March 22, 2013
Como Vai minha familia?
It is so great to constantly hear from
all of you on Dear Elder. It really means a lot. Mom and Dad I sent you
two a letter talking about an experience I had this past Sunday. I hope
you got it. I miss you all a ton.
So again, the language is awesome and is coming along very well. We
taught an investigator by the name of Bruno. (He was one of our
teachers. How it works is; one of our teachers play as an investigator
they taught while on the mission, and they act exactly like they acted
to them or exactly how they would act. They are all people they
baptized.) And for 45 minutes we just had a normal conversation getting
to know him and answering his questions he had, and teaching him about
the simplicity of The Book of Mormon. He wants to read the bible but
can't understand it. So we told him we would help him read and help him
understand if he reads and prays about the Book of Mormon. He is a 19
year old kid who started off with a bad attitude. But he is starting to
open up and love having us over. They lessons are going great. I love
the language. I can't say it enough. All of the Latin based languages
are so awesome.
I love having the chance to study the gospel for as long as we do.
It is the only thing that keeps me sane. I've always thought that I have
known the gospel pretty well. But the amount of doctrine and principles
I have learned in just this short amount of time is amazing. Also,
Jesus The Christ....amazing book. I'm obsessed with it. I read it when
I'm supposed to be studying Preach My Gospel. haha. I have to control
This past week was pretty much normal. It was great...but again,
pretty normal. We sleep, study, teach, eat. That's it. Waking up at 6:30
is actually not hard at all. I am tired throughout the day but in the
morning, it's not bad. During Gym time I do absolutely nothing. I sit
and watch everyone else play basketball. Except I guess I take that
back. I am my companions trainer. I show him what lifts to do and when
to do them. I have him do some of the stuff I would do in high school.
He is so sore and cries about it all the time but wants me to do it.
haha. He is a great kid.
I'm not sure about the news with my Visa. We just play it by ear. I
doubt I will get it before my departure date. I am sure I'll be
reassigned somewhere. O well. It's all good.
There are now 120
elders and sisters in our Portuguese Branch....That is insane. Before
this missionary boom the average was like...45. haha. The Lord's work is
moving forward. That is for sure!! I love it. Lots of Sister
missionaries. Its crazy. And lots of really young looking Elders. Some
look like they haven't touched shaving cream in their life. And some are
rude little kids. I about beat one who was being obnoxious during
There really isn't much other than that. We go on our Temple walk on
Sundays at 3-4:30. And our District goes to the temple on Fridays
around 8. These past two Fridays have been amazing. The temple is
incredible. I love the Spirit I feel when I go through a session then
It is snowing today...let's see what else...I'm awesome... O wait, I
can't remember if I already told you about my two teachers, Brother
Hansen, and Brother Nothum. But they are fantastic teachers. They teach
exactly how I loke to be taught.
O also, I had my first Sister missionary drama in the District.
haha. I had to deal with that and hold a big District meeting and share
some spiritual thoughts. Everyone has responded really well. The Lord
was absolutely helping me with what I needed to say.
The District is really close. Appropriately close. I had my doubts
about sister missionaries haha. Just kidding....kind of... Ours work
really hard and have an amazing testimony. And so do our Elders. I am
really proud of them
Anyway I love you all. Continue to send Dear Elders. I love hearing from you all.
church is true. I can't wait to get out in the field. Wherever it is
that I end up in the next three weeks. I love this gospel and the peace
and insight it provides me. You all are amazing. Having a family like
the one we have is a rare gift from the Lord. And words can't express my
gratitude for each of you. Continue to study and strive to live the
I love you and can't wait to see you again.
P.S. Dad, the Portugal thing was a joke......kind of. haha. Love you.