Monday, April 21, 2014

Elder Brandyn Young working hard

Oioi!

I love hearing about how everyone is doing.  Especially hearing about Bryce in his last transfer.  I know he has given everything to God on his mission.  It's neat to have similar experiences as he had with Nadia - the other day on exchanges we weren't sure exactly where someone lived, but knocked doors nearby and found the nicest lady who had four little boys.  We gave them all pictures of Jesus & her a Book of Mormon (she had a Bible).  We had a prayer with them & all the boys got quiet.  They loved it.  It reminded me of our house, when the piano would be playing, the twins running around playing tag & the dishes being done, all kinds of noises, until nighttime prayer.  There is something unique about a family kneeling together & being quiet to talk with God.  It wasn't a coincidence to run into that family.

This transfer our whole mission has made it a goal to pray for humility each day.  Elder Jacobs & I have seen answers to our prayers in unexpected ways.  We had four flats and a broken axle on our bikes! We've been rolling "Brazilian style" for most of the week (walking).  Last night we finally got our bikes fixed at a members house after our lesson.  It was about 9:20pm and the axle broke again!  We just figured we needed more humility. :)  It turned out that was one of two reasons.

As we walked up the hill to the temple on the sidewalk with our bikes, there was a car sitting on the curb.  We had a distinct impression to talk with them.  From the car window they said "Elders!  This is going to sound random, but could you give my friend a blessing?"  We said of course.  Her friend was sitting in the passenger seat while we gave her a blessing.  It was evident that they were both going through something extremely difficult.  We could feel the Spirit so strongly it was tangible.  They both began crying.  We don't know exactly why she needed a blessing, but we do know that if our brakes & axle didn't break, we would've biked right past.

1 But behold, I, Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in heart. Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding faith, and he will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead your cause.
 O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever.
I continue to be amazed at how well God knows us individually and how infinitely He loves us.  When we are pure in heart, He blesses us with strength.  When we aren't pure in heart, He blesses us with grace to be so. 

Although it has been challenging, it's been a fun week.  We did a couple exchanges - one with Elder Martinez & Hastings.  Elder Martinez speaks Spanish & nearly three quarters of contacts were in Spanish.  I could always understand them, but they could never understand me speaking Portuguese. :) I remembered enough Spanish from high school though to get along.  We met a boy who was 14 who just recently broke his arm.  We were able to share with him Alma 38:4 about how his cast was like "bonds" & being "stoned for the world's sake" was like being hit in football - they way he broke his arm.  We testified to him that he'd be able to be "delivered out of his trials and troubles, and afflictions and be lifted up at the last day" as I was through my femur experience. 

There is a reason we are where we are when we are as long as we're doing the right thing.  Always remember that & look for the reason why God has placed you where you are.  Miracles do happen.  I know God lives.

Love you all!

Elder Young the younger

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