Monday, February 13, 2012

Wk 80 - once again

We went to the zoo

the alien looking thing is a member that went with us.. i
dont know why he brought that costume but he´s a funny guy. 

me and a wall that says RONE that is a police force from

me and an airplane. my area is right where the
airplanes are taking off

more sushi!

me and elder lima
crossed the bridge today and took pics of the other bridge behind us..
 pretty sweet

Area: Teresina Horto 2
Companion: Elder Lima

Well it was good, as always, to hear from yall. I love to hear about
how everyone is growin up and how fast ruger is growin. SOunds like
jenna is doin great as always, jade is the man and a big stud and
playin some good ball....(followin my footsteps right bro?) haha
(you´ll have to give me a few pointers when i get back) and tayton as
always- happy and playin the sports. gotta love it.

heres some pics from the week. last week we went to the zoo and the
one with the alien looking thing is a member that went with us.. i
dont know why he brought that costume but he´s a funny guy. there is
one with me and a wall that says RONE that is a police force from
here. also a pic of me and an airplane. my area is right where the
airplanes are taking off. there is one from today. me and elder lima
crossed the bridge today and took pics of the other bridge behind us..
pretty sweet.

the week was pretty intense. we had zone conference last tuesday that
was very good. President gave an awesome training about organizing our
teaching. I dont know how to sum it up, but ill do my best. Basically
we need to leave every appointment having taught a doctrine, leaving a
principle after teaching the doctrine (or how they can apply it in
their lives), then inviting them to live what we taught. And everytime
we teach a doctrine, we need to let them know the importance of that
and how it connects to the restoration and baptism and how these
things will help them attain eternal life... Pretty complicated, but
it was very good and it will help a lot and has helped a lot till
now.There was a quote that i like that sister dias shared that a
sister that already went home from our mission wrote... It says,
´Obedience is our protection, Love is our motive, the Spirit is the
key, and Christ is our reason.´ -sister dos santos. Pretty sweet quote
i thought... it pretty much sums it all up. We did have an interesting
conversation with Larisse... Looks like she has been looking stuff up
on the internet and had a lot of questions about poligamy and stuff...
ugh it is annoying and all, but we showed her scriptures and stories
in the bible and tried to help her with her doubts... but her and her
brother leonardo have gone way down hill as far as their progress
goes. we visited them later in the week and they were saying that
their church, (the catholics) believe that everyone after this life
will forget their earthly life and everyone will be equal (or in other
words, there will be no gender difference between man and woman) I
dont get it!!!! what would be the purpose of this life if we couldnt
even remember it? and how can we be judged if we dont remember what we
did? and where is the purpose of living after life if we dont have
gender. we would all just float around like angels (haha brian regean-
softball) and do absolutely nothing! man im sure glad we have the
gospel in our lives. they are so blinded by the traditions of their
parents (just like the lamanites). they said they wont change religion
because of what the family would think... man its been difficult.

We had wednesday that a member gave us money for lunch ( i realized
that we are really blessed here to have lunch EVERy DAY made by the
members) and this time we got quite a bit. so we went to the grocery
store and bought two pizzas to put in the oven and eat.. bad idea. I
didnt feel so good after we ate it all... i think ill just stick with
rice and beans for now... that´s what they do best here. we also met
up with this new lady for the first time. She reminds me of a
character on the adams family.... its creepy. her grandpa has a hunch
and like yells when he talks, she is a little skinny lady (like 30
years old) and only talks about how her neighbors persecute her and
talks in a little whispery voice... it kinda gives me the creeps. And
the little girl that lives there almost killed the cat while we were
teaching. she was takling it and almost threw it out the window and
stuff.. i was saying prayers for the cat to not feel any pain haha i
am loosing my mind.

Anyway on wednesday and thursday we went to the
new chapel in elder tanner and elder almeidas area.. It is a two story
chapel and really cool. We went in the street, me and elder tanner,
and we tried to make contacts.. their area is hard. noone in the
street and a lot of big apartement buildings. but i had a cool miracle
where i was praying in my head that we could get someone to visit the
church because there was an open house and nobody there... just as we
were givin up and actually entering in the chapel, i saw 4 women in
the road so i went after them and invited them to come in. at first
they were a little hesitant but ended up coming in. On thursday we got
lucky with a ride of a girl that was a reference of a member. Her
neighbor brought us in his car and it was cool. She did the tour of
the church and then we taught her the first lesson which went very

On friday was the dedication of the new chapel and we didnt go.. i was
too tired to go again becaUSE its a good 40 min walk or so.. so we
stayed in our area and tried to do something useful with our time..
but it was difficult still cuz we had noone to teach.

Time is passing right by. we also met with a girl named michelly. SHe
is the neice of a member and is getting to know the church. She came
from the interior of the city, ( in an area that doesnt have much
schooling and stuff) so she is living with her aunt to study here in
teresina. she is 13 or so, but understands very well what we say. just
that the aunt wants her to wait till she knows the church is true to
be baptized.. so its gonna be a little while before she gets baptized.

Saturday night there was alread a pre-party for caranval and they were
breaking some guiness book world record or something... But there were
a lot of people and a lot of bad things going down. We saw a guy
cussing this lady out and then pulled out a gun, then we had this car
come flying out of nowhere and almost tipped over the car, then a dude
on a motorcycle carrying a gun, then some girls who were screaming at
us and telling us to take them home with us.... etc. Carnaval is
insane... so we called the night a little early so we could get home
safely. I know the lord protects us so dont worry. just think it is
interesting how different things are here... carnaval is starting this
week on the 18th.

Sunday we had church in the morning for the first time. We started
going to the buenos aires ward here in teresina. So its funny because
elder pires is there so it is cool to see everyone again. The ward was
very welcoming and i liked to see that the new bishop went and visited
many families in our area. He went and visited a member as well whose
parents arent members and her dad started talking about getting
baptized... we went there that night, but in the middle of the lesson,
a friend showed up and kind of ruined the spirit that was there..
anyway, it wa a decent week.

Today we cleaned the house, i went and picked up my green card.... or
my card that is my ID here.. that was cool. And then we played
basketball in the morning with elder robertson, elder deaver, elder
amaral, elder romero, elder ferreira da silva, elder cruz, and it was
a lot of fun. Man i gotta practice when i get home... i cant jump
anymore... not that i could ever jump before... but now i jump even
less. BUT, on the brightside i can still do a backflip :). We then
went and ate food, then walked FOREVER to play soccer at the new
chapel and now im beat and ready for the week haha.

Thanks for the updates and have a great week.

Elder Smoot

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