Eu bailei

 Hello Everyone! 

 How is America? That is so awesome Andrea had her baby! Have her give Sharlet a big hug and kiss for me! She looks so cute, just like her uncle! If you could I would love for you to send me a hard copy picture of her in the mail and some pictures in general, I have more room in my photo album so maybe just as cool new things happen you could send me pictures! Thanks for your letter Nat, I got it like a week and two days after you sent it I think so that's pretty good! Letters here is like Christmas morning, everyone goes crazy for mail time. 

Ya my companion was on the same flight as me so you probably met his parents. Dad I see your picking up some portuguese? It's an awesome language! My portuguese is getting better and my english seems to be getting a little worse. But that is okay, I have the rest of my life to speak english. I am still far from being fluent but I am noticing improvement so that is good! I know if I will work hard and do my best the Lord will help me out. 

So this week a few funny things happened. One I got my haircut so now the Brazilians say I don't look like Joseph Smith anymore which is kind of a bummer. Also, I was trying to tell a Brazilian at lunch that I used to dance and I thought the verb to dance was bailar so I used like ''Eu bailei" because I thought that was good but it turns out the most common used verb to dance is dancar so I really said in very broken portuguese I used to do ballet. So i'm not sure if he could understand that I meant I used to dance or did ballet but whatever. 

The weeks are starting to fly by here! I leave here in like three weeks so my CTM time is half up! I am enjoying it well but I am excited to get out in the feild and work with some real investigators! I love missionary work and I don't think there is any better place for me right now in my life than here. 

Alright Dad, I picked a scripture for the plaque. It's Alma 26:11. I'm pretty sure that's the one, it should start out something like, ''I know I am nothing without the Lord...''. And tell Nat I wrote her back so she should be getting a letter soon! 

Well I hope everything is going great! I miss you all so much! I am going to finish off my P-Day around town getting some soap and some cookies and other goodies. Someone told us about a place that sells chocolate croissants so I will definitely be looking for those aswell. Time is going by quickly here and I know I will be in the feild sooner than I know it. Thanks for all your support and love! I'm am so lucky to have the family I have, you guys are awesome and I am indeed grateful for you all! Tell everyone hi for me and hug and kiss the sobrinhas e sobrinho! Tell Nolan I feel for him, languages are tough! 

I will send more pictures as soon as I get them developed or get into the feild, I haven't taken many yet but there are a few I can send you. 

I miss you all very much and love you! I am so grateful to be serving here on a mission and to devote my time for two years to the Lord. I owe him so much more but I know serving a mission is what he wants for me. Thank you family for your wonderful examples to me. They have helped me so much in life and also here on the Mish! 

 Tchau! I hope your week goes great! 


 Elder Isaac Smith 

Elder Smith Wants Your Address

Isaac unfortunately didn't take any addresses with him when he left for his mission. 

He stated in his letter (below) that he would like everyone to post their addresses on this blog so we can get them sent to him. 

But, seeing as this blog is "public" I think it would be a better idea if everyone sent their mailing address to my personal e-mail... 


Headed to Brazil!

Isaac flew into Brazil today (Tuesday the 6th) and was able to talk with my mom during a layover in Georgia.
Here is the e-mail he sent just before he left...


Tudo bem? Well this will be my first and last week at the Provo MTC, I leave for Brasil tomorrow morning at around 11 AM and I have a layover in Georgia, Mom and Dad and Nat you should be home when I get there so I can give you a call! The MTC has been great, the first day we did some orientation and check in and then started our classes, in Portuguese! My companions name is Elder Kaden Bond, he is a great guy and we work well together! My teacher is Irma Jacobs, she is brazilian and has been here for only 10 months I think. She doesn't speak much english to us but it helps learning the language very quickly! The elders in my district are great, one of them really reminds me of Chad our cousin (his humor and laugh) and another reminds me of Zac Efron. I have pictures to send but it won't let me attach them so I will send them when I can!

We taught our first lesson in all portuguese Friday evening! We also had a follow up saturday and they both went pretty well considering the amount of portuguese training we have received. We also have another lesson tonight. Our schedule isn't so much class after class but rather we spend 3-5 hours a day with teachers and the rest is personal study. You really have to be willing to work and be self-motivated. I am already starting to better understand the miracles of missionary work and am beginning to see a greater purpose to teach others than I had perviously experienced. 

 I had my first dream in portuguese friday night! It wasn't anything crazy but it was pretty cool. I am starting to think in portuguese already aswell, only a few words though. On sunday we had an awesome mission conference, our MTC President gave a talk on the Atonement and it was really great! Sunday night Alex Boye came and spoke at a fireside and it was amazing. At first he was telling his conversion story and it was like Sunday Night Live, he was hilarious! But he took sometime and spoke about how great of purpose we have as missionaries and the power we can have if we remain optimistic. He told us that we become what we think we are in many cases. Afterwards we sang Called to Serve with all the missionaries and that was a little icing on the cake! (Sorry if that was cheesy, but a wise man, Bryce Woodhouse, once told me, every cracker needs a little cheese!) 

I am very excited to be here and I know this is where I should be. I don't know exactly how to explain but I know the mission will be awesome and I am so grateful for the oppurtunity to serve. It has already been an awesome time and I know there is much more ahead! If we could get everyone to post there addresses on the blog and send them to me that would be awesome! I didn't bring any with me! Well next time this week I will be in Brasil, but we will keep in touch! Hope to talk to you family tomorrow, I hope everyone is doing awesome! I love you and miss you all so much! 

 P.S. Grandma, thanks for the awesome highlighters! The elders in my district are very jealous!

Eu sei que este e o trabalho da Deus.

Can't wait to here from you soon!