Another good week and a great end to the transfer! Elder Lima and I both stayed in Taguatinga 3 and this transfer is gonna be even better than the last. Here are some highlights:
– We have a member in the ward who´s like super rich and travels to the US all the time (who loves us) and he gives me peanut butter and a different jar of jelly pretty much every week. So that´s really exciting because PB&Js are delicious.
– Thales got baptized yesterday woohoo!!! I´m super bummed I couldn´t take pictures because I have that whole camera problem that never goes away but it will all be over soon. *says Aaron hopefully
– Francisca and Eduardo (no relation whatsoever, but they have the same baptism date) are STOKED for their baptisms this Sunday!!! Eduardo had fallen off the map for a couple weeks and then this last week we ran into him again on the street and we dragged him to a FHE and he received an answer to his prayers NA HORA. He´s super excited! Francisca is still going strong as well 🙂
– The members are getting crazy excited about the work as well, it´s been the same deal as it was in Monticello. Once they saw we were here to work they all got super stoked and started helping out a ton!!! New families are moving in to the ward as well, and ERRYBODY IN THE TOWN GETTIN DIPPED.
– Elder Lima and I are getting along super well and he´s so willing to help out with everything, the kid is a blessing. He really cares about the work and that´s the best thing there is.
– Funny story from a couple weeks ago: Turns out Elder Pino of the Seventy is in our stake, and that he visited our ward our first Sunday here. And we were asked to speak, but I didn´t recognize him! So I just got up and spoke and sat down. Elder Lima asked me how the heck I stayed so calm speaking in front of a General Authority and I was like “WHAT SEVENTY” haha I shook his hand and didn´t even know! Whoops. K it wasn´t that funny I´m sorry.
Ponderize challenge! This week I read Helaman 5:12 from the Book of Mormon. So here it is: “And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.” So what I learned was three big things:
1) Build in portuguese has a couple of different words that can be used to say the same thing. So in this particular instance, the word used is edificar- to edify. I liked that, because edify has more than one meaning as well. To instruct, to morally perfect, or to strengthen oneself in virtues. We must strengthen ourselves in the attributes of Christ and perfect ourselves morally to receive the forgiveness He has to offer us. So as we build our foundation upon the rock of our Redeemer, we too must edify ourselves in His teachings to solidify that foundation.
2) The adversary will try everything in his power to drag us down to the gulf of misery, this isn´t something to be taken lightly. He knows us sometimes better than we do, and he knows how to use our weaknesses against to suceed in his miserable purposes.
3) As we continue in our faith in Christ and His infinite Atonement and its healing power, and endure to the very end, we will be blessed in the spirit world. We have the peace in knowing that the temptations of the enemy will no longer have power over us, and that we will live free of those burdens. IF we do it right. If we don´t endure to the end we lose it all.
I love you all!!! Have a great week this week and hug your mom because she´s really great. peace be the journey
ps if you get the chance. hug my mom too because she´s a nice lady and deserves lots of hugs
With all the love I can give through a handshake,