Monday, March 28, 2016

Working Hard!

My time´s almost up, so I´ll be quick!

   This week has been great!  I´m back in G, and we´re working hard!  Last week we found 3 new investigators who accepted a baptismal date, they´re M, T, and M.  M´s an elderly lady that we talked with several days back on the street.  She came to church and absolutely loved it!  It turns out that a family member of hers is the elder´s quorum president, so she was happy to see him there too.  T is M´s niece, M recommended that we teach her as well.  The other M is a friend of a family in the ward, we taught her for the first time yesterday and she really enjoyed the message!  She also accepted a baptismal date.

   My new companion´s awesome!  He´s very creative and is a hard worker, so I´m sure that it´s going to be a great transfer!  Elder Z. is very dedicated to the work that we´re doing, but at the same time knows how to make missionary work a lot of fun.  He´s almost always cracking a joke, so that helps me to keep my spirits up when we pass those inevitable difficulties.  Anywho, got to go now but I love you guys!  Have a great week and keep in touch!

Elder S.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Transferred!!! Again!!!

Hello, everyone!  I hope everything´s going great!

   Sorry for not sending an e-mail yesterday, I was on the bus coming back to G. yesterday so I didn´t have time to go to the L.H.  Anyhow, I got transferred again!  I only passed 2 and a half weeks in B. R, U, that´s the least time that I´ve ever passed in an area on my mission.  But it was great!  Last week President K. and the assistants came to U. to give a zone conference there.  We met them at our house about 8 at night to let the Assistants into the house so they could leave their things there.  President K. got out of the car and asked me "Elder S, are you liking the area?"  I responded "It´s great, I´m absolutely loving it!"  President K. then replied "Well, you can already say goodbye.  You´re coming to G. in the next transfer to be the second Assistent to the President." (Did I spell that right?)  I must have gone a little pale, because the next thing he said was "Don´t faint!"  I tried to reply, and just gibberrish came out.  President started laughing and said "He can´t even speak!"  So that was a surprise, but that´s the mission for you!  It´s full of surprises.  My new companion is Elder Z.   We´ve got to go to the airport now and get the arriving missionaries, but I´ll send some pictures next week.

   Know that I love each of you!  Jesus Christ is our Savior and his atonement is real.  I have seen and felt the cleansing and enabling power of this infinite sacrifice more in my mission than at any other time in my life.  And I know that our families can be together forever, through our Heavenly Father´s plan!  I love you all, have a great week!

Elder S.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Quick Letter!

Hey there, everyone! 

   This letter´s going to be quick today, but I want to tell everyone that I love you tons!!!  So, this week was awesome!  I went back to Goiânia this week to renew my visa, 16 hours in a bus!  I took a good long nap on the way there, and on the way back I had an awesome study about giving correction in the Lord´s way.  I studied various scriptures about this and learned a lot!  The most important doctrine that I learned is that the principles of correction and chastisement are in fact based upon the principles of love and charity.  If we do not first develop love for those that we must correct, then it is impossible for us to correct them as the Lord would.

   This week President Kuceki is coming to Uberaba!  He´s delivering a truly incredible training to the missionaries.  I already heard it when I was in Goiânia, so this is going to be my second time.  I´m excited!  My mission president is incredible!!

   Anyhow, this week I saw the grace and enabling power of the atonement in my life in ways that were so obvious and incredible.  Getting used to walking the whole day in the sun again is difficult.  My legs get tired fast, and there´s a lot of hills in Uberaba!  I´ve had the experience several times now of, after arriving at almost the end of the night, finding myself still contacting people on the street and thinking "Wow.  Earlier in my mission this kind of exhaustion would have been enough to stop me."  It´s difficult to describe how, but I received and noticeably felt strength and drive beyond my own to help me to forget the difficulties and invite everyone to come closer unto Christ.  It really is incredible how much more Christ can do through us than we can do through ourselves.

Got to go now, but I love you all a ton!!

Elder Sweet

I´ve attached a pic of me and my new companion, and another Christmas picture that I don´t think 
I´ve sent yet.