And everyone else :)
Sorry for the lack of pictures this week, I thought I had lost my camera but I found it like 2 days ago... right where I had put it away... apparently being a missionary doesn't make you that much smarter, or able to remember things betterer. Colorado Springs, Colorado English speaking I swear. I'll try and get you guys some pictures later this week when I actually have some.
It's so good to see that everyone seems to be doing things, or at least says they are... :P I've definitely learned that the Lord provides for us when we are trying to do his will. Like my homeboy says in Nephi 1 3:7 the Lord provides a way. I just need to remember that also means that I actually need to do things in order to get that help. Sometimes we forget that part.
This week was kinda slow because Elder Parry had a stomach virus during the weekend and couldn't go anywhere. I'm beginning to think that I make my companion physically ill just by being by them. I'm gonna do some research and figure out if it is me and get back to you guys. But in the meantime, I'll let you know about the interesting stuff. Before this period of sickness, we had exchanges and I got to spend the day with Elder Waldorf. I don't know if any of you remember that name but he was my companion in the MTC. It was kinda weird being around him out in the mission field. He had changed so much (for the better) and I had a really good time with him. Besides that the rest of this week was kinda slow. Just a lot of setting up appointments with less active families and part member families for the weeks to come. A lot of my day is really just doing a lot of the same stuff every day. I love it, it's just that I don't have a lot of exciting things to talk about in these emails. I feel like I should just start writing short stories and sending them to you guys. :P
I really wish that I could call you guys more because I really want to talk to Alex. He's a great kid and has SO much potential (I've come to the conclusion that he will probably exceed me in every way) but it seems like he has lost sight a little bit of the person that I know he can be. Let him know that I love him and am praying for him. Also, tell him to write me more. :)
Scripture of the day: 2 Nephi 26:24 BUT there is a twist, because the Atonement is personal to each one of us, you should read it by replacing every time it says "the world with your name" like this (I'll use Alex because I just talked about him)
24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of "Alex" ; for he loveth "Alex", even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw "Alex" unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall notpartake of his salvation.
I'm trying to do this a lot more when I read the scriptures. It makes them more personal and helps me feel what the author/prophet is trying to portray in the words he uses.
Love you guys and hope that this week goes well! I'll hopefully have some really cool things happen this week with the lessons that we were able to set up last week. Keep growing!
Elder Garrett Darren Smith
P.S. YOU GUYS NEED TO GET CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS. I'm contemplating getting one on my keychain. I've read to many stories about how deadly and awful carbon monoxide poisoning is. I'm not going to become another tragic story and neither should you. Tragic stories are overrated. Just thought I should bring this up. <3