Oi familia! Thanks for the scripture dad; love that. That's awesome you're doing another Harry Potter marathon. Tell the Vincents hi for me! The missionary serving here from Orlando is Elder Vaiaonga! I'll look for Elder Moikeha when I get to Teresina. Thank you for the packages! They were wonderful. The cookies were sooooo goooood. This week so many out-of-nowhere miracles happened. There is a member, Sister Tippetts, who recently got back from Brazil who is now teaching us Portuguese! We do a Portuguese class Wednesday-Saturday in the morning with the other two Brazilian visa workers, Elder Jones and Elder Gibson. They are going to the same place as my MTC companion, Curitiba. She needed a blessing, so we were able to give her one for the first time in Portuguese. Also, when I was on exchanges with Elder Hopkin, and they have a Portuguese speaking member that I was able to talk with. She told me all about Brazil and gave some advice - she is from the Northern part of Brazil. Earlier that day Elder Hopkin and I went to go visit someone who was previously interested in learning the Gospel. She was just sitting out in the yard. As we talked with her, one by one, randomly more and more people from the neighborhood came up to us and joined the conversation. In less than 5 minutes, there were at least 8 people gathered, listening to the plan of salvation with her on her lawn. Her sister (who doesn't live in LV) recently was murdered and she was going through some really difficult times. We comforted her & testified she will get to see her again. We left with a prayer and everyone there joined together to pray for her. It was a neat experience - my words aren't really adeqaute enough to describe. I've found when you make detailed plans the night before, God honors those plans and puts people right in your path that need Jesus Christ. We have a member in our ward, David Esser, who is going out with us to a lesson Friday whose wife, Sarah Esser, knows Brother Dave Renfroe! There are a lot of people here with connections to Arkansas or Brazil. I never realized how much the books Tipping Point (especially the part about "connectors") by Malcolm Gladwell and The Color Code (in companionships) would help me on my mission. It sounds weird but the principles I learned from those books have been very helpful. Blake have you read Tipping Point? Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson has also helped a ton. It makes a big difference to understand grace. Grace was our topic of study this week. A quote in a talk by Brad Wilcox I like: "We are not earning heaven. We are learning heaven. We are preparing for it. We are practicing for it.” “[Throiugh baptism, are you] saved by grace?” “Yes. Absolutely, totally, completely, thankfully—yes!” “Have you been changed by grace?” "A life impacted by grace eventually begins to look like Christ’s life.” "[Christ's suffering] was not only a huge favor He did for us, it was also a huge investment He made in us. Grace isn’t just about being saved. It is also about becoming like the Savior." --Brad Wilcox "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, apray unto the Father with all the energ y of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which He hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of His Son, Jesus Chris t; that ye may become the sons [and daughters] of God; that when He shall appear we shall cbe like Him, for w e shall see Him as He is; that we may have this hope; that we may be dpur ified even as He is pure. Amen." -Moroni 7:48 Love you all! Elder Young
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
|Elder Phipps and Elder Young|
|Making Smoothies at Zone Conference|
|Elder Salinoa from Hawaii|
|Elder Hoppins, last transfer zone leader.|
|Chelsea and Bernadette baptism|
|Brandyn lives by the military base and sees lots of different planes each day|
Monday, March 10, 2014
Good to hear you all had a good week. I bet that was a big climate change for Dad going from the snow blizzard to Florida! Is it still snowing? That's awesome Ben is now doing shot put. What events are you doing Blake? Now you'll have some competition.
This week I went on an exchange with Elder Salinoa, who is from Hawaii! It was fun. He's from the North Shore of Ohau & worked at the Polynesian cultural center. We figured we have probably met before. I asked him what his favorite ice cream was. He said it was definitely pineapple from the Dole Plantation.
It's been awesome having Elder Phipps as a companion. We are hoping to either stay another transfer together or go to Brazil & serve in the same area. Transfers aren't until April fools day though, so we'll make the most of the next couple weeks. I can see one of the assistants giving us false transfer doctrine with it being announced on the 1st. :)
This next Saturday Freddie will be baptized! Please pray for her. She is recovering from surgery.
This week's quote is one from Elder Young the elder: