We didn't receive a new district this past week, but I got to host, which was pretty cool. I met a missionary who was a convert of a year and a half and just arrived on his mission. Next week, there is supposed to be 900 missionaries coming in...we only had 300 this past. Our branch should get two new districts and the MTC will get about 80 new portuguese speaking missionaries. The west campus of the MTC will be only spanish speaking by . Anyways, the work is going forward like never before. They are shipping out the english speaking missionaries super quick as well. My companion and I have done a lot better with teaching lessons and working together. We plan a ton, which I love. We will be teaching via skype to someone in Brazil . My teacher is getting his friends in brazil to get on. So most likely I'll be teaching my first nonmember ! My teachers are super cool, we especially have a ton of fun with our teacher who is from Brazil.
So, this past week my district has been working on listening more. I can't tell you how much this has helped us to grow. We have all gotten better at understanding those you are fluent in portuguese. We also write a positive note to two other elders in the district. This has helped us all grow significantly. I feel as the Brother of Jared did when the Lord touched the stones. Every stone that was lit, his faith grew even more until he had perfect faith. As I watch those elders in my district grow, my faith increases just a little bit more.
You'll never guess who was the speaker at the devotional this past! Elder L. Tom Perry came and gave a wonderful talk. He gave us a report on the missionaries in the Phillipines in which through the work of the Lord, about thirty missionaries were able to get out of the devastated area that they were serving in for the time being. He talked of the faithfulness of a stake president and a softened heart of a sergeant that flew them out. The Lord does work in mysterious ways. What's great is that we just have to trust him with all of our heart.
An elder cracked his head open yesterday while playing basketball...it was pretty bad. That's why I play HORSE now...
I hope everyone is doing well and I'd love to hear updates! Go Cats!