Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Week 17

AREA: Northwest Zone, Tucson (Catalina, AZ)

Dear Friends and Family,

        Monday 12/7: Relaxing and much needed... I spent almost the entire
first half of my day just chilling at the Broadbent's place. Sometimes
it's nice to have a day of nothing to get you focused for the rest of
your week.
        Tuesday 12/8: Today was a busy day for us, we had two lessons today,
one for William and one for Aimee. When we got to their house the
members they live with weren't home so we had to teach them outside.
That was pretty fun haha. For William, Aimee did sit in with us to
help William understand it a little more. We taught the Restoration to
him and it was awesome! After teaching the lesson to William we taught
Aimee the Word of Wisdom. The lesson went great! She accepted to live
the Word of Wisdom and even ripped up her cigarettes. Things will be
difficult but we will help her and pray for her as much as possible.
Kim Louder's baptismal interview was tonight. Elder Young and Flake
before me taught her but she had the interview and it went great! She
is ready to enter the waters of baptism on the 29th this month. In
Utah... Haha but it's awesome!
        Wednesday 12/9: Today was pretty long and boring but went pretty
well. This morning we had zone meeting all day basically. After zone
meeting we went over to the Barnes to see how Aimee was doing. She
wasn't there but her kids William and Killian were. Today William told
us something awesome! He told us about how he prayed to know if the
church was true and he got a warm feeling inside telling him it was
true. Super awesome experience to see the truth or the Gospel come
clear to someone through prayer. We then had dinner, than an
appointment with the Ward mission leader to find out all the inactive
are, then stopped by the Barnes again to see if Aimee was home to see
how she was doing. She was doing good, she had a little wine... But
went all day without smoking a cigarette.
        Thursday 12/10: Today was amazing/most busy day ever! We had a total
of 5 lessons today and 3 of them were member presents. Super awesome!
First lesson was with Crystal Martinez. She is the lady that didn't
want to take the lesson from Elders because she was nervous around
men. But it went great! We taught about Families & temple marriage. We
were planning to talk about something different but she brought up
family roles and so we read from the Family Proclamation to the World
and it was great! After talking about family we touched a little on
what we planned which was the commandments of prayer and obedience.
That went well. After her lesson we went to Debbie's who is a less
active we think might be schizophrenic but shes cool, she just has
really cool stories... We shared the new Christmas message with her
and she loved it, she cried:) We then went to dinner and then to our
lesson at the Barnes with Aimee on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The
lesson went great! The spirit was strong and she accepted.
        Friday 12/11: Today was the chicken killing day. We killed chickens
for almost 4 hours today... Catching, cutting the heads off them, and
then cleaning up. After Killing chickens with the Huss's we went to
the Barnes for more service... Haha Helped out there then taught the
Law of Chastity to Aimee. The lesson was not awkward or anything, the
spirit was strong and she accepted to live it. She loved it and wishes
she knew about it sooner.
        Saturday 12/12: Long day today... We had our Ward Christmas party
this morning. It was a breakfast party and I got to wear my really
ugly sweater. Super awesome party and very creative polar express
theme. After the party we went home and did "studies" or sat around
and talked to sister Broadbent around the fireplace. It was super
relaxing but we should have been doing our studies. We then felt bad
so we left the house and went to work. We stopped by a less actives
Alan Milne and got to know him alittle bit. We then stopped by the
Barnes to see how things were going with Aimee and found out some bad
news:/ Aimee drank... Drove, crashed her moms truck into a fence, and
spent the whole day fixing it. She understands what she did was wrong
and she wants to get back on track. We really need to pray and help
her the best we can to help her out.
        Sunday 12/13: Sunday was pretty good... didn't teach much but we did
a lot. In the morning we went up to the other Ward were coverings Ward
Council in San Manuel. Went home for lunch, then went to church.
Church was pretty good. William, Killian, and Kim all showed up for
church and they all enjoyed it. After church we went to dinner at the
Mott's... Sister Mott is literally the definition of a motor mouth and
could talk forever. Last time I ate there we were there for 3 hours
because she wouldn't stop talking... We got out this time in 1 1/2
hours. no big deal. We then went to the live nativity our stake was
putting on. It was sooo cool, I had never been to one before with real
animals and stuff. The spirit was sooo strong and I almost cried. I
watched it three times since it was going every 20 min haha. While
there we got to talk with a deaf guy which was cool. Elder Ames served
in the ASL branch before he was here. Then went home and played

        Prayer is an amazing gift that Heavenly Father has given us. We have
the ability to talk to him whenever we want. Sometimes we take this
gift for granted and might not use this gift as much as we should. I
have seen how prayers can be answered and helped bless the lives of so
many people including mine. This week I would like to invite you all
to pray. Pray to our Heavenly Father and thank him for all that he has
done for you and this Christmas spirit we feel. Thank you so much for
praying for me, I feel them play a role in my mission and help me to
stay stronger everyday. I love you all!

Love, Elder Smith

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