Monday, November 30, 2015

Wk 78 - tomé

Companion: Elder Anderson
Area: Tome

we did an activity of family search in a park in tomé
family tree. we had people random people write a name
 of a family member that had died on a tree in the park. it turned out great!!

i love my new sector and i am so happy here!! the ward seems pretty awesome and i think it is one of the biggest wards i have been in! this past sunday there was 113 people that went to church! we get a lot of help from the members too. 

this past week when i got here on monday i was told that a guy was going to be baptized and he ended up getting baptized in the ocean which would be the first time for me to see that! it was pretty cool! he was a guy names Luis and he had such a strong testimony and i was very impressed. 

the bishop in this ward is 31 yrs old. he is very young but a sharp guy. i am excited to be here and i hope i will be here for a long time!! i have a pic of the zone of tomé but we have transfers today so it will be different but i will send you some pics we took this past week!!

this past week my comp and i walked up a famous hill here called the cerro santo (holy hill) it was crazy. i got up to the top and i was sweating so bad!! haha normally people take a taxi to the top but the line was long so we just walked up! 

this past week this lady stopped her car and saw that my comp and i were getting a picture taken and she told me to go over there so i went over there to talk to her and she was like hey can we take a pic together? i was like huh.. sure.. it was kinda weird but she said that she wanted to show everyone her new boyfriend... then i told her it would be best if we didnt take a pic together and then she kinda made some inapropiate comments after that so it was kind of a weird experience! haha this week was really good though!! 

love you guys and have a wonderful week

elder smoot


*how's your new companion? 
he will finish his mission this next transfer and he is from eagle idaho

*how's your new area?! 
beautiful with a LOT of hills haha and just in general the city is nicer. you should look up tomé on google maps or something! i am in the ward Tomé.

*your Christmas package?! 
i haven't seen anything just the protein but yeah everything was in it. it was easy to transfer because the assistants have a truck and they came and picked me up so it was a lot easier

*Is this zone bigger than in Penco? 
yeah it has a little more missionarys. most of it is sister missionarys

*is Sister Briggs in that zone? 
she is in my ward. i saw her a lot this past week because she works in the same sector but she just got transfered to another sector

*how often will you travel into Concepcion? 
i dont know today i went but i think we will stay here in tomé for p day because it is cheaper that way

Monday, November 23, 2015

Wk 77 - happy anniversary mom and dad!

Companion: Elder Andrade
Area: Penco

i did think about that last week after i had got off of the computer i thought about you guys and i was mad that i didnt write you guys last week about your anniversary! i am thankful for you guys and you two are definitely the best parents with out doubt!! 

well this past week was pretty crazy so saturday night i was walking back to the house and i got a call from an assistant and he told me i am leaving my sector  monday and i am going to tomé! it is very beautiful over there!! this could be my last sector!! i am very excited!! i will be with elder anderson who is from utah or idaho i am not sure.. 

It is kinda sad too because i love being with elder andrade and this sector here in penco has been way fun!! pablo found out i was leaving and he started crying a bit but today i will eat lunch with him for the last time and the assistants will be picking me up to go to tomé. 

i did do a mini cambio this past week with a new missionary. one thing they do here in the mission is when the new misisonarys have their first conference they do a mini cambio with a zone leader so thats what happened! it was fun and i did it with an elder from peru his name is elder chivana. 

i love you guys and it was good to hear from you all like always.

tanner has a beard and a half!! haha 

elder smoot 
questions & answers:

*did you get your package? It said it was delivered:
sweet!! i didnt go to concepcion today but i called the other elders that live with us so they will be bringing it!! haha thats kinda mean because its probably heavy!! haha its all right!!

*do you do anything for Thanksgiving? 
no nothing

*does Chile celebrate the Christmas season? 
yes they do but it isnt as big as it is in the US but its weird because it is hot here so you cant fully have christmas spirit! haha

*you're getting transferred today?
i am still a zone leader just in another sector. i know its because they brought in a new assistant so i am replacing him where he was. they always do it a week earlier for someone that is a new assistant

Monday, November 16, 2015

Wk 76 - 16 de nov

Companion: Elder Andrade
Area: Penco

this week has been so fast!! today i had a bunch of things to do so i feel rushed! haha i had to take out my carnet(it is like an ID here). i had to renew it. 

i am doing really good. with all the investigators we are doing good. we are finding a lot but there are only 2 that looks like they are going to progress. jorge will be preparing to be baptized the 28th of nov so that will be exciting. as well we got a referral from an other sector because there was a person that has gone to there church like 3 times and wants to be baptized but she lives in our sector so we will end up teaching her. so thats pretty cool!

This past week on friday we went to talcahuano because my comp took an english test. i had to wait for him for like 4 hours while he took the test. i think i fell asleep some of the time..haha my comp had to take that test because he is going to study at byu so it requires him to take the test. it was a long time for me to do nothing... haha.

every week seems to be going by fast and i am loving life as a missionary even though it is crazy at times. this past week as well we did service and i had to use a huge hammer and smash some cemente. i was pretty sore in my hands and forearms after doing it but it was way fun!! it was a good work out!! haha it was a good week!! 

i love you guys and i know this is the true church WITHOUT DOUBT. i have felt that over and over again! have a wonderful week family!!

elder smoot 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Wk 75 - nov 9th

Companion: Elder Andrade
Area: Penco

a pic of my sector

service with pablo and luch with him as well 

well isnt time going so faaast!!! i dont really like it!! haha! thursday this past week i thought it was monday still... i dont even know why.. haha but this week was super awesome and i had such a good time!! 
where we cooked our lunch in a mud oven and the activity today
 i was running with some elders in the woods!!

the pool the guys showed us and the view we had

the tunnel with my 4th cousin.
elder anderson is a relative through abraham owen smoot and he is cool guy!

today we did a zone activity and it was so sick!! we went to a beach and played football and soccer and volleyball! i made a fire and cooked some sausage things and we hate it like a hot dog. it was way sick! we had to hike forever to get to the beach and back! we had to go through a tunnel that was way old and i could see jack squat! haha it was way fun! i love hiking!! when we got to the beach today there was some guy standing by a weird platform and told us to go over there and so we went over there and he just wanted to show us a sick pool and a hot tub by the beach. it was so sweet!!! 
well this past week jorge our investigator didnt go to church but we talked to him yesterday and it was because he had to leave at the last second to go to his aunts house but he will go for sure this next week. he is planning to be baptized the 28th of nov. now. He is a way cool kid and the young men in our ward are inviting him to activities and seminary and jorge goes at times!!

well i am doing super good. i love my comp and you guys as well!!! 

thanks for all your prayers because i definitely feel them!! have a wonderful week!!!

elder smoot

Monday, November 2, 2015

Wk 74 - zona penco

Companion: Elder Andrade
Area: Penco

 thanks for the mustaches
my agenda 
i had some friends from centinela visit me at church
and darwin goes to utah in december jsyk

a bug in our house and the view from the outside.
we live behind this house by the way 

we did service in his back yard. he is planting a garden
i cut pablos hair! haha 

everything is going super good!! this past week something pretty cool happened and it was so sweet!! this past monday after i wrote you guys and i went to the office and everything and i got back home we had to switch out some beds in our house that were broken and we were doing that and i got a call from an elder in the office and he just asked me what i am up to and everything but after he says hey there is someone that wants to talk to you and it was elder sheffield that was in the office and i talked to him for like 2 minutes. he had to go to the office for his companion and i just missed him!! it was still cool to talk to him over the phone! it sounds like he is doing great! 

this past week my comp and i found a few people that are really good. one is a kid that is 15 yrs old and we taught him. his mom is less active and we put a date for his baptism the first appointment and it was sweet. he did go to church yesterday and today i am going to call him to see if he has received an answer yet about the church. we talked to him yesterday and he said he like the church and all so that was good to hear. it helps that one of his friends is the bishops son! he is preparing to be baptized the 21st of nov. 

we have some other people that we are working with but have problems with the word of wisdom. this past sunday as well the church had the biggest attendance i have seen too which is pretty sweet!! 87 people went to church and it was the highest i have ever seen. 

all in all it was a pretty good week and i am loving my time with my comp elder andrade. its crazy how much happiness it brings me to be able to serve in the lords work and i know if i am obedient and i am diligent the lord will bless us with success. i am loving my time here although at times i find myself exhausted a lot!! haha 

love you guys and have wonderful week! 

i hope i wrote enough for you mom!!!;) 

elder smoot