What a Week! 6/8/2015

New Haircut!!!!!!!

New Haircut!!!!!!!

Matthew fed us and the Elders (He's a new convert)

Matthew fed us and the Elders (He’s a new convert)

Matthew made us a Nigerian meal.  We eat with our hands and then they give us a bucket of water to wash with.  yams stuffed with meat and fish.  Maybe I am turning African but I love it!

Matthew made us a Nigerian meal. We eat with our hands and then they give us a bucket of water to wash with. yams stuffed with meat and fish. Maybe I am turning African but I love it!

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beautiful

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so blessed to be in such a beautiful part of the world!

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Nigerian Food made by Matthew (recent Convert)

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Yum!

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Such a beautiful Spring Day in a Beautiful place!

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Bern, Switzerland LDS Temple

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The Lees are amazing!  They took us to the temple this week.  Elder and Sister Lee are the best people EVER!

The Lees are amazing! They took us to the temple this week. Elder and Sister Lee are the best people EVER!

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Bern, Switzerland Temple

Bern, Switzerland Temple

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Sister Smith and Sister Priest at the Bern, Switzerland temple

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The Beautiful Bern Temple in Switzerland!  Such an amazingly beautiful place!

The Beautiful Bern Temple in Switzerland! Such an amazingly beautiful place!

What a week!!

This week we traveled to Bern, Switzerland to visit a member who used to live in Singen and the TEMPLE!! It was gorgeous! I love to go there. For those who are unfamiliar, it is a super special, holy place where people who have worked hard to prepare themsleves spiritually go to make promises with God and learn more and meditate and really just draw cloer to our Father in Heaven! If you have one near you, you can tell that it just adds light to the whole neighborhood.

I learned so much this time going through and I am so grateful to be on the ”frontlines” of this earthly battle against Satan. We are so blessed to be out here and have the ability to share the gospel and the peace that Christ brings with these people. I have seen it really, truly change souls, not just earthly lives, but eternal lives! There is a light we get as we draw closer to Christ and I know the gospel is the best way to do so.

It was mega hot this week, but we enjoyed getting some real funky tanlines. We also got to visit Mathew, a recent convert who is from Nigeria. He cooked us yams with a pepper sauce with fish and meat in it. Maybe I am just turning African, but it was actually really good. You eat it with your hands! Everything, always. At the end, they give you a bucket of water to wash off in. LOL I added pictures of the meal to my dropbox!

Nancy came back from traveling and called upon us to be her translators for an appointment at a government office so that she could get an okay to be married to her fiance in Germany. She has no other place to live than with her fiance normally and they are both living the Law of Chastity, or saving themselves for marriage, but it is a huge process to get an ok to be married over here. After she is married, and no longer living with her fiance outside of marriage she also can be baptised.

It is difficult because in Nigeria, they do not keep documents of anything and Germany is one the closest record keeping, organized places around. Nigerians are born in homes in villages and have no addresses and Germany wants a certificate, address and phone number from the hospital in which she was born. Most of the time, they do not even know how old their spouse is when getting married.

Anyways, we called our incredible Ward Mission Leader and he took time on his day off to rescue us all and we made some huge progress and it is looking like she might be able to get it in the next few months… for about 2000 Euro.

Anyways, I am so glad we helped her figure it out. Usually, she says she just goes and cries and says the one line she knows ”Mein Man” lol. So now she knows what is going on, what is missing and how she can get the papers. It is a total miracle that we got to go with her!

Another one of the people we work with this week started drifting away from the truth and hanging out with some shady characters. We were super worried about her, as we can see she is not as happy as she shold be, and tried to work closely with her. Last night, as we were sincerely praying about it and how she is, both my companion and I got an overwhelmingly dark feeling. It was indescribeable, but I’ll try anyways.

I could just feel that Satan is real and the kind of power that he has over certain people in this world. I could feel what it might feel like to face him and see his side and to be under his control. It was the scariest thing ever and I am so grateful that I choose God. I choose the light and I am so grateful that I have help and loved ones who are so great! I can promise you that the only true peace and joy in this world lies with God.

Satan is real and he is powerful, but the path he paves and makes look so enticing is really miserable. As we make good decisions and trust in God, I know we will be happy!

I’ll get off my soapbox to say that I love you all and hope you have a fabulous week!!

oh, p.s. I cut my hair super short! 😀

Love,

Sister Smith