Muriaé!‏ 3.15.2014

Buenos Dias, mis amigos! Hoy és Sábado!
You know what that means! Its p-day! WOOT!

The weeks are flying by and I am just telling time to, “SLOW DOWN!” I feel like yesterday was P-day. We have been traveling a ton! On Tuesday we were in Petrópolis all day, on Wednesday we were in an exchange with the Zone Leaders in Manchester, Thursday we were in Ubá and Muriaé (more on that later), and yesterday we had a big meeting to start Transfer preparation, swept by the hospital for my comp to talk to a doctor, and then had an activity with the ward. Now it is P-day! That was my last week!

We are really happy and I am trying to be a bit healthier and trying to make healthier choices. On Thursday I ate a salad for lunch to take a day off from the rice and beans. That stunk! The salad was quite tasty but I went the entire day craving for salgados (junk food) and pizza! But I made it through with a couple of granola bars. Why can’t eating well be more fun?

I love President and Sister Cascardi, they are really the best and traveling with them is super fun because they have the best time bickering about directions, it reminds me of home! After taking the wrong route due to the GPS we passed through a tiny city called Guidoval, the smallest city I have ever seen. The main attraction in the city is the “Banco dos Aposentados” or the Bench for retired people! We passed by that bench and there were a bunch of elderly people wondering what we were doing in their dear city! In the millennium there will be a mission in Guidoval.

We are going to be opening up a brand new branch in a city that has been without the church for 6 years! The city is called Muriaé and it is super cool. We got to the city to start preparations for apartments, getting a meeting house ready, and inviting people to come on Sunday when we will have our first meeting in Muriaé! We are going with President on Sunday to have the first meeting there. We got to do a little proselyting in the city and the people there are super receptive to the missionaries. We met families that are going to see the chapel opening on Sunday, and I can’t wait to see what fruits are going to come from that city!

I love seeing the work of the Lord progressing in our mission; it is a fulfillment of the statement that Joseph Smith offered over a hundred years ago:
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”
This IS the truth. It is going forth and we are the standard bearers, as we let our light shine, the Lord will provide us opportunities to serve and save our brothers. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve as His missionary!
A fé é tudo!
Elder Yost

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