The Last Stand!!!

Well The Last Email Anyway...

So... I really don't know where to begin!!! This week has been busy and long but has flown by all at the same time!

On Monday we went to Bohemia Castle with Elder Moore, Elder De Wilde and Jonny Meachamp! It was a really nice day out and a very pretty castle! I'd suggest this as a good place for anyone to visit!

On Tuesday we had a dinner appointment with the Evans's... When we got there Sister Evans said "Don't take anything off!! We're going out to eat!". We went for a picnic by the sea... It was amazing!! We had taken our Ukulele's to play them a song as part of our spiritual thought so there we were playing our Ukelele's at the beach! I am a missionary... I promise!!!!

Oh and I have named my Ukulele... He name is Lena!!! "it means "torch", metaphorically representing something that shows light and leads the path.". Sister Longin's first name is Elena so it is kinda named after her as well!!

At District Meeting this week we were asked to do a presentation and demonstrate teaching people how to pray. Sister Longin and I really enjoyed studying and preparing for it even if it did stress me out!! As I think I mentioned in one of my previous emails, Elder Moore asked me to be the room setterupperer for District Meeting. This week I wanted to give everyone a hand out with reference to the scripture (Isaiah 52:7)!

Because we have two sets of Elders I thought that they would appreciate food... I wanted to use trainers from Sports Mixture on top of Walnut Whips but I couldn't find Walnut Whips and I wasn't sure if Sports Mixture even had trainers in them!! Plan B... Liquorice Allsorts figurines on top of cupcakes! The Elders just laughed!

We decided to use Sister Longin's talent of speaking French to do some service this week! We made some handouts and invited everyone to our class! Only two people turned up!!! Thankfully that afternoon before the class we were asked by the Young Women's President if we could do the Young Women's activity that evening! We taught 10 Young Women (4 non members), 3 leaders and 2 members. We played a game about numbers and taught them a French Hymn! Sister Longin taught them the pronunciation and I played my Ukulele so they knew the notes and the tune! It was lots of fun!!

Miracle!!!! I told you last week about an investigator who we began teaching after bumping into him so many times. He pretty much dropped us last week and he wasn't willing give us his phone number or address. On Saturday I found a Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD that hadn't been opened in our flat. He loves music and he is trying to listen to good, uplifting music only, as he feels that other music distracts him. I thought that this CD would be perfect for him. However we didn't have an appointment with him or a way to contact him. We were on the bus traveling to contact a former investigator (who we had a return appointment with) when we decided to pray and ask Heavenly Father to make it possible for us to see him. Sister Longin and I scanned outside as we traveled on the bus. We didn't see him. We decided to go beyond our destination to the bus stop where we originally met him. We got off the bus and he wasn't there. We crossed the road as we headed back to where the investigator lived. A bus arrived as we got to the bus stop. He came around the corner to get on the bus. I gave him the CD and told him that I had prayed to Heavenly Father so that I could see him that day. He responded with "Wow, that's amazing!" with a heart full of sincerity. I love being a Missionary. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to see the love that Heavenly Father has for each of his children.

We were asked to teach the Young Women's lesson this Sunday... I really enjoyed teaching them. It was about the Restoration... Something that I know about, so I wasn't too stressed about the preparation! I bore testimony about a few things.

This week is going to be another busy one!! We have iPad training on Wednesday in Crawley... The entire Mission is going to be there so I guess it'll be nice to see everyone, one last time, even if the training doesn't really apply to me! During the rest of the week, we have lots of dinner appointments and we also have a District Meeting. We don't normally have one, when we have a big training day, but that's okay as I like District Meetings and this will be my last one! I am making lunch too and I love make people happy through food!! :)

Today we're having a district P'Day! I think the Elders are trying to make my last week special for me! We're not doing anything very exciting but it's nice to spend time with them!!

To be honest... I am dreading this week!!! It has already been a very emotional and I think that this week is going to be really hard! I sat on the bus and cried the other day because of the suffering of the people all around me. I though to myself what good is crying going to do?! not a lot was the answer, so I thought Get a grip and do something about it!!! But then I realised... You really can't change the world Sister Smart!! And that makes me really sad, so I'm going to try to change it, even if I only change it for a few people! It's better than nothing right?!

I love you all!!!

Have a great week!!!

Love, Sister Smart


My injury from falling up the stairs at the chapel! :(

Sister Longin and I locked in a dungeon!!

Sister Longin, Elder Moore, Elder De Wilde (He's not stoned... I promise) and I locked in a dungeon!!

Sister Longin and I!

I just love this photograph of Sister Longin! A photograph is worth a thousand words!

Elders being Elders!

Group shot... I'm turning into Dad!!!

Really?!?! This really made me laugh!

And again!! A thousand words!!... She's a nutter!!

Apparently we're both nutters!

Saw this chair and thought of home... Haha!!! :)

We went for dinner with the Evans this week and they took us for a picnic by the sea!!! It was amazing!!!!

Sister Longin and I playing a Ukuleles by the sea... It was part of our spiritual thought! :)

I made these for district meeting this week...

I placed them on the table with a print out of scriptures... Isaiah 52:7 "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"

I tried to fix my hair... I think the second attempt was better!

We had to take the map off the wall... I thought that this would be a good idea!

Not bad for a couple cork boards, some cable ties, a pair of scissors and an old shower curtain rail!

I bought Sister Longin Indian food this week... She said it was okay but not he best! I thought it was really good!!

Penultimate Post!!!

Thats The Last But One (For Those That Dont Know)

Well hello!... This week feels like both a year and a day! It feels like we have been running around like headless chickens trying to get everything done! It's been fun even though I have felt a little out of control! and time flies when your having fun!!

Last P'Day we went shopping again! And I bought a new dress :) I really didn't need it but it made me feel better! I wore it twice this week and I got lots of compliments, so I think it was a good buy!!

Oh my days... This week we went for dinner and we were given seafood! You know how I am when it comes to seafood! I did my best!! I ate about one third and when the host left to get drinks Sister Longin took one for the team and shoveled the rest of mine into her mouth!! I was and am so thankful to her for that!!!

This week has been full of service!! I think we did service of some sort everyday this week... We helped the Lloyds pack their home as they're moving to Bristol tomorrow! We helped another Sister clean their new home and then we helped her make some little bags and booklets for the Visiting Teaching Convention that we had this Saturday. It was all lots of fun! I really enjoy helping people! The Visiting Teaching Convention was really good too! Hastings is a lovely place!

We were locked out this week... It wasn't good! In each area a member keeps a spare key! We knew which member had ours as it said in the Area Book! Problem! That member didn't have the key!!!! The Sisters had locked themselves out not long before they left and the key was never returned! As we waited for a member to come and break in at 9.45pm we had a gospel discussion with someone named Jess... :) Fancy that! After about 15 minutes of being criminals we were in!! Phew!!!!

For District Meeting this week Elder Moore asked me to set the room up and make it nice so the Spirit could abide! :) It was good as the Elders always set the room up without tables! When your 5'2" you can't keep your scriptures, Preach My Gospel and a notebook on your lap... They just slip off! So I took advantage and set up with tables!! :)

You remember me talking about a chap that we spoke to a couple P'Days ago with the Ukulele? Well... We bumped into him again! We chatted with him a lot and taught him about the Book of Mormon. I believe that as Missionaries you are blessed to have a tiny glimpse of how Heavenly Father sees his children! It is very clear to me how much love Heavenly Father has for him and as a Missionary I am able to feel that love for him also. Each time I think about him or see him I am overcome with the love that God has for him. I want so desperately to help him, but I am really lost as to what more I can do for him. I am seeking direction from Heavenly Father and I am actively waiting for his guidance. Yesterday he asked me how long I would be in Hastings. When I told him only two more weeks my heart sank as I realised that two weeks was the only time I had to help him.

On a lighter note...

I smashed the screen of the phone this week! I have dropped so many Mission phone (including this one) and I haven't broke one until this week! You know the bumps to warn the blind that there is a road crossing or that you're close the the train platform edge! Well... They're not good for phones! You can see the shape of the bump in the crack! :/ Ooops! Elder De Wilde reckons that all of the phones will be replaced by iPhones when the the iPads arrive as you can link to the phone's 3G!

Unfortunately running around like headless chickens has resulted in us not being in the flat for lunch and dinner... My Ukulele practice time! I was told 15 minutes a day will make an okay Ukulele player in about three months. But where do you find 15 minutes in a day?!?! :/

This week I received a letter from President Millar telling me about going home. An email asking me to answer 5 questions about my Mission and about 20 people telling me that I have only a couple weeks left of being a Missionary. It is really freaking me out! I know that is the reality and I am excited to come home, of course I am! But I love being a Missionary!

This week I somehow managed to break my music USB... Something happened with the files and now they won't play or open! I am gutted! A similar thing started to happen with my photo USB too... I think Elder De Wilde fixed that one before it was too late though! Thankfully! I think I would be the unhappiest Sister Missionary going if I had lost my photographs!!!! Thank goodness for Elder De Wilde and his geniusness!

Today we're heading to Bohemia Castle with the Elders and Jonny (a member who is soon to be a Misisonary in the Leeds Misssion)! We are super excited!!

I hope and pray that you all have a lovely week!!!

I love you all!!!

Love, Sister Smart

Oh and check this Mormon Message out... It's a gooden!!!.........


Me and my Uke... She doesn't have a name yet!


Sister Longin and I!

The bags we helped to make for the Visiting Teaching convention!

Sister Longin... Haha! She was busy when I cooked so she wanted to guess what I had made by taste!

Lost A Book Of Mormon!!!

But Found A Ukelele...

Well well... Another week has gone by and I can't believe it... It's freaking me out a little at how fast time is going!

We have a new thing in the Maidstone Zone called Maidstone Fear Factor... It's suppose to help with over-coming fears but I reckon it's to make a fool out of you. :) This weeks... Sing in the street and Soap box (Google)... I will not be soap boxing. I think it's arrogant! This was announced on Monday evening around 21.45. Earlier that evening Sister Longin and I were singing to a chap that we met at the bus stop! Haha!! I reckon that shows that we're nutters! It was actually really cool though and he liked it. I was playing (trying to) Sister Longin's Ukulele and he stopped to show us how it's done. We spoke with him about the gospel and sang Be Still, My Soul. Making a fool out of yourself sometimes pays off as a Missionary!

Unfortunately I was a little unwell at the beginning of this week... We decided to do some service for a member as it didn't require much effort, but it was time spent well. The Elder's gave me a Priesthood blessing on Tuesday evening and I felt much better on Wednesday. The blessing was really nice... Very interesting! Heavenly Father told me a lot through Elder Moore!!

We have had a lot of appointments cancelling the last couple of weeks... We kinda feel that we take two steps forward and then one step back. That's much better than one forward and two back though, so I think we're on a winner!!

We went into a park near our home the other day to chat with people as one of the members thought it would be a good place to chat with people... The first person we spoke with has lived in Hastings for about a year and has been looking for a church to attend for a while now! Heavenly Father really is amazing!

We had Zone Training this past Friday... It was a really good meeting! We had a couple of members come and address us. On of them was called Sister Lou and as a profession she teaches people how to speak publicly. It was a really fun workshop and I learned so much from her! She served a Mission in Leeds so we spoke about the North together! :)

Somebody that the Elders haven been working with for a while now was baptised on Saturday... It was a lovely day and I'm so glad that I was able to be there! Leslie has been investigating the church since 1997... I'm so happy for him!

I lost my hard back Book of Mormon on Saturday morning as we traveled to the chapel for the baptism. I left it on the bus!!! I pray that someone will find it and make good use of it! I was really sad though as I have had that Book of Mormon my entire Mission! Ah well... Worse things happen at sea!!

As I logged on to my email on Saturday to send our Progress Record to our Ward Mission Leader I noticed an email from the Mission... It was thanking me for my service (again) and asked that I answer some questions about the experiences I have had during my time as a missionary. It made the little time that I have left feel even less! CRAZY!

I was asked to teach the lesson this Sunday in Gospel Principles... It was on the Organisation of the Priesthood. I prepared for it but I felt that it went horribly... I am assured that it went well but I don't know who to believe! Elder Moore or everyone else! Elder Moore said "Both of the lessons you have taught in Gospel Principles have been good. The last one was great and this one was okay.". Hahahaha!!! I laughed and then cried!! I know it wasn't his intention but it really upset me! Haha! Men!! Elder De Wilde heard him say it and said "We'll talk about this later at home.". Elder De Wilde has two Sisters so I think he gets it!

So this morning I bought a Ukulele!!!! After playing Sister Longin's (terribly) I decided that I would get one for myself. I'm not sure if the practice that I intend to put in will help much as I'm not particularly musical but I thought I'd give it a go!!

Next Monday we are having a Zone P-Day in Orpington so that should be a fun day! We have some really funny missionaries in the zone so it will be fun to spend time with them!

Sister Longin and I laugh so much and I'm so glad that we are able to enjoy our time together! We have a good week planned this week so we are looking forward to what miracles lay in store for us!!

I hope that you all have a lovely week! I'll be praying for you!

I love you!

Love, Sister Smart


Sister Longin and I on the phone to our District in the loo of McDonalds.

Sister Longin and I being swept away!

Me with my Easter gifts from Sister Longin's family!

Sister Longin and I eating some of our Easter chocolate!

We gave flowers to strangers this week!

Sister Longin and I enjoying the sun!!

Such A Lot To Say!!!

But So Little Time To Say It...

Well... This has been a busy, long week! I feel like I have a lot to tell you so hopefully I'll be able to get it all in!!

Last Monday was a good day... Sister Longin and I went shopping as I am sick of my clothes now. I didn't find anything but Sister Longin got two things!! Ah well... I guess I didn't really need new clothes anyway! In the evening we had a Cottage Evening at the Meachams home in Bexhill! It was a lovely evening all about Easter!

On Tuesday it was District Leader Council... My presentation day!!!! I was dreading it!! My preparation went quite well and I felt well prepared. I don't know about anyone else, but I felt that it went quite well. Elder Moore said that it was good but he had to say that! I learned a lot in my studies in preparation. I realised that finding is teaching. That sounds silly as it's something obvious and something I know but my understanding has changed and it has helped a lot! A little frustrated that my understanding is only coming now when I only have 4 weeks left but it's better late than never I guess.

We traveled to and from DLC with Elder Moore and Elder De Wilde. It was nice having the time to chat and to get to know one another. You get so used to being around Missionaries that you forget to actually get to know them sometimes. I have been so blessed to serve around some amazing people.

After DLC on Tuesday afternoon we did some service for a member... She was talking about her son and mentioned Northern Soul. I nearly cried thinking about Mum! I burst into song... I Can't Change by Lorraine Chandler!! Thankfully she laughed and didn't (atleast I don't think) think I was a nut job!!

Sister Longin was sick this week... :(Not good!) President thinks she has a touch of the flu! We took time to rest which was good as every now and then I thought she was going to fall over/pass out! We were super blessed for our diligence though as we saw many mighty miracles!

District Meeting was on Thursday this week as the Zone Leaders came. It was a good meeting but Sister Longin was still sick! She has a Priesthood Blessing after the meeting which really helped and by Friday she was right as rain! As she was sick on Wednesday it gave me time to make a Banoffee Pie for the meeting... It went down a treat! Always does... Heart attack in a pie!!

I have been struggling a little recently as Satan is on top form! I had a
Priesthood blessing of comfort and council from Elder De Wilde when Sister Longin had her blessing. It was one of the nicest blessing I have ever had. Heavenly Father so clearly knows me perfectly! Just what I needed!

On Thursday evening we had a dinner appointment with Peter and Ola. They are brother and sister from Nigeria. Ola is a very very good cook! We had Jollof rice with fried plantains and chicken. It was so good but I was so so so full afterwards! Amazing people!

I was so happy to receive my Easter package on Saturday as it had photographs of baby Isaac included! I can't express how excited I am to be an Auntie again!! I am so so so excited to hold that little bubba!!!

General Conference was amazing this weekend! In total I had met three of the people that participated! Claim to fame! :) All of them were amazing but there was the odd few that were just for me! If you haven't already I would suggest that you watch ALL of it!!!

After General Conference on Saturday we had our weekly Ward Coordination meeting at KFC. I think the Lloyd's just wanted to treat us. They have just found out that they need to move to Bristol by the end of the month as Sister Lloyd has just got a new job there. They are amazing people and it will be sad to see them go!

Today we were unable to go to the Temple so we had a district P-Day instead... I made Croques-Monsieurs (Google it) for lunch! And then we played games! I didn't want to waste the day so I must admit I was a little bossy! Haha! Everyone seemed to enjoy it though!!! :)

Next week is a busy week!! We are hoping to go to the Temple Visitors Centre with some of the people we are working with and we have Zone Training on Friday! A busy week full of amazing things!!

I just love Sister Longin... We laugh so much! President Millar told me when he told me who my companion would be that we were made for one another and he was right! She is just amazing!!

I love you all!!! I hope that you have a wonderful week!

Love, Sister Smart


Jollof rice with fried plantains and chicken! African dinner appointments! I was so full it was unreal!

MLC - DLC - AP - DL & ZL Etc!!!

You Need Degree In Abreviations For This One

Hello Hello!!

So even though it's only been 5 days since I emailed you last I have so much to say so I hope I can get it all in!!

P'Day last week was so much fun! Some how we managed to do all of the things we needed to do as well as have lots of fun! We came to the library to email in the afternoon to find that the library closes at 1pm on Wednesdays! What a disaster! Fortunately the library in Bexhil was open so we got the train there and back without hiccup!!

On Thursday evening we had to travel to Orpington as we were staying the night with the Sisters there... We live too far from Staines to get to Mission Leadership Council on time Friday morning. Elder Idso (AP) called as we were traveling and my heart sank! They only really call if they are giving you an assignment! An assignment it was... Pray for a blessing over the lunch at MLC. Could have been a lot worse so I was relieved!

MLC really was amazing!! The Mission Training Plan this transfer is Finding, Teaching and Prayer. A LOT of my prayers were answered as finding is something we are struggling with at the minute. President told us that we could come back early from lunch to watch the new Bible Video about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Of course we did and it was a really spiritual moment. Elder Idso then informed us that we had some spare time before we were due to continue the meeting. He asked all of the departing Dissionaries to bear their testimonies. WHAT?!?!?! Sister Longin had asked me about departing Missionary testimonies just the other day and I explained that we didn't really do them in this Mission... Apparently we do now!! It was a really nice experience but awful at the same time! It became very real to me that I will be home so soon. I really did love listening to each of the testimonies though. After that we had a musical number by Elder Jackman and Elder Trowbridge... I Need Thee Every Hour. One of my favorite hynms!! Crying through 7 testimonies and a hymn has got to make you dehydrated!

Traveling home from MLC was an adventure! Our Zone Leaders (Elder Preece and Elder Morales) drove us to Orpington where Sister Longin stayed for the day then we got to train back to Hastings! Traffic was so bad that we ended up getting the train two hours later than we had planned! We had to cancel the appointment we had but that we okay as we rescheduled for the next day. Tender Mercy... There was a bus from the train station to our home 5 minutes after the train arrived to Hastings. Miracle... The bus driver was a less-active who we had never met before. As we were getting off the bus he asked us to pray for his Step-Mother as she is having surgery on Thursday. I know that we were meant to see him that evening so he could have peace of mind/heart knowing that the Missionaries were praying for his Step-Mother. Heavenly Father really does know each of us and he shows his love for us daily! "But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea,and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." - Alma 30:44.

When we got home a letter had arrived from the Mission Office. It was a letter from President Millar thanking me for my service! It was so weird! I was reminded so many times in one day that I was going home. 5 weeks yet... Don't wish me away!!!! :)

Yesterday we were preparing to account with Elder Moore (District Leader) like we do each Sunday when we received a call from Elder Preece (Zone Leader). At MLC we had a council about weather or not the Sister Training Leaders should attend DLC (Dictrict Leader Council) and it was decided that we would! It's a meeting where all of the DLs from the Zone get together with the ZLs and discuss what was discussed at MLC and then decide how they will present that to the Zone. Elder Preece asked me to do a 10 minute presentation on finding... FINDING?!?!?! I thought for a second that we was joking but he really wasn't. I am really struggling to find so and I know that that is why I have been given the assignment. Heavenly Father know's me so well!! He knows that I will learn from this. Some how President found out about my assignment and he called to encourage me and told me that I will do great! His advice... Just picture them all naked!! Or maybe with their underwear on!!! HAHAHAHA... I love that man so much!!

Next week is Easter!!!!! You have to watch this video... It's just been released. Because He Lives!!

General Conference this coming weekend... I am so excited!!! Such a special time of year! General Conference and Easter!

Oh and next Monday is a BH so the library will be closed... Not sure when I will be able to email but I will at some point! BH's are really the only time we get to go to the temple so we are hoping to do that!!!! :)

I love you all!!!

I hope and pray that you will have a lovely week!

Love, Sister Smart


Sister Jacobson and I! I love these missionaries so much!!

I got a trunky letter the other day... From President Millar thanking me for my service! It's not over yet!!!!!

This is just a few of the missionaries I'm going home with from MLC.

And again!!! Losers!!! Sister Steffensen, Me, Elder Day, Elder Blair, Elder Idso, Elder Travers, Elder Johnson.

Sister Barnes and I! She is so sweet!


If You'll Pardon The French...


This week and a half has been a busy one! Full of teaching and giving service!

The work is finally starting to move forward!! :) Sister Longin described us as a diesel engine... Slow to begin with but when it kicks in it can go forever!! :) She is right!

This past week we met two Mancunians... It was so nice chatting to them! They were both lovely!! It was so nice hearing their accents too!

We went on exchange earlier on last week... I stayed in Hasting with Sister Lacey and Sister Longin went to Orpington with Sister Steffensen. It was a really good exchange! I feel that we both learned a lot so that's good as that's what exchanges are all about!! Sister Lacey is so sweet! She is new like Sister Longin! She is the great great great granddaughter of Ephraim Hanks from Ephraim's Rescue... Claim to fame!! I love being the Sister Training Leader so I can go on exchanges and learn from those around me!

On Saturday we had a wedding!! :D It was just lovely!!!! We were asked to help out a little in setting up, so that was nice. We were sat waiting for the Bride to arrive when Bishop came over and asked for one of us to chorister as the chorister wasn't able to make it. :/!!!! I think I did a terrible job... Especially on the first hymn. I really enjoyed being sat at the front though as I got a really good view of the ceremony. I just like watching people in love... It's such a special thing!

So P'Day is today as it's transfer week. Everyone is staying!! We thought for sure that Elder Moore would move as he has been here for 6 months now but I guess President has other ideas. I must admit... I was a little gutted that he didn't move as I wanted Elder De Wilde to be my last District Leader! He is an amazing Missionary and I know I would have learned a lot from him as DL. I am learning a lot from Elder Moore though, so it's all good!

In general, Hastings Ward is amazing and they look after us so well! The Evans take super good acre of us and I am so thankful for them! We were able to spend our P'Day with them today which was fun! We played Crazy Golf with them and the Elders on the course that the Crazy Golf World Championship is held... Claim to fame, number two!! As we played I got super distracted by a lovely couple that were playing with their disabled daughter... They were quite elderly and I couldn't help but notice the clear love that they had for one another. I am so grateful to know that families can be together forever!

Missionary Leadership Council is this Friday and I am excited about that as usual!! :) I always learn so much from them... I'm so sad that this will be my last one! :/

I'll be back emailing again on Monday... You'll be sick of me soon!!

I love you all so much! I hope and pray that you all have a lovely week!


Sister Smart


Sister Lacey and I on exchange! I love exchanges!

Sister Sharon Evans and I... She is amazing!

An action shot of crazy golf!

I dropped the phone yesterday! It happens most days... I'm glad I haven't broken a phone yet!!

Elder Moore looking super creepy!!

The lift going up West Hill!

Inside the lift going up West Hill!

Contemplating life!

Hastings Ward Missionaries! Elder De Wilde, Elder Moore, Sister Longin and myself!

Our band photo shoot! Haha!

Sister Longin! :)

Sister Longin, myself and Sister Sharon Evans!

Group shot with the Evans on West Hill!

We had to walk up this path in skirts... Not the best idea!

Sister Longin... She was so close to getting a hole in one!