You guys never fail to amaze me - holy moley Ben congrats on the Geomety ACTM! & Blake on your Eagle. That´s a lot of merit badges in the picture, nossa. I can´t imagine, Brooks and Braxton,how tall you must be by now probably slam dunking - winning 3 basketball games on the buzzer. That was neat to hear too that Dad is in the stake presidency. That must have been unforgettable to be interviewed by an Elder of the Seventy.
Bryce it made me happy too to hear all´s hunky dory in Provo. :)
A Seventy will come here to Teresina as well this Friday for a mission conference. This week was bom demais. I saw Elder Engle for the first time in a year and a half! He is a good friend from the Provo MTC. I found out at zone meeting that he´s my zone leader. It was so good to see hm again.
It´s also been a lot of fun living with Elder Avila. We transfered here together from Sobral - we lived in the same home there as well.
Please continue to pray for Kyle, Pablo, Sister Tippetts, Beverly, Cleodimar, and Luan.
I continue to be amazed at the openness and willingness of the Brazilian people to hear about the Gospel though I should expect that in God´s City. The majority of people we´re teaching found us, em vez of us having to find them. The work´s hastening! - Alma 34:32.
I like how the 1st Presidency phrases the way I feel about my mission
"There is no more compelling work than this, nor any which brings greater satisfaction."
Invite everyone to learn how to access The Atonement and you will feel the Atonement more powerfully in your life. It can be natural to share the Gospel. There´s so much joy in this work. If I´ve said so far tht evry area is my favorite, Codó is my favorit-est.
Parabéns Brooks and Braxton for winning the science fair! That´s awesome too that you did it about hot tubs. Also that picture of the snow man Jerilyn made my day. I´m still laughing at how awesome he looks.
Codó is an area muito bom. It is a happy village in the middle of the jungle. A green Alton. I feel like I´m living in the city of Enoch. There are as many churches here as McDonalds in the states! The sign when you enter the villages says Bem Vindo a Codó, A Cidade de Deus. It is a group here. We meet on Sundays in our home - se chama aqui umacasapella. The members are amazing. I arrived and already felt like a part of the the family. The night of my birthday, they threw me a birthday party - 2 birthday parties in a row! Lots of cake and singing
My companion´s name is Elder Santos. Now I can say I´ve been companions with Jesus and a sait! He is awesome. I feel like I´m companions with Matt Vincent - I think Elder Santos is his Brazilian twin. He also sings! We are starting to sing in lessons.
The first week was incredible. Saturday we met a man that was fighting to overcome problems with the Woird of Wisdom. He is a week without wusing any alcohol, and smoking. The lessons with him was very powerful. He startred to cry and decided he´s going to be baptized the 21st of this month. HGe came to church yesterday and loved it. There are salso 3 other families we met this week preparing fort the 20th.
Life is good. Giod loves all Hihs children and knows the circumstances of each one. He answers prayers through us. Each of us has the opportunity to be His hands. Evrey day seek for the person who´s prayer you need to answer.