How is it going?! So I
think it is funny that your week was slow as well. This last week seemed a
little dreary here. So I got sick about 4-5 days ago and it is just kinda funny
how much of a grump I kinda become when I am sick. Haha, I am willing to do the
work every day, it is just my patience dies and if there are any difficulties,
it is just a little harder to endure them. Good news is, I think I am healthy again now.
I don’t remember if I told
you but last week I went through all my journaling of 2012 and yeah it was
awesome. I thought I would make a special entry of the things I am grateful for
and yeah I filled up 13 pages I think. Ha, I finished that this week. Now I
think this week I will do goals....for my full year in the mission. Have any
fun ideas for me?
So what exciting things
are happening down here? I think it is really cool, especially this week
that we can have these people that were so close to being baptized, but it
doesn’t go right, so we end up cutting them, and leave them super prepared for
another future missionary. But the Lord is so nice to us and we find new golden
contacts to replace their spot of baptism. It is cool though because our Zone
is really doing well, like some of the best in recent history. The ward is
amazed that we are holding baptisms every week and each week we have at least
20 visitors, and I hear that the other area’s are doing well also. So that is
pretty exciting. Also, for me, I can hear the time ticking for when I get
transferred. I can’t promise that I will. But I am pretty sure February 4th I’m
heading up to Fortaleza! Ha, the actual mission! It is going to be like
arriving in a new mission all over again because I hear it is a whole new world
You are fulfilling your
goal! Yesss!! That makes me soo happy! You are the best investigator I have,
Parabéns! Ha but really, that is great. I am more and more convinced that the
Book of Mormon is one of the most powerful tools that God has given us to bring
the spirit. I know that even though sometimes our little efforts to study the
gospel don’t seem like much, Heavenly Father takes note and will send more of
his spirit and love in our lives. Ha at this rate you are probably going to
beat me reading the Book of Mormon. I started in October Cap to Cap and now I
am at Alma 34 (goood chapter) no Livro de Mórmon. It’s been really funny, I am
somewhat addicted to reading!
Wow. 200 days already eh?
I remember when you told me about 100 days when I first arrived here in
Juazeiro. Wow! Goes by quick eh? (I am pleased to tell you that I am struggling
to type in English, I keep on thinking in Portuguese) Talking about journals, I
think this year has been my best year at keeping a journal. Ha this last week I
pulled out my College journal that I brought with me and I have been reading
about 2012. WOW, what a year it has been! I don’t think I could ask for a
better year. My year was PACKED even though half of it was normal life.
By the way, if you could
post this on Facebook, that would be great. "My 2012. Trained the next
generation of Ski/Snowboarding Olympiads. Had a second home at the U. Watched
all 7 seasons of "How I Met Your Mother". Partied through the Pita
Pit, a Dirty Thirty, a Silent, an Irish Pub, a Vegas High School Formal dance.
Crowd surfed at the Festival of Colors and surfed for reals the shores in San
Diego. CALI ROAD TRIP. Lived through my 40 day Facebook lent (and then
another 6 months) Fun Hot Tubbin Nights. Fell in love with running (I use to
hate it). Played my fair share of Volleyball. Earned my Associate’s of
Science at UVU. Returned to the Pit and the Pool. Had some epic golf matches
with the Cetraros, the Fam, and friends, Yaaahooo! Had my first time landing in
a plane. Explored Hawaii and all it’s wonders. Scaled the Wellsville mountains
and beheld the Land of my Childhood. Left the country for the first time,
became fluent in Portuguese, born and raised in Juazeiro do Norte, have seen
many miracles, and have grown more than I could ever possibility imagined
spiritually and in life skills serving an LDS Mission in Fortaleza Brazil. Wow,
2012 although the world didn’t come to an end, you would of went out with a
Wooo... That will probably
be my biggest post ever on FB but it will make up for the lost 6 months. Ooooh
yeah. So guess what?My Christmas package
got sent back home. Slackers here in Fortaleza. So I hear just send them in
smaller packages and say that it is filled with missionary supplies and not expensive
things or they will hold it hostage again. Ridiculous huh? I did get one
package from Gma Ronda. oooh myyy gosh tell her muito obrigado for the pod.
(She sent him fitted bed sheets) With my sheets that would come undone every
day I gave up on fixing that, and then I gave up on keeping the other parts of
my room, and then I gave up on keeping my desk tidy, and then my brain gets all
untidy, and then I can’t sleep as well in the night. It is amazing what a nice
made bed can do for you! Also thanks for the chique ties and that (Cache
Valley) calendar, OMG. I was showing everyone how pretty my home is and yeah.
Thanks for the Trunkeza (home-sickness)
We had another baptism,
Frank. He knew the Church before a year ago but once his girlfriend left him he
texted us begging to get baptized. I really have been seeing so many miracles.
God Exists. I see his Hand in my work everyday. I am so blessed and I can’t
believe how I am receiving daily miracles. I blame Prayer =) and other things
of course but it was definitely a week of miracles! Alrighty. That’s all I
got this week. You are the best and I love you! Ciao ciao!
Hey Dad! Happy Holidays, sounds like it has
been great for you guys! Vamos Ver?! I never got to speak much Portuguese with ya, I wanted to n
stuff. But it is all cool.
Thank you for the mission experience. I
have been waiting a long time for that. What mission was it again? It is crazy
how our faith gets us baptisms.
Anyway, in Mom’s email I talked about a
dance party right? Well I thought it was funny that day, because I had a
discussion with my comp about the Color Code. My Comp is a pure RED. It is
ridiculous, I don’t think I have ever met a red like him. He is suuuper
ambitious, ha! And I talked about how in our house we have one of each color.
But I still feel like my yellow doesn’t really show a lot, but it was funny
because that night my yellow burst and I was the most social person there!
How is your book coming along? I also
thought it was cool I gave a message last night on goals. I wanted to do
something different and I thought it was cool what all came together. I like Ether
12:4. I kinda used that as a theme - about how can we put an anchor on our
goals (hope for a better world). We read about the Anti Nephi Lehi's who were
super firm in their goal, even unto death. I asked what did they do to be so
firm? And we looked back in Alma 24:7-10 and how they expressed a lot of thanks
about what happened in the past (past year) and how they celebrated their
goals. It was cool in the discussion with everyone, about how all the parts
of the goal cycle came out. I then said how the whole BofM is set up like this.
We have Nephi saying I will show the tender mercies in the first chapter and in
the last chapter of the BofM we have Moroni saying look back at the tender
mercies v.3 and ponder them in your heart. Then afterwards he goes into seek
for the gifts of the spirit, which is basically telling us to make goals. So
yeah, was interesting, but now I need to get going on my year goals.