Monday, July 24, 2017

80th Week Out, Week 16 Puerto Iguazu "WEW...I'm being transferred and becoming ZL1!"

Hello! This is the week of transfers.
I will be going to a place called Garupa! I've been there before!
I was there a lot doing divisions with the zone leaders. But I guess
it's my turn now to be the zone leader as I will be moved up to ZL1!
They aren't even going to train me. I'm going to be straight up the
senior companion zone leader with a missionary that has only 4 or 5
months. My zone is also the 2nd largest in my mission. But everything's
fine, tranquilo! I'm probably going to end the mission in this setting.
So YEA MAN! I'm just going to go to work, and finish strong! I can also 
visit my first area and my first baptisms!

But to end my email I would just like to talk about an experience.
Over my mission I have noticed that I think more and speak less.
I think the longest parts of my mission are the hours and hours
spent waiting to board and to arrive in the large 2 story omnibuses
of South America! I decided one day that I wasn't going to be tempted
by the entertainment of the television screens but I meditated with 
Heavenly Father for as long as the trip would go. I think it was that
day that I really started thinking. I started my prayer and it was like
I had openned the fridge for the 5th time looking for some kind of food
that maybe I had missed again! My brain was as if it were, stuck on
windows 98 still! A barren wasteland it was. But I walked around it however.
Long-story short, I reached a new platform in my mind. It wasn't just a
calculator, or a memory card. But a stage, and a theater. A refuge, and
a classroom. A holy place, and a battle ground. I flew through dimensions
even as Doctor Strange! (yes I saw it in an omnibus, I'm a sinner)

May sound a little cheesy, until you experience it yourself.


What is the gift of knowledge?

Impressions of Puerto Iguazu:
I am the first Elder apparently in a long time to establish a relationship
with the Branch President here. He teared up my last day in his house. It was
over a small tie that he told me he liked a while back, and I gave it to him.

Monday, July 17, 2017

79th Week Out, Week 15 Puerto Iguazu "One time I thought..."

I love to exist.

What a priviledge it is to BE. To ACT and not be ACTED UPON. You can have REAL ZEAL to LIVE. To do things, to go higher, to be better. When you find out that you were alive before you were alive, and you're told that you were ordained to do great things... What is it that you need to know from that. Why does the Lord allow us to know these things? Why? :)

Someone once told me "Death exists not, for those who believe in Jesus Christ"

Impressions of Iguaz├╣:
-I've noticed that mental and physical liveliness is healthy

Monday, July 10, 2017

78th Week Out, Week 14 Puerto Iguazu "O Meu Goodness!"

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The world goes round even when you're not there. Do we have flying cars yet? Robot butlers? Has chocolate milk made it on tap yet? What's happening on the front page of society? What are the cameras aiming at?

What's college like? What's my eternal companion doing? What kind of car will I drive? What's my next calling? Who are my children? How many will I have? Who are my ancestors that I am so blessed by?

What's going to happen in 20 years? Can I watch Chitty-Chitty-bang-bang on Netflix now? Have they brought back the Jetsons on television? What's it like to live on top of a super tall building looking over a huge city evey morning?

I know what this is. Endure to the end. It's fun.

Something that has helped me a lot this week is this phrase "Let the peaceful, happy moments roll!" 

Worry not: D&C 43:34-35

34 Hearken ye to these words. Behold, am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Treasure these things up in your hearts, and let the solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds.
35 Be soberKeep all my commandments. Even so. Amen.













Monday, July 3, 2017

76-77th Week Out, Week 12-13 Puerto Iguazu "If you want to view paradise, take a look around and view it."

FREAKIN HELLO!

I am doing great! I love the mission! Still here in Iguazu! I can't wait for my next area because it shall be my last as I have 3 transfers left. I'm pretty sure I'll either stay here and finish training Elder Santos or I will recieve another Greenie.

I would just like to bare a testimony: 

I love this church.
I know it's the true church. 
It's so real to me. 
I am so grateful for my membership to it. 
I want to serve in it the rest of my life. 
And I love Jesus Christ. 
I love repentance. 
I love life, because it gives me knowledge, it gives me second chances. 
God is a Holy, Righteous man who desires only that we are happy, and safe, and with Him. 
I marvel every single day at the mercy he contstantly holds out to me. 
I watch His hand go before my face and touch people. 
Like Jesus Christ touched the rocks in front of the Brother of Jared and the lit up.
What a priviledge it is to live this life.

God is a wonderful person.

Impressions of Puerto Iguazu:
-There is a place here called 3 Fronteras! THERE IS A HOLOGRAPHIC LIGHT SHOW THERE! IT WAS SO COOL!

Monday, June 19, 2017

75th Week Out, Week 11 Puerto Iguazu "Training once again!"

Hey, I'm alive! Yea man! Training once again! Elder Santos, Recife Brazil, 19 years old, 6 days on the mission. I love my new companion! He's super funny and ready to work! Very neat to watch him testify. He knows how to teach with the spirit. Reminds me of my first days.

But yea man. I'm not in auto-pilot, and I am taking a view of my huge strides that I haven't noticed before. I really like to study the scriptures. I have a Spanish seminary book for the Book of Mormon. Absolutely delicious indeed. I think I've opened to the middle of the book a few times just to look at cool stuff! I've received a lot of impressions about the DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. It's really simple for those who have not yet been baptized and they seek to find the doctrine. And something spectacularly greater for those who are baptized by the authority of God and want to follow and understand the doctrine.

I actually didn't like to read the parts of the Book of Mormon where there were battles and stuff that only talked about that. I loved to read only the sermons and messages filled with information about the eternities and the path way too it. But I actually wasn't paying enough attention. For example in 3 Nefi 4 its FREAKIN SICK! They wreck the crap out of the Gaddianton Robbers. And then they praise God! The verses that hit me the most were these.

And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites, when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi, had all fallen to the earth, and did liftheir cries to the Lord theiGod, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.
And it came to pass that whethe armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen witfear because of the terror otheir armies.
10 But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephitedid not fear thembut they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protectiontherefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them thewere prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.
YEA MAN! So that. And I have also been having a lot of success here in Iguazu. Not really baptism wise but in many other ways. I may have a family baptized here though in a few weeks.  I'll share her story some other day for I am out of time.

Love Elder Horton!

Impressions from Puerto Iguazu:
- I think I've mastered a pancake mix, and a buttermilk syrup. #Iamlearned

Monday, June 12, 2017

74th Week Out, Week 10 Puerto Iguazu " I love to be a Missionary!"

My last day with Elder Hawkins!

I will be training ONCE AGAIN. I believe I will have a Brazilian companion. (going to speak some real portuguese!) (help me Brennen!) But yea! I am coming around the 18 month mark now! All of the sisters in my MTC district are finishing their missions this transfer! Well the transfer ended yesterday, so they are pretty much done this week. ITS SO CRAZY! I LOVE IT!

But yea, a thought for now:
If you had faith that........... you would.............!

-If you had faith that the Word of Wisdom really did give blessings of longer life and protection and positive living you would probably follow that commandment a little better!

-If you had faith that we actually have a prophet of God on the earth right now you would listen to his words more intently and take them more preciously!

-If you had faith that the Book of Mormon really is written by other prophets of God you would do the same as you would for the point above this one!

-If you had faith that your Patriarchal Blessing literally contains the words of the Lord to you, you probably would use it every single day, and study it thoroughly, a lot!

-Etc..

(-if you HAVE faith that......... you WILL..............!)

Impressions of Puerto Iguazu:
I've learned that a lot of the languages down here are controlled by your nose. If you can master the nose sounds, you can master any language over here.

Monday, June 5, 2017

73rd Week Out, Week 9 Puerto Iguazu " I'm only 19! Well..That's good enough!"

Hi! I'd just like to share a thought I've had in my personal study.

I have found it necessary to write down my personal revelations. I had an impression that it shows respect to He who gives it. Even down to the very neatness of what you write down shows respect and opens the door to receive more. You may even notice that the revelation turns out more developed than you thought after writing it down. I started to take advantage of this because I now carry a little book around with me as much as I can. Whenever I have a moment I write down what someone said to me, or what impression I received. My experience with that has shown me that our Heavenly Father is ready at all times to give. If you want to receive, you just have to be ready to receive and IT WILL COME. I know with all my heart that the church I represent is the only true church that is on the earth. And God is ANXIOUSLY waiting for his children to come into his Holy Houses and be His pupils. I miss the temple... Ha!

I had a fantastic week! Que tengan ustedes una semana mejor!!

Impressions of Port Iguazu:
-I love to eat cream cheese and dulce de leche with a sesame seed cracker....!