Monday, August 4, 2014

This past week has probably been one of the best weeks on my mission! We have seen soooooo 
many miracles/tender mercies from the Lord, it's not even funny. 
We received a referral from our bishop to contact this less active who wants to come back. We met Sylvia and her mom Michelle, who is also a less active who wants to come back! Then we 
met Sylvia's husband, Chris, who is not a member and wants to be baptized! They told us all 
of this within the first five minutes.. Sister Gurr and I just kind of looked at each other 
like is this real life? Hahah a missionary's dream. Anyways we started the lessons that nightand are meeting with them about 3 times a week! Chris will be getting baptized on either the 16th or the 23rd. Sooo happy for them. I just kept telling them over and over again how happyI am that they are doing this as a family and are a strength for each other. Another 
prayer answered: we have been praying like crazy to bring families into the church!! :) We 
found them a ride and they were there on Sunday. Chris is honestly sooo prepared and he trulydoes want to turn his life over to Jesus Christ. There ARE people out there that are preparedand willing to act on the gospel. Let's just find them so the Lord can bless/ help them. 
The Thompson's are doing great. We have been meeting with them every couple of days and they are eating the lessons up! Riley and Lily will be baptized on the 23rd as well. Their 
nonmember aunt committed to come to church as well. MIRACLE. Daleena is a single mother of 5 that we have been teaching and she is finally progressing. She wants to be baptized on the 
23rd also:) 
A huge reason why this week was so great was because we literally had members out with us allthe time! Multiple team-ups per day and it was AWESOME. We have been soooo blessed. 
I have gained a huge testimony of fasting. I have made it a goal to fast every Sunday and 
words don't describe the strength I have received. I know that its power is real. 
I wanted to share a part of a poem that I love: 
"All those who journey, soon or late, 
Must pass within the garden's gate; 
Must kneel alone in darkness there, 
And battle with some fierce despair. 
God pity those who cannot say, 
"Not mine but thine," who only pray, 
"Let this cup pass," and cannot see 
The purpose in Gethsemane." 
We are all asked to go through things we think we can't handle. But I know without a doubt 
that the Lord is shaping/refining us and we can get through ANYTHING with His help. Again, 
"I believe in Christ, so come what may." 
LOVE you all. Have a fantastic week. xoxoxoox 
Sister Smartt 

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