Friday, March 29, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Andrew Will Be Home This year

Wow.  It sounds so crazy to say, but Andrew WILL be home this year!!  He hasn't been sending many pics, but he is doing god.  He says he is not ready for the countdown home, he is at the climax of his mission and doesn't want to come down!  All is well, he had a throat infection and was able to get that cleared up, and wlel, I'll just let Andrew tell you what he's been up to, here is an excerpt from his latest email:

We had a baptism this saturday. Really special, it was of Lariza. I told you about her a while back. She is a 25 year old single mom that just graduated from law school. She just got divorced and her entire family is super catholic. Honestly the book of mormon did everything in this story. We gave it to her and she just read and read. I dont feel like we had to teach her anything. We just taught her the lessons and the spirit did the rest.  But to see somebody like her decide to be baptized. Knowing that her family could hate her, but being willing to follow Jesus Christ is amazing. She truly has a testimony that the gospel works, that jose smith was a prophet of god. Awesome to see the conversion.

Monday, September 24, 2012

1 year down, 1 year to go!

I don't have any pictures to post this time, but Andrew has already reached the year mark, I can't believe it! It did go by fast, thank goodness!!

There isn't a ton to report on, he is working really hard and meeting lots of cool interesting people!

The volcano that you may or may not have heard about down there was no where near him, but it was near the last area that he was in.

He had a conference in the mountains with one of his leaders last week, and he was really excited because he got to feel the cold! He is ready for a break from the constant heat I think.

Not sure if I mentioned it or not, but he is currently a district leader, he is in charge of 3 different areas, one of them Ocos, is a 'ghost town' sounds very interesting.

As usual, Andrew would like to see letters, he says they keep him motivated and inspired!

Until later,

Keep your stick on the ice! (Andrew always says this)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Andrew!!

In honor of Andrew's 20th Birthday, Let's do a quick blog post!  I still remember they day mom and dad went to the Dr. to find out if it was a boy or girl.  It was the first time I got to babysit my baby sis.  I remember when they came home and told us it was going to be a boy,  I was SO dissappointed! I was 10 years old, what were we gonna do with a forward about 5 months to when he was born, I loved him and carried him and cuddled him all the time, It's still so hard to believe. 

I am so glad that Andrew was sent to our family, he truly was meant to be here.  We all just love him so much and miss his guts!!  He has been out 11 months, thank goodness it is going fast!

Here are some recent pictures, wherever he is, It's gorgeous!!

Word is he has been transferred to a new area: closer to Mexico (hey, I DO know where that is!) in a place called Tecun Uman, which is a little more prosperous area than where he was before.  It is on the Mexican border so there is lots of good mexican food there (jealous!) 
They actually have a ward, whereas before they only had a branch and the missionaries were primarily responsible for running and facilitating church meetings including blessing and passing of the sacrament. Now, Andrew has expressed excitement in having a bishopric and a ward mission leader, and a priest quorum!  He says he enjoys going to church and being able to sit in the congregation and enjoy.  

He now lives in a "super nice 3 story home" with 3 other elders, all from the US and says they are really great to be with.  He seems relieved to be in an area where there are always 3 square meals, as people are always feeding them and taking care of him: his mom and sisters are relieved as well.

He has a laundry lady again (really? maybe I need to go on a mission) who will does his wash once a day, but says if she sees him in dirty clothes, he will be in trouble! (thanks laundry lady!!)

More to come, he did really explain this pictures, but they are beautiful!!

Thanks for following and stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Long Awaited Update

 Our life has been a little hectic the last 6 months and I have been horrible at updating this blog.  Well We are all still here, alive and well, and we just got some AMAZING pictures of Andrew!! He is SO SKINNY!  It looks like he is really busy and just doing such a great job and spreading the gospel.
 More info to come, but for now I thought I would post some pics so everyone can see that he is doing well and losing weight.  He is still in the same area, I believe he well be transferring this fall sometime!
Please write him letters through if you get a chance, and he LOVES pictures!! thanks everyone for your continued support!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Andrew's sister is a FLAKE!

I have been horrible about updating this, going to try and catch up the best I can.

I think Andrew's baptism count is up to 6, not that anyone's counting but it does seem like he is having some luck and working hard (which we don't doubt!). He FINALLY admitted that he has been thinking about home some. He has been getting some letters also which is nice. He LOVES the bodega (market, and who wouldn't?) he has been getting some really cool stuff there, even said he has seen some 'Roy Rec' T-shirts running around down there!! There is also the Mega Paca, which, in Andrew's words is 'The DI on steroids!' hahaha....


Here are some pictures from Christmas down there. He has sent us some GREAT pictures, we decided we would like to protect the privacy of those on his mission and not post them though, until further notice. This is such a great picture, Andrew and I are a lot a like and I know this so humbling and such a comforting place at the same time for him!

It looks like he did finally start to receive packages from us, and I think his mission president held them all for him until Christmas day. Merry Christmas Andrew!!
He says that Christmas down there was all fireworks and tamales, I personally am very jealous. It's still very hot, but they shoot off fireworks all night and all day and everyone makes huge batches of tamales, so he was well taken care of, and about the same went for New Year's as well.

IT's amazing how different their culture is, Andrew has been dealing with a lot of drunks lately, as he puts it, and its sad. Him and his companion have embarked upon several situations all within a few days of each other, of passed out or drunken men. He knows in his heart and believes they want to change, but is discouraged when he encounters them and knows they have not changed. Sometimes Satan is stronger than we know. But they are being true servants of the lord, helping those at their lowest points, they went to visit a friend and found him passed out for several hours, and helped get him to a safe place and made sure he had food to eat.

He has also found that he is a staph carrier, which means he has to be careful about breaks in his skin, they get extremely infected. He is in very good hands, aside from the Lord, he has an amazing medical staff looking after him.

They had a family that they have been working on to get baptized since he has been down there, and the family suddenly started avoiding them, his zone leaders decided to bring the sister missionaries up to see if they could help, and they aren't sure what happened but the family showed up and was baptized on Saturday!

He is going to get a new companion this week, and thinks it will be a latin Elder and he is really excited for that....
Ok well this cute little guy is not his new companion, and I know I said we were not going to post pics of them, but maybe one won't hurt. Plus I CANNOT resist this adorable little guy, I could squeeze him!!! He is of the family they just baptized, and they bought him this tie and he is wearing Andrew's nametag. This photo completely melts my heart, and is proof what Andrew is doing is right!

One last fun little story, Andrew and his American companion made french toast for a family on New Year's day and they were completely amazed and keep asking when they are going to make it again. Isn't it funny to think some people have never had something has simple as french toast?!

**Address Error** PLEASE READ!


For letters through the church pouch service: Letter folding instructions: Lay the letter blank side down. Fold the bottom of the letter about one-third of the way up the page and crease. Fold the top of the letter to the bottom of the first fold and crease. Secure the long side with two pieces of tape about one inch in from each end, but do not seal the ends. In the top left corner write your name and complete return address. Affix first class postage in the top right corner. In the middle write the missionary address as follows.

Andrew Todd Smith
Guatemala Retalhuleu Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City UT 84130-0150

Direct to Guatemala for packages or letters: Be sure to find out the postage rate at the post office.

Andrew Todd Smith
Guatemala Retalhuleu Mission
Iglesia Mormona, Boulevard Centenario
Salida a Coatepeque,Zona 2,Apt Postal 26