Hello everyone the MTC is great and my companion is great as well. His name is Elder Carson and he is from Oregon he is great and I love to study and teach with him. I love getting e-mails from you all and Dear Elders as well, I love the pictures that the grand kids have sent. Thank you Addie and Annaka. There are many friendly faces here, I see Elder Larsen every breakfast and Lunch and I see Sister Parker just as much. My Zone leader is Elder Tingey from High School and one of my roommates is Eder Hill from High School. Also thank you Ben for the world cup updates, all of the Elders here were disappointd to hear that France is pretty much out. Ouch. Thank you Alicia and Tres for the advce. keep it coming! Thank you Mom for the Dear Elder and for the candy that you snuck into my luggage it was great. All of the Elders here are jealous of me, because I've recieved more e-mails and letters than days I've been here, and I have an electric picture frame and suprise candy. It was difficult to sleep the first night because It was strange to already be a missionary, Jens and Garrett it will be here sooner than you think. I love the Spirit that is here. Everytime someone testifies or shares a thought the spirit is here and tesitifies to all of us of the truthfulness of this gospel. I have already began to feel the gift of tongues, I can pray and bear my testimony in French and can communicate decently with the more experienced Elders. It is wonderful to be able to be among such great Elders. I love my district and have been called to be our District Leader, I am excited and a little intimidated because I've only been here for 2 days but I'll keep working hard and serving these elders. I pray for all of you and I love you I can feel your prayers as well. I miss you all dearly and know that the lord has called me to this work. This work is true and all of the gospel principles are true. I'm running out of time but I love you and hope to hear from you.
Elder Matthew S. Smith
PS my P-Day is Friday. Thanks again and I love you.