Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MY LAST POST (Week 99)


My beloved friends, I believe this will be my last post. I do not leave until the 15th of August, but I don't think I'll have enough time to blog again next P-Day. 

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" 

I served a mission with all my heart. It was my privilege to go to many parts of Belem Brazil to carry the Savior’s message, an invitation to come unto Him, and enjoy the fruits of His Gospel. It was a privilege to know many wonderful people, to live in a different culture and learn a different language it. It was also a time of building my own personal testimony of the mission of Jesus Christ.

Throughout my mission, I prayed with my companions each and every morning as we began a new day. The process was repeated each night before we retired to bed. We offered a prayer before we studied, a prayer as we left our apartment to go out to search for our brothers and sisters, and of course, a special prayer when special guidance was needed to direct our missionary work. The frequency of us seeking our Father in Heaven gave us strength, and courage to press forward in the Lord's work to which we had been called to do. 

I testify to you today that many answers would come, sometimes by surprising and positive ways. I also testify today that the guidance of the Holy Spirit seemed to be magnified the more times we seek the Lord for direction on a given day.

I love my Brazilian friends, I will always treasure them every minute in my heart. My president always said: "só os fortes servem no Norte" it was a phrase of inspiration. Yes!!! for me the Brasil Belem Mission will always be the best mission.

My companion and I worked so hard this last week. We were blessed to see a marriage and two families get baptized. I'm so grateful to see that the gospel changes lives. I can say I have given it my 100%.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog every week.
I hope my experiences have helped you just a little bit. I wish all of you could have an experience similar to the one I had with ups and downs, but for was the best experience I have had, and I will treasure it in my heart forever and ever. I am glad I can pause and reflect on my time of service here in Brasil. I gave myself diligently everyday, and of my time and my talent to build our Father in Heaven’s kingdom.

See you all soon. Love you all.
Elder Arevalo

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Working Hard & Faith = Key (Week 98)

Hi, Everyone! 

I cannot believe that time is coming closer. I will be coming home August 16th! Let's not think about that now...

Spiritual Experience: 

This Saturday was AMAZING! We had a lunch activity at the church. There were lots of recent converts, and there were lots of investigators, and I noticed that the people who were getting to know the church, really saw that the church is a good place to be! It gave them more of a desire to stay in the church and one member said, "I feel like this is my second home". Then we had the baptism of João. He was so happy and he was even more happy that he got married last Thursday. It was a great week for him. The change that I saw in him has been amazing he has a new light in him and a happiness that seems never ending. 

Good, I am working a lot and if everything goes right... 
and Gabriel 
are going to get Baptized, please pray for them.

It's going to be really really hard to help them get baptized due to the time issue, but that's the goal we set with them. They just need a little more time and maybe they will make their goal to get baptized before I returned home. 

Elder Arevalo