Tuesday, May 19, 2015

18 May 2015

Alrighty so its been an awesome week 100%. I'm getting along really well with my new companion and I'm loving the new area I'm in. This week among many other things we have been doing lots of getting to know the people where I'm at so I'm having an absolute blast trying and often failing to remember the names of a lot of people but it's all good its coming along just fine. So as far as interesting stuff goes this week beyond absolutely everything of course. wednesday We went to help paint someones house and I discovered that cats have velcro like attributes.

Right as we were finishing we got a sudden call from the sister missionaries asking us to come help someone out and to bring dirty clothes, face masks, and gloves. So off we went. It turns out an investigator of theirs had their entire house burnt to ashes basically. Nothing but the cement walls and roof was left. So we spent the next while removing the big stuff like burnt out bedframes, couches, fridge, etc. It was really quite the impressive sight the whole thing but I was super happy that we had the chance to help out and we will be headed back that way to keep working this week. It just felt really nice to have the chance to get my hands nice and dirty and do some grunt work, it had been a while. What was even better was that we were able to help someone in a lot of need in that moment. and then to add to it all the lady we helped came to church Sunday for the first time. Service is awesome. Never miss a chance to help out in any sort of way. as King Benjamin so wisely stated in Mosiah 2:17 "I tell ye these things that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." 

The Bro I'm next to is my current companion and the other Elder is in our ward. 

So honestly thats about all the interesting stuff this past week but its definitely been a great time
The peole we are teaching here are awesome. When i first got here my companion said that honestly we basically had no one to teach at that time. He was mistaken Ii guess haha. We had an amazing week where we were able to find and teach several different people.

Efrén- we started talking to him early in the week. we set up an appointment at the church and he came early, que pena because we were late.. but it ended up being an amazing lesson where we helped him a lot with some questions he had. We taught him again later in the week and he was amazing. He had read the reading assignment we left, and then about 6 chapters of first Nephi and also all the introductory pages of the Book of Mormon. We had another great lesson and then he came to church Sunday and said that he really enjoyed it and felt comfortable and like it was where he needed to be. That was awesome to hear. Shout out to members doing their part and fellow shipping. We will continue teaching him these next few weeks but in three or so weeks he's headed off to Mexicali for a time. Hopefully he can keep heading down the right track out there too.
Francisca- She's someone Elder Hernandez and Elder Larsen had previously contacted but could never find at home. We went the other day for a last time to see if we could find her and there she was. We talked for a long time and well, it was just a really good time because she was able to begin to grasp what she needed to do. She wasnt able to make it to church and we don't know why but we will see what we can do when we see her this week.

These are the two we are really focussing on, we're teaching several others as well that are also super awesome but for another time.

I invite you all to read in Mormon 9 especially verses 25-28. I studied this part this week and loved so many things about it. But just remember that just believing can take you far. Do not doubt, more, be believing. Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to succeed. When we put our trust faith and belief in him, the troubles we have simplify and the world becomes even more beautiful and amazing than it already is. Let us not be doubtful people and instead put full belief in those things that matter most, that truly have value. 

I love you all tons and hope you have the best week ever! Do amazing things and then tell me all about it cause I love to hear from you all!

Lots of love,
Elder Smith

Oh in PS. here are a few others pics for those who enjoy pics

I saw this mannequin walking down the street that other day and he just looked like such a bro i had to take a pic.

A close up on the snickers I deep fried a couple weeks ago. it. was. amazing.  ( Sorry I couldn't get that pic in)

Finally a pic with the old comp Elder McCabe. in front of one of my favorite plants I've ever seen here.

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