Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Week 32

AREA: Benson, AZ
COMPANION: Elder Rasmussen


Friends and family,
This week was not as busy as I would have hoped it would have been. A
lot of people were busy with family or on vacation this week, it's
spring break for the kids.

Monday: Today was a pretty typical pday... We didn't do a whole lot.
Just hung out with Aaron and did normal pday stuff.

Tuesday: Wish we could have seen more people... This morning we did
service for brother Barney. Don't know if we're going to be going over
there too much anymore. He found out that Ras can fix things that are
electronic so he has been going around telling him he would like
things fixed and were kinda tired of it. After service we went over to
see if Stephanie was home. She was home but was busy helping out her
mom. We went over to Darlenes and had a pretty good talk on the
Gospel. Showed her the Christmas video and she loved it. We then had
an appointment with the Sigley's went over there, showed the Easter
video which went well. Kinda realizing that a lot of kids do not know
why we celebrate Easter... Covered that. We had dinner and then our
appointment with Kristina. Talked about the Restoration in more detail
and went over JSH 1:5-20. It was pretty good.

Wednesday: Today again was alright... District meeting was pretty
awesome:) I was involved and gave a training on teaching the atonement
simply while finding. It was a role play training, not a huge fan of
role plays but it was still fun to be involved in the district
meeting. Felt like the district got a lot out of it. After district
meeting we went to Taco Bell for lunch, went home to drop some stuff
off, talked with the Garner's daughter from Wisconsin, had dinner,
went to the Rubaclava's (less active) shared the Easter message, and
then we went home.

Thursday: Today was alright, After studies this morning we drove out
to Wilcox so Elder Rasmussen could give a baptismal interview. The
interview was great and he got baptized on Saturday. We went back to
benson and met with Merideth which was an alright lesson... Just
talked about the addiction recovery program some and the Easter video.
All of our evening appointments canceled which really sucked. We tried
to see some people but nobody was available so we went home.

Friday: Today was a pretty fun day, we helped the garner's this
morning help get ready for their big Easter party. We decorated eggs,
did yard work, and cleaned the chicken coupe which was disgusting.
Chickens are disgusting... After that we did studies, did weekly
planning, we didn't finish but we got most of it done, went to a ward
party, stopped by Kristina's and said hi quick. Then went home for the

Saturday: Today was pretty crazy, the Garner's had their huge Easter
party. There was over 200 people there. I really do not like big
crowds of people I realized because I just wanted to be antisocial and
hide in our trailer the whole time haha. There was a big Easter egg
hunt, egg relay, egg toss, and lots of food. It was a whole lot of
fun:) After the party we did studies, finished weekly planning, had
dinner, then came home for the night.

Sunday: Happy Easter:) This morning we had breakfast over with the
Garner's which was nice. Church was pretty good we had a good turn
out. Kristina was there, Merideth was there, and her boyfriend was
there too which was completely unexpected. The Browns were there too
in Butterfield ward! Great turn out today. Our appointment for after
church canceled so we just went right to dinner and ended up staying
there the rest of the night.

The other night I was reading in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 14.
Probably the best scriptures to have read on Easter. In this part of
the Book of Mormon where Abinidi is preaching to King Noah and
prophesying about Jesus Christ. The love that our savior has for us is
overwhelming too me. He had the power if he wanted to not feel pain
yet he allowed it. In chapter 14:5-6 it says "he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of
our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed... He was
oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth..."
Everything he did was for us so we could use the Atonement of Jesus
Christ to overcome anything. He was the only one able to atone for all
of our sins and afflictions. Look to our savior for guidance to make
it through trials, because he knows exactly what you're going through.
I love you all! Hope you have a great week!


Elder Smith

Easter party

Easter party

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