Sunday, December 21, 2014

14 December 2014

First of please enjoy this lovely joke of my companion
Knock knock
who's there?
nobody who?
nobody who cares!
feel free to use that at you pleasure. 

I passed some graffiti this week that said "creo en un mundo mejor" which means i believe in a better world. But the thing is, they had put an x through en so it read "creo un mundo mejor" which means i create a better world. The message here is pretty clear but i though it was pretty awesome nonetheless.
Also i'm officially legal here in mexico. we went to the immigration office and I gave them some gorgeous photos of myself and my fingerprints and ya, i'm a legal immigrant now so sorry, i'm officially here for the next while. I tried guayaba this week which is a delicious fruit here. I think its a quince but not sure. It looks like a small potato has the texture of an apple mixed with a pear and i don't know how to describe the flavor but its great. 
I can't even begin to explain how awesome being here is. All the people are great. We're talking with several different families that are super fun. There's always something good to look at too. I woke up a couple mornings ago feeling dead as could be but when i went outside it was breezy and the sky was full of puffy toy story clouds and it was awesome. There's always something good about every single day. Remember that.
In my morning study i'm reading the book of Mormon in Spanish to help with the language and all and I was reading in 1 Nephi 16:18-33. So basically they're traveling in the wilderness and Nephi´s bow breaks. And then his brothers bows lose their spring so basically they couldn't get food. Most people would be a little put out at this point but here's where we learn a great lesson in being awesome cause Nephi decides hey well its not going to magically get better, might as well do something. So he goes and makes a bow and an arrow. Then throws in a dash of faith and goes hunting. He's rocking it with a single arrow and manages to come back with multiple animals. So here's the deal. There's always something you can do. Give every effort you've got and when you do that throw in that faith and God helps with the rest. I see that everyday. We were walking around and had no more energy. We forgot to load money onto our bus cards so we couldn't take the bus. We started sluggishly walking though and suddenly we hear a whistle and look and its a church member that's stopped and basically says where are you headed? Hop in! So we do and then he says well i'm hungry, i'm going to get a couple hot dogs. How many do you want? It was just well wow. We were pooped in all ways and just before the end of our capability, a small miracle occurred. Keep being awesome. Have an adventure this week and remember that no matter what, there are at least two people that love you and would do anything for you. One being me and the other, more importantly, being Christ. In this holiday season take a moment and think about why millions upon millions of people celebrate Christmas, or the birth of Christ. Take a moment and discover that gift God gave us (John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."). has a great 2:30 video. Love you all and be awesome!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

8 December 2014

I am now serving in the Pueblitos Ward in Hermosillo.

So Tuesday a couple clouds floated by which was awesome cause its been pretty cloudless. look at them. its beautifulInline image 3
 and then wednesday morning around 4 I thought I heard water leaking but it was early so I slept on but when I got up a couple hours later,  the ground was damp. It rained guys. a light sprinkle at best but it rained! I was talking with this family and the little boy, Oscar, as quite the bro. he´s maybe seven years old but before he left he gave me a penny to save for when I get back to the U.S. so that as probably one of the most adorable things to happen to me ever. Also my companion referenced to president Obama as Black Obama, instead of Barrack,  so I found that a bit funny. close enough I guess.Ii had an amazing soup that basically had a pig in it. bone veins meat, it was absolutely delicious. the next morning my companion told me "while you finish your taco, i´ll go die" lets just say the soup didn't sit too well with him. So we´ve  been talking to this guy named Edwin who is super cool. He just is a positive guy with a good outlook on everything. he loves learning and is super faithful and also currently homeless. he´s thrilled because he just recently found a job as a night guard and works 7pm to 7am. basically he's happier and more positive than a whole lot of people who have it tons easier than him. kinda a humbling experience. So our washing machine is still completely dysfunctional so i have been blessed with the experience of hand washing my clothing. its awesome and rather satisfying to be honest. please enjoy my beautiful red eyes.Inline image 1

these are two of the best tacos I've ever eaten in my life. yes you probably should be jealous, meat with salsa with chitlepin with guacamole with lime with pico de gallo with happiness and gozo.
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have an awesome week and do something amazing!
Thanks for everything.I'm super stoked to get the package whenever it gets here. please print the talks. I skimmed but only have a little time and lots of emails to send. Tyler and Caleb are going to have an amazing time, super stoked for them as well, we are teaching a few people now so that's nice and the language is coming along rapidly. We have one mostly functional burner and not much time to cook so it's all good but thanks! Love you tons and keep up the wonderfulness!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

1 December 2014

So most people when they hit december think something like ahhh snow, christmas, chestnuts roasting, stuff like that. Here snow isnt a thing. "nieve" which means snow, means ice cream. but hey its all good. I get quite the personal laugh at seeing everyone bundled up so to speak when its 60 degrees in the morning. basically its  always super hot. I saw a cloud yesterday so that was prety cool. I asked my companion how often it rains and he just laughed so thats promising... And dogs. there are dogs everywhere. THE FOOD. I dont know how to put it but basically everyday i rey something and am convinvçced its the best thing ive ever eaten and the nthe next day im proven wrong. its awesome. almost everything is quite spicy, even the candy oftentimes. since my companion barely speaks english every once in a while <i´ll teach him something or another. usually useful things like "take a chill pill", whats cookin home skillet, and dont be janking with my vibes. just imagine a very strong mexican accent saying that. trust me, its funny. oh and back to food, i am slowly learing how to tortilla, as in eat a mean using a tortilla as the fork spoon and knife. honestly its incredibly efficient and delicious. we locked ourselves out of the house the other day and used our mad skills with a credit card to break in. Elder Gonzalez picked up a lovely english phrase and uses it in spanish, "santa vaca" or holy cow. also a plane passed overhead so he points and asks "¿qué es eso? (whats that?)" so i respond "avión (airplane)" then he says "no, se llama tres meses. (no its called three months)" i dont know. i found it pretty funny, hes headed home in three months. basically we walkj a. lot. because we get lost a lot. we are still familiarizing ourselves with the area but as always i love it all. back to food again, aur entire celebration of thanks giving was... just about nothing but i dreamt about turkey so thats counts i guess. also everyone is pretty nice here. theres exeptions to everything of course but seriously. you walk down the road and everyone greets everyone with good day or something like that. music is blaring from everywhere. and lifes good. oh food again. let me describe to you what a truly delicious hot dog is. wipe all knowledge of "hot dog" from your mind and picture this. start with a good ole link of meat. pur it in a large delicious bun of bread that enveloves it to the point that the dog looks tiny. now start to fill the empy space with a certain salsa, guacamole, and some sauce i dont know what it was but quite frankly (get it.. i dont care cause it was delicious. then somther the lot with more pico de gallo type salsa, jalepeño, happiness, and any other topping you can imagine. then enjoy because youre life is awesome. also if any of you have every wondered what it would be like to e inside a video game, i now have done that.. everyday. theres this real nifty game called frogger im sure you all remember. but ya cross walks arent a thing so you just decide wlep, time to cross aaaaaannnd run. its great
a favorite scripture of mine come from the book of mormon, Jacob 6:12, "oh be wise, what can i say more." so dont be stupid guys. and have a fantiasic week. disfruta cada momento y recuerda que eres guapo/a y fantástico/a.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

25 November 2014

Ive finally made it here. <now rocking life in <hermosillo mexico. and i get to learn spanish all over again because whatever theyre speaking here isnt spanish. its someting else. the flight went smoothly and everything and lifes good. Im chlling in an internet cafe writing this cause thats pretty much the best way to internet here. My companion is great, Elder González. he speaks very little english so that will be really good or me im sure. I have no quotes this week because i left my journal and honestly not much to say beyond the fact that mexico is super cool so far altough it hasnt even been 24 hours.
fin fat, if you want to say cool in spanish theres several different ways. you can say chevre, padre, or suave. i have no clue waçhat chevre means beyond the contextual use but padre means dad and suave soft so if someting is cool you basically say que padre or how/such dad. or que suave how soft. i find it humorous at least. also everything is short here so i have ben and will be hitting my head a. lot. so if i ome back as a tonto you will know why.
theres so much cool stuff to learn here its awesome. i can officialy say that i can read and almost completely understand all spanish which is a huge blessing. and i probably get to teach my ompanion what it means to be a grateful american and eat as much as humanly possible. but we will see what happens. as far as cooking options go we have a broken stove with a qustionably functionable burner and a microwave but i will whip something up that is well worth being grateful for regardless.
so if you ever need some motivation in life, personally i would hit up helaman 5:12 "and now my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our redeemer who is Christ, the son of God, that ye must build you fondation. that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds yea his shafts in the whirlwinds yea when all his hail and mighty storm shall beat upon you it shall have no power over you to drag you don to the gulf of misery and endless wo because of the rock upon which ye are built. which is a sure foundation. a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." 
so just remember that tough times come and life may beat at you but theres nothing it can do to stop you from having a good time and loving life because you believe in something beter. you have hope for a beautiful future no matter how dark the present.
have a wonderful week all, im sure next week ill have a decent story or two.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Week 5

Friday, November 14, 2014

Week Four PS

so i have about 4 more minutes and thought id sent you one more thing. i sent this to kieren because i thought iwas pretty neat oh and the flowers were from hailey

"hey so I was sitting in sacrament meeting yesterday and listening to the prelude and all and for some reason it sounded really really familiar. Then it hit me. Elder Yoo was playing the hymns sure but with a little extra sprinkles on top, an chord that doesn't actually belong but still sounds good, arpeggiating this or that, all that good stuff im sure you know. But ya it sounded super familiar because it reminded me a lot of how you play the piano and really every instrument ever but that's all. miss ya and ill see you in a couple years. try not to get married until im back and keep up the awesome!"

It was super cool to hear kierenesque music. 
also if you ever feel an unquenchable desire to mail me something but just dont know what to send i always love everything. dirt sticks rocks a potato
but actually anything at all. pictures of stars or a bough off a pine tree. I doubt you'll be able to top what Elder Moreno got from his brother which includes a skateboard wheel, wood rimmed sunglasses, a crushed ping pong ball, snacks, a stuffed monkey, and cheap plastic bling.
love you
Elder Smith

Week 4

Alrighty so this week has been a gem but so has every week of my life (obviously). 
Honestly its just a lot of the same all the time. Lots of learning, lots of teaching, lots of spanish, lots of goodness. This morning at 5:30 the room next door to ours left for their final destinations which basically got me super stoked about leaving in almost exactly two weeks from today. Keep being awesome and keep spreading around all that joy i know you've got.

Oh and for anyone that knows a bit of spanish here's is a lovely cheesy joke before some quotes

¿Qué hace el pescado todo el día? .... Nada

"so hipster he only bought starbucks with two dollar bills" -Elder Thompson
"And everything was going to be hunky dory" -Elder Thompson
"Can I...?"-Elder Lemon "No." -Elder Moreno
"Hasta la nunca" -Elder Menendez

Pues, no tuve muchas cosas interesantes este semana pero quiero enviar algo que vale la pena de leer. basicamente, yo estoy muy entusiasmado para servir en México en solo dos más semanas. Sé que estoy haciendo algo importante y bueno para mi y para todas las personas que voy a ayudar. Que tengan una semana increible y que recuerda que usted es una persona importante y fantástica. También recuerda que se amo a todos ustedes. Hasta la próxima semana

Friday, November 7, 2014

Week Three

Okie Doke. Its been a good week. including a lot of stuff.
Ill just kinda dump it all in here as i think of it
we perfected the intricacies of rock paper scissors lizard spock. named the fake spider in our room Thor. and celebreated Halloween for a grand total of about ten minutes. as seen below.
Oh so while I'm in training and all we practice teaching people to help us learn the language etc and guess who we taught on Wednesday. David Archuleta and his mom. it was pretty cool just saying. Also on Friday Elder Memendez and I started doing a thing where we no longer speak english. ever. and for every time we do we self punish. I have to do 20 pushups and not eat dessert if i say anything in english. so basically i've done a good 700+ pushups in the past couple days. But i can already speak the language ten times better. 

AAAAAAANNNNND Quotes of the week
"I now have to check around corners because the rubber chicken is on the loose" -someone in the hallway
"De nada granada" (you're welcome pomegranate) -Brother Pliler
"Que pasa calabaza" (what's up pumpkin?) -also Brother Pliler
also one of the words for sunrise is aurora which i think is super pretty. 

Also Shout out to good friends cause this week i got the most wnderful package from Dave and Carol and kids with the most amazing letters and goodies inside. If youve never had chile y Limon pringles, rethink your life. and then i got a bunch of letters from the priest quorum which was awesome as well. and then another freind sent me a sunflower mixed with some wildflowers and it made my day 100% considering now the dorm has a bit of nature in it.

 I'd throw in some other pictures but they won't upload for some reason. 

So this week i decided to reread the story of the strippling warriors, cause its just so cool. Take a bunch of young people who want to help defend their rights. The had no clue how to fight but they had faith. they went without fear and changed the course of the war and because of they're faith none of them died. they got cut, injured, hurt, sick, etc but all of them made it out alive.

(its in alma 56 btw)
44 Therefore what say ye, my sons, will ye go against them tbattle?
 45 And now say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had seen so great couragenay, not amongst all the Nephites.
 46 For as had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; wwould not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.
 47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their livesyea, they had been taught by their mothersthat if they did not doubt, God would delivethem.
 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers,saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.
 55 And now it came to pass that when they had surrendered themselves up unto us, behold, numbered those young men who had fought with me, fearing lest there were many of them slain.
 56 But behold, to my great joy, there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength; and with such mighty power did they fall upon the Lamanites, that they did frighten them; and for this cause did the Lamanites deliver themselves up as prisoners of war.
I dont know about you but thats pretty cool. Anyway I'm stoked about being here/eventually getting to mexico and cant wait to help the people there in everyway i can. I love what I'm doing.
Love you all

Week Two

Okie doke so not much changes week to week here at the MTC but I'll ty to say any interesting things.
-Since we dont exactly have a ton of free time, we make the most of it. The other night we got off the field after gym and hopped in the shower. i dont know who started it but we jammed hard. like the entire floor probably hated us an we sung/screamed at the top of our lungs but we arent even close to sorry.
-we also had a guy move up from the beginner class to the intermediate class with us. His name is Elder Menendez and he is quite the character. he always talks with a fake nacho libre type mexican accent. and also farts a lot. like with any one else it would be embarrasing and annoying but hes just hillarious. maybe its just cause we're a bunch of dudes but still. we doorknob him all the time (basically if he farts and we call doorknob before he says safety, we get to punch him till he touches a doorknob). He claims theres either a clown in his stomach constantly blowing up balloons or theres a zeppelin down there but anyway, enough of that.
-We have a lot of personal study time here so i decided, since im a bit of a fan of nature, to find a bunch of nature scriptures and such. a couple favorites
Doctrine and Covenants 88:45-46 "The earth rolls upon her wings, and the sun giveth his light by day, and the moon giveth her light by night, and the stars also give their light, as they roll upon their wings in their glory, in the midst of the power of God.
Unto what shall I liken these kingdoms, that ye may understand?"
Matthew 6:28-29 "And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin;
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
but seriously. nature is so pretty all the time. i dont care how cool the next skyscraper or gizmo is, it cant compare to nature's infinite and constantly changing beauty. also i doodle a lot to stay awake during lecture type lessons so ya

-next while kinda on the subject, sunset soccer will never get old. i mean just look at this beauty #nofilter

also during the later classes and study times i try to be outside as much as possible cause stars are sweet.
-theres and oak tree right by the outside door to the building my spanish classes are in and it drops acorns and i dont know how to explain it but please meet Corporal Henderson

​ They both have compelling backstories and everything but ill save that for some other time.
-moral of the story, make dull moments great and have fun doing what your doing no matter what it is. have the most wonderful week and i love you all!

Oh! quotes of the week
"That didn't sound like glass, that sounded like a baby kangaroo!" -Elder Johnson
"Eres un muffin de stud" -Elder Moreno
"Man this Reeses Pieces wrapper is Shawn-proof!" -Elder Allen
       -just now update "I still can't open them..."
'I just feel so special saying it!" -Elder Moreno
"Buenos Nachos" -Unknown hooligan on floor 3
"I'm gonna go use the restroom" -Elder Taylor "Well don't use it on me!" -Elder Menendez
"Aye Papi no quiero" -Elder Menendez