Well hello friends and family, i never know how to start this emails, so hello
this past week me and elder dean were feeling weirdly sick haha, i laugh because i didnt feel sick but every 30 minutes we find eachother on the toilet… It was a strange experience and strengthened my testimony of being prepared. Because i woke up like an hour early and it was pretty intense haha. But we stayed in and had a day of laughs and crys and everything in between. But its all good because now im feeling way better. I just thought you would all like to know about that, if you want more details about the story, write me privately haha.
This week we had some really great visits with the people we have been teaching. the Brazilian family is moving along and we had a really great visit with them about the Plan of Salvation and how being together as a family is something that we all can have, but we have to do some things to reach that still. A lot of people already believe that so when we tell them about how we can know for sure, it is always a beautiful realization. We invited them to really pray to know and to listen to the spirit after. We shall see how it went, the kids are all so eager to learn more and we noticed the Dad really paying close attention as we were talking as well. thats all it takes, the first desire and curiousity to ask and receive a little and then we keep going.
And we have been working with some members as well with their friends. Its amazing, everytime we go to a members house they always seem to have a friend they have in mind that needs the gospel, its awesome. The ward here is really working.
Well I love you all so much, I love being a missionary, its hard and so much fun. I hope you all have a great week. thanks for the love and the prayers!
Transfers! Me and Elder and Lush are staying here in Barc and Elder Burnett went to Zaragoza, middle of the mission kind of. But are happy still and loving this area, its a big blessing to be here where there are so many people who are ready to hear the gospel. Its incredible for real.
We had the opportunity to work with elder Moreno today and yesterday which was awesome. He was with me in logroño and gandia and he trained Elder Lush so it was a great time. He goes home tomorrow. Saying goodbye to him was a very weird thing, because when i first met him I was in training and he had like 6 months in the mission, so things are flying.
As a mission and stake we are reading the book of mormon to finish the year and I just have been learning a ton. Sometimes I forget how nephi can just go through all this stuff and still be so faithful. It amazes me, and it makes so much sense that he is the first story in the Book, it just gives me strength every time that I read it.
We are working hard with some members now and its awesome because they have been introducing us to their friends and we are seeing some huge things go down. I think Aleida, the aunt of Daniel is inviting nearly all ofher friends to listen to us haha. Its amazing.
I love you all and hope you are having a great time in the states! HAve a great week and love everyone.
i saw elder caetano and sorensen as well!!
we went slacklining in front of the sagrada familia!
well great thing this week was we had Andoni´s baptism!! it was amazing! a lot of the youth showed up to support him and show their love and friendship for him. It was great, the minute he came to church the first time, all the youth were befriending him and being the greatest missionaries, because really the reason he kept coming back was because he knew he had friends here. Thats the truth of it. It was a great thing to be able to see and be apart of that. He gave his testimony yesterday as well and he said, he knew from the kind and warm spirit he felt the first time he came to the chapel that his life was going to change. And it has, he is the first member of his siblings and his mom hasnt come to church in years and she came to the baptism and the kids as well. She was going through the himn book and you could just see the memories going through her head. It was a great day.
A good thing that happened this week as well was we received a reference from other misisonaries form the other ward. it is a family of 5 from brazil, and they have been to church a lot and are really liking it. They are going to read the book of mormon as a family and we are super excited to be able to work with them, because we had a good visit with them to get to them and find out what they know and they know prety much everything. so we just gotta talk about why this is so important and why its not just some other church but its a truth from god and that really there is a lot more to this than just feeling good on sundays. But as they read the book of mormon as a family they are going to feel that for sure.
Thank you everyone for the support and the love. I know a lot are praying for me and my family and I feel it everyday. I am always amazed about how the heck i got here, but then i realize it wasnt me it was all of the people that were around me helping and praying for me. I am so grateful for that. I love you all.
Have the greatest week!
hello again, its been another great week. IM hearing some great things from friends and family and just gotta say to everyone, Good luck in school!! Im taking advantage of no tests and that type of work here because in a few months ill be back there as well.
Last week was a little different, the things we had planned didnt really work out and we had to push back some baptisms because Andony and cesar didnt feel prepared. But good news is that Andony wants to be baptized this week and he is the most prepared kid ever. We were talking the other day and his quiestions were all about deep doctrine and confusing things and we were just like uhhh sorry man, we dont really know the answers to everything, but thats why we have faith haha. But he honestly is amazing. One time after a lesson we asked what he was gooing to go do for the night, thinking he was going out with friends or soemthing, and he said, “Im going to investigate some more of this Book of Mormon” And so he stayed in and read the book of mormon and prayed and searched for his answer! if i was like that when i was 14 things would have been a lot different haha. But man, i was so impressed. Thats why its so great that he is getting baptized because he will be able to progress even more, and help all his family come unto Christ as well.
Well that was a great thing. I feel like the people we teach really teach us. We teach them principles that they have known about already but once they live them they come back to us and just blow us away with their testimonies. Its such a blessing to see people grow like that, because it helps me everyday grow my own testimony.
I love the mission and I love you! The Book of Mormon is true and it testifies of Christ. thats all there is to it. Read it and pray and go out and live the things you read and you will feel a difference. You will feel what every member has felt and talks about as the happiness of their lives. I dont know where i would be without this gospel. It brings happiness and understanding to my life everyday!
I love you all! Thanks for the support and the love! Have a great week and do good in school nerds!