Bom Dia! Espero que tudo esteja bem e de que vocês estão tendo um ótimo fim da semana!
It is so great that P-day is on Saturday for us here in the staff because I don’t feel so lame about being happy for a Monday when most of the world hates Mondays.
We are happy here in Juiz de Fora and just loving the life of being a missionary.
There is something that is called the “trunky call,” it is when the secretary calls you and asks what airport you want to go to when you go home. I have tried everything to avoid it, but this week I got the call… That was rough! I got 4 months left that is plenty of time! I am always joking with my companion because I tell him that he only has 2 transfers left. Well right now it just hit me, that if he only has 2 left, that means that I only have 3 left! AGH!
So last week I talked about taking advantage of today, I was trying to find the Thomas S. Monson quote but had to opt for the Kung-Fu Panda quote (a close second). Here is what I wanted to cite:
“Sometimes we let our thoughts of tomorrow take up too much of today. Daydreaming of the past and longing for the future may provide comfort but will not take the place of living in the present. This is the day of our opportunity, and we must grasp it.” Thomas S. Monson
It’s true! We must grasp it!
Alright this time it isn’t a Lie about the aliens! So we went on a road trip with President Cascardi to finish up the interviews in the mission. We went from Juiz de Fora to another city that is called Varginha. A trip that is longer than going from Irvine to Las Vegas! Varginha is a small city that has an obsession with a story that one day some people in the city reported a UFO sighting and the Brazilian army rolled in to the city. Due to that the city has a giant flying saucer in the middle of it and a big statue of an alien. If it were the States there would have been a diner inside of the saucer, a souvenir shop to the side and maybe even a whole amusement park about aliens. There wasn’t any of that, but it is the only claim to fame in that city.
President Cascardi drives really well and we were driving in the middle of the mountains when it got dark so he turned his lights off so that we could see the stars (while we were driving). These moments take my breath away! It is so freaking beautiful here! I love Brazil and I finally got my official Brazilian identity! I am one step closer to becoming a Brazilian! YES!
One of the big lessons that we learn as missionaries is the importance of being obedient to the Lord’s commandments. The human being searches for security that is a natural instinct. We want to have our happiness and peace secured. The Lord has given to us a guide of how to find security and happiness; they are a set of “rules” called commandments. When we understand the fact that God is a perfect being with a perfect love for us, we know that the commandments were made for us to make us happy and secure. I know that as we keep the commandments, God will bless us in so many ways just like it says in Mosiah 2:40
“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”
I know that its true!
A fé é tudo!
Elder Topper Yost