Monday, March 17, 2014

Spectacular week

Hello everyone! This week has been spectacular. I have already had many neat and awesome experiences. We had a trade off in Brewton on Tuesday. Wednesday we were invited to and attended the stake PEC meeting. We got home so late that night. The meeting went past 9 and we had about an hour drive home. Needless to say we got into bed late that night. And that was even without planning! Thursday we got a call asking for us to come give a blessing in a non member's home because of some strange happenings. Yesterday we were able to have 5 non members attend sacrament that we had invited or had been trying to invite. Sweet, right?! We also found 5 new investigators this past week, with many more people who will likely start investigating this week! I second the words of my wise "Elder" brother - Miracles are very, very real! Our zone is behind on our baptism total. We are needing or wanting to have had 19 people to have entered the waters of baptism as of yesterday, but unfortunately that has not taken place. We currently have had 4 people choose to follow the example of Christ through baptism this year. So! We have work to do. Elder Frederiksen and I have been mulling it over, really trying to evaluate how we can help those we have a calling to help here. And we've come up with some great ideas I think!! We have the blessed opportunity to speak and counsel with the stake president each week. Yesterday we spoke with President Curtis for about 45 minutes. He's currently in Africa, it was 2:30 his time. And yet he was so willing to get up in the middle of the night to talk and counsel with us. He is an amazing example of the law of consecration - giving EVERYTHING he has to God, holding back nothing. I would say I've been blessed with many examples of that throughout my life. Anywho. The work is progressing. Elder Frederiksen and I are working extremely hard to bring salvation to all that will accept the terms therein! And I am completely happy doing it. Once again, time is short. But I love you all! Can't wait til next week so I can tell you the miracles that will have taken place this week!
Love, Elder Smith

Monday, March 10, 2014

Busy busy......

I am already loving getting to serve in Navarre! Just so you all are aware, I have a lot less time than I used to have, so... My emails are going to be cut drastically. I am so sorry! We found four new investigators in 2 days this weekend. We set a baptismal date, had an investigator attend sacrament meeting... It has been eventful already!! We had not had a BCD or investigator at church since Elder Frederiksen has been here, which has been 4 and a half months!! So I am stoked. Already this area is growing. We have not even had the easiest time adjusting. Elder Frederiksen has felt a little overwhelmed, a little scatter brained, and our planning has not been all that fluid, we had my first full day nearly an entire day of planning trade offs, district meetings, weekly planning, transfer goals... We didn't get out to go work until 7. And yet, the Lord is blessing us immensely. It's an amazing feeling! We had a rough time planning on Friday night after such a long day of already planning. I went to bed thinking it was a disaster. And yet, Saturday we found 3 new investigators. We rocked the house. And Ether 12:27 just kept ringing through my ear. It is a reminder from the Lord right from the get go that He wants me to be humble. That the success we are going to have, because I know we will have loads of success, is because of Him, and His grace and mercy. :) I have not yet fully unpacked. I am so busy! I have been to bed late nearly every night. Writing in my journal has been a nightmare. I haven't done it in so long! But I am going to get caught up. Well, I only have 6 minutes left, and I haven't even written anyone else yet... So, I will end here. I love you all so much! Elder Smith
 My new address is 8455 Coastal Breeze Ct Navarre, FL 32566

Monday, March 3, 2014

Transfer and Zone Leading

Yes indeed! Transfers hit and I am shipping out. I am going over to Navarre, which is still in this zone. That actually has been a slightly common occurrence with President Smith, that is, transferring people inner-zone. But I am stoked!! I am sad to report that Elder Wilkey is no longer my zone leader, and no longer the zone leader of this zone. I will be taking his place, however hard the shoes may be to fill. He was here 11 transfers as the zone leader! And I believe the best zone leader this place has ever seen. My new companion is Elder Frederikson. He came to the mission the same time Elder Dattilo came here to the FTM. He's awesome, and I am stoked to get to be his companion. As for the meeting with Elder Ballard, I am not sure that I will be in attendance. Things changed this week. Now only those who are within an hour and a half's driving distance will be permitted to go. The only chance that I have to get to see him will be if there is an MLC associated with him coming. For those of you who served missions, MLC used to be called ZLC. It changed from Zone Leader Council to Mission Leader Council. Anyway! I am of course hoping that that will be the case. But we will see!! Woah. Gotta get back into this. Just spent fifteen minutes on family search and puzzila, and found about 15 ordinances to do! Sometimes on p'days all I want to do is family history work. Like, I love it. I don't know if I told you, but last week I believe I sent about 45 people's names to the temple. I totally love it!! I wish I could do the work myself honestly. But oh well! Another year or so and I can, right?? It astounds me just how much work has to be done still. Some people on that sight are messed up beyond all belief. If only I had the time to fix them! Anywho. We got two extremely solid referrals this week. I am stoked about it honestly! They both seem to be golden through and through. :) Too bad I won't be here to teach them! I got a hair cut today, in case anyone is interested to know. Probably not. But oh well!! :) I don't think I have much more to tell y'all... Just that I love you, I love the Lord, and being on a mission is exactly where I want to be! Love, Elder Smith