I wrote Dad a little story but let me see, Well the other day we where visiting a family and I noticed that there is a large family that lives behind them. So we went and left a blessing there. My comp left the blessing and during the blessing all the kids were running around and stuff but after I just looked up and testified. They all accepted to receive us back. It was really 3 families so that was pretty cool. You could tell that they had felt something.
Man McDs pays 7 buck an hour? Mexicans that lay pavers make $10. I’m gonna do pavers when I get back. JK that’s great that Tyler, Jessie, and Jamie got to finish the work and everything and that they had a good time. How long did it take? (Tyler, Jessie, and Jamie helped G-ma lay pavers the other day.)
(letter to Dad)
Ya, there is a lot to learn still! I’m glad to hear that you’re getting some studing in. The mish is going great (só falta ums 28 dias ) ;) No, I’m not trunky! The other day my comp and I left a blessing in the home of
this lady and when he finished you could see it in her eye that she had felt the spirit. She is a strong member in her church. Her look was almost like Wow, what was that! Love you Dad!
So I'm back in São Bento and well everyone is super happy to have me back. It's really cool. Sorry, I didn't write Monday but it was conference so I was in Joinville and I got to see a few people that I knew from there, Frenando and Faby. Conference was super cool. Elder Costa's favorite food is lasagna.
He's really cool.
So for my last transfer, I wont be a zone leader. The new prez is coming soon and they wanna train the zone leader that will be here when he gets here... and guess what, that's not me, hurray! I'll be going home like 2 months before the new prez gets here. So this last transfer I will "só fica na boa." Prez is sending me back to Sao Bento Do Sul to die and giving me another kid to train, Elder Costa. I don't know where he is from or anything but for sure he is Brazilian, also cool (American greenies São CHATOS!!!)
I love the mission. I'm a little sad that its all ending but at the very same moment. I'm happy "ate o pó" that its all ending and I get to see all my family and friends and movies and music and girls and not being in charge of everything and getting to travel and work and get married and reap the blessing of these 2 years and serve the
Lord in other callings and to eat American food and have carpet in my house and to walk barefoot in the grass and in my house and in the shower and see my Mommy and eat Mexican food and not live where its humid and not have my clothes get moldy and have new clothes and go to the lake and go snowboarding and last but definitely, not least, have a DRYER! Man, do I miss having a dryer.
I think I'll appreciate the small things more when I get home.
I would also like to share with you a quote that has helped me get through adversities in my life. I first heard this while doing sprawl drills at wrestling practice coach Lou told us that if we could tell him who said the quote we could stop. The quote is:
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
This quote is by Theodore Roosevelt but at the time none of us knew that so we got to continue conditioning. I have come to realize that this quote means to me that if we don’t try and if we don’t have adversity then we will live in the gray twilight without doing mighty things we cannot win glory without this test and the adversity that comes along with it we cannot gain eternal glory. Adam and Eve learned that by partaking of the fruit they would experience pain and adversity but through this pain they would gain joy and glory. And that through this we can receive Gods greatest gift of Eternal Life that we may live in the presence of God.