Feliz Ano Novo! ‏ 12/28/2013

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Happy End of 2013!

I hope that all of you had a great Christmas. So, how was your Christmas? What was something that you did this year that you never did before? Let me know!

My Christmas was GREAT! I got to see the whole family and that was just a Huge blessing. Everyone looks great and healthy. Brick has gotten Huge! That kid is such a STUD! I am so Happy to be able to have talked with everyone and have felt close to them on such a special day.

We spent a lot of time in the office this Christmas, and I was getting kind of anxious to get out. The minute that we finished everything that we needed to do, we were on the street and talking with everyone. Well, there were a lot of people that were caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Holiday so we decided to try something else. Because we are in a city area, there are a TON of apartment buildings, they all have security guards that work on Christmas, so we thought, hey let’s just go and wish all of the security guards a merry Christmas and invite them to learn more about Christ. It was a great idea! We met Carlos that way, a really simple man who seems to be looking for the truth. He showed us pictures of his children and expressed for us how much he loves them. We got to teach about how great it is to know that God wants our families to be happy and united forever. As we talked with Carlos, we felt the spirit testify and it was a great Christmas gift that we received just as much as he did.

Every day is a great day to be a missionary, I am so happy that I have 6 more months to preach the gospel.

How great of a year was it?! 2013 was a whole year of just being a missionary for me! WOO HOO! It was the best year ever, really! I have been talking with Elder Baxter L. Wilde About what goals we should make for this next year. The end of a year is a time to reflect about how we can improve for the next year. We make goals and plans to carry out those goals; goals for physical health, scholarly achievement, relationships, and spiritual growth. The last one is important in my view. At the end of 2013 we need to do a little bit of soul searching find out how we can improve our relationship with Christ. We can ask ourselves what were our sins and bad habits this last year, and then let’s make the goals and plans so that we can leave those things behind.

As we leave behind sins, habits, and whatever else, we should draw wisdom from the classic story in the Bible of Lot and his family. The Lord’s commandment to Lot and his family was simple, leave behind their sins and trust that the Lord would bless them immensely. Was it tough? I’m sure it was. We know that the Lord warned Lot and his family not to look back on what they had left behind. Lot’s wife did not heed this commandment, instead of keeping her eyes fixed on the blessings that the Lord had promised to her, she looked back and desired to return to those sins she left behind.

Let’s leave behind what we need to pick up our cross and follow Christ. He will lead us to green pastures, new opportunities, and true happiness, I testify of that as His missionary in Brazil.

Happy New Year!
A Fé é Tudo!
Elder Topper Yost

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