Monday, February 29, 2016

"My pits are going to smell like Paris!" -VF Week 6

Quote of the week comes from Syster Stoughton as she opened the new deodorant she got...Life is an adventure with her :)

We got transfer calls! Syster Stoughton will be doubling into Stockholm with a greenie (new missionary) and I will be staying here and getting Syster Courtney Bateman. She is in the group after me and is just the sweetest! So excited! Plus everything worked out wonderfully and I get to see almost all of the missionaries that I LOVE before I go home in just 6 short weeks. Wow, has time flown!

Highlights:
-We got to help out and teach the Activity Day Girls (ages 8-11) on Thursday. They are just the sweetest! We talked about what we do as missionaries and how they can be missionaries. Then we role-played and acted like they were learning about the Church. They were all hilarious and sweet, but a little loud. We bore testimony to them that we know that God loves them and the coolest thing happened. The room became silent and everyone stopped moving around. The Spirit was really strong and I know that they felt it :) Then we played Mafia after because they really wanted to. It was hilarious and wonderful. 
-Our renovated Chapel opened on Sunday! Everyone was really excited to have the place back, felt like coming home for them. We are really excited for many reasons, one of which is that the Chapel is a 5 minute walk from our house, instead of an hour on the tram/bus to the other Chapel we had been using (Utby Ward).
-Had dinner at a member's house with the 6 of us missionaries. They try to have us over like every week/every other week because they want their kids to be around that missionaries as much as possible. I just love them! They told funny mission stories and we talked about how our work is going and invited them to pray for their own missionary experiences.
-There is this older member lady that we visit quite often. She is from Serbia and is just the SWEETEST person you will ever meet. She has the Spirit with her, it is just tangible when she walks into the room. I want to be like her one day :)
-Got to go to Trollhättan and be in a one-day Tri-Pan (tri of missionaries) with Syster Harkness and Syster Hall while Syster Stoughton went to a meeting in Stockholm. It was SO FUN! I love those two sisters so much! We just laughed our heads off and had the greatest time together :)

Mosiah 2:41
And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

When we do as God asks, we are entitled to never-ending happiness. Things may not be perfect in this life, but we can look forward with faith, knowing that we have done our part and that greater, eternal happiness awaits. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father that gives me guidance and commandments, not to hold me back, but to keep me safe and protected. He knows best :)

Love you all,
Syster Sarah Griffes

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