Well the time has come....this is my last email! Wow! I never thought this would come...but here it is!
I'll start off by telling yall bout my week:)
Last Saturday we explored more of Bloomington and went shopping:) We also made banana bread (shout out to the elders for giving us mushy bananas!) and it was super good!
On Sunday one of our investigators came to church! It was so awesome that he came! He is now living up in Indy though, so we gave his information to the missionaries up there. We visited Sister Pettay and made her lots of jello for her upcoming weeks of recovering (she had hand surgery last week). We also had dinner with the most AMAZING family every! The Deckers! Hannah, the daughter, is in the YSA and is one of our BFFs. They made us a bunch of different types of homemade pizza! Yuummmm!!
Monday-Thursday were pretty slow:( A bunch of people have gone back home for the 3 week break in between the summer semester and the fall semester! We did have a few lessons though, and they were GREAT!
Thinh - He finally came back from vacation!!! We talked about God's plan of happiness for him and he really liked it but at the end of the lesson he informed us that he wasn't very interested in meeting with us anymore:( We were pretty sad about that but we know that we did what we could and we planted a seed in his heart. Maybe one day when he is ready he will remember what we taught, the Spirit he felt, and the words in the Book of Mormon.
Joe!!!!! Wow! Joe is amazing! We met him a month or two ago on campus and taught him one lesson and then he got pretty busy. But we got to meet up with him again and he is GOLDEN!!!! We reviewed what we had talked about last time and taught him about the path on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved it! When we got to the step of baptism he asked if he could be baptized and when!!!! WHAT?!?! Soooo cool! The only sad thing is that he's moving back to Chicago:(
ANDREE!! He is great! And I'm gonna miss him so much! We had two lessons this week that covered: tithing, choices, Alma 33-34, the restoration and learning "line by line". It all went really well and he is continuing to progress! He goes back to see his family (who aren't very supportive of religion) this week, and even though we are nervous about it, he is excited to see them and share a little about what he has been learning!
Joel: Still doing great! He comes prepared to each of our lessons with notes on the reading he did and a notebook to take notes during our lessons! He loves it and totally soaks it in! We taught him about the plan of salvation and he loved it so much that he even related it to the show Dragon Ball Z. Sister Jones and I know nothing about the show so we just nodded and smiled haha. I'm sure he had a really good point with it.
Another highlight from the week was having dinner with Sister Pettay and her friends! They all knew that it would be my last dinner with them so they got me a card! So cute! Sarah (one of the friends) was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny! She was cracking all the best jokes all dinner! Jones even SNORTED she laughed so hard!
Welp! This mission has been so amazing! I have learned sooo much! And a lot of that came from my companions!
Sister Ostermiller - MTC! Wow! That was a long time ago! But it was such an amazing experience with Sister Ostermiller! She showed me what it looks like to truly LOVE the Gospel of Jesus Christ! She had so much excitement to learn it and teach it ALL the time!
Sister Reed - SMILE! Even when hard things happen Sister Reed always had a smile and she endured. She also has the most contagious laugh ever and helped me laugh all the way through my mission.
Sister Vorster - We have served together throughout our mission and she has taught me to be chill and roll with the punches. She is such a great example of the quote "come what may, and love it".
Sister Gibbs - Well, I didn't really know how to "missionary" when I got with my wonderful trainer...but let me tell you, she sure did! She was an overall amazing missionary who taught me all of her skills! Because of her I learned how to plan, teach, love, invite and knock on a door!
Sister Spratling - It was a blast to be with this gal! We worked our tails off together! We were both still new missionaries but you couldn't tell from the way we worked! It was nonstop GO all the time with her! She was a great example to me of diligence:)
Sister Dawes - We started off our time getting lost in the cornfields trying to find our apartment but ended in Sandra's baptism! During my time with my "daughter" I learned that Heavenly Father qualifies those that He calls. I felt so inadequate but she had faith in me and I learned that God did too.
Sister Ellis - I learned that listening is really important. We had one night where we sat on the dirty kitchen floor crying and just listened. Even though we didn't bond instantly, we were able to find common ground and become great friends! Simply listening can change lives:)
Sister Miles - Oh boy! This girl was crazy, but we were crazy together! And not only did we become BFFs and have SO much FUN, but we worked so hard too! I learned that doing missionary work doesn't always have to be boring or monotonous.
Sister Murray - She was a perfect example of enduring well! She lived the words "I can do hard things" every single day! She was never afraid to push herself (and me) to do something hard!
Sister Price - I learned that the people we meet every day and teach are not just numbers or lessons. They are real people with real concerns! She was so good at being personal with everyone we met and striving just to be their friend and care about their life:)
Sister Burgon - CHARITY!!! I have never met another person in my whole life who is so FILLED with charity all the time! The biggest baddest meanest person could come along and she could instantly become friends with them and love them automatically! I will forever remember her amazing example of love<3
Sister Jones - Wow, where do I even start?! She has been my longest companion and I have learned multiple lessons from Jonsey! She is such a great example of loving the Gospel and living it every single day! She takes the lessons that she is taught, or the scriptures that she reads and directly relates them to her life and does everything she can ALL the time to improve. She also sees the potential in others and helps them understand that too! She is a true disciple of Christ.
I know that our Heavenly Father loves each one of us so much! He knows us personally and wants the best for us. That is why we were sent here to earth to live a life, learn, grow, and experience joy! His whole purpose is for us to have joy in this life and I have come to know that the only true, lasting joy comes from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On my mission, I have learned more about my Savior and His Gospel than ever before and I know that it is true. These past 18 months I have learned it, taught it and lived it. It can truly change lives, and it has changed mine! I will be forever grateful for the amazing opportunity I have had to serve the Lord here in Indiana! It has been the best 18 months FOR my life and I am so excited to move on to what the Lord needs me to do next in my life. I want all of you to know that I love you, and so does your Father in Heaven. He wants us to "come unto Christ and be perfected in Him" and that "His grace is sufficient for you". (Moroni 10:32)
I love this quote from Elder Jeffery R. Holland: "I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable, but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines. Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. So if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time."
I love you all! And I'll see you (most of you) soon! Have a wonderful week!
Love, Sister Griffiths (for the last time)
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Sister Emily Griffiths
2301 E 2nd Street Apt 14
Bloomington IN 47401
Mission Office address:
Sister Emily Griffiths
Indiana Indianapolis Mission
777 Sunblest Blvd
Fishers IN 46038