Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 61

AREA: Central Tucson  
COMPANION: Elder Esplin

Dear Family & Friends,

Monday: Today was a pretty good p-day, got everything pday like soon so we had more time to just relax. That was about it, not too exciting. 

Tuesday: Went to the food bank which was fun as usual. Visited with Josh and taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ which went really well, we also went over and visited with Craig and he is doing alright... still having some problems here and there. Visited with Lee and Amber as well, he had a really tough week and has been struggling. Tried to help him as much as we could. 

Wednesday: Had district meeting today and gave part of the training on the importance of following up on invitations we give to investigators. Had a lesson with the Gallegos family, we taught a 17 year old who really doesn't have an interest in coming to church or anything. Felt that the message we left her went really well and she felt the spirit. Hopefully she has a stronger desire to come to church and do what is right. Had another lesson with Lee and Amber tonight. We decided to just read from the Book of Mormon which was a good choice I felt. We read with the whole family and even the little ones helped, it was super cute:) Before we left we gave everyone in their family a blessing except the two youngest because they were asleep. 

Thursday: Two of the young men in the ward came out with us today, its their fall break so we they had school off. Their names are Bryan and Anthony, we picked them up at about 7:45 and dropped them off at 9:00. It was pretty fun to have them out with us. They came to food bank with us after studies. Had lunch with them and  played some guitar and messed around singing like Elvis. They got a video of me singing hallelujah with an Elvis voice... they said they posted on facebook... wonder how that will go. Haha had a great lesson with Richard, read some scriptures and had some good conversation. He tried to do the shot of faith with Bryan and Anthony which kinda failed haha Anthony just picked it up and shot it back. Of course it was just pop in the shot class but he didn't know that haha. Later that night we tried to do some finding and ended the day with a lesson with Josh on obedience, prayer, and scripture study. 

Friday: Happy weekly planning day!  Pretty much all we did today and still didnt get it all complete. Had a lesson after dinner with a couple of less actives who ended up being YSA age so we passed them off to the YSA missionaries. After that lesson we stopped by to visit Dawn and to see how Kimmi is doing. She recently was put into a hospital for depression. A friend of her recently died which then brought back memories of another friend that died a year ago that she was very close to. Dawn is a very good mom and it amazes me how she does it... she has 8 kids and most of them are adopted children who's mothers drank while pregnant, some more than others. Her children have very good morals and although have minor disorders here and there, are doing very well in life. 

Saturday: Pretty good day, this morning we helped clean up some weeds in someones backyard. After that we went home to do our normal morning stuff. Originally we had a lesson planned with someone but unfortunately wasnt there. We had a member with us too... decided we would go and visit as many people as we could who was close by that we could invite to the Stake BBQ that we were having. Got a few peoples attention that made it. The BBQ was great! Had a lot of food and people. Dawn and Cody showed up and had a great time. Cody spent alot of time with some of the boys from the stake playing frisbee which isn't normally something he would do. While at the BBQ, a woman came up to us and said that I had come to her house a while ago and gave her a blessing... and because of the blessing, it gave her a stronger desire to look into the church. She was baptized last Saturday! That was soo cool of her to come up to me and tell me that:) I dont recall giving the blessing... but I do recognize her which is the interesting thing. 

Sunday: Really good Sunday, today Elder Esplin and I felt we should fast for Kimmi so we did that. Had ward council which went well, church was good too. Dawn had to work but someone picked up Cody so he could come. Had a really great time and felt the spirit he said. After church we went home and did studies and everything before going out to visit some less actives. After dinner Elder Cox and I did a role play that was fun. Elder Cox and his companion have been teaching someone who has been looking into anti which is annoying. They have been helping her recently try to recognize that anti is mostly lies, facts that have been twisted to make them sound like we are bad, or misinterpretation of things. The role play was him acting like her in a lesson... went well and was fun. The rest of the night we finished planning and thats about it.

On Sunday, Elder Esplin and I joined the young men for their lesson. The lesson was on Christlike attributes and was really good for the young men to hear it. The lesson sorta went off onto the subject of applying the things that are being taught and why its important to do it now. One of my biggest mistakes was procrastinating the application of the gospel. While growing up I knew I should apply the things taught in church... although I wanted to do things my way and I felt I "couldnt" overcome the natural man to do what God wanted me to do rather than what I wanted to do. Something I recognized is that I don't necessarily like being told that I "can't" do something and when someone tells me I cant do something... generally I want to show them up and do it if I believe I can. With that being said... why is okay for me to tell myself I "can't" do something... I came up with every excuse to procrastinate the day I put what I knew into action. How I wish I didn't do that. Please... Learn from my mistake and the mistake of many other people in procrastinating the day you apply the things we know are the right thing to do. I promise that there is no greater feeling to have a constant companionship of the Holy Ghost because by doing what God has invited me to do, it builds my faith and makes me more worthy of that constant companionship. I love this gospel, I love this church, I know that it is the true church of Jesus Christ, and I know that through this perfect gospel and by applying it, we can have eternal happiness in this life and the life to come. 
Alma 34:31-36

31 Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.

32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.

35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.

36 And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no more out; but their garments should be made white through the blood of the Lamb.

I love you all! Have a great week!


Elder Smith

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