Me opening up my presents. :)
This message is going to be really short today because I didn´t have anything prepped to type and plus we already talked a bunch at Christmas. So I´ll just talk about a few things that may have happened lately. Well, I started running a little bit with Élder Medina, the other Elder today. I´m amazed I wasn´t huffing and puffing as much as I thought I would. We even talked a little as we were jogging, asking me about quanto eu gosto de meu Pai, Elder Rivera. As a missionary, when you´re being trained, the Elder training you is nicknamed as your Dad. When I first got here, for example, we took a picture with Elder Rivera´s trainer (my grandpa, technically hahaha). Sometimes I sit down and think about who my son(s) will be when I´m a trainer. Crazy stuff. Like I was saying though, I got to talking about him and our relationship. I´m glad you guys got to horse around with him on Skype and get to see what a chill guy he is and I´m happy Dad got the chance to talk with him and all kinds of stuff. Rivera certainly is my friend, and you can bet we laugh a lot as companions out here and I will certainly miss him when we leave. He´s taught me a lot, both words and by example. He even asks me for help in Portuguese sometimes, which makes me realize that we´re always still learning.
As far as the language goes, getting better. I would say I´m starting to get to the point where people still talk really fast and I still don´t understand what they´re trying to communicate, but what they´re saying doesn´t sound foreign. Does that make sense? Like, they´re not speaking Japanese out here, they´re speaking words I already know but need to assemble in my head to understand. This certainly is a process and the Lord is certainly teaching me patience.
Before I end, I wanted to leave a good scripture I found today. Jacob 2:17-19. It teaches that we need to seek the kingdom of God before riches, and if we obtain this hope for Christ and really seek hard for God in our lives, we´ll obtain those riches. But, it also mentions that we´ll get these riches IF we seek to do good with them. I love that about the Book of Mormon, and how it teaches us to help people. it´s really edifying.
Eu agradeço ao Senhor por esta oportunidade eu tenho na minha vida para servir aqui no Brasil. Servir uma missão não é fácil. Com certeza, mas aprenderei coisas que eu não aprenderia em qualquer outro lugar. Eu espero que eu usarei estas experiências para ajudar à minha vida e as vidas dos meus próximos, e também vocês. Eu lhes amo muito, e eu sempre vou sentir saudade de vocês. Mas tenho que utilizar todo do tempo que o Senhor tenho me dado.
According to Google Translate: I thank the Lord for this opportunity I have in my life to serve here in Brazil. Serving a mission is not easy. Sure, but learn things I did not learn anywhere else. I hope I will use these experiences to help to my life and the lives of my neighbors, and also you. I love them a lot, and I will always miss you. But I have to use all the time that the Lord have given me.
Oh yeah, and tell me how google translate does with some of the things I write in Portuguese. I´d certainly like to know. Love you guys a bunch! Until next week! Tchau!
We had burgers at Zeak´s house with white cheese, guac, and bacon. Amazing.