Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New Journeys, New Beginnings, Same God

Greetings from the South, beautiful humans of mine!

Wow, what a week--I'm not even sure what happened, but it's already over!  Man, time flies when you're having a good time. 

We took this giant leap of faith that Heavenly Father is going to help us with our miles (which are quickly diminishing in number), and went to the farthest reaches of our area. Only members live there, there are no potentials, so I'm not even sure if missionaries have ever been down there to no man's land or not. But we did it! We have officially gone everywhere in our area--how exciting is that?!

It's not overly exciting as far as the future of Sister Johanson strolling the streets of this area--seeing how she isn't going to be doing it much this week. Transfer doctrine is in! She's getting transferred, moving on to bigger and better things, accepting a call to be a Sister Training Leader and such. She says she's not sure how she's going to do, but I know she's going to be absolutely fantastic. The people in her next area are so blessed already, and they don't even know what's about to hit them.

(This is Sister Smith, by the way.  I've hijacked the weekly email to do what I will with it--oh the power I wield . .)

Something I've definitely learned this week is the power of the Spirit. We've had a couple amazing lessons where as soon as I felt something needed to be said, Sister Johanson would start saying it!  That's happened many many many times before, but it's always new and wonderful every time.  It's amazing how present the Spirit is in our lives, and how much we can learn from him if we would just get over ourselves and listen.  Someone once taught that the Spirit is always speaking to us, but we determine whether or not we are in a position to listen, hear, and act on the guidance and direction he gives us.  Seeking to hear the voice of the Spirit is so crucial in this life--and he communicates to each of us differently, because we all learn differently and we're all different people.  Your challenge for this week is to find out how the Spirit speaks to you.  I know that as you listen closely and seek to identify the voice of the Lord in your life, through the Spirit, you will be able to become more in-tune with the will of God for you, personally, and see amazing miracles as you choose to act.

Christ is our friend, hope is always an option, molasses on biscuits is a good thing, faith can make anything happen, banana bread is a healing gift, and the gospel is true.

Love you all!

Sister Smith

These are our pals the millers. They are members but we are teaching
them the discussions and made the missionary tags. They are so cute.

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