Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Service brings happiness
Hey everyone! This was an awesome week. I had so much fun teaching and serving everyone. I had so many wonderful opportunities to spread some of Christ's light with others and being able to see the effect on them.
We received two new elders this week! Elder Nestman and Elder Clark. They are both from Utah. They are excited and ready to work hard to bless this branch. We are blessed to have them here.
Sister Clarke and I went over to a couple of hearing leaders' homes and helped them with their ASL. They were so excited and motivated to learn and improve for the purpose of communication with the deaf people at church. I love when they are motivated by this reason and not to just learn a language. It gives them so much more charity for the people, who return with even more love.
We had a nail painting party with Bonnie :) :) :) That just about sums up my happiness for the week. Bonnie Boss and nail polish. She was so happy to see us. Peggie went out of town, and we wanted to hang out with Bonnie and serve her, so we went over and she pulled up about a minute after us, and Tim pulled up right behind her. She got out of her car and saw us and just started laughing. So cute. She did a fist pump that we would paint nails. It was so great. We had plenty of fun. But she texted us the next morning saying how happy she was we came and did her nails and how she loved us. She seems very happy recently, and I like to believe that is from her diligence in obeying the commandments. Thus far, she is still on for baptism this Sunday! Please keep her in your prayers! :)
Wonderful things from church:
-Serafin (hard of hearing and only speaks Spanish and signs Cuban) gave the opening prayer in sacrament meeting.
-Eugene Walker (deaf) fearlessly went up to bear his testimony.
-Bob (blind and hard of hearing) bore his testimony. That was a testimony. Right there. Yes.
-Principles was about baptism, and we had investigators there.
-Israel (deaf and branch mission leader) was testifying and teaching.
-Lori and Lupe (both deaf) were literally cheerleading in the back row for everything Elder Snow taught.
-Edward (hearing CODA age 4) sees me, "Sister Crawford!!!!!!!" And gives me a big hug.
-Brandon (hearing CODA age 7) said I can take him home and keep him.
-Brandon came up to me several times and gave me the biggest hugs and didn't let go, just cause he loves me so much.
I love you all! You are in my prayers daily! Continue to read the Book of Mormon and strive for a stronger testimony!
Sister Smyly Crawford
Ps. Quote of the week:
"You and Sister Crawford have something in common!"
"What? Superior to everyone else?"