Man what a week! Training is good but also weird. I like it and am growing a lot but it can be kinda stressful! One thing I really like about Elder Barlow is that he really wants to be a good missionary! It makes my life a lot easier because I don't have to like try and force him to do things. He has a great desire and so we're going to keep trying to work on the knowledge and that desire is really going to pay off! I am excited to see that! We had a good week and have been really focused on getting people ready for baptism and setting dates with them. And if they aren't willing really to work on that then we are kinda just moving on. One thing I have really noticed is that if people don't really have that desire to change than we cannot do a thing for them. That's hard to accept sometimes. Because I have obviously seen how the Gospel can change people. The word "can" is a big word though. If they aren't going to be willing to change and aren't willing to let it happen then it isn't going to. We have been teaching a girl named Shondelle and she is sweet! She is about thirty and has an adorable 1 year old kid! He reminds me of Korver when he was younger. But anyway it was really neat as we taught her the restoration to be able to almost see her light up! What D&C says is so true, there are so many people who are kept from the truth, only because they know not where to find it! I have seen that! The Gospel fills holes in peoples and families lives! It is a key and people need it! So we are excited for Shondelle to prepare for her date on Sept. 7. We are also teaching a guy named Adrian. He is a boss! He has had a really rough past but the desire he has is so great! I am excited for him! I love it here in Barbados and I expect a lot of great things soon! So going back to what I was talking about earlier something that Bro. Mayers said really hit me. He said, "This church shows you how good you can be." Now i've been pondering on that and it is so true. As you live gospel standards you will be able to reach that full potential that your Heavenly Father has for you. So follow your Savior and you will be able to see "How good you can be." I love you guys! The church is true and our Heavenly Father loves us! Love, Elder SmithMe and Elder Barlow after planning!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Well this week has been really good. It was weird saying goodbye to Elder Bechan this week. I miss that guy a lot. Elder Bechan helped me to really truly love being a missionary. He was such a great influence on me and my mission and I am so glad that I was able to serve with him.
Elder Barlow is really just excited to share the gospel so that is always nice to have in a trainee. It is kinda weird going from someone really experienced like Elder Bechan to training but things will work out! I am really excited for this transfer.
Our boy K'lil is doing great! He is now starting to share the gospel with his family and friends. He has no fear and I love it! Get this, He set up an appointment for us to meet with his mom. He set it up! Ha nobody does that! I am so proud of that kid! He is doing great and is now preparing to go on a mission in about 5 years!
The Phagu's are doing well! We went over on Monday to have a birthday party for their daughter Mikayla and that was real fun. Me and Elder Bechan got her a Cookies and Cream Chocolate bar for a gift so we're basically the favorites! Ha but it was just great! They are becoming my family here in Barbados and I am just loving it! They are sweet!
But yeah that's really about it for this week. We have just been working hard and going at it! We should have more to talk about next week. Hopefully!
So this week a scripture that has just got me pumped is found in DC 58:31. I love this scripture! It talks about the Lord's promises and it just got me thinking about how so many people blame the Lord for things and they miss out on blessings because they aren't reading scriptures or going to church or just doing the little things. The Lord is always going to give us what we TRULY desire. If you want peace in this life then do what you need to do in order to get it. Like those little things we talked about before. I know that the Lord's promises are always fulfilled. I have seen that this last little bit. I know it. I love you guys! Trust in Him and He will always come through!
"Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled?"
Roti with Sis. Alleyne
Elder Beck made a year mark planner cover and was rubbing it in because I go home later now. Ha love that guy!
Monday, August 4, 2014
So this week is the end of the Transfer! It's crazy! It has gone by so fast! So on saturday morning I got a call from President Mehr and I found out that I was going to be Training a new missionary! His name is Elder Barlow and I believe he is from California! So I am really excited for this! I am going to miss Elder Bechan a lot and have grown much but I am excited for this new opportunity! I also wonder if Elder Barlow is like related to Jesse... It makes me wonder because it always seemed like Jesse was related to lots of people! Ha but I am real excited! I love it here in the Bados and since I am training it means I should be here at least 3 more months! So K'Lil did get baptized! It was sweet Brother Phagu was the one that baptized him and it just went really well! I am excited for him because he is already kinda setting his sights on a mission and he is really looking forward to it! He is only 13 so he will have plenty of time to prepare! I also had a really cool experience with our Branch Mission Leader, Brother Mayers. He is like in his 50's but is super fit and just has a ton of energy. He kinda reminds me of Coach Funk a little bit. But anyway we went to talk to him one night and he started asking us questions on how to give blessings and stuff and we found out that he hadn't ever given one before. So we decided that I would to have one and so we asked him to give me one. He got so excited and he was just beaming! And so I got the be his first Blessing! It was such a spiritual experience because the spirit really guided that blessing! I know it! He said things that really helped me! It was so neat! Then Elder Bechan asked him for one and that was great! Then after that he was like now I need one! Then I got to give him one! It was such a spiritual experience as we almost went around in a circle! It was great! So I have to put this in here because it explains Bro. Phagu so well! Last night we were at the church for a meeting and a member named Michael was supposed to bring something of Elder Bechan's but he forgot it! So we called Bro. Phagu over and you could tell that he really wanted to leave and take us to go get it but he was hesitant becuase he didn't know what his wife would think... Ha so after talking about it for a little while he finally goes, "Alright, I can have you there and back in 5 minutes." Ha so we hop in his van and he is just hauling and we made it to Michael's house, got the thing, and back to the church in about 5 minutes! Ha it took me back to my high school days! But we pulled into the parking lot and Bro. Phagu parks in the same spot and says "I parked in the same spot so it's like I never left. Melissa will never know!" Ha he is a funny man! But anyway I love it here! All is well! The church is so true! We just have to live it and then we will see the blessings! I know it! Always live worthy of them! I love you! Love, Elder Smith
So this week I got a phone call from St. Lucia. Which is weird because we rarely receive calls from off island. But anyway it was Elder Day and he called and told me that Granny passed away. I was shocked and obviously pretty sad. She just passed away peacefully is what I understand so she is definitely in a better place. I sure do love that lady though. The rest of my week was really good though. We started teaching a lady named Shirley and she has been through so many difficult things. I couldn't even begin to imagine how hard that must have been. But yeah she is 58 and she just had a stroke a couple months ago and is still recovering from it. But she was really receptive and wants to be baptized on august 24th or something like that. But it was just really neat to see how humble she was and so I am excited about her! K'Lil is getting baptized on sunday and so we are really excited about that! We just have to teach him some more things and then we should be golden! I am pumped! He is a cool kid! So on saturday we met the Phagu's at the Horse races where they have a food stand thing. It was way cool! They gave us free food and I got to try, wait for it, wait for iiiiiiiiiiiiiit! Pig Tail! It was super weird but what can you do! Ha it was way fun though! They are a sweet family! Man I love it here! The members are so great! I love this work! Jeepers I feel so blessed to be a part of it! The Lord is always there! I know that as we share the gospel that we will be able to see his hand in our lives even more. I have loved seeing that on my mission! Share it with everyone and then the blessings will flow! I love you guys! Love, Elder Smith
Smith and Beck
Bechan, Beck, and Smith
Elder Smith and Elder Beck
Elder Smith and Elder Beck
We went to a cave for P-day!