Brooke Smith Today at 6:08 AM
Brooke’s Trainer that she ADORES is going home, her mission is over so this was a bitter-sweet week for her! She loves Sister Harman she has been so amazing in teaching Brooke to be the best missionary she can be!
This week was truly amazing. It is sad, as it is Sister Harman’s last week, but still amazing. Natalie got baptized! We found her our first week here, she came to church herself, and taught her all the lessons. She is amazing! The Lord really led us through everything I can not take any credit for the incredible progress she made. The baptism itself was super cool. Her family came, even though they were nervous about her decision to be baptised into our church, and they all matched. IT was a cute symbol of how this decision would unite them as a family instead of come between them. YAY
We also had a non-member dad from a part member family who refused to ever come to church bring the whole family to the baptism and all of church the next day. He even loved church and commented with teachers about things and the whole ward was able to help teach him what he wanted to know. He was SUPER excited to learn about eternal families because his family is everything to him.
That was such a miracle. The wife, who is one of the strongest women I know, was so shocked and excited. It was a SUPER sweet moment. Then, he stayed for the potluck afterward and helped us clean up. They are such a cool family.
It was really a testiment to me this week to see how a ward can come together to support one another and to see how the gospel really brings families together!
We also celebrated our ward mission leader’s birthday this week by surprising him (with his wife of course) with 47 doughnuts at 8 am at his house. He was super happy and it was hilarious ordering that many doughnuts. The elders helped us loads this week! they are awesome!
We also got our transfer calls and I am staying with Sister Packer and she is going to die (go home) next transfer. It will be great to do work with her. She’s a lovely girl! We also got to meet with Tina, a wife of a member, and teach her the restoration this week. She is super cool! She loves us and her husband helps her to read and pray daily. She is starting to really feel the spirit and realize that God is there for her. It is incredible to trust in God and see what he can do for those who are in His hands. Sebastian is going through a hard time at home, but we are showing him how the gospel can help him and praying for him every day!
Funny random story:
One night we were coming home and all of the sudden the wind picked up and the rain started pouring and we could see how havy the whirlwind was ahead of us. We knew we had to walk through it and would be SOAKED, but we did what we had to do, trusting that all would be okay and deciding to laugh and make it fun instead of miserable. So, we ran through together and laughed SO hard and were all Soaked through to our skin by the end. Still, we made it home safely and had a great time going through what might have looked like torture.
Life is so. We decide to make the best of the situation ahead, trust in God, and charge through it. We can pray for help when it gets hard and make wise decisions to avoid unnecessary mistakes or trials, but if we forge ahead, always trusting in the path ahead, we will find happiness. Love the life you live and live it in gratitude! No one told me I could see a baptism white washing an area with no investigators in Germany, except the Lord (okay and some great people here in the mission). Beleive in yourself and trust that He will help you. He has showed me that I can help Him work miracles!
Love you all and hope you can make this week a great one!