Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Monday, May 22, 2017

Posted on the Day of! I rock! ;)

Hi mommy and mommy Smithson!
I am definitely looking forward to those brownies!!! Sorry mom, but
sister Smithson makes the best brownies of all time.
I'm glad you've had such a fun weekend! Mine was pretty great too!

We got a message from Mormon.org saying that a lady wants to get a
Book of Mormon, so we dropped one off and taught her a lesson. We got
a text from her later saying that she wants to get baptized. Hopefully
it'll work out! She has some concerns that we're trying to work
through, but we shall see.

We also taught a lesson this morning!! It was a referral from
Springfield, and the lesson was great! We talked about the Book of
Mormon and how it can strengthen our testimony of Christ and of the
church. We set up a time to meet up again next week, so it will be
awesome.

We had interviews this week. Sad news, President told both Elder Adams
and I that we're not going to be together next transfer. We don't know
who is leaving or who is coming, but we know one of us is getting the
boot. We've gotten along really well this last transfer, and I've
personally learned a lot. All good transfers must come to an end
though...

Let's see, oh, we also talked a lot about the Holy Ghost at the
specialized training we had right before interviews. It was wonderful!
I learned a ton about how we never can convert someone, only the Holy
Ghost can truly testify of the gospel. We then talked about the
importance of being worthy vessels for the spirit. Truly inspiring and
has helped me make commitments to become more like Christ.

That about sums up my week! Oh, Elder Adams and I started to do
"flexible dieting" basically keep track of your fat, protein, carb,
and calorie intake, and keep it within your bounds. Since I'm trying
to loose a couple pounds, I've been cutting back from a 2,600 cal diet
to about a 2,100 cal diet. Since Thursday, I've dropped from 176 to
170. My goal is to get to 165 and then level off at that weight. It's
so fun to see where my calories go, and keep track of what I put in
me. Definitely going to try to do this for a while.

Anyway, I've been pondering about Agency this week, and the scripture
2 Nephi 27 comes to mind. It says

"27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are
given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose
liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to
choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of
the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto
himself."

We have the ability to choose between good and evil, and subsequently
between joy and misery.

Love you mom! I miss you too!
Also, those gators are cool!! I miss them!

Here are my pictures!




Oregon is so beautiful! I kind of hope Bracken gets to serve in Corvallis as that is where I was born. That would be cool if he got sent there. We'll see what comes next for him. :)

Our good friend Stephanie Smithson came into town and today was her last day. She was with me when I wrote Bracken. She said to say hi and that she would make him brownies and this was his reply. The funny thing is Steph said he used to rave about her brownies so she would make them and she thought he was just telling her that they were the best to get her to make them. Apparently, they really are the best! :) Her son Marty is Bracken's good friend and he is serving a mission in Spain. 

Here are the pics from our nature walk this morning and where we saw the gators:




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