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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Gospel Makes A Difference (Week 93)

Hey Everyone! 

This week I've been doing a lot of pondering. I realized that my last transfer is next week, and I can't believe how fast the time has flown by.

I don't think I've ever worked this hard. The mission is something that has taught me many lessons, and I think the biggest lesson I've learned this week is that the Gospel makes a difference in peoples lives.

Old Photo | Great Memories 
I've seen time and time again that the little things that Satin does to appeal to the world can greatly harm the inner peace that we all want to have. Making the right choice is always one we will never regret, while other choices may lead us to feel remorse and regret.

I've noticed that having the Gospel in my life has made my a happier person. and it has done the same for so many other people here in Brazil. I love seeing people progress spiritually to learn more about their Heavenly Father.

I want to guide and council all of you to do the same. Find your inner peace, get to know our Father in heaven more, and strive to be a good person in this crazy world we live in today. Life is short, and the best thing we can do to show our love for our families, and God is to treat each person on this earth with love, respect, and as if they were our own brothers and sisters.

I don't have much else to say, except I am so grateful to be out here serving the people of Brazil. I don't want it to end!

-Love,
Elder Arevalo

Monday, June 19, 2017

Always Something New (Week 92)

Hey everyone! 


There was so much that happened this weekend. I cannot tell you how busy I have been! This week I''ll mostly just show you pictures, I hope you like them!

Marriage: 

So the marriage that was supposed to happen last week is being delayed because of some paperwork that needs to be taken cared of, but they still want to get married and be together, and that makes me really happy for them! 

Spiritual Experience: 



The Book of Mormon 
I have recently been trying my absolute best these days to use the the book of Mormon. When i was walking from a lesson our investigators who want to get married and be baptized said they are moving. I happily said we would help them move, but was sad when they said there where going to move to another area. Then, I open the book of Mormon, and it said to me -there is only one church and they will be part of the same family- I forgot where the scripture is exactly, but its in the book of 
Mormon. That gave me comfort, and the book of Mormon in general has helped answer many of the questions asked by my investigators. I encourage everyone to read it and use it on a daily basis for your own life, and for those around you! Just when you thought you knew it all, there's always something new to learn. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Another Soul Closer To Our Savior (Week 91)

 Meet João
Hey Everyone, 

These past couple of weeks have been extremely busy, and I have had very little time to write the blog lately. 

So far things have been going well. We have lots of investigators and João, who was recently baptized! João is also going to get married today. The "casamanto" (entry papers) is going to last about 2 hours and I will be there. 

Recife Brazil Temple
I also have another investigator who is taking a 7 hr bus ride to the temple. She is going to the Recife Brazil Temple. I am truly inspired and amazed of the dedication the members have out here to do the Lords will. Its not easy to take a 7 hr bus ride, let alone, provide food, etc on the trip. I am so thankful to have temples so close to home back in the USA. I hope we all take full advantage of the blessings we can receive by helping others and doing the Lords will in the temple.    

Spiritual Experience:
 
One day we went out to do the Lords work this week, and we went to Belem. Afterwards, we then helped some missionaries go the the hospital and worked in their area.

On Saturday, the Lord put everyone in our path that we needed to help, and it helped us organize the baptism of John and we STILL had 5 other investigators in church. We where blessed. 

The Book of Mormon: 

We have been walking around with the book of Mormon everyday. When we where walking to our house from a meeting a man asked about the book and he said he knew lots of members of the church and he wanted to learn more about it. Then he said he felt liked he wanted to read the book.  WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! I could see his sincerity, and his desire to learn more about our Savior, and I couldn't have been more thrilled to be the Lords tool to bring one more soul back home to our Savior, Redeemer, Mentor...Jesus Christ.  

Investigators to pray for:

João 
Edlini 
Celma 
Andro 
Andres

Love, 
Elder Arevalo 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

There is always time to Hep (Week 90)

Elder Amon and Elder Arevalo 
Hello, friends!!!

This week we found out that the Lord will always bless us especially if we do His will.
  
Elder Amon and I were going to our appointment, and so we were talking and saying that we were going to make it to our appointment really late. We keep walking, then we saw a family that needs help moving some stuff into the house. My companion looked at me and asked if we have time to help them, I taught for a minute and felt the prompt of the Spirit and I said "YES" Elder Amon there is always time to help, and don't worry comp we will make it to our appointment some how. 

We helped them and share a small message with them. To our surprise when we finish and started to walk to our appointment, one of the persons that we just helped asked us when we are coming back again, and I say this week for sure. We set up an appointment to return. But not only he asked us that, he also asked where we were going? and I said to the city of Congos, and he drove us there. 

My companion and I look at each other and look at the sky realizing that was the answer to our previous concern and we made it on time to our aponintment. That night my companion and I reflected and count the blessings. Tthe lesson we learn that day is always time to help and the Lord will take care the rest.
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Baptism 
One of the blessings of being a missionary is that you get to see the change in people's lives.  This man has decided to change his life to have the opportunity to have an eternal life with his family.

Families can be together forever!!!

But this change can only be possible with faith in our Heavenly Father and JesusChrist, and the support of those how loves us.

Some people that love this family

Thank you for reading and I hope, you are inspired to help.

With love

Elder Arevalo