Hermana Smoot

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Week #75 ( Jan.4, 2016) Happy New Year! Run Forest Run!

Hello beloved family and other humans

HAPPY NEW YEAR: yay Goals and stuff.

Time is both slowing down and speeding up. But this week was a good one. First the funny: So here in chile (and in the world) people like to drink for new years. And a lot. So after having our 20 minute new years eve party in our house we went to bed and the four woke up bright and early to go running on the lovely lake coast. Only to find SEVERAL people still up, still drunk and still celebrating the new year...it was hilarious. Everyone we passed said "wow....que deportistas" how athletic. Then the best of all were i´m guessing some tourists that yelled "RUN forest RUN" I cracked up and had to explain it to the other hermanas. It was a good time. 

Thanks to the obvious partying, the day was slightly difficult with respct to finding people that were awake and ready to change there lives. It was hot and i was tired and not really excited to contact and continue knocking doors. So we kept plugging along for a few hours. Then we rested. And said a prayer. Just aksing for the desire to want to keep walking....we climbed another hill, a few other people rejected us. And then we decided to stop a young man with long hair and an anime t-shirt and headphones. Becuase what are we going to lose. He politely struck up a conversation and had a lot of questions. His name is Sebastion. But he likes Seba. And he is agnostic and doesn´t believe a lot. But we ended up talking for about and hour in the street and setting up another appointment. We both went away with SO much gratitude in our hearts. For the hue miracle of just letting us talk to someone. Heavenly father really loves us. 

This fast sunday I was contemplating a lot about what to fast for. There are so many things that we need and things that i ask for every day. But i just decided to do a gratitude fast. Just fast to say thank you. For all the miracles that i´ve seen in my whole life and on my mission and every hour of every day. And i realized that they are MANY. And the keep coming. I hope that i can continue to have an attitude of gratitude during this whole month. It helps to focus us in the things that really matter most. 
In other cool news, the FAMILIA SANTANA came to visit me on sunday. Marcelo actually grew up here and he found some old school mates in our ward. It was really cool. AND SO SPECIAL. It made me so so grateful. They had a baby. They both have callings. And they are planning to be sealed in August when the ward goes to the temple. UG. I just feel unworthy to have been able to see so much of their progress in the gospel. They are amazing. 
I love this gospel so much. Some days are long and some days are hard, but as we just remember him, every day can be full of joy and miracles. :)
I LOVE YOU ALL. And wish you the happiest new year!

Hermana Smoot

Sunday, January 3, 2016

week # 74 ( Dec. 28, 2015) Miracles

There were so many lovely miracles that happened this week and I just want to name a few:
1. We had an awesome christmas open house at our church this week and we were madly handing out invitacions to everyone and their dog. (kidding, there isn´t enough paper in the world for all the dogs....) But, even though there weren´t a ton of members there, we pulled it all together with our awesome mission leader and a TON of investigators came. Marcela, who we are teaching and wants to get baptized (and is waiting on a divorce case to get married) and her daughters. and THREE people who just came to see who the mormons were. :) This really funny lady was really glad at the end that her doubts had been cleared up. Apparently her preacher told her we didn´t believe in christ. It´s funny that that still happens... :) So success! Hopefully there will be more great activities to come. 
2. My christmas we really cool. We woke up and did weekly planning. Then we decided to do some service and go to an old folks home. A lot of them haven´t had visits from there family in a while so it was really neat to be able to lift their spirits a little and be their foreign family for christmas. It was really beautiful. The streets were pretty dead, but we decided to go to the downtown area and ended up finding (miracles) two people that had entered the church before and were willing to learn more. Cool. Then we talked to th family (LOVE you guys so much) At this point I was pretty exhausted from all the emotions and walking. But we still had ten minutes left of the day. So even though we didn´t want to and my head was throbbing, we went out to try and do something before the day ended. There was one teenage boy walking with his headphones in and as we offered him a passalong card, he said that he was athiest and wasn´t interested. But he talked to us anyway and we ended up setting up another appointment with him. It was the coolest tender mercy ever. We ended that day well, totally thrashed, but satisfied that we at least tried to give the day to Him. 
3. Sunday was also AWESOME. I realized that I wasn´t really enjoying the sabbath day for a long time. Because of all the stress with the investigators and the members and everything. So i really tried to enjoy it and i felt like i saw so many miracle. A big one was GUILLERMO y ROCIO cardenas came to see me (and give me something to send...) They are from the family that got baptized and i thought he was totally lost and inactive. The one with the drinking problem. I´m not sure if he is totally active. But he stayed there and took the sacrament and there is still hope. When i saw them i totally started crying. It´s been almost a year. GOZO. I really enjoyed the sacrament. Got a lot out of relief society. My favorite 90 year old grandpa wanted me to sit by him and gave me a little candy. So cute. It was just a good day. It´s incredible how we just have to choose to be happy and it´s like seeing a whole new world. Sometimes that choice is really hard. And sometimes i don´t even want to make it. Or i have to pray to want to pray for help. But I´m learning every day, little by little, how to see the good in the world and keep progressing.
One thing i do know is that my savior lives and that heavenly father loves us SO much. And wants the best for us. He really does want us to be happy. I love the book of mormon and know it´s true.  I´m so grateful for all of you and all you do for Him. Choose to have a beautiful week. :)

Hermana Smoot

Marcelas family. the mom has come to church twice now.

All four of us ate a christmas eve dinner with this family. They are great and have a daughter in argentina. We at so much....

Hermana Mota and I! She is beautiful.

Me and this crazy old lady. We went to an old folks home to sing with the primary as a service activity. This old lady kept yelling at everyone. It was hilarious. :)

Week#73 (Dec. 21, 2015) (learning Portuguese and strikes

Companion: Hna Mota
City: Pta Varas

Oi como vao voces?

Yes, I´m learning portuguese. I´m going to come home TRILINGUAL. WHAT. I´m so cool. Ok, so I only know how to say like 4 things. But our house is now a chilean and two brazilans and the weird blonde girls over here. :) But my companion is awesome. Her name is Hna Mota and she is 24, a convert, the only member in her family (the gospel hasn´t even gotten to where her family lives in brazil. She met the missionaries when she was studying) WHAT. She is so awesome. She is a super hard worker and loves life, fried food and missionary work. I just feel really blessed. This week was actually really funny becuase we had a slight complication with all the missionaries going home. Chile is really funny and they like to go on strike for everything. Literally. And so the airports decided to go on strike and none of the missionaries from the US could go home....It was quite shocking actually but we learned a lot about not counting the losses and just having an attitude of gratitude. So we were in a power team super trio for a couple days. Hna Wyatt left on saturday though so we´ve just been the power team duo this weekend. :)
I really have been learning so much this week. It´s a holiday season and really there isn´t much difference. Like i don´t feel the normal christmas spirit where i just want to bake and make pretty christmas gifts...but i do feel the spirit of christ. It´s actually been really cool how heavenly father has helped me stay focused on him and the missionary purpose. Together we just want to baptize everyone even more than before. :) So, even though we have hardly had any set appointments this week, we have doné SO many contacts and are determined to have a baptism. 
It´s hard to say everything that i´ve learned in so little time. And all the things that we do. Just know that i know christ lives. I know that he make it possible to be truly happy in this life. That there are second chances and new beginnings. We just have to take them. I love you all so much. I´m so grateful for the love and  the christmas wishes. I hope that you can all take a moment amidst the bustle and business of christmas to remember him all all he has done for you. Have a beautiful christmas week :)

Hermana Smoot

PS Sorry I havençt sent fotos. My card isn´t working....boo. I will send lots next week. .:)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Week #72 (Dec. 14, 2015) Animo ( mood, spirits, encouragement, purpose, intention)

This week was SO cool. Mainly because Elder Teixeira from the Seventy came to Pto Montt to talk to the missionaries. IT. WAS. the best. ever. We left that meeting literally wanting to baptize EVERYONE. I feel so humbled to be able to be a sister leader because there was a little meeting with the zone leaders and the STLs where he and his wife gave us special instruction. I don´t know why i was special enough to be there but it was incredible. I feel such a desire to keep repenting and to keep going. Every day i realize more and more the importance of what we do as missionaries. We are just praying to keep up the enthusiasm to do the work. Which is actually a very difficult task being a human being. We get tired and discouraged. A lot. But Heavenly Father recognizes that our hearts really do want to do the best we can.

I was talking to my companion, hermann Wyatt who is like the Gandalf of my mission in all of her wisdom. Seriously I love her. She finishes her mission this week and it has been such a blessing being with her. She gives me so much advice and more than anything just teaches by example. We were talking about christmas the other day. I have really been trying to think about something special i can do for christmas. Some sort of service project or something. And she told me that really it will be a special christmas. Even if we spend the whole day knocking doors or if President says we have to stay inside or if we do a big service project. It will be special becuase we are giving it to the lord. I really liked that. And pray to remember it during christmas and after. 
As my companion leaves, we got news that I will be with a BRAZILIAN. That means living with 3 latinas. Latin American missionaries. Chau english. haha. It´s fine!  I´m really excited though and know that all will be well. 
I really love you all SO much. You are all the best and most supported family ever. I pray for you always and wish you the BEST week ever.  :)
Love you,
Hermana Smoot

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week # 71 (Dec. 7, 2015) Christmas and attitude.

Hello loved ones.

It´s so funny how much you can change in a week. Heavenly father just makes us grow so much in all the little things that we do. I´m so excited about christmas! We got a little tree and our new christmas pass along cards that we are sharing with EVERYONE we see. Except for those that dont celebrate christmas. 

LOOK UP THE VIDEO IF YOU HAVEN¨T ALREADY. (A savior is born) (Funny side story, we kept contacting people in the street and handing out the cards and all of the sudden we talked to this lady who said, "I´m jehovas witness and i don´t celebrate christmas. Then she chewed us out for not following the bible. We walked away chuckling a bit and then about 10 minutes later we asked another guy, "Hey can we give you a card about christmas?" and he said "I´m jewish, i don´t celabrate christmas. Bye." Ok fine christmas haters. We got a good laugh out of it though. :) 

I think the biggest lesson I learned this week came from an inspired companion that told me an experience that changed my whole outlook on my mission. I got really tired this transfer. But REALLY tired. Tired in a lot of different ways, not just physically. I just felt like I´d been working so hard for so long and my battery was running really low. I went a few weeks like that, trying really hard but just dragging. And finally one day while we were planning I just couldn´t feel the spirit and couldn´t make decisions and just felt like a zombie. But my companion (who finishes her own mission in 2 weeks) told me a story that really helped me about 2 different missionaries. The were both great missionaries. And worked hard. One of them however, her last transfer was really tired. And let that overtake her. Every day she told her companion just how tired she was. How she was so utterly exhausted. How much she had given. How much her body hurt. And that she just couldn´t any more. And she ended her mission, but ended up wishing those last 6 weeks away. The other missionary was tired too. Really tired. and ended as a trainer. But she did everything in her power to focus on other people. To never dwell on her exhaustion or her problems. But to always look on other people. And she ended well and satisfied with the work she did. I thought about that good and hard after she told me. And i realized that, like we always say, happiness is a choice. Sometimes that choice is a lot harder than we´d like, but it´s always possible. I´ve tried really hard this week to implement that into my life this week. To really try to think of others. And more importantly to think about the atonement. Christ was much more tired that I will ever be during his mortal ministry. I can choose to be happy about my circumstances and choose to focus myself in others. It´s been incredible to do it this week. And i really haven´t been perfect. And i´ve still had moments of exhaustion. And hard and frustrating things have still happened. But i feel energized in a really cool way. I think i´m finally beginning to understand that attitude really does determine altitude.
Sorry for all my rants. Andres the guy we found in the phone is doing well. He hasn´t accepted a baptismal date yet becuase he has SO many doubts. He´s a very proof based person. But we are praying and fasting that he will find an answer to be able to make that covenant with god and recieve a remission of his sins. Ah. What a blessing that is. 

I really love you all. If you haven´t had the chance to watch the Christmas devo, it was amazing. Remember christ this year and everything that he did for you. My comp and her family have a cool tradition where they write down something they are going to sacrifice or do better for christ. The write it down and put it under the tree and it´s the first gift they open. I INVITE you guys to do it. :) 

Sorry these thoughts are all over the place. Know that i really do love all of you and I´m deeply grateful for the love and kindness and caring that you have given me. I wish you the very best week!

Hermana Smoot

PS. I want to ask all of you if you could try not to mention the time i have left in the mission or what might happen after. I know being trunky is a choice but hearing about it doesn´t help very much. Help a poor missionary wouldnt ya? haha thank you!

Our 3 dollar christmas tree and a ginger candle. YUM. #slybyupride

Remember Hna Harvey?! (the trio last year) Old compy. We had a little get together with 6 other sisters today. Pizza! (that one´s only christmasy for our family haha)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Week # 70 (Nov. 30, 2015) For all of you who like math!

Hello one and all!
First, thank you all for writing Hermana Terceros! She LOVED it and will write next week. 

It´s hard to describe in a few paragraphs everything that happens in a week....so i´m just going to write some things that happened...
1. I got sick again....the weather here is ridiculous. BUT we still saw a bunch of amazing miracles even if we weren´t outside every single day
2. We found 2 new families!! Which is a huge miracle becuase, well, the investigator pool had become a small puddle and i was going to die if one more contact didn´t want to know any more. One was just a lady we found in the street who was in a hurry and gave us her address. We called her and set an appointment and when we went she was super interested and her kids understood the apostasy. It was weird and super awesome. Her name is Nadia. We also started working with another family who is searching for the truth and she thinks that what we do is incredible. She invited us over and told us to pray that her husband can be home the next time becuase he´s always really busy. It´s just beautiful to be able to see some of the seeds started to grow up. 
3. We found Marianela! I was becoming ver very worried. She went north for some medical problems, and was gone for about a week and a half, and came back with a load of questions and doubts. And is not sure she wants to be baptized right now. But she is willing to keep reading and praying. It´s something she really really wants, but is just so unsure now. I´m praying so hard that she can get her answer.
4. Also, on friday we had an activity (TOTAL flop) and started frantically calling everyone, including old investigators whose contact was in the phone. And we ended up setting up a whole bunch of appointments. One of then was Andres who told us to come to his house the next day. We went and he has obviously talked to a lot of missionaries and always had a lot of questions and doesn´t really understand the need of baptism. But it´s been about 9 months since they went to his hous. We had a little example of dispensations that looks like little hills and he said it looked like waves and started talking math terms. So I had a thought (SPIRIT) to compare baptism to math. Or basically like god has set terms or a formula that we all need to follow to go back to live with him. And sometimes the formula is super difficult and we don´t want to do the arithmatic or figure it out. But the best solutions come from it. And baptism is the only formula to get the solution. I explained it better (SPIRIT) but it was cool becuase he finally got it and came to church yesterday. We are going to give him a baptismal date this week (hopefully!)
I know that God loves us SO SO much. He gives us the good the bad the ugly and the incredible just to show how much he loves us. And sometimes life is like math. And it´s really hard, but when one problem is finally solved and miracles come, it´s oh so sweet. I love you all so much!! Have a beautiful week!

Hermana Smoot

I made a beautiful pie for thanksgiving. We eat a ton of meat and potatos every day so that part wasn´t necessary....

I made a beautiful pie for thanksgiving. We eat a ton of meat and potatos every day so that part wasn´t necessary....

We decorated the bul. board with a less active and another sister to help him get involved! Adorable.
Knocking.....and dogs...... they were SO big. AND fleas....

look how patriotically chilean this is. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Week # 69 (Nov 23, 2015) How is it already Thanksgiving?

Hello one and All!

Thank you all so much for the support and love. I really don´t deserve all the kind words that I recieved. :) This week was much better in the sense of my attitude and mood. And we reached the standard of exellence in our mission for contacts. I think thats one of the only times i´ve done it so, go us! I can´t really even remember what happened this week, the time goes by so quickly. We had two companion exchanges; one with a brazilian new missionary who is adorable and gave me more enthusiasm to work and the other with a chilean who is adorable and is really good at not rambling and saying exactly what people need to hear. It´s something that a lot of missionaries do not have (me) and I want to get better. My companion is amazing and is helping me so much to be the best i can be and be super focused in right now. And not worry about what is going to happend after or about my career or about all the things that come after these few short months. We talked about how we have to focus on now or we will begin to just wish away the future. It´s definitely easier said than done but i hope to learn it well and make it a lifestyle. 
We had a fun adventure this week. The nurse called us at roughly 9:30 as we were running to our house saying that one of the sisters had fractured her ankle and we had to go be with her in the hospital in pto montt. So a million and a half calls later, a member helped us get there and we stayed the night with some other sisters that lived there. It was amazing how smoothly everything went seeing has it was a last minute not planned at all situation. Heavenly father really is in charge. Sometimes i find myself so worried about all the small stuff, but if i just stay calm, trust and do what I can, Heavenly Father always provides. And it´s always just fine in the end. #eternalperspective haha.
We had some complications with Marianela.....meaning we can´t find her. Literally. But we are praying that everything is ok. And hoping for the best. We gave her a little heart attack on her door just to show her we love her. There is power in just a few gestures of love. 
Sorry this letter is all over the place. I know god lives. The gospel is true. The book of mormon is amazing and is the word of god. I´m so grateful for my testimony and for all of you. And this time I have in southern chile. I hope all of you the best. Be well.

Hermana Smoot

Hermana Wyatt and I
Raining.....and raining. This is the life.
My tape ready compy

Our lovely view on the hills we get to walk up