Monday, July 6, 2015
Week 52: 525,600 minutes
How do you measure a year as a missionary? In lessons? In baptisms? In times you felt the Spirit?
Sorry if that was too cheesy or something, but I've been working on that one in the shower for about 2 weeks now. I thought it was good.
But President Packard said in his last transfer meeting "for those who were there [in this case, with me on my mission], no explanation is necessary. For those who were not there, no explanation is possible."
I hit my year mark on, . I couldn't even begin to describe all of the things I have learned and felt and experienced and how I have changed and grown. How does a year fly by so darn quickly? I remember when I started my mission... when I entered the MTC almost 362 days ago! And now Elder Knutti is there learning Spanish and how to survive eating the MTC food for 6 weeks. Good luck, brother. You may need it.
Well this week has been another one FULL of great things! Last pday we played ultimate Frisbee, tennis, and soccer with the elders and the Cape Verdean kids that were roaming around the park (including our 11-year old investigator Walter!). It was such a good pday. Except that we were SUPER late to our appointment, so she cancelled on us at her door.... we're getting better, I promise.
We also visited the Silveiras (the big family) and taught some of the women the Plan of Salvation! It was awesome.
The Conference was just so good. I'm excited to work with the Millers for my last 4 transfers! There must be something I need to learn specifically from them, so I'll just keep running along side them as they work.
We tried seeing other people afterwards but no one was home. We did go to IHOP though! I love pancakes.
Highlights of the day: we extended a baptismal date ofto Clarice. We told her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. She told us the next time we saw her that she felt like God spoke to her and told her that it was good for her to be baptized on . SHE'S SO GREAT. Her brother, Ancelmo, will also be baptized that day!! These kids are amazing. Seriously. they bore their testimonies. Let me say that again--our investigators bore their testimonies. They talked about why they wanted to be baptized and how they know the Book of Mormon is true. At the end of sacrament meeting when Irmao Machado went up to finish the meeting, he cried because he was so touched by their testimonies. This is a big deal, my friends. But please pray for Ancelmo and Clarice that they will be able to have the support they need. Their family likes the church, but it's hard because many of them work on Sundays so it's just hard for them to get to church. They just need prayers.
Oh, and we taught them againnight--plan of salvation for Ancelmo this time-- and it was great. Some of their friends came over too and started to listen!
The rest ofwas fine, we just hunted down people that didn't go to church. I think because of the holiday on the 4th, everyone stayed up late.. we knocked on a lot of peoples' doors in the morning to get them to go to church, but not one of them answered the door. So here's the lesson friends: always go to church, even if you stayed up too late the night before. Always go. Or else the missionaries will pound on your door and you'll get annoyed with us.
But I skipped!
Because it was INDEPENDENCE DAY for the GREATEST NATION ON EARTH, I made Sister Couto wear red white and blue and we sang America the Beautiful for our companionship study hymn. I dressed like the flag because that was the only appropriate thing to wear on July 4th of course. The Machados invited us over for a churrasco (shoo-ha-scoo), or a barbeque, and it was extremely delicious. That's right--I celebrated America's independence by eating Brazilian barbeque with Brazilians and a Cape Verdean. And it was awesome. We had permission that night to stay out until, so we drove down to Providence with the Elders to watch the fireworks! They were super cool.
You know what else was super cool? When we went to see the fireworks, the Spanish elders found this family of 10 people who are less-actives. From Portugal. That's right, 10 less-active Portuguese members. So we contacted them and we'll reactivate them. The Lord has His own purposes and the work never stops, even on a holiday :)
I think that's it.
We were sad to hear that Boyd K Packer passed away as well this week. His grandson is in our mission. This October Conference will be interesting, but the Lord has everything in His plan and in His timing.
This past week I've been studying some about covenants and their eternal nature. Also, the Atonement is called "infinite" in 2 Nephi 9. It's neat to think about--even the people who lived before Christ could repent of their sins. It's like they were using a credit card as the debt got higher until Christ paid it all. For those of us on this side of history, it is like we are using a debit card when we use the Atonement.
Anyways, I read today too that "covenant" is sometimes called "testament". Think about how the Book of Mormon is called "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". Ponder on that. It's pretty cool.
Well my friends and my family, I love you all. Thank you for your prayers and your support for me. We are having a blast here in Central Falls and I am loving every second of it. Sister Couto is awesome. (Fun fact, before me she was Sister Asay's companion) She will teach me all about photography and all about Brazilian cooking. Get ready. I'll make everyone some good ole arroz e feijão in December, and you WILL like it.
Have a fantastic week! Good luck in the MTC Jared, just love every second of it. The time passes quicker than you can imagine.