Dear Elsa.. could you warm it up just a little?

If it wasnt for my blonde hair, blue eyes, height, and accent I could totally pass as a brasilian!

I used to say i wanted to get transfered to lages (the coldest part of our mission) but im taking it back now! im in joinville.. the hotest zone in our mission and im dying of cold! im no longer utahn… also… I had to teach sister Ferreira how to make brigadeiro (brazilian desert).. and shes brazilian! and I made tapioca! everyone jokes around that im from the Bahia.. a state here in brazil…. and they are famous for tapioca! its this weird powder stuff that you put in a pan and it turns into sort of a tortilla… i dont know how to explain it.. but its food and its good! im getting my brazilian cooking skills on! sooo close to being brazilian 😉
its so cold. so cold! during the day its fine because theres sun.. but exactly at 5 the sun hides behind the mountains and in the snap of a finger its freezing! and its not like at home where you get home to a warm house and a warm shower. our apartement is colder inside than outside… and its so cold our shower isnt heating up anymore! im so grateful my mom sent me a heating blanket thing.. but its super cold. i never thought it would actually get cold here!
Other than the freezing cold.. which i really cant complain because its better than the heat… this week was great!
Angela is amazing. like always…. i just want you all to know that she prays for you guys all the time. every prayer she says she asks that my family will be safe and happy. shes the sweetest person ever.
Josue is good too! gettign ready for baptism! hes participating in church like hes already a member! him and a bunch of members went to joinvilles soccer game the other day.. they are all “bros” now hahahahahaha.
A few weeks ago we started teaching a new family. we left them the pamflet and a chapter out of the book of mormon to read.. which normally no one actually reads. its really frustrating. but we got there.. and angelica was like.. i read! i read it all! and she was sooo excited about it. she pretty much taught the plan of salvation to us! it was so cool. lessons are so much better when they read before. the spirit was so strong. im excited to see what will happen! shes loving it. shes like.. im learning so much!
Yesterday a member in our ward gave his fairwell talk. He was baptised a few years ago with his dad and brother. but his mom wasnt baptized. He sent in his mission papers and his mom lost it. She was not happy at all. She told him that if he went on his mission he could say goodbye to her and they wouldnt have contact for the rest of her life. But he couragesly turned in his mission papers. he didnt talk about this.. i only know this because the sisters were teaching his mom. but now she doesnt want them going ot her house more. He leaves this week to the MTC…. and im sure its the hardest thing he has ever done.. but he knows what he must do. he talked about the path that god has set before us.
1 nephi 3:7
” and it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the lord hath commanded, for i know that the lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”
Nephi had already passed through so much traveling through the wilderness with his family.. then god commanded him to return to jerusalem  to get the plates.. that were in the hands of labban.. who was their enemy.. who most likely wouldnt just give them up. But he went. he marched right back to suffering through the wilderness arived there.. and just as expected labban didnt give up the plates. Nephi easily could have gone back to tell his dad.. .dad it didnt work. i tried. in fact.. that was the easier thing to do! but he knew that god had prepared a way.. because he commanded it. But nephi went again. until he got the plates. and of course he succeded. god was on his side!
just like this young man preparing to go on his mission.. the easier thing for him to do… stay home. make his mom happy and still have her in his life. But theres something he understands.. that his mission is a commandment.. and gods prepared the way. “they way” isnt going ot be a walk in the park.. no one ever said that eternal life was easy! but there is only one way. and that way will have a lot of bumps! but God has prepared it.. so we just have to take it.and trust it. this member doesnt know whats going to happen with him and his mom. as of right now he knows that entering the MTC wednesday is the end of his relationship with his mom but the start of the way that has been prepared. and he is faithfully and courageously taking it.
John 14 :27
Peace i leave with you, my peace i give unto you: not as the world giveth, give i unto you. let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afriad.
God his truly with him as he is taking this huge step. and it gods way that we will have peace and happiness and thats something the world cant give. The world can give happy moments.. but happiness and happy moments are a differnt story. when we are walking the way he has prepared we dont need to be afraid.. because he has promised that it will all work out. and i know it always will.
alma 37:44 “for behold it is as easy to give heed to the word of christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss…..”
45 “… shall the words of christ, IF we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.”
I know that our father in heaven has prepared the way. Its what he wants! he wants us to return to his presense. He has given us his gospel for that very reason. and when we fall short, we have the attonement of our loving savior. His way may not always be the easy way. but whats right normally s always the harder thing to do. But i know that if we take His way we can have this “eternal Bliss” and we will have success!
In the end, it will all work out.. if its not working out.. thats just because its not the end yet

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