Monday, January 13, 2014

Rodrigo's baptism

Happy Birthday Mom! I hope it’s great.  What are you all planning on doing? Disney sounded awesome. Those pictures are great.  But hey Chris! Dude! Be careful ok? That picture is nuts.  I’m glad you’re all ok!

This week was awesome. Rodrigo got baptized!  He had a lot of family support at the baptism.  His grandma and a few of his cousins came. Everything went really smooth.  The next day he got confirmed and received the priesthood, so next Sunday he'll get to pass the sacrament!

Happy Day for Rodrigo, Elder Marsh and Elder Clark
The young men in our ward are really cool.  There’s about 7 of them that come every week.   They are always together and look like a gang of kids when they walk around church.  Sometimes they get into trouble because they eat all the food in the fridge without asking haha.   Sunday, they ate a cake that Elder Clark and I bought for the ward council meeting! The cool thing though is that they all come to   church by themselves because either their parents aren’t members or they are inactive. Hopefully we can do some work with their families!

Jacob's Selfie
We have a really cool member in our ward here.  He’s in one of the pictures--the one where the guy with the beard took a picture of himself.  You might be thinking, "Hey that guy looks super American!"  He is. His name is Jacob and he’s from Washington state and served a mission in Sao Paulo. He married a girl from our ward that he met when he was in the MTC. He’s the ward mission leader here, so we do a lot of visits together. It’s strange because two Americans walking down the street look out of place and now we have three!  Jake is really funny though, and the investigators like him a lot.

I gave a talk in sacrament meeting yesterday. I was super nervous, but it went pretty well...I think. I hope the members actually understood what I said.  I know I messed up a little when I was talking about the story of Ammon guarding the king’s sheep.  I accidently said that the men tried to attack Ammon with "mirrors" instead of swords.  That may sound like a hard thing to mix up but the words are similar in Portuguese haha.  Espelho and espada.

Basically the talk I gave was about the importance of speaking up about the Church of Jesus Christ.  As members, we are super different than the rest of the world.  We eat differently, drink differently, speak differently, dress differently......People notice that! People question, "Why does he do that?" so our job is to respond!  Everyone needs the gospel whether they know it or not.  But some people will never get the chance to learn about the gospel unless we talk to them about it.  There is a scripture I like that talks about this in

 1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

This church is true and I love you,

Elder Marsh


Elder Clark, Rodrigo and Elder Marsh

Rodrigo's baptism with all his family


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