Hey Guys! It’s me again, chiming in again from here in Juiz de Fora Brazil!
This week was a great one! We got through another week of transfers! We have this thing down! We tried new things this week and everything went well! Elder Wilde and Elder Charles went home! They were great companions, I learned so much with the two of them! Now I am the “oldest” missionary on the mission! That is crazy and I don’t believe it! I am in that phase where everyone says “Hey Elder Yost, this is your last (meeting, training, counsel, etc.) That is kind of funny! I laugh it off and get back to work. Elder Ferrin and I are having so much fun here with the work. At times it is slow and at times it is really fast. I feel like the only day I take a minute to take a breath is on p-day. And then it is back to work until the next one.
We have been looking for a lot of new investigators and have had some great experiences and challenges. Last night we went to follow up to a challenge that we extended to a family to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. We got to the door and the Dad came out and spewed a whole bunch of garbage at us (not literally). He told us that the “story” we taught them had no “foundation” and was “stupid.” For about 2 minutes it was kind of contentious as we tried to help him understand how he was basically making the worst decision ever by not giving the Book a chance by reading it and praying about it. It was kind of tough for me to take back the book. I know the Book of Mormon is true and bring light and happiness to whoever reads it with an open heart and “real intent.”
We had a group of new missionaries come in and I got to see Elder Kenning and Elder Jardine, two Americans who were serving back in the states and just got their visas to come to Brazil. They looked to shell shocked! Like “what is everyone saying?” We have all been there! I remember having the same fears, “Will I be able to do this?,” “Will I ever learn this language?” They are beginning the greatest journey of their life here in Brazil! It is the best way that we get to learn to trust in the Lord. And He magnifies our abilities. In a year Elder Kenning and Elder Jardine will be powerful missionaries who speak the Language fluently!
We have no time to get tied up in silly things. Life is a series of experiences strung together by decisions. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings a song called “Take Time to Be Holy,” there are great lessons learned in the words of this song. Here are some of the lyrics.
“Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
“Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
“Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.”
I love these lyrics! They teach us valuable lessons about how we need to take time each day to remember the Lord and do the things that He would have us do! We take time to update statuses, tweet, blog, eat, chat, level-up, and a million other things. But are we taking enough time to be holy? Do we search to make friends of God’s children or be led by His spirit to His fountains of love? If we don’t I think that we need to find that time. It will be the time best spent, I know that!
Until Next week! AKA Mother’s Day Eve!