Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week 50

AREA: Lone Mountain   
COMPANION: Elder Michaelis 


Hey!

Sorry but I'll have to be short, it was transfers today and I am going
back to my last zone!  I'm going back to my same apartment complex but
I will be serving as a Zone leader this time!  I don't feel ready but
the Lord ahead called me so I will report to duty lol!  It's crazy, I
haven't even trained yet and that's the one thing I really wanted to
do!  But it's all good, I'll get the chance later on.

Anyway I just want to talk about what miracles I've seen in my week!
So first off, the couple that we set with a date last week (Marquan
and Misty), we saw them again a Monday night and asked if we could
come inside and have a sit down lesson.  He said said so we went in
and sat down and asked if there is anyone else in the house who is
interested in learning about Jesus Christ and he yelled upstairs and
asked if anyone else wants to go to church and 3 kids come down stairs
and sit down to listen.  The oldest is 16, her name is Ayanna and she
actually has a two year old daughter also lives with her boyfriend so
that's a little bit of a problem to solve.  And two other boys who are
12 and 10!  And we taught them the Restoration and set them all with a
baptismal date!  They love the gospel and came back the next day and
they all read and want to go to church!  But sadly they didn't end up
going to church but still lots of miracles alone just in that
household.  They unfortunately didn't come to church but they are
awesome I'm sad I don't get to continue teaching them but Elder
Michaelis is training so he has a great area to train!

We also met another guy Friday and set him with a date on Sunday night!  Really awesome last night in my area.

Also had Ruby's baptism on Saturday and it was a miracle we were able
to help her pass the interview and she passed and she was so happy on
Saturday and the members were awesome fellowshipping her and talking
to her and her Mom!  Awesome week.  We worked really hard for my last
week and saw many many miracles.  It was crazy!

Love you guys and hope you can reach out to your friends and people in
your ward to help fellowshipping them because there are a lot of
people that leave the church because of lack of people caring they are
there so involve everyone and because they are your family.  We are
all sons and daughters of God!  I love my mission and but it's going
to fast!

Love you,

Elder Smith


Ruby's baptism!

Skylar Wichert, we've been teaching her for a while and set her
with a date to be baptized on the 19th of August!  She is dating a
return missionary from Argentina and we actually found Skylar through
tract so pretty awesome!

Last district of the transfer!

On 7/11, we got free slurpees!

Exchanges with Elder Tecson!

Good meal at our apartment that we picked up from a member!


Week 49

AREA: Lone Mountain   
COMPANION: Elder Michaelis 


This week was overall really good, even though three of our major
investigators were out of town but they are back now.  We had quite a
bit success with our current investigator Ruby and found a couple
more.

Ruby is set to be baptized for the 15th of July so Saturday and we are
still preparing her for that. We have gone over everything again and
still struggling due to her 3rd grade reading level and not very good
memory.  But we received direction from our Mission President that we
can talk to our bishop and see if she is ready to be baptized and if
so we will have the interview and move forward with the baptism this
Saturday.

Then Logan, Skylar and Monique have been out of town so haven't been
able to get in with them. 😢

Then we met two new investigators on Saturday. There names are Marquan
and Misty, they are interesting.  We street contacted into them and
Marquan looks like he could drug dealer but everyone needs the gospel.
Also his GF/wife looks like she may have been a stripper at one point.
We taught them on Saturday and Sunday and when the Assistants to the
President were on exchanges with us Sunday Elder Call asked if they
want to be baptized and they said yes so they have a baptismal date.
Awesome week, we are having transfers next week so I'll find out
what's happening!


I love our Father in Heaven and his Jesus Christ!

Sorry I'm in a hurry and have to go!  Love you!


My district meeting on the 4th of July, pretty fun!  Awesome Elders!

Bored with some washable tattoos haha!  We had to be in by 6pm on
the 4th of July and Elder Michaelis got a package of cheap $1 store
items that he didn't want so I put those tattoos to good use.

4th of July BBQ with members!  Awesome family! He's my Ward
Mission leader.


Week 48

AREA: Lone Mountain   
COMPANION: Elder Michaelis 


This week was a lot better!  We were able to teach Ruby twice and a
new investigator named Logan.  Ruby is doing alright, we've been
teaching her a lot preparing her for baptism on the 15th.  She is
having a hard time with keeping information in and she needs to be
able to understand a few things before she is baptized and she forgets
everything or doesn't comprehend what we teach.  We will be making
flash cards to help her remember!  Other than that she is doing great
and coming to church every week!

Logan is a 11 year old who is a grandson of someone in our ward who is
staying here for the summer and he wants to be baptized so we set him
with August 5th.  He is a really cool kid and he's smart.  He will be
out of town for a little bit for the 4th so we will teach him when we
get back.

Our other two investigators are out of town as well till July 9th so
this week may be slower, mostly just teach Ruby this week and find.

Good week overall, and something I've been thinking about lately is
the importance of having faith as a missionary.  Without faith you
won't get anything done because God won't give you miracles if you
don't think they are ever going to come.  So it's important to have
faith in yourself and in the Lord in our everyday life.  Some ways we
can have faith is by praying for faith and staying positive and happy.

Love you guys and have a great 4th, we have some members that we are
going to to have a BBQ, should be fun then we have to be in by 6pm so
not sure what we will do?  Hope you have a great holiday!

Week 47

AREA: Lone Mountain   
COMPANION: Elder Michaelis 


So I'm not feeling so great today or the past three days.  I'm feeling
a little better today but I was sick from Thursday night to now.  I
have had a fever, cough, throwing up, sore throat, it sucks!  But I'm
hoping to feel better soon.

We had a good week prior to me getting sick.  We had a few good
lessons with Ruby and Monique.  We have a lot of potential for things
to happen next week.  We have had a couple of solid referrals we will
teach next week and a lesson set up with a couple of potentials.
Sorry for another short letter but it was a rough weekend.








Week 46

AREA: Lone Mountain   
COMPANION: Elder Michaelis 


This week was pretty typical nothing to big stood out accept we got a
new car.  We found a guy to teach from street contacting and he is
pretty awesome, he works with a lot of members and wanted to know more
about the church and a coworker gave him a Book of Mormon.  That's
about the biggest thing that happened this week.  Being district
leader is alright, I had my first district meeting and went alright,
at least I think so.

Sorry to be short but ran out of time sorry!

Love you guys!



Week 45

AREA: Lone Mountain   
COMPANION: Elder Michaelis 


This week has been great!  Lots of miracles and blessings!

We were able to teach Ruby a great lesson about the Plan of Salvation.
It was kind of a surprise lesson because she said she could meet that
day and then her mom called towards the end of the night and asked if
we could come over to teach Ruby so of course we said yes and it went
well.

We also had another lesson with someone we found earlier this week.
Her name is Monique and the moms name is Amy.  So we had a return
appointment for Friday and we went with a priest (17 year old).  Then
when we got there we rang and knocked and no answer then we decide to
plan what we should do next.  After about a few minutes of being at
the porch planning on what to do next and then we hear the door open
and they said we can come in!  Had a great lesson and left great
commitments, can't wait to meet with them again!

Being a district leader has been alright,  I haven't had a district
meeting yet, that will be tomorrow.

Sorry for the short email but I'm a little tired.

I just wanted to share about what I learned a talk I read!  It's a
great lesson to learn!  The talk is called In the Strength of the Lord
by Elder Bednar.  Something I love that it talks about is enabling the
power of the Atonement.  A scripture that goes along with that is Alma
31:31 which says, "31 O Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt
thou comfort my soul in Christ. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I
may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions
which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people."  I
really like how it shows that we should pray for strength and patience
when we have trials, don't just pray for them to magically disappear.
I love the Atonement and how many ways it can apply to our lives.

Miss ya and love ya!





Week 44

AREA: Lone Mountain   
COMPANION: Elder Michaelis 


This week has been pretty good, first off we had transfer calls.  So I
found out me and Elder Michaelis are staying together and I am now the
district leader 😐 (mixed feelings about it) which means I will be
looking after my district and helping them out and going on exchanges
with them.  Also I will be teaching the district every Tuesday each
week for about an hour and a half (District Meeting).  It should be
interesting how everything goes with that?

Everything else in week was good, we heard good news about Francisco!
Our recent convert that got deported is finally in Mexico and he was
sent to Mexico City then somehow got to Cancun Mexico.  We were able
to contact his bishop of the Ward he is in and Francisco ended up
going to church and the bishop is helping him out to have somewhere to
live and help him find work. I'm just glad he is in a safe place and
has a ward that can help him!😁

This last week was a little slower but good, we were able to meet with
Ruby once and that went well,  she definitely has a reading level not
high enough to read the Book of Mormon so she is just reading the Book
of Mormon stories.  She is possibly going to girls camp so that's
pretty cool!  We were also able to find two solid potentials from
tracting who we set up lessons with them to come back.  One of them
wasn't home on Monday night when she said she would be but we will
continue to try her.  Also we street contacted into someone at the
park and she was telling us she has been wanting to go back to church
and getting closer to God but didn't know which church to go to.  So
we got her phone number and address so we could stop by!  Hopefully
these potentials follow through and let us stop by.🤞🏼

We had another good contact with a less active lady who hasn't been to
church since she was 16 and she said she has never had missionaries or
Ward members stop by and she said she would love for us to come teach
her family on Monday so we stopped by and taught the restoration and
they have a daughter who is 12 almost 13 that was very interested in
learning about god because she was never raised in any church
whatsoever.  We got a return appointment and I'm excited for that
opportunity to help there family see the blessing of the gospel like I
have in my life.  Looking forward to meeting them again!

The rest of the week was just a lot of finding and less active lessons
that have been going great. Great overall week and I'm excited to
continue building up Gods kingdom in my vineyard (areas)!

Mosiah 3:19
19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall
of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the
enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and
becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and
becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love,
willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict
upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

The Atonement is here to make bad men good men and good men better
men.  I have definitely seen how the Atonement does change people for
the better and bless your life eternally.  I love my Savior Jesus
Christ and what he's done for me and for all the others around me.  I
know he died for us and came again and we will do the same.  Also the
Atonement is necessary for us to not just know about it but apply it
to our lives so use it daily.  It will bless your life and bless
others around you because of your example.

Love you guys