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, May 25, 2015

A Lot of Work To Be Done

Hola Hola! 

First of all, Grandma Smith, I love you so much. I hope you know that I have felt your love and support so much while I have been out here on my mission. You have really helped me now and throughout my whole life. You have been a great example of a woman who loves the Lord and tries to follow Him. Thank you for that! I'm praying for you out here. 

This week we have changes coming up! I will be starting my last change! I can't believe how fast the time is flying by. The weeks seem like days sometimes. The good thing is that I shouldn't be getting changed, I'm pretty sure that I'll be here to finish my mission. And I'm super happy about that! I really like it here, and there is still a lot of work to be done. 

I'm super happy for Rachel getting her Patriarchal Blessing.  That must have been a great experience. I vividly remember the night I received my Patriarchal Blessing. Rachel, I hope it will be a light for you in your life! There are things in mine that I think about every single day. Stefanie, you should really start thinking about getting yours as well! 

Tomorrow I'm going to the clinic to get my ingrown toenail looked at... I couldn't take it anymore. Well, actually Elder Pearson was the one who called Hermana Bowler to set up the appointment because he knew I wouldn't do it. But it was the right decision, it was getting pretty bad! I'll let you know how it went! 

Well, I think that's all my news for today. I love you all! Have a great week! 

P.S. Happy Birthday, Michael! Save me a piece of pie! haha

My zone...

Sweet grafiti in our area...

Preaching repentance to the Pueblo...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Helping Others Come Closer to Christ

Hola Hola! 

This week was a busy one! We had divisions with the Assistants and with one of the areas in our zone. It felt like I spent just about as much time with other companeros as I did with Elder Pearson! But it's always fun to spend time with other missionaries and see their style of teaching. It changes so much! A whole lot more than you would think. But despite all the changes it is always centered on the Lord and helping others come closer to Christ. 

On Wednesday I went with Elder Osmond to his area. I found out that he will now be going home at the same time as me! So that was fun to talk and work with him, he is a really good missionary. Then we had one day together with Elder Pearson. And the next day I was with Elder Sosa in my area. He is from the Dominican Republic and only has about five months in the mission. It was fun to teach with him and get to know his life story a little more! 

We worked really hard this week, we had fifty baptism challenges this week! We decided that it was time to drop a lot of our investigators that were not progressing. It's hard to do that because we know that this might be the only chance they get...but we also have a big responsibility to the Lord and other people to give them their chance. That is really one of the hardest things we have to do as missionaries. 

This is the last week of the change, everyone is getting excited to see where they might go! I can't believe this will be my last one! But really nothing will change. That is the best part of the mission! (: 

Go Lehi!
Have a great week! 
~Elder Smith 

For p-day today we went to a big Catholic Church.

We also played soccer today!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Still A Lot of Time

Hola Hola! 

Well, not a lot to say today because we talked for awhile yesterday! But it was great to see and talk to you all. I can't believe that was our last call! That was the last big milestone of the mission for me. No more Christmases, no more birthdays, no more General Conferences. It's winding down! But there is still a lot of time to help some people find the gospel! (:

I love you all! Have a great week.

-Elder smith

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Day and Memory I Will Never Forget

Hola Hola!!

This week was great, we had a baptism! It was for an hermana named Irinia Núñez. I love her so much, she is sooo pilas! She wasn't going to be able to be baptized until the middle of June because of her work schedule and other conflicting problems. But God opened doors and she was able to get baptized! It was a beautiful service. The craziest thing is that we baptized her in Choluteca! Her family in Choluteca was also investigating the church, and they were going to get baptized in two weeks. But when everything worked out just perfectly they decided to get baptized this weekend so they could do it all together as a family. So we talked to President and he gave us permission to go down with Irinia to baptize her. We woke up early Friday morning, met up with Irinia, and headed to the bus station at about 7:30 a.m. The next four hours were spent on the familiar twisty windy road back to the south. When we got there we went and ate at Chorascos, the best restaurante in the whole freaking world! Or at least the south part of Honduras! And then we went to her baptism. She is amazing! After the baptism she bore her testimony, the spirit was so strong! 

We left right after the baptism and got back on the bus. As we were driving away it started to rain. Choluteca was saying one last goodbye to me and crying as I left for the last time ever. A day and a memory that I will never forget! God works miracles to bring to pass his righteous purposes. I was reading in DyC 35: I think verses 8 and 9. It says that Gods arm is still extended, and miracles follow those who believe in Christ. Today, just like in Old Testament times! We just have to believe and see.

And that was the highlight of my week! (:

I'm super glad you guys have a good birthday week planned. Happy birthday Stefanie! I got your letter this week. Thank you so much! You're the best! 

And on Mother's Day this Sunday I think I will get to call you in the evening, like around 5 o'clock Honduras time! Love you!

-Elder Smith