and am thankful to be here. Because in amongst the people who really don’t like you, there are the people who are nice and you build up one another. It’s refreshing.

The Bishop here is amazing.(Well, all Bishops that I have seen are amazing). But he invited a friend (Fernando from Angola) to his house to eat and talk about the gospel. His spirit and love for the Savior is so inspiring. And he’s a convert, too! But it is so exciting to see him take to heart the things he learns and apply them. It was an honor teaching with him. And Fernando is wonderful, too! He has really lived his life being guided by the Lord. He just showed up to our church by himself about two weeks ago. There are so many miracles happening here in France!

I’m sorry this email is shorter than usual. I’ll write more next time. And I’ll really try to have some pictures too. We just aren’t supposed to look like tourists, but I will get some good ones. I promise!

Love,
Soeur Smith

Weeks of Building

Hello everyone!

This week has been an interesting one, to be frank. Frank. I’m not sure how you spell that. But, frankly, I am thankful for this church. It’s been great because, when you’re in a new area, you get to know the people, and, if you’re a convert, they always ask you to tell them your conversion story. And I love telling it to them because it let’s me see how much the Lord’s hand really was there throughout my life, preparing me for this. And it’s great for the members to see how inviting friends to church activities really makes a difference. I wish I had Annalise’s email so that I could contact her more. I’m so glad and thankful she invited me to girl’s camp 6 years ago. That was the single thing that really changed the direction of my life. And I get excited when the young women here are preparing for girl’s camp because it’s a chance to change their friend’s lives too. Even if it isn’t evident that the change happens right away. (Please let the Strange and Kunzler families know that I love them. Can you get their email, too? They were such the examples to me while I was growing up with them in high school.)

I’ve seen more and more how firm a foundation we have if we build it upon the Savior. Just like the hymn. And I’ve grown to love this hymn more every day this week. And I’ve been so glad to share this little testimony with people in the street, too. Even if they say that they’re not interested, I think it still causes something within them to think about it. Because, when the hard times come, and we have nothing solid to hold onto, we fall.

But yeah, I don’t have very much time left. We aren’t a trio anymore, which was sad because I was really excited for it. But I am still with Sister Keating. She has such a strong drive to go and find people, and her love for them radiates so well when she talks. It’s awesome. We’re learning together how to work hard, be consecrated, and be happy all of the same time. πŸ™‚ Choose now to be happy. That’s something that I have learned this week. In waiting for the next moment for happiness to come, we will never find it.

I love you guys! And girls! And Americans! Oh! That reminds me!! Happy Birthday America! July 4th wasn’t really a celebration here, of course, and I actually forgot about it a little. But I celebrated in my heart. πŸ™‚ I’ll secretly celebrate with you on the 14th, the day of Independence here for France πŸ™‚

Have a great week! And I’ll try to get some pictures here soon!

love immensely,
Sister Smith

Week 2 of Grenoble

Hey!

This week there isn’t much time to write, but thanks for all of your support! I love you all very dearly, and it means so much for you to be my family.

I don’t always hear from you every week, but I know that you are being blessed from your sacrifice. I just hope that you all can see it.

I heard Daniel was in the hospital. I hope he’s okay.

I love you all very much!

Sister Smith