¡Hola! The Law famililia en los Estados Unidos.
Dear amazingly fantastic family,
¡Hello mi familia!
So, this week was interesting. We had the baptism of Manola, sorta. We prepared everything (our first without a nice problem preparing), and had nice attendance. We started, and everything was going fine. But then came time for the ordinance. The water was cold, and she being old and frail, was not very… “comfortable” to say the least. We put a chair in the water to help her: She could sit down, then lean back and we’d be good. The prayer was given, but her foot left the water when she was submerged. So, we tried again, this time without the chair. She kneeled down on a step going into the font, and would be lowered into the water. But again, she wasn’t completely submerged (she came up just before she entered completely). Long story short, we tried again without luck. By this time, she was cold, her back hurt, and she simply wanted to leave the water. We didn’t have the baptism. Bad planning on our part. I hope that Elder Mita will be able to baptize her in the future, because, I’m changing my area.
We got called last night, I’m leaving Reque. But that’s all I know, we don’t get told anything else, unless you’re going to train, but I’m not. So, it’ll be interesting. 🙂 My first area, three transfers, two companions. Sí, va a ser interesante después mañana.
Sounds like, “We’ve got a Birthday shout horray! HOORAY!!!” Happy Birthday Dad! That’s great that everyone was able to get together and be all happy and dandy. Elder Mita is going to have his birthday on the 29, and Elder Worsham’s birthday is on the 24th, AND, there’s a member here who’s birthday was on the 16th too! ¿Super mes de Feliz Cumpleños! How’s Novarad? Did they give you a cake? Cake is always good.
Sorry if my letter is short, but, like mom, my brain feels like mush right now.
Everyone have a fantastic week! Happy Birthday Tomorrow Dad!! Put a candle on the cake for me.
So, conference was pretty much amazing. There is SO much more I learned this conference than any other before hand. It all went by so fast! We all went to a stake center here for all the sessions. There were hardly anyone Saturday, but then there were TONS of people Sunday morning. Elder Worsham and I got to watch it in English, so I was quite excited.
Elder Oaks talk about children left quite the impression. And Scott D whiting’s talk about Temples. There should be no doubt that the Temple is the house of God. Therefore, there should be no doubt who enters the Temple. Our bodies are a Temple, therefore, there should be no doubt what we allow into our temples (not just physically). So good! Craig C. Christensen’s talk about the Holy Ghost was quite amazing, and Shane M. Bowen’s talk was so sad, but very powerful.
Did all the guys hear President Monson’s talk? The phrase he repeated, quite clearly at that, twice for emphasis? A WOMAN NEEDS TO BE TOLD SHE IS BEAUTIFUL. Elder Hollands talk was quite powerful, and I really hope that I never delay a prompting. “Ask the Missionaries! They can help you!” Elder Worsham and I were smiling about that. 🙂
Richard D. Scott’s talk, I thought that was a TJ talk. Are you doing Grandma’s Temple names TJ? 🙂
Elder Eyring’s talk about gifts was really good. I liked it a lot.
Personally, I thought a lot of conference, at least the saturday sessions, were about the family, and children. Very good.
One last thought, “If the Savior were beside you, what would you do?”
And what about the change in age for serving a mission? We were shocked. 18?! That’s so YOUNG! wow. And for the young women! That’s crazy! Pretty much there will be an influx of missionaries around the world.
And there is a new Temple in Peru!! We have a sister missionary here from Ataquipa, and she started crying when the announcement was made.
Yeah. Conference is incredible. Drink it in! Don’t take it for granted. And if you can send me the next conference Ensign, that’d be nice. 🙂
In other news, we have a baptism scheduled for this Saturday. Hna. Manola (87 años) will be baptized! Whoo! She finally accepted. I was quite excited, and didn’t really believe it at first to be honest. Unfortunately we still haven’t been able to see Omero or his wife. But we did find another man, Johnathan, who was interested in the Plan of Salvation and repentence. (Crossing my fingers)
Ana is working at Walmart. Qué chevere. 🙂 How’s Drew doing? Tell him I say Hi!
Quiestion: What’s Skylar’s mission address? I never got it.
I love you ALL! Have a fantastic post-Conference week! Make sure you listen to those talks, because they’re all quite amazing.
It is now October. Where did the last month go? It feels like it’s been a year and a few days all at the same time.
We baptized Italo! Happy day! It was pretty exciting, in more ways than one. They’re doing construction here on the roads to replace the water pipes (like in PG a few years ago). They had been working on the roads surrounding the church, and turned the water off for a few days. We went to the church to fill the font, and no water came. Another interesting note: no water would drain from the font either. So the water that was left in there from a baptism the previous week (other elders) was still in the font. It was quite gross. So Elder Mita and I got buckets, asked a member named Antony to help us, and began draining the font into the toilets of the girl’s bathroom. It was pretty strenuous. But here’s the amazing thing: Before we “put our shoulder to the wheel,” I knelt down and prayed.
I didn’t pray for the water to drain, or that we could get water. I prayed that I would receive the strength I would need, to drain the font, through the Atonement. Then I got up, and we drained it. It took about an hour or so, and it was pretty strenuous, but I didn’t get tired. I was swetty and gross, but I wasn’t exhausted like I would have been. I felt a push, a sort of strength that helped me. I know the power of the Atonement is real. Through it we can be forgiven of our sins, and become clean, but we can also do so much more than that with it. Elder Bednar has a talk about the Enabling Power of the Atonement in a Liahona (I don’t remember which). I suggest you read it.
After it was drained, we were going to bring water in from a near by house, but Antony told us that they’d turn the water back on at 6:00. So, we returned at 6:00, and lo and behold, there was water. The baptism went on as planned, and it was quite excellent. Italo’s whole family was there (They’re all less actives except for his older brother)! And they all attended Church the next day as well! I had the amazing opportunity to confirm him a member and give him the Holy Ghost.
We also had the most people attend Church yesterday than I had ever seen. We had members, less actives, and investigators. We ran out of seats at the end, so Elder Mita and I stood in the foyer.
So, that was pretty exciting.
On another note,
GENERAL CONFERENCE, It’s a wonderful feeling. General Conference, comes twice a year!
It’s this week! How amazing is that! It’s pretty much going to be one of the best things ever. You should all go to the conference center for one of the sessions as a family so I can see you when the congregation sings. 🙂 Prepare for it, because God’s Prophet is going to talk, and it will be heavenly! Make sure you make pancakes Jeffrey!
Mom, There are many one way streets in Peru. The description you gave of Brazil is just about the same here. but they only make the front of the houses look nice. 🙂
My feet are fine! That Sombra stuff works miracles. (Uncle Dan and Aunt Carol!) My shoos are good, except for one pair. I think it’s getting too small. What happens when that happens? Since it’s from Mr. Mac I can get a larger replacement pair, ¿sí?
We have a light breakfast, a heavy lunch and a medium dinner. We only eat lunch with members on the weekends. And there is rice at every meal after breakfast, but not beans. Rice and Rice…. eevveerryywwhheerree…. I think Matthew can relate. 😀 ((Yes, yes I can, lol))
I love you all! I probably forgot to write something, but that’s okay, I think.
I love you Jeffrey! You have been an amazing example to me with your letters and your support. You too Matthew! I can now understand a little of the whole “I served a mission” phrase. (There is a LOT packed into those four words)
Love LOVE LOVE!
Tell everyone that I love them, and give hugs in my behalf.
-Love, Elder Law #3
(Like always,) ¡HOLA Familia!
I’ll just jump right into it and explain my topic in a bit. Italo has his baptism on the 27, and things are looking up for that. But now his Dad wants him to wait. We’re going to talk with him tonight and help him see that his son has made this decision on his own. But Italo is pretty excited! Thursdaaaaaaa-AAY, here we come! (He also attended church. )
We still haven’t been able to see Omero or his wife since two weeks ago. Sad day. But then we did get to teach another woman named Edith (about 30 years old) this week. Did I tell you about her? I can never remember, all my past letters become mush. (Unless they are phycial letters from home. Then they become precious mana from heaven.) But we taught her and her son David, and things have been going good with her so far. She’s adding a second story to her house so we won’t be able to see her until at least this Friday (fingers crossed).
We also got to do a fun service thing in an area called Cayalti on Saturday. It’s about 30-40 minutes away, and we cleaned a plaza. It was all caked with dirt. Now it sparkles. 🙂
So, I’m going to be the closest to Mom and Dad this next week than I will be the rest of my mission. If I yell super loud, maybe you can hear me.
“I LOVE YOU!!!!!”
That’s pretty crazy being in Brazil. Did you practice Portugues on Rosetta Stone Mom or Dad? Jeffrey will have quite the time translating. Make sure you go to at least one Temple while you’re there. (And get me a tie too. )
And TJ is witing me a letter! Awe, thanks! I can’t wait to read it.
Temple dedication! Exciting!
Not much else happened, sorry if it seems short.
LOVE YOU, Dad, Mom, Matthew, Jeffrey, TJ and Robyn!
So, first off, good news: Monday night last week, we had a family home evening with Italo and his Mom and brother. We taught about baptism and faith and Temples and families and the importance of baptism for our families and how with baptism we can be sealed in the Temple with our families, and it was excellent. Italo REALLY accepted to be baptized on the 27th, and his Mom was also glad about it. Whoo! He attended church yesterday and liked it, and I’m very sure he’ll progress wonderfully to his baptism next week. (Fingers crossed!)
Our other investigators… yeah, it’s like waves on a sea. They’ll get all excited to attend church, and it’ll seem like they really want to go, but then something happens and they don’t show up. Except for an investigator named Claudio (I told you about him right?). We were waiting for his wife to return from Jaen so they could get married then be baptized, and from what he’s told us his wife returned yesterday! WHOO! He’s super amazing: He’ll tell us people who he thinks could use our help, and we go to them with mostly positive results. One woman named Elva has been quite receptive.
Omero, we went to his house yesterday and he and his wife weren’t home. hmmmm……
Wow, sounds like Regional Conference was AMAZING! Was it at our stake center? I like the Atonement analogy. Just don’t be looking for a Jacket at the Copacabana Matthew. It always ends up wrong. ((Lol! I love my bro~ XD))
Jeffrey ends his mission next week! How crazy is that? How many temples are in Brazil? How many can you go to next week? 🙂 And make sure you send me some of those beans you can cook. I want to try some! (Not really, that would make them all moldy and gross and cancerous. … “It’s weird! It’s weird! AHHH!!!”)
I love you family! Thank you for your letters AND prayers!
-Elder Law #3