Monday, September 28, 2015

Another Week in PA!

Hello everyone! Hope it's been a good week back in good ole Utah or
wherever you may be! I think the biggest thing I learned this week is
the only thing you can plan on is your plans not working out! Always
have a backup plan and because that one usually falls through you just
gotta be creative! Anyways here's a look at my week

To finish off last Monday, our family home evening got cancelled so I
went over to Jeff's and he gave me a real good haircut! He spent like
over an hour on it because he's a perfectionist, and then he evened it
all up with a razor blade! I was pretty happy with it, and he got the
back of my neck all cleaned up so I was even more happy! He ended up
feeding us dinner too, nothing like a free haircut and food!

Tuesday was another day where our plans all got cancelled, and we are
really running tight on miles with our car, so we went and mowed a
lawn for a sister in our branch who just had surgery. She's Casper's
grandma so pretty much an older lady so she doesn't keep up on her
lawn herself and it is MASSIVE. Some people have way too much property
out here. Her lawn mower was ancient so it took us forever to get it
started, and since there was only one, me and Elder Stimpson had to
swap off mowing the forest. It was nuts, the grass was super long and
there was a swamp in the middle of her yard that literally had a
kitchen sink in it! How about that? Anyways 2 or 3 hours in, the mower
died on me, which was okay because we needed to go to a lesson. We
taught Casper the 10 Commandments, Elder Stimpson knows all these hand
signals to make remembering the commandments easier, so we taught him
using those and I think he understood really as much as a 9 year old
could. We stopped by Tom and Melani's and they fed us dinner after we
mowed their lawn (theirs is very small so not a big deal). Listen
though, the food here is pretty creative! They fed us hotdogs,
sauerkraut and dumplings! Super good! Overall for everything falling
through, I feel like we did well!

Wednesday we helped a member of our branch presidency, Bro
Schoenberger, set up some bunk beds for Casper and his brothers. The
box was ridiculously heavy and there's a billion stairs up to their
apartment, but we some how pulled it off! Anyways Bro Schoenberger had
two hours he could help us out and the instructions said two people
could put it up in an hour. Turns out three people makes the process a
lot longer! Pretty much we put every part together wrong and had to
take it apart a billion times, which is expected when you put anything
together! We didn't even come close to finishing, so we will finish it
later, but we had to hide the little parts and bolts and screws
because those boys would lose all of them, so Bro Schoenberger threw
them in the freezer and we are praying they don't find em! For Zone
conference this week they told us to study the Abrahamic Covenant and
the Gathering of Israel, so we figured who better to learn it from
then the Jew himself! So we went to Jeff's and he taught us all we
need to know! It's pretty interesting, definitely something good to
study! After that we met back up with Bro Schoenberger and we went out
and visited some of his home teaching families. We first visited Bro.
Unger who is kinda having a hard time with life because he doesn't
really have much and his car broke down and everything, but he still
has a strong testimony and Bro Schoenberger brought some of the
unfinished humanitarian kits and challenged him to finish at least
one, even if it's not much, if you give what you can you will be
blessed for it. Anyways we stopped by some other people, then Bro
Schoenberger told us we could help him another night because he has 11
home teaching families. Now for anyone who complains about having 2 or
3, just think about having 11.

Thursday we had district meeting, which was a different kind of
feeling because our District Leader was getting emergency transferred
that day. We are guessing someone went home, so he's now serving
somewhere in Maryland! Pretty long drive from Stroudsburg to Maryland.
After district meeting, we had a lesson with Jeff Wartluft, the guy
Elder Stimpson taught last week while I was on exchanges. He's
Presbyterian, so he really likes to compare our church with his. One
thing he loved about his church is how he felt like it was a family,
but then he mentioned sometimes he wishes it could be more and I just
wanted to be like "Yo we literally call ourselves brother and sister
and we are part of ward families!!!" but I didn't know exactly how to
say it. He tells us that this isn't going to be a conversion, but the
things he loves about his church is pretty much the same stuff, plus
he loves the idea that the Book of Mormon goes along side the bible,
so we left him with a copy. He invited us to a few different
activities with him, that if we can we will try to go with him.
Something he said right before we left is that he doesn't know if his
church is the true church, but he feels better there than anywhere
else. I see something I can work off of! He's a real cool guy though!
We finished up mowing Sister Bealla's forest from Tuesday, which took
a looong time. Then we visited Jenny, the one that Elder Stimpson
baptized right before I got here. She's getting evicted and she wanted
to move her stuff on Friday, but she didn't have a truck or trailer so
she was gonna strap her couches to the top of a car and we were like
no that's no bueno so we made some phone calls to get her some help.

Now every single day some things fell through but we bounced back
pretty well, so Friday we started off by going to help Tom put up some
hunting camera's up by his tree stand, then we visited with his friend
Frank. Frank's old, but he's italian and he was pretty much all in the
mafia and such. Pretty much he had it all, he was going to open up
some stores and stuff with his wife and whatever, but then he got way
into cocaine. He decided to quit one day and at the bar he pulled the
last of his cocaine out and gave it to his friend and told him to
never let him do it again and to keep it away from him. Well there was
an undercover cop there that saw it, so Frank got 2 years in jail. Now
he came back and felons can't own guns, Frank had over 1000 guns. So
they told him to sell them, so he sold a few, but he kept the real
expensive rare ones in a hidden room behind a bookcase. The government
didn't believe he sold all his guns so they tore apart his house for
hours looking for them. Just when they were about to finish, they
moved the bookcase and bam, 10 years for Frank. Anyways so he lost all
his guns, but the dudes still loaded. He showed us his old gun room
and now he just has hundreds of bows in there, it's pretty cool! I
don't know what we can do with him and the church, but he was very
nice and we did a little service for him. Anytime Tom needs help up in
the woods we will meet with Frank and probably teach him some stuff
about our church! That was a good way to start our day anyways, and on
our way back we picked up a trailer from the Kellars to help Jenny. We
had weekly planning that day, so we went back home and started to plan
for the week when Jenny called us and pretty much stuff happens and
she wasn't gonna move that day. So now we have Bro. Kellars trailer in
Palmerton, with no way to pull it back. So we pretty much made phone
calls to try and figure out how to get it back. Bro Roesler was the
one who was going to help us move Jenny, so when his wife got off work
he drove into Palmerton and picked up the trailer to take to the
church to meet up with Bro Kellar. Now keep in mind our area is pretty
big, so we felt kinda bad making all these people drive around for us
and we didn't even help anyone out. We dropped the trailer off and we
were still feeling down because our plans never work out and stuff,
but Bro Kellar reminded us that we were trying our hardest to help out
someone in need and that's what matters. He's like that grandpa that
always has the coolest advice and is just awesome! That was a loong

Saturday our plans didn't work out again. Bro Schoenberger invited us
to a cub scout activity he was putting together on his property. Well
there's like maybe 5 scouts in our branch so it got cancelled. We then
were going to finish putting up the bunk bed's for Casper's mom
Jennifer, but she wasn't home. We drove out to our church to have
coordination with our ward mission leader, which went well. Then we
taught Charles about laws and ordinances. We were planning on him
driving us to Lansford because it's far away and he usually goes out
with the missionaries Saturday's well he didn't feel like it, so
we didn't make it up to Lansford. So we decided to stop by some people
in Slatington, but none of them were home. We couldn't really drive
much further so we got home and visited with our neighbors Doug and
Rachel. Doug is crazy, the kind of guy who believes in Aliens and
stuff! He told me I look like someone who belongs in movies though, so
I like Doug!!! Rachel mentioned her son went out and she told him to
bring soda, so me and Elder Stimpson both wanted a soda after she said
that so we made a quick stop at a few stores in Palmerton, and in one
we found two more cases of baja blast!!! They were a steep price, but
you never know when that stuff is gonna be off the shelves!

Sunday there isn't much to report on because we pretty much had church
and then made some visits and I baked some cookies to take to the
Roeselers for all that they did to help us on Friday then we ate
dinner with them and that's pretty much it!

There's a sister in our ward whose niece comes to church every week
and she really wants to meet with us, but we need permission from the
girls mother first and that's taking some time, but hopefully we can
teach her this week! We can't get Casper to come to church because
well he's nine and there's so many family problems there, that he's
never with his mom on Sunday's and it's not like he can just drive
himself. I think he's still excited to get baptized, but he needs to
come to church before that can happen, so this is gonna be a longer
process then we originally thought! Things are good here though, we
are trying to keep the work going, it's slow, but there's some signs
of hope! The weather has been pretty much perfect, it's not hot
because there's usually a cool breeze and it's still sunny! I can't
even feel the humidity, but I'm getting excited for the snow! People
say it should be coming quick! I think that's it for this week. Just
remember the best way to get away from your own problems is to help
out others. Matthew 16:25 I hope everyone has a great week and please
feel free to write, Elder Stimpson likes to spend p-day writing
people, so I end up just eating food while he writes. Help me not get
fat by writing me!!! Haha love you all and hope you have an awesome
week and a great general conference weekend!

Elder Dylan Smith

Monday, September 21, 2015

They Say the Weeks Feel Like Days...

I swear every missionary out here says "The weeks feel like days and
the days feel like weeks" Now right there, I gotta disagree, because
days still feel like days as long as you have a good one planned out,
but the weeks really do go by extremely fast! I can't believe it's
another Monday, and I've been out for a little over a month now! How
about that? Anyways this week was really busy and just packed full of
fun and spiritual activity, so sit down, get ready and buckle up!

So last Monday after P-Day was over, we had our usual Family Home
evening with two families in our branch. One of the families is very
large and both families are pretty loud, so definitely not a family
home evening I'm used to. We left there just in time for us to drive
up to Stroudsburg, which is roughly 45 minutes away. We stayed at the
District Leaders apartment for the night so didn't have to wake up
even earlier to get their for what was in store Tuesday. Also they
have a really nice apartment, and a really nice shower head! Theirs is
massive and crazy nice, while the one at my apartment feels like
someone is slowly dumping a water bottle on you!

We woke up early Tuesday and all rode down together to Broomall for
"Golden Retraining". So out in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission
we aren't called Greenies, they like to call us Goldens. So we took
the 2 hour drive down to be retrained. I don't think 2 hours is too
bad, but the companionship we drove down with is a trio so I was all
squished in the back. It was all good though because Elder Underwood
was teaching me how to solve a rubiks cube because I bought one on
Monday. So we got to the Mission office and it was way good to see all
the other missionaries I knew in the MTC, we shared some experiences,
we all bore our testimonies, we had some training, some food and more
training. Now honestly it was such a long meeting it was hard to
retain everything, but Sister Anderson talked a lot about faith, and
how important it is, especially as a missionary. Faith is what drives
us. She also challenged us to pray for 30 minutes a day total, which
really isn't that hard if you are praying sincerely when you need to!
It's especially easy for a missionary, but if any of you at home, or
wherever you are feel up to the challenge, try praying for those 30
minutes, or   maybe even 15 if that sounds more up your alley! We
ended up leaving Broomall around 4:30 and for some reason the elder
driving took the back roads and it took much longer, and by the time
we drove from Stroudsburg back to Palmerton, it was about 8:00, but
some of our friends Tom and Melani had us come and eat before we had
to go in for our missionary curfew!

Wednesday we went out and helped Tom set up some tree stands up in the
woods. He drove us out to his friends cabin, where we set up all the
tree stands and then he took us to his completely redneck trailer a
few minutes away. It's seriously the coolest, most trashiest thing
I've seen! It's just some old camper that they dropped off on their
property and threw some concrete blocks underneath for it to stand. He
has everything  thought through, like a redneck wood patio, with a
redneck rug and a redneck clothesline, a redneck fire pit and a
redneck picnic table! I'll attach some pictures of it! The rest of
that day we just made a few stop bys to some members and less actives
and taught some lessons. One of our members, Jenny, is a recent
convert, but her husband is in jail, and it's sometimes hard to get a
male member to come along with us, so we haven't been able to teach
her as much, but our plan is to help her get to the temple. That's
what our mission goal is "Teach to Convert, Strengthen Members, Get
them on the road to the temple."

Thursday after our district meeting we did exchanges, so I went to
Stroudsburg with Elder Martinez and Elder Underwood. We picked up a
member from their ward and went out to do the Lord's work! Now I guess
a week ago the trio went out tracting and got a few return
appointments, but they were kinda dumb and didn't write down which
houses they were. So they had a full day planned for us, but they
didn't know where. We got to the street and went on splits, so one of
the other elders and the member went and taught lessons, and me and
the other elder pretty much retracted the whole street. It wasn't
successful at all because it was like 1 o'clock when everyone was
probably working. We met some Wicken lady, who wasn't interested but
gave us some cold water which was nice because it was super hot
outside! We tracted in a few different places, so one of them me and
Elder Underwood went out and we met this old lady who was Methodist,
her door was open so we talked with her through the screen because she
said it was too hard to get up and she wasn't interested so Elder
Underwood told her that even if she's not interested, if there's any
service she would like us to do we would be willing to help, so he was
going to leave a service flyer in her mailbox. Then she all of the
sudden got up and told us to wait there. So a few minutes later she
came out and offered to give us like 50 bucks to help us out. Of
course we couldn't take it, so we explained to her our needs were
taken care of and she asked us all about missionary work then told us
about her husband being in the service on D-Day and we chatted for a
few more minutes. Their names were Mary and Jolly Miller. Happiest
names I've ever heard! We didn't get a return appointment or a lesson,
but that's not important to me. Hopefully we were good examples from
our church and we were as Christlike as we could be, and hopefully we
left a good impression on her, and hopefully the Stroudsburg elders
get a call to do some service for her! After that we had dinner with a
member who smoked for 50 years and couldn't do anything to quit. Then
she decided to pray for help one night and the next morning she didn't
even have a desire! Prayer works my friends. I met a few other members
and it was a pretty solid day. I was told miracles always happen on
exchanges. Back in my area of Lehighton, Elder Stimpson and Elder
Westmann visited this guy named Jeff (not the Jew) who Elder Westmann
met in our area on an exchange last transfer that we haven't been able
to see. He didn't seem to interested on the phone, but I guess they
had an awesome lesson and compared religions (LDS vs. Presbyterian)
and there's a ton of similarities! They taught him, his wife and her
mother. 3 new investigators! Then they helped Tom deliver a freezer to
the Kellars, that we helped line them up, so Elder Stimpson and Elder
Westmann helped out, and on the way back Tom and Melani asked some
questions and they had a nice little lesson on the Atonement and it
helped Tom understand things a lot better. Now I don't know if  I've
ever described Tom and Melani before, so I will now. Pretty much they
are a couple in their early 60s who have been watching out for the
missionaries for years! They aren't members, but they've been taught
(I don't know how well) so they are kinda a work in progress, but they
feed us at least once a week and they are the nicest people ever. To
picture Tom, just think of Santa Clause with a shotgun in one hand, a
beer in the other and his sleigh is one of those side by side UTV's.
Coolest dude ever! Anyways it's a miracle that they kinda changed
Tom's opinion on things about the Church!

Friday we exchanged back, and Fridays are our weekly planning days, so
Elder Stimpson tossed some stuff in the crockpot while we planned and
a few short hours later we had ridiculously good crockpot mac n
cheese!!! I've missed mac n cheese. Anyways, weekly planning lasts
quite a while. Afterwards we taught a lesson to Casper and it was good
because his brothers got involved! Now he won't be baptized on the
10th of October because our branch president wants people to attend
church 4 times before they are baptized. The family situation with
Casper is rough so it's hard to get him to church, but I'm gonna
baptize this little guy before I leave this area. Afterwards we went
to Jeff the Jew's so he could help Elder Stimpson out with something.
They ended up ordering Dominos for us, which is ironic because one
time Jeff was telling us how Dominos sends out menus with the wrong
prices, so when he picks it up it's more expensive. Now he's retired
so stupid things like that he loves to get into! So they complained
and ended up getting some credit to the store, which is why they got
it this one time! The funniest thing is that Jews don't eat dairy with
meat, it's against their commandments I guess, so Elder Stimpson told
me he always gets weird pizzas. This time him and his wife Mary, who
he says is a "recovering roman catholic" shared a cheese and beef
pizza. We all just laughed the entire time with Jeff because we never
thought we'd see the day! He's the funniest guy ever!

Saturday we helped a family move, then we went over to the Kennedys to
watch the dedication of the Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site in
Harmony, Pennsylvania. We figured it would be good to watch with Bro
Kennedy, because he's not very active. President Nelson of the Quorum
of the Twelve spoke at the restoration and gave the dedicatory prayer.
It was cool to just think about how not very far from where I am right
now, the Aaronic Priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith, and to think
about all he did to get this Church going. There's no way a man would
give his life for a book that he just wrote and made up himself. The
Book of Mormon is true. After that we helped out moving some stuff
around their house, and their grandson Isaiah lives with them, he's
like 4 but he is the cutest kid ever. At church he wears a tag on his
3 piece suit that says Future Missionary! Anyways Bro Kennedy was
thankful we came, because he probably wouldn't have watched the
dedication on his own and he was so thankful for all the moving we
did. We taught a lesson to a recent convert named Charles and then he
came out to visit some people with us.

Sunday I gave a talk in Sacrament about 5 ways sabbath day observance
has blessed my life. 1. Going to Church to take the Sacrament and grow
my faith 2. Get away from worldy things 3. Serve others 4. Relax 5.
Spend time with my family.
For our Priesthood hour, Pres. Relitz decided we should go outside and
continue with that service project we did about a week ago, making
emergency hygene kits, instead of having a lesson. I like how this
branch rolls! After church we helped Tom and Melani load up their
trailer with their side by side and new freezer to make sure it all
rode well before they go on their hunting trip to Utah. Then they fed
us lunch and Tom gave me his new bottle of jalapeno ketchup! It's some
good stuff! It was cool though because they've never really asked me
questions about the church, but each of them at different times asked
us questions about the sacrament, and tithing and stuff! Progress my
friends! Then we went and helped Bro Roseler put his car on a trailer
dolly because it broke down a few days ago. We got it onto the
trailer, but in the progress we busted the bumper off! It was actually
pretty funny because it wasn't my fault and the Roselers bought the
car for 300 bucks so they don't really care. Then they fed us and we
shared a message with them.

So that's how the week went! In some good news, there's a member in
our ward whose niece has been coming to church for the last month and
she wants to meet with the missionaries and our recent convert Jenny
wants her family to start meeting with us, so we are making progress
here! I just have to be patient. I hope things are well back home, or
wherever you all may be! Best of luck to you all! If anyone wants to
send anything my address is

638 Mauch Chunk Rd.
Apartment 2
Palmerton, PA 18071

Thank you for the emails I've received, it's always nice to hear from
you all! Have an awesome week!

Elder Dylan Smith

Monday, September 14, 2015

I'm Singing in the Rain!

Yes that is a cheesy title but I gotta have a little fun with it. So
this week flew by really fast! I can't believe I'm already writing a
second letter from the field. So I'll give you more of a description
of where my area is since I'm getting more familiar with it. Like I
said before, I'm in the Lehighton area, and we have our one branch,
the Lehighton Branch. So our area is huge, we have a ton of different
little towns in it. I live in Palmerton, and we also serve in
Slatington, Lansford, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Nesquehonig, and a lot of
other small towns. Our area is pretty big and spread out. Palmerton is
kinda that typical small town you see in movies and stuff, so there's
no big name stores, but it's probably one of the better towns to live
in in our area. There's trees everywhere! It's way cool, and they have
pretty big hills, but everyone calls them mountains, which is so
wrong. I tell people they are nothing like Utah mountains and some
people respond saying that they always thought Utah was flat. Utah and
Idaho, where my companion is from, are like completely unknown places
to the people out here!

I think I'll just point out some stuff that happens each day during
the week. So last Monday we went to family home evening with some
families here. There's the bakers and the ulmans who switch off
between which house we go to, but they all have it together, so we
have dinner with all 20 of them and then we teach a lesson. I guess
they've been having missionaries over for years to do that.

Since Monday was Labor Day, most stores were closed so we made a stop 
on Tuesday at this dairy up the road. Elder Stimpson was a farmer back
in Idaho, but more a dairy farmer than a potato farmer. So he loves
cows, so he loves going up to this dairy. Honestly the chocolate milk
is AMAZING! It's way nice to have fresh milk! Elder Stimpson liked the
smell of the cows too which doesn't really make sense to me. Later
that day we went and helped Brother Roseler out with his yard and they
fed us as well. Sister Roseler is a convert and she was baptized early
this year, Brother Roseler has been a member for a few years, and they
have two little kids. They feed us on Sunday nights so I look forward
to that, because they are an awesome family. Anyways they rent a house
on this huge farm and so we offered to help take care of the massive
yard if they need it! They are moving in January to San Antonio, Texas
in January so maybe Davis Wesche will run into them somewhere!

Wednesday we found ourselves in a situation where we needed cash, so
we went to rite aid to get some cash back. We were thinking we could
just buy a soda or candy or something, but then we found possibly the
last case of Baja Blast in all of the Lehighton area! I like to call
that tender mercies of the Lord! Later that day we taught our
investigator Casper, the 9 year old that's getting baptized, he's
pretty quiet, but when we can get him to talk he's really a smart kid
and seems to understand what we are reaching!

Thursday we had zone training. I found out there's a Sister missionary
in our zone that went to Jr. high and high school with me so that was
cool to talk with her a bit. Then we are some lunch with the Elders in
our district, they are a buncha cool dudes! After zone training is
where is got really good! Our plans kinda fell through for that day
and it was pouring rain so we decided to stop by some members houses.
First we stopped by sister carols, who was just getting ready to take
her granddaughter to rehab, so they asked us to give her a blessing
before she went. Afterwards we stopped at the Kennedys to see Brother
Kennedy, who is a little less active. He's a way cool guy, he's super
short, but he plays golf, loves football and has a huge guitar
collection. I could talk to him for hours. He even fed us dinner too!
Before we left his daughter, who investigated the church, but then
decided she wasn't into it, asked us if we could give her a blessing
before she had surgery that week. I thought it was interesting that
she asked for it because she's not a member ya know? Maybe her hearts
being softened by the lord! Then Sister Kennedy had been really sick
for a few days so Brother Kennedy asked us to give her a blessing too!
Blessings on blessings on blessings. We then went and visited Brother
Unger who has five cats, and Elder Stimpson bought a green laser
pointer so he played with the cats most the time and Brother Unger
thought it was the funniest thing! Afterwards we went to visit a lady
who was baptized right before I got here, and we found out from her
friend she's being evicted. So we called her up and she was super
positive about it, and almost saw it as a blessing. So me and Elder
Stimpson decided to go get some slurpees, and when we got home we were
hungry so we fried up some spam. It's not that bad honestly. We have a
Jewish friend here named Jeff, and somehow Jeff ends up with all this
spam, but it's not kosher so he gives it to the "Gentiles", which I'm
not gonna pass up because it's free meat (kind of). Free food is good
even if it's gross.

Friday's we do weekly planning, which takes up a chunk of our day, so
after that we went to the kellars to do some more service. We decided
they are like our grandparents here, they are the best! We visited
Jenny that night and she's super optimistic about the whole eviction
thing so that's good! She's also the one that thought Utah was flat.

Saturday it poured rain again, so we did a service project with the
branch where we put together hygiene kits for the homeless. I heard it
was a church wide thing, but we had a good turn out from our branch!
It was cool to see the members participate and be so excited. After
coordination meeting with our ward mission leader we visited Jeff the
Jew, who is really one of the coolest guys. He's read all of the Book
of Mormon, doctrine and covenants, and the rest of the lds library.
He's very smart, so I think his brain does too much work, and prevents
his heart from feeling the spirit. He talks a ton though, he told us
"if you ask a Jew the time, he will build you a watch" so we ask him
something and he will just go on about it! It's sick! Sometimes he's
talking about pizza and it somehow transitions into something about
how he lives around a bunch of druggies! He loves the church too, so
it's nice because he is very supportive and loves the missionaries and
honestly I've learned so much from the visits we've had with him!
After our time with Jeff we went to a baptism for a members son, which
made me realize that it was just a little over 10 years ago that I was
baptized. I probably went to the temple for the first time really
close to 10 years after I got baptized.

Sunday is always a good one, being able to go to church and such. We
have long branch council meetings in the morning which are actually
enjoyable. So the reason for the title of this email is that it rains
here all the time, which I love, but after priesthood I get told I'm
part of the branch choir, which literally has 8 people in it. We are
really bad, but people don't mind! After choir our branch does a pot
luck on the 2nd Sunday, so we got some more free food, and later that
night we went to the Roselers for more free food!

Well that's pretty much it for this week, all the days are starting to
mold together, so it's a good thing I keep a journal to remember what
happens each day! I hope everyone's doing well wherever you are!
Something I learned this week is that a testimony is more about what
experiences you've had and what you do with the testimony and what you
do because of the testimony. So I challenge you all to go out and act
on your testimony, instead of just telling someone what it is, go show
them the good that you have learned from the church, and how a true
Christian should act. We have been sharing a Mormon message, where a
man tells his friend he hasn't missed a day of church in 30 years. His
friend goes on to say "wow that's impressive, but what were you doing
with all that time you weren't in church? I hope you were being a true
Christian" I know this work is hard, but it's worth it, and if you
focus on others more than yourself, you will know true happiness.

Have a good week!

Elder Dylan Smith