Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Here he comes!

Tyler is arriving home on Friday.  He'll have his homecoming talk on April 17.  Our church is at 9 a.m.  On April 16 we'll have a little gathering to celebrate his return, probably at the park across from our house later in the evening.  

Monday, March 28, 2016

4 days left!

Well this is it!!! The last one... I dont know what to think to be honest this week has been a little weird cuz like we have been working alot and it just doesnt feel like im going home yet... But now has started the anxiety i only sleped like 4 hours last night and i just dont know what to do now... I have all my bags packed and ready to go to Piracicaba and do what i need to do there and GO HOME!!!! I dont know how i shoud be feeling... Its kinda weird... The Branch President asked me to give my Last and final testemony on the mission yesterday it was strainge!! Im going up to Piracicaba on Wednesday morning to eat lunch with Pres. and have the last interview of the mission... Then i head off on Thursdayafternoon to the Airport THEN IM HOMEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! hehehe I cant wait to see all you peeps and the rest of the Fam then get to work as Scofeild Scout Camp Aquatics Director WOooHoooo (maybe if all goes well on friday the 9th) If all goes well which i hope it will... But thats about it ohh and today imma go to Sumare to see some of my first area peeps and see how they are and hug them all!!! So ill see you guys in four days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love Elder Smith

What are you going to do this week?!!
Today im going to Sumare to see some old friends!!
What are some of your thoughts as your heading out?  Bittersweet I bet.
IDK what to think its weird!!!!
What's the schedule for heading back to the mission home?
Wednesday i will go to Piracicaba in the morning and eat lunch with Pres. and then go visit peeps from Piracicba!!
Have Monica and Virgilio left already?
Yes i think they might even be in Utah at this time but idk!! Send her a FB message and ask her Voces estao aqui em Utah ainda 

Monday, March 21, 2016

11 days left

So this week FLU like it was SUPER fast i didnt even see it go by!!!! Holy moly only 10 days till i get o hug you guys!! I cant wait for the moment that we see each other in the Airport!!! its going to be CRAZYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like i dont even know what imma do when i see you guys!!! Some one here asked me who i was going to hug first and i said whoevers in my front!!!! haha well aside from that the week was super good!!! We dont really have very many people pregressing but we are going on a rescue mission basicly to see if the members that are on out list really live at that address or if they moved and stuff like that!! We have met lots of cool people that have fallen awasy from the church for silly reasons but others have reasons that dont really even make sence like they had a dance in the cultral hall and then next morning they had to clean up stuff and didnt like the disoganization of it all...stupid things like that...haha is funny...and then there are others that have reasons that are sort of logical like one ladie didnt really understand the purpose of the Gorments and the Why she had to use them... so we are going back there this week and going to try and explain it to her to see if she will come back to our church but we'll see...other then that not much to do... fun times...

Love Elder Smith

How are you a better person from serving a mission?
Idk i think i have a better understanding of the world and how not to be of it and to be a better member missionary!!
Is today going to be the last time you write? Or do I get 1 more week?
One more email!!!!
Who are you going to miss the most from there?
Lots of peeps not just some but TONS
When is your mission president's time up? Aren't you glad you only had 1?
He goes home in July and yes i dont know if i would have liked that...
How is that family doing? Any other prospects?
Like i said we are focusing on the rescue mission... not really progressing but we'll see
Favorite food from your whole mission?
Feijoada (black beans with a whole bunch of meat and stuff) Super good!!!
What food do you miss that I make?
COSTA VIDA!!!!!!!!!
I can't wait to hug you baby.

Monday, March 14, 2016

18 days left!

Man this thing about going home is super weird it hasn't really hit me yet that im actually going home like its almost like a joke... I dont know what imma do after this life on the mission... I feel soo unprepaired to come in to the real world and do real people stuff!!! Its kinda freaking me out but at the same time im ready for it!!! 

But this week was fun it was my comps Birthday and we had some fun i gave him a hotdog cake cuz he didnt tell anyone it was his b-day... so i made him a hotdog with the ranch sauce that you sent me for christmas. 
This week went by super super fast we did lots of stuff we hung out with a family alot this week and also did lots of other stuff this family is super cool their names are Christiane and Eider and they have two little girls Eveline and Alice we went to their house almost every day this week to talk with them and to give them the Recent convert lesson that we have to give to them. We marked on saturday an FHE with them the cathlic fam and another girl that we found the day before and when we got there they hadnt even gotten home yet so we waited a little bit and then they got there and we saw them and 2 other cars behind them and we thought wow this is gunna be a BIG FHE but then everyone started coming out and we saw people with beer coming to the house and we looked at each other like ohh fech well this sucks so we didnt really have an FHE we had a PHE (party home evening) but it was fun the members didnt drink only eider family from his side drank so that was okay not even our investegators drank but then we went home and now its monday!! Today we helped a single mom clean and empty her little 4 foot pool filled with rain water so it was Dross, then we ait lunch and now we are here... that was the summary of our week...

Cant wait to see you guys and be home with ya'll. 
Christian get my Stang ready for me (just start her and see if she still starts!!) plz
Jens prep yourself for ultimate workout when i get home!!!!!

How is your sweet catholic family progressing?
Yea so they are still like hooked to the catholic church its sad to see them not know/understand then gospel of Jesus Christ.

Who has been your favorite companion so far?
Elder N. Pearce by far the best 6 weeks ever

Monday, March 7, 2016

25 days left

So this week we did lots of stuff we went to a new neighborhood to knock doors and we didnt find one person who was intrested so that was bad... but we have a family that we are teaching that are super catholic but we showed them the restoration video and the wife cried and we are going to go back there this week!! We have lots of cool members in this area so its going to be a good last transfere!!! I like Elder Diaz hes a funny dude!!!
Wll thats it for this week!! Love ya'll lots 

#23daystillimtherehuggingyouguys #needtostartgettinggoodathashtags... 
Love Elder Smith

How's the work going? Got just one more investigator? Push hard!
going just dandy lots of DOORS

Like your companion? Can you send me a picture of you two?
yes i do hes super cool and chill

When is Monica coming? And how long is their stay?
I think that they are going to be there the 28th or 29th until the 6th

How are you getting along with your companion?
super well hes super funny!! Super cool 

Monday, February 29, 2016

32 days left

thursday 31st 9:10 pm to atlanta 5:50 am leave 8:05 SLC 10:25 friday morning
HERRRROOO So i just called the secretary of mission and asked him the final itinerary for my return! So i will leave here SP at 9:10 pm and arive in Georgia at 5:50 am then leave for SLC and arrive at 10:25 am.

Any ways This week was pretty good we are opening an area and so we dont have ppl to teach so its just knocking doors!! I now do not like the sound of clapping hands cuz thats what we do to knock doors but i know that im just helping to build up the foundation here in Hortolandia. Other than that its been cool with Elder Diaz. He is acctually American and his parents are from Columbia so hes American, Colombian. 
Super cool cant wait to see you guys!!!
Love Elder Smith

How long has your new companion been out?
1 Year and 7 months 

How's it been with him?
Super cool he is super funny so we get along just great!!!

What is different about your new area?
Its a little bit more poor people so its easier to get in houses 

What people are you teaching?
One dude named Neto (grandson) funny But hes a cool dude that is looking to be Baptised so we'll see what his fiancé says about getting married sooner than planed !!

Are you collecting recipes?
Sort of

Monday, February 22, 2016

37 days left

Yea so this week i received my last confirmation on when im coming home, March 30th i will be flying out from SP, to Atlanta to, SLC and ill be in SLC around 10:40ish in the morning. Im super excited to come back to my family, but im super sad to leave my Brasilian family. I know i will come back and see them, but its just one thing that i know that has it to happen!! But today is transferes and guess what!!!!!! IM going to die in a completely strange area which i did NOT want to do!!!!! But gotta do what ya gotta do... But im going to Hortolandia the "land of the Garden" Im going to be comps with Elder Dias "Days" Hes a hispanic born in USA and moved to wherever hes from... 

imma die happy working in a new are and hopefully Baptising!!! So this week we moved from our old freaking house and we moved to another New (old) house New for us but old for the house like the age!!!! But other than that that was our week!!

Love Elder Smith

Do they in Brazil eat a ton of rice and beans?  Or is that just spanish cultures?  Is there something that they eat with every meal?
Yea we have Rice and Beans FOR EVERY MEAL!!!

Have you eaten anything like brownies there?
Yes there is a bakery that is for rich ppl and they have Brownies there

Tell me your service opportunity...what service opportunities you think you could be doing if you haven't been doing any?  Remember that's your specialty!!!
does it count for myself?? and other missionaries???

So are you moving to be safer and away from your neighbor?
As well but its just a flippen old house

Tell me about your fhe lessons you taught to the recent converts?
So this family is super like "falling apart and so we got together to do a familys are together forever messege so that was cool to help them!!!

Are you ok with Julia singing a solo for your homecoming day?
YES that would be amazing

What are you most looking forward to coming home?
Driving!!! and having money!!

You know the picture on the top of your blog?  Have you even seen that anywhere in  your mission?
Negative never seen it dont know where its from...

Is there anything you would tell Courtney Child about her missionary in Teresina?  Like advice wise?  Or what to send him?
Its super HOT and Humide there!! My first comp is from around there. Its a good place. Super receptive so she can be sure that hes going to be treated super well!!! Dont worry about him being hungry.