Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 11, 2016

Sounds like the family had a great week! I would have loved to be a part of it but, duty calls. It is hard to believe that another week has already gone by, it seems like yesterday that I was here writing you. Time just flies by so fast! So transfers are tomorrow and I will be staying here with my greenie. 

Remember a few months ago when I was telling you about how God was testing us and when we passed the test we were extremely blessed and had a lot of baptisms? Well... its happening again.  We have been working hard but it just seems like everything we do has been failing. Everyone that we had has given up. We are really fighting to get people to church. We had a few good families but when we passed by this week one said that she doesn't want us going back there and isn't interested anymore. The other family said they are going to be baptized,...... but in a different church. So that was kind of a heart breaker, but what do you do..... its a part of the mission. 

I feel kind of bad because my comp is new in the mission and has to go through this, because I remember very well that mix of emotions. Its all a part of Gods plan, he knows our work, and I am sure in a few weeks this will pass. I am really loving our ward, and I hope they will remember me for a while. Yesterday we had meetings in the church all day so we got there at 8 in the morning and  we left at 8 at night. In sacrament meeting I was pretty proud and was just smiling from ear to ear. 1 recent convert blessing the sacrament 3 recent converts passing 1 recent convert giving a talk ah it was good. There were three people that gave talks and all three of them used a message that I had taught them and challenged our ward with the challenge that I gave them. Then in the priesthood meeting our bishop talked and used another message that I taught his family last week and thanked me for all my work in the ward. I wont lie, sometimes I get really upset and tired of this ward but I really feel God pushing me along telling me that I need to make a difference here and that I am yet to complete my work here. I just want to leave this ward better than I found it. Anyways I will keep working, and here in 6 weeks we will see if God is pleased with my work or not. 

Mom I doubt that the São Paulo were you remember is like the São Paulo here. You have to remember that I am in the EAST zone. It is the poorest place of São Paulo. It certainly isn't sky scrapers and clean streets. I took that picture when we were walking it the favela. There is a lot of mountains here but they are all invaded with people and full of trash. My mission is not a pretty one but it has the best people and I love it!!!! 

Anyways that's all for this week and I have to have more excited stuff to say next time. We are going to the temple with some recent converts this week so that should be good. Pray for my converts, they are really important to me and I hope we can find more people to teach.

Bom semana.
Amo vocês 

Elder Millard.