Elder Keller & Elder Phillips in Sao Paulo

Elder Keller & Elder Phillips in Sao Paulo

Monday, January 26, 2015

#22 Jan 26, 2015

Well this week was super awesome because we got to go into Chapecó this week to have interviews with President Silva! The guy is absolutely amazing and im so glad I got him as my president.

But anyway before our interviews with him we always study a talk or a chapter in the book of mormon or d&c or something and then have a big zone study with him. And the guy brings 3 quads that he has used and studied with throughout his life and he knows the scriptures like the back of his hand. But anyway we got done a little bit early this time with a talk by Nelson about the atonement which was super cool and then he told us that in the next few ones we wouldnt be studying something but instead he would be teaching us how to be leaders in the church. Cool right?? he explained to us that as a mission president your call says that you have three main responsibilities, one to care for your family and make sure everything is okay with them, two to prepare your missionaries to be great parents in their families and how to be leaders in the church after their missions and 3 to increase the attendance in the wards and branches in your mission. He said it is interesting because he said nowhere does it say, "baptize". Haha he said sometimes we get so worried about not having baptisms that we forget about the bigger picture but he also explained that really we are here to prepare ourselves to be the next generation of members and leaders in the church.

I've always thought just like im sure a lot of people have, why would the Lord send an 18 year old kid to a country where he doesnt speak the language to preach a gospel that he knows little about? But when President told us what his responsibilties were it puts things into perspective a little better. We are here to prepare ourselves to serve in the church for the rest of our lives. And the thing that stinks is that we only have two years to do it!

I had a dream the other day that i had woken up one day and i was going home. The two years had passed and it was time to go home and i only remembered the first 5 months of my mission but i had served for two but the time had just passed that fast. I started totally freaking out and then i woke up for real and realized ive still got time haha but it was weird cuz it totally scared me to death! I thought I had just wasted three fourths of my mission.

Dad has always told me these are the only two years we will ever have to serve the Lord with everything we got. The rest of our lives we have school, work, family to take care of and a ton of other things going on! Out here 24/7 the only thing we worry about is serving the Lord! Thats why Elder Holland said to us that this will be the closest we get to REAL LIFE. And we have to take advantage of every second of it!

But anyways things are going totally awesome here! Our two baptisms fell but its okay because we are teaching the coolest couple ever! Quickly Jessica and Andre didnt go to church so they arent getting baptized which stinks but ive got a lot of hope for this couple Fabiana and Allison. They are so cool and completely prepared to receive the gospel. As soon as they get married I know they are gonna get baptized and the gospel is going to bless them the rest of their lives and make them so much happier! He is 19 and she is 18 (yeah super young but thats how they do things here and theyve been living together for a year) and they are so cool! And guess how we found them? Through a totally awesome member!

But anyways transfers are next week so we will see what happens! I love and miss you all and I will keep you updated! Até a proxima semana!

Elder Keller

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