Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 19, 2017

Well mom what shall I say this week....? One more week has come and gone, I am one week closer to the best/worst day I can imagine. I am working really hard and I am extremly focused on the work. Sometimes I think about how close I am to getting home and I get a little sick to the stomach, but also I am really excited to be home and start my big kid life. I cannot believe that Coleman is getting home!! That is so crazy! I really am on the last stretch. It really doesnt seem true that someday I will finish my mission in a few short months. But I am excited. Anyways thats enough talking about home.

This week was pretty good, all is going super well. My comp is a real stud and I really like him a lot. I really am loving this time in my mission, I feel like my whole mission I was always looking up to the older guys and just thinking some day I will get there. Now I realize that everywhere I go people are looking at me and thinking the same thing. I still have a lot to better every day, but I know that I am an experienced missionary and I am very confident with the man that God is helping me become. 

We are working a lot in our area giving the best example for the mission. This week we had some really smack down lessons. We were able to mark 4 people for baptism!!!! We taught a family that was not wanting to let their daughter be baptized and it was such a good lesson, that we went in with them just trying to argue and find anything wrong with us to when we left they committed to go to church and they didnt want us to leave. So yesterday the whole familly went to church and they loved it. They are now very excited about their daughters baptism that will be this saturday!! 
Anyways we are seeing a lot of miracles, and I am sure that God will continue blessing us as we work diligently in this marvilous work. 

That is so great that the family reunion is this week, I would have loved so much to be there and see everyone. It will be so great to see everyone again, but I know that I am where I need to be.

"I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be."

Elder Millard

June 12, 2017

Well where did I leave off?  
So I am sorry my dearest mother.... last week was transfers so I was extremly busy running all over the place trying to get everything in order. We had a meeting with everyone going home on sunday night. We moved transfer day to Monday which is our p day and as I am unable to start my p day until everyone gets to where they need to be I ended up without even having a p day. Elder Chalampuento was transfered and my new comp who was a zone leader had to run around the subway helping everyone, so basically I spent the whole day running around by myself. Trying to get everyone to their new areas and preparing a training for the trainers on monday night, also for the greenies on Tuesday morning. Needless to say more it was a week very busy for us, full of meetings, trainings, transfers, interviews, and best of all we did what we do best and marked 2 baptisms for next week!!!

Everything is going great I am loving my area and my calling. My new companion is Elder Ewerton he is from maranhão. He is way sweet, such a stud! He only has 1 year and 3 months in the mission so he still has a lot to learn. Everything is going really great, I cant believe that I am on the final stretch time is flying by. I am very excited to get home and see everyone again. 
The Lord is blessing us more we might deserve, but I know that I am a only a tool in his hands. I really feel Gods love for each of us. I think if I had to sum all that I have learned in my mission it would be self sufficiency. I have really gained a strong testimony of the Savior and how much he loves me, and all that he has done and is still doing for me. He is my true friend and I know that he will never let me down. I dont depend on anybody but him. I just want to be faithful to him and I know that I will get to where I need to be in my life. Everything is great mom, I am loving life, and looking foward to the day that I can give you a great bif hug again. 

Elder Millard
God be with you till we meet again. 

May 29, 2017

Well one more week has gone by and a lot has happened. This week we have been all over the mission because of zone conferences. Earlier in the week we went to Guarulhos which is close to Bela Vista (my first area) We had the zone conference in the chapel where I started my mission, the first chapel I entered here in Brazil hahahaha it was crazy to see that city again. Then we had to go to São José dos Campos which is a small city in the interior. That was really crazy, because my whole mission I have never been to the country. I have served my whole mission here in the capital of São Paulo, so to see a ton of farms and country again was way different and to see a little city like Kanab again was funny. Then we came back to the city and had to go to another area that was having a lot of problems and work with the elders there. Finally on Friday night we got back to our area and we split with the office Elders to be able to get more appointments taken care of. We had 3 baptisms marked for this week, so we were really running around trying to get everything ready. We were able to get all the interviews done and one Saturday we baptized a woman named Luciana then on Sunday she was confirmed,and we baptized 2 little ones that we had reactivated their family. 

So needless to say we have been baptizing like crazy this transfer. Elder Chalampuento and I have just been tearing it up as usual ;) God has blessed us a lot and we are leading the mission in baptisms and as of now just our area has more baptisms than any other ZONE in the mission. We have baptized 8 already this transfer and we have 1 or 2 more for this weekend. 
This week we had a big activity in our ward and it really got me thinking about life.I was so happy their seeing everyone participating in the activity. Half of the people there were our recent converts or investagators. It got me thinking a lot about my mission and all that I have done and all that I have to do when I get home. I really am starting to see the finish line. I cant believe how fast time is flying by! Anyways, we can talk about that stuff later. 
Well, life is good and I am super happy. Just lovin life and enjoying every moment. Working hard and showing the way for others. 

Thats all for this week. This next week is transfers so I am sure that it will be super busy again, but thats the way we like it. We are really hoping that Chalampuento stays because we have a lot of people to be baptized in the coming weeks!

God Speed
Elder Millard