Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Week 16

AREA: Northwest Zone, Tucson (Catalina, AZ)

Dear Friends and Family

        This week was pretty awesome for the most part. We had some days that
were super long and stressful, and some days we struggled to find
something to do.
Monday: Pday was pretty lame... We woke up, I got a hair cut, we went
to zone sports and dinner and that was about it... Dinner was kind of
weird. We went to the Richardson's and Brother Richardson was on a
business trip so we couldnt eat in the house. It was pretty cold and
all I had on was a short sleeve shirt and slacks. I ate that food
pretty quick so we could get out of there haha.
Tuesday: This morning we did some service at Debbie Stampers, we
painted her kitchen so that was pretty cool. I didn't quiet agree with
the color change but if it makes her happy its whatever. She had a
friend over that commented on how we were doing the whole time so that
was pretty fun. After Debbie's we went to the Barnes house for some
service. Before we left their house we ended up giving our
investigator William who lives with them a lesson on the keeping the
sabbath day holy. I thought that it went well, him and his brother
Killian were great but they didn't come to church the following Sunday
which bummed me out. Since the transfer we have been responsible of
not just Catalina Ward but San Manuel Ward as well. San Manuel is 45
minutes from where we live... so we can only make it up there once a
week with our miles so we went today and hung out at their mutual.
Kinda weird but there are more non-members that go to their mutual
than members haha They have absolutely no interest to learn about the
church and their parents are actually against it because were not
"Christian" apparently... But hey maybe we can change that.
Wednesday: Really good day today... After district meeting we went
over to Crystals for a lesson on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The
lesson was amazing! The spirit was so strong and me and Crystal really
can relate in a lot of ways. She has a lot of anxiety issues and not a
lot of people understand what she goes through. I only get minor
anxiety problems but I still can relate to her in a lot of ways. At
first we spent some time to get to know her because the sisters were
mainly teaching her before. After getting to know her better we taught
the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she loved it. After the lesson we gave
her a blessing for her anxiety, that she will be able to make it to
church in two weeks. After the lesson we went finding... nothing
exciting there. After dinner we had a lesson with Aimee, William's mom
on the restoration. Trial after trial it took awhile to get her to the
lesson because of a bunch of stuff that was going on but finally we
taught it and it was great! The spirit was strong, I almost cried, and
she committed to continue to pray to know if this is Christ's church.
Thursday: Today was one of those days that everything fell through and
we didnt know what we were going to do... We ended up going over to
Ricks and literally spending most of our day there. I cleaned up the
backyard and made a burn pile of a bunch of wood that was sitting all
over their backyard. Elder Ames was inside putting up molding around
the windows. We could still hear and see each other so it was all
Friday: Today we spent most of our day weekly planning... That was a
party... Let me tell you. There is nothing like spending hours sitting
and planning for what you are going to do next week. Like WOW...
nothing like it. haha After our weekly planning we met with one of our
new investigators Frank Forbes. He was a pass off investigator from
our district leaders Elder Maughan and Swain. The lesson was awesome!
Mostly we got to know him and where is at with the lessons and all. He
has been meeting with the missionaries alittle bit on and off since
2008. He has read the Book of Mormon and has a very open heart to
learning more about the Gospel. After getting to know him read a few
versus from 2 Nephi 32 and set up daily nourishment with him.
Saturday: We spent another few hours working at Ricks again. Rick is
such an amazing person. Ill have to get a picture with him sometime.
That is pretty much what we did all day was did service for Rick.
Sunday: Church was really awesome. Fast and Testimony meeting was very
powerful and the spirit was strong. Jeff Louder our investigator Kim
Louder's husband went up today and bore his testimony. He was trying
to hold back tears the whole time as he testified of the Plan of
Salvation. The previous week Kim's daughter had died in her sleep.
Super sad... It was completely unexpected and she was only 24 years
old. When I first heard about what happened I was worried but after
this Kim is looking forward to being baptized on the 29th even more.
She is getting baptized in Utah with her husbands family and it should
be awesome. Today at church Sister Butler, Crystals neighbor who
fellowships our appointments told us that Elder Ames and I are
amazing. Elder Ames gave an amazing blessing she said, she told me
that the reason I am on my mission is to connect with Crystal, she
told me that Crystal loves that we can relate and feels like I
understand what she is going through to an extent. She has a lot more
serious anxiety but she is so amazing and strong.

I love this time of year so much, Christmas music, lights, and
everyone is in a giving mood. This week we have been sharing the "A
Savior is Born" video with families and inviting them to share it with
their friends to help others see that we are Christian and open a door
for them to talk about this Gospel. This is Christ's Church and it was
restored to this earth. God the Father and His son Jesus Christ
wouldnt have come down and told him not to join any of the sects
because there were no church that was true at that time. There needed
to be a restoration and I know that Heavenly Father used Joseph Smith
to restore it. I invite you all to share this message with others.


It could change lives!

Love you all so much and thanks for the prays!

Elder Smith

Elder Smith with Elder Ames.

Ryan with the 12 days of Christmas package he got from Savannah. So sweet!

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