I Hope They Call Me on a Mission

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When I was in Primary and we sang this song I always thought, “hmm, I wonder if I will ever serve a mission..” Now I can’t imagine my life without my mission. As I look back at the past 19 months, the thought that keeps coming back to me is the hymn I Stand All Amazed, because I truly stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me and the incredible mission I’ve been given. I’ve often been asked how I got so lucky to get called to this mission, and the honest answer is, I have no clue what I did to deserve it, but, like Elder Holland advised our mission when he came, I fall to my knees every night and count my lucky stars that I get to serve in the shadow of the Hill Cumorah. My mission has been perfect for me. I am forever a disciple of Jesus Christ and a Guardian of the Restoration. New York Rochester Forever. I<3NY

Here are some things that I knew before, but have been so embedded into my soul, that I can never deny them.
-Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and he was the instrument through which Christ’s church, along with all priesthood keys, were restored.
-Joseph translated the Book of Mormon from the gold plates by the power of God. There is no way he wrote it and there’s no way it’s not true. I LOVE THE BOOK OF MORMON.
-We have had a succession of living prophets, leading to our prophet today, President Monson, who will never lead us astray or say anything contrary to the will of God. This fact brings me so much peace and comfort.
-Heavenly Father loves us. We are His children and everything He does for us is for our benefit.
-His Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth to suffer and die for us, because of His love for us. Love I don’t deserve. And just like He died for us He lives for us too. He’s been my strength, my patience, my light, my everything. Everyday.

I go home in just a few days now, but my purpose is still the same; to build the kingdom of God.

Thanks to all you faithful readers, who have followed me throughout my mission. Thank you for all who have supported and encouraged me through it all. I don’t know what I’ll tell you all about my mission when I get home, you’ve experienced it with me through word and picture!

Signing off from the Sacred Grove, for the last time (until I come back and serve here with my eternal companion for our senior couple mission, cuz that is 100% happening). I truly love being a missionary, it’s been a privilege to represent my Savior, Jesus Christ, and wear His name on my shoulder. Words don’t describe my love for Him.

And I really do love you all as well:)

See you soon!

SISTER SMITH

image6Some of the site missionaries at one of our two site meetings on August 9th. Meet my sisters and grandparents!

image3My last day at the Grandin:( my heart has broken in four pieces this week, one for each site.

Smithwood for the Win!

That was the fastest week of my entire life.

I don’t even know what happened except that it was a very good week. These are some of our busiest days of the year aside from pageant, but compared TO pageant, it feels so slow, we’re just sort of wondering where all the people are while still taking back to back tours. It has been nice to have smaller groups to give more time and personal attention though. I’ve been thinking for a solid five minutes, and this is the cool experience I remembered, I’m tellin ya, it was all a whirlwind. On Sunday we were serving at the Smith Farm, and like usual I asked if anyone in the group served a foreign mission and still remembered the First Vision account in their mission language. There were a few hands raised and I had a mom start to do it in French. As she stumbled her husband filled in and then they just took turns, each phrase, correcting each other as they did it in French. It was neat, and I’m sure it was cool for their kids to see their parents work together to remember the account. THEN just a couple tours later the same thing happened! This time the parents both served in Germany and took turns filling in for each other. I love hearing the First Vision in other languages, but it was even more powerful to have these parents do it together, and realize that their missions had such a big impact on them, and also on their children as they brought them here to experience their own conversion. I’m forever grateful for what my mission has done for me, but I’m also grateful for the impact it will have on my future family. Also so grateful for two wonderful parents who both served full-time missions and didn’t let their service end there, but continued to work with their new investigators: five little tots of whom I am a part.

image1The above photo is of our Post Pageant Party! Look, we all survived! This was last week’s site meeting where we had a potluck and shared miracles from pageant. This is only half the group. This week in site meeting we were trained on PPSD – Post Pageant Sadness Disorder. I thought I’d be suffering with this, but we still have EFY groups last week and this week, so I can’t complain.

image5Another shift ends with some of my favorites. Who am I kidding, they’re all favorites!

image4 Smithwood is not only a dream companionship, but also the best duo name for a companionship. This picture explains it, a lot of laughs and good times whilst teaching people online and onsite.

Alright, that’s a wrap for this week. Tune in next week for the finale.

I love being a missionary and I love you all!