Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 29, 2014 - He is the Gift

Hello, family and friends!!!  

How was your week!?  I am so jealous of you guys!  Everyone is telling me about the great mountains of food that they ate!!  it sounds so good right now - a good piece of turkey with gravy. Oh, man, that sounds so good right now!  I'm with a Brazilian trying to tell him what he is missing, but he still doesn't understand what kind of food he is missing out on! I also hope that everyone was kept safe in their Black Friday adventures yesterday!!  I had no idea that it was "celebrated" haha here in Brazil, but I think it was because last year at this time I didn't understand a thing anyone was saying or didn't know what was going on in front of me!! ahah 

I had a good week that was pretty eventful and had some ups and downs that I got to learn from!

Sunday!- We  had a really good Sunday!!  Before church we had talked with Guilherme to meet with us at like 8:30 so we could teach him the restoration and help him answer questions that he had.  The lesson went really really well!!!!!!  He understood everything that we taught him and always has questions that lead into the next part of the lesson that makes the lesson have a really good flow to it!!  From last week, I had said that his baptism date was today, but he is in college and this was his week of exams so we decided that it would be better for him to be baptized next Sunday after the meeting!  He is excited to be baptized. He told us that he has been waiting to be baptized since he was a little kid, but his parents never would let him. When he turned 18 and he could choose for himself he didn't feel right and that he needed to wait just a little bit longer. Then he was invited to church and now he's preparing to be baptized in the true Church of Jesus Christ!!  

I also had another performance; this time in Cidade Ocian in Praia Grande!  It was good; there was about 170 people there, but it was so hot. Let me repeat- it was so hot!!!!  All the Elders in suits were just dripping in sweat; it was so nasty hahah.

Monday- was a normal relaxing day in the office. hahah I'm trying to get ahead for the next arrival of missionaries and so I'm putting together all of the folders for them already.

Tuesday- We had the Leadership Council Meeting!  It was really good!  We talked a lot about how we can help the missionaries and how we can make sure  we are doing our best to serve the Lord.  The coolest thing that we talked about was "He is the Gift"!  If you guys haven't heard about it yet, it is so stinking cool!!  It's an initiative that the church is doing right now to help people remember what Christmas is really all about, the birth of our Lord and Savior!  They also have a video that goes along with it that is super good!!  The church is doing a ton of propaganda for it too.  In New York City, they have one of those billboards in Times Square with the "He is the Gift" picture on it. On December 7, the video will be on the front page of Youtube.  They said that it's likely that more than 220 million
people will see this video in over 30 languages!  It just shows you that the Lord is accelerating His work so much right now!  So my invitation to all of you today is to go to and watch the video and share it with friends and family!  

Wednesday-  We had a zone meeting explaining what we had learned with the leaders and we also planned an activity for the stake that we are in so that we can try and excite the members more about the work and what they do is what makes the difference!

Thursday-  It's starting to get hot here in Santos!!!  It's so humid and I hate it!!!!  But if you think about it, it's a blessing because that makes me feel grateful that I live in colorful Colorado where its nice and dry haha, but really Colorado weather is a blessing!!

Friday- Prepared for the Helping Hands activity that we had today!  We also were preparing for the performance tonight in Parque das Baneiras.  It was a more relaxing day really.

Saturday---Today- We got up early to finish setting up at the church house and the activity was good.  I have to go already because of the performance tonight, but I love you all and hope to hear from you next week!!


Elder Chase Thurgood

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