Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

La Parole de Sagesse

In the early days of the church, the young prophet Joseph Smith recieved a revelation concerning the use of destructive substances that we call today the Word of Wisdom or in French " La Parole de Sagesse". The Word of Wisdom is a commandment and law of heaven given to the saints to that they would be able to be worthy of the companionship of the holy ghost and so that they could respect their bodies, a gift and temple of god.

This past week we were doing a little grocery shopping, I asked Elder Duncan if he could go grab a couple bottles of "Champommie" (non alcholic sparking apple cider) because we would be having a baptism. I have done this for every one of my baptisms, it is fun because they have a cork and you can pop the cork and celebrate your baptism. So off he went to get the Champommie. We bought the Champommie and we continued with the week. We bought 2 bottles so that we could drink one during the week and one after the baptism. Well on Tuesday Elder Duncan and Elder Brough went off to Cannes for an exchange, when they got back we thought in would be a fun time to celebrate their return from the exchange so we broke out the champommie, we got lunch ready and we put the Champommie on the table and we ate. It was super delish, we had thai food that I stole from Robby Parker and then we ate the muddy buddies that Elder Brough had gotten in his package. We then shook up the Champommie and laughed as we popped the cork at our all too innocent wednesday lunch. We filled up the classes, me being the thirsty camel that I am downed a good glass of champommie, elder brough left his on the table and went to the kitchen and elder Duncan had a sip, about the same time as I finished my full glass and the after taste hit the back of my throat elder Duncan had finished his sip. We looked at each other and said " we should have gotten the real brand not the knock off this tastes funny." His sip tasted funny and my glass full was making the walls bend a little and my head hurt. We decided to examine the bottle and our Champommie was indeed not champommie but rather alcholic cider, weak for a wiskey drinker but a punch in the face for a first time afternoon sipper.
So I totally had a hangover for like 3 hours and grew my testimony of the inspiration of Joseph Smith.

Also on a more righteous note we had a baptism!! James got baptised and he is doing great, a brother baptised him and elder brough confirmed him. It was super super kool, he has known the missionaries for like 2 years and he is going to be a great missionary, he already has several friends in the ward because he has been coming for so long, and he knew a member before the missionaries. He also was there on sunday and we was participating in priesthood and adding comments. he is still young in his gospel life, but he is on the right path and it was really kool to be able to harvest the works of so many other elders. We also got Antonio to come out to the baptism, he liked it but because he hasn't recieved all the lessons we have pushed back his baptismal date for the 4 of june. He is super rad, and I want his entire family to end up in the church, the kids and his wife are starting to sit in on the lessons and things are looking good (he is from portuagal mom)

Well I hope that you had a really great week, today for p day we are going to monaco to take pictures of the grand prix so I will try to send some pictures next week.

I love you all and pray for you

LOVE Elder Smith

and don't forget alcohol is not the answer to your problems

Monday, May 16, 2011

I am out of ideas for the Subject Bar!!!

This week was the best yet hear in Nice. it was a nice week :)

We taught a bunch of lessons and we are starting to hit the groove together. We had a total of 21 lessons and it was all credit to better organization. Instead of running around all day and being a little late for things or waiting for the bus. We had appointments in the same part of town, we had double confirmed all of the appointments so that people didn't stand us up. And it went alot better. Even though we taught the most amount of lessons that I have taught since I was in Carcassonne there is still plenty of place to improve. If we can keep it up we will hit 30 lessons, but it will take a little bit of work. That is probably one of my biggest pet peeves as a missionary, bad organization. I even hate it more when it is my fault. So this week made me feel a little better, but there were still a couple of moments that could have been better and I should have made different plans as the 1st companion, but we learn and move on.

We are hoping to have a couple of baptisms this weekend as well, we should have James, and Antonio. It could be a little shaky because there are some struggles with the Word of Wisdom and also with Tithing but we are going to push forward and we hope to see some new members of the church here soon.

Antonio is really kool, and this week he invited us to eat with him and his family at his house, they have 3 kids and they love us, and we love them. Everytime we are there we are just laughing and laughing, unfortunately though the family didn't come out to church on sunday and we are having a hard time getting hold of them. I think that the mother isn't a huge fan of us, because she wants her family to be catholic and she feels like we are trying to change her family from her traditions, she is kinda of right, but we are doing so that they can be together forever. This week we will see, because the thing that is the most important is that they get a testimony of Joesph Smith and the Book of Mormon, it will be close but i hope that we can get Antonio baptised and so here after I want to get the whole family in the font.

James is really kool and he really has the desire to be baptised, he has been taught for about 2 years by the missionaries and this time he picked his own baptismal date, but he is a smoker. He is down to just 1 or 2 cigarettes per day, but if he doesn't stop today we will have to push back the baptism. I wants to be baptised and he has a testimony but he just needs to stop smoking, he wants to and he has received several blessings he just needs to do it this week.

All and all it was a pretty good....or rather a nice week, but we can still work harder. I hope that everyone is doing well, and i loved getting the letter about Mully. He looks like tooth pick and it sounds like he is doing some good work, that was the first time that I have heard anything about him since I got to the field, so I was super excited

Speaking of toothpicks, I am loosing weight as well. We don't have a whole lot of time to eat here in Nice because our apartment is kind of far away and it takes too much time to come in, so we eat alot of sandwichs. when I left perigueux I weighed about 70 kilos and now I am down to about 67 / 66.5.

Have a nice week everyone

elder smith

Monday, May 9, 2011


"There is beauty all around when there's love at home"

It was so great to see/hear from all of you. I got to see sara for like a split second and I never got to see Elizabeth, Alicia, Aaron or Carter, but I heard them. Tim, Jens, Ellie, Tate and Drewy. I am sorry that I didn't get to see you or hear from you. But I love all and I hope that is well and that you had a great mothers day. Speaking of mothers aswell, I got to express my excitement for Alicia but not for Tanelle. But don't worry Tanelle I am just as excited for you. I didn't get the info slipped to me ahead of time, so for you the surprise actually worked! I think it is awesome that I get to be the favorite uncle 2 more times :)

But really it was so so so good to see you all, I was so overwelmed with excitedness and with happiness I think that I was just rambling and laughing for the entire hour. Yesterday I was honestly touched by the fact that we could all be together just for a little minute. It made me realize how our Heavenly Father must feel as we take steps down the path to his eternal kingdom. I can only imagine that the happiness of reaching his presence with all of our family at our sides, is like yesterday times about a billion.

I don't have a whole lot of updates to give this weeking seeing that yesterday I gave you all my updates, but if you want I will give you low down on a couple of our Amis

Antonio - he is from portugal, he is engaged to be baptised the 21st of may, he has 3 kids and a wife. it is an awesome family, for the moment it is just him that is getting ready to get baptised, because his wife is really set in the catholic tradition, she loves having us over and is very kind, but does not want her children or herself to be re-baptised. Antonio has never been baptised so she is all fine and dandy with him being baptised into the church, but she has already been baptised. it is something we see all the time, people that are baptised for tradtion, but they don't really understand that it is covenant that needs to be made by proper authority. so we will see if this week we can start to get the family on board as well

Jacques - he is cool he is about 25, he knows the bible really well and loves the book of mormon, he is engaged for the 21st aswell, but he needs to stop smoking so that is what we will be trying to do this week

James - he is kool and today offically he stopped smoking, he really wants to be baptised because he loves the idea of a forever family and he wants to have a family that is raised and based on the principles of our church. he is engaged aswell for the 21st, he is really really kool and I hope that we can get all 3 of them wet in the up coming weeks. We are still on the hunt for new amis so this week we are going to PUSH it, we decided that after talking to our families we want to be the best missionaries possible so that we can live up to all of you back at home that are so strong and valiate in the gospel.

I love you all and was so happy to see you!!

Have a great week!!

Elder smith

Monday, May 2, 2011

Keepin in real in NICE

This week was good, it is a different kind of missionary work that I have ever done, I feel like a fish out of water. In Carcassonne and Périgueux we contacted every person that we saw because there wasn't alot of people just out on the roads. But here in Nice you have to tell the difference from the tourists, and it is not possible to contact ALL the people, because there is about a billion. It is harder for me, because I feel less effecient and less organized because there is SO many people, there are about 35 bus lines and there is a tram as well ( it is like traxs) in Carcassone there was 1 bus, and in Périgueux there was 2. I just need to get a hold on this big city work and dig in. I have lots to learn and we will see if I can hit the pavement like I like to. (just to give you a hint of the work, in carcassonne and perigueux we got the number of 2-14 people per week, in my first day in Nice we got 12 and in the week we got the information of 53 people!) I am sucking for air in the place because there are so many more people than I am used to. I am loving the ward and I am loving the city, but I still feel like I can wip myself into shape, and learn a new style of missionary work.

Also this week in Nice because it is some much bigger and it is summer time, I have met 4 english speaking member families, I spent most of sunday translating and we ran into an old mission president while we were out and about. I had no idea that there were cities like this, and I feel like brand new missionary all over again.

I will be calling this sunday at 10 to 11 Utah time, and we have aranged to use skype, so that would be totally kool if we did the big ole skpye party like last time.

How is the apartment? Much bigger, I think that the appartment in Périgueux is the smallest in the mission. So I feel like I am in a penthouse, except I am with 3 people so that does take down the size a little bit, nevertheless it is a good apartment, nice, clean, organized, up in the hills of Nice of the 5 floor.

How is your companion? They are great, I am almost positive that I met Elder Brough in the pre mortal life, he is from West Valley and he talks about Jazz basketball, and BYU basketball all day with me

What are the members like? Actual members, they are awesome, our bishop is from Monaco and his home is like a block away from the Monté Carlo Casino that is in James Bond, I feel very very very cheap when I am in that neighborhood (speaking about wealth, this week I walked out of our apartment and there was a Mazzarati just sitting there)

How big is the branch? The branch is a ward and it is the center of the stake, so our building is almost a Utah size chapel, it is up on the hill and over looks the mediteranian, there are about 120 active members

I heard from a friend who had a relative in the South of France that they looked a lot at their shoes because there were nude beaches all over. Is this true? Yes. We don't go down to the beaches because everybody is naked, and pretty much every pretty girl in europe comes to Nice in the summer, and most of them do not have the same standards of modesty of your average Miamaid, It makes missionary work a little awkard (Speaking of looking at your shoes, I have offically killed a suit and a half and my shoes are going to be dead soon, so today I bought a super fly, french suit, with european pointy shoes, I gotta stay fly) Also speaking of awkard missionary work, everybody in france does the bisous (the kiss on the cheek thing in the movies) and this week I said hello so one of these less than modesty european women and she kissed me on the cheeks in front of the second counselor, that was totally awkard

How does a threesome work? Just like a 2 some, except there is one other person.

Did Elder Bennallack stay in Perigueux? Yes and he is companions with Elder Carson, my companion from the MTC

So how different is the weather in Nice than in Periguex or Carcasonne? It is very temperate and NICE, it is about always 20-27 degrees, I am starting to have a very nice tan line from my watch and collar

What is your new address?
143 Boulevard Cessole
06000 Nice
**I am not positive about the 06000, so maybe you should look up some kind of hotel in nice on google**

(Alicia googled the address, it is correct and here is a street view of where his apt is)

How long have your other companions been out in the field? Elder Brough 6 transfers Elder Duncan 5 transfers

If Elder Brough was in your district in Perigueux then he must be new to the area too. Was Elder Duncan already in Nice? Yes it is his 3rd here in Nice, I really like Elder Duncan as well, he is funny and one of the nicest people that you will ever meet. He is a good worker and is also fun to work with.

I love ya kids and I am STOKED to talk to everybody this sunday. The Philipines sounded super legit and I am also very very jealous that you got to go the temple. Jeanell, you got me to laugh out loud several times with the pictures and the stories.

Allez, bisous, chao!!

Elder Smith

Donadiers in Périgueux (I love them)

Eating at McDonalds for Elder Broughs Birthday with my companions

The chapel in Nice

Me and my very large son