Monday, April 29, 2013

Week 1 in Baltimore

Ok so this has been the most amazing week of my life so far. My companion is amazing! Her name is Sister Schofield, she is from St George, UT and she has only been out for 6 weeks. It is like we are already best friends! So much fun. So Saturday we had a baptism. It was for a man named Brother Jimmy. His daughter joined first, and she was marrried in the temple like 2 years ago and has a baby. Then his wife, Sister Jimmy joined like 2 months ago. Then this saturday Brother Jimmy joined. One of the coolest experiences ever. I have only known them since wednesday but they treat me like family and I love them. They are from Africa. Then at church on sunday their two other daughters told us they would like us to start teaching them!!! I LOVE the Jimmys! I have never had so many experiences where the spirit prompts me to say or do something and I just act on it, and the person says "That is exactly what i needed". Heavenly Father has been blessing us and answering us so much. We try so hard to be EXACTLY obedient and I think that is why the work is going so well. Ok I LOVE riding my bike! I feel like the wicked witch of the west riding a bike in a skirt but it is so much fun. I serve in the most beautiful area I have ever seen. It is like out of a movie! So greeen and amazing. Every turn is breath taking. I love being a missionary so much. It is really hard work but the most rewarding work there is. Today we balled it up with all the elders in our zone for like two hours! I have never been so sweaty in my life. Sister Schofield and I tore it up. I am serving in the Savage Mill ward and it is awesome how excited this ward is about missionary work. They are so supportive and are always helping us out. We have a car but we have limited miles so that is why we ride our bikes a lot. So many funny stories already from biking around. 


Sister Brookie Swisher

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brookie is finally saying "Good morning Baltimore!"

Brook arrived in Baltimore, MD on Tuesday evening after completing 2 weeks of training at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. She was assigned to serve in the Savage Mill 2 area in Maryland and we are sure she is very excited and already working hard. Today we received the following letter from her Mission President and are so very excited for her! 

I am sure she would love to hear from all of you so here is her address:

For letters:

Sister Brook Swisher
8305 Ari Court Apt 1D
Jessup, MD 20794

For packages:

Sister Brook Swisher
Maryland Baltimore Mission
4785 Dorsey Hall DR STE 105
Ellicott City, MD 21042-7728

Tara, Brook's mom, has tons of of writing kits she put together that contain Brook's address, stamps, and stationary. So feel free to ask for some whenever you see her! 

April 25, 2013

Brother and Sister Brian Swisher: 

Sister Swisher has arrived safely to the Maryland Baltimore Mission.  We are so happy to have her here.  This is a wonderful part of the Lord’s vineyard with much work to be done to strengthen the wards, branches, and stakes.

This area is steeped in history.  It was settled in the 1600’s and made a strong contribution to the American Revolution.  Annapolis was the seat of the Second Continental Congress.  The property to build Washington, D.C. was donated to the United States by Maryland.  This was also a key area in the Civil War.

The Maryland Baltimore Mission was created 1 July 1994.  The growth of the mission has been gradual over that period of time.  Our mission covers the four stakes of central Maryland and one in Northern Virginia and one in Eastern West Virginia.  A small percentage of our missionaries serve in the city of Baltimore.  It is one of the favorite places for most missionaries to serve.

Sister Swisher will start her mission in the Savage Mill 2 area in Maryland.  Her trainer, which we call the first companion, is Sister Schofield, one of our best missionaries.  Her address is 8305 Ari Court Apt 1D, Jessup, MD 20794.  I trust their companionship will be rewarding to all.  We hope they will work hard and live close to the Spirit so they may be guided to those ready to hear the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Warmest Regards,

Mark L. Richards, President
Maryland Baltimore Mission