May 29, 2017


Holly Springs


Sister Smith

Small world moments, bittersweet days, and progress

This email will be relatively short, I don't have a lot of time. Sorry!

Monday: An uneventful day. Both of our appointments in the evening fell through so we ended up stopping by some of our investigators that we hadn't been able to see in a while. Both of them were home, which was amazing!

Tuesday: Today was a good day, although a little bittersweet. We were finally able to see Barbara (she has been working and out of town for close to a month) and she told us that she is moving to California in a week! She got it all worked out so that she can stay in the States and the job she got in CA is perfect and she is excited about it. I am really happy for her but I am also sad that I won't be able to teach her anymore :( She does still want to meet with the missionaries in CA though, so that is good! We had a couple of other appointments that didn't fall through (which was a miracle in itself) but both people ended up not being interested. They were both committed to their church and not looking to change right now. 

Wednesday: Our apartment got inspected in the morning before district meeting and they brought us candy! After district meeting we went and helped Ernie some more with his basement. Then we had a great lesson with our investigator Will. He is very logical/intellectual/a little skeptical but he is also very open to the possibility of what we teach being true. We talked a lot about how to receive and recognize answers through the Spirit. After dinner, Joanna came out with us and we stopped by a few people. She is so much fun and I am so grateful that she wanted to come out with us, even though she is in a different ward <3 After that we had some extra time before we had to be inside, so we were trying to figure out what to do. A ward member wasn't feeling good and Sister Smith felt like we should go to the store and get her some Gatorade. We walked in and saw an employee that we had met before and we were able to talk to him some more about what we do as missionaries. He texted us later and we have an appointment with him this week! Sometimes store contacting is really effective!

Thursday: Smithfield's! We had an appointment near the church (which is out of our area) and there was a Smithfield's  right near the church so we got to go on our way back home. Carolina barbecue is so good and definitely something I will miss. 

Friday: MLC. I seriously love MLC! One of the best parts of being a sister training leader is that I get to see President and Sister James every month, plus zone conference and interview every transfer. We had an awesome lesson with Jenn!! We were at a member's home and Jenn had really great questions! She had read the chapter in the Book of Mormon we gave her and we were able to talk about it for a while. She feels (and recognizes) the Holy Ghost as she reads, so we were able to help her connect that the Book of Mormon being true means that The Church of Jesus Christ is the true church restored to the Earth. She had been doing some research online about Mormons, which can be really scary when an investigator tells us that. But she just had questions about what she had heard, if it was true or not. One of her questions was whether or not she can get baptized since she has tattoos. We explained that of course she can still get baptized, she just shouldn't get any more tattoos. She told us she regrets the ones she already has and wished she hadn't gotten them. Her other questions related to the Word of Wisdom and the law of chastity. We hadn't planned to teach them until this week, but we ended up teaching them today. It went really well and she said that she agrees with both of them and is totally willing to live them! The rest of our evening was spent planning our instruction for zone conference this week. 

Saturday: A cute little girl asked us to blow bubbles with her when we were tracting. We also tracted into a less-active who was really nice and gave us water. 
Sunday: The talk I gave in sacrament went pretty well. I had actually volunteered to give a talk. Before you all wonder what happened to me to make me volunteer, we were sitting in ward council and I felt like I should volunteer. So I did. And it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. We had some really great member stop-bys after dinner. The members here are so great! They all have amazing desires to share the gospel and do missionary work! A family that just moved in a month ago actually knows one of my friends from home. I haven't met anyone here yet who knows people from home, so it was really fun!

Love y'all
Sister Pyper


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