Peru Chiclayo Mission - March 2013-2015

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Opening my mission call!

My mission opening was one of the most exciting days I have had in my life. I lived in Provo at the time and so when Jordan and I were driving up to our house, we were naming all of the places that I could go. He mentioned how sweet it would be if I got to go to his mission in Guatemala, but I honestly couldn't see myself going there because that mission was exactly for Jordan and he was meant to go there. About a year ago, when they held General Conference, in between the sessions, they played a video about Peru. As I was watching it, the spirit hit me so hard, and I remember saying that I want to go to Peru. When I got to my house and looked at the stamp number that was put on my envelope, It was about $1.49 so I thought I was going to be called state side. Being called to a state, isn't a bad thing, I just felt that I needed to go outside of the country so I was very worried that I wasn't going to get a chance to learn Spanish and go to a different country. When I opened my call around 8:00 pm I was so excited. I read off the Chiclayo Peru Mission and I just lost it because of the tears that shot out of my eyes. I knew that Peru is the perfect place for me and I know that my call was inspired by God. Also, it said I will prepare to teach the gospel in the Spanish language and that made me so happy because a lot of my family, including my brother and my mom know Spanish and I can't wait to speak it with them. Peru is where the Lord needs me and it's where I will have so many wonderful experiences. Peru will be my home for the next 2 years and I couldn't be more excited to serve. I love you all and all of you are in my prayers.
Love, Elder Smith

My brother Jordan (during no shave November), my sister Allison, and me!

Some of my best buddies from school!