Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Faltam Duas Semanas

Hey how is everyone doing, I hope you are all doing well so last week I didn’t get a chance to update. For our P-day we went and played volleyball and we were beat so we didn’t even get into the office to send e-mails, but I have had a great two weeks.

As I said last P-day we played some Volleyball which went well and we had a great end to our week. Elder Silva and I did things a bit different which turned out well. Here in the office we generally get in at 9:00 or 10:00 and leave at 6:00 or 7:00 and go to work. We did things the opposite working in the morning for a few days giving us a great opportunity to teach a few of our investigators. We were able to teach some great lessons where we felt the spirit so strong. The weekend also went well, the Maceio Stake Conference was held. We were pleasured to have the visit of two seventies including Elder Soares the area president. It went well and they called a new Stake President.

But our work has been going well we are super excited for families that we helped reactivate here in the ward. Luciano the father was just called as a counselor/assistant in the high priest group. His wife also just received a call as a counselor in the Relief Society. And their son Vinicios who we helped baptize couldn’t be more excited to soon get the aerobic priesthood and go on his mission.

But I cannot believe that I only have two weeks left so pretty much I am getting nervous but I am also excited. An Elder who will go home with me asked Elder Soares while he was here what he would tell us as missionaries who are finishing their mission. He told us just work to the End and the Lord will do his part. Not just on your mission but in life. If you don’t work till the end you have no promise but if we work till the end the Lord will richly bless us. So pretty much were are pretty sure we are going to work till the end because we definitely want to be blessed. I am nearing the completion of the D&C countdown (reading the last section to the first) and I have been enjoying all of the sections on missionary work and I am sad at the same time that soon it will not be a missionary anymore.

But I love all of you and I keep you in my prayers and hope to see you soon but not too soon!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Well I have had a pretty good week, acutall since I didnt update last week, I have had a good two weeks. First of all lets talk about some fun I have been having. Well on the 6th we had a multi-zone activity which went well. We had over 70 missionaries and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Then on the seventh well that was my Birthday woo hoo! In the morning President and Sister Beynon came into the office with a carrot cake that Sister Beynon made with 21 candles which was fun. Then Elder and Sister Hansen gave me a present which was nice. For my birthday night I went to Jacintinho one of my old areas and visited a few recent converts of mine and had a family night with them which was fun. They gave me a tie which was also nice. Then to finish up the night just as we were leaving One of the elders that lives with us called em and said that his companion got a bloddy nose and had passed out on the floor and didnt know what to do and knowing that I had first aid training said I shoudl hurry home to help. But once I got there it was all a joke and surprise for em for my Birthday which was lots of fun. They got a bunch of Soda and pizza. Then today we had an activity with a few other Elders where we watched some Disney movies and played a brazilian version on risk.
So that is the fun but morre importantly lets talk about our work. It has been going great. Two Sundays ago we were really blessed during the week but we really saw the magnitude of those blessings when we had 8 investigators at church whish is awesome. We took two twins he are young adults and are truly an elect. Twelve years ago missionaries tought them and also gave them a Book of Mormon. Recntly they begain reading the book of Mormon again. And that is when we found them, and they are excited. We got a bit down when they didnt make it to church last Sunday but they are doing well and they are excited to mkae changes to get out of the world. We also have been working a lot with the family of our last baptism, Valdomiro. Things are coming along, slowly, but they are still coming along. I am not sure if I will be able to see them baptized before I go home but I trurt that with time they will make the decision that they know they need to make. I believe that laziness is what is preventing them from being baptized.
Next we are teaching a young adult woman who lives in our apartment building and everything is going well with her. She is going through a bit of a tough time in here life. She has realized how far of the path or how far into the world she has gotten herself. And she says that shes not sure if she can get herself out but knows and trusts that with the help of the Lord she can return to do whats right. She told us last night that sometimes when finds herself crying at parties that she goes to with her friends realizing all she is doing that she shouldnt. We are workinghard with her and we are close to marking her baptism. It will be a bit of a change but she can do it. She is truly blessed she has felt the difference in here life, she has felt the missing happiness that comes from the gospel and she said she sees that happinessin us and other church members. Recently she prayed and recieved a response to her prayers which will make a huge difference in her progress. But we are praying that everything moves smoothly with her baptism.
But things are going well today I am a bit nervous cause I will bear my exit testimony tommorow. I wish i could write it down and just read it like it did when I was a bit younger but I have learned that a testiomny doesnt really work that way. But I love you and miss you all!