Monday, October 27, 2014

Wuena wuena!!! (Whatever that means)

This week I have learned a lot. All though I am in the mission and sometimes my letters home seem like I am having the time of my life I really am not. When people say that the mission is the best two years..... its not... but its the most important two years of our young lives. We learn to stand up to the pressures of Satan and the bad things of the world. I have been in the mission for about five ish months and I have learned something that will change my life and anyone that really wants to change forever.

I have been feeling like I lack something for a while now in the mission and really it sucks when I cant figure it out. I have been reading for a while now in Alma and I finally finished the book (thank goodness) and it talks a lot about captain Moroni and how great a man of God he was. It always talks about his trust in the Lord and if we have trust in God we will be fine and be helped to overcome or get through the things that are hard. 
So I finished that this last week and it finally hit me what I didn't have or what I didn't have enough of. I didn't have and still don't have all my trust in the lord, but I am learning in my mission how to hand everything that I have and just put it into the hands of the lord. I know how hard it is because I really haven't done it all but I have realized in the hardest parts of my mission that when I'm sad, having a bad day, or just think man what am I doing here. It's because my trust in our God all mighty is very low. But when I am always thinking everything will be okay because God isn't going to take his eye off me, ever, and that goes for each and everyone of us, that is when I am happy and am moving quick to do the work and I don't worry about anything.
So with that the mission isn't hard but it's is so very necessary in our lives so we can learn the things  of God and more about the gospel of Jesucristo. 
I know that God lives and I know he loves us and he will never take his eye off us because that is how much he loves us. I know that through the atonement of Jesus we can be cleansed and saved and have the opportunity to live with our loved ones for eternity. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and it is how we can receive personal revelation. I love the gospel and I am so thankful for this time in my life that I can change and prepare to meet our loving heavenly father!

I love you all and hope that you all will take the time to look at what you are lacking in your life, find it and quickly bring it back into your life. 

Choa Nos Vemos,    
Elder Smith

Monday, October 20, 2014

Because of Him

This week was slow and nothing happened we didn't find that many people and we taught little lessons. It really was a rough week. We got to Sunday and we were blessed with something. This guy and his girl friend came to church. His girl friend is a member in the south part of Santiago and he lives in our sector. He wants to get a testimony and learn more and so that was awesome.

Then, on Sunday we had a fireside with the youth in our ward it was so good. The spirit was so strong and I was loving it. We talked about the mission and the importance of preparing now for it!! It was so strong mostly because the four elders that were there didn't really do much to prepare so we used some of our examples as what not to do and we ended with a movie called, Because of Him!!! Look it up if you haven't seen it. It is so powerful and we can learn so much from it. It is only like 3 minutes and after you will feel so ready to do anything that the lord wants you to do.

Love you all!!

les quiero Harto!!!

Elder smith!
 Pictures this week...not many!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Share the gospel with others!

This last week was long and hot. We worked a lot and sometimes we got lazy with some things. We had a lot of success when we were lazy and I don't know why but I'm not going to use that as an excuse to keep being lazy.... so this last week we have been trying to follow the rules of the mission and everything with exactness. We weren't able to do the whole week but we improved as a companionship. I know how hard obedience is and sometimes it's way easier to just do the opposite and not be obedient but I know without a doubt that if we are exactly obedient we will receive blessings in every aspect of our life. 

We have been teaching this man that is 27 and he is a police officer that works with bombs and stuff. I have really seen how much he trusts us and wants to hear more about the gospel. It really amazes me how people can trust us 19 year olds. But really I know that it is through the help of the Holy Ghost because without that help, really we aren't doing anything. I've realized that in our lessons that when the Holy Ghost isn't strong they aren't listening and everything is different but when it is strong everything changes!!

We are still working with Victor and he really loves when we come over. His testimony is growing and we are starting to see the light of Christ in his eyes. We have lost some investigators this week which was sad because I thought they were doing good. But they got talked out of it by their dad and so they asked that we don't pass by anymore. I really would like to talk more about some of the people I have but they just leave us so fast it's just rough to talk about them.

We have really be teaching with unity this week and as we progressed I really have felt the Holy Ghost super strong.. I know that the only way that people will come to the truth is through the confirmation of the Holy Ghost. They need that feeling of peace and joy in their life. 

I know that this is the true gospel!! I learn new things constantly and my life is changing so fast. I know that life without the gospel is something that I don't want so we need to be constantly sharing  the gospel so others can have the greatness we do! 

Love you all!!!

Elder Smith

Monday, October 6, 2014

Conference Weekend! It's an infierno down here!!!

 Life is good down here in infierno!! It's so hot and I really want them to change the rules and allow us to wear shorts. Ha, not going to happen!

This week I have been asking for guidelines in this general conference that we had. I really just needed something to help me. I thought I would have a hard time telling my companion that I wanted to be more obedient or do different things but it was easy and he felt the same way he just didn't want to say anything.
In conference it talked a lot about our Savior Jesus Cristo and who he is and how he acts. I loved this because our goal is to learn how to become more like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Cristo. The thing that stuck out the most is when we need to ask ourselves a simple question LORD WAS IT I... I liked this because we are always looking at others before we look at ourselves. I really want to apply this and change the way that I do when I look at someone. I need to change myself before I change someone else or help them change. 

Investigators, we have about five but a lot of them just are not motivated to go to church. BUT one of them is this man named Victor. His wife is inactive but loves the church and wants to go back but with her husband and he wants to learn and know for himself what is the truth. I have this strong feeling about him and I cant wait to see where to gospel takes him. 

I love the mission even though it is super hard! I know that it will help all that choose to serve one. With faith we can serve and with strength we can overcome the hard times in the mission and life. 

I love you all and pray that the gospel always comes first in your lives. 

Peace Elder Smith (aka some dude in chile)