Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to make hiccups go away

ok one of the craziest most stressful weeks of my life but of course sis davis and i had a blast! what else is new?
we started off the week by shopping in innerharbor baltimore. it was sooo much fun and i loved being by the water. well when we got back to our house i realized i no longer was in posession of my wallet. yes i lost my wallet people. after much searching it was time to give up. so my poor mom had to scramble to figure that situation out with the senior couple that serves with us. i was trying to look for the blessings and finally decided that maybe if i had my license and was able to drive, maybe i would have gotten in an accident or something? i know its a weak blessing but its the best i could come up with. the real miracle is that i got a passport before i left so i will still be able to get on the plane ride home.
well we had a lot of obstacles come up in the work this week. it was hard. sometimes life is just hard for all of us. but when we put our trust in the Lord and realize that our plans are not always what he has planned, then we can find peace and comfort. i know that prayer works people!
through all of the obstacles that came up.. we were able to see miracles that happen when you just talk to everyone you see and love them. while i was on exchanges with sisters we met sooo many amazing people as we just talked to others. when in doubt... talk it out. seriuosly when i have felt down on my mission, i just go out and talk to people and share my testimony of the gospel with them. it always turns my whole day around!
so my funny story...... so i got the hiccups and they werent going away while we were in the car. and they were painful. and sis davis was like holy cow does that hurt? and i started to tell her all about my history with hiccups and how i can never get them to go away and then mid sentence she just turns and screams her head off. and i have the reflexes of a dead cat so i turn to look at her and then like 5 seconds later let out this blood curdling scream. then sis davis just started laughing her face off. i was like what the heck was that for? and she said hey your hiccups are gone. she literally scared the hiccups out of me! that had never worked before. it was soo funny. we of course have told this story to every single member and missionary we have seen since. they all think its pretty good. we are weird. no i take that back.... my companion is weird not me... haha yeah right.
well im excited for this week we have a head of us. more miracles to come! MAKE GOOD CHOICES! :)
Sister Swisher 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hot date to get some dentures!

hey hey!!!
ok so this week has been especially crazy and fast. so we got to go to the temple on wednesday and it was amazing! the temple is always amazing! so we have three of our investigators getting baptized within the next 3 weeks. so safe to say we are stinking busy. we went on exchanges with the baltimore YSA sisters. it was a blast. i had a lot of fun getting to go on exchanges with a sister that i have been on a lot of exchanges with. :) i lvoe the sisters in our mission. we have the best sisters in the world! i love how good of friends we all are and that we all are working towards the same cause.
so we had one of the most spritiual lessons of my whole mission this week. i cant even explain how strong the spirit was when we taught this woman about the plan of salvation and she got answers to many of the questions she had about life. seeing her eyes brighten as she learned made my whole week worth it. it was a lesson i will never forget.
i am always amazed when i get to a new area and dive into getting to know everyone. its crazy how fast you get to know and love people. i feel like i already have strong relationships here in the baltimore area.
so my companion is just hilarious. we are easily the silliest companionship in the whole mission. we are always laughing.i know that is shocking to you all that i laugh a lot. ok funny stories: so this morning we were studying and i hadnt looked up at my companion in a while because i was doing my personal study time. well i looked up at her as we were kneelling to pray and the woman is wearing a huge sweatshirt with a maxi skirt and 90-year-old grandma slippers. i started to laugh but then almost choked on my carrot i was eating. she was like what the heck are you laughing at? and i told her she looked like she was ready to go out on a hot date to get some dentures. we were busting up and had to try to contain ourselves so we could say a prayer..... we laughed through the whole prayer.
another story: we try to make the routine of studies more exciting by reading the materials in different accents. today we kept trying to do a west virginina accent but it kept ending up as a chinese accent...... we couldnt do it for the life of us. the struggles of companionship study.
well i have a million funny stories but i dont have time to tell ya'll all of them. i will give you more next week! im sure we have many more weird stories ahead of us.
ok something that i learned this week was that obedience is not meant to be easy. if it were always easy to be obedient, we wouldnt get the chance to show HEavenly FAther just how dedicated we are. its great to be obedient when times are easy and life is breezy. but its when life is hard and nothing seems to be working out but we still strive to be obedient, that is when the real growth comes. obedience is the most important. above all else, obey. it makes life so much better in the end. i can promise you that! so MAKE GOOD CHOICES! have a great week!
Sister Swisher

This picture is for Bishop Garrison

Monday, August 4, 2014

phenomenal hair!

hola every one!
so it has been a very great week! it went by wayy tooooo fast! but that is the story of my life as a missionary. haha i wish i could pause moments and enjoy them longer. but i guess that is why we take pictures? so i got to the chesapeake area and immediately realized i was in for a shock. there are sooo many people to talk to! it is awesome! this ward is huge and there is a lot of work going on. it has been a whirlwind of a week trying to get to know all of the members and investigators. i love the people here already. i honestly feel that each area of my mission has been exactly what i needed at that specific time. Heavenly Father definitely has a big plan. there is no doubting that.
so my companion sister davis is the bomb.com. we already have so much fun together. it helped that we already knew each other pretty well. there was no awkward get to know you stage. it was just friends and laughter from the get go. she has phenomenal hair.... like from the moment she wakes up. so i have been inspired to actually start doing my hair more. so that has been another plus.
ok crazy story. so i walk into the chespeake chapel on sunday and am walking behind sis davis. she turns and bam i get a full visual of the back row... who is sitting there!!!??? Bethanie from my first area! i liteterally gasped and put my hand over my mouth to keep myself from screaming in the chapel. then daniel and baby addie come up behind me:) they came to the ward that day to surprise me! it was a fantastic surprise! i loved it! i got to meet baby addie for the first time. she is the prettiest baby ever. it was a great day!
well this week we get to go to the temple with our zone of missionaries and i am sooo excited! we have been looking forward to this forever! well sorry i dont have very much to say today! i dont have a lot of time. hopefully next week i will have more time to fill ya'll in! MAKE GOOD CHOICES!
Sister Swisher