Tuesday, September 30, 2014

9/24/14 - Departure meeting/Leaving Bacolod

Career Workshop. All departing missionaries are provided an all day career workshop at the Self Reliance Center by Elder and Sister Green.

They will miss their missionaries! 
A family friend of Pres. Abat loves Sister Manwaring and Sister Smoot 

Shery Ann Dela Cruz-Palis sister smoot??? i can't believe she's leaving!!!
it seems like only yesterday she's in 1st ward for the first time! love you, gorgeous sister!

Departure medicines (worm pill and parasite pills)

They love Sister Smoot 
Doris Herrera Thank You very much for being a good trainer to my daughter Sister Herrera and youre parents are so proud to have you as a full-time missionaries god bless and have a pleasant trip Sister Smoot

Our powerful & dedicated servants of the Lord

Lezel Abolan Lacaolacao Sis Jenna Marie Smoot.
 Salamat sa tnan m nga gntudlo sa amon.. we love you sister... 

We are so proud of you all! Thank you for serving here with us in Bacolod Mission!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wk 78 - Excited ako nga makakita sa inyo!!

Companion: Sister Herrera
Area: Tangub

Thanks Angela for the pictures! 

Family!!! :) (for the last time)

This week has been wonderful!! I can't believe it's all come to and end, but it's time to take everything I learned and apply to my life. I can't believe I am so blessed to be able to be here!! We had Ariel be baptized and our recent convert Ronnie Baptized him because he got the Priesthood last week! It was so amazing!! I am so grateful for this work! AH!! This week was a little fast, but It was amazing!! I will tell you more about it later this week :) 

I'm excited to see you but so sad to leave this place. I hope it's ok if i just show you pictures when i come home :) I am taking some though :) This week has been a crazy anxiety week but I know it's the Lords plan for me to come home now.

I know I was here for a reason and I know I need to return for a reason as well. I am so grateful I am a missionary and a member of the true church here on earth. I don't know where else I'd want to be then here at this time. It's a very bitter sweet thing, but It goes so fast. I love this work I really do. Being a representative of Jesus Christ is the best thing we can ever be! 

I know for a fact even when I get released, it won't be the end of my mission, because we are representatives of Jesus Christ wherever we are. I love this church and I am so grateful for Jesus Christ. I know for a fact God loves us all! I know the church is true!! 

Love, Sister Smoot

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wk 77 - This is the Lords work, not mine :)

Companion: Sister Herrera
Area: Gardenville (Tangub ward)

Baptism :) Sister Nanette and Brother Ian Pargoso :)

Brother Hermi Delacruz :)
Lumanog and Tan Family :)

Family!! :)

This week has been wonderful. I always have challenges, but they are worth it when you see the blessings/miracles. I got to see a couple with 3 little kids get baptized this last sunday :) As well as a helper of a member got baptized. The little kids weren't old enough to be baptized but in a couple years they will be. It's amazing seeing everything they've gone through and how far they've come!! Sister Nanette the wife, bore her testimony and said she will padayon(continue). It made me so happy and in the confirmation of Brother Hermie (the house help) he was blessed with the power to overcome temptation, which he needs. It's just amazing to see how true this church is how real the priesthood is and how powerful it is. I know it's true!!

I know this is the work of the Lord. Even the last day being here is his time. I have learned a lot that we need to be patient. Every time we get angry we are being selfish and being prideful. It's so important that we don't do that. I know it for a fact. I love learning everything we do as missionaries. I am grateful for this area and I know for a fact I don't want to regret what I do or have done on my mission. I am so grateful for this I don't ever want to leave, but I know it's not Heavenly Father's plan for me to stay. I have other things he wants me to do with the time he has given me on this earth. My mission is short and I don't have much time left, but I will give him back all the time he's given me. I can't do as much, but I will give it all I've got. I am his tool and servant, not something that should be hard to use. I love being his daughter and knowing that I am everything to him and at the same time nothing without him.
It's incredible!! This work.I am sorry I am a little out of time, but it has been a full week of trying to keep up. Know I love you and I am excited to see you but sad to leave this place where I've learned a ton. But what I've learned I know won't leave me. I won't ever let it. Thank you for everything!! I love you!! :) 

Love, Sister Jenna Marie Smoot
From Sister Herrera: Sister Smoot is famous in our ward

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Wk 76 - Family!! :)

Companion: Sister Herrera
Area: Gardenville (Tangub ward)
FHE at Leysa's family :) We have Baby powder on our face from games :) 

Sister Smoot & Sister Smoot

our dinner at sister bliss' house :) 

Birthday ni Sister Melgar :) We had a feeling to go to her house and she said she meant to invite us but we had no idea. But We are going back tonight :)
She's 55! Bengie is her son also that we got coming back to church and now he has his mission papers turned in!!! :) YAY!! :) They are at the stake right now :) I'm so excited for him!! :) 

Jessie :) She is the cutest most hyper dog :) I love her!! 
She is Bishop's dog which we live in the front part of bishops house :) She's so cute :) 

This week has been a lot better!! Helping people overcome trials is fun, but sometimes stressful. I absolutely love how much turning them to the savior helps them realize how much he really is there. It's really an amazing experience. I really do enjoy this work. I don't know how to really explain the feeling I feel as I see people progress towards taking the step to return back to their father in heaven. 

Brother Ronnie was just baptized after a roller coaster we got him back up and he's doing good now!! On sunday, we will have Brother and Sister Pargoso be baptized and they have 3 little kids that are under 6 but they are amazing!! I'm so excited for them :) As well as brother Hermi will be baptized on sunday :) I'm so excited to see them all take those steps toward baptism!! After that the next week we have brother Ariel the nephew of ronnie's wife, sister baby jane and her sister Lezel who are RC, baptized in March. They are all amazing!! I love this work!! AH!! We also are teaching one for the 28 a neice and daughter of members, she's 11 and so tall. but so adorable!! Then just moved another Families date to October 5. They are amazing and I know they will one day be baptized! It's all coming along and we are finding new people as well! I just keep doing everything I can to keep up with the Lord Hastening his work. Its true and he will do it if you're with him or not. It's amazing and I love it :) 
brother Ronnie's baptism :) 

We had some amazing miracles this week and I feel like it went so fast, but I love how God really does his work. It's amazing what he will do for you as you turn to him. I am no where near perfect and I don't think I'll ever be. But I am Heavenly Fathers Daughter. I am not alone and I know he loves me as he does each person here on earth. :) 

I love you so much Family!! Keep up the amazing work!! :) 

Love, Sister Smoot