HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Man, this is just craziness!! Blackout year is over. It’s just ridiculous! First off, I have some shout out thank you’s! Grandma and Grandpa, thank you so much for the letters and the money and everything!! You do WAY TO MUCH! Mom, thank you for all that you do! You are amazing!! Moss family, thank you so much for the package!! Crezee family, thanks a ton for the package!!! Tell Tanner he has a BEAUTIFUL wife! hahah I also got a letter from Uncle Bob Andrus! Tell him thanks a ton for keeping me in his thoughts and prayers! Well, I think that is all! I feel so bad that I don’t have time to write thank you letters for everybody, but please let them know I’m so grateful!
So, it was an interesting week!! I welcomed in the New Year sick! The night before New Years Eve I was up puking all night. So I got up on the 31st and felt horrible! We got up and Elder Woods did a baptismal interview and then we tracted all day in the cold! haha At 5PM we were locked in for the night!! I ate some junk food mixed with ibuprofen, my happy pink sleeping pills and a Martinelli’s Apple Cider (I had to keep some of the tradition alive!) and I passed out to welcome in the New Year unconscious! It was the best because we were allowed to sleep in till 8, so I got a ton of sleep and felt like a new man the next morning!
Addison, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can’t believe you are 8!! It’s sooo exciting! I can’t wait to see pictures of your baptism! It will go great! Also, congrats on giving up the waawee!! That is so great!! You are such a big girl! In your pictures you look like a teenager!! I’m so sorry your B-day present isn’t there yet!! It is in the mail though!! I couldn’t find a hockey jersey yet though, but I will find one and send it soon!! Hopefully you like what I did send though!! I love and miss you so much and I’m so proud of you!! I love you so much! Also, Mom did the hats make it there safe and sound? Do they fit? Well I love and miss you all a ton!
I’m short on time today so I’m typing fast but I have a neat story for ya!! so this week I interviewed a man for baptism that has been investigating for well over a year and he is super smart! He has done tons of schooling and he has written a couple of the math books used in the schools. He also is a writer and like an English major and he knows his bible really good!! It was such a neat experience to do his baptismal interview!! We got in the room and I could tell that he was pretty nervous so I explained the interview and just tried to make him feel comfortable and get to know him for a couple minutes and man, does he know a lot!! He has a super neat, long conversion story too! But it was just so neat to see how he had humbled himself and really sought after the truth and acted on it when he found it! He has such a rock solid testimony and I felt the Spirit a ton throughout the interview!! It was a really neat experience!! It was funny because after the interview we he was so excited and he really opened up! He was a University professor here in Winnipeg for a good 30 years and so he was really interested in what my plans were after my mission and he had some great advice. It was just a super neat experience!! Interviews are so neat and such a great opportunity. You talk to someone for an hour and you get to hear their life story, there conversion story, and there testimony and it is so neat!!
Elder Woods is great! This transfer will be great and this year will be great!! Life is such an exciting thing because we have so many opportunities to reevaluate where we are, set goals, and do better. That man was in his 60s and yet he was able to recognize his shortcomings, recognize the truth and make the needed changes to bring him closer to God!! The Gospel is so amazing because we are given so many opportunities to repent and make steps to work towards perfection and the opportunity to return to live with God again!! I’m so grateful for the Atonement, for repentance, and for the gospel of Jesus Christ! It’s so true and it makes so much sense!! I love you all so much! I’m so grateful for all that you do! I’m sorry because I have a ton of other stuff I’d like to say, but I got to go! I love you so much!! Love Elder Smith!!