February 26, 2018


La Kennedy


Elder Findlay


Hey everyone!

Thank you all for your prayers this week. I have felt the strength of the Lord this week as we have passed through hard times and have tried harder to help the Lord in His work.

This week we have taught someone named Eduardo Guzmán. He is a great guy. He is reading the Book of Mormon and says he believes it is true. He says he believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. When we taught him this week we were able to help him clear up several doubts that he had. On several of his questions he wasn't able to receive his answers but we invited him to pray and read the book of Mormon and in turn would receive his answer. One of the days we visited him his friends had come. The majority had come to make fun of him or to bother him. It reminded me of when Jesus taught. There were many that came and didn't believe his words or only received the smaller portion of his words. Later on in the week he had come with us to church. He came and liked what he had heard. We hope that he continues to accompany us.

We have also been teaching someone called Josue. He is a awesome guy. He is 18 years old. The way we found was one night it was raining and literally walking door to door being rejected by each one we came near to their house and we saw that they were fighting -Josue with his parents. His parents were mad at him for his in belief in God and in that moment invited us to walk in and teach him. So we did. Now he believes in God and his reading the Book of Mormon. His mom has told us that he sits in his room reading it. We are going to continue to visit him.

Also this week we have been able to help a companionship with an activity that they have done. It was called an open house. We displayed the church and what we do inside to help the missionaries find more people to teach. While I was there I was able to work along side one of the Assistants named Elder Fallaza. He helped me more clearly understand the importance of following the council of those who are our leaders especially those who have priesthood keys. Even if we don´t understand everything or all the motives for why.

This week has required me to plead to the Lord more earnestly, to ask Him with more desire to overcome difficulties that have been happening. I am so glad that I have been able to grow closer to Him. He has shown me that life is not a self driving car. We must strive to be better and give a constant effort to change. A change in heart or a broken heart and a contrite spirit is not something that happens as time goes on but is a constant determinación to give our heart, might, mind, and strength to the Lord. And when we do so we begins to endow us with power from on high. The powers of the heavens begin to flow. This week when we passed by a certain family they had told us that in a dream that they had seen us- the missionaries saddened by the hard circumstances and after that dream had felt a desire to participate even more in the work of salvation. The Lord is inspiring his children and sends angels to declare his words among his children. "What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." I know He is the Author of this great work and He is guiding his children to hear the gospel. He inspires each of us so that we might receive his greatest gift, which is Eternal Life.

My spiritual thought this week was and will continue to be. Do we really understand what Eternal Life is? Do we understand why it is so great? If the Eternal Life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ, do we know, love, and understand them well enough to strive faithfully our entire mortal existence to live with them? Would we want to live with someone that we don´t know?

Thank you all for your support, your prayers, and your sacrifices to live more like our Savior taught. Love you all!!

Elder Smith

(ps...this Cameron's mom...I found some pictures on one of Cameron's past companion's blog and uploaded them here. They are pictures from a year ago, but still fun to see!)


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