Well, yesterday was a wonderful day. We finally had our first baptism here since Adriana when I first got here. Elder Moura was worrying that he would leave the area without one. This family was really quite a blessing to us. If you have been reading my emails for the last few weeks, we had a family whose mother had a dream about us, then we thought that they were running from us. Turns out, there is a lot of problems in that house and the spirit of the devil has a strong grip on the place. Nevertheless, we have made a dent there. Even better, yours truly entered the waters with Allan (11 years old) to perform his first performance of a baptism. A photo should be sent with this email.
So, about the mission, it´s true. The mission will split on July 3rd and three areas (including Osasco) of the North Mission and some of Interlagos are combining into the West mission. We are not to speculate who will go and who will stay (The claw will decide all), but I do hope to finish under President Martins, who will be staying here in the North mission. He has been so wonderful to serve under for the last 8 months. However, the downside is that the São Paulo temple will be in the West mission. For the last while now, the Area Presidency hasn´t let us go to the Campinas temple (a half-hour drive from here) because it´s out of area. However, I met several missionaries that were serving in São Paulo South attend the temple while I was in the MTC. So, we´ll see. I won´t know anything until about May.
Good for Derek! Go, serve, have fun now! You will be an effective elder out there!
Treat those ambassadors well, please. They are kids with Mothers and Father who worry about them, too. Great to hear about the new kid
Some things have stuck out to me recently. Especially regarding what Pres. Monson calls: the heavenly virtue of Patience. When I looked in the synonyms guide, I saw Humbleness and Meekness. The word here for meek means well-trained and obedient. That struck me. What does patience have to do with being obedient, well-trained, and humble? Well, I´ll tell you, at least from a missionary´s perspective. When you are humble, you realize that all of this is controlled by a Supreme Father in Heaven and you are a part of this. You realize that Your Father is mindful of you, otherwise you would not be blessed with the blessings that you have. You thank him for letting you be a part of it, and then you try and do the best work possible. Humble means recognizing, and recognizing true things contributes to your supply of patience. Being obedient means you know what the Lord expects of you, and you do it. It means that, no matter the task or for how long, you cheerfully show up to work and do it “For God loves a cheerful giver.” Well-trained is learning the Master´s voice. The dogs learn to know who calls, and without delay, they respond to the call. They don´t question the order, for they know who gives it. So we must be too.
We have been privileged to be Latter-Day Saints and thus we know the Master´s voice and call. We learn to respond and obey, and because we know whose voice it is, we know who is in the details. Thus, we spend less-time worrying about how long the task is, or how hard it is. We know that God will never abandon us or fail us, for we are his children. May we take a feeling of safety from this and go about doing our duty. Thus, we then understand patience and the power it gives us to overcome life´s mountains.
Eu amo vocês demais!