Thank you for the emails, prayers, and support. I am very grateful for the opportunity that I have to be here on the mission and more importantly to have a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been thinking a lot recently about the importance of being obedient to the prophet and doing the simple things that we are asked to do. Reading our scriptures, praying, serving our neighbors. These are the little things that help us build are testimony. Every day we are either building our testimony or we are letting it die. There is no middle ground. You are either increasing or you are decreasing. In chapter 32 of Alma faith is compared to a seed. That when the seed is planted it is our job to nourish it and cultivate it. Because it is either growing or dying.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Thank you for the emails and letters. This week was a pretty good week. I am getting used to my new responsibilities as District Leader. It basically just includes calling up the other missionaries in my zone 3 times a day to see how they´re doing, reporting the numbers to the zone leaders, doing baptismal interviews for the areas in my district, and preparing trainings to give during the district meetings. So far I have been really humbled to work with such great missionaries. My district has some of the best missionaries in the mission. This week every area in my district baptized!! It was awesome. In my area we were able to baptize a kid named Gabriel. He is the brother of Elida, the girl who was baptized last week. It will be really good to have them strengthening each other and helping each other stay active. Also on Saturday I did my second ever baptismal interview. It went well but it was a little bit strange because the man didn´t speak portuguese or english!! So we had to have a translater in the room, I spoke portuguese to the translater and then the translater spoke french with the man being interviewed haha. The guy was really awesome, he came all the way here from Haiti to get to know the church. He couldn´t go to our church in Haiti because he dad is a pastor of another church and wouldn´t let him. It was really awesome to be able to meet him. The sacrifices that some people here make to be members of the church are inspiring.
That´s all I´ve got for this week! Love you all!
Monday, August 12, 2013
This week was really good but it was crazy!! Transfers were on Tuesday but Elder Bracken and I both stayed here in Vila Industrial. So it looks like I´ve got at least 6 more weeks here in the area. Which is good, I am starting to really love the area and the members of the ward. The only difference is that now I have the extra responsibility of District Leader. I am the District leader of two other companionships. One set of sisters and one set of elders. So far so good. Tonight we will have our first district meeting. I hope that you are all well. Thank you so much for your emails as always. Also on Saturday night we had the baptism of two AWESOME people. Elida (17) and Nathan (16). They were both member references. The baptisms were awesome and they were both confirmed on Sunday in sacrament meeting. I don´t have much time to write today so I am going to have to go. Hope you are all well!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
This week went by super fast. We were working a ton and trying to find new people to teach. We found some really great people to teach. Tomorrow is transfer day so tonight Elder Bracken and I will get the call telling us if we are going to stay or go.
Recently I have been thinking quite a bit about a story in the Old Testament. It is the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5. It talks about how Naaman was a captain of the Syrian army had leprosy. In summary Naaman went to the prophet Elisha because he had heard that Elisha was a prophet of God and could cure his skin.