|Beautiful City of Goiania, Brazil|
My new companion is Elder O., a guatemalan Elder who´s awesome! He´s really funny, excited, and helps me to be a bit better each day. That´s what you need in a good companion! This week was pretty rough in terms of the work, our teaching pool´s pretty dry. This week we´ve planned to use almost all of our in-field working hours on Tuesday and Wednesday to contact new people and mark appointments for later in the week. I´m actually really excited, I want to talk to at least 250 people about the gospel before Wednesday ends! That will be a ton of fun, contacting people and getting to know them is energizing and fuels my excitement for the rest of the week! We´re also trying to improve our relationship with the members here. On Saturday Elder O. and I helped an elderly lady in our ward wash the doors on her house. That was a fun project! We talked a lot about family history, her children, the church, just about a bit of everything. After we finished, she pulled out a pan of sweet rice pudding that she made for us that was absolutely divine! She put a little bit of coconut on top with some cloves, and then sprinkled cinammon over all of that. It was great!
This month I´ve set a goal for myself to work on developing a bit further the Christlike attributes of Virtue and Patience. I´m not exactly sure how, but I´m working on that. One thing that I´m going to try to do for virtue is memorize a new scripture each day this month. That will occupy my mind with thoughts directed to the Lord, and give me a defense to fall back on when my thoughts get distracted by anything that isn´t relevant to my work as a missionary. Patience is tougher. It takes a long to time to develop patience, and I´m in a hurry to get to the celestial kingdom! Just kidding! It´s interesting how sometimes we´re in such a hurry to improve that we forget that patience is one of the prerequisites if God is to mold us how he wants. He´s not in a hurry, he´s in it for the long run and I suppose he hopes that we are too!
Anyhow, have a wonderful New Year, everyone! Let me know your thoughts on 2016 and some of the things that you all hope to accomplish!