Monday, April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015

Holy Moly... What a wonderful conference weekend!  I hope all were touched and inspired by the words of the living prophet and apostles.  What a marvelous blessing it is to live in this time when Christ's Church has been restored, and we are once again guided by living authorities as in times of old.

This week was full of meetings and mission conferences, and left little time to work work work in the lovely area of Tarumã.  Because the mission set a new record for baptisms/confirmations, President and Sister Monteiro treated the entire mission to a 'SUPER PDAY' where the entire mission got together at one of stake centers to celebrate, wear 'worldly' clothes, and relax for the day.  It was GREAT to see old friends that are now serving in the outskirts of the mission and to exchange stories and tips.  We also had a mission conference, a zone meeting, and then just one day to find people to bring to General Conference!  It was a mad dash, but it all worked out.

We are now working with a really neat young man from Haiti.  Here in Brazil, there are many Haitians who come to work, and live here, sending their earnings to their struggling families in Haiti.  " G____" is a 24 year old young man who came with us to ALL SESSIONS OF GENERAL CONFERENCE.  Whoa... that's 8+ hours of church... #champion   Haha  he has been in the country for almost 2 years, speaks the language well, and is seeking the Lord.  We'll work closely with him this week, and hopefully will be able to baptize him this Sunday.  Pray for him!

Because 24 missionaries finished their missions and went home today, and only 6 came in to replace them, the mission 'closed' a few areas.  We had a set of Sisters here in the area with us, but now, it will be just Elder Cruz dos Santos and me here inTarumã.

This week, amidst the hustle and bustle, I had the privilege of finishing the Book of Mormon again, this time, in the Portuguese language.  It was a touching and memorable experience as I read Moroni 10:3-5 and felt the sweet Spirit of the Lord testify to me again that it is true.  I LOVE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!  it is TRUE.  It is the same in all languages. There is power, and healing in the Book of Mormon  Something that President and Sister Montiero always counsel us is that if we are feeling sad, or discouraged, or weak.... READ THE BOOK OF MORMON.  I am a testament that their 'prescription' from the best doctor, Heavenly Father, works.  It really works.  Time and time again (I think I've already mentioned this in my letters, but I'll say it again) the Book of Mormon has lifted, blessed, and healed my soul and the souls of those we teach.

I would include my favorite quotes from conference, but I left my notebook at home! Oops! 

I love you all SOOOOOOOOOO much and am so thankful that we can all be partakers of the free gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and become our very best selves.

Love forever, 

- our zone

- my furry friend

- in our mission, we follow the example of the Lord and KNOCK DOORS

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