Here in Chambery

Hello everyone!!

 
This week, what happened this week? It rained a lot; it’s still pretty cold here. But we had so many little great moments!
 
There is this man from Madagascar, Soulimane. We met with him in a parc in Aix-les-bains, and we taught him the message of the Restoration- The fact that we have a living prophet and apostles and that we have continuing revelation from God. And for him, it touched him that we share such a beautiful message. He basically taught us. It was a really good moment that we had with him, and he decided that he’s ready to be baptised. And he really loves the Book of Mormon, too! It was amazing. He’ll be in Madagascar for a month, but then he will come back and meet with us again.
 
I’ve almost finished my journey of reading all the way through the New Testament, and I seriously love it so much. It really has built my love for Christ and His church and the knowledge we have of him. It’s so great. 
 
Something else that I have learned and really loved is that charity manifests itself through our actions, but it consists of mostly the personality of the one who possesses it. 
 
Moroni 7:45 And acharity suffereth long, and is bkind, and cenvieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily dprovoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 
One of my goal for this week is to examine all of these qualities, and make goals to apply each of them to myself. Change is a good thing.
 
Also! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers out there!!
 
Love,
Sister Smith 

Hello!

We had really a wonderful week last week! We had tons of new friends and old friends that came back and all sorts of things learned. 

 
There are so many interesting people here that I love so much. We’ve been teaching a lot of lessons outside in the park here, and we’ve made friends with this lady named Simonne. She has 98 years (her Birthday was saturday), and she just walks around in the park making friends with people and making them laugh. It’s kind of like what we do.. I love her a lot, haha. 🙂 She’s kind of like our guardian angel. Each time she comes around right at the right moment during our lessons. She’s an inspired lady. 
 
One thing I am learning and coming to realize is how imortant it is to base our life off of the Christ. To center everything on him. If he is the thing upon which we build, we’ll never be let down, never go wrong, and never lose. I’ve learned the principle during this mission; I’ve seen so many good examples. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has tangible results. You see and you feel the difference that there is in the persons that live it. And I love it. 
 
That’s all for this week. I send you my love and hugs!
 
 
Sister Smith

Great Days

Hello everyone! 

 
What happened in this week? It seemed to go by really fast, actually, and everything blurs together. 
 
We went to Espelette again, and we bought some of the best cheese in the world: brebis cheese (sheep), and brebis cheese with espelette pepper (similar to cheddar jack, but way better). 
 
And we just really focused on loving people and helping those around us, and it really paid off. There are a lot of people going through a hard time though, that’s for sure. We all have trials, but it’s how we respond to those trials that shows who we are. 
 
This past weekend was general conference, where the prophet and apostles and other men and women who have higher callings give talks that they have prayed a lot about, and we listen and try to apply the principles. But yeah, General Conference was really so amazing. Every question that I had about how I could change or what I need to do was answered. It touched me a lot. 🙂 I wish I could talk about it more, but I’m almost out of time!
 
this week, there could be a possibility of me moving. It’s the end of the transfer (six weeks)! and I’lve been here for six months, so I feel like it will be me who goes. But I have put my heart into this place, and I know it will be sad to leave. But it will also be exciting. so we’ll see. 
 
Here are some pictures! The cat is in Espelette, and the others are from Bidart.
 
I love you!! And this place!! and These people!
 
Sister Smith

Late week

This week has been the most charged, stressful week that Soeur Hall and I have had together (that’s why we haven’t gotten to do emails until just now), but it is definitely a good one. 

 
We’re off to visit a family in our ward now and then off to Bordeaux tomorrow until Saturday. 
 
This was kind of a pointless email, but it was mostly just to say: 
 
I AM SO EXCITED FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND! 🙂 it’s on www.lds.org
 
I love you all!
 
Love,
Soeur Smith

Faith is power

What a week! It was seriously a great one. For a while there, it seems like we were sort of on a plateau, but it seems like things are increasing very quickly.

I want to tell you about Sunday. Or, it starts Saturday night: Eva called us and told us that she wasn’t going to be able to come to church the next day because the family that comes and gets her was having car problems. We were sad, and we could tell that she was sad, but we went to bed and waited until morning.

And a little before church started, one of the members (who was in the picture that I sent last week. He was the one playing the violin: Frere Sorhaiẗz), called us and told us that he was going to get Eva because this other family couldn’t. Now Cauneille is about an hour away, but he drove all the way there and back to get her! It was something that I learned from a lot, actually.

The biggest thing that I learned from it is that Heavenly Father cares for Eva. But not just her– everyone. He cares for us. And, if we are faithful, we prosper.

That’s actually something that I learned yesterday and today. We had a meeting with our President of the mission yesterday (that’s why I’m emailing today), and today, I read in Helaman 12, which is in the Book of Mormon. It really is another testimony of Jesus Christ. I feel it with all of my heart, and I have grown so much from reading it.

But the verse in Helaman 12 that I really love is the end of verse 1: “..yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and aprosper those who put their btrust in him.”

I can see the difference in my life living with trust in the Lord. I can see the difference in those who have had it for years. And that word– prosper— is something I know to be true. A prosperous life is one with the Lord. It can’t be seen in one hour, one day, or one year, but it is true. Joseph in Egypt went for years without seeing the fruits of his faith. He was sold into slavery, put in a jail cell for something he didn’t do, but he later saw the blessings of his perseverance.

And I am so happy serving this mission! I’ve learned and had such special experiences that I will never forget. I can really feel the power that faith is. It’s amazing. 🙂 And it’s all possible thanks to the Savior. And my love for Him is one that it so difficult to express with words. But it brings a smile to my face and a joy to my heart.

And I love all of you guys with such a pure, real love. I hope you know it.

Love,

Sister Smith

Lessons Learned

Hey! In one word, I would name this week: change. I feel like I was humbled in so many different ways and have begun to really strive for change, that it just brought so many results. But there are two/three really great, funny things that my collegue and I came into contact with:

 
1. We were walking across the road in the way to the church on Friday, when I started talking to this man. (The weather was so warm and sunny and beautiful that it just brings out the happiest in literally everyone around you) I asked him something weird like, “What are you doing right now, My good man?” And he smiled, looked at me, and said with a not-French accent,” I’m going to steal something.” And I was so surprised, but I waited for a second. The word “to steal” in French is “voler”, which is also “to fly.” So I thought that he was either crazy or a theif. But I laughed and then proceeded to try and give him other options for like five minutes (for instance Jesus, our members could give him something, etc). Then, finally, before he crossed the road again, he said, “I’m just kidding. My car is parked over here, and I’ve just finished work.” So we all laughed at that for a good second, and then he said he’d be interested to learn more. 🙂
 
2. We visited our friend Eva who was just baptised three weeks ago. She lives in a city far away named Cauneille (pronounced “Konayee” kind of), and we got four members to come with us. She wants us to teach her family (she’s an amazing person), and she lives there with around 15 other Latvians. They all work on a kiwi plantation here. And it’s really in the country, their house, so when we go there, we’re just changed for the better. Their house has enough love and welcome and brightness to change any troubled heart– hard to believe, but it’s amazing the effect it has. One of the members played his violin because the time before, Eva’s friend Andris played the piano and we sang about 20 hymns together. It’s just a special time there in Cauneille. I love their family so much. And their love for Christ is so surprising and strong. It makes me want to go to Latvia and see if everyone is like that. I’ll send a separate email with videos of cute Latvian kids and some other pictures
 
Another incident that was interesting was at a bus stop. I saw this lady with some really stylish glasses, and I started talking to here a little bit. Then, looking at an apartment complex across the road, I saw a cat which looked like it was going to fall out of a window. And I said to the woman, “Look there is a cat which is going to fall out of a window! You see?” And she said, “No” quite abruptly, so I kind of ended the conversation there. Later, as she was getting off the bus, I saw that she had a cane. Then, I realized that she was blind. But I felt really bad, repented, and, now, I know what a blind cane looks like. 🙂 
 
I love you all! Tons! All of the time and without condition!
 
Love,
Sister Smith

Things here in litte ol Bayonne

Hey everyone! 

 
It’s been a while since I’ve written the big email, it feels like. But it’s great to be able to send one to you now!
 
This week, one of our friends, Eva, from Latvia, got baptised! She really is one of the most amazing people in the world. It was an honor to get to be there for her baptism. She had been going to church every day for the past two years ever since one of her friends from Latvia introduced her to it.
 
During the beginning of church yesterday, she hadn’t arrived yet, so we just kept looking for her every once and a while. But then, halfway through, her and her family and friends just came in. There were so many of them that came to support her! It touched me so much. I love seeing when families and friends support those they love. 
 
And the baptism was just so filled with love, too. There were so many people that came to see it. 
 
I love being here on a mission and with these people. 
 
This week, we’ll be hearing whether we will leave or stay in our cities. I can’t tell what’s going to happen, but I would love to stay here for another six weeks! 
 
Spring is coming! I love you all!
 
sister Smith