ELDER KEVIN T. SMITH

ELDER KEVIN T. SMITH

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Tallahassee road trip and golden contact

Yes, that is right. I will be road tripping to Tallahassee for the first time since I entered the mission field! I haven't even caught whiff of the eastern half of the mission since day one. But my streak ends tomorrow. MLC is at the mission home this transfer. So we will be taking off at 10:30 tomorrow morning, staying the night in Tally, and then arriving home about six or seven Wednesday. You should see some pictures on the mission blog, so be looking out for that!! It should be loads of fun.
Saturday we had a great miracle take place! The very first man we talked to, and we talked to sooooo many people that day, was very, very prepared to receive us. We had made the goal going out that we were going to talk to every single person we could, and it payed off right then and there! The first house across the signal light from where we live is where he came out of. I was looking for someone we could contact! Well, I saw the door open through the foliage, I turned right into the driveway, not having seen him, but knowing that someone was coming out. We talked to him about family history, which led into a gospel conversation. He agreed to read the book of Mormon, explained that he was extremely open minded and has always been searching, and therefore hears all people out. We set an appointment, said a prayer, and then after the prayer is what really blew us away. He felt prompted to ask us 2 questions he has always had and has never found answers to: What happens after we die? Do we go straight to heaven or do we linger for awhile awaiting judgement? Second question: Why did God create us in the first place? What was the purpose? He then proceeded to tell us how he believed all that we believe about the hosts of heaven, living with God previously, and God creating this earth as a place for us to learn and to grow. It was... Amazing. He was seeking. Looking. So prepared of God to receive us. We testified that he was correct, and gave him Alma 40 to read, as well as the Plan of Salvation pamphlet. It was the only pamphlet I had on me. The only one! And it just happened to be the one he needed. Elder Buhler and I, and he, for that matter, went away beaming. All of us so edified and uplifted by the power of God. It was amazing. We have an appointment tonight. I will be excited to let you all know how it ends up going!!
I love you all. And I know that this work is true, and that we all have the potential of living with God again if we can only overcome our fears, doubts, idleness, and sin.
Love

Elder Smith

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Alligator Alley

Elder Smith is done in Navarre and got transferred last week back to the Mobile AL Stake. He's serving in Fairhope, AL with Elder Buhler, who used to be his district leader over him when he was previously in Mobile!

"Yes indeed! "Alligator Alley" is in my new area! I'm stoked to see me some gators. Both animal ones and human ones! Haha. Fairhope is an extremely nice area. By far the most wealthy city I have ever spent time in. It's very very pretty here. We are in a ward with 3 other companionships! There is a senior couple, a set of Sisters, and 2 sets of Elders here. Our ward is great! We have President Spencer as well, who used to be the 1st councilor in the mission presidency under President Jensen. So. I am stoked! We ate at the Stake President's house for Easter last night. We also have one of his councilors in our ward as well. Which, funnily enough, is considering taking a job for the FBI in Bakersfield, CA! Is that not cool or what? Haha. Easter was great. We had lunch with a family as well as dinner with the Jurgens. No, I did not get anything for Easter for those of you who asked. But! That is okay! Because there was tons of Easter candy here when I got here. Plus I still have some left over from Christmas, to be honest! Here are some pictures of me at Navarre beach last week. :) Anyway, we had a rough week this past week! The area of Fairhope is not doing all that well, unfortunately! But that is going to change, believe you me! Our zone however, is great. Super good missionaries from what I can gather. Not only that, but we are on track for our goals extremely well! It's a much smaller zone. There are only 20 missionaries, and 2 districts. It is drastically different from the Pensacola zone. Anywho, life is good. Elder Buhler got hit by a car on Saturday, but don't worry, he is fine!! We had an amazing experience on Saturday, earth day, out at the pier. There were so many people, and we didn't want the impression that we were just hounding everyone that we saw, so we just played it cool, and wished people a happy Easter, complimented them, etc. Well, the 2 people we did contact, were long lost members of the church who had not been active in a very long time. Their records were in the wrong ward, and no one knew where they were. And these are 2 different families, 2 separate experiences about ten minutes apart, mind you. Yeah... It was amazing being inspired to talk to them, and then finding out that they were sheep that had strayed! We got their names, phone numbers, address, and will be following up trying to help them come back. Is that not a miracle?! My time is running thin. But I do have a testimony that God lives! I will talk with y'all next week. :)"

Elder Smith





Thursday, April 10, 2014

2 Weeks in the busy life of Elder Smith

APRIL 7
Hello everyone!! As I am writing you this email, I am listening to Elder Ballard's talk that he gave yesterday. What a glorious blessing!! Not many people who have lived on this earth has had this kind of blessing from our Heavenly Father! I'm so grateful to live in the time we do. This is the first talk that I've listened to since being on here. I think it is the talk I would like to invite you all to go back and read and or listen to! It is amazing. Such a great missionary talk. I would love to get y'alls thoughts on it!!
As for me this week: It has been great! Trying, but great. MLC (Mission Leader Council) was a very sweet experience. Tuesday we had to go drop in on a district meeting in our zone due to some unfortunate circumstances. We cut everyone's miles by about 250-300 within our zone. We have been trying to plan for our zone training this week as well. That is going to be tomorrow! Anyway, very busy, very fun, very testing! And unfortunately we didn't get to spend much time at all in our own proselyting area this week. But! Next week will certainly be better. :)
Once again, I don't have a ton of time. I am sorry! I'll try to figure something else out so I can update you all some more. I love you!

Elder Smith


MARCH 31
Hello everyone! Spirits are high today. It's been a great week! Went on tradeoffs with the assistants, it was awesome! I was with one of my friends from the MTC, Elder McPherson. It was great. We ended up having to do some emergency traveling around to the zones, but that is okay! That day actually was on of the more memorable of my mission. There was a tornado here! One of our members actually was in it... It lifted him off of his feet. It's actually a very dramatic story, but I can't do it justice here. He was trying to run from it but couldn't get any traction with the ground. He is okay, but couldn't have been any closer to death from what I can tell. That weather we had... Was the craziest thing I have ever seen! We were certain we were not to go out in it. And then we were half joking about how there was probably going to be a tornado from it. Well, there was! Multiple actually. Anywho. That guy came to church for the first time in awhile, and brought his daughters, who are currently investigators of ours!! Not many other people kept their commitment to come to church. But that is okay! They will make it. :) We had 3 trade offs this week. Felt like I was hardly with Elder Frederiksen at all! The work here is still pushing along. We have yet to have a zero week on new investigators. I am stoked about that! It means we are finding those God wants us to find! :)
I love getting to hear all that is happening with you all, once again!! People moving into houses, babies being born, birthdays, visits. It's great! I hope that things will continue to go well for our family. I have been trying to make a more conscious effort to pray for each of you all by name, and pray about the concerns you all may have or things you may be going through, and asking God to help in those trials. I wish I could say I had time every prayer, but I don't. But you are a topic of conversation with Heavenly Father and I. :) I love you so much! Until next week. :)
Elder Smith