Holy Cow! No time and so much to tell!
Everyday I write miracles in my planner, so y'all are basically getting that this week!
We went to Ilhabela and had to go on a boat because it's an island. I forgot how much I love boats! I'm a water baby through and through!
MY BEST FRIEND IS 20! Happy birthday Holly! I love you and hope you had a great day!!!!
Gelatto is the best! Ice cream is my friend! Food is my friend. Don't judge me too much! Also, I made some bomb french toast and I want it again! Welcome to my life!
I wrote a song last week and it inspired my district leader and his companion to write a song. I'm pretty impressed with this district's musical abilities! I love them!
People keep telling my how good my Portuguese is! Woohoo! The Gift of Tongues is real people! That leads into the next section!
We have two investigators who I absolutely love! They're progressing so well! They came to church yesterday and are reading and ahh! They're just so great and I can feel the Spirit so strongly when we're teaching them. I love it!
So many spiritual experiences, so little time! Biggest one, ready?
I was reading in Alma this week (and probably will be for awhile) and I got to Alma 26. I love love love it! Alma 26 is all about Ammon and the mission he and his brothers went on. I was reading, specifically, Alma 26: 26-28. It breaks down, perfectly, the progression of a mission.
26 But behold, my beloved brethren, we came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren, but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their souls.
27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.
We leave with the motivation and intent to help other to come unto Christ and help them return to their heavenly home. Sometimes things happen and we get really discouraged as missionaries. We face trying times and get really distracted (this sister missionary is guilty of that), but if we turn to the Lord for comfort and "bear with patience thine afflictions" we are promised success. This is where I am right now; praying for that comfort daily. Verse 28 talks a lot about the feelings at the end of a mission. I invite all of you to read it. That's how I want to feel at the end of my mission. I want to know that I have done everything I could to help the people in every area I served in come closer to the truth, to come closer to Christ.
I know that I am right where I need to be. Sometimes I lose sight of the end. Sometimes I don't have the eternal perspective; I'm seeing only a few feet in front of me. I know that this is where I'm supposed to be though. I can't imagine getting to the Spirit World and having someone ask me why I didn't share the gospel with them when I could have.
I love this gospel and I love being a missionary.
I also love all of you so much!
Have a great week!
|The view from the top of my area!|
|As close as I could get to the sand without breaking mission rules|
|My companion loves American culture, so I made some pretty delicious french toast! Apples and leite condensada is the way to go!|
Sometimes you just need some gelatto to make a distracted and bummer day a little better.