Heyall! (Yall! I am country now!)
Well it was another week on the mission and I am every day convinced that through the things that happen in our lives, the Lord molds us and makes us who we should be. You feel that on the mission, you feel the Lord guiding you and giving you opportunities to grow and be tested so you can be better. It is pretty darn cool. I am so grateful for the love of the Lord and for the Plan of Salvation - to know that everything will work out for our good and benefit is a great comfort.
Funny story of the week - We were contacting a reference we got from an investigator. We knocked on the door and a young man opened the door. We explained who we were and that we wanted to share a message with him. He was flying a kite (pipa) at the time and without a moment of second thought he said, `No, no sorry, I am busy right now.` Afterwhich he promptly turned his back to us and continued to fly his kite. We laughed and went to our next appointment but from now on when we see someone flying a kite (and they have a ton of kite-flyers here in Brazil) we say to ourselves how busy the young generation of Mineiros are. :)
Don´t have too much new to say or report. We had a great Zone Conference this week with Pres and Sister Fortunato. It really inspired me to be more animated and to use my faith more. It is such a blessing to be a missionary. I know that this is the Lord´s church. I know that the way to happiness is the gospel.
And one more thought to close - I was struck by how the gospel really is for everyone. You don´t have to be incredibly smart, incredibly rich, incredibly beautiful or incredibly popular to please God. You have to keep the commandments, you have to have faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost and endure to the end. That is what God requires. He looks on the heart and in this world where every day more and more people look at how much you have, how much you know or things of that sort, God looks at your sincere desires and your faithfulness in doing what is right. Anyone can be saved, anyone can enter into the Kingdom of our Lord. Isn´t that cool?
I love you all! Have a wonderful wonderful week!
And i hope you all had a very patriotic 4th of July! I wore a red, white and blue tie for you all, just so you know.