Friday, January 9, 2015

Jan. 6, 2015 - We're not human doings we're human beings

Happy new year family and friends!

This week finally got back to normal after Christmas and everything. And no we didnt get to stay up till midnight haha but nobody wants to lose sleep so its all good. Hopefully I dont ramble too much but  feel like i could write a page for everyday so I'll try my best

Last tuesday we got to clean the temple! it was way cool. we cleaned the chapel and a sealing room that was huge. it had like 50 chairs. But it was interesting to see like the inner workings of it all.  then we were told we get to host new greenies tomorrow! i'm so excited! we get to yank them from their families! muahaha no but really it should be fun! Oh and if you don't think miracles happen everyday then youre wrong. my comp is like just as good as me at ping pong!! we played on that mini table set i got fro Christmas and we played for like an hour! i still think we were brothers before this life. 

Saturday was our last day for our teacher Irmao Workman. It got promoted to zone president or something but it was actually really sad to have him leave. He was the very first person we met when we got to the CTM who genuinely cared about us and helped us through the hardest weeks of our lives and it was really hard to just have him leave half way through our 6 weeks. It was so cool because he gave our last district prayer and he blessed everyone individually by name and it was the most powerful prayer! it was almost a priesthood blessing for each of us and even though it was all in Portuguese i still understand all of it! miracles. Our new teacher, Irmao Lefevre is great too! he served in brazil and hes so awesome! we were all skeptical of him and having him live up to workman but he did! he taught yesterday for the first time and hes a genius! he won $100,000 on who wants to be millionaire!! He is always laughing and smiling and makes us all feel relaxed and i already love him! (he walked away from the question, "what color are the middle two feathers of the NBC logo?" crazy right? but yeah hes a 23 year old with almost 65 grand)

On friday we taught our first member. It was so nice to finally just teach a lesson that they could understand! we taught about prayer and it was awesome to see how far we've come in our portuguese! The spirit was really strong and his feedback said that we taught him very personally which was amazing! 

ON sunday the old Zone Leaders left to the field so our DL Elder baptista and his comp were made Zone leaders! They're super obedient and they're going to do awesome! but since they got assigned to a new position they assigned me to replace him as District Leader. I was honored but I'm a little stressd because District Leader is in charge of making sure everybody is emotionally stable and are doing alright. So it'll be a change but I'll try my best

Also on sunday was the CTM presidency's last fireside. they gave a great mission conference and they get replaced on the 17th of jan. So thats exciting i guess haha  Then that night we had a devotional from the Chief Media president of missionaries. It was so interesting. he talked about all the videos the church puts out and the tens of millions of views they've received and how the church bought out the largest space in times square for the He Is The Gift poster and on new years eve when ever ryan seacrest was on tv the poster was RIGHT behind him in the shot haha they showed us a picture and it was so cool! look it up. then after we watched meet the mormons and it was hard to relive the missionary leaving but it was still really good! 

I guess I'll end with a little spiritual thought. In class we were talking about the Book of Mormon and all the sacrifices that were made so that we could have it today and obviously we all thought about Nephi going back for the plates and moroni and joseph but then our teacher Irma Smith mentioned Emma smith! She was a trooper. She had to live in fear of wondering if joesph was going to live to see the next day, Everyday! she had to watch as most of her kids died at a very young age, she never even saw the plates, she had to watch as joseph suffered in liberty jail then live as a young widow, all for the restoring this church and the printing of the Book of Mormon. Amazing. I hope to have even a little of that much faith. Well the mission is great and I love it it! Its hard but worth it! Love you all!

Elder Powell

haha me on my birthday and then irmao workman with his mozambique pose but elder rich couldnt hold a straight face. and yes thats my first time wearing paisley ever.

haha heres us playing ping pong

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