The days are becoming a lot warmer -- I am able to get a good night's sleep without three comforters. Now it's just my nike shorts and green, thick vóvó brasileiro cobertor that keep me warm at night.
I started putting my retainers back on at the beginning of this week -- they were hurting a ton. My jaw spreading isn't the best feeling in the world after 6-10 months without regular use. It's been an courageous adventure because every night I have to decide if I want to sleep with an aching pain in my mouth, but it's worth it.
Thiago and Thaissa, recent converts, held a birthday party for their little 3-year-old, Matheus, yesterday. We had lunch at their house after church and we challenged them to give the food to someone who was less fortunate. Thiago thought it was a great idea because he was praying the night before to have an opportunity to serve someone else so that he could magnify his priesthood. It was perfect. We hopped in his car with some tupperwares full of flatbread pizza and 2 liter sodas and hit the road. We drove and drove and drove but couldn't find anyone laying on the ground screaming for food. That was the image we were looking for and didn't find anyone. I felt like we were supposed to drive over to the nearest favela to find a family without conditions to buy rice and beans for the kids. When we pulled into the favela the first woman we stopped was the one that truly needed the food. She was walking over to her daughter's who was was recently left by her ex husband and the daughter didn't have any food to feed her young children. Thiago´s grin was extremely apparent when he handed her the food. When she accepted it she grinned right back but I think Thiago was full of a greater happiness because of the service he gave. On the way back home he told us that we made his week and has a greater vision of how the Lord wants him to serve.
The little kind acts of service are greater than laying your life down sometimes.
p.s. to my mom's seminary class:
Everyone needs to eat. The human body must eat every single day so that it may continue to function, but most importantly, feel healthy. Health is when a living organism is stable and free from illness and weaknesses. Without out everyday health we can't do the things we love to do.
At the beginning of my mission I wasn't the scripture buff that I needed to be in order to teach at a high missionary level. It took awhile to get on par with the spiritual giants here in Curitiba. The studying that I could have done at home and during seminary was done in my precious one hour of personal study. On the mission I have learned to love the scriptures because of my dedication and diligence to the Lord´s children. The scriptures are the God given, natural resource that we can't live without. And they are free! Hellllooo!? Is anyone home? Seminary played such a key part in my conversion process as a priesthood holder but I could have taken so much more advantage when it came to attendance. Especially when my own mom was the early morning seminary teacher. Seminary is of high value and is the spiritual breakfast that you need to be healthy and protect you from the evils and temptations you see and hear at school, work, and on popular media. Build up your immune system and feast upon the words of Christ! They will tell exactly what you need to do in order to be a spiritually healthy son or daughter of God.
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