Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of exceeding joy of which I taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. ~ Alma 36:24

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sister Beckstrands' Blog: Smile

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Elder Beckstrand entered his office a couple of weeks ago and found an unusual sight awaiting him. Almost every surface was pasted with smiley faces and balloons sporting BIG smiles. One balloon contained the slogan, "Don't worry - be happy! Sister Kranendonk has been encouraging Elder Beckstrand to smile more often - (he sometimes looks rather stern.) Since the girls don't want their director to look like 'Grumpy Gus' they decided he needed a motivation to smile!

There was some quality time spent on this activity. Every balloon had a smiley face that was a virtual work of art!

Pictures of the sisters and couples demonstrating the difference between a cranky, frowney face and a happy, smiley face made us laugh with delight. Some of these sisters had a very hard time coming up with a convincing frown.

"Am I going to let them get away with this?" ponders Elder Beckstrand.

The balloons didn't answer him. Their facial expressions said it all!

Sister Avila and Sister Lewis added their 'in person' encouragement to look happy. Yes, missionary work is a great reason to be happy. Making it through Christmas Lights is another reason to be happy. We were able to get a TON of referrals - now that's something to smile about!

These Sisters (Cottrell, Kranendonk, Smith, and Hollady) received lots of smiles when people at the Visitors' Center saw their look-alike outfits. The navy polka-dot was planned, the turquoise and black was quirky coincidence. It certainly seemed like we were seeing double all day.

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