Thursday, July 28, 2011

Elder Ammon Smith, 25 July 2011 

Hey Everyone!!
So about my new area. Well, it's not Veszprém and there is a lot of work to be done here. We had children climbing windows in sacrament meeting, little girls peeing on the floor, other children running around without clothes on. Hmmmm seem like we need to speak with some parents. My new comp is great!  I'm learning a lot from him and we are becoming great friends. We have great ideas and set some good goals for this transfer. It's a little harder doing missionary work as a zone leader but I'm enjoying it. My new apartment is nice. I've had better but I really don't care what my apartment looks like as long as I have a nice bed!! (My bed is nice.) It's also a little different driving everywhere instead of walking. I hope I don't get too lazy. It's been nice so far because it has been raining all week long. There are 4 missionaries here in Duna, 2 elders and 2 sisters. One of the sisters is one from my MTC group so we are just having a blast!

I was able to learn how to do something to take care of my back and to strengthen it. I have been doing yoga every day. This is the best thing for my back. It's funny…. I thought that yoga was just for girls but I was wrong. Yoga is really hard and a great workout. I have been using a program called P90X (Power 90 Extreme).  I hear it's one of the best to use. Most missionaries use this program so it was easy to get.  We told the sisters in our district that we have been doing yoga. They got so excited it was funny!!!  Then my companion made a bet with one of the sisters that he will be able to do a full split by the end of the transfer. It's really been funny seeing him trying to do it and I think he is going to be able to do it. 
Today it's raining so I really don't know what we are going to do. We might go tie shopping hehehe. You all should be proud of me, I gave many of my ties away to a member in Veszprém who is leaving on a mission.  I used to have about 70 ties but now I have about 45. 

We are going down to Veszprém tonight to go on splits with the elders there so it will be fun to go back haha. I'll be able to travel and see a lot more of Hungary now because we have to go on splits with elders in other cities.  It will be nice. I won't be able to work as much in Duna because of all the splits that we need to do but that's just how it is and we will be able to work with it.
Thats good to know that everyone is doing well. Have a great week. Ask me if you have more questions.

Love you all!

 Elder Smith

Monday, July 18, 2011

Elder Ammon Smith, 7-17-11

Hello fam,

I'm glad to hear that everyone is so bored at home. That just means I'm not missing out on anything fun! So about last week, I didn't mean to say 5 months, I wanted to say 5 transfers hehehe. I'm in no hurry to get home. 

So this week was good. My comp and I went to a small city outside of Veszprém. We found so many people to teach it was awesome. I'm very excited for him and his new comp to go back to that city. Yes, you read right, my comp is getting a new companion and I am leaving Veszprém. I am going to a new city near Budapest, it's called Dunaújváros. President called me as Zone leader!! So I'll have a great chance to grow in my leadership skills. My new companion is way nice and we are already good friends. (We were hoping to serve together.) He's from France. This will also be his last transfer of his mission, so I'm sure we will be working very hard. 

One of our old investigators started meeting with us again about 2 weeks ago. I found out that she is a spinal doctor so I asked her about my spin!  She said that she used to have the same problem and was able to fix it in one year through back stretches. They are going to help me with my back problems!! She said she will teach me what to do to help my back.  She and her husband own their own clinic.

Well that's all for this week. I love you all, have a great week.

Elder Smith 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Elder Ammon Smith, Mon, 11 Jul 2011

Hello family

It was nice hearing from dad this week.I really enjoy the letters i get from him. Sounds like Dan is doing great and really loving what hes doing.
This week we really worked hard. We put one of our investigators on bap date. There was also a baptism here last week. Her name is Viki, she is 17 years old. i had the great opportunity to interview her for baptism. That was a great experience for the both of us. The work in Veszprém has been different lately because of it being summer but we have be able to to try new things as missionaries. It got up to 94 this week and it was humid. We had lots of fun working in the sun all week. We had a district meeting this week i gave a training on the natural man. As a district this week we also had a palacsinta night. A palacsinta is like a thin pancake. This week we are going to have a cheese night. A cheese night is when we bread the cheese and then deep fry it in oil. Its really good but not healthy. I really like cooking so i have learned a lot of fun things to do. There is another Elder in our district that likes to cook as well so we are always cooking something.
We have a great group of investigators right now. Each of them are very good people looking for truth. We also feel that most of them are ready for baptism so we are going to be inviting them to be doing that very thing this week. This is the last week of the transfer and i feel that i am leaving so i have kinda been bummed this week. I have been here to long haha. I have really enjoyed my service here im going to miss it. I'm also ready for something new, a new challenge! I like that feeling when you go to a new area not really knowing anything about it. So next monday we will be getting our calls which will be letting us know where we will be for the next transfer. So ill let everyone know.

HAVE a great week. BE missionaries!!!

Elder smith

Elder Ammon Smith,Mon, July 4, 2011


So the family takes the walk through the airport for the last time; the last Smith that will be going on his mission for a time. How does everyone feel now that Dan is gone? I sent a big letter home for Dan with a few ties in it; I don't know if he will like them,I don't really know what his taste is. There is also one of my memory cards in the letter with all the pictures from the first half of my mission. I hope you all enjoy those. Please let me know once you get it.

Thats great to hear that dad is feeling well enough to go back to work. My companion elder austin was sick for three days this week. WOW! was that  hard just sitting around for three days I almost read the entire Book of Mormon. So i had a great three day study. He is doing just fine now and we are back to work. YES!! We already only have 2 weeks left in the transfer so we are really trying to finish strong! So other than those three days of study we just had normal day of preaching. The week flew by. Today our district wants to do something fun for the 4th of july but we have no ideas so we will see what we will come up with and ill be sure to take some pictures. Im really enjoying every second i have here in Veszprém itis a very beautiful place. It really hit me this week that this is probably my last 2 week here in veszprém, so I'm really just taking everything in and am trying to leave on a high note. I love missionary work and how much closer i am to our heavenly  father because of it. I hope that each of you are always looking for ways to serve others and to share the gospel. I love each of you. Im doing great! My back and neck are just fine.
Have a great week!!!!

Here is a quote the comes to mind when i face hard times in our work.
"and my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience if it must needs be by the thing which they suffer"