This past week for Elder Smith and his companion has been one of reevaluation, refocus and re commitment. He said, “this week was one not to be repeated. But we have learned some very valuable lessons.” His new area has a ward mission leader who is “a total boss and is doing great things. He said the bishop has only been in for about 4 months and is trying to change things around. “Things are slowly but surely happening here. It's pretty great.”
He was able to finally meet his new mission president and is looking forward to serving under him. Meeting president Smith was awesome. He is a very funny person, and it is apparent has great ideas for how the mission can reach new heights. He says he will not harp on obedience, but that his desires for us is to have a doubled portion of the Spirit, which requires obedience. Basically, he wants to have our focus be on the why, not just the action.
He and his companion have had a soon to be missionary tagging around with them. He is going to Manaus Brazil in two weeks. He's from California and was visiting his sister there. Kevin said, “It was cool to have him come out with us.” He mentioned that they had some people at church and will be commencing the teaching of two 9 year old girls in the ward, so baptisms there will be soon to follow!