I don´t know if I have said this already, but I am currently living in the city of Riberão das Neves which means Snowy River in Portuguese. So you could just call me the Elder from Snowy River. Yeah, I did just make that 80´s movie reference.
This week was hard. We had so many meetings! It was way out of the ordinary. Tuesday, we had a district meeting with the Assistants and President. It was awesome. And then we had another district meeting with Assistants and President with the other district on Wednesday (also awesome) and then later on that same day we had a meeting with President and Bishop Edmilson (of our ward) and then on Friday we had a council with President and the Assistants at the office! It was all really inspiring and wonderful but also very out of the ordinary. When you are on the mission, you really get into a groove and when something goes out of the ordinary it can take some getting used to. But I am not complaining - it was a week that I will never forget! I learned so much from President and I am really loving Preach My Gospel. That manual is so inspired. President read the part in chapter 6 about Hope to me in my interview with him and it really touched me. I encourage you all to read what it says there.
But this week was hard because our two baptisms that we had lined up fell through on Friday. Always a bit discouraging but we aren´t letting that get us down. Our goal is six baptisms this week and we are going to reach our goal! With faith and works and the Lord, who can stop us? :)
Elder Smidt is a really funny and spiritual guy. We have spiritual discussions and are getting along well. I am looking forward to having a lot of success with him.
I´d like to close my letter with my honest testimony that I know that this work is the Lord´s. It is a humbling work. It is a hard work. But it is good and is not of men. It is of the Lord. I am so grateful for the gospel in my life. Obedience brings happiness and breaking the commandments just makes problems. I know that Pres. Monson is a prophet. I love my Savior and I invite everyone who reads this to think about what you are doing to follow the only perfect and Holy man who ever lived and make a plan to follow him more actively in your life. It is the only way we can be saved. I love you all!
Have a great week!