Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Missionary Phone Call

We got to speak to our missionary, Elder Lee, for 40 minutes on Mother's Day. We asked him what his favorite part of Portugal is and he said, "The pastries!"  He said he has loved every area and that every part of Portugal is so beautiful and that he wants to come back some day.

We asked him what his favorite part of his mission is.  He said, "Seeing the growth in people as they accept the gospel and go from not knowing anything about it to being baptized, confirmed, and receiving the Priesthood, is just amazing."  The Sousa family was baptized last week and this week confirmed, and the father, Rui, received the Priesthood. Earlier, when Elder Lee and his companion went to teach the family about the Priesthood, but before they introduced the lesson, Rui expressed a strong desire to really help people.  Caleb said it was the perfect introduction to talking about the Priesthood.

Caleb said the other part about his mission that he loved was the learning.  Learning through study.  Learning to work with people.  And learning to be happy.  I asked how do you 'be happy'?  He said, "You just decide to.  So many times in the mission when things would happen I would realize that this has all happened before, and it's just a matter of attitude and deciding to be happy."

A few people whose lives have been changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ:

 Elder Lee will be coming home to us in just two weeks, and we are so excited to see him!  We know he has done great work and that he will miss his mission so much. A scripture he shared with us in his email yesterday:   
D&C Section 1
20 But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;
21 That faith also might increase in the earth;
22 That mine everlasting covenant might be established;
23 That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.
24 Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding.

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