Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Provo Temple re-opened just before last Tuesday. P-days we go and do a session at the temple. I saw a brand new movie that just barely came out and I loved it. It has a lot more meaning now. :) The Portuguese came super fast the first week, but now it's coming slowly. It's hard to study, but it keeps motivating me. I have become able to know what my teachers and investigators are saying, for the most part, but speaking it is a very different story.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The MTC is AMAZING, I am definitely loving it. The Spirit is soo strong all of the time and you are talking about the gospel nearly every conversation. Please don't be afraid to talk to friends about the gospel anywhere. With this being the True gospel, it's important to get to know it as much as you can. Don't be weirded out about talking about religion in the middle of school, or in the middle of the park, if it comes to your mind. I remember bringing up some religion into school conversations and many people would blow it off like it wasn't accepted anywhere. Trust me, you want the Spirit with you all the time. You may think, and maybe you do, that you have the Spirit with you all the time, but, can you feel Him all of the Time? Getting to the point of feeling the Spirit all of the time is extraordinary. You will never want Him to leave your heart. It is the most precious thing in the world, and I'm grateful to be able to experience this in the MTC.
I also want to testify that the Gift of Tongues is real. I've learned more Portuguese in five days than I had learned Spanish in high school for two years. The MTC knows how to make you learn a language. I also would like to share an experience with the Gift of Tongues. On the first Friday I had, two days into the MTC, I had to teach, with my companions, an investigator that would come and let us slowly teach her. We couldn't do anything to prepare our lesson; we were stuck, and we were lost. We knelt down and one of my companions said a prayer for us, and afterward, we got the impression to only speak in Portuguese for the rest of study time, about 45 minutes. We could think of what we wanted to say, and we understood every word our companion spoke. It was a very humbling experience and a very spiritual experience. The Gospel is true, and I challenge you to keep the Spirit of God with you at ALL times. Help bring other friends into the fold of our Savior, let them know how much you love them and how much God loves them. Charity is the true Love of God. I testify that Charity is one of THE most important characteristics we can obtain. Obtain it and never let it go. Love your neighbors and don't let them hang on the ledge. I love you all so very much. And I can't make you know how much I know this Gospel is true. I can't tell you how important It is in our lives, But I ask you, if you are a fence-sitter, to ask God the Eternal Father yourselves and give him time to help you. I say these things in the sacred name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.