Sorry, this week was pretty normal. Honestly, I don~t think its really that its normal, but that I~m getting accustomed to all the weird things. This week was pretty normal, we contacted people that said we could pass by. We taught a lot of children this week.
Right now, Brasil is preparing for elections. Honestly, I don~t know what type of elections, but there is so much propoganda! My favorite is this car that drives by seriously every 5 minutes and plays this music that makes me think of Nacho Libre. It goes like this:
15-123! josenelton josenelton josenelton. 15-123! é 15-123!
So, I will tell you about one of the members in my ward. Her name is Polliana. Her actual name is Khatyhyuycya. (the name of my first born daughter) Its a native brazilian indian name. She is seriously one of the worlds most loving, kind, fantastic human beings. She always is hellping us out. She taught me how to make some crafts this week. Woooooo!!!! You know how there are some people you love a lot. Polliana and her family are one of those families that I have more love for than I knew I had the capacity to love. There are several people like that on my mission. You just love people so much. That~s what I love about the mission. Here, we are representatives of Jesus Christ, and so I think because of that, we~re blessed with a greater capacity to love. I was always so confused when Jesus was on the Cross, and he said, ´´forgive them, for they know not what they do!´´ But seriously, I think about that amount of love. Having the capicity to love someone who is killing you has to be a lot of love. Here, on the mission, there are so many people that I~ve taught, and I love them so much, and I~m so happy when they make good decisions. And my heart breaks when they don~t want this anymore. But it really does break your heart. You just want the best for everyone you teach, but can~t forget that its their decision. I think on the mission, emotions are intensified a lot. you feel so happy some days, and some days are some of the hardest days.
I~m so grateful for the people that I~ve taught on my mission. I~m so grateful that the Lord has put those people in my path. I seriously don~t know how I made it this far in my life without them. On the mission, you make friendships that are eternal. Friendships that will last forever. And these friendships came from teaching about Jesus Christ. Sharing my knowledge with others. And I know that the same thing can happen on or off the mission. As members of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, we have so many opportunities to share the gospel. you don~t have to have a nametag and wear a skirt to feel the happiness and the joy that we feel. Doctrine and Covenents 4 says that those who have a desire are called to the work. I believe that we are here on the earth right now, because most of us have that desire to share, that desire to help others. We~re here, we~re needed right now to help out in the service of God. I liked that talk by Jeffrey R Holland that said that dying for this church would be easy. But to live for the church is what we need. We need people who will wrap this up. And thats why we~re here. I also like in Jacob 5, it talks about the Lords vineyard. In the last day the Lord called servants to help in the work, and it says, ´´and behold there were few´´.
Just make sure that you~re one of the few. Its hard, because since before I can remember, the prophets and apostles say.... member missionary work, and everyone freaks out. And its hard because we ask members every day to help, and i think i~ve heard every excuse there is as to why they can~t. Every member of the church can help. In one way or another.
Just... be one of the few servants. Okay?
Love Sister Marshall