Thanks for all the pictures and the letter. I got my box yesterday! I know my birthday isn't until tomorrow but I was just very excited! Thanks for all the candy and coool things you sent! The nerf ball shooter is pretty awesome. Also I gave some pop rocks to my mission president here in the office and it was pretty funny! He had never seen pop rocks before.
This last week was really great. We went to a zone called potengi to work with some missionaries there. We found some great people to teach but I really enjoyed being there. We had some awesome investigators at church here in our area as well. One thing that I thought was cool is that the members here really are doing lots of work! We didn't have to pcik anyone up and we had 7 investigators at church. Also, when the bishop opened up the pulpit for people to bear their testimonies, all of a sudden like 20 stood up and went to the front to speak! It was so awesome! There are so many strong members here. They are trying to get a new chapel because the chapel is really starting to fill up and without air conditioning and so many people it gets really hot in there! It was a great meeting though and I really love these people.
We are teaching an awesome family! They have 4 kids and the ward is really becoming involved in their progress. I love teaching families. I was so happy when they showed up to church sunday! I have really been thinking alot lately about how we need to do more and work with more efficiency. The time we have is so short and we need to use it wisely!
Well thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes! It is pretty crazy that I am 21, it really hasn't hit yet. Age on the mission really hasn't meant much to me. I guess when I get home and see all the little kids like bently all grwon up I will feel old. seriously I thought he was like 6 years old. I can't believe he is 8 already!
Well I love you all and I hope you have a great week.
Just to end, i was studying this week about how we need to work with the members of the church. In the october liahona it said that the missionaries need to help the members in their efforts to preach the gospel, and not the other way around. The members are the key to the growth of the church.
Miss you guys!
Love, Elder Smith