Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I have a son! (Week 44)

Hi Everyone,

My "Son" (Companion)
Currently, I am renewing my Visa as I write this email haha. My visa expires after a year, and I am close to hitting the one year mark soon! Crazy right?! I had to travel by boat this week BACK to Belem in order to renew my visa. My companion did not come with me...instead another Elder in my district (Elder Black) came with me since he also had to renew his Visa. So that is currently happening, but I really like my new area! 

How's my Portuguese?

I know I haven't updated you all on how my Portuguese is going lately, but to officially update everyone on my Portuguese...I am doing very well! I find it hard to think of words in English, and sometimes I find it hard to even write these emails in English so bare with me haha. I'm sure you'll notice it in this email and the future ones to come haha. 

My Experiences From This Week:

The District (Fam) Squad

So my companion and I are really excited because there are so many houses out here! Do you know what that means? More missionary opportunities! The only problem is that the church is very very very very very far away. It makes it harder to take people to church, BUT that doesn't stop us missionaries haha. My companion and I wake up SUPER early and we run over to go wake up our investigators so they can come to church haha. 

This Sunday at church my companion and I had an interesting experience haha. 
It involves Sunday school and some investigators we have. So this past Sunday, in the class "principos do envagelho" (gospel principles) we had a teacher who didn't fully explain his lesson as well as he could have. He was talking about sacrifices and he talked about Abrãao, and how the Lord asked him to sacrifice his only son. Once our investigator heard that...she ran out of the class crying! My companion and I looked at each other a bit confused. So we ran after her and asked what was wrong, and she said "Does this mean the Lord is going to ask for my daughter as a sacrafie?! (sacrifice)!? My companion and I had to re-explain everything out on the street haha! But anyway, our two current investigators out here are really great. He has lots of questions and she has lots of doubts. I am truly worried about her. So we as a companionship will do all we can for them and pray for them daily. So that was pretty interesting, and entertaining, but I am so glad that we were able to have that learning experience with them. 


So while talking to my mom, I realized something. I was kind of reviewing how much I have changed since I left as an 18 year old last year...I feel like I have changed a lot! I personalty see that I now take on lots more responsibility and I really do enjoy working and studying. I have grown to love more people, and to trust in the spirit more. I've stopped complaining about the little things and I've started correcting my errors. After emailing my mother back I just feel so blessed and happy to have the parents I have. Thank you Mom and Dad. You two have both prepared me for this wonderful work I am doing now, and I know the Lord is changing me. I can see I am not the same person that left Chicago, and I have definitely have grown since my life out in Belém so far. Brasil has really changed who I am and who I want to become!

I know that being a missionary is not always the easiest, but I will never be discouraged. I have the help of the Lord. I am working hard so that I can be entitled to his all powerful hand. The Lord has promised me that he would give me guidance, as long as I am doing my part the best I can. As for my "Son" he is good. He is adapting to the mission nicely. He will be a GREAT missionary...most likely he will turn out to be a better missionary then me! I feel so privileged to help and serve him. 

Well, that's about all I have time for mentioning this week, but I hope (as always) that you all have a great week. Pray for missionary experiences, and you will be blessed! Keep being wonderful examples! I pray that all is well back home. Until next week. 

Elder Arevalo 

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