Monday, June 6, 2016


May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day my friends! What a sweet day it is today because a)
we get to think about those who served for our freedom b) we all get
to play around and c) it's p-day as you all know! It's been a great
week topped off with some crazy news on Sunday so I guess if you want
to know what it is you will actually have to read to the end! As far
as our investigators go, they are doing GREAT! So we were able to
teach Hendy and Bennesen, but they sadly didn't show for church. Same
with Paul, he had to work. D'Anthony did though! We found out he's
moving to New York though:( but he loved church! In a lesson with him
this week he took out his nose ring mid lesson because he didn't
really feel right wearing it anymore! We have a star recent convert
named Dontá who comes out with us a bunch! He's 20 and he's super
hood, he grew up in Philly! He's so dope and we got to spend a bunch
of time with him teaching others and reading with him! I was so

We picked up a couple new gators this week, Andrew and Vivian. They
are a brother sister combo ages 20/18 and we are lucky to teach them!
Last week Andrew called up the Reading 2nd elders and asked if he
could get a ride to church. He loved it and wanted to come back, so
the Reading 2nd elders referred him to us since he's in our area. We
got in contact with him Saturday and he told us he wanted to come back
to church and he was going to bring his sister! Well they came and
they loved it! Especially Vivian, she kept saying how she hasn't been
to church in so long and how she wouldn't have thought to be there
today! She even got up in the middle and moved towards the front of
the congregation to see better!

I got to go on a couple exchanges this week, which were pretty fun! I
went down to Pottstown with Elder Kilcrease from Provo, who's last
companion was good ole Elder Johnson! It was awesome to reminisce
about the times we each spent with the guy and compare our times with
him! It was a sweet exchange, Elder Kilcrease came out one transfer
before me and he's such a good missionary! We taught an investigator
with three members there and they took over the entire lesson,
wouldn't even let us talk! So we got to joke about that all day, then
ate dinner with a member, who is a body builder, and picked apart his
brain for us to lose weight! Then I brought Elder Crowther, who's from
Layton, to my area! He's been out about 15 months so he's kinda got
the ropes down and we had an awesome time. It was way fun to talk
about all the mutual friends we have back home!

So the big news this week came with a 2 hour sacrament meeting with
Reading 1st and Reading 2nd! The stake presidency was there and we
found out that we are now one big ward! This ward is big! (Still a
little smaller than an average Utah ward) it's still called Reading
1st, although I wish it was something cool like Mega Reading but oh
well. it's going to be really interesting working with the other part
of the ward and the missionaries who were serving there, so the next
few weeks will either be sweet or a headache. We also got to help a
member put in a new hardwood floor, so I'm back in the renovation
business! In other big news, it's extremely hot, I'm always damp and
sweaty now and once again I moved my bed into the living room. ­čśÄ
Anyways I realize this email is getting lengthy so I'll end it with a
quick testimony that I know this church is the one and only true
church and I'm so happy to be a missionary working to help it grow! I
love you all, have a great week!

906 Las Vegas Dr, Temple PA 19560

Elder Dylan Smith

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