Mini golf on P-day: Elder Black and Jose Torres.
Jose Torres, member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for about 1 year!
Me, living on the edge!
I FINALLY got on top of those pictures! Hope you all enjoy! Speaking of which, yes I have now tried alligator meat...not bad. Actually, it tastes a lot like chicken, but just with a slightly softer texture (when it's fried at least) so the verdict is in and the bucket-list item is checked off! I'm loving everything about life right now! Except one thing...We had to postpone Jazmin's baptism. Long story short, at the beginning of the week her medications for her seizures were stolen and she started into withdrawals, then caught the flu, then got strep throat...so not the most fun week. Honestly, she's a miracle. She was incredibly positive about everything, even though she can't even take anti-nausea pills due to her medication (which she got more of), she seemed SO patient and faithful and really the only thing she was really worried about was that she might get someone else sick!!! She made her friend go home so she wouldn't catch anything (instead of accepting her offer to help her around that day) and kept us at arms length with no hand shaking every day when we passed by to check on her. She's such a trooper! And hopefully with the baptism now being on the 17th of October, Manuel (her husband) may be able to come! God always makes sure all is well in the end. Beyond Jazmin, Jenny is well on her way to being baptized that same day or the next week! She wants to pray to know which is right for her, but is kind of hoping it'll work for the 17th because, get this, that's her birthday!!! How fun would that be! She has also been joining us occasionally for the prayers at the end of our lessons with Ana (Ana is 17, lives in the same house as Jenny with her mom, but speaks English more comfortably than Spanish because she's grown up in the US, even though she speaks Spanish at home, so we have the lessons in English). So Fun! Jaime and Maria, a couple we met when we saw them moving in across the street from the Sister missionaries' home, have started having us pass by Sundays and they and their two tiny cute little kids, Christian and Jazmin, are so awesome! They've followed through with their commitment to read the Book of Mormon, were actually expecting us when we showed up (you have no idea how uncommon that is, even when you make super clear appts and confirm the day before and the day of...so this was a nice treat!) :D All in all, this last week has been crazy awesome! I'm really starting to feel more comfortable with the language (every once in a while I can answer someone's question without asking them to repeat it even once)! I've even started making jokes in conversation almost regularly (my personal means to measure my aptitude)!
Aside from that, thanks everyone who has written me about what's going on in your life! You are the "few [who] are chosen"! Haha. Thanks mom for the package that didn't even have diabetes supplies! Loved it! I know that the gospel is true, there's no doubt in my mind. Thank you all for following my adventures out here! I hope that some of the things I share can really help someone to grow just a bit more, become just a bit stronger, try something just a bit harder! :) Love you all so much!
Your newly famous missionary (see New Era Magazine October 2015: MormonAd), ;)
Elder Mateo Smith
Challenge of the Week:
In accordance with General Conference coming up, I have decided that this week, my challenge to all of you is: Read a talk from a past General Conference each day this week! It's kind of a lot, but you don't have to study them out a ton, just refresh your mind on some of the things that the modern prophets have counseled us to do to get in the right mind-set for this exciting weekend. Some of my favorites that I'd recommend are "Are we not all beggars?" - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "The First Great Commandment" - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "We Are All Enlisted" - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "An High Priest of Good Things to Come" - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, and "Lord, Is it I?" - ...President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (tricked you! Ha!)