Miracles!

Hello my beloved family!

It has finally started cooling down here in Grenoble! And The people are beginning to come back from their two-month-long vacations! And we have had so many miracles that it is hard to believe it isn’t true!

One miracle that we had was a man that we met about two weeks ago. We stopped him on the street and started talking to him about our church, and he said that he was athiest. But then he started asking questions and saying statements that led us to believe that he really does believe in God. And I had the strongest feeling that we needed to meet with him again. So we got his number and set up a time to see him. We’ve since met with him a couple of times, and he has started praying! But he still tells people he is athiest, haha. 🙂 We know he’s not, though. But he is so sincere and he is really searching, and it’s great to see his faith grow little by little as he reads and prays.

Another miracle we had was on our way back home on Thursday night. I saw this guy sitting on a bench, and I really felt like we should go and talk to him. So we walked up and introduced ourselves, and we had this amazing conversation about Christ and the commandments and the scriptures. And I showed him the Book of Mormon and told him that, with his grand love for Christ, he would love this book, too! And he said he would love to meet with us another time and read it.

Miracles are happening more and more every day!

It’s so great getting to talk to people about Christ and this church and to tell them how my life has changed so much because of them. 🙂 I really am so grateful for this Church, because it’s opened up so many opportunities in my life that I never even imagined. And my love for my family and others has grown exponenially! When I just meet a person now, I immediately love them. You should all meet the missionaries, haha! 🙂 They’re filled so much with the love of Christ.

But yeah! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Lots of love!
Sister Smith

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This week in Grenobe

Hey everyone!

I do not have very much time to write today, but this week was such an amazing week filled with so many miracles and so much love from those around us. These past couple of weeks have been hard to find people because of vacation here in France going from July to the beginning of September, but the Lord has blessed us with wonderful, faithful people.

My collègue, Soeur Robison, has so much love for this Church. It’s so amazing to see her testify of the things she loves so dearly. And her French is improving so much already! And I have been blessed so much, too, because I can speak so much more French than I ever thought was possible. You really learn so much more when you teach others.

I love Christ so much. I love being able to serve others and feel of His love while doing it. It makes me know that it’s true! I love being able to share this with so many people around me, and I really am the happiest when teaching others. But yeah, miracles still exist today, and it is amazing getting to be a part of them! We just need to only have faith!

I love you all so much!

Love,

Sister Smith

Swans, old people and hugs

HEllo everyone!

It’s kind of a weird title, I know, but it has been a great week, and I find that titles don’t really mean anything anymore. Maybe I need to go back to high school English and learn how you’re supposed to title things. BUT yes! This week was a great one! I got my newly-sent-over collegue, Sister Robison! She is from Riverton, UT. I asked her if she knew the Ian’s, but she doesn’t (sad day). But she is pretty great and very diligent in trying to speak French as much as possible. IT’s pretty inspiring, to say the least. And she’s 19! Exciting! I feel like, pretty soon, there won’t be any 21-year-olds on missions.

For most of the week, we were in Lyon waiting to be joined with our new collegues, and so I ate at Macdo (McDonald’s) for the first time here. My goal was to go a whole 18 months without going, but 6 will do I guess. It was a week full of learning for us and for those who came, and it was a cool experience. And I am trying my best to help her with the language. I am by far not fluent, but I can help with pronunciation and vocabulary sometimes, so it all works out. I love being able to help people. It makes it so much easier to focus on others instead of myself. I like it. 🙂

But the reason for the title is that today we visited a Château here in France! It is called the Château de Vizille. It was actually really cool because it is where the French Revolution started! Yay for Revolutions! And it has been turned into a museum of art of the Revolution, and it was so breathtaking how vibrant the colors were and how large the paintings were. And there is a beautiful park around it. One of the members here actually took us to visit it because she wants the missionnaires to see the places here. And she called us princesses trying to find our castle, haha. And she brought us a wonderful picnic. The people here are so loving! I love them!

After we ate at the park, we were taking pictures, and there was this nice big swan who was standing behind us, so we went and took a picture with it. He bit me a couple of times, but it didn’t hurt.

We then returned back to Grenoble to do our cours… Groceries. And we met this woman in the grocery store, and she told us that she didn’t really want to believe in anything right now because her husband recently died. We told her we were here for her, and I asked if she wanted a hug (which is a weird thing to do here in France for French people). And she accepted it! 🙂 It was the best moment ever. Giving people hugs like that is such a beautiful feeling. It brings you closer together with those around you. But yeah, we told her that we were always here for her to listen when she needs it, and she said she would call us. 🙂 I think we made her day, and it is the best feeling ever. 🙂 We should hug strangers more often and empathize with them and carry each other’s burden.

Life is awesome. And I’m beginning to make a lot of friends with old people here in Grenoble because we see each other so often. This one woman, Arlene, is the nicest, most smiley person I’ve ever seen. I’ll get a picture with her before I leave.

I love you all! Go hug a stranger this week!

Love,
Sister Smith

New Transfer!!

Another six weeks have gone by! I had no idea life could ever go by this quickly! It turns out that I’m staying here in Grenoble for another six weeks (which I knew would happen and which I am also happy about because I love it here). But I’m not with Sister Keating this transfer, sadly. We are receiving another équipe (I forgot the word for it in english…team?) of sisters here in Grenoble and another équipe of Elders! That makes eight missionaries in this one ward! It’s a little crazy, but exciting at the same time.

I haven’t gotten my new companion yet because, well, she hasn’t arrived here in France yet. Whenever an older missionary is with a brand-new missionary, they call it “training.” Just so they can show them around and help them get adjusted to the new culture and language and all of that (You might remember that Soeur Stanford was my trainer). So I will be training this transfer. It’s kind of crazy, actually. I feel like I’m still beggining to get a hold of things here, haha. 🙂 But it’s very humbling that the Lord feels like I’m ready. I’m not the only one though! There are many new missionaries here in the mission who are training new missionaries. It’s a pretty cool thing. I feel like newer missionaries sometimes are more open to trying new things to get different results. And it helps the two learn together how to do things.

It’s going to be so great though! I’m excited to show her all of the great things here in Grenoble and the great people and help her all that I can. 🙂 All we have to do is try our best and the Lord will make up for the rest.

I feel like sometimes it’s hard to really know if we’ve tried our best. I struggled with knowing that in high school with cross country and track and band, but I’ve begun to get a taste of it here. At the end of your day, when you have reflected of all that you have done, you get this good, bright feeling. That’s how I know if I’ve done my best. This mission is teaching me many things, and I feel like that is for sure one of them. With running and band I feel like I never gave it my complete all. I did decently well, but I think I could have pushed myself way more. With this mission, I am getting the chance to give it my all. To feel that good feeling every day. It’s a great feeling.

I feel like life becomes a lot more fulfilling when we put everything we can into what we do. Especially for others. I love people so much. It’s an honor to be here an become a part of their lives and love them. And I love all you guys, too! 🙂

I’ll talk to you more next week! And I’ll have the pictures of my new companion! I love you!

Love,
Soeur Smith

Hot weeks in Grenoble

Hey you all!

I have so many things to show and tell! This past monday, we went to the Bastille. You can probably do some research on Wiki and find more than I can tell you, but the view and the experience was pretty fun. They have these ball cable cars that you can go up and down in, but we hiked up and rode them down.

The temperatures have been pretty high here, too. It was 40°c here one day, which is around 104. The way the mountains are situated here around the city makes the summers really hot and the winters really cold. And it’s been a “canicule” here too, which is when it’s hot both day and night. 🙂 It’s fun though! And it makes it even funnier that we don’t have air-conditioning. 🙂 I just think of Mawmaw (my great-grandmother) down in Georgia who never had air-conditioning and then it gives me strength. Or gives her strength. How strong! But I’m drinking a lot and putting on sunscreen, so I’m fine.

Our transfer calls are coming up this Friday, and I expect that I might be staying here, but you never know with President Roney. 🙂 It makes it quite an adventure! Oh and there is a picture of me with my companion! And the Elders in our district who are here in Grenoble and Valence.

I love you!
Love,
Sister Smith