Happy Easter!

P1020091Hey everyone!

Happy Easter! I hope you all are feeling your faith in Christ grow as you remember His atoning sacrifice and resurrection. I know that my faith is growing:)

It was a good week! We had zone conference on Wednesday, and the theme was “what lack I yet?” from the general conference talk by Elder Larry R. Lawrence. It was such a good conference and I was able to think about the things I need to improve. I love that this gospel is one of continual progression– we’re trying to just do our best and become a little more like Christ every day:)

Seriously everyone should read this talk! –> https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/11/saturday-morning-session/what-lack-i-yet?lang=eng

One night it was about 8pm and we had tried to visit some people, but no one was available. So we didn’t know what to do. (We have to be in at 9.) Then we both had the same name come to us at the same time! It was an active sister in the ward. So we went to go visit her, and as we were parking we noticed some people sitting in the car next to us. We felt like it might be too awkward to talk to them, but the same thought came to each of us: “Preach My Gospel says talk to everyone, dang it!” So we girded up our loins and started talking to them about the Hallelujah video, and they turned out to be super nice and interested in coming to church! We had a nice little lesson with them. Then we tried to go see the active sister, but she wasn’t even home. God definitely sent us to that area to talk to those people at that specific time:)

We accidentally locked ourselves out of our apartment so we had to chill in the apartment complex’ office for a while until someone came with a key.

Sister Smithson and I are working on spending as little time in the car as possible. As Preach My Gospel says, “Nothing happens in missionary work until you find people to teach,” and we’re not going to find someone while we sit in the car. We’ve kind of gotten into the habit of driving to someone’s house, knocking on their door, and if they’re not home we just get back into the car and drive to try by someone else. Our goal is to drive to an area, knock on the person’s door, and then knock on their neighbors’ doors and talk to everyone we see on the street.

Our snowman, Frosty!

Yesterday was amazing! First off, the topic in Cherrywood ward’s sacrament meeting was missionary work and specifically the new ward mission plan. The ward mission leader spoke about the plan, which includes things like serving others daily and looking for opportunities to share your testimony, and then a couple of youth who have had friends get baptized spoke, and then a ward missionary got up and called everyone to repentance. He’s a big man with a big voice, and as he was powerfully yelling over the pulpit, I’m pretty sure the walls were shaking. I know I wanted to be a better missionary because of his talk, so I’m hoping the ward members feel the same:)

Sister Smithson’s dream is to have dreads. So we lived her dream. (I look like Emma Smith, but she can totally pull it off.)

The ward is also starting a 40-day fast for missionary work, meaning each family is going to fast for a day. It started yesterday, and guess what?? A young woman who nobody knew walked into sacrament meeting looking for a new church, and she stayed for two hours and said she wants to come back! It was so amazing! In Sunday School, we were reading some verses from the Book of Mormon, so I shared my scriptures with her. She stared at it as we read, and then she grabbed my book and started flipping through it. Sister Smithson pulled out a brand new Book of Mormon and gave it to her, and she kept looking through it and reading little bits of it during the rest of class. When class ended, she looked at us and demanded, “What is this book??” So we took her out into the hall and taught her about the Book of Mormon, and she thinks it’s great and is really excited to read it! It was so amazing to see the Spirit bearing witness to her that this book is the word of God. And the ward members were so great about coming and meeting her and making her feel at home. She is a really wonderful person, and I’m so excited to help her build her testimony of the gospel!

IMG_0459I am so grateful for my Savior and all that He’s done for me. I know that His church is on the earth today, with the same authority and same teachings He established. Hallelujah!

Sister Stratford


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