Elder Keller & Elder Phillips in Sao Paulo

Elder Keller & Elder Phillips in Sao Paulo

Monday, June 15, 2015

#41 June 15, 2015

This week went great! We got to go into Joinville again for a Zone Training that was pretty awesome! I will be sending videos and pics of it after (:

But anyways things have been going pretty good here. We are going to have to go into Joinville tomorrow because Elder Sulivan has some pretty bad knee problems that are resurfacing that he had before his mission as well so we are going to go to get them checked out. Pray that everything will be good with him! Going home and than coming back out is really hard for some missionaries here especially when you go home after such a short time in the field. But i think everything will work out okay! 

Elder Daines and I were talking the other day (and i know i say this a lot in my letters but it is because we have awesome discussions about the gospel all the time when we are at the house) and we both came to the conclusion that we would probably never have been friends before our missions because we like totally opposite things! He hates all the things I like and I hate all the things he likes yet we totally get along great out here and we both came to a conclusion that it is because we both have interests in the gospel and we want to talk about it and strangely its fun! It doesnt make any sense but it works! And then we compared it to how marriage has to be after the mission (not that we are trying to get ahead or anything) and it shows how we have to find someone who really loves the gospel! That is a key! If you both love the gospel it makes things a lot easier. You take two people that dont have anything in common but then they can totally get along great if they both have the desire to learn more and put Christ at the center of their lives. It makes a lot more sense! That is why through Christ we can all come together as one! 

It is super sad out here because all the time we see marriages that fall apart or families that arent happy and this is the reason. And i think i say this a lot but its the truth! I was studying D&C 121 34 - 46 this week and it totally has our key to life! Many are called but few are chosen and why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set so much upon the THINGS OF THE WORLD and they aspire to the HONORS OF MEN. I dont have my scrips with my so sorry if i mixed that up a little bit but it is one hundred percent true. It later says that we must have charity towards all and we have to let virtue garnish our thoughts unceasingly... and then the doctrine will distill upon our souls. And I still feel like I totally stink at doing all this! It is really hard!  But that is why many are called and few are chosen because the more we learn to apply these principles in our lives, the more we will be able to have the right of revelation as well as the spirit. We cant give more value to the things of the world and the honors of men and thats the only thing I did before my mission. But as we strive to follow Christs example instead our families will become stronger and we will be really happy! Not worldly happy. 

But this week Elder Sulivan and I were talking and we were trying to figure out why the ward is getting so weak here! In the two areas I have been in they have had wards that had a building for not too long but after the building had been built the ward had become really weak. And Elder Sulivan said the key was gossip. Gossip totally kills wards down here! There are so many less actives who left the church because of gossip. Like the scriptures tell us we need to learn how to control our tongues as well because that will show a big part of who we are. So we always need to be careful of what we say! And I have gotta work on that a lot! 

But the work is going good and Luciano and Ana Lucia came to church! That awesome family we started teaching and I really hope it went well! The ward was like a jungle gym this week and it wasnt super reverent but I trust the Lord knows what he is doing so I guess we will see what happens when we go back to visit them! They had to leave like 15 minutes before it ended to pick up their son from work so we didnt get to talk to them. But it was awesome to have them there! We are working with two other families right now that are really cool but we dont know where it will go! Lauro and Cisa are parents of Leonardo and Andre and their family is super cool but are really strong in their church and dont like the idea that maybe their is only one true church but they are reading the book of mormon and praying so we hope they get their answer! The other is a couple by the name of Dico and Rose who are pretty young and have 3 little kids and are trying to find a church that they feel is right! So we are going to see how it goes this week teaching them! 

But I love and miss you all so much and hope that everything is going great! Have an awesome week! 

 Elder Keller 

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