Hey meu povo do Provo! (and the Utah Valley Area)
I am here in the bustling city of Belo Horizonte after a short visit to the office so that Elder Francisco could be interviewed. He goes home on Wednesday - weird. It was fun to see some friends at the office today too.
This week was really good but also not as fruitful as it should have been. Unfortuntately, we only had 1 baptism in our entire zone! Yikes. We´ve got some good work ahead of us this week. I am starting to get the hang of being a Zone Leader - it is very different and I´m learning a ton about helping people change their atitudes. I have learned this week the blessing of work - if you are sad, tired, feeling lazy or confused, just start to work and I have learned that whatever negative feeling you had gets lost in the concentrated and diligent effort you make. Just keep swimming, just keep working and it will all work out. Funnily enough, I remembered a quote from Glory Road. The coach says ´I wasn´t the best player, but I busted my butt and I outworked better players. I am not the smartest coach, but I busted my butt and I outworked smarter coachs.´ I feel like that. Nossa lei é trabalhar!
I am everday more convinced that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way to be happy in this world. One day this week I woke up feeling stressed about everything that I had to do that day. I started listening to a talk by Pres. Monson about gratitude and in that very moment, I felt great peace. Hearing his voice and the Spirit, I immediately felt better and gained a stronger testimony that we have living prophets and that the Lord knows what we need and when we need it.
I love Brazil. It is a great crazy wonderful country. Riberão das Neves is a very blessed area and I am honestly very grateful to be here. I love you all and hope that you are happy, healthy and looking forward to the great week that it will be this week!
Come what may and love it!
(that is how you say Twilight in Portuguese and everyone says that when they see the name Jacob. Thanks Stephanie Meyer.)