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!