Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

May 12, 2014
Mother’s Day was great.  I was so excited to see all you guys.  The time seriously passed so quickly.  But hey, Christmas is just around the corner!

Our week went super well.  We had a great zone conference that lasted all day on Thursday.  Our mission president is super spiritual.  When he talks, you pay attention.  He teaches with such ease and power.  I learned a lot about our attitude as missionaries.  He told us at the beginning, "When you accept your mission call, you lose you free agency.   You accepted to live a new life style with new rules If you don’t obey, then you are not a missionary.  You really don’t have a choice anymore!"  I liked that. Obedience is so key.  He told us that we need to change our mind set about the rules.  We can obey to just obey, or we can learn the principle behind the rules and obey to receive the blessings that come.  For example: We have a rule where we have to do at least 10 street contacts a day which means just talking to a random person in the street about the church.  The principle is that if we talk with people, then we'll have people to teach every day.  What I need to change is to not look at the number "10" as the goal, but make the goal "as many people as possible." With more contacts, come more lessons, and more investigators, and more baptisms in the end!

This week we had a really cool experience with the members.  We have an investigator, Valeska, who got baptized on Saturday because of her friends talking about the church with her.  This is cool. We have a member in our ward named Valeria who got baptized 12 years ago with her family.  She is super cool, a little crazy, and always talks about the church with people.  Two years ago she met her husband, Gilberto, and taught him about the church and he got baptized and they sealed in the  temple.  Gilberto's kids all have their own families now, and two months ago his daughter, Debora, and her family were baptized because Valeria and Gilberto invited her to an FHE.  And because of  Debora talking about the church, Valeska was baptized.  Things happen when we share the gospel!

Mom and Dad, I want you to know something......The Book of Mormon is true.

I love you,

Elder Marsh

Elder Queiroz and I getting ready to call mom
Elders Eskelson, Elder Marsh and Elder Miller who was in MTC and Pocatello
with Jordan, and he just arrived to Brazil.

FHE with Gloria and some other really fun members

Elder Leite de Souza and Elder F. Oliveira with Jake

Cleaning the font is hard and hot work.

Elders Marsh and Queiroz with Rosalia and her mom and daughters

Elder Marsh, eite de Souza and F. Oliveira hanging with the people

Mate with Elder Leite de Souza

Working hard in Brazil

Making homemade peanut butter with Ygor.

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