I have had an awesome week. We are only starting the 3rd week of this transfer, but we got a call on Saturday and found out there is going to be an early emergency transfer. Elder Bastos was transferred to Brotas (a different place in Salvador in a different zone) and i will stay here in Federação. Only President Bangerter gave me some other big news too. He said that I'm senior companion. and DISTRICT LEADER!! i'm going to be taking on more responsibility. im excited and not excited. it should be good. District leaders have more responsibility than zone leaders. district leader have to prepare training to give every wednesday for district meeting, etc. and zone leaders just pass training that pres. Bangerter gave for Zone conference. My companion will be elder washington. he is from Nicaragua. a spanish speaking country. he has way more time on his mission than me and more experience but i'm senior companion and district leader now. As for Debora, so still wants to be baptized but can´t until she starts obeying the Word of Wisdom. She just needs to stop drinking coffee! we are going to help her and hopefully she will be baptized this transfer, if not the next. Natila will probably be baptized this transfer im hoping. I think now that Elder Bastos is gone he will be more willing to let his daughter be baptized. we will see.
I am excited to work with Elder Washington. im sure i will find new difficulties, but i will learn more too. it should be good.
Well i want you to know how much i love the gospel and my family. i wouldn't have anything i have if it weren't for this gospel and this wonderful restored church, i wouldn´t have been born into the great family i was born into, i wouldn't have the opportunities i´ve had, the testimony i have, and most importantly the relationship with Christ that i have. Its all closely connected and its very clear that the Gospel of Jesus Christ truly does bless families. it teaches us to be better one to another, to serve one another, and to love one another. its help us see the bigger picture and purpose in life. It helps us set productive useful goals that are achievable, even in an eternal perspective. It helps us be able to return to live with our Father in Heaven, which is my goal. i want to live with my family for eternity in complete and full happiness. I want to share my testimony that i know that Christ lives and loves us. in whatever stage in our lives, he is completely aware of us and is involved in the details of our lives. He is helping us become what he wants us to be when we listen to his counsel. I´m grateful for Him sending His son Jesus Christ to be our Mediator and our way to return. I know there isn't any other way to return; only through Christ. Im grateful that God gave us families. i know that God has a plan for our families and that is really is a Plan of Happiness. Im grateful for and i know that Christ´s example that he left for us is one of pure love. He was a perfect man, yet he was baptized. He patiently endured hardships and difficulties until the end of his life. He accepted the will of His Father. I know He wants the best for us and is there for us every step of the way. i am so grateful for this. i just wish everyone could understand the reality and depth of Christ´s atonement. i don't completely comprehend it and i don't think anyone really can. But i know that he did the things he did for us because he loves us and wants us to be like Him. He served and forgave others, something we should always do. He comforted others. He shared everything he had with others. All these Christ like attributes are there as an example for us. I know that we will be blessed when we try to develop these attributes. That is what i'm doing on my mission and i´ve already seen the blessings flowing in. i´ve experienced more happinesses, learned more, and grown in ways i didn't know were possible. I am so grateful for all of it.
These are some of the things that i am grateful for and a little bit of my testimony that i would like to share with y´all. Have a great week!
here are some pics of zone meeting. there is a new elder from twin falls idaho. this is his 1st transfer in the field. and the other elder is Elder Pyne. he´s cool. i practically spent all of today with him.
Debora´s family. she is the darker skinned one. Her sister is the whiter one. everyone in the pic (including her son) are members. we just need to get her to stop drinking coffee then baptize her!
Elder Bastos and I, I will miss him. He was transferred. We worked so well together!
Hanging in the mission office
Emailing my mom and dad in the mission office! And in the air conditioning!!!!! I loved every minute of it! Plus, free internet! BONUS!!!!!!