Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016

Hey everyone,
Just another crazy week that we had here. we had transfers and we had 21 new missionaries come in! A great group of  Elders and Sisters.(everyone was telling me the knew Sister Hannah from the CTM) Most of the missionaries are from Brasil. In fact there were just 2 American Sisters. The prophet isn´t sending us any more Americans which is different because they were sending so many before. Just going with the will of the Lord! It was super crazy to get everyone their trainers, bus tickets, ect. But everything went right at the end.

   Also we moved our area to Guará2. Guará is one of the first cities to receive the gospel. They have the second oldest chapel. 10 years of go Guara was one of the strongestwards, but recently it has taken a tumble. The ward had only 3 baptisms last years sadly. President is wanted to help out the Ward get excited and to be a stronger ward again.

  So the week in Guará was amazing. We got to know the Bishop and the other leaders. We didn´t have any investigators because we are opening up the area so we just started visiting members. We were able to get 20 references this week from the members! They are starting to get really excited. We are starting to mark family nights with their none member friends, doing activities, and gaining their trust. getting this ball rolling.

This Monday we had the special lunch with President. this was something we put in place for the entire mission so that they would get more excited to work hard. The hardest working companionship for each zone was invited to eat lunch at Presidents house. It was a success, everyone loved the idea and put that last effort in. They had an amazing American BBQ that was prepared by President and Sister Lundgren. The missionaries don´t usually have  lunch at Presidents house but it was a fun to recognized the hard work they are doing.

Well I´m loving the mission. You couldn´t pay me a million bucks to leave the mission right now. I know the Lord has called me to learn and to serve.

Com Amor,
Elder Seth 

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016

Picture of the new missionaries! They all knew  Hannah from the CTM! Love you guys

And we had an ativity for the zone that had the most baptisms! The Mission is super excited!

We were 5 baptism short to break the record of baptisms in this mission of 8 years! Well get it next time

Elder Seth

Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 4, 2016

So conference was amazing! I loved every second of it. I felt that everything was said just for me. I was able to take everything and see how it apples to my life. I´m so grateful for Conference and the spirit it gives us to be better and to do better. Something that really touched me was when Gerrit W. Gong was talking about opening our hearts again. All of us already have had a confirmation that this is the church of Jesus Christ. But at time we seem to forget or it doesn´t seem as important as it use to be. He sited a line for the Poet T S Elliot that stuck to me, "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." So when we are getting use to the gospel in a way that we are becoming less excited to do the right. This is when he need to explore again where it all started. 

  We need to "open our hearts to the Book of Mormon like you did the first time" And we can open our hearts again to anything about church. The will help use stay faithful to the end.
 At the stake center I was filled with Joy to see a bunch of the people I baptized there to watch Conference. It was a special moment because I had that confirmation that they aren´t just going to church but they have callings and they are willing to drive an hour to watch Conference at the stake center.(Picture of Victoria and her parents that haven´t been baptized yet).

   I´m really proud of my family and the explain they are to me. To my Grandparents to the newiest nephew. Family is everything. As my brother Daniel once wrote to me "Family is everything, bigger is better." I´m excited to enjoy this in my life and apply the gospel to my future family.

This week is going to be really crazy because we have 16 missionies going home and 21 coming to the mission. The new missionaries look great and they are going to love the best mission in the world! 

Com Amor,
Elder Seth