Monday, January 9, 2012

Elder Daniel Smith, Mon, 9 Jan 2012

Elder Daniel Earl Smith
2106 Willcrest Dr apt #227
Arlington, TX 76010

> news... i did not get your letter. sorry. and now im gone. im sure
> they got it and read it!!!!!!!!!
> welllllll Arlington is awesome mother. so much spanish people here.
> its all black and spanish. but dont worry we lock our bikes. allot of
> people dont mess with the missionaries here though. because they know
> who we are andrespect us too. so if someone takes our bike its
> because they didnt know. no worries right? haha
> my comp is named Elder Jones hes from wyoming and hes a transfer
> behind me. weird huh? i would love to send you some pics and stuff its
> just we got so busy today we had to help someone whose house flooded.
> tell nathan to send me my music. and mom i can send you pics if you
> send me a card so i dont have to print them. well. maybe i dont want
> you to see them all. haha.
> so nathan read my stuff huh. thats embarrasing. my mtc planner sucks
> and now he will know the thoughts i had in the mtc. well mom the bike
> area is awesome i dont stress about car driving. thanks again for my
> presents i love those shirts. : ) i will send packages every time i
> get transfered. : ) or less. ;)
> what else do you want to know?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Elder Ammon Smith, Sun, 8 Jan 2012

Well, I see that you enjoyed my letter from last week. I'm sorry for that, it was a busy week working with computers and by the end of the week I never wanted to use one again. For the new year we had to update a few systems that we use her in the office. That was definitely the bane of my week.

As for good news, we are having another baptism this coming weekend. Her name is Andi. She is 40 years old and she was referred to us by a member. She is a very nice lady, and we are so excited for her! We have seen an enormous change in her these past few months as she has been obedient in prayer, reading the scriptures, and keeping commitments. It truly is a blessing to be able to witness one of Heavenly Fathers children returning to Him.

My companion and I have both taken on fairly hard assignments this past week. We will be reopening an area. It was closed down because missionaries about 3 to 4 years ago said that their work had died out there. This area is located north of Budapest. My companion and I have been working out there a little bit recently and have found success. So, we spoke with the Mission President and made it official. We are moving out to this area, which is called Óbuda, and will begin working there as hard as we can. The President has given us 6 month to make something out of this city. If not enough success is found after this allotted time the area will be closed.
President has also informed me that this will be my last transfer as his assistant. Next transfer I will be receiving a new missionary and will also be working in Óbuda. We have spent some time looking for an apartment and for a meeting house that we can use to teach and hold programs. We have already found both! So, now that I know what my last assignment is. I feel that I will be able to concentrate all my attention to this. Like I said in the past, I would like to finish my mission with alacrity. I don't want to get distracted by the fact that I'm going home (as exciting as it sounds). I still have the last words of what my wonderful mother whispered to me, while holding me in her arms at the airport, echoing in my mind, "Don't waste one second". I don't know if I have lived up to these words in full but I still have some time left on the clock. I would like to play hard until the clock runs out. I have been given an amazing opportunity to do so!

Sok Szeretettel,
Smith Elder

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Elder Daniel Smith, Tue, 3 Jan 2012

> > well sorry its tuesday i guess lazy people still consider monday the
> > holiday. : ) so we had to chill
> >
> > do you remember that time in italy when the field was on fire and the
> > italians were throwing wine. idiots.
> >
> > well i havent gotten your letter probably because of the holidays.
> >
> > for the holiday we just went to a failed party. and went to bed. thats the
> > mission life. haha.
> >
> > but i have a surprise!!!!!
> >
> > im getting transfered woohoo!
> >
> > im going to Arlington. a bike area. my comp. is named Elder Jones. hes been
> > out two transfers now. so two younglins are gonna tear it up! His last comp
> > was from mexico so he should be pretty good at speaking spanish!
> >
> > im leaving tomorrow morning at 8! its about an hour away. the sad thing. im
> > leaving my hometown. and a baptism that ive worked on for 3 transfers and
> > shes finally getting baptized on 1/7/12. i will send a pic of her
> > eventually. Mari Torres. awesome lady.
> >
> > i also sent a package home!!! surprise. allot of goodies from the mish.
> > please keep it safe you can look through it all too. well hopefully you all
> > write back.
> >
> > i always get stressed about packing. dont want to forget something. how am i
> > gonna pack that. mtc was the worst because of the weight.