Monday, June 24, 2013

Transfer time!

Transfers amongst missionaries is common........they happen every 6 weeks! Some of us though wondered if Elder Smith would ever be transferred out of the Fox Run Ward in Pensacola. It has been his first and only area since he arrived in the field December 4, 2012. Well, this week he will in fact be transferred and he's going to the Mobile Ward in the Mobile AL Stake. He is very excited and looks forward to going and help strengthen that area.
He says they had a few more returning members out to church this week plus a new investigator that came for the first time! "The work in Fox Run is going to explode," he said.
Elder Smith really enjoyed the recent missionary broadcast and truly felt the spirit of it. He shared that, "I felt inspired to do better. To hear that the role of missionaries will be changing sent a charge of enthusiasm within me. The work is transforming. Nothing is the same as it was 20 years ago. Consider all the changes that have happened since then. Mormon.org, preach my gospel, raising of the bar for missionary service, and lowering of the age at which missionaries can begin to serve......The work "will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every climb, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." The Lord is establishing His Kingdom on Earth. I am so grateful to be apart of this. Grateful to be able to try to "catch the wave."
He seemed to have an enjoyable birthday and appreciated all the thoughts, cards, gifts etc. he received. Following are a few pictures from his birthday!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June's "Have a Hero" choice for Elder Smith is his dad.
The words shared with his dad are too personal to share here but he loves and admires him and considers him a hero.

HaPpY bIrThDaY Elder Smith!

Well, this is birthday week for Elder Smith. He's leaving his teenage years as he will be 20 on Saturday! Regarding this he said, “I will officially no longer be a teenager this Saturday. Crazy sauce! It definitely hasn't set in. But I'm excited! What could be better than having a birthday serving God's children?” Kevin has been fighting some type of illness in recent weeks that's been zapping his energy, but he remains positive and continues to work through it or spite of it. He's hopeful that the new medicine the doctor prescribed will have him on the mend. He and his companion are having great success with trying to get people to return to church. There's apparently been 8 so far who have returned and there's more that are interested. In addition to the less actives they've been working with, they have a couple of investigators they're teaching. One is an English woman and her family lives in Brisbane Australia of all places! So Kevin says......”I may have some super solid referrals for Sean as soon as he is first out. Kinda neat isn't it?!” He says transfers are next week and to stay tuned for that! He's certainly due having been in the same location (ward) since arriving to the mission field in early December!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The past month for Elder Smith has had its ups and downs as missions do. The three investigators that were to be baptized all fell through. One as a result of her husband not allowing it to take place and the other two due to non church attendance. However, he states, “We have seen a lot of success recently in the work of returning members to the church. We are working with a lot of members who have had the desire to return sparked with in them, and it feels great to help them return. The investigator side is going well too. As y'all know, I still haven't seen anyone enter into the covenant of baptism, but that's alright. Helping people change their lives is what I'm here to do. And I am seeing that happen with members and nonmembers alike. As long as I am bringing people closer to Christ (or at least doing my best to) I'm happy! I have had lots of fun with the work this week. It is awesome to be transformed by God each and every day. That's something I want to have happen for the rest of my life!” In other news, they got a brand spankin new car, a 2013 Toyota Corolla and when they got it it only had 173 miles on it. He's getting introduced to the humidity there and gearing up for hurricane season! The lightening and thunderstorms are quite crazy he states. He continues to work out, has gained some muscle mass and says he'll be Hulk Hogan before we all know it! Kevin's mission President is soon to be realeased. He's in his last few weeks. Kevin has developed a strong admiration for President Jensen and will be sad to see him leave. He says, “As President Jensen's stay is beginning to end, I am having some mixed emotions. The work will go forward, the mission will get better, I will grow, but I still will miss him and his counsel. He is a great man. One of the most knowledgeable, intelligent, and obedient men I have ever met. I hope I can someday live up to the Christlike examples that have been set before me.”