Sunday, March 30, 2014

Oi familia!

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 

"[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


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