Monday we went to Joinville then at 3:00a.m. Tuesday morning we got the bus to go to Florianopolis (Mission Headquarters) then in the afternoon we caught the bus going back to Joinville. We had interviews with Prez and on Wednesday we had zone conference. Zone conference was super sweet. I love it when we all get to hear Prez and Sister speak. They
reminded us of the importance of being obedient in all things. We caught the bus back to Sao Bento and got home that night. Thursday we were running around trying to get everything ready for our baptism on Saturday. We didn't have any minutes on our phone so we were running all around to try and get it all done. That night on our way home, we heard a crash behind us and a girl had fallen off her motorcycle so we ran over to see if she was all right. The bike was on top of her so I grabbed the right handle of the bike to pull it off her but the bike was still on. Right as a grabbed it and started to lift it just turned off. That was a blessing cuz if it hadn't I probably would have ran the bike right over her. I moved the bike out of the road and we talked to her. She was super shaken up and we tried to calm her down. We got her name and started just talking to her then got her contact info and offered to go to her house to leave a blessing of safety with her and her family. She accepted and then one of her friends showed up so we left her with him. Friday was super busy again and we had a ton of stuff to do. We went to Dirceu´s house (the guy we baptized a week ago) and got all his alcohol (his family wanted him to sell it. He had about 1000R$ worth) We tried to burn it in this big vase but it didn't work. It wasn't getting enough air so we dumped it out in the street to burn. Saturday was also crazy. We got a phone call telling us that I was getting transfered to Joinville on Monday and we had English class in the afternoon then we had to prepare for the baptism. The baptism went really well and there were a lot of people there. It was really cool. Sunday we had church and we had all the people that I baptized there except for one and we didn't even tell anyone that I was leaving. Church went well but our lunch fell through so we ate with Irma Cecilia. She had passed around a tee shirt for everyone to sign at church and she gave it to me at lunch. We ran around and I showed Elder Harker some stuff. We visited some families that should be getting baptized and we went and visited the girl that fell down on her bike and left a blessing with her. It was really cool and her family is really cool. I have a feeling that they will be getting baptized also sometime soon. We went to Camilas house. Her brother Gio was there. He's really cool and we talked to her mom ( her mom is reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and keeping a journal of her feelings every night for two weeks until the 15th.) I'm confident that she will get the response she needs to get baptized. Monday, I packed and now I'm here writing you. At noon I will be going to Joinville to get my new comp Elder Lincoln and go to my new area (Jardim Paraíso, Joinville North Zone)
Well that's about it. I'm going to try and send those cards home for you all today.
Love, Elder Millyard
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.