"Just when I thought I had seen it all."

Date: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Hello family!

Well it sure is the month of moves! We too are moving next monday to an apartment with two bathrooms. Four missionaries, one bathroom, generally there are a few that need to use the bathroom at the same time! Sounds like you guys sure are busy, glad all went well with dad´s surgery, I'm sure he isn't too happy that he can't help, Dad always likes doing that stuff!

Well I will start with a good story like I always like to do. This week I was sitting on the bus on our way back from district meeting. The window was cracked open and the bus was in motion. Obviously not expecting much, suddenly appeared a hand grapping the rim of the window. I got kind of scared and looked out the window. There was a man on a bike gripping the bus and catching a ride! The bus was moving pretty fast too! I am pretty sure he was well trained because he was perfectly stable and had a pretty smooth let go. Just when I thought I had seen it all.

This week went by really fast with transfers and all. We had a ward dinner friday night and we shared a message with the ward. We had everyone take a balloon, blow it up, and try to keep it in the area. When the activity started there were about 40 people with 40 balloons. One by one my companion called a name and one by one each person would leave the circle, leaving behind their balloon for someone else to take care of. At the end of the actvity, I was alone trying to handle all the balloons. We used this as an analogy of union in the ward and how everyone needs to do their part and the work is easy and we can accomplish more. But when there is only a few people working it is really hard and we can't keep all the balloons in the air. Everyone liked it, the food was really good, and quite a few people came.

There are some miracles happening here in this area. I am so grateful to be a missionary and to be able to see all the great things that the Lord is bringing to pass through his children. I know he loves everyone of his children and he wants everyone to be able to enjoy the blessings of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is so simple, the commandments are so simple. It is us that makes everything more confusing. God is our Father, He is perfect and His plan is perfect. We can recieve true happiness through the Gospel. 

This week something way cool happened. A recent-convert of 10 years old showed me an awesome example. He had been having trouble reading the Book of Mormon, he didn't really want to read it. Which I could understand, when I was ten I didn't read the Book of Mormon very much either! But we still have been commenting to him that he should read it. This week, the brother of this child told me he saw his brother reading the Book of Mormon! I got way excited and the next time I saw this child I conragtulated him. I then was told that he had also been reading the Book of Mormon to his younger cousin and was explaining the scriptures to him aswell. And not only that, he had said a prayer before the scripture study aswell with his cousin! What an example his is to me. If this young child is ready the Book of Mormon and explaining it to his cousin, how much more should I be striving to share the Gospel with others! 

This young child's name is Edcarlos. Two weeks ago we had a ward activity and we did a water balloon fight. Edcarlos was born with only one leg and couldn't participate because he has his fake leg on and couldn't get it wet. He was way sad. So today we are going to do a water balloon fight for our P-day and we will have him remove his fake leg and do the water balloon fight with him. I am pretty excited, I think he'll like it alot!

Well I love you all and miss you all so much! I got some new pictures from Andrea today in a letter with some awesome pictures of the family. You guys all looks so great! About three more months until Christmas! Will everyone be home for Christmas?

When I left for my mission, Bishop Cranney told me three things that I needed to do to make my mission a success and how to be happy on my mission. He said I needed to be obedient, work hard, and love everyone. I am gaining a testimony of this counsel he gave me. I am glad to have learned these principles from my family and especially you Mom and Dad!

Tchau for now!

Elder Smith

P.S. Hey mom maybe we can be going to school at the same time again!

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