Monday, March 5, 2012

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Ahhhh finally it is P day!!! The end of the HOTTEST week of my mission is finally here! Seriously, it was SO HOT here this week. I couldnt believe it. Apparently, the rain is over. It is supposed to be straight, hot sun from now until October. Oh my gosh! What am I gonna do??? It is way too hot here! But its okay....sometimes I just wanna jump into a pool!

This week was good...just the same old missionary life! We found one investigator and had a cool experience with him. We taught him one night and he told us that he likes to drink this stuff called Pinga, which is like straight alcohol...really bad...after we left his house that night we werent too excited about it, but we decided to visit him the next day, because he came to Church! He told us that after we left he decided to stop drinking because he felt like that was the right thing to do. He said he loved our church and that he read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and felt very emotional during his prayer. He then told us that he knew with a certainty that our Church was the true and right church here today. He is getting baptized this Saturday!!!

Our other hopeful baptism fell through...the mom of a member. She really loves God and loves hearing our messages, but her daughter (the member) is crazy! I dont know what her problem is...but she told her mom that if she gets baptized, she (the daughter) will kill herself! So...we are working on that....praying for that all the time!

This week, Ive learned something. The happiest people dont HAVE the best of everything, they MAKE the best of everything. There are so many people here in Brazil who have practically nothing and yet,. they are some of the happiest people Ive ever seen. One lady´s house is no bigger than my bedroom back home. She sleeps on a dirty mattress, and only has a propane stove to cook with. But, she has the STRONGEST testimony and she never complains. She is always happy and has so much faith! SHe is such an example to me!

Ummm...tomorrow is transfers and I really hópe i dont get transferred! I love this area! And it is kinda dumb cause they dont tell us till 930 tonight if we are getting transferred, so we have like and hour to pack ALL our stuff before we have to catch the bus tomorrow morning at 5am! So I hope I dont get transferred...but who knows??

Anyway, I will leave you with three quotes that I have enjoyed this week:

`Be courageous and prepared to stand for what you believe, and if that means we have to stand alone, may we do so courageously, strengthened by the knowledge that in reality, we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.` - President Monson

`You show your trust in Him when you listen with the intent to learn and repent and then you go and do whatever He asks of you.` Pres Eyring

`Patience is sticking with something until the end. It means never giving up on anyone, and that includes never giving up on yourself.` - Pres. Uchtdorf

With love!
-Elder Spencer Eastwood
Matthew 25:40

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