I have decided to serve a mission for my church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been called to serve in the Brazil, Santa Maria Mission, and I am so excited to serve the Lord and the people of Brazil! This blog will contain letters and pictures from my mission.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Holdin' Down the Fort
Family... things are coming down very quickly... on the mission
you get used to the rhythm, and next week and next week, but then I get to...
next week... wow it’s a lot to think about. And we pretty much don’t have time
to think about it really haha.
This week we had our zone meeting on Tuesday and we went right
into the exchanges afterwards which turned out to be much more tiring than I
expected. We did 4 exchanges in a row! Tuesday I was with Elder De Melo, the
district leader from Santa Rosa while Elder Souza Santos went to Santa Rosa
with the other companion. For the first day of exchanges I was well prepared
all of our appointments were marked "tudo certinho" (all right) and
we were able to teach some great lessons with members and in all it was good. The
next day was my exchange with the traveling assistant Elder Molina (and Elder
Souza Santos had to travel from Santa Rosa to Santa Maria, about 5 hours, and
got there around midnight the night before). We are both heading home here in a
few days so it was more trunky talk than normal but even on the second day of
exchanges I was able to have everything marked and all of our visits
"bonitinho" (nice? more literally would be beautiful with a diminutive...).
We had a Noite Familiar with a family of members and the family of Irmão Pedro
which was good and Elder Molina gave a 10 for the integration work that we were
doing with them. (but sadly I forgot my camera!) But then on Thursday things
got more complicated. I was on exchanges with Elder Araújo, our district leader
here in Santo Ângelo, after Elder Souza Santos came back from Santa Maria in
the morning but since this was the 3rd day in a row of exchanges I wasn’t able
to get everything planned out super well and to top it all off it began to
rain... so that was a bit of a challenging day. Friday Elder Araújo needed to
do an exchange with Elder Souza Santos (the DL has to do exchanges with both
the ZL...) so I was with Elder Campos for the day. I think by this point the
Lord helped me out because he knew that things were gettin crazy so he blessed
us with some great contacts which turned into lessons and new investigators.
But yea I’m just glad that all of those exchanges are over and I’ll never have
to do another exchange for the rest of my mission!
I was very happy on Saturday to be able to go back to working with
Elder Souza Santos. I know that the Lord really has a purpose for putting us
back together again especially now. As I helped my other companions in their
final hours now he is helping me. No other missionary would be able to help me
have such faith and confidence in Heavenly Father and to work through the
spirit til the end, not giving into fear or just pushing it with the "arm
of flesh" as he has helped me. So yea I’m super excited to get everything
done these last 2 weeks!!
Love ya family and just a reminder next week is the last week I’ll
be getting email from you for the rest of my mission!