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."
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