Don’t have a lot of time, but thank you for the birthday emails and well wishes! I was very excited to receive so many emails this morning!
Life is good and the mission is awesome. Super hard because sometimes you just want to shake people and tell them “Hey, I’m trying to lead you to the path of eternal happiness. Listen! Read! Do something!” But I can’t so I just keep trying to do what I can.
One thing that drives me crazy is that nobody reads here in Latin America. It’s just not a habit here. And that’s so hard when our main focus is to get people to read a book. The Book of Mormon. We can keep saying that it’s wonderful but they have to read it. But when they do read it, the power of this book is so evident, and we see changes right away. I love the Book of Mormon.
This week our goal is to track down all of the Books of Mormon that we’ve given out and do better follow up with those that have them. A few people we haven`t been able to find again, but this week we are going to track them down and see if they are really reading, and how it has affected a change in their lives.
This week I want to make my teaching more personal. I feel like in some ways i just have all of the lessons memorized and it becomes something routine, even when I’m trying to use different techniques and different scriptures. This week my goal is that those who listen to me can really truly feel that I love this gospel, and that it brings me joy. I loved what Elder Ballard said in the Face to Face with Young single Adults yesterday. We need to smile more. We need to show people that the gospel, that trusting in the Lord, that faith, and repentance, and eternal families, and every other amazing blessing of Christ are what bring us joy. what a marvelous calling we have to bring joyful news to every person we meet. I was just reading in Mosiah when the angel tells King Benjamin that he comes with “alegres nuevas de gran gozo.” And then he announces the reality of the life and Atonement of Christ. How amazing is our calling?
Ee have a great investigator, Milton. Milton is a great young man that is willing to participate in everything. He’s come to church twice, and he came to the Face to Face. We didn’t have much time to talk about what he learned but I think he felt good. He’s learning a lot about how the gospel gives us purpose.
I learned a lot from Elder Ballard and Elder Oaks. I loved when Elder Ballard said that we don’t need to create two completely different spheres of “temporal” and “spiritual” in our life, but that everything should really be one. Every day can be spiritual when we start with prayer and scripture study and we try to do what the Lord would have us do in every aspect of life. I also liked when Elder Oaks talked about Agency and Inspiration. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t want us to wait and be told what to do or where to go, he wants us to act. Practice making good decisions. And then ask for a confirmation. I think that can be applied to missionary work, education, marriage, and everything else. I want to do what I know is right, be obedient, and ask for a spiritual confirmation as I “go about doing good”.
Yesterday, I had a huge surprise. We were walking down the street and stopped by the chapel because the bishop and his wife were outside. They were talking to a man that looked like he was from the U.S. but said he was from Brazil. He started talking to us and he said, “I want to guess where you’re from. “I’m guessing you’re from The U.S. but not from Utah…maybe California. Maybe like Stockton/Lodi area…and your Dad is the bishop?” and that point I was scared and like what the heck??? This guy knows everything about me. Afterwards he said that he was the ex husband of Debbie Nuevert from the ward and that he was sent to surprise me and give me a gift haha. And told me that he knew the Bogrens and everything and it was such a funny surprise. The bishop laughed a lot haha. But anyways, thank you for the gift Debbie! and anyone else involved!
Love you all!!!