Called to Serve in the Honduras, Tegucigalpa mission. July 2013-July 2015

Called to Serve in the Honduras, Tegucigalpa mission.  July 2013-July 2015
"I love my mission! I am so grateful to be here!." ~Elder Smith

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Best Year of My Life

Hola Hola!! 

Happy New Year!!!!! Holy cow, I can't believe it's already 2014! Ya se fue Un ano mas, y Ya viene una otra oportunidad para mejorar nuestro vidas y nuestro relaciones con nuestro padre celestial. Estoy muy agradecido por este tiempo que tengo para servir como misionero en Honduras! (Translation:  It is a new year, and another chance to improve our lives and our relationships with our Heavenly Father. I am very grateful for this time I have to serve as a missionary in Honduras!)

So I was laying in my bed on New Year's Eve, thinking back on this past year and I was just so overwhelmed with gratitude. This last year of my life was WITHOUT A DOUBT the best year of my life. No other year even comes close! This year I submitted my mission papers, got my call, won state, graduated from high school, went to Alaska, had the best summer ever, lived in Mexico for a month and a half (aka the MTC), and have been serving in Honduras for the past four months. It has been amazing! 

I couldn't sleep that night, partially because of all the fireworks that were going off...Honduras gets pretty crazy on New Years! But also because I was just so happy! I knelt down and prayed and I really just felt so much love! (: Missions rock! haha That day I was finalizing my goals for this year, and my number one goal is to have the best year of my life once again. Wouldn't it be great if at the end of every year of our lives we could look back and say, "Wow, that was without a doubt the best year of my life!!!" That's what I´m trying to do.  

Oh yeah, And now its my birthday. haha Here's a picture! 
Mom, you have no idea how narcissistic I felt while hanging my own birthday banner. (Editor's note...I sent him a birthday package filled with decorations including the banner, streamers, hats, noisemakers and balloons.) I was laughing to myself and said "Happy birthday to me!!", sarcastically of course...haha. But I knew this picture would make you happy so here it is! I'm officially 19!  It doesn't really feel like a birthday to me... just another day in the mish.  

I'm glad everything is going so well for you guys!! I'm sorry to hear about Tami! I'll say a few extra prayers for her. Thanks for all your birthday wishes! You guys are the best and thank you for the prayers, they are felt. Let me know if you have any advice for me! There are a lot of you who know a lot more than me! I'm always looking for ways to take the short cut and not have to go through more trials and hard times. Let me know!

I hope you all have a great year and come closer to the Lord! (:

Love, Elder Smith

There are murals all over the place here! It's awesome!

This looks like a ton of money!!! haha But its really only about 200 dollars...for the rent and for my money to live on for the month!

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