Saturday, August 12, 2017

Aug 7: Last Testimony

Well ... this is it ... I can`t believe I've gotten to this point!! This mission has absolutely changed my life! and I couldn`t be more happy with the work I've done. I love my Savior and I love this gospel! It`s perfect!! We have a merciful and loving God that loves us and has given us directions step by step to receive our salvation. When we apply and act on the gospel we truly progress. I know that this gospel is true. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and Redeemer and that He LIVES!!! He suffered for every sin that we've made. He has felt every guilt, sadness and pain. I love my Savior for what He has done for me. He has restored his gospel on this earth for our benefit. I am eternally grateful for Joseph Smith and the simple desire he had to follow the path of God, to know what was right. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that together with the Bible we have the fullness of the gospel and knowledge needed on this earth. I know the priesthood is the power of God here on the earth to bless the lives of His children. The Plan of Salvation was created for each of us to make it home to our Heavenly Father. I know that there is life after death and I am determined to give it my all in this life to make it to the Celestial Kingdom! I know that families can be together forever and that`s what I want! 
I love this gospel! I love my Savior!!!

I`ll be getting home Wednesday Aug16th and I`ll have my homecoming Sunday Aug20th at 11am at 900 Eaglepointe Drive, North Salt Lake, Utah. That same night I

`ll be having an open house in my home 634 mountain view circle, north salt lake, Utah. You`re all invited! 

I`ll see you all soon ❤
Hermana Smoot

Thursday, August 3, 2017

July 31: Watching Seeds Flourish

Alrighty. We`ve got this email and one more! SO WEIRD!!!!
This week was crazy!!! we`ve been running around trying to do so many different things!! We planned and had a branch activity of a Talent Show!! It was super fun and everyone enjoyed it! Our members showed every different kind of talent. Some sang some played an instrument, there were some that even cooked and brought their talent to share (the best) haha and at the end we all ate homemade pizza!! It was super fun and super hectic but the members seemed to enjoy it and that`s the most important! 

This week we also had a baptism! His name is Angel and he`s 13 years old and he is so smart and so bright! His mom Liliana was a less active and as we helped her start to come back to church he wanted to come. His mom is now the primary president and on Sunday Angel was confirmed and receive the priesthood!! All of his aunts and uncles and cousins are members so we had a lot of people come to the baptism. His dad isn`t a member, so he chose his uncle to baptize him. It was precious!!! My favorite part was to see the smile on his moms face! 

We found an amazing new investigator this week!! Her name is Cristina. When she was little she had a Mormon friend and came to church all the time! As we taught her the first lesson she mentioned Joseph Smith and told us the whole story of the Restoration! This lady is 60 years old!! she was super super excited to read the Book Of Mormon and then she also came to church with her husband and grandchildren the next day! It`s amazing how God plants these seeds and years and years later this desire and the spirit is ready!!! I LOVE to see how the Lord prepares his children for his kingdom. For example, 50 years ago wasn`t the time for Cristina but now after certain experiences and knowledge, she`s ready to follow her Savior and to really walk in the way of God. 
In preparation for the Talent Show we went around visiting less actives to invite them! And that`s how we came across Eric and Milena. Eric is a less active that stopped coming to church about 3 years ago when his aunt died in a motorcycle accident. His girlfriend Milena isn`t a member but they have the cutest little boy Santi! Milena has listened to the missionaries multiple times but has never done much. Just listened.  When we passed by we started talking with them about how they were doing and they told us that this past month they had been reading the scriptures every night as a couple and saying family prayer morning and night!! I about fell over dead! We started talking about the things they needed to do to be an eternal family. They put goals to get married here in August and they also came to church!!! 

I love my Savior and I love this gospel and the peace and joy it brings into the lives of ANYONE who has the desire to follow him! I know that the Book of Mormon has the answers to our biggest and deepest questions. I know that our Father in Heaven is watching over every one of us and knows us perfectly. I am forever grateful for his personal attention to me and to each of his children. 

Keep moving forward!!! Hold to the iron rod and NEVER let go!
 I love you all and i`ll see you soon!!! 
Hermana Smoot

Oh and I`ll be getting home August 16th and my homecoming will the Sunday Aug 20th at 11am at 900 Eaglepointe Drive, North Salt Lake.