This past week has been full of work to do! One thing that’s interesting about serving in the mission office is all the contact that I have with people all over the world. All this week, I’ve been on the phone with people from the United States, Argentina, Peru, and various places here in Brazil. I’ve had to remember how to ask people in Spanish if they know how to speak Portuguese or English. And if they don’t, I’ve had to just kind of wing it. Listening to Spanish I understand 95% of what the person is saying. Talking back to them is a whole other ball game.
It’s interesting for me to look back on my life and realize how I’ve been prepared to be where I am today. There are little things and big things that have allowed me to be of service here on my mission. I have a testimony now, more than ever, that Heavenly Father really does have a plan for all of us. He knows exactly what He needs, and He prepares us to that effect. He lets us have some trials sometimes because it’s what we need to be better for later.
We’ve found a married couple of inactive members that have a whole slew of kids that aren’t baptized. They’ve been inactive for awhile so the kids have only been to church a couple of times. We’re getting them all ready to go with us this week, and then baptize them next week! Well, at least two of the kids. Some of the others are older and don’t live at home anymore, so it’s been harder to reach them. We’ve also met some pretty awesome people on the street that are receptive to our message!
This week has been difficult because the week before transfers is always full of lots of work to do in the office, but we’ve been able to get away most of the nights to visit everyone.
I don’t have a whole bunch of time today. I just want to let you all know that I’m happy, healthy, and lovin’ life! I love being a missionary. I feel like I’m where I should be, and doing what I should be doing at this point in my life. I’m grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve a mission, and for all the support I have behind me at home.
I love you all, and I wish you the best!
Elder Chapman Tew