Sunday, June 17, 2012

"Teach, teach, and more teaching"

Family... What up?! The majority of you are all off in awesome places in the country right now so I am hoping you are all relaxing a little bit and catching some sun. I for sure think our family should have a tanning contest this summer... I for sure want to tan the Bat Man symbol on my chest, I just don´t have time for it right now... So bummed.
Things were a little wild this past week, once again. That is pretty much just my life in Viçosa now. But I love it. Being busy keeps me from thinking about home or wanting to do disobedient things. I know for a fact that is why the Lord is giving me all this stuff to do right now. It is a blessing but a burden at the same time. But that is the Church right? To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable :p I pretty much got another calling in the branch this week. Elder Guerra and I are now the official Seminary class teachers and I won´t lie, it is a blast. I was extremely nervous in the start because first off, teaching an investigator is completely different than teaching a sem class. Yesh, some of the same techniques apply and stuff but there is a difference. Also, I have taught plenty of classes during church in Portuguese, but it is usually on a subject I know with a vocabulary I know as well. Now I am teaching for two hours every Thursday and Friday night about the Old Testament... Yeah. My knowledge of the Old Testament isn´t the greatest, and trying to read and figure it all out in strange Portuguese doesn´t help. But the Lord blesses those who try their hardest. It is also making our comp study a lot better because we are drawing up real lesson plans and activities and stuff. The one thing I don´t like about it though is it eats up a lot of our time. We can invite gators to come and watch, of course, but it is just not the same environment as teaching in their homes.
We also had a miracle baptism go down on Saturday. I honestly have no idea how it all happened but everything just went perfect, except for the actual service because I was unprepared. His name is Rafael and we have been teaching him pretty much since I got here in Viçosa. We had stopped teaching him for awhile, but then after about a month or so he came up to us and told us that he was ready to be baptized. He told us this on Friday night though and he wanted to be baptized the next day so Elder Finch and to come in early the next morning to give his interview and I was super nervous Rafa wasn´t going to show up but luckily everything went well.
I am doing really well though here. Like I said earlier, I think the Lord is keeping me really busy because if I wasn't I would just go crazy. We have transfer calls this Saturday and I am 99% sure I will be staying one more with Guerra but we will see. I love Viçosa but it would be nice to have a change. I am nervous though that I won't even know how to do normal missionary work after I leave here because we have to do other things. But I know the Lord has a reason for me to be here this long.
That sums it all up. We didn´t almost die this week which was a blessing. My comp and I are getting along great. We have another baptism lined up for this Saturday and this is the week of the month when the members give us lunch the most... So excited! I am just staying positive and trying to better myself as much as I can. I have so many weaknesses and so many things I need to improve on but it will all come with time.
I am not gonna lie I was a little bummed when I read that there wasn´t a new Guzy in the family but I am sure the date will be here soon. I honestly think I might be more excited than Tanner and Brik... I legit just smile every time I think about the same bundle of joy that will soon light up the family... Grandpa Danger.... That sounds so rad!!! I love you all and I hope you have another great week. :)

Elder Sem Teacher

P.S. I guess this is what I get for being such a little punk all those years in Sem right? I shoulda known better....

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