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This week in Bayonne

What exactly happened this week? A lot of things, actually. It was eventful and sad and hilarious all at the same time. It rained every day, I’m pretty sure. And I think Soeur Hall, my collegue, has already broken a couple of umbrellas. 🙂 You have to be careful here when it rains because the wind is also really strong. It was hilarious, though. Sister Hall and I laugh a lot. I think laughing is what keeps the miracles coming and the heart light.

We also spent a lot of time with the members, trying to strengthen them. Sometimes, life is hard, but it helps when you have the missionaries to come and cheer you up. 🙂 I sincerely love the people here. They are such a part of my family. And we feel like they need to be strengthened and unified. 
That’s what Christ does. He comes, grows people’s faith, strengthens them, and leaves them more unified. I’ve been pondering and searching the scriptures for some really great ways to inspire people to be unified, and, so far, we have found this really great chapter in the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 4. I particularly loved this scripture in the chapter:  
19 For behold, are we not all abeggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?

 20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a aremission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out hisbSpirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with cjoy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.

 21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to aimpart of the substance that ye have one to another.

Basically, we all just need to realize that literally no one is perfect a part from Christ, and that we all need him just as much as those around us. And once we look outside of ourselves and realize that others need help, I think we love them more and begin to understand them more. And then we strengthen one another, and we all grow.
Another thing: Eva, who is preparing for her baptism, is such an amazing person who has seen so many things in life and learned from them. She really understands what it means to be a disciple of Christ
Another thing: in addition to helping humans, we help animals. It was a sad experience, but we sort of saved a cat from dying. I love all animals, but I’m pretty sure we are some of the only people who would have taken a broken cat out of a road and waited for the firemen to come and take it to the vet. Heavenly Father loves the animals which He created as well as his children. I know this is true. 🙂
I love you all!
Sister Smith

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