"the gospel can be so simple"

Date: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Dear family,

This week went pretty well. We have been staying quite busy which is good and we are finding new people to teach. Sounds like you guys had a good week. That's sad about the Johnson family and their daughter. They are really awesome people. I hope they are doing well.

This week, we worked alot with a part-member family. They are really cool and we have been going there and teaching them and they are very interested. The sister is a member but her husband is not, and the sister's son was just baptized recently. There are some other people that are at her house aswell that are also interested in the gospel. They all went to church sunday and it I think they all really liked it. We will continue working with them and I hope we can help them all be an eternal family! This week we were at their house quite a bit. They have a son who is 10 and he said some funny things. When we were teaching about the sabbath day, we asked him what we should and shouldn't do on the sabbath day. He said we can't buy things, we can't watch TV, except for cartoons about God and chaves (a little kids show), and we should go to church. When we asked about repentance he said that we need to say sorry to God. and when we taught a more kid friendly version of the law of chastity he said that he won't ever date anyway! It was pretty funny and cool how the gospel can be so simple. Many times we complicate things in life but when we see how a child views the gospel, it is really very simple.

This week we were invited to a member's house to have family night. They asked us to leave the message and we chose to talk about the plan of salvation. When we got to the end of the message and started talking about the final judgement, the member pointed out that the neighbor was listening to a song by ACDC called ''HIghway to Hell''. It was pretty ironic. But it turned out to be a good lesson and just kind of funny.

One of our investigators who is progressing really well, has shown alot of growth lately. He went to church yesterday and we went over to his house later in the day to talk to him. He told us that he had a really good time at church and also told us that earlier in his life he had been atheist. He said for a long time he didn't believe in God. It was pretty cool to see how someone who didn't believe in God has come so far and is now making alot of changes in his life to receive all the blessings our Heavenly Father has in store for him. He is a real example to me.

Well I hope you all have a great week! I miss you all and I hope things continue to go well back home. Thanks for all the support, it really means a lot to me. You guys are the best family in the world! 

Love you guys!

Oh and my juice diet has been going well by the way

Love, Elder Smith

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