Monday, October 14, 2013

There's something in the Air

The past couple days (since Thursday)
Well... As you all know We got to go to the temple this week! It was so great! Just to feel the spirit and the spirit of all the people there. That was great! It was also a very raining week and we were on bikes of course.. but what are you gonna do. The Lords work must go forth.
And yesterday I ate lunch with this family who is from Waianae (super cool) And my cousin was their bishop when they lived there! So they made me a musubi, and my companion had her first musubi! She loved it. And then they gave me Li hing mui. I was so excited! They gave us some to go, and we had to walk a little bit to our bikes, so we were eating the musubi while we were walking and people were looking at us weird, first of all we were eating and walking, second we were eating spam and third we were eating nori. I guess that weird here in Utah.
The Work
Sometimes the work this week was discouraging, then I always remember this talk that was given to us. It said something like when we are feeling discouraged, the feelings of faith aren't able to shine through. So I always have to have faith in the Lord and faith in His timing.
With that, we have a baptism on Saturday! We are so excited! And our other investigators are still progressing, they have such wonderful spirits and we will keep teaching them. All this talk of missionary work is really getting people excited and we are getting so many referrals that we don't even know where to start. Now we just need their hearts to be softened and to accept the gospel. I am so grateful for all the people that I meet everyday, even the ones who aren't very nice to us. This week we went out on visits with one of our ward mission leaders (he totally looks like Santa Claus, he even calls himself that) Brother Christensen went and picked a whole bunch of apples and pears and we went to nonmember and less active member homes and shared fruit with them. There was no catch we were just sharing fruit so that they could know who we were, and who knows maybe this experience will soften their hearts and they'll always remember the Sister Missionaries that came and got to know them.
The Word
We've all probably been receiving the same lessons in Sunday school and relief society about missionary work. And it's definitely in the air! We are having an area seventy come and do a fireside about Hastening the Work. And our mission leaders are so exciting and their always asking us if we are teaching in their ward, and most of the time we have to say no, and then that week they try hard to find us someone to teach.
I heard this really good quote by President Thomas S. Monson, "Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking, He expects our action, He expects our labors, He expects our Testimonies, He expects our Devotion." It seems that the Lord expects a lot of us, but we expect the Savior to save us and to bless us and help us through our trials. So the Lord should expect this much from us and we should do the things which He expects. Its hard, but the blessings that come are so great! And we are going to stumble and sometimes we won't be able to do everything that He expects, but that is why we keep trying everyday!

I love you all! Thank you for your prayers, your support, your testimonies and for doing your own missionary work!
Love always,

Sister Swain

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