Thursday, October 24, 2013

sister cigar, sister swifter, sister.....

Alrighty so life has finally seemed to calm down a little bit. key word being little. haha this week was absolutely amazing. we saw soo many miracles in our area. so we started out the week on tuesday by instructing at our zone training. sis brunson and i instructed on companionship unity and we tried to not make it boring because i think zone trainings are one of the top 3 most boring experiences of my life. so we had them build towers out of toothpicks and marshmallows and we related that to the topic we were teaching on. it was a blast! then we went on an exchange with the sisters in cumberland maryland. i stayed in the area and sister struhs ( a sister i was in the MTC with) came here with me! it was sooo much fun! we saw many miracles during those two days together! we met less-actives that we have been trying to meet for quite some time and became their best friends! i have realized that one of my favorite parts of being a missionary is being everybody's best friend. :) Heavenly Father has greatly blessed me with a glimpse of how he sees all of us. how else could i just love all of these strangers so quickly! so we went to see this recent convert who is 16 and is such a good example to all of the other young women. she told us she had been trying to get another less-active young woman we have been working with to go to seminary. so i was like psh! we will get on that train with you. so we bribed her to go to seminary with muffins and she came! it was great and it was a miracle in its self. then we went over to her house the next night and she went to seminary AGAIN with out us and she is going to keep going from now on! this is a big deal! she has come to church twice now and is on her way to being a leader in the young women group. she is amazing. our sarcastic senses of humor get along really well! we also saw miracles with our members doing missionary work! every single day we have a member tell us they are getting a friend ready for us to teach or they want us to meet someone! it is sooo great! General conference really has made every one get their minds in the missionary mind set. it is cool to see every one looking for opportunities and preparing themselves to be ready when they arise. So church on sunday..... our relief society president named it sister swisher sunday. (tongue twister much?) i gave a talk, my comp signed me up to sing while she played the piano, and i was asked last minute to speak in relief society. if this ward wasnt tired of my face before sunday, they are now! it was a missionary work sunday! sooo cool! every one is on fire to share the Gospel! I feel the Spirit so much stronger in chruch and the members homes as they share the Gospel and look for opportunities to serve! as we serve others we are truly blessed in ways we cant even imagine. i am sure that all of you have seen this in your lives as you go about doing good in the world. not only are we happier, but the world seems like a much better place. I really like what my mom said in her letter to me this week, " We can be the example!" It doesnt take much to make a difference, just be your best self and people will notice. every single person can make a difference no matter how old you are! I love love love being a missionary and being out here serving these people with all of my heart. LIFE IS SO GREAT! MAKE GOOD CHOICES!
Sister Swisher AKA : sister cigar, sister swifter, sister nothing but net, sister turkey kill and sister blondie
P.S. my ward has a lot of nicknames for me here. i just respond to every thing and anything theses days haha 

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