March 29, 2013
How is everyone?
Mother I am so grateful for the letters and quotes
you send. They help me out very much. And I love reading about what is
going on back home. And Dad, I love hearing from you as well....o wait. I
don't hear from you. I hope you're doing alright big guy. Love you.
Happy late Birthday April and happy early birthday Rich.
week is honestly not much different than the week before. It is
difficult to find what to say because it honestly is the same. I wake
up, study study study study study, eat, have class twice in the day, eat
some more and then go to sleep.
The language is becoming a little more challenging but the Lord is
absolutely helping me with it. It can be frustrating at times when we
are teaching someone. But when you allow yourself to get frustrated and
focus on what to say. The Spirit can't guide you on what to teach.
I guess actually now that I think about it a few things have changed.
Our Branch got so big we had to make a brand new one. Our district was
placed in the brand new one. So now I have the chance to work with a
different branch Presidency. They are a great group of men. I miss our
old branch presidency already. But I see them around quite a bit. It's
all good. This next week we will have 40 new Portuguese speaking
missionaries. The week after 75 new Port missionaries. And then the week
after that, 125 new Portuguese speaking missionaries arrive. Crazy!!
It's funny, I am already forgetting how to spell English words because I
will write out the Portuguese word first. haha. I can't say it enough.
The Lord is really helping me understand the concepts and remember
vocabulary. My accent is progressing as well. My teachers tell me I
sound native. Pretty humbling to hear that from them. I am very grateful
the Lord has helped me so much.
Another thing that is new. Last Saturday we had our first TRC session.
That is when we teach a volunteer from the area. They come in, we get to
know them. Ask them what they are in need of help with or what they
want to hear from us. And then we teach. Our first lesson was a very
recent RM that goes to the Y. He was more nervous than me and my
companion were. He said he was struggling to have patience with
difficult things in his life. We then taught him about the council the
Lord gives Joseph while in Liberty. A section we all know well. We then
taught him the patience Nephi had throughout his whole journey to the
promised land. He gets set back to get the plates. No complaint. His
Brothers beat him and tie him up. No complaint. His bow breaks. No
complaint. He is asked to build a boat. No complaint. He deals with so
much and he always found a way to get through it. Hard tasks and dealing
with his obnoxious brothers for that long would not be easy. (I know
what that is like). But by Putting his trust in the Lord, he
accomplished what he needed to and he had the patience to get through
it. We had more we wanted to say but we ran out of time. 30 minutes
isn't enough. haha. It was a great experience and a lot of confidence
I was readying in 2 Nephi and in ch. 31...I believe? He talks about how
his writings are plain and how the Lord rejoices in plainness. He also
talks about how the Lord will help those understand even if they have
difficulty understanding. The Lord will speak to them in their language
and their understanding. I have come to realize that. The Book of Mormon
is written to be understood. It is so importante that we get our
investigators into that book. They will feel something when they read
it. And with our help, they can know of the Doctrine of Christ. The Book
of Mormon is here on the earth to gather the lost tribes of Israel. I
know that is true.
It's weird, I think I told Spence about this. I honestly have an
addiction to read out of the scriptures now. My study habits have always
been pretty good. But sometimes I would look at it as a chore and not
really "enjoy" it. I can't put the New Testament and the Book of Mormon
down. It's like I have to know what happens next. But... I'm sure you
all know what I am talking about because you all are so much more
Spiritual than me.
My companion is awesome. He is always looking to serve me. He struggles
with the language but is getting better. He loves the gospel and loves
to work hard.
It is amazing being here. I was pretty bitter my Visa
didn't come in time but I am so happy now that it didn't. Also, the
travel office said that Brazil Visas will be here no later than 6 weeks.
HA! Ya right. I've stopped really caring when it will come. Because
I've heard so many different stories. I'll go where I need to go.
I love this gospel and I am grateful for my family. I pray for you
constantly. It's crazy to think I only have two and a half weeks left in
here. I don't feel really prepared with the language but I know that
the Lord will provide. As long as I do my part. I would like to council
everyone to PRAY and PRAY OFTEN. Always have a prayer in your heart. The
power of prayer is so strong and is so important. I love the council
Alma gives his son Helamen when he tells him to council with Lord in all
of his doings. Of course there are things we don't need to pray about.
And you all are smart enough to know what those things are. But I would
just advise you to pray for the things you are in need of. The Lord will
help us if we have faith and are diligent.
I know this is the Lords work. I know He loves us and knows us by name. Eu amo Voces!
I really love all of your letters. They mean a lot.