I can't believe its already the end of my first transfer! That is crazy talk! Also, sorry you didn't get an email from me last week...I was dying in my bed at home haha. I was pretty sick with what we think was the flu. But I'm all better now and working hard everyday! (Emily's mom here: There was no email from Emily last Monday, which made us super worried! But Tuesday we only got a quick email from her to let us know she had been VERY sick in bed with the flu. Her zone leader Elder Triance gave her a blessing and she seems to be ok now!)
Let's see...where do I even begin. We have a baptism scheduled on Saturday March 5th! Its for the 9 year old girl Rachel! We are all super excited for that! We are continuing to see her 3 times a week to teach her all the lessons. It takes a bit longer with her because she is just a kid and can't learn a whole lot at once, plus she gets distracted haha.
We also got a super awesome referral (there is power and blessings in referrals, so if you ever think of anyone that would be blessed from the gospel *cough EVERYONE! give the missionaries a referral!) from the parents of Rachel. Her name is Mary and she's older and loves alone and all of her children are grown. She has been to many churches in her life and says "none of them have been fit for her". We briefly met her and helped her download the Gospel Library app. Apparently she loves it and has a ton of questions because she called and wanted to meet really bad! We will see her Wednesday so pray that all goes well! (She's currently our only investigator!)
We have also found a lot of success in a small town about 30 min away called Delphi! We travel out there every Friday and see some less actives and also tract! A lot more people there are willing to listen to us than here in West Lafayette. The elders and us love going to Delphi every week:)
ALSO, THERE WAS A BLIZZARD THIS WEEK!!!!! It was the most snow I've ever seen (it turned out to only be 4 inches but it was coming down REALLY hard and REALLY fast!) That happened on Wednesday while we were having District Meeting in Lafayette and then the Zone Leaders "grounded' our cars, so we had to get home and couldn't use the cars, which is sad because then you just sit around the rest of the day and feel super unproductive:( But its all melted now and its warm!
One thing that really stood out to me this week was the small tender mercies that the Lord gives us. It was a hard week and finding here is very unsuccessful. But we continue to work and Heavenly Father has definitely blessed us. We have a new investigator and a lot of funny little stories from this week that just allowed us to smile and laugh. And that's all you need!
I love you all and miss you so much! I hope you all have a great week:) Thanks for all the love and prayers and support. We can definitely feel it:)
Love, Sister Griffiths
Well, I've hit one month. That's pretty ridiculous because it has hardly been anytime at all, but then I think about all that I've accomplished and learned in that amount of time and its crazy! I know that time will start to fly by. And the days definitely fly by the more we work.
This week was super successful! We've been continuing to meet with Rachel 3 times a week so we can really go over the lessons with her slow and have time for games:) I love getting to make up little games or demonstrations for her about the gospel! They definitely help her to learn faster. We also gave her a CTR (choose the right) ring when we taught her about agency and she was super excited about it! And when we came a couple days later and she was wearing it! We were surprised and she told us "yeah! I wear it every day! Even to school!" She is so cute:) Her baptism is scheduled for March 5!! I'm so excited!
We also meet with Sarah every week. She is 17 and a recent convert. Her boyfriend (from her high school) is a member and that's how she got introduced to the missionaries. She is doing great and is just super excited about the Book of Mormon, so that' what we read/go over with her. We also meet with another recent convert, Victoria every week. She is older and has some medical things going on so she is in a home. But she is super pumped about the gospel and loves when we come over and visit her:)
Wednesday was a pretty hard day. All of our appointments fell through and when we went to try and visit some less actives and tracted no one was home and no one wanted to talk to us. We were pretty down, but the last few days I've noticed the blessings of working hard. Because we continue to work hard and not let the bad days get to us the Lord has definitely blessed us! When we went tracting on Saturday a lot of people let us talk to them and we even found some new investigators!!!!! I was so pumped! I cant wait to get to talk to them again and teach them:) Just like our funny little brazilian elder always says "The Lord will provide".
Thursday was definitely a day that we saw the Lord blessing us. Our car, when we got into it in the morning, had a bunch of lights flashing and Tiwi (this computer box that yells at you if you go too fast) wasn't working right. So we called a bunch of people and ended up having to take the car to the dealership (because its under 30,000 miles). They told us that we wouldn't have it for the rest of the day! But we had 3 appointments back to back all the way across town and then a dinner appointment to get to! So we started calling other missionaries and members who might be able to give us rides. And we had a miracle! We were able to get to every appointment (almost) on time! Later that night we got our car back too and there was nothing major wrong with it so now we have it for good.
One other exciting thing is we finally got in contact with an investigator! The sisters before us were teaching her but ever since we got here she hasn't texted, called or been home! We were about to give up but went to see her one more time and she was there and so was her husband! And their adorable little baby. They were super open and willing to hear our lesson and want us to keep coming back:) We are super excited for them!
One thing that really stood out to me this week (especially with it being valentines day) was a chapter in the new testament about love. Its 1 John 4:7-21. It talks all about love; loving God, loving one another, loving Christ... I've noticed since being out here that the Gospel is all about love. The reason we do everything is because of the love we have for our Heavenly Father and the love we want to show others. Indiana has some amazing people and I love them so much and cant wait to continue to serve them and teach them.
And I love you all so much! Thanks for all the support and love and letters and emails:) It makes me so happy to see that love:)
I hope you all have a great week and cant wait to hear from you:)
Love, Sister Griffiths
P.S. It snowed a lot and I didn't like it...but it is actually pretty beautiful...when I can watch from inside...where its warm and I can lay in bed. But I couldn't do that because I'm a missionary that has to go out and work no matter what:)
OMG I TOTALLY FORGOT TO TELL YOU!!!! I MILKED A GOAT AND IT WAS THE COOLEST THING EVER BUT WE FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE!
Hey everyone!!! This week was awesome! I'm finally feeling like a real missionary now.
Alright, so on Monday after my last email we had lunch and headed over to the stake center where all the missionaries go to hang out and play games n stuff! Its super fun and I got to see one of the sisters I was in the MTC with again. We also may or may not have found a random wheelchair laying around and sat in it and pushed each other super fast down the hallway. (the elders poked their heads out to the hallway wondering what the heck all the girl screams were coming from) We also went to the park (those are the pictures of the "lake" and my comp and I).
Tuesday was just normal. We went out tracting again and had our first doorstep lesson!!! I was so excited the whole time it was going on that I didn't say much and just soaked it in. Afterwards my comp was talking about what she could've done better and wished she would've said and she looked at me and said "what did you think" and I was like "that was sooo awesome!!!! I cant believe we just shared a lesson with someone!! Lets do it again!" She just laughed at me. But the girl we talked to is Ellie and she was super nice and seemed a bit interested. Later in the week we tried stopping by again but haven't been able to catch her. Also, in the middle of tracting a recent convert who is also a less active called us and wanted us to come over. We tried to contact her earlier but she never responded so we were super excited! Her name is Mara and shes 13 but she doesn't look or act like it. She is very mature. But shes awesome! Just a typical teenager. Shes struggling right now and she acknowledged to us that she just needs to be around good influences so that's how we'll help her.
Wednesday morning we had a district meeting. It was just us, the Brazilian elders and another set of sisters. We set some awesome goals and ate lots of M&Ms (thanks Christie!) Then we all went to lunch together at this place called Steak & Shake. It was super good! Especially my mint oreo shake. It brought me back to living at the dorms in Provo and going over to the Creamery for a mint oreo shake:) Later we went to play bingo with a less active lady who is in a home. Her sister (who lived in her same room) passed away last week so we wanted to make sure to see her this week and talk with her and she how shes doing:) I love being around silly ol old people! They're the best! Then we had a lesson with Rachel. We talked more about the restoration, especially the prophets (old and new, she actually remembers Monson's name which is pretty awesome!) and the Book of Mormon. And we got them committed to baptism!!! (She is 9 so we had to ask her parents too) Its really fun meeting with her and learning more about the simplicity of the gospel. It really is simple enough for a child to learn and gain a testimony of!
Thursday morning we did lots of planning. Then we went tracting and were able to finally run into a new investigator Sana (the other sisters found her a few weeks ago). Shes from Pakistan and is here for school with her husband. She is interested in hearing about what we believe but doesn't get the point of it so we're not really sure what to do with her. We had dinner with the Cooper family (Rachel) and taught her another lesson.
Friday we had a super successful day in Delphi (its part of our area but pretty far out so we only go once a week with the elders). We were able to have 3 doorstep lessons and we are going back for one lady that is super interested! I'm super excited!
Saturday and Sunday were pretty boring and normal. We just tried to track for a bit (no success) and then saw some less actives and member's. Last night we also planned a lot so we could get to know our area better. That's been the hardest thing!
One of the things we've really liked sharing as a spiritual thought is 2 Nephi 9:39. It says at the end "to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life eternal." We especially like it because Spiritually Minded Is Life Eternal spells out SMILE. And when you do live a spiritual life and don't get caught up in the world then you really have every reason to smile:) One of the elders from Brazil was with us and he was just so happy and smiley all day and my comp asked him why. He said "the gospel is true!" That's all he had to say to explain why he is so happy all the time, and its true. The gospel is true so we don't have any reason not to be happy The Lord will provide:)
Love you all! Have a safe week! And special shout out to Claira! We love you and will be praying for you!!!
Hello everyone!!! We got to Indiana safe and sound (although one of the flights was a bit too bumpy for comfort...needless to say, I saw my life flash before my eyes). But other than that, it was a great day of traveling.
The last few days at the MTC were awesome but sad! Sunday night we had a devotional and then got to watch a "movie" which was a devotional given by Elder Holland! Afterwards we had to say goodbye to our elders and Sister Reed and I cried. We loved those elders so much, they're gonna do awesome in CA and CO.
Monday morning we got up at 2:45am!!!! We went to the travel office where they bused us to the Provo train station and about 40-50 missionaries had to get all of their things onto the train (it was super crazy!) Then when we got to SLC we had to get off in 3 minutes or the train would leave with us or our stuff still on! We had an awesome assembly line of missionaries and got off in time. Then in about 5 min we would have to go up stairs and get onto another train! That wasn't as successful as before but another train came to get the rest 15 min later. At the airport I got to call my family which was super awesome to hear from them! Then we were off to Minneapolis where we had a lay over and then took another flight to Indianapolis. President and his wife and the assistants were there to meet us and they took us to the mission office where we did some paper work and then to the mission home where we spent the night.
The whole way to the mission office (45 min in the car) Sister Reed and Sister Hamilton and I were DYING of laughter. When we got into the car, president wanted our driving records and Sister Reed figured out she didn't have hers. So she was freaking out and then came to the conclusion that because she doesn't have her driving records she would be sent to a biking area and she doesn't know how to ride a bike...especially with a skirt on. So that's what started the laughing attacks and it just didn't stop until we got there.
Tuesday morning we got to find out who our trainers are! I got Sister Gibbs! Shes the awesomest trainer I could've ever asked for! She's 4'11 and from Magna, UT. She's been out about 8 months. We were also assigned to the Lafayette 1st ward. The area is huge! There's also a companionship of elders that are in the same ward so we split it. They have most of Lafayette (the run-down area) and we have West Lafayette (the super wealthy area). And we have a car!!! We also live like 2 min from Purdue University which is pretty awesome!
Wednesday we basically just met members. Both Sister Gibbs and I are new to the area so we really have no idea whats going on. We have spent a lot of time this week just trying to look through the area book and figure out who our investigators are and trying to contact them (so far we have only seen one and she's 9 years old).
Thursday we saw lots of less actives and members! We also say Rachel. Rachel is the 9 yr old. Her parents are less active and so she has never been to church. But the parents want to go back and Rachel really wants to get baptized. So we are going through the lessons with her and we have to work really hard to bring it down to a kids level and also so that she will remember the things we teach her.
Friday we had a zone meeting and I got to see Sister Vorster!!!!! (She was in my class and dorm in the MTC) I had no idea that she was in my area! I'm glad I'll get to see her a bunch while I'm here. The meeting was super successful and we set some awesome goals!
Saturday and Sunday was a lot more of visiting members and planning for next week. The members here are awesome! And they are so willing to help us and feed us and everything! We've had dinners every night except for like once!
Something I really liked this week that we shared with a lot of the ward memebers was the scripture from Matthew 18 about the lost sheep. We emphasized to them that we can't do our missionary work without them. Its not just the job of a missionary to do missionary work, but for the members to do it as well. We will only be here for short periods of time so the members are the ones that really help the recent converts. So I wanna challenge all of you to look outside yourself and see who needs that boost or a message from the gospel that will bring them happiness!
I love you all and miss you bunches!
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Sister Emily Griffiths
2301 E 2nd Street Apt 14
Bloomington IN 47401
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Indiana Indianapolis Mission
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Fishers IN 46038