Monday, July 9, 2012

Week 75

Hello family and friends!
This last week has been full of a lot of learning experiences. On Tuesday morning we traveled to Concordia to do our interviews with the president and it was great to be out there as a zone because sometimes being here in Colon you feel forgotten. The interview went really good and I heard exactly what I needed to hear from the President. That night when I got back to the pench I got a call because someone asked me a question about Pergamino. Well I asked if Pablo the man who was baptized while I was there is still going to church and he is! They told me he is preparing to go to the open house of the Buenos Aires temple in August!

The rest of the week was all over the place. I saved my comp from some dog attacks and a man told us that Jesus was an alien. Also we found some great people who have come to certain moments in their lives in order to be introduced to the gospel. We were looking for a reference one night in the freezing cold and all of a sudden some guy comes up to us and asks us if we can pray with him. We told him we would go over and talk to him after we found the reference. Well we headed over to this park where he was sitting on a bench all alone. He told us he is 22, married, but split up from his wife in Cordoba. He is addicted to drugs. They have destroyed his life and he had a rough childhood. :( I felt so bad for him. He is a kid just like me but for some odd reason I was born into the Gospel and to a great family. "amazing grace".... we are so blessed with what we have. I cringe to the think that I used to get mad over simple things when I have so much and I have no reason to get mad at all.

We visited a family that is less active and they used to live in the states ha and the mom worked at the Golden Corral and had some decorations from the restaurant in her house. It was so funny. On the way back to the pench that night I thought to go see an hermana who is less active and when we got there her son got there and started yelling at his mom calling her an idiot and stuff, even in front of his own kids. I told him to calm down and he left. The hermana was crying and we shared a scripture with her and she told us what was happening in her life. We gave her some council but based in the gospel. I think we really helped. She said the lord sent us at that exact moment.

I have been sick this last week because it is sooooo cold here in Argentina. Last winter I was fine cuz I had just gotten out of Utah where winters are more cold. But now I am an Argentine and I freeze. This week is going to be cold also but I received a miracle that I am excited to tell you about!!

Last night I received a call and I was told my comp needs to go to Rosario on Tuesday morning. I wasn´t sure if I had to go with him or not, but it turns out another elder needs to go also. So I am going to stay in Entre Rios and work with the companion of the other elder who has to go to Rosario too. I will be working in FEDERAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited I cant even explain it. I feel like I am going to see my family here in Argentina! It is going to be an incredible week. 

Well I love you family and friends!
Un Beso Elder Smart

Monday, July 2, 2012


Hi mom
I hope you had a great week! And a great birthday! Thank you for the pictures of all the family and stuff. Sorry about the jersey for Parker. What happened was that I didn’t have time to find a jersey for him and Hunsaker was going to do it but he forgot I guess. The map of Argentina I went to a cool shop to get it and it had all kinds of stuff. I hope you enjoy it.

This last week was really slow, a lot of closed doors and it has been really humid so that didn’t help. All my excitement was lower but it is ok. We are going to have a great week this week! Being out here and hearing everyone’s idea of religion is so interesting and it is so incredible that they say exactly what we believe and we show them that we believe the same and they still don’t want to know the truth. Some people have closed hearts but we are looking for people who the lord has prepared.

This last week we cooked marshmallows with some kids and they loved it! It was way way fun. And also we had an activity about the atonement that we did and it went really well. The spirit was really strong. We had lunch today with the familia Leiva and they gave us sooooo much food my stomach hurts way bad ha. I will send you pictures of that also. They love country music so while we eat they always put it on and I love it.

Tomorrow we have interviews with the president so we are going to be traveling to Concordia tomorrow at about 10. Another day of travel...... Oh well ha.

I love you mom and I miss you so much you should try to get some more pics with you in them and parker.

Your Son

Do you just teach the Leiva family English?
Yes It is so funny.

What is the purpose of divisions?
We do divisions to try and help other missionaries learn and get better

What happened with the lady that was investigating the church for 6 years? Did she get baptized?
We are still working with her she has been sick