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)
WOW! This week was sooo long! We were running all around town the whole week! Here are some highlights!
Andre Oh man! We love Andre so much! He is doing great! He is continuing to learn and come closer to God and it is so cool to see the change in him! His faith is growing bit by bit every day and we are just waiting for the Spirit so work on him extra hard and help him make it to baptism! It's kind of frustrating sometimes that no matter what we do we can't help him that much like God can, so we have learned to put a lot of trust in Him, knowing that He will help Andre according to His will!
Exchanges pt. 1 On Wednesday I got to go with Sister Lind, a brand new missionary, on exchanges at IU! It was so fun! She is AMAZING! We clicked right away and just had a blast all day together! Sadly, some of our appointments fell through so we walked around on campus pretty much all day in the heat! We were dying but it was still fun (somehow!).
Exchanges pt. 2 On Thursday I got to go with Sister Lemmon in Terra Haute! We also had a great day! Our day was a lot more full than the day before haha. We did some service, taught an investigator, and met up with a recent convert. Wow!! SHE WAS AMAZING! Definitely my grace for the week! Her name is Taylor and shes 15. She got baptized a year ago and has recently distanced herself from the Gospel. But she has had a lot of changes in her life that have led her to want to come back! So she has been meeting with the sisters and has come to church the last couple weeks. We planned to teach her about God's plan of happiness. We introduced it to her and then asked her a question. She was really quiet so we wanted to get her more involved in the lesson. We asked another question and she just opened up! She started telling us about the hard times and how she needs God and doesn't know what to do and all this stuff! I was so amazed! She started crying and I didn't know what to do! So I just bore my testimony on the Savior and His Atonement. I didn't really know what I was saying, and I was even more amazed at how strong my testimony actually was! I didn't know that was in me! But apparently it was what she needed to hear because we had a great conversation about God's plan and love for her! It was an amazing experience:)
Zone Conference My last one!!!!!!!! AHHH!!! Weird! On Tuesday we got to hear from President Carlson! He is so great and I LOVE hearing from him! He always knows what to say to us! I am still learning sooo much every day even when I have such a short amount of time left! Its weird because it feels like I'm not leaving anytime soon! At the end, all of the departing missionaries got to share their testimony! There was SEVEN of us! Wow! But it was so great to be able to share:)
Busy Friday?? WOOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!! It was SO HOT today and we were SO BUSY! We didn't even have a second to rest! Lots of appointments one after the other and we also got to go to the Stake Youth Conference which was MISSIONARY THEMED!!! So fun! And to end the day we ordered our self some homemade cookies:)
This week I learned a lot about how much God loves us! He knows what we each need personally in our lives and gives it to us! But sometimes we are to blind to see that He does. I've learned that the closer I am to Him through prayer, scripture study, and constant repentance, it is easier to see His hand in my life! I am so grateful for my mission experience that has taught me about how important those things are and that they really are necessary in our lives! The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been His greatest gift to us and it has changed my life! I know it can change yours too, its just up to you to choose.
Love you all! Have an amazing week! I will see you soon! I'm looking forward to next week for my last email and testimony to yall!
Love, Sister Emily Griffiths
This week I officially hit my 18 month mark! Wowza! Crazy! It definitely doesn't feel like it has been that long! I also finished MyPlan (it's an online program that we do at the end of our mission to help us reflect and make goals for when we are home)! There is an activity/lesson each week for the last 6 weeks, but we had to finish this week because in a few days I will have my departing interview with President Carlson!
Ok, enough of that stuff!
This week was great! I love being a missionary and helping people EVERY day!
Monday we saw Andre (they saw him again Wednesday, but I was on exchanges so I wasn't there) and had a "come to Jesus" moment with him. We had a heart to heart about what he was feeling and where he was at with all of this! It was awesome! He opened up and we were able to talk to him and help him with what he's going through. He is struggling to make any major decisions because of his family, but he has so much faith that we know he will make the right decision when he needs to and that the Lord will help him:)
We also met a new lady, Thelma, who requested for a Bible! We went over to see her and she is so precious! She opened up to us immediately about what she's going through in her life, and it is A LOT! Let me tell you! She is such a strong person because I wouldn't be able to go through what she is. She got pretty emotional, and we bore testimony to her that God is there and that He does love her and would help her.
We also saw Joel again! He is soooo awesome! Wow! He is so eager to learn! We invited him to read 2 Nephi 31 last time and had him try to figure out, based on the chapter, what the 5 steps are of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we met him yesterday he came with writing all over sticky notes and LOVED the chapter and told us all about the things that he liked from it. He also brought a NOTEBOOK this time so he could take notes during our lessons! WOOWW!!!! (Sidenote: he also gave Sister Jones a hug at the end of the lesson and I died!)
Some other highlights of the week:
- We did some "spring (summer?) cleaning" because our second bedroom had stuff piled up from past missionaries... Yikes, but it's lookin spotless now. We were pretty proud:) We went through all the stuff and I found some real gems.. Including: a piece of dry gum (Jones accidentally touched it), a Velcro zebra print towel, and a velvet heart shaped box with a glass bear inside... ':) why.
- I got to go on exchanges with Sister Spratling (my 2nd companion) this week in Martinsville!!!!!!!! It was SOOOOO GREAT! I love that girl soooo much! We had some good talks and met some awesome people!
- We ate froyo for my 18 month mark and it was delicious!
Special shoutout to my girl BROOKE for getting her mission call! You're gonna rock it girl!
Love, Sister Griffiths
Hello everyone! Hope you all have a great 4th of July holiday!
This weeks highlights:
Sunday was fast and testimony meeting! It was really good! It was the last one of my mission so I got to bear my testimony! We were also fasting with Andre all day for him to receive more guidence! It went really well and he said he felt peace! Yay! Little progress steps!
We had a missionary BBQ and activities at the park on the 4th of July! It was really fun! Our whole zone got together and hung out! We all headed out around 4 because they all had members to hang out with...sadly we didn't. BUT we still had fun! Sister Jones and I cooked a taco dinner for the IU crew (us, the sisters and the elders. All 6 of us are campus missionaries)! And it was supperrrr good! We all haven't had mexican food in a while! After Andre and some members came by and we watched a church movie together! At the end we turned on the lights and pretty much everyone was crying!
I got to go on exchanges with SISTER DAWES this week!!!! For those of you that don't remember, that is my baby!!! (trainee) She is already past her 1 year mark! Crazy! And we were reminiscing about our times together in Elkhart/Goshen a whole year ago! We were dying in the heat together last summer! It was so cool to be with her again a year later! She has changed and grown so much! I'm just a proud little mama :)
ANDRREEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so we had a lesson with him Tuesday morning which went well! We just did another Book of Mormon read. He is really loving the Book of Mormon and is always excited to see what happens in the next chapter. Then he came to institute class on Wednesday (even though we were late getting back from a dinner). And then Friday night we were up in Carmel (just north of Indianapolis) for a meeting so that night we had Andre and AJ meet us at the temple! We walked around and went inside to see the lobby. We had the chance to split off and pray/ponder about stuff. As we were talking to him after we asked how it was and how he felt and he LOVED it! He said it was so peaceful and that he loved the feeling that hit him right as he walked in! YAAYYYYY! And he even took a huge step of faith! One of his professors informed him that morning that he had a mandatory meeting that night but he said he couldn't make it (because he already promised us that he would go to the temple) and he was scared but his professor ended up being ok with it! MIRACLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So on Friday during the day we had MLC...my last one! Wow! That's weird to say! But anyways...it was such a good day! We learned a ton and the spirit was so strong! It's crazy that I'm at the end of my mission, because it really doesn't feel like it! The whole time during the meeting I kept being reminded of things that I want to work on and get better at and I don't have very much time left! So now its crunch time! (Real crunches too because Indiana likes to feed you a lot) I also got the chance (along with 10 others who are going home with me) to share my "departing testimony" at the end of the meeting!
I talked a lot about how the theme of my mission has been change. A change in me and the people I've worked with! It's amazing to see the changes that can occur when we focus our lives on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! He truly is the one that can help us become someone that we could've never imagined we could be!
Love you all!
Yup! I'm getting to that point on my mission where all I want to do is sleep! Sister Jones is a saint for putting up with me and keeping me motivated!
Even though I am tired all the time we are still keeping up with the pace of missionary work! And this week was great! I don't have much time but here are some highlights:
~ Andre is on date!!!!!!!!!!!! Yaayyy!!!! He is planning to be baptized on July 22! He is still praying about it because he is still uneasy and scared of making that decision but we know he will be able to receive peace about it! Please pray for him! Thanks:)
~ We got bashed :( We had a return appointment with a guy this week who came prepared to tell us why we were wrong. Although he wasn't very respectful about it, we tried our best to be and simply just shared our testimony the whole time. We were pretty frustrated afterwards but we both felt the Spirit testifying to us that what we were saying was true! Gotta love the Holy Ghost!
~ We explored downtown Bloomington for pday! They have a ton of cool shops with lots of Indiana things in them:)
~ For FHE with the branch this week we did a picture scavenger hunt on campus! It was super fun! We split up into 3 teams and had a list of things to find/do on campus that we took pictures of!
~ I got to go on exchanges with Sister Yu this week! It was sooooo fun! She's an awesome missionary and taught me a lot! It was also her and Sister Jones' 1 year mark this week! I did a little bit of decorating for the occasion! :)
~ We also had interviews with President Carlson this week! It was crazy to think that it was my last normal one with him (we have a "departing interview" with him the week before we leave to talk about our mission and going home).
Love you all!
Wow! This week was amazing! God blessed us with so many miracles!
Andre - We had 2 awesome lessons with him this week! He is doing sooo amazing! We read another chapter in the Book of Mormon on Monday with him and he loved it! We were able to talk about the blessings we have in our life and how we should be thankful rather than prideful.
Then we saw him again on Thursday. Let me tell you this crazy story! Ok, so we were supposed to meet at 11am. 11:15 rolls around and we hadn't heard from him...11:20....11:30....he never misses appointments! So we call him again with no answer. We decide to just go out on campus and if he calls we would come back. Right before we go we pray. As Sister Jones is praying for Andre the phone starts ringing! She looks up at me, I look up at her and very quickly she ends the prayer as I am searching my bag for the phone andddd....ITS ANDRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He accidentally overslept and was now frantically riding his bike to the lesson! Ahh! Love that kid! We ended up having an AWESOME lesson about the Plan of Salvation! It was kind of spontaneous but it was so cool because as we were finishing up he made comments about how he needed to be reminded of the eternal perspective in life and that he knows it will help him with his faith and overcoming fear! Yay!
ALLSOOO!!!! He came to Institute class on Wednesday night! We didnt even ask him or remind him to come! He just wanted to come again because he liked it last time! We had to leave early because we had a lesson (see the section on Joe) but one of the girls in the class came up to us after and told us about this super AWESOME comment that Andre gave in class! They were learning about talents and how to develop them and Andre said, "Discovering your talents is more like remembering what your spirit did before this life." WHHAAA?!?!?!?
Finding - On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday our day was mostly filled with finding new people to teach on campus! Luckily for us there is a program called "groups" where incoming freshman come early and take classes and learn how to be a successful college student! So there are actually people around to talk to! Yay! On Thursday we had the coolest experience! While we were walking around (and drenched in sweat) we started a conversation with this super cute girl! She is a strong christian and was just thinking about how she needs to find a church around here. She started to ask about us and our missionary work as we walked with her to class and she was amazed but also thought it was "super weird". Haha! At least she's honest about it! It is pretty weird sometimes! As we were saying goodbye she told us how just the night before she was crying because she felt so overwhelmed and prayed to God and then the next day we showed up! She said she was so grateful! Ahh!!!! It made our whole day!
Hannah - We met up with Hannah (a member) for ice cream on Monday just to catch up. The ice cream was so good! As we started talking she opened up to us that she has been having a hard time lately and she was glad we asked her to meet up so she could talk and hear our advice! Another answer to prayers!
Joe - We met Joe last week and had our first lesson with him on Wednesday! We taught him about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he loved it! He was open to it and then offered to pray at the end! He prayed to Heavenly Father and asked so sincerely to know if what we taught him was true! He wanted to know so bad! It was so cool!
Transfers - This week on Tuesday was transfers! I get to stay here on IU with Sister Jones for my last transfer! But we went to transfers because a bunch of our sisters were leaving and a couple were being double transferred in and we wanted to make sure they were ok! My trainee, Sister Dawes, is in my zone now! As well as Sister Spratling, who was my 2nd companion! This is going to be a great last transfer!
Sorry for the long email this week! I guess it makes up for all the other ones that have been short:)
Love you all! Hope you have a great week! See you soon! (ahh, weird!)
Love, Sister Griffiths
Hey there! Happy weekend! It's crazy to think that the mission is slowly coming to an end. It's a real bummer when little reminders keep popping up that I'm going home soon! But I still have 7 more weeks left and that is a lot! I'm excited to keep working all the way to the end!
I don't have much time but I'll give you a run down of some exciting things that happened this week!
Monday: We walked around campus for a really long time and it was really hot! No one talked to us that day but we did see some CRAZY college students climbing on the fountain in the middle of campus!
Tuesday: We had Zone Conference! It was SOOOOOOO good! There were so many inspired words from our leaders and other missionaries! We gave a short training on obedience and how we need to sacrifice what we have to the Lord. We shared the SUPER good story from the Book of Mormon! Alma chapter 24...go look it up:) We also were able to talk about some of our investigators and receive revelation for how we need to go about things/what to teach them next!
Wednesday: We taught ANDRE! Yay! He is doing so good! He is super excited about the Book of Mormon and is learning so much! We talked about some more of his concerns and it was so cool because as we were talking I had the impression to talk about a scripture from a Mormon Message video, and right as I was about to talk about it Sister Jones is flipping through her scriptures (without knowing I was about to share the scripture) and opens right to it because she was gonna talk about it too!!!!! Soo cool! And it was the perfect scripture for him!
Thursday: I was on exchanges with Sister Collins! (Shes one of the other sisters that is on IU campus with us) We had a BLAST! We walked around campus and did service at a food pantry!
Friday: I went on exchanges AGAIN with Sister Chavez! I was with her in her area, Martinsville (about 20 min north). It was SUCH a good day! We went to a senior rest home in the morning, and then visited a few people in the afternoon! We read scriptures with a lady names Barbra and she is AWESOME! She was baptized about a year ago and just got to go to the temple a few weeks ago! She is such an inspiring lady!
Welp! That's about it for me! Love you guys! Have a fun weekend!
Love, Sister Griffiths
This week was great! Like the subject says, it was full of birthdays and sick days!
Wednesday was Sister Jones' Birthday! yaayy!!! It was so much fun and we basically did little celebrating all week! Tuesday night we took her out for pizza! Then on Wednesday we had Root Beer floats after District Meeting, got hot chocolate at Starbucks, and went out to dinner at a mexican place!
Well, here's some other highlights from our investigators for the week!
Thinh: We taught him again on Sunday! He is doing well and he wants to believe in God and Jesus Christ but he is conflicted because he doesn't want to go against what his family believes. We talked a lot about faith and how faith is not just believing but its also DOING. He is leaving for about a month on vacation, so we won't see him for a while but he still texts us to check in!
Andre: Andre is greaatt!!!! We had a lesson with him this week and just tried to address some of his concerns. We read Alma 17 together and he loves the story! But he was also able to connect to the message of the story and apply it to his life! He has been doing GREAT on praying, reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church! He is progressing so much and has a desire to believe and learn more!
Jose: This week we didn't get caught in a rain storm! Yay! But we did have an AMAZING lesson with him on Wednesday! (Sister Jones said it was the best bday gift ever!) He reported that he read EIGHT CHAPTERS of the Book of Mormon! WOW! And he had a lot of questions about it, so we talked about that for a while. Then we taught him about the Plan of Salvation! Every single step of the Plan of Salvation blew his mind! It was so funny because we would lay out another piece of the picture (we have little pictures to help explain the concepts) and explain it and he would just pause and say "Woah! Ok, give me a second to process this." And we would sit in silence for what felt like hours and then he would ask questions or comment on it or make connections to other things we have taught him. It was so cool to see the Spirit working on him and confirming all of this was true. He didn't doubt it! He said he just needed to process it all and that he was going to be praying a LOT this week! But it is good! We are so amazed at his desire!
And some fun things that happened this week!
Volleyball: We played volleyball last saturday for pday and it was sooooo much fun! I missed it a lot! Luckily one of the elders is really good at it so he makes me RUN! It was a good workout that I haven't had in a while!
FHE: Monday night we went on another hike at McCormicks creek with a bunch of people from church! It was so fun! This time we DIDNT get lots, luckily!
Sick days: Thursday and Friday Sister Jones was pretty sick so we just kinda laid around. Thursday we were at home all day and she slept most of the day while I tried to keep myself busy. Then on Friday she REFUSED to stay home so we just sat around at the institute building and relaxed and studied:)
Last Sunday I was asked to give a talk at church! The topic was Using the Power of the Atonement in our Daily Lives! It was so enlightening to study out that topic all week and learn so much more about Christ and His Atonement! One thing that really stuck out to me and has hit me hard these last few weeks is the idea of His Grace. Sometimes we think of grace as: if I do my best, He will make up the rest. But that's not true! He doesn't make UP the difference, He makes ALL the difference! He paid for everything! We are not only saved by His Grace, but we can be CHANGED by it. So, are we?? "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father." (Mosiah 3:19, in the Book of Mormon) Are we doing all we can to turn away from our selfish natural tendencies? Are we seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Are we saints (a sinner that keeps of trying)? I know that if we do this in our life that God promises to send us light, peace and joy!
I love you all! Hope you have an amazing week!!!!
Love, Sister Griffiths
Hello!!!!!!!!!!!! Welp, here's a little about my week!
Saturday: After we emailed in the morning we went to a place called McCormicks Creek in Martinsville IN (about 20 min north of us). Its a state park I think. But it was beautiful and so much fun! We hiked all day! We got lost quite a few times but we made it out alive!
Sunday: Church was empty! It was the first week of summer so everyone has left us! So sad:( There was about 20 people total, including the 6 missionaries! Yikes! It was good nonetheless! Then that afternoon we surprised our good friend Sister Pettay with flowers (picked from outside the senior folks home) and a card! We didn't think we would be able to make it over like we normally do, but we ended up having an extra hour so we surprised her and she loved it! That night we got to Skype home! Yaayy!!! It was so good to talk to the fam! And crazy to think that this is the last time I will see them till I'm home!
Monday: We taught Andre in the morning about families and temples! He loved it! It was awesome when he said that he wants a family one day that can be stable on a foundation of the Gospel! That evening we went to the Clark family's home for dinner! We had a fun BBQ outside at the fire pit and had hot dogs and s'mores!
Tuesday: We taught Davey in the morning, a member of the branch. He's goin' through a hard time so we decided to have lessons with him every so often. It was a super funny conversation, but we got around to talking about blessings and how they can help us. It was super hot all day so we would walk around on campus a bit and then find something to do where we could take a break inside and cool off and then go back out. Campus has been pretty empty now that its summer. We only have the chance to talk to a few people each day. Then we went and did service for Sister Pettay and had dinner with her! That night we had a lesson with Naser. We talked about the path to God, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and where he was on the path and what he needs to do in order to progress. We talked a lot about prayer which was really powerful!
Wednesday: Was a loonnggggg day! It was hot and we didn't have anything scheduled all day except for walking around campus! But it was good! We found some cool people that we talked to! That afternoon we had a lesson with Jessica! We met with her once the 2nd week I was here and then her life got crazy and we weren't able to meet with her. But we saw her! And she is awesome! She read through the whole pamphlet and had a ton of questions for us! She was so sincere and we had a really good discussion about the nature of God.
Thursday: We tried in the morning to give out homemade snickerdoodles with a conference quote as a different way to talk to people but we only got to talk to 1 person! It was fun anyways! Then we had interviews with President Carlson which went well! In the afternoon we went to MCUM (the food pantry) to volunteer and then had pizza for dinner!
Friday: We taught Andre again in the morning and we had Zoey there with us! She's a member of the branch. We just had a good discussion together where we were able to answer some of his questions and concerns. He finally understood the idea of the promise of baptism! And it clicked with him that God will always keep His promises! He told us that that concept has brought him a lot of comfort because no matter what is uncertain in life, God is always constant! So cool! We also taught Jose! We met him at his work and went to lunch with him for his lunch break! We asked how his praying went in the 2 weeks that we didn't see him and he told us how we went to the forest so he could be alone and pray aloud! He said he hasn't received a solid answer yet but that he has the faith God will answer him soon! On our way walking back we got caught in a SURPRISE rain storm! We were in it for about 2 minutes, while running frantically to shelter. By the time we got there it looked like we jumped into a pool in our clothes! We were soaking!!!! It was a good little adventure. We waited it out and then walked back. We didn't dry until AFTER dinner!
I wanted to share a little bit about repentance. For most of us, hearing the work repentance is kind of scary! We think of something we have to do because we have made a huge mistake in our life. I have been studying and learning a lot about faith and repentance lately and its such a simpler process than we think. And the most amazing thing is that we can do it every day! And its all because of the Savior Jesus Christ! The enabling power of His atonement is SO powerful in our lives!
"Rely on the Lord, for only He can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, and what's broken into something beautiful."
"There is no choice, sin, or mistake that you or anyone else can make that will change His love for you or for them." -Ronald A. Rasband
Wow! This week was pretty eventful even though its summer on campus and there are waayyyyyy fewer people to talk to....its sorta dead.
Andre: IS AWESOME! We had 2 lessons with him this week! He is doing so great and just LOVES commandments sooo much! Which is awesome, because most people have a problem with them and don't want "restrictions", but its amazing because Andre sees them as a guideline on how he should live his life to be a better person!
Thinh: We also saw him twice this week! He is also doing amazing! He has said 3 prayers with us so far and its the first time he has ever prayed ever! They are so amazing and sincere! We taught him about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon! One of his comments was "I know that this information is valuable."!! Yaayy!!!!
Transfers: On Tuesday we drove to transfers to help out with our zone. We had to say goodbye to our good french friend, Elder Boutoille, and our courtyard friend, Elder Huntington, whos area was closed! And our other friend Elder Campbell finished his mission! Sad to see people go and get moved around but we gained some good missionaries too!
Gifts: On Wednesday we got a surprise from one of our amazing members! She works at Francesca's in the mall and decided to be super awesome and get us necklaces!!! She looked us up on Facebook to find out our first names and then got us an "E" and "B" necklace.
MLC: Was yesterday! It was pretty good! We had some good trainings and discussion! I learned a TON to help our investigators so hopefully we will be able to use it this week!
Something super awesome that I was reminded of this week was the power of the Holy Ghost in Conversion! I was reminded that when we teach people we can only say so much and do so much to help them! But when the Holy Ghost is in the mix, that's when the true change and conversion happens! Elder Bednar said at a training that we can "bring the truth unto the hearts of people, but only the Spirit can bring it INTO their hearts." Love it! Its so true! So for you all, remember the the Holy Ghost is such an important part of your life! Seek to have it with you all the time so it can teach you the things God wants you to know at this time!
Love you all! Have a great week!
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