Monday, July 4, 2016



I hope everyone is being super American today and doing something that
pleases them :) my FAM is at Pineview and later this week will be in
POWELL so I'm trunky haha. But for real, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA :) to
celebrate today, we cleaned the Piso and ate at Burger King. Super
awesome. President and Hermana Pack are coming to around to every Piso
in the mission in July to do a real inspection and if they came today,
we would definitely pass with flying colors. I'm proud of what we did
today even if it wasn't anything that important haha. The week wasn't
too bad, here are some highlights for y'all :')

Well, we had to say our final goodbyes to Guillermo this week which
was really sad. He is back in Madrid for summer vacations with his
family but will return to Talavera in September when I won't be here.
So yeah that kinda sucked actually. He is such a good friend of ours
and as much as I hated answering his questions sometimes, I really
learned a lot from him and always looked forward to our visits. He
asked some of the deepest questions that even I hadn't thought about
before and I've been a member for 19 years!! Even though he wasn't
baptized, I have absolutely no doubt that we planted some good seeds
for him in the future. He is literally perfect for the Gospel and it
would really benefit his wife and daughter as well so let's just hope
for the best in the future :) I put our goodbye picture at the bottom.
One funny story about Guillermo... He is still learning English and so
one day he asked me..."Do you like porn?" But he really meant to say
"popcorn" hahaha so when I explained the difference to him we had a
good laugh and now every time I see him, I just say I LIKE POPCORN :)
he will be missed. We promised to keep in touch so that's cool :)

We visited Pedro this week! I wasn't too stoked about it but we
actually had a way cool lesson with him about Lehi's Vision in the
Book of Mormon. We read verse by verse what happens and he sat there
very quietly and paid very close attention. The spirit filled the room
and when we finished he just said "I remember when elders from 7 years
ago shared this story with me, I love it so much!" So it was a good
afternoon with him and we were able to explain what the fruit on the
tree meant, the great and spacious building, and the iron rod. He now
seems to be taking us a bit more serious, so we will have to see where
things go with him!! He's a pretty good guy :)

Friday was probably one of the best days of my mission!! I had an
intercambio with my BFF on the mission, Elder Gearig!! We had lunch
with Raquel, visited and played some chess with Arturo, had a Coke
with Adelina, learned (and re-learned) how to make Morir Soñando from
the craziest and greatest Dominican on the planet, and then finished
the night by having our weekly Noche de Hogar in the park! We were so
tired by the time we went to bed because we were running from house to
house all day and actually felt a bit sick from all the food and Coke
and Morir Soñando we had consumed haha. After the lesson in the park,
we played KICKBALL and my goodness I forgot how much I miss
KICKBALL/BASEBALL!! It made me trunky haha but it was so much fun to
run around like a crazy little kid for a bit and forget about things
for a second. Just what I needed and I was more than happy to have
ELDER G by my side :) we have definitely gotten a lot closer from
being in the same district for 3 transfers and I am stoked to get back
to the states with him and keep hanging :) it was a really good day
and we are actually a pretty close match at chess ;) lol

Yesterday was a little rough for the comp and I. He wasn't feeling too
hot about stuff so we just took a break on a bench and talked about
all of our differences. We actually had a nice open conversation and
we both left feeling a lot better. Right before we left church, we had
a few members talk to us and give us a nice pat on the back/pump up
talk. And then, God sent us a Dominican Angel named Taty to calm us
down a little bit :) she basically told us that she loves the
missionaries so much because she feels responsible to be their mother
and make it a good experience for them because she hopes people will
do the same for her daughters when they serve their missions. And then
she said something that I'm never going to forget... "my life isn't
perfect, I've got tons of problems, but you gotta have fun through it
all! That's why I'm crazy! Crazy for Jesus Christ!" I have never felt
happier in my whole life when she told me that. It filled me to the
very limit with happiness and I know God knows each one of us
personally. In this instance, it was Taty who was sent to make both of
us feel better :) love that lady with all my heart and she really is
the best Dominican mother I could ever ask for :))

That's all I got for this week!! It was good and I'm learning more and
more about myself every day. I love my Father in Heaven more than ever
before and am extremely grateful for all these experiences, just like
always :) we have transfers next week so we will see what happens!! I
wouldn't mind a change but I'm willing to do what the Lord wants :)
have a FANTABULOUS 4th of July and play baseball or American football
or eat a hot dog or light some fireworks off or something like that
for Elder Smith :) I will talk to you all soon!! Stay classyyyyyyyyyy

con amor,
Elder smith

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