Monday, June 11, 2018

Three more e mails to 2 Smiley missionaries...then we go down to 1

June 11, 2018

Well here in Matehuala it is hotter than all get out…

This week was a little hard to get going in a new area for my last month in the mission.  This place is in the middle of nowhere! 3 hours from SLP and this next week we will be in SLP for a meeting with a 70!

I met our mission leader here in Matehala and he is hilarious he has this thing called SWAY!!! When you kick one of your feet out! He also caught on to QUE????? When you look in the air and act like you did not hear anything! 

Does that pass building codes?

Now that is cool!!

Anything to break up a day of "finding"

Cody & his District

And I thought the Mexican Missionary shuffle was hurrying to the toilet!!!

I am trying to get fat.

Just so you know.  

Not like super large, but my body has lost a lot of weight and therefore I have dropped pretty low, and with the Mexican food here and the lack of washed hands, I need to get some more fat on these bones for the sake of my immune system.

Don’t worry I am back in the city now so the pounds are sure to be coming on anytime soon. 

I loved Cody’s email, that was so good to hear that the Lord is gonna help him get his English back a bit. Who knows.

This ward is so cool, but something I have learned is there is a lot of gossip going around, as always.  They love hating on other members with us, and we try to let them know they probably should not be talking like that but they don’t care. Oh well.  It really makes me think of all the gossip that has probably gone around about us as missionaries and motivates me to try and not be that shallow.

I am currently downloading exercise videos so I can get some muscle back as well, so I’m sorry if this is short but I love you to death and I will talk to you next week.

-Elder smiley

Krispy Kreme Donuts!!!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Good letters from Mexico. Can't believe Cody had a transfer with one month left

Elder Cody Smiley:
I will be in trio just like Marissa and Carson! I just call the calls for cambios and no manches it is nuts!
I am going to Matehuala! 8 hours of driving!
I will be the district leader of 8 missionaries.
Everyone thinks it is crazy that I have cambios when I have one month left in the mission, but who cares I will be with Elder Lozano from Puelba! I will also be with Elder Vick who was in the CCM with Mark!

I said goodbye to Elder Jacinto.  That was pretty tuff.  He was on of my favorites!!!!!!!!!!! It was not that hard to say bye to Valparaìso. I gave the president one of my suits and he was just lit up like Mark and I on Christmas day!!!!!!!!!! 

We had a crazy day we went from Fresnillo to Valparaìso and went back to Fresnillo.   3 hours of traveling! It was pretty stupid because president didn’t tell me to pack my stuff, so I had to go back. 

I am just reading my letter from my president and he just quoted Sean Dixon!

Well that’s all I got for now!!!!!!!!!!! I will talk to you guys in a week and see you in a month!!!!!!!

Elder Mark Smiley:
I decided to put the majority of my responses here, because we are short on time, but I love you all!

Don’t worry dad this new area is amazing!!! Its not as hot as it was.   My last area got absolutely unbearable.  The nice thing was it was all dry heat though.  Here it is a little cooler but not by much.   Everyone here complains about the heat, and then asks where I was before, and when I say Izucar, which is infamous for how blazing it is, they all just go oooooo, wow that sucks.

My companion is good.  Not as good as elder gates.  Elder gates might have been my favorite comp of the mission.  We´ll see, I still have plenty of time.  Elder Camacho, like I said is good, but he is really immature.  He looks and still acts like a 14 year old, so I get pretty frustrated.  He is always trying to flatter the members or stay close to the zone leaders, which gets under my skin just because of how unnecessary it is, but he works hard, and we are finding a lot of people right now.  Like I said this area is incredible.  We have already gotten around 8 references, and the members are always out and about with us.

Investigators should be rolling in real quick.  We are gonna be getting some work here, Smiley style!  One of my biggest struggles on the mission is fear. I just get scared of getting another awesome investigator who reads anti Mormon, or being direct with my comp or a member.  I still have a hard time, but i am starting to get out of my comfort zone more and more and it is really fun.

Mom the package you sent is waiting for me in a members house right now, and I am praying and hoping against hope that you put muddy buddies in there, but if not its ok that was super short notice.  We literally visited these members on Tuesday, and they were like you’re from Utah? lets get your parents to get a package to you because our daughter is coming this week! Write their number here!´ super short notice but super cool

I really absolutely love this.  It took me until Izucar to realize I would rather be doing this than anything else, but I am so happy I have so much time left.  There are lots of days where I feel so crappy, but then I just give it my all because its the only smart thing to do, and I just fall in love again with the spirit and with my mission.  I feel great here. I’m learning a bunch of Spanish too. Like conversational stuff too, so I will not be quite as good as Cody, but I will be up there with him!

Love you guys.  Stay sweet fam
-Elder smiley
The Puebla volcano

Always a Smiley standing out!!

New Zone

Neat photo with everyone's name tags

Monday, May 28, 2018

not much in the way of letters from Cody, Mark was transferred again

Monday May 28, 2018

Elder Cody Smiley:

The only things I want when I get home is:

box of recess puffs.

desserts that you should prepare. 

Roca rectangles 

puppy chow

smores bars 


If anything else gets in my mind Ill tell you.

Saying good bye in Izucar

This is a good photo of Elder Smiley

Elder Mark Smiley;

yes ladies and gentlemen that is correct I have left Izucar.

I am in a neighboring zone called Atlixco (at-lees-ko) and it is super chill.  Not as hot, and apparently my area is super awesome.  My companion is elder Camacho, and he is my first comp that does not speak English.   Finally get to work on really mastering Spanish. Every past companion, except my trainer has gone home for personal problems.  Gonna try and break that streak this change;)

This week was pretty good, pretty rough.  Our area was still pretty difficult, not to mention we went to a place called Tehuitzingo, which is an hour away by bus but like 15 minutes as the the crow flies.  Imagine how bad the turns were.  That combined with food poisoning that we found out I had AFTER the bus ride put me out of commission for a day, and then transfers.

Gonna miss good ole Elder Gates, but it had to come to an end at some point.  My new area has a ton of potential, we have a ward here and Elder Camacho says that they actually like us and want to help us, so thats gonna be some adjusting, but I’m super psyched.  

stay solid all, sorry I didn’t write everyone, the time is limited today.

-elder smiley

Monday, May 21, 2018

It is getting CLOSE!!

Monday May 21, 2018

Elder Cody Smiley:

This week was pretty routine.  We were in Zacatecas for Zone Conference until Thursday.   Yeah, you know how much I love meetings. The best part of the conference is that I got to see a ton of friends I haven’t seen in a long time.  I saw Hermana Magaña, Elder Baragan, and Elder Cornego (he leaves July 24) while I was there! It was so cool to see them!

Elder Jacinto and I did the coolest thing ever!  So Valparaíso is very, very slow with missionary work and with the basics. So, dad told me to think outside the box with my missionary service and this is what we came up with.  Elder Jacinto and I organized a soccer game with all these dudes from this area.  After our game, where WE DESTROYED THEM, they asked us a bunch of basic questions.  They wanted to know some things like “what are you guys doing here” and all kinds of other questions!  Dad wants me to call this “Soccer Dendo”.

See you in FIVE WEEKS!!!

Not sure what is going on, but it was a good picture of Cody

Elder Mark Smiley;

I’m glad the Foundation’s Golf Tournament fundraiser went so well.  That sounds like it could fund my college education so why don’t we just reroute all those Benjamin’s to my account.

I’m glad Chad Lewis was the “Pro” at the tournament.  Ah good ole Chad.  He probably felt so bad after splashing a brat like me.

I am super psyched to see the remodel, but I see you guys´ excitement more like anxiety at this moment.

When people hear there are 18 temples in Utah alone they lose their minds.  It takes a lot for people to go the temple from here, and its not even close to the hardest it can get to make it to the temple.  Sacrifice brings blessings.  At least we can learn that, right?

Actually fun story we passed a reference to the other elders like i told you guys in the call and they had 6 baptisms yesterday, the whole family! the daughters asked me and elder gates to participate as well in the baptism.  it was such a fun night.

Love you guys.  Stay solid. Don’t do drugs.  Look both ways before crossing the street.  Above all:  Don’t let smiles and Becca get too close to each other.

Prayer List
Angelica that she can keep listening to us even though her parents don’t approve
Nancy that she can keep our commitments and really have a desire to stay faithful in the church
Luisa that she can feel ready for her baptism this week
Jared that he can comeback to church and think about his mission
Federico that he can gain enough confidence to come to church
Mariel that her mother will allow her to be baptized

That elder smiley can stop thinking of Roca Rectangles

That is a bunch of white!!!

Love, Mark