Monday, February 22, 2016


He's home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Mitchell Montana Smith completed his mission on February 16, 2015.  He served in the California Roseville Mission for 2 years.

Here we are waiting for him.

Unfortunately, because we were all on tight timelines, and his plane came in early, his dad was the only one there when he came down the stairs from the gate.  But, they devised a plan to surprise everyone. . .

Here he is sneaking up on his mom!

We had a great reunion. . .
mama missed him

'He was released as a missionary that night and the name tag came off.  Sad that this experience is over, but overjoyed that he is back with us!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016 Email

Hey Fam! Sorry I haven't emailed lately! I would have yesterday but the last full p-day I had was spent having nerd wars. One round was to "kill me off" where everyone was against me until I died. So it was tons of fun yesterday.

I've been doing well. I have mostly been getting everything ready to take off for home and that is one heck of a chore let me tell ya. Lots of papers, meetings, and sending stuff home. I will be sending things home this week so don't open any of them that I send till I get home.

So quick summary of the week. We had three exchanges happen; one with our zone leaders, one with our district leader, and one with Hmong Elders. We had meetings with President Marston and interviews as well.  This week is also going to be busy. We have another Hmong exchange to do, we have a Hmong baptism to attend in Oroville, we have several lessons set for Hmong work and English work.

I'll have to find a ride down to the mission office and someone to stay with for the 15th.  As you know I will be getting on the plane from here to SLC at 10:20 to arrive at 1. Then I have a 3 1/2 hour lay over time, ridiculously boring I might add, then I get in the plane for home to get there around 5. 

I'm stoked to see you all and am ready for home.

As they say in the mission, "Dead man walking!" Haha! See you soon!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January 21, 2016 Email

Hey Fam!  Sorry I didn't email last Monday.  I was stuck doing all the programs and papers to get ready to go home.  I can't believe how much there is to do in order to get home when you would think it is just get packed and get on the plane.  Nope!!!  They're having me do this online course called "My Plan" as a way to make sure I have a plan for life after the mission.  There was a study that showed that 60% of RMs go less active or inactive when they get home.  All because they don't know what to do with their lives.

The week we had was pretty good.  Not too much Hmong work but a lot of English work got done.  Bishop had given us a list of less active and inactive people to go over and visit with them to see if they still live there or if they would like to receive home and/or visiting teachers.  We went through some of that and had some good and bad responses.  One house was pretty good.  We had a visit with this one girl named Stacy and she had served a mission and been endowed in the temple but ended up going less active.  She was doing great until this whole Prop 8 stuff happened.  She has friends that Prop 8 affects and she just got hurt feelings about it, so she went less active.  She's been to church since then, but she still has a few problems with the church that need to be resolved.  Other visits were kind of the usual.  Nice people were at all the doors but didn't want anything to do with the church.

A couple of miracles happened this past week.  We were going out to find a less active member in the ward and ended up running into Trevor.  Trevor is a YSA (Young Single Adult) age guy who lives in the apartment where the records had a less active member.  He had never heard of our religion before.  He was very receptive to the message and took a Book of Mormon and he said we could come by another time to visit.  We also found this less active/active family if that makes sense.  The family lives in our ward boundaries, but they go to another ward instead.  So, they aren't inactive, they just aren't active in the ward they are supposed to be in.  We are just meeting with them right now and getting a relationship built to try and get them over to our ward.

Well, that's all I've got for ya.  Again, sorry this is late.  I wish you the best of luck and hope to hear from you next week!

Elder Smith