Oh my goodness, my sisters are the most beautiful thing in this world! They are so big and grown up... what am I going to do with them? I wont say that Luke and Nicholas are pretty, because thats not very complimentary for a boy, and I didnt get a picture of them =) I will have energy to go to the track meet, dont even worry about it!
I will be headed to Salvador Tuesday night, really late, and get there early in the morning... I know we will have interviews with Presidente Andrezzo and I know we have dinner with him, but I think the afternoon we can do what we want. And then on Thursday, 3pm, I will be headed out on a jet plane.
I am excited to come home. I know I am going to miss the mission, the experiences, the Spirit, but the Lord has let me know in so many ways that he has prepared things for me that are much better than the things I have experienced here on the mission. And one thing that I have learned is hope. I now know the difference between hope and faith, and I am so thankful that I have them both and to know how they work together for our happiness.
I cant descibe this last week. I cant put into words what we did, the miracles that happened, how I grew, the hand of the Lord in everything that happened. He knows everything and how he loves his children. I will certainly explain everything when I get home to the best of my ability. I understand so much better what Mormon was saying when he was talking about the weakness of his writing and how the Lord had not made him strong in writing like he had in speaking, because when we speak with the Holy Ghost, we speak with the tongue of angles. I learned so much about that this week... what joy, what love... I love being the mouthpiece of my God. I really can just go on and on. Its incredible what we can do with the help of the Lord, its incredible the confidence we have when we KNOW his will and what he needs done in the world, because in those moments we know that we were called to fufill his purposes and we know that we will do what needs to be done. Because the purposes of the Lord are not frustrated. They never are, never can be.
Our recent convert, Claudionor, went out teaching with us this week, and his testimony and his spirit are so amazing. I know I knew that man before this life. He is one of the noble and great ones that had been lost in this world. But now he has been found, and he will not be lost again. He will do so much to build this kingdom here in the Bahia. Cristina as well. She was baptized this week, and it was the most inspiring... incredible... spiritual circumstances....
This work is real. We are saving souls, saving children of God, our brothers and sisters who have lost themselves and know not where to find the light. We are to be the light on the hill for them, to bring them to the One who gives us our light, even our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Christ. He is my Saviour. I cant express my love, my gratitude for everything that He has done for me and everything that He makes me capable of doing.
My dear family, I am so proud of you and so thankful for you and your examples. You have lifted and supported me here when I have most needed it. Let us go on in so great a cause, and we will say, we will proclaim to Zion "Thy God reigneth!"
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