Elder Briggs got super sick this week. He´s had the same problem before, a couple of times actually. He´s gone to the doctor a few times for it and they say it´s only a problem if it happens five times in a year. This is the fifth time. We called sister Souza and she set up an appointment. We´re waiting for the results. It has to do with his tonsils though. Depending on the results, he might have to get them taken out.
We went on divisions this week with the zone leaders. I went to their area with Elder Smith. They´re having some of the same problems in their area. They have good people to teach, but they don't have many. So we focused on finding new people to teach. We ended up going to a little hidden street with like five houses on it. We were just kind of winging it, not really knowing what we were really going to do. We just went to the first house, and asked the lady that answered the door if she knew any members of the church that lived near by. The first thing she did after we asked her the question was went and got us some chairs. :) She had seen the missionaries before.. ( of course ) but had never talked to them. We introduced ourselves and explained our purpose as missionaries and what we do, then we taught her a brief lesson on the restoration. It was awesome. She understood everything, had some good questions and we set up another appointment for them to go back and teach her and her family again.
It´s funny, because i´m the kind of person that likes to have a plan, to know exactly what we are going to do every moment of the day. But with missionary work it is super hard to do that. We can´t let our own feelings get in the way of the spirit. Sometimes we just have to sit back and let the spirit guide us, with our words and our actions.
In sacrament meeting a guy gave a super good talk on families. He talked about how no one in his family is a member of the church and never had an interest in it either. He was baptized when he was pretty young and always went, and always did what he was supposed to. When the time came to go on a mission he didn´t have the strongest testimony but just went, because it was the right thing to do. He talked a bunch about all of the wonderful experiences that he witnessed on his mission, and said the single most important thing he learned on his mission was, was how to make an eternal family. He talked about four things that he never had the opportunity to do with his family, but he will certainly make sure he does it with his future family. The first thing is to have Family Prayer. (A family that prays together, stays together) :) Next, family scripture study. That´s why we are here on the earth. In preparation to meet god after our time is up here. We need to nourish ourselves with the scriptures and learn from them together. Next is Family home evening/Family time every night. This one hit me hard. One thing that I thought I would never say was that Family time every night was really a good thing. I hated it while it was happening, but looking back on it, I´m glad I was pushed to participate in it. The last thing was, to always to fun things together. Like recreational activities and what not.
This was just a normal talk, but it just hit me. Looking back on all of the things I had the opportunity to do with my family. Some people don't have the opportunity. We need to look at the things we have, and be grateful for them. Don't take them for granted.
I love being here on the mission! I love all of the opportunities that i´ve had so far. I have learned so much, and have so much more to learn, and I can´t wait! :)
I finally got the package too!! I don't even remember how long it took, but if finally got here! And i even found a use for everything in it!
And, that picture. Elder B____ is in it! haha, he´s in the back.
And don´t worry about my card, it wont expire until 2015.
There´s a guy here that served in Ribeirão Preto that knows an Elder F___ from Arizona that served there. Around 2009 i think. His name on the mission was Elder I____.
And The Bishop in this ward served with an Elder F___ too. His name is T_____ K___ F___. I wasn´t sure if anyone knew him but i thought i´d just make sure! I´m not sure what year they served in, but the bishop looks about 40-45! haha i don't know if that helps, but we´ll see.
Have a good week!!
-Elder Kyler Blane Farr