THIS WEEK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! WE SAW SOOOOO MANY MIRACLES!
Here is a daily recap:
(First, here is a little background to help you understand our week better. Last weekend we made a bet with 1st ward and 2nd ward elders on who could get the most tracting/finding hours this week. The loser would have to buy donuts. Our president asks us to do 12 hours a week but it is hard to do that (and we dont like tracting very much) so the idea was to get us a little more motivated with the competition.)
Monday: P-day!! It was super fun:) and then we tracted that night!
Tuesday: We headed to Delphi (small town a bunch of miles away) to teach our investigator Darci. It was a good lesson about the restoration:) Then we tracted while we were there! We saw some less actives back in Lafayette and did more tracting! We saw this hilarious but crazy less active lady! It was a miracle that she was actually there!
Wednesday: District meeting! I was asked to give a training on using the scriptures:) One scripture that i used to teach was from 3 Nephi 23:14. Christ, when He teaches, uses the scriptures too! I thought that was pretty cool:) I didnt know that verse existed:) We also got to do service at the food pantry! They had a hige delivery so all the missionaries were there! Then we tracted for THREE whole hours! We were so tired but we got to talk to a lot of people and teach! That was a miracle:)
Thursday: We taught Mary! And it was an amazing lesson! She has so many questions and is so open so every time we teach her we actually feel like we are contributing something because we know its things that SHE wants to learn and not just what we have to teach. We also got to see 2 recent converts and had more tracting time! Yay!
Friday: We tracted for 3 hours again! And we got a new investigator! He told us that hes been struggling and sees that strengthening his faith in Christ will help him:) We are so excited! We also had a lesson with another investigator, Ying. She is a visiting professor at Purdue from China! Luckily we have a few chinese speaking members in our ward that are willing to help with the language barrier:) Also it was Sister Spratling and I's 4 months mark! Yayyy:):)
Saturday: We did tons of service! We went to a members house and they have this little granddaughter, Grace, that was following me around and helping me the whole time! She was so cute and would be sitting down to rest and would yell out "EMILY!!!! I found you a flower!" or "EMILY!! Come watch the river with me!" She was so cute and I didnt want to leave:( We also went to Delphi again and tracted some more! We had some awesome miracles with the people we met!
Sunday!!! This was the day that was PACKED FULL with so many miracles! It was definitely one of the best days of my mission so far! Mary (investigator) came to church! AND she stayed all THREE hours! And she really loved all the classes and contributed many comments! Also, Mara came too! She hasnt been in months and has been in and out of the hospital! We were so excited to see her there! Her and her mom stayed all 3 hours too. We also got to see some members and received a ton of referrals from one member! And one turned into a new investigator and the other is a very good potential! We also tracted later that night and we REACHED OUR 12TH HOUR!!!!!!!!!! Whoooo hoooo!!!! The greenies can do it too:)
Well, to go along with all these miracles there was one lesson that was very prominent this week was the correlation between obedience/diligence and blessings! In 2 Nephi 1 alone, it says 7/8 times the phrase along the lines of "inasmuch as ye keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land." That is an amazing promise that the Lord gives us and I have never seen it more than on my mission! When we choose to willingly keep God's commandments and do His will, He will open the heavens and POUR out blessings on us!
I hope yall had a great week and have an even better week this week! Always remember that I love you and so does your Heavenly Father:)
sister emily griffiths
This is gonna be short because we don't have much time.
We went to the Indianapolis temple on Wednesday and it was beautiful! I was so excited to go! We also had a huge water fight today in the church parking lot with the other missionaries which is why I'm emailing late and don't have much time. :) It was super fun and hot outside! The water fight today was a continuation from our water fight at a service project on Saturday!
But in short it was a super duper fun week!
Love, Sister Griffiths
p.s. transfers are next week but i think i will be staying...probably just getting a new companion!
Well I wasn't sick, but my comp was :( We didn't get to teach a lot or go out much. But we were both able to rest so this next week will be awesome!
Some things that happened this week:
Monday we heard that we would have 2 lessons at the same time (its a long story) so I would have to go with a member and teach by myself!!!! I was so scared!
Tuesday I had to teach that lesson! I was scared out of my mind but it ended up being alright.
Wednesday we saw our investigator Mary and taught her about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon! She loved it and expressed(when we read JSH) that she felt just like Joseph Smith did and was hoping to find the truth for herself! We also saw Rosie and watched the video about the Provo Tabernacle/Temple! It was a super cool story and made me miss provo just a little bit.
Thursday we had interviews with President, which was awesome! We love getting to talk to him:) The sisters spent the night that night because they needed to be here early the next day and since my comp was still sick she stayed at home and I went on exchanges with another sister! And we found a super duper awesome potential investigator! I was so excited because I taught the lesson on the doorstep all by myself!
Friday we had zone meeting which was awesome as well! I learned a lot! I also had my "artwork" (handwriting) featured in the program!
Saturday and Sunday were pretty boring because it rained and my comp was still sick. I got to study, read, watch church videos, do puzzles and eat lots of food!
It was a great week though! Thanks for all the emails and love:)
Love you all!
The people here are so amazing and funny. We have experiences every day where my comp and I just bust up laughing because of something that just happened.
This week was pretty awesome! Not a ton of super exciting things happened...but we helped our investigator Mary move! On Saturday a bunch of member were there and she had family there to help too. We worked so hard and we got it done so quickly! Her and her family were so impressed! They told us they were gonna write a letter to our mission president telling him how much they appreciate us haha. Mary's son even tried to offer money because he was convinced that no one nowadays would ever help do something like that! We had a great conversation with him about missionary work and what we do and even some things that we believe!
We also had some successful tracting this week! (Well, better than usual) We had a lot of doorstep lessons! Sadly none were interested in having us come over again but we know that we are doing the right thing and planting those small seeds of the gospel in their lives so that hopefully one day something will come of it!
We had an awesome lesson with Ayda and her husband Hymie (spelling?) this week!!!! They're the ones from Colombia and speak little English. We were planning to have the Spanish elders come with us because we are probably gonna pass them off to the elders but they ended up being sick... :( but it was an amazing lesson anyways and they are progressing so much! We can see a light come into their eyes when we share new doctrine with them and bring the spirit into the lessons!
Happy Easter to everyone! We got to spend Easter at a members house with a bunch of the young families in the ward who have little kids:) We also got to teach the 6/7 year old primary class at church! We taught them about missionary work and had them make their own name tags! They all left class with them pinned on:) It was so cute:)
While we were at the Easter dinner we got to share some thoughts on the Resurrection of Christ. We shared the "Because of Him" video (my favorite!). If you haven't seen it I invite you to watch it, and also the new video the Church put out for this Easter called "Hallelujah".
I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter! Have a great week! I love and miss you all!
Well...I'm not really sure what to say about this week. It was just kind of normal and nothing super exciting happened...but...
We had a lot more success finding lessons this week! It was awesome! We made sure that we got out on time for out tracting and did it the best we could and we saw blessings! We also did a fast on Saturday (that was really hard!) but we saw so many blessings! We also STUFFED our faces with food late that night! It was one of the best meals ever! Haha afterwards I asked my comp how she liked her food and she said "well, it was good, but I'm not sure whether it actually was or if it was because I was so hungry."
On Sunday we had a special stake conference and Bishop Waddell (presiding bishopric) came to speak! I found out last week that he was my mom's family's bishop and then stake president and he was the one that married my parents! So I got to talk to him after and he remembered me from when I was little:) It was pretty cool.
But one thing that stuck out to me in that conference was a scripture that Bishop Waddell shared. Its Luke 6:47-49? (I think). He talked about how we need to "dig deep" in order to build our foundation. He emphasized many times that if we don't dig deep enough we will not make it. To help us know how to "dig deep enough" he shared 4 different things we need to do. #1: Choose His day (keep the Sabbath day holy), #2: Choose the prophets of God (listen and heed to their councel), #3: Choose to go to His home (the temple), #4: Invite Him into our home (teach the gospel to our families). I invite you all to look up that scripture and study what it means to you and some of the ways you can build that foundation so it cannot fall!
I love you all so much and I hope you have a great week!
Love, Sister Griffiths
I was thinking that because I was serving a mission in the states that things wouldn't be that different........ but let me tell you: Hoosier-land is wayyyy different than anything I've ever seen.
Here's a few things that are different:
- EVERYONE and their mom has a dog. Everyone! I didn't grow up with dogs and there weren't ever a ton of people around me that had dogs, but seriously, every house we go into has dogs
- a lot of people here smoke. So their houses and clothes, and now my clothes smell like smoke. Its not a very fun thing
- they call vacuuming the carpet "sweeping the carpet" even though they do it with a vacuum! haha
- classic hoosier homes have many many "trinkets" and "decorations" on their front porch and yard. Some of which include what we call "hoosier geese" and "hoosier orbs".
- they talk with a southern accent (which I'm not totally used to yet) AND they like to talk a lot!
These are just some funny/random things I've found out about the people of Indiana!
This week was pretty normal. It was good though! We (like I might've mentioned) have had no success at all with finding new investigators/tracting so this week we met with a lot of less actives!
We met a girl who just moved into the ward from Florida named Grace. She is trying to get back to church but wasn't there this week:( Hopefully we can help her more to get back! We also saw Mara again. She isn't doing very well but we are trying so hard to help her! We just don't know what to do! We will continue to pray and hope that she starts to progress. She did mention that she wanted to go out tracting or teach a lesson with us so hopefully she will follow through with that!
President Cleveland has asked us, for the month of March, to share with every member we see the story of Ammon. Ammon was one of the greatest missionaries in the Book of Mormon (if you wanna read about his story its in Mosiah 27-28 and Alma 17-19). We have been sharing with the members some of the attributes he had as a missionary and how we can become more like him so we will have a greater desire, as members, to share the gospel! His main attribute was serving others. All he wanted to do once he was among the Lamanites was to serve them! And that's all we have to do! If we strive to serve others, those gospel conversations will come up and we can share our testimonies!
Also, the new Easter video came out this week! You should all check it out! Link: https://www.mormon.org/easter?cid=HP_SU_3-13-2016_dMIS_fSPC_xLIDyL1-A_
I love you all! Thanks so much for your love, support, letters, and prayers!!! Have a great week!
Sister Emily Griffiths
Yup! That's right! We had a baptism this week! And it was so amazing! Rachel was so cute and was so excited to get baptized. We went over to her house Friday afternoon and helped her and her friend from school (that was spending the night so she could go to the baptism the next day) bake cookies and cupcakes to have after the baptism:) They we so cute and we had so much fun with them! The baptism itself was amazing too! There were so many people there that some of the missionaries left so there was enough chairs for the members of the ward.
There was a ton of missionaries at the baptism because a member of the 70, Elder Gay, was there that day to speak to us missionaries in the Lafayette zone (there's 30 of us). He was here because he was invited to speak at Stake Conference that we had this weekend but he special requested to meet with us and talk to us! It was really neat and he told us a lot of important and inspirational things.
The rest of this week was pretty uneventful. But there were 2 other awesome things that happened besides the baptism!
1. We have a new investigator! And it was from a member referral! Pretty awesome, right?? Her name is Mary and she is super excited and interested in learning more. We briefly met her last week so we could set up a time to come and teach a full lesson and when we were there we showed her the Gospel Library app and she got it! When we came back this week she told us that she wanted to start reading and learning but she didn't know where to start! We smiled and laughed a little because she is just so excited about what we have been teaching her:)
2. We have another new investigator! Well, kind of. She met with the sisters that were here before us but we haven't really been able to see her. But we saw her yesterday! And she did the readings that we committed her to reading! We taught her about eternal families and being sealed in the temple and she loved it! We cant wait to see her again.
So this week we had a "Specialized Training" which was for all the new missionaries and their trainers. It was super awesome!!!!! We learned soooo much and I'm just super pumped again to go out and start working! Plus I got to see all my MTC homies!!! We were so excited when we all saw each other! Let's just say there was a lot of running, screaming, and hugging! haha:)
One thing that I loved from Stake Conference this week was the songs we sang! We sang a bunch of primary songs which was fun but you could also feel the spirit so much when we all sang! My favorite was "I Feel My Saviors Love". It says "I feel my Saviors love; its gentleness enfolds me, and when I kneel to pray, my heart is filled with peace. He knows I will follow Him, give all my life to Him. I feel my Saviors love, the love He freely gives me." I've definitely felt that love as I've been out here. It is so strong all the time! And one of the coolest things is that when we are teaching someone I can always feel God's love for that person, and as missionaries we can help them feel that love:) One of the times I really feel it is when I pray and when investigators pray too. It is the sweetest thing to see someone pray for the first time:) They are always so sincere and I know Heavenly Father is so pleased and excited to hear them pray:)
I love you all! Thanks for the love and support. I hope you have a great week:)
Love, Sister Griffiths
P.S. I got an email from one of my MTC friends (shout out to sister burgon) already this morning and she said something that was super funny but was so true! So I had to share!
"Tracting Moment of the Week: There is a term here in Indiana... "Hooziering".... defined as: when someone rambles on and on and on and on and on and on about who knows what for who knows how long....it's wonderful. It happened a few times this week! hahaha We love Indiana People."
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!!!
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Sister Emily Griffiths
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