Monday, August 25, 2014

It's a Mission, it doesn't get easier we just get stronger!

Okay this week was well, it was a better week but at the same time its a mission and it doesn't get easier we just get stronger.  I always think the mission is getting better and then something happens and I feel sad or I just don't know exactly why I am out here. The end of this week I have felt this emptiness inside of me and I don't know what it is I have been praying so much and sometimes I feel like I pray too much and that God is tired of hearing the same thing from me but I really needed some help because I don't like feeling this way.
I have to push my companion a lot for us to be looking for more people because we have like 2 investigators and they are wonderful but we need to always be finding more. I am learning humility a lot and I honestly have to pray so much to keep going some times. There are some missionaries that are always talking about home and I hate it because they have three months more in their missions and I have only three months into my mission. I have realized how grateful I am for all my family and friends I have had some seriously good examples and my life has been impacted from it!!
I love you guys and wish you the best!!

(This is what he said regarding his back... better. haha they gave me pills and my back feels lots better. I have an exam on my back this Saturday so I'll let you know how that goes. Seriously it's not a big deal because my p blessing says that I am going to do some things in my mission and those things haven't happened yet so I wont be getting sent home. )

(This was his reply when I asked if he felt the earthquake...yes it was big... 6.3 I was in my house the 4th story of the building... ahhaha I don't like them that much.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

First week with Elder Lopez!

Well this week was my hardest week I have had out in the mission field! Sometimes as missionaries we forget that the mission isn't suppose to be easy. To be honest I thought it was only spiritually rough. But after this week I have felt that it is rough on our bodies and brains and spiritualness. I have been truly humbled and I have felt the Saviors love in my life and I know how I can be strong from now on! When I heard Hunter (my cousin) was having a hard time in his mission I felt the need to tell him to keep pushing and going... but I was hypocritical because this last week it was super hard for me to do that. All I wanted to do was to give up. I felt like I couldn't talk to my companion and I felt like there was no one else around to help, I felt lost. BUT then I opened my mouth. I talked to my companion and I kept talking I told him how I felt and just let everything out. Seriously felt great... on top of that he reminded me that we are weak! but through God we are powerful!!
Earlier today he showed me a Mormon message called la expiacion y obra missional... I don't know it in English but it was strong. It helped me remember that we are only feeling 01 percent of what Christ went through. As missionaries we have two years... yes it looks long but its not. It goes by fast and with what time we have we need to press forward and every night we get home we should collapse to the floor because of how hard we worked. 
I know that God lives and he loves us..... yes sometimes he gives us some challenges to accomplish but God also gives us a way around it... or through it to make it easier. We need to all remember that through God and his son Jesus Christ we can accomplish any mountain!

I love you all!! thank you so much for all you love and support. 

Peace ya gringos!!!

Chase is okay. His back has been hurting him and his President wanted him to be checked out!

Monday, August 11, 2014

I don't know where I am but I'm in the city now!

I didn't expect anything to happen to me this week. I thought that I was staying with my companion in Colina!!  But...I have left and am in the city now. ha I have  no idea where I am and what it's called but seriously time fly's!! I never thought I would be this far in my mission. After all my training I will have close to 5 months into this crazy adventure. Okay so I have a new companion and he is Latino.... so I'm pretty much forced to talk Spanish!! heck yeah!! but I'm seriously so excited for this.. it was super rough leaving because I loved the people and I just wanted to keep helping in that area but the Lord wanted me some where else. I  sent some pictures of the people and families I was close with. I don't have much to say this week because it felt like it dragged on because it was the last week for that change. Our investigator in Colina, Luiz is doing great he seriously is going to be so good in the church!! I am bummed that I am not going to be there for his baptism!!  I am starting to see why the mission is so special and I am loving it. Everywhere we get sent we make it our home and it's hard to leave every time and it's because we love the people and just want the best for all of them!! 
  Hope you are all doing good!!! love you all!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

God works in mysterious ways!

Okay so this week we had some good stuff happen. First  I found out that the lady that I baptized said that she chose me because she said the first time she saw me she knew i was going to baptize her.... well I'm  creeped out by this but at the same time I guess its cool. hahah who knows. because she talks a lot about how after our missions we should just stay here and do our studies in Chile. pffff hahaha this lady is crazy because she obviously doesn't know what Logan/Utah is like.

Next, our new investigator his name is Luiz!! he seriously is great. Our second time visiting him he had read 12 chapters in the Book of Mormon and then on top of that he explained it to me!! seriously it was awesome. then he came to church yesterday and was with us all three meetings and at the end of priesthood they were asking for volunteers for a service project and he volunteered himself!!! WOW!!!

We also had an awesome family home evening with so many people seriously everyone was crying and the spirit was with us so much!!! We showed the Mormon message Mountains to Climb!! Look it up its a good one!!

So last week we had talked to some guy and he wanted us to go to his house and teach to him and he gave us his address and then we told him we would pass by..... so a couple days latter we passed by and it wasn't the guys house it was this nice old lady that let us in right away and then she wanted to hear our message and she told us that she has read the book of Mormon a couple times before and that her daughter was LDS!! seriously God does work in mysterious ways!! 

It's been a hot week!!! I seriously hate clothes I wish I could walk around naked... or I guess now just in my g´s that's naked for us Mormons!!!

The last thing is that I had seafood..... yuck!!! I thought I was going to die!!! like clams and stuff... I thought I found a pearl for a second but it wasn't.

Entonces that's all for this week!! I love you all and I wish you all the very best. keep smiling people of America!! or Utah!!!
Elder Chase Smith

Pictures from an outing with Chase's district up to the Ande's

 paint from a service project