Hello Family! Well! Grandma and Grandpa, hello! i got another letter of yours this week, which i was very grateful for. I will be sending another response, did you get the one that i sent last week? let me know! i miss you guys, and hope that you are doing well! Mom, i am glad to hear that the Lord is helping you with sign language with Moses. It just goes to show that you dont need a missionary nametag and be in a foreign country to have the spirit gift of tounges! (or hands :) ) but i am glad to hear that its going well. for me with portuguese, i recognized the spirit working in my language as i was actually talking (in the moment) as well as giving me the desire to keep studying and learn more, like what you are going through right now. you know now that the lord wants you to help moses, because the spirit is helping you fulfill that righteous desire of yours to help. thats sweet what you guys went to last week, i didnt realize it was LDS. but that is what byui is like in fact, every class or sports match starts with a prayer, and its a different enviroment that can only be explained with the spirit/zion. i learned about right brain left brain in psycology, but i cant remember which one i was. what do you think? ps it sounds like daiane really needed that book! hahah. and thank you for the birthday wishes! dad, aka pappa bear, it is very true that christmas is just around the corner! is already almost june, fo-get abbaht it. also, belo horizonte is WAY far away, but if were on a plane i mean it doesnt make much of a difference. whatever you find works out will be fine. i also got some interesting news about you coming to get me that i will share down below. in one sentance, the devils will make it out, keep me updated. i knew you were a recorder before, i hadnt counted that in, but that is sweet to hear that you got switched around relatively often. we will see what happens next week! the busselbergs! i figured it was alot of college type families. so if the betteriges are moving, what will happen to the house slash other side?
ok so family stuff now!
well just because its the most recent thing i did, i just would like to inform you that i got over 120 efy songs in my music library from another missionary now, so that is a huge blessing, since i am as usual always looking for music. i dont know how many efy has, but i have like 10 cds!
well i have started playing basketball in the morning for my exercises with elder glover. we bought a cheap basketball the last pday, and now jog 3 minutes to a place where we play every day. so that is alot of fun. the second day there were 3 kids watching us, and the next grew to like 10, and now there are literally 15 to 20 kids who are all waiting for school to start who watch us play basketball. they told us its because were good, but were not that great (as you know, especially after 10 months of nothing as well) but i think the fact we look like americans just makes it seem all the better. but we are taking all of their references, and will now procede to teach their families. wooo!!!
so i had probably one of the most catastrophe like lessons this week. we were teaching the restoration to the guy who made a copy of our key for us in his house, and we are literally 2 seconds from the first vision (which is always the most spiritual part) when his friend shows up at the door and decides to sit in. well because he wasnt there for the first 15 minutes, i fill him in quickly on what we talked about. and then he (with a previous knowledge of the church) starts to go on what was literally a 12 minute rant on how Jesus, God, and the Holy Ghost are actually all one. he told me this analogy: imagine a dad, who is at home with his family. at his house, there with his wife and kids, he is a dad. then he goes off to work, and there he is working, so there, he is an employee. then after work, he goes to play some soccer with his friends, and while hes playing soccer, he is a soccer player. and that was the parallel that he used to go against all the scriptures talking about being on the fathers business and everything. then, right as i was about to explain to him as nicely as possible what we believed, he recieved a phone call that he had to meet his wife, and then he left before i could say one word to him. it was ridiculous! and this is not me condemning him or anything, but all i will say is that satan is real, and he tries very hard to destroy the work. aanyways
so i got to have interviews with President Tavares this week. it was the third time, and it was really nice to be able to talk to him and to talk about my progression as a missionary and everything. he is exactly the President that i need, and i was very thankful for him! it was a great experience, and one thing he told me that i would ask if you agree with is that he said my maturity hasnt grown too much, because he said i had alot of it when i got here, but he said that the way i talk about spiritual things showed him that ´my growth on the mission will be almost totally spiritual´ . i thought it was interestig
other things, i am asking now if i can send a package home with some clothes and ties that i will never use anymore, because i dont want to get them destroyed. its not that big of a box, would i be allowed to to that?
this week is the last week of training! for Elder Glover. it is nice to have the whole training thing wrapping up, now we can see what will happen next with me afterwards.
speaking of which, president told me that they have an itinerary per se that has a list of guidelines for parents to pick up their kids from their missions here in our mission. i dont know if its mission specific or what, but he told me that i need to ask the secretaries to send it to you as fast as possible. he said its good to get started now so that its much cheaper and well planned, so look for an email to this email address this week!
i have been reading in the book of ether this week. i love the book of ether. the faith of the brother of jared is one of the best examples that we cant see in the book of mormon. with the 16 stones, he didnt say i believe you can do this, or youve done greater things before, or anything like that. he said, you can do this. and the faith he had made him see christ. and jeffery R holland said that when it talks in the scripture about how god never appeared to man like that before (even though he did) he meant in the way he appeared to him. because he said everyone before him jesus (God of israel) appeared to was on the lords will, but he said that literally the faith (and priesthood) of the brother of jared caused jesus to appear to him solely due to his faith and power from it. whaoaa
ok so thats all for this week, but i love you guys! thank you for the birthday wishes and all, and i will talk to you next week! love you!