Monday, April 21, 2008

Elder/ President Spencer Smoot

Ok, I am going to take a second to brag about my amazing little brother. Spencer has been serving an LDS mission in Mozambique Maputo (africa) for a year now, well in just a couple weeks it will be a year. And he is having an incredible experience and doing so much good service. I am so proud of him. His last 6 months he has been working in the mission home and was just recently transfered to the depths of the jungle in a place called Inhamizua. He has been made the Branch President and he and his companion are the only 2 missionaries in this area. 
He and his companion live in the ONLY house in the entire area, everyone else lives in little huts, and they attend church in a little pavillion outisde Spencer and his companions little shack. They have 96 members and 30 of those are under age 10.  CRAZY!! I cannot imagine my little brother conducting church, teaching in sacrament and  counting tithing all those responsibilities on a 20 year old missionary. I am so proud of him.
Here is a little excerpt from his last email
" I sincerely feel so blessed I have been so warmly received into this area: the people are so nice and try so hard to make me happy. I don't ever want to think of leaving. Lucky for me, President Packard called on Wednesday night to check up on my branch, area and all, and then proceeded to tell me since I have been called as actual Branch President, not just acting BP, I will likely stay for 4 transfers. It's good to know I have the next 6 months of my life planned, and my work cut out for me. I feel really honored to have been called to serve as Branch President, but at the same time, very inadequate. There is so much work to be done and we still have a long way to go. I'm sure I will grow a lot in the next several months and probably bruise my knees with the amount of time I will spend praying, but I know the lord will qualify me to his work with faith."
His letters are so inspiring and wonderful to read. I love you Spencer! And we miss you so so much!

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