Thank you for one more amazing letter! Eu gostei como a carta começou em espanhol! Eu vou precisar aprender para falar com pai! Eu entendo tudo mas para falar (hablar) é meu desafio.
I learned this week that the word difficult doesn’t exist. But we should use the word challenge to substitute. To run a marathon is not difficult, but it is a challenge!
We had a week of miracles and I would like to share them with you all!!! We planned the wedding and baptisms of two couples this week! On Thursday we woke up at 5:00 to grab the bus for them to get married. The wedding was a success and we came back and that night we had a reception. My Companion Elder Harmon sings very well. So while we were coming back we were asked to sing a song for the wedding. We were brain storming of what song we could sing and we both decided on RASCAL FLATTS! ha Brasil needs to get to know this magical music too! So Elder Harmon on the piano played Bless the Broken Road and we both sang our hearts out! I felt like a rock star! There were more then 200 people and the applause was very nice.
We then had the baptism and We invited President and Sister Souza to come and watch. But, during the interviews one of the couples decided to wait a little more time because they were not sure about the church and were looking for a more powerful answer. I learned a very big lesson with this. When I heard that, my mind automatically wanted to prove to them how the church is true and show them all the changes in their lives, forcing them to be baptized. But it came to my head, ``rely on the Lord`` I held all of that inside and we promised to them that if they would read 3 Nephi 11 and pray they would receive what they were looking for. This was on Saturday night. That happened and we arrived at church Sunday morning and The couple came up to us and said that they received their answers. That night they did exactly what we asked them and while they were sleeping the wife had a dream. She usually has nightmares but Saturday night she had a dream that filled her heart with peace. She woke up and said that someone was calling her name to follow the voice. She said that she felt so good when this voice called her that she knew it was Heavenly Father. We didn’t wait another second and Said, ``Will you follow the Example of Jesus Christ in being baptized on Saturday?`` and they said YES! I am learning to rely a lot more on the Lord and the promises that he has given us and when we do that, we receive the help we need and His will is done!
Just to clarify about skype and the phone call. We can only do one or the other, Sunday on the phone, or Monday on skype. I wrote down the hours and we would love to skype on Monday night 7:00 my time if dad will be home. I would like to talk to everyone, so if dad won’t be home it would be better to call on the phone Sunday about 5:00 my time. Don’t get stressed....... Friday night around 7:00 my time Elder Harmon will call you (521-6781) to set everything up officially. :) You will be able to understand his Wyoming accent really well!!! We are looking for a place with skype still... so Friday night we will call with all the final plans!
I love you all so much and I can’t wait to see you all again! I love you so much!!!
I am loving the letters from the new ward members too! Thanks mom and dad for having so many friends that give me that boost on the mission!
Dallin, I loved the part that you wrote in the letter about ending the mission the way you want to start your life after. I have been thinking a lot about that! Thanks,
Clark, Becky, Cassie, Danielle, Trevor,
Thank you once again for the e mail! I love hearing from all of you every week. I am very happy to know that Mom and Dad are going on dates and having a great time together. I was conversing with President Souza this week, and did you know that as mission presidente there is one day every week that is Date night! It is a rule to go on dates and have fun together. I can imagine how it must be good for them to get away from all the problems in the mission and relax, much like mom and dad getting away from the two rascals of the house:) at least it isn’t four rascals ;)
Thank you very much for the prayers for our families. Everything is going very well with them. They all went to the stake conference this week. Presidente and Sister Souza were present and briefly spoke with us. Preidente Souza called all of us missionaries to stand in the congregation and just gave us compliments on our work. There was a new elder that didn’t understand and stood up a little late, but he told everything to work with the missionaries because they are angles sent to do the Lords wiork. I felt very good. But this week, the families will be interviewed on Thursday, then married on Friday, baptized on Saturday and Confirmed on Sunday. It is going to be a very special week, and Presidente and Sister Souza will be present for the baptisms! Elder Harmon and I are very excited to see the progress in the families. We have been giving lots of emphasis on family prayer and scripture reading, and I realize how much patience you had with me and these two things. I am sorry I never understood the importance of these fundamental activities. To hear the prayer of the two little kids, Otavo (7anos) and Elias(5 anos) is the best blessing I have ever heard, especially knowing that their parents taught them. A tear slipped last night when we visited them and Elias wanted to say prayer like they do every night. So we all knealed by the bed and he offered a prayer, reciting every animal that he saw that day, his whole family and our names. It was very special.
Elder Harmon and I are getting along very well and Elder Harmon sings like an angel! We sang brilha mega luz (lead kindly light) acapelo and it was beautiful! At the pulpit my legs were SHAKING!!! But that is why we have the pulpit, to hide those things! ;)
I love your Idea of the cabin just our family for that week that I will be home!!! That was Inspiration!!! I feel the same way about the trip to Brasil. It would be awesome to come back a little later, to hit up the beaches and all the beautiful parts here. Don’t worry about the trip, it will all work out one day :) Who knows Bolivia too!
Thanks so much for helping with BYU. I have been speaking with some missionaries about lap tops here and I am leaning to a Mac book, because of its organization and how it is very easy to use. What are your ideas on a lap top? Maybe craigs list has some used that would be good to use.
About skype... what would be the best times to skype? I will be able to use skype on Monday and we can call on the phone Sunday. If Monday works for everyone to be home that would be great. What time on or Sunday or Monday would be best to plan? I hope the skype works out too... don’t get down!!! I will see you all!!! And I don’t remember my skype password or anything... can you create one for me?
How was mixed doubles? Did you get some awesome net work done! I bet you had a blast going to Boise to play! I remember how much fun it was watching all the matches and being part of such a big tournament! Did your hotel have a pool? ha How are your serves going? Are you getting aces?
I love you all s o o o o o much!!!