Christlike Love

July 13, 2015 

Family and Friends,
It's been quite a beautiful week here in Washington. The fields are green, the sky is clear, and the sun is shining brightly. I hope your week was wonderful and full of joyful experiences. Summer is a great time to create memories and spend time with loved ones.
Our week consisted of lots of traveling, exchanges, and organizing things for transfers coming up in a couple of weeks. It's been a really fun process because we have the opportunity to organize how transfers will work for a new mission. We are always running around and doing something different every day which I love. This has been a little change of routine because we never know what's going to happen next. Elder Archibald and I have come very close due to all the time we've spent together in the car and in the office. This upcoming week, we are hoping and praying we will have more time in our area to proselyte. The Yakima 3rd ward is incredible and the members are fired up about missionary work! Last week, the Lord led us to a family of 10. Eight children and the two parents. "I would absolutely love you to come back," they said.  This was one of those moments where you as companions look at each other and think to yourself, "the church is so true." Please keep them in your prayers cause they would make rock star members of the church. 
What has the Lord taught me this week through studies and experiences? I've learned that our spirits can be healed when we show Christlike love towards our fellow man. "A candle that lights another candle loses no light itself." Essentially, we are edifying ourselves as we edify those around us. Now, I realized that it's important to understand that we're not showing charity to receive self-recognition. If we do that, pride comes in and we are serving in vain. Having a pure heart, pure motives, and pure desires are a necessity when rendering service. I'm eternally grateful for a loving Savior who continues to provide selfless service and love to us. 
Hope you all have a great week!

Love Always,
Elder Smith

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