Sunday, December 29, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Here are some highlights from his emails:
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
i really miss me familia. I hope you are having an awesome Christmas. The mtc is awesome but i have found that i have mas weaknesses. Oh and its called the CCM or (say say M aye) if that makes sense. I am learning the true power of prayer. This Spanish thing is getting hard. It wasn't until yesterday that i could teach somewhat in Spanish. We are teaching an actor investigator, so role playing. We have been teaching him ever since we got here. And i have to read the lesson off of a paper just to get everything in there. But i received a blessing from my district leader that i may receive the gift of tongues. We had the opportunity to bless the hermanes. Its the first time i have ever done that. it was quite a bonding experience for our district. My district is awesome. The Hermanes love to have fun and have beautiful testimonies and the elders are super fun and we really care about each other. I will send pictures tomorrow on my P days (Thursday). But i love them to death. Mom i felt like i needed to give out the big pictures you sent me with for Christmas. I just felt like it was right. My best friend here gave me a beautiful wool tie, very stylish, for Christmas, Guys i have never blessed or stand in a blessing but when the priesthood is strong and is used it is beautiful. I Loves this gospel. I came to realize something, that i haven't taken advantage of Dad´s priesthood. Use it, that's what its there for, for us. It was a beautiful experience for me to be in-tuned with the spirit and administer a blessing unto my companion. It was just an indescribable experience. Mom i am so grateful for all the pictures, they really help me, especially the letters that you gave me for today. So grateful. I really miss you but i know i need to be out here serving. This gospel is beautiful. Thank you for raising me in the right way. I will admit i miss riding a bike and listening to music. Oh and i had the same sickness mom had that made her lose her voice, today is actually the best i have felt. The weather here is hotter but i adapted pretty fast. I will tell you more about the fun i have been having tomorrow. But i want to wish you a merry Christmas. I miss you all so much. Thank you for the video. Can you have people email me? I want Dylan´s and Josh´s emails. I have seen the city of mexico and its unique and fun, but truth be told it is a dump, its ghetto. The CCM is literally like a little place of heaven among st all that craziness. Like yesterday we were sitting outside in the beautiful weather studying for our lesson with our investigator, the entire time the cars just right outside were just wailing on their horns the entire time. It was funny yet annoying. I have only been here for like 6 days and it has felt like eternity. Guys i know this gospel is true, i know Christ lives. That he loves us. I know Joseph smith say god the father and Jesus Christ and that Christ has restored His church. I love being here,
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
But he will be awesome. He will make good decisions. He will learn so much. He will help and serve other people. He will be protected and watched over. He will serve God and have a grand adventure.
As we were saying goodbye to Brian he was standing in line with a lady who looked like she was carrying a wedding dress. She must have been excited to start her adventure or journey, but she took the time to talk with Brian. After Brian went through the first stage of security and after we could no longer help him, there she was again. God placed this lady in Brian's line to be his new friend and to help him through security. It was just a simple act of kindness by a stranger, but it was so much more. It was God saying directly to me "I will send people to watch over and help your son. He will be taken care of. Trust Me. Believe in Me. Your son is in good hands." (queue more tears) Brian said that this lady and her companion stayed with him even after security and bought him breakfast. Thank you stranger. Thank you for being God's angel today and for comforting a worried mom's heart.
Definition of missionary - Someone who leaves their family for two years so that others may be with their families for Eternity. (queue tears)
What made it such a memorable and emotional night was that we were all together one last time and we were focusing on Brian. The Stake President gave him some missionary advice which included the number one thing is to write your mom! (queue tears here) Oh and number 2, treasure your mom's love no matter how hard your day is if you concentrate hard enough you can feel her love even if you are worlds apart. (still crying over that one). After the advice he asked everyone in the circle to bare their testimony and love for Brian. Oh no... my dad is first in line. He hates being called out to do things like this. But the Stake President gave us an out if we didn't feel comfortable saying anything. He said we could just say "I love you Brian." I fully expected my dad to say that but no, he shared his feelings for Brian and how happy he was for him but how he was going to miss him terribly. (wow) Then Benjamin (Brian's youngest brother) had his turn. He couldn't get anything out amongst his tears other than "I love you Brian". (MORE tears around the room). It's not very often that you see an eight year old boy show that kind of emotion. The emotion of love, of the Spirit and of heart felt tenderness. It was amazing. The rest of the circle continued to be heart wrenching and so impactful. At one point Brian had to use the end of his tie to wipe his eyes. (Good thing we invested in those waterproof ties).
It was an amazing experience. An experience that no one in that room will ever forget.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
If you would like to say "See Ya Latter" to Brian we will be hosting an open house from 7 - 9pm. Come wish him well on his adventures.
He will be speaking on Sunday December 15th in the Hobble Creek Ward Sacrament meeting at the Church building at Five Mile and Chinden at 11am. He would love to fill the chapel and overflow with family and friends.