Well, we have recently left our conference with Elder Bednar, it was amazing! But I won´t start there.
So, I got called and asked to come to the office on monday instead of tuesday to get training ready and to prepare for transfers. I managed to visit Catia in Simões Lopes and Wanda ( some of the first people that I met and baptized on my mission) I sadly didn´t get to say good bye to anybody in my actually area in Princesa Isabel, but maybe when we are on exchanges with the Elders there we will be able to pay a visit. I was sad to not be able to say goodbye, there was a really speacial family that we are teaching that I really wanted to be able to see, so for sure when we are there I will go and visit them.
Tuesday was really actually kind of fun. First things first we went to the airport with President Castro and the family to go and pick up the new missionaries at the airport. They were all there waiting around not knowing what to do when me and Elder Singelo got there. First they called over to us and I could tell they were all really excited. I remember meeting President Swenson at the airport and feeling excited to finally know him personally. Our phone stopped working that morning so we had to switch our SIM card, but it didn´t have our contacts so we couldn´t call hardly anyone, it wasn´t a really easy day for our phone to stop working but it was alright.
We gave a quick training to the new missionaries and to get them excited I taught the Baptismal Haka ( I don´t know if I spelt that right, but it´s that polanisian dance :P but not really, just something my trainer had made up. ) We next went and gave a quick training to the new trainers. It was a really good group of missionaries. I had been a little disappointed in the past with a few trainers but I looked on our group there and I feel really good about all of them, I´m sure they will do really well.
The work here is really doing well. Elder Dawson and Elder Singelo have done a great work here already. Kenia, a young woman (25) they have been teaching for a few weeks was baptized yesterday! She is really special and understands really clearly what is being taught and is studying and seeking a lot. We also have been teaching Cevanir, that will be baptized next week. When we taught her she talked about how so many people need this message and that she had invited her neighbor to church, then went and invited her to hear our message. So we started teaching Helena. When we were teaching Helena (the neighbor) Cevanir ran into another friend and marked a day for us to go visit her. We don´t really spend to much time in the office thankfully and we have been getting out and going to work a lot, I really like Elder Singelo a lot. Honestly he had slept in our house a few times in Pelotas and I wasn´t too impressed haha, but I like him a lot as a companion.
I forgot to mention ( don´t know if anyone will remember him) but Elder Falcão finished his mission this last transfer. When I started my mission he was in Simões Lopes with me. I feel like the last leaf on the tree. He is a really good missionary and was a great leader. I will miss him a bunch.
Well, today was our really special conference with Elder Bednar. I don´t really want to attempt to pass along what he taught us cause it won´t come out right, especailly in writing. But we talked a lot about acting and not being acted upon, it was really spiritually motivating and we learned about having our own spiritual experiences instead of waiting for others to help us to have them. He gave a council that was interesting, but I found it insteresting that I had already received this council from The Spirit before, but he reminded me of it. When we go to a meeting we don´t need to take notes on what is being said, the true teacher is The Spirit, so we should pay attention and write down the impressions of The Spirit the come to us when the message is being conveyed. This came to me during last general conference. I was taking notes and I felt really dumb all of the sudden because I new that in a few weeks all of those talks would be sent our in the monthly Liahona, so why would I bother writing down every word he they said, there is already somebody else doing that. So I decided to see what The spirit would impress me to change about my own life as the speakers were talking. It is a much better tactic, I suggest that everyone try it. The true teacher will always be The Spirit, so we should write down what The Teacher teaches.
We were sent a few talks to read in preparation for the meeting, and it really helped, we talked about Learning by Faith. That was have to step just a little bit into the darkness and the path is then illuminated just a few steps in front of us to continue walking, most of us want the path illuminated all at once. When we ask for a confirmation of what is right as an answer to our prayers, we must be comitted to following the answer that The Lord will send to us. Again, I´m not really paraphrasing, just explainging what came to me during the meeting. My experience has been that usually, we receive a testemony from The Spirit by living acording to the commandments and The Spirit confirms to our heart and mind that what we are doing is pleasing to The Lord and will bring us happiness. Faith is much more than just believing but it truly is an action. Man, I love The Gospel. I have started to do a study on The Spirit, how he teaces us and how i can be guided in all I do and be worthy of His company, it seems like The Lord really attended my prayers to learn more by sending one of His special witnesses to teach us today.
The Lord really does love us. Because of this love, He usually gives us the means, and not the end, so that we grow and learn during our experiences. I love The Savior and His gospel. I also love you all back home, but I honestly don´t think about you too much :P just every now and then. Thanks for the package. Wow, I will be 21 tomorrow, I just remembered that haha.
Elder David F Morgan