How was your week ?! It was quite a crazy one here. We had a crazy transfer. A lot of running around town between the office, mission home, bus station, airport, etc.Total we had 16 missionaries go home this transfer and only 5 arrived. That means we lost 11 missionaries. Sadly President Bangerter had to close some areas. Now we have leadership council next week on Tuesday then Zone meetings on Wednesday . President has been very concerned to help the missionaries learn how to plan and how to work better. This week I did what I love most about all the secretarial work: picking up the new missionaries at the airport. It inspires me and reminds me of the faith I have to raise and cultivate every day. It was also strange because I saw many elders going home after finishing the mission. All these missionaries are people that have been around me since i arrived , it was strange, but I'm very happy for them.
The work slowed down a bit this week due to the transfers and the days that we could not go to the area to work. It has been difficult to follow up with our investigators. Finding them has been too complicated, but nothing is impossible. Tonight we have an activity night and I have faith that the people we invited will show up will. We invited some people, investigators, and members, so now we just wait and see who will show up.
Elder Costa e Silva, my great friend, is fantastic and a wonderful companion, I can not say how grateful I am to have the opportunity to be his companion, together we are seeking the elect, we are seeking to improve our faith, teaching, and also work in the Office, we are trying to make everything more efficient, we started the transfer well and we know we can improve and have many baptisms, only if we look for and give our best every day. We are helping each other a lot and I am learning a lot about how I should be, how to act and how to believe.
These last days have been a lesson of faith for me, I have learned a great deal about trusting in God and seeking to be the best every day. Everyone knows that sometimes I am a perfectionist and when I can not get something I want, I disappoint myself. Something I realized is that I need to increase my faith in Christ, especially in acting, acting in faith, for faith without works is dead, works without faith are also dead. I have to trust in the Lord and be able to accept, understand and trust in His ways. Earlier today I also watched Emma Smith's film, and a phrase that touched me a lot is: "Strength is not something we have, but something that God gives us."This principle is with all things, God gives us according to the desires of our hearts and what has been my desire? What have I been looking for? Have I trusted God enough? Have I had faith? Faith is the driving force of all things and rules the heavenly powers, nothing works without faith, not even the priesthood itself functions without faith! God has so much power because he has faith, faith in his works, in his plan and also in himself and in his Son.
The heavenly powers will come upon us only if we have faith and if we are more and more righteousness. And how can we grow in righteousness? Keeping the commandments, repenting of our mistakes, loving and serving our neighbor, taking the sacrament every Sunday, going to the temple every week (when possible), praying for people and walking always remembering Christ and not making room for sin, but only for the atonement of Jesus Christ.
I discovered for myself that to be the best missionary, and the best person in the world is just doing what I can one day at a time, step by step, with faith at every step. The question I ask is: How can I be the best missionary today? What do I need to do today to be the best missionary? The same question applies to each of us. How can I be the best child of God today? How can I be an instrument in God's hands today? We must also always consider that each of these questions must be integrated with faith to act, to allow God to use you, and also to allow him to send his powers as the fruit of his faith. With faith we can do all that is convenient for God. If it were convenient for Him, the Israelites would have crossed the red sea by walking on the water, but God saw fit to open the sea; Perhaps because not everyone present had such faith, or simply to show the glory of His power.
The conclusion is: I can do all things through him who strengthens me, but I can do all things only if I have faith to act, to accept, to understand and to follow whatever is His will and convenience, but I know that God will grant the righteous desires of my heart if I go straight and have faith at every step, to follow him wherever he leads me, doing my part with extraordinary faith and always praying to God
Well, these were the precious things I learned, how was your week? What can you tell me? How are things with you all? I want to know!!!!
These are the new missionaries that arrived on Tuesday in the airport. I had to stay back and watch their luggage while they took pictures, so i went ahead and snapped a few from behind, haha. Then we took them to the mission home for their day of training.
Bye to my buddy Elder Opfar. He was transferred to Valença! These squished taxi rides just keep getting more and more normal.
Elder Vieira wanted me to play the claw game so he paid for me. I had luck and won my first round! We gave the prize to this little girl
Dropping off Elder Cruz ( from Honduras) and Elder Pina (from Cape Verde). President usually takes returning missionaries to the airport, but because of his schedule, he had us take these two to the airport. We sent off these two and President sent the other 6 the next day. Also there is THE BEST TAXI MAN in all of Bahia, Eddy Carlos!!