|Galen and Carol Smith|
50th Wedding Anniversary
Friday, April 13, 2018
We were very saddened at the passing of President's father this past week. He was 82 years old and had been widowed right before we left on our mission last June. He was extremely lonely and we feel he is very happy to be reunited with his beloved wife of more than 60 years. Presidente is mourning the loss of a great mentor but focusing on the needs of the mission makes the loss more bearable.
Monday, April 9, 2018
The members here were so excited about some of the announcements this conference they yelled out loud in the chapels! Our missionaries brought their investigators to our casa for the last session. One of the boys was celebrating his 13th birthday. Luckily the session lasted two hours and gave me time to bake a couple of cakes. After the session two couples whose children were baptized but they had been holding out asked when they could be baptized!
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Our new missionaries are playing a get to know you game. When the new missionaries arrived, I had to train in three languages. I found a missionary who spoke Spanish and English and another who spoke Spanish and Portuguese. So, I trained in Spanish and the missionaries translated into English and Portuguese. The tender mercy was when I discovered one if the translators had just spent the morning studying the exact chapter of scripture I used in my training. She understood perfectly what I was teaching, even when my Spanish wasn’t perfect.
This Morning I felt impressed to take a pair of shoes to the office that had been sitting around my casa for a month. When I arrived I mentioned to one of the assistants I had this extra pair of shoes for a missionary. He immediately ran out of the office to catch an elder who was just leaving for the campo where he would be walking for hours a day. Here you can see the shoes the elder had been wearing and the ones I brought in fit him perfectly!
This sister worked at a colmado (a corner market) and day after day she watched the missionaries asking people if they wanted to hear the gospel. One day she noticed the sincere disappointment in an elder's face when the contact wasn't interested. She felt so bad for him that she piped up and said, “I’ll listen to your message.” That was almost 20 years ago.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
We were very saddened at the passing of President's father this past week. He was 82 years old and had been widowed right before we left...
We are so grateful to have the CCM next door. We had to evacuate 16 missionaries who live on the north side of the island and they were abl...
We are so grateful Irma passed by without hardly a wink. We had some wind and rain, but no more than I have seen here before. We pray she ...
Our first noche Blanca, a night where all the missionaries in the zone do their baptisms together. It's so cool! The older, shorter l...