Hey everyone! Since it was Memorial Day yesterday everything was closed so we're emailing today :)
This week was another awesome week with Sister Spratling in Lafayette! We found more new investigators, did some fun service and had a SUPPERRR fun pday yesterday with the zone! (Emily's Mom here - - they went to Williamsport Falls, Indiana's tallest free falling waterfall (90 ft), about 45 minutes west of Lafayette)
I also got some exciting (and a bit unnerving) news from my mission president! "As much as I would love to keep you two together, I need you both to train next transfer. You will be going to an area that has never had sisters, but a Bishop who will be so excited to see you there. Talk to you soon."
I"m not really sure how to feel about it but I am excited! It will definitely be a big change! (Mom again - - she is talking about next week's transfers. Sounds like Emily will be leaving Lafayette next week for a new assignment!)
One cool experience from this week happened while we were tracting on Wednesday. It was a really hot day and we were both just extra tired and realllyyyy didn't wanna tract. BUT we did it anyways and the Lord blessed us! We talked to this man named Corey and taught him a full restoration lesson on the doorstep and he loved it and said he was actually just going to start checking out churches this weekend and would love for us to come by and see him and his family again! It was definitely a miracle! People here aren't usually ever open to hear what we have to say so we just share a card with a video on it and then go to the next door.
Something I learned this week is about how to make missionary work personal and fun! With it being so hot this week, we tried to figure out different ways of tracting/finding. We also were able to come up with some things along the way to make it fun. Honestly, if you're not yourself out here, you get bored, your comp gets bored, people don't wanna listen to you and life just sucks.
When we were with some missionaries yesterday we were talking to Elder Hullinger (an Indiana missionary legend) and he told us about how he never thought his talent of free-style rapping would ever help him on his mission! But while he was on IU campus no one wanted to talk to him. So his companion got a uke and they just sat at random places on campus and sang/rapped just so people would come talk to them! Later on they ended up making a video with a song about the Plan of Salvation lesson and it went viral! (you might have seen it before). I think its so cool that Heavenly Father gives us so many talents (even the weird ones) and we can use them so much more than we even know!
I hope you all have a great week and look for those talents you have that you can use to bless others' lives!
sister emily griffiths
p.s. here is the link to the song about the plan of salvation. Elder Hullinger is the one on the left
I don't have much time, so I'll keep this short...
But this week was another great week! We had a ton of success with tracting...aka 5 new investigators!!!! It was so amazing!
Tuesday we had zone conference which was very long but it was also REALLY good! I learned a ton about how to do more effective missionary work and it just helped me have a new desire to further along the work!
Thursday we went on exchanges with the sister training leaders! I got to go with Sister Packer on Purdue campus! When we were in the Institute building there was an investigator there (the elders have been teaching her). She had just failed a test and as very upset. We, along with Sister Sheffer (the senior sister here), were able to talk to her and by the end we were all balling and she expressed that everything finally made sense and she believes that theres a God! And shes gonna get baptized! It was an amazing spiritual experience and I'm glad I got to be there at the right time.
We also have one of our own investigators on date to be baptized June 25. We are hoping that I will still be there by then. Transfers are in 2 weeks and I am very nervous to find out whats happening to me.
So! It was a great week! I hope you are all doing well too:)
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
Well we had an amazing week! There were so many happy times and miracles that we saw! Here are two:
Tuesday night we tried to see some less actives. Most didn't want to see us...oh well. But it was getting late so we decided to try one last person who was by our house. But the dumb GPS took us the wrong way because of construction so we had to go the long way home. But as we were driving on that road I remembered that we had a less active who lived at the end of the road and had the thought that we should stop by. She is never home when we stop by and never answers our texts or calls so we haven't had any success with her. But as we pulled in she was just coming out to leave! We got to talk to her shortly and set up an appointment for Friday which went through! It was awesome!
Then on Thursday night we went to try a potential investigator. We haven't had any luck with her for a few months...but she was there!!! She invited us in and said that she has been reading the Book of Mormon and she was just thinking about "us girls" and wants to learn more! We shared a scripture with her and afterwards she said "that was exactly what i needed to hear. That just confirmed everything that I have been feeling lately"!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so awesome! After we left Sister Spratling and I were jumping up and down and high five-ing and we blasted music all the way home! We were so happy:)
Also, on Saturday, we went over to a members house and helped them with a TON of yard work! It was so hard and long but it was so fun! The only not fun part was that there was a TOONNNN of GIANNTTTT spiders there! I was not very happy about that...
Anyways! This week was amazing! And a shoutout to the bestest mom ever! Happy mothers day:) I really enjoyed getting to talk to my fam (especially my mom) yesterday:)
Love you all!
This week was amazing! I will keep it short but we had so many miracles with the members, less actives and new investigators!
Last Sunday a family from our ward invited a friend, Ying, to come to church. She's a visiting professor from China. She loved church and came again this week! And we got to teach her the Restoration! She loved it so much and wants to continue to meet! She also said her first prayer with us in her broken English and it was so cute:)
Also, another member had a friend over when we visited them and her friend, Natalie, wanted to know about the church and wanted a Book of Mormon! She also sat in on the lesson and asked many questions:)
Something else awesome is that I have a new companion! Tuesday were transfers and it was so fun to see all the missionaries together! My new comp is Sister Spratling and she's from Sugar City, ID! We get along great and we are very excited for later today because we both play volleyball and that's basically all we're gonna do today!
Well thats about it for this week! I love you all!
p.s. someone saran-wrapped our car this morning! We're not sure who is was but we sure are gonna get them back:)
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