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!